Friday, April 27, 2012

101 South: San Jose, Hotel Valencia


Rooms at sleek, sophisticated Hotel Valencia (355 Santana Row, (866) 842-0100, (408) 551-0010.  7 stories; 213 rooms; $$$-$$$+.  Heated pool; hot tub; fitness room; full-service spa.  Continental breakfast; restaurant; room service.  No pets.  Self-parking free, valet $24.) are appointed with a stainless steel bathroom sink, a faux fur bed cover, and stylish furnishings.  Mattresses are among the most comfortable ever, and a pillow menu allows for personal fine-tuning.  The Indian-inspired Ayoma LifeSpa is colorful with rich Indian fabrics and antiques and offers pampering treatments (including traditional Indian Ayurveda treatments).  Hand and foot treatments include pressure point massage that makes it possible to once again carry shopping bags and walk the row.

Ultra-hip Vbar sports metal-bead doorway curtains and is the place to be each evening when it serves up a Red Hot Mama (Bacardi silver, cranberry juice, club soda) that is especially delicious with salmon and caviar on corn blinis.  Cielo Wine Bar (On 7th floor.  M-Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm.) faces west for a great view of the Santa Cruz Mountains at sunset; cocktails, wine, and light food service are available.   Citrus restaurant (B-L-D daily.) serves creative tapas that include Vietnamese-style caramel ribs and pulled pork sliders, and grassfed beef from Uraguay makes for a super-tasty main course of dry-aged rib-eye that only gets better with Absinthe sauce and a topping of onion rings.  Sweet consclusions come from the in-house pastry chef in the form of delicious signature beer-battered donut balls with dipping sauces.
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