Reviews: Best Cupertino Hotels
I grew up in Saratoga, just a few miles down the road from Cupertino, and I often visit this area with my wife and family. I am very familiar with the Silicon Valley and the surrounding cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Campbell. Cupertino is a quaint city with major businesses like Apple and HP so lots of business travelers find the local hotels best instead of trying to stay in downtown San Jose which is too far away. When I visit I tend to stay either at the Courtyard by Marriott or Hilton Garden Inn which are located right off of Wolfe Road in Cupertino near the HP facility and the old Vallco Mall. You have easy access to Hwy 280 from the hotels and you are only a few minutes from De Anza Blvd which is home to many businesses in this area. There are restaurants on nearly every corner and it's a great central location for just about anything. The Cypress Hotel is another top rated place to stay in Cupertino - it's located on the corner of Stevens Creek Blvd. and N. De Anza Blvd. The hotel resembles a Mediterranean villa and is considered a luxury, boutique hotel in Cupertino.
If you are looking for lots of reviews on these hotels, we say go to Tripadvisor.com or search on Google for "cupertion hotels" and you can will be able to read even more independent reviews. The key thing is that all 3 hotels mentioned above are in great locations and perfect for business or pleasure when in the area. Weeknight hotels rates are roughly $150 to $300 in this region and on the weekends you can get specials that have room rates down to $100 and cheaper. On a recent stay at the Courtyard hotel in Cupertino I was able to secure a $110/night room for my family and it also came with a full breakfast for all 4 of us. The Cypress Hotel is a bit more expensive overall, but very comparable to the Hilton and Marriott. Tripadvisor rates the Cypress #1, the Hilton #2, and the Courtyard #3. Having stayed at each one of these hotels at least once, I would say the Cypress is a better bet if you are just vacationing with your spouse, but I prefer the Courtyard when I have my kids. They love the pool and hot tub on site and my wife uses the workout room to get in her morning run. The Hilton is a bit nicer than the Marriott and certainly worth considering. All are only a few miles from the San Jose International Airport and only about 45 minutes from the San Francisco Airport (SFO) if that is where you are flying in and out of.
Courtyard by Marriott Cupertino:
I do have to say that the Courtyard is very family friendly and that is supported by several traveler reviews posted on Tripadvisor. The staff has always been more than accommodating to my wife and kids when we stay and whenever I'm in town for business my stays are without hassles. I am a Marriott rewards member so perhaps some of the service I get is beyond normal, but overall I get treated very good no matter what. On our last trip the pool was being renovated so my kids were a bit disappointed but they spent the extra time in the hot tub. The grounds are clean, there is plenty of parking, and in case you didn't bring a laptop along, they have 2 computers in their lobby that are open for customer use. The rooms are large and you can choose from a variety of floor layouts. I try to get ground level rooms that face the pool/courtyard area and whenever possible get the 2 room suite. The food has always been good at the restaurant (at least for breakfast) and the snack bar by the front desk usually carries all the extra snacks you might want. I find the hotel to be quiet, but not empty. At around $120/night for a weekend I say it's a very fair price. You can read our complete review online HERE
Cypress Hotel Cupertino:
The Cypress Hotel is marketed as a "luxury hotel near San Jose". Designed more as a romantic escape than business lodging, the Cypress is extraordinary and definitely has features that would bring me back again in the future. The rooms are beautiful and furnished with elegant prints and fabrics. The hotel is pet friendly, although I didn't take our pets. Some people find pet friendly hotels a turn off and I must say that a romantic weekend does NOT include pets. There is an outdoor pool, indoor 24 hour fitness room, valet laundry service, and high speed internet access. Right next door is the Park Place Restaurant - I haven't tried it yet since it just recently re-opened after an extensive renovation project. Perhaps next time I'm in town I can try it out. The concierge staff is what sets this hotel apart from others in this area. They perform their duties well and we had them get reservations at a nearby restaurant as well as point us in the right direction for the newest shopping center (Santana Row) - only a few miles away. My only complaint with the hotel is that it's too close to the major streets. I wish it was a bit more tucked away in Cupertino instead of being right on Stevens Creek Blvd. You can visit their official homepage HERE
Hilton Garden Inn - Cupertino:
The one thing you can expect from Hilton is a clean, updated hotel and that is what you get at the Cupertino Hilton Garden Inn. It's located right next door to the Courtyard Hotel (listed above) and convenient to the 280 freeway and Hwy 85 just north. San Francisco is less than an hour up the freeway or you can venture into downtown San Jose a few miles down the road. Across the street is the HP facility and I have met many Hewlett Packard employees that stay here when traveling from out of town. I'll often go across the parking lot and have dinner at the Duke of Edinburgh pub that has a full menu and a nice selection of British beers on tap. As for the Hilton Garden Inn, the guest rooms offer king or 2 queen beds and there are suites available if you want them. Parking is free and the staff has been more than friendly every time I have stayed there. There is a small pool and a decent workout room on site. Rates are about $120 for a weekend and closer to $200/night for week nights. The Bay Area has had some low occupancy rates in recent years so check sites like Expedia and Orbitz to see if you can land a deal or discount, even with a Hilton hotel. The homepage for the hotel can be found online