If Silicon Valley is on your list of must-see destinations, you’ll want to head to San José. In addition to housing attractions like The Tech Museum of Innovation, this city is a bustling center for history and culture. Whether you’re in town for the Children’s Discovery Museum or Broadway, you can score a cheap room during your visit with these handy tips.
Stay Near Transportation
Though available transportation may not cut the upfront price of your hotel room, it will have a big impact on your travel budget. If you choose a hotel that offers transportation or puts you close to public transportation systems, you can cut the cost of a rental car or taxi fare from your travel budget. Look for a hotel like the San José Airport Garden Hotel that offers a free airport shuttle. If you enjoy biking, consider Hotel de Anza, conveniently located near the Santa Clara at Almaden bike share lot. Book a cheap San José hotel near transportation hubs and you can streamline your whole trip.
Consider the Season
San José’s temperatures fluctuate only moderately, so weather isn’t a major consideration for visitors. Hit the city in winter for highs in the upper 50s, or come in summer when they’re in the low 80s. In spring and fall temperatures hover comfortably in the mid 60s and lower 70s.
A more important consideration during your visit is what’s going on in the city. If you’re not planning to attend a special event, don’t schedule your visit to coincide with one. The San José Jazz Summerfest draws more than 100,000 people to the city, so affordable hotels are more difficult to find. The holidays are a busy time for the city as well. Several Christmas festivals take place and holiday travelers can flood the city around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Wait for January or February instead.
Know Your Neighborhoods
San José is large enough that you’ll find distinct price differences from one neighborhood to the next. North San Jose is one of the cheapest areas in the city, particularly when you’re careful to compare your hotel options. Places like the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites San José International Airport, Granada Inn, and Holiday Inn San José Airport all offer budget options. The North Valley neighborhood has some affordable hotels as well, like the Sheraton San José Hotel and Quality Inn Silicon Valley. Downtown hotels like the Fairmont San José are typically more expensive.
Check Out Room Shares
Room shares through a site like AirBNB are often one of the most affordable options available. Room shares are particularly handy if you want a cheap room in a specific place. You can get a single room downtown for the same price as a cheap airport hotel in San José. The price for a room share is typically much less than that for nearby hotels, no matter what part of San José you’re looking at.
For more on visiting San José, check out this handy Hipmunk guide. Add your own tips for scoring cheap rooms below.
Mandi Rogier is a resident of sunny central Florida who regularly contributes to several travel blogs and websites. In her free time she enjoys visiting nearby theme parks, taking family road trips, and planning girlfriend getaways. She is currently working on the #HipmunkCityLove project.