Downtown San Jose is one of the best kept secrets in Northern California.  After Los Angeles, San Jose is the second largest city in California.  San Jose is a the center of Silicon Valley brimming with culture, vitality, and diversity. Whether your you have artistic interests, athletic energies, or simply loves to explore the shops and restaurants, there is something for everyone in San Jose.  If you are looking for the best hotel in downtown San Jose, look no further than The Arena Hotel in Downtown San Jose.  It’s located right in the middle, two short blocks from the SAP Center.

 Whether you are coming to San Jose for work or pleasure, here are some activities to consider during your visit

  1. Check out at the Tech Museum of Innovation

The Tech Museum of Innovation offers family-friendly exhibits about the technology and innovation in our lives. a hands-on technology and science museum. Visitor areas are designed so that visitors will find the tools and materials to unleash the innovator in them and sponsored events like the Tech Challenge, a team-design competition, that give the youth an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned.

  1. Art Exhibits in San Jose

Art lovers should check out the modern and contemporary art exhibits at the San Jose Museum of Art and the hip art galleries in the South First neighborhood. MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana), Anno Domini, and the San Jose Musem of Quilts and Textiles are some of the cool spots in downtown San Jose for art lovers.

  1. San Jose is for Music Lovers

Downtown San Jose has several wonderful music and theater venues, including the beautifully restored 1927 California Theatre, home of Opera San Jose and Symphony Silicon Valley.   The SAP center is a short walk from The Arena Hotel, a boutique hotel in downtown San Jose, and has many national acts performing throughout the year.

  1. San Jose State University

San Jose State University was founded in 1857 and it’s the oldest public university in California. A walk through their beautiful urban campus is delightful. Check out the 1910 Spanish Revival style Tower Hall (the oldest building on campus) as well as the Olympic Black Power statue, a tribute to two former SJSU track stars who, when they won medals at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City used their global podium to raise their fist in silent protest of human rights violations and racial injustice.  If you are into sports, SJSU has all of them, football, basketball, baseball and track.

  1. Shopping in Santana Row

San Jose’s upscale shopping district, Santana Row, is the goto spot for high end shopping, but also has a small intimate town feel. Grab a table along the sidewalk at any of the cafes along this shopping mecca and you’ll soon notice that Santana Row offers some fine people watching. Kids love the Pinkberry Yogurt and burgers at the Counter. There’s also a nice playground complete with climbing structures. The area also live street musicians to entertain while you sip coffee or a glass of wine.  Santana Row is not to miss for any shopaholics.

Downtown San Jose has something for everyone, the best advice is to stay right in heart of it all at a downtown San Jose hotel so you can walk to all the attractions.  We recommend the The Arena Hotel, comfortable, affordable and free breakfast buffet daily for all guests!