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  • Is the hotel near Santa Clara University?
    A: Yes. Our hotel is only 1.3 miles from Santa Clara University, which is a 5-minute drive door to door. As one of the closest Santa Clara hotels to SCU, we offer convenient accommodations, a perfect location and modern amenities - from free Wi-Fi to an outdoor pool - for students and visiting families.
  • Does the hotel offer a free breakfast?
    A: Yes. The Best Western University Inn Santa Clara offers a complimentary breakfast from 6am-10am, as well as Grab 'n Go foods for guests who need something earlier. Our full hot breakfast includes eggs, breakfast sandwiches, sausage, waffles, bagels and pastries, yogurt, cereals and juices, as well as coffee and tea. This is the perfect way to start your day at hotel near Santa Clara University.
  • Does the hotel have a pool and fitness center?
    A: Yes. The Best Western University Inn Santa Clara offers an outdoor pool open year-round. After a busy day of sightseeing or meetings, enjoy a swim or soak up some rays on the quiet sundeck lined with swaying palm trees. We also offer a fitness center with stationary bikes, training machines and free weights. And of course, we offer complimentary Wi-Fi so you are connected wherever you want to relax or recharge.
  • What is the check in and check out time?
    A: Check in is at 3pm; Check out is at noon. If you need an earlier arrival or departure, please don't hesitate to call to inquire about availability. Our top priority is ensuring that you enjoy your stay in every way possible.
  • Is the hotel 100% smoke free?
    A: Yes. For the health and safety of our guests, the hotel is 100% smoke-free. You can smoke outside on the street, but you must be 30 feet away from the building based on the City of Santa Clara ordinance. Remember, smoking is banned in all public buildings, restaurants, bars, stadiums, sports arenas, city parks, and many outdoor areas of bars and eateries.
  • How far is the San Jose airport from the hotel?
    A: The Best Western University Inn Santa Clara is only 5.5 miles from the San Jose International Airport, SJC, which is only about 10 minutes by car. Located in the heart of Santa Clara, on El Camino Real, we are also just minutes from the city's major attractions, including Civic Center Park (0.8 mile) and California's Great America, as well as 5 minutes from downtown San Jose and Santa Row.
  • What are the nearest stores to the hotel?
    A: If you need essentials while travel or just want to do some shopping, we are a five-minute walk up El Camino Real to the newly-remodeled Santa Clara Town Centre, with a Target, Walgreens and Sprint Store. The shopping center also offers several restaurants, including Habit Burger & Grill, the organic grocer Sprouts Market. Smart & Final is just across the street from them.
  • Where is the nearest hospital to the hotel?
    A: There is a Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center that's only 3.6 miles or 10 minutes away for your convenience. You'll also find an Instant Urgent Care right on El Camino Real about a 1.5 miles up the road, and the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Santa Clara is only a few miles away too.
  • Does the hotel have an onsite laundry facility?
    A: Yes. Ideal for business travelers, students, families, and extended stay trips, our hotel offers a guest-use laundry facility that's open from 6 AM to 10 PM daily. As a full-service hotel, we also offer a 24-hour business center with computers and printers, free Wi-Fi, free parking, complimentary USA Today newspaper, and HDTVs with cable in every room.
  • Do the hotel have a safe for laptops?
    A: Designed for the modern business and leisure traveler, our Santa Clara hotel offers safe deposit boxes at the front desk for all of your personal valuables. Feel free to come and go with peace of mind that your laptop is carefully stowed away while out seeing the sights.
  • Where can we eat in Santa Clara, CA?
    A: Santa Clara is chock-full of diverse restaurants, cafes, and eateries, all near the Best Western University Inn. For upscale California cuisine, try Parcel 104. For quick eats, head to Falafel Drive-In or El Camino Mongolian BBQ. For a delicious breakfast to start the day, Bill's Café is dubbed the 'Best Breakfast' in town.
  • What are the best places to eat in Santa Clara near California's Great America?
    A: When you are on your way to or from California's Great America, stop at some great family restaurants nearby, like Old Ironsides Café, Amarin Thai Cuisine, Café Falafel, Tomatina, Bennigans and Bourbon Steak & Pub. La Fontana offers a delicious Mediterranean food and a hearty breakfast before endless entertainment. Togo's makes the best sandwiches in town.
  • Are there any vegan places to eat in Santa Clara?
    A: Yes. Vegan and vegetarian restaurants are popping up all over Santa Clara. Some top vegan eateries worth trying near Best Western Santa Clara University include Good Karma Vegan Café, Crepes Bistro, Loving Hut, Veggie Grill and the Green Barn.
  • What are the best Indian restaurants in the SF Bay area?
