Updated: December 2017

Review: Pruneyard Plaza Hotel

On a recent business trip to Silicon Valley I stayed at the Pruneyard Plaza Hotel which is located in Campbell, California. The Pruneyard is a shopping center with retail stores and plenty of restaurants to eat at. I grew up just down the road in Saratoga, but Campbell has more hotels to choose from and their location is perfect for business purposes. You have easy access to freeways and the downtown region of San Jose or other areas of the South Bay Area. The Pruneyard Plaza Hotel used to be called the Pruneyard Inn and hence their website is located at Pruneyardinn.com. I have stayed at the hotel multiple times with family and friends and found it be a pretty good value for around $120/night in this area. Down the road is the Residence Inn and the Townplace Suites by Marriott which are at least comparable. The Pruneyard Plaza is by no means a luxury hotel, but the rooms are nice and large and and the bathrooms are spacious. The staff at the hotel is more than friendly and they have helped me several times with minor issues.

In recent stays they have asked me to sign a document saying I will not have "parties" in my room which is a little strange since I have never had that same request at any other hotel. They must encounter younger groups that create noise. In any event, when I'm with my family at a place like this (7 year old daughter and 4 year old son), I would assume they could skip this request because it seems silly. Overall I enjoy the hotel because it has a small sized pool for the hot summer days and I actually used it last time I was there (September 2008). The hot tub is also outside by the pool and open most of the day. You will find 6 types of rooms available at the Pruneyard Plaza Hotel - king rooms, queen rooms, deluxe suites, executive suites, penthouse suites, and the piazza suites. Weekend rates start at $119 for a double/double room and go up to $220 for the Penthouse suite. Weekdays are slightly more expensive. There are 171 rooms total at the Pruneyard Plaza and the beds are comfortable. You get complimentary high speed internet access in your room, a small refrigerator, DVD player, and a work area. Guest services include a complimentary continental breakfast in the morning with cereal, yogurt, toast, and other goodies. Usually the breakfast room is not that crowded but last time I had to wait about 15 minutes just to sit down. The woman did not let me take my food to my room which is what I asked. She said I had to eat in the dining area. You do get a free newspaper each morning if you want there is plenty of free parking just out front of the hotel. The front desk gives you a parking permit to place in your car so you can legally park in their lot. What are others saying about the Pruneyard Plaza Hotel? You can view in depth reviews on the Campbell hotel at TripAdvisor.com or Yelp.com. Both offer up pros and cons to the hotel but overall the opinions are positive with just a few complaints on noise and service. My personal opinion is that the hotel is just fine for $120/night on a weekend. Try to get a room that is not facing the parking lot or overlooking the roadway that is on the Rock Bottom Brewery side of things.

Pruneyard Inn Location:

Where is the Pruneyard Plaza located? It's really convenient to get to, although it's not in their small downtown which is just up the road and within walking distance. A small map showing the location is listed on their official website HERE. If you are coming from the San Jose Airport you'll only a few miles away. Get on 880 going south and take the Hamilton exit. Take a left over the freeway on Hamilton and continue to your first right which is Creekside Way. Take Creekside to a T intersection where you will turn right again onto Campisi Way which takes you to the Pruneyard shopping area. You'll take a left as you come off Campisi Way and the hotel will be right in front of you with the parking lot and main entrance. You can also approach the hotel from Bascom Avenue or Campbell Ave depending on which direction you are coming from. The actual address is 1995 South Bascom Ave., Campbell, CA 95008. You can book your stay online at the website or call them at 800-559-4344. It's easy to locate and once you are there you can eat or shop without having to drive anywhere. Pruneyard.com lists all the restaurants (Rock Bottom, Outback Steakhouse, Kiyoto Palace, Left at Albuquerque, Hobee's, Buca di Beppo, etc.) and shops (Trader Joe's, Barnes & Noble, Marshall's, Sports Shop, etc.). For a quick sandwich consider the local deli sandwich favorite called Togos right in the shopping complex.

Other Hotels near the Pruneyard:

In case the Pruneyard Plaza Hotel is booked, there are a few other choices that make sense in this area as well. The TownePlace Suites Campbell is just down the road at 700 E. Campbell Ave and still within walking distance to downtown Campbell or over to the Pruneyard where you can find restaurants and stores. Room rates are reasonable on the weekends and they even have a 2 bedroom suite that is great for families. The Residence Inn Campbell would be another pick of mine, especially for business travelers.