Experiencing a Hockey game on the road is always fun. Recently on a trip to San Jose Tastes Like Travel had the opportunity to see the Dallas Stars play the San Jose Sharks in the Shark Tank. After researching a place to stay we decided to spend the night at the San Jose Arena Hotel. Conveniently located a mere 7 minute walk from the HP Pavilion Arena, it was perfectly located and perfectly priced ($80.00 per night). Tastes Like Travel offers the following revue.
From the outside the San Jose Arena Hotel was quaint and inviting. We found ample free parking and getting from the car to the entrance was a snap. Upon entering we were greeted by a friendly receptionist and promptly checked in. Within 5 minutes we were in our room. A staircase from the reception area that was reminiscent of the early 1900’s, and the hallways and doors to each room gave the impression of a older hotel. The decor was from the 80’s though, pale blues and pinks abounded. We were told that the San Jose Arena Hotel was not as old as it appeared but could not confirm it’s age.
It wasn’t long until the place was teeming with San Jose Sharks fans. apparently it is a favorite with fans because they can stay inexpensively and walk to the arena. Teal jerseys filled the hotel. I put on my Dallas Stars apparel and headed to the arena. Needless to say the Home Team dominated this tilt but we had a good time swimming with the sharks. They are great, faithful fans and we appreciated their friendly rivalry. After the Sharks game we headed back to the San Jose Arena Hotel.
One of the amenities of the Arena Hotel in San Jose is a hot tub in every room. After inspecting ours I did not feel comfortable using it. It looked old, rusty and unclean. However that did not stop the other guests. The sound of Hot Tubs churning was heard through out the hotel. It was apparent that the Sharks fans would celebrate the victory tonight. It was not long until the sound of amorous celebrations drowned out the hot tub noise. Yes, the walls are thin.
The next morning we took advantage of the free breakfast. This breakfast buffet was much better than most and included bacon, eggs, waffles, pancakes, fruit, cereal and other items. It was good to eat a hearty breakfast after a long night.
The San Jose Arena Hotel was an alright place to stay. It was a little noisy and the rooms were average at best. It is conveniently located to the San Jose Arena and there are some good restaurants around. It was acceptable and the price was good. If you are a Sharks Fan or a fan of the visiting team you might want to consider staying here. If you plan on staying several days look for other options.