The Four Seasons Silicon Valley: Revisiting an Old Favorite

I first stayed at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley back in 2008, when I was lucky enough to be put up there for an interview. I loved it then, so I was very excited when I heard that a good friend of mine was getting married there this summer and I would have the opportunity to revisit the hotel when I attended her wedding. My original stay here was really my first luxury hotel experience, but eight years of travel and visits to many other excellent hotels have not changed my opinion that this place is a standout even for its class. If anything, my recent stay here was even better than my first.

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The rooms are very elegant and certainly don’t sacrifice style (I especially loved the charcoal gray accent wall in mine), but the design is mindful of the needs of the business travelers who make up the majority of their guests, with plenty of outlets and space to work. The beds are incredibly comfortable and I woke up feeling very rested.

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The large bathrooms have everything you’d expect at a luxury hotel, including designer toiletries, salon-style hair dryers and some very comfortable bathrobes.

While the rooms are lovely, my favorite thing about this hotel is the attentive customer service. On both my visits, every single staff member I encountered went out of their way to make my stay as wonderful as possible, from the person at the front desk who arranged for an extremely early check-in to the bartender at the pool who came around and offered everyone cucumber ice water. You won’t find yourself nickel-and-dimed here either – other than a small charge for parking, you shouldn’t have to open your wallet while you’re on the property, unless you choose to visit the spa or the on-site restaurant. Wi-fi, newspapers, access to the impressive business and fitness centers and even private cabanas at the rooftop pool (complete with flatscreen TVs!) are all free of charge, and dogs and cats are welcomed without a deposit or fee. Speaking of the rooftop pool, it’s a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley below. Probably due to the large percentage of guests that visit on business, it seems to be underutilized and I frequently found it almost deserted.

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Appropriately enough, given the Silicon Valley location, the hotel makes better use of technology than just about any other place I’ve stayed. The Four Seasons chain even has their own app that you can download and use to check in and out, and the process is very smooth (in fact, before my flight had even landed in California, I received an email that the room was ready and the key was waiting at the front desk – you can’t beat that). Even the rubber ducky in the bathroom has her own laptop!

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I can’t recommend this hotel highly enough for visitors to the Bay Area, and I hope it won’t be another eight years before I have the opportunity to return.

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