Updated: May 21, 2015

REVIEW - Courtyard San Jose Campbell:

I've been traveling for years and often use Marriott hotels along the way. I recently stopped into the Campbell, CA area and decided to stay at the new Courtyard Hotel right along Creekside Way near the Pruneyard. This hotel is not like the traditional courtyards that I'm used to. It's better - the design, the rooms, the lobby, all of it. The new Courtyard hotels are more modern, almost with a European flair to them. In the past I have stayed at the Pruneyard Inn, the Townplace Suites on Campbell Avenue and the Residence Inn on Bascom. All are within a mile of downtown Campbell in a great location for restaurants, business, freeway access, and shopping. My family was on the trip this time so I wanted a place with a pool and a decent rate on the weekend.


The rate for a suite (separate bedroom with 2 queens) was only $129/night on a Friday and Saturday night, so it was hard to resist. The extra living space was a huge bonus with two kids. The living area has a flat screen TV, a small pull out sofa, 2 chairs and a small table. Then you have the work station area with a desk and free Internet connection if you want. The hotel has 7 floors with 152 rooms and 10 suites. Since the hotel is new, the rooms were in immaculate condition. The beds were comfortable and the pillows easy to sleep on. The bathroom was large and we even had a little kitchen area with sink, microwave, and refrigerator. Again, if you are traveling with kids, it's hard to beat these types of hotel rooms with all the extra space. It's like living in an apartment for the weekend. The nightly rate on a room like this is at least double on weekdays. There were 3 computers in the lobby area with Internet access. The weekend we were there a bunch of families with kids in a baseball tournament were in town and the kids dominated the computers playing video games. My only complaint against the hotel was that the desk manager did nothing to stop the kids from sitting there for hours in the evening playing games. Near the front desk was their "market place" with drinks, food items, and other essentials. The breakfast and restaurant section was rather larger and featured snacks, breakfast foods, coffee, etc. We bought our lunch one day at Togo's sandwich shop and ate it at one of the tables out front. From the moment we walked in the staff was friendly and accommodating. We arrived 2 hours early and they set up our room and let us have access to the pool on a hot day. Parking is free - a good sized parking lot is just across from the main entrance. Our overall experience was good and compared to most Courtyard Hotels (some are dated), this one was new, had a modern design and fit our needs just perfectly. I would recommend staying here if you are doing business or personal activities in the Campbell or San Jose region of California.

Courtyard Marriott Hotel Campbell - Location:

Lots of people who live in Campbell aren't even familiar with this new hotel. We told old friends we were staying at the Courtyard on Creekside way and they said things like "never heard of it" and "don't even know where that is". It's a small side road that is essentially a short cut from Hwy 17/880 to the Pruneyard and Bascom Avenue. The Pruneyard is a shopping center with restaurants (Rock Bottom Brewery, Outback, Togo's) and shops and banks. It's easiest to approach the hotel from Highway 17 (either north or south). Get off at the Hamilton Avenue exit and head towards Bascom Avenue. You take the right onto Creekside Way and the hotel will be on your right. You can even see it from the freeway if you are paying attention when approaching from the south. Creekside Way is easy to miss so pay attention. If you are coming down Bascom, you can take the Campisi Way and it will get you to Creekside Way as well. I like the fact that you could easily walk to the Pruneyard, Whole Foods, coffee shops, and much more right from the hotel. Also, I don't want to forget to mention that the light rail is literally out the back of the hotel. This above ground train system is excellent and very convenient for getting about the Silicon Valley if driving a car is not in the cards. Go from Mountain View to Cupertino, into San Jose, or down to Gilroy. It's cheap and easy to use.

Campbell Courtyard Hotel Amenities - Pool - Food:

Back to the hotel amenities. The pool was the highlight of the trip besides the large 2 room suite. Our kids spent nearly all the down time we had in the pool. It goes from 3 feet to 5 feet, although the marking for 3 feet didn't seem right as my son was much taller in the water than usual. The pool water was warm and they supply towels on the tables and chairs in the pool area. There is even a hot tub/spa that seats about 10 people right next to the pool. It got crowded during the peak hours of the day, but in the morning and late afternoons, our kids had the pool to themselves. There was a workout/fitness center just inside from the pool - although I never used the equipment. The food in the morning was "just ok", we prefer to eat at local restaurants in the area since we are familiar with the better "locals spots". If you can get a deal on a weekend rate, this hotel in Campbell is worth the money. I would rate it above the Pruneyard Inn, Residence Inn, and Townplace Suites that are all within the area.