Updated: May 21, 2015
Review: Pruneyard Plaza HotelOn 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.