    A: For those craving the bold flavors and spices of Indian cuisine, the SF Bay area has you covered. Darbar offers Northern and Southern Indian specialties, Curry Leaf Restaurant serves up fresh ingredients with Indian flavors and Chaat Paradise serves budget-friendly Indian delights. Amber has an Indian buffet that's all the rage.
  • Where can I eat late night food in Silicon Valley?
    A: When you need for some late night food, there are plenty of places to satisfy your hunger after dark. Oasis Beer Garden serves burgers and bites until 1 am, Lee's Noodle House in San Jose is open until 3 am, and Denny's, IHOP and Carrows are open 24/7. Pho Hoa, an authentic Vietnamese Pho shop right on El Camini Real in Santa Clara serves until midnight. And there's always In-N-Out Burger, serving burgers and fries at all hours.
  • Where can I find good food trucks in San Jose, CA?
    A: The food truck scene is really kicking up in San Jose, serving creative food with fresh ingredients and fast service. The Grilled Cheese Bandits, 3 Brothers Kitchen, Gold Rush Eatery, Jon Jon's BBQ, Road Dog's Weenie Wagon, and Tacos el Pelon are a few great food trucks to try near the Best Western University Inn Santa Clara.
  • What are the best restaurants in Santana Row in San Jose?
    A: This lively shopping and dining destination in San Jose, is just a few miles from the Best Western University Inn Santa Clara. Santa Row is a fashionable hot spot with over 20 of the Bay area's best restaurants. Try local favorites like LB Steak, El Jardin Tequila Bar, Pizza Antica and Yard House, just to name a few.
  • Where is Santa Clara University located?
    A: Located in the heart of Silicon Valley at 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara University is just 1.3 miles away from our hotel in Santa Clara. This acclaimed university is a 5-minute drive from us, so it easy to visit friends or family on the campus or take a tour. Come back to relax in our newly renovated guestrooms with free Wi-Fi or relax by the pool.
  • Where is the Santa Clara Levi's Stadium?
    A: Levi's Stadium is located at 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, just 5 miles from Best Western University Inn. With its innovative design and architecture amazing sightlines, the stadium is home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. Catch a home game, tour the museum, or dine at Bourbon Steak & Pub for a fun way to live like a local.
  • What are the top local shopping places near Santa Clara?
    A: Santa Clara and the surrounding Bay Area is known for its trendy shopping destination and centers. Just minutes from our hotel, you'll find great shopping hot spots, including Santa Clara Square Marketplace, Santa Clara Town Center, Franklin Square, Westfield Valley Fair, and Mercado Shopping Center for all the best fashion finds. Stroll and shop at Santana Row, with cool stores and boutiques just five minutes away.
  • What places are good to visit with family in Santa Clara, CA?
    A: When visiting with your family, you'll find many kid-friendly Santa Clara attractions nearby. Take dad to Levi's Stadium for a 49ers game, ride the roller coasters at California's Great America Theme Park, explore technology at the Intel Museum, tour the Winchester Mystery House or check out the campus at Santa Clara University. The Children's Discovery Museum, only ten minutes away, is filled with interactive exhibits and activities that inspire and entertain.
  • Are there any kid friendly places in San Jose, CA?
    A: Yes, there are tons of fun things to do with kids in San Jose. Explore the way of the world at the Children's Discovery Museum; visit with livestock at Emma Prusch Farm, kick and skate out energy at SilverCreek Sportsplex, or splash around at Raging Waters Park.
  • Which are the best sports bars in Santa Clara, CA?
    A: If you can't make it to a game in person, head to The Ballpark Sports Bar & Grill, The Doghouse Sports Lounge, C & J's Sports Bar and Woodham Sports Lounge for game-day bites. Watch the games on the flat screen TVs and enjoy a wide selection of craft beers while cheering on your favorite sports team.
  • How far is San Jose Airport to Downtown?
    A: Getting to Downtown San Jose from Mineta San Josè International Airport (SJC) is a breeze. Just under 4 miles, it is about a 9-minute drive on CA-87 S. A taxi or Uber will cost approximately $12-15. There are also public transit options including the light rail and city bus.
  • Which is the nearest airport to Santa Clara?
    A: Mineta San Josè International Airport (SJC) is the closest airport when traveling to Best Western University Inn of Santa Clara. Just 5.7 miles from our Santa Clara hotel, it's easy to fly in and out for any business trip or quick getaway. Take a taxi or Uber for about $20 or ride public transit directly to our hotel.
  • How far is Santa Clara from San Francisco?
    A: Santa Clara is 45 miles from San Francisco's city center. Just 1 hour via US-101 S, take a daytrip to see iconic sights like Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square or Chinatown. Getting around is easy with VTA light rail, bus or Caltrain, making stops in every city along the way.
  • How far is Levi's stadium from San Jose airport?
    A: It is 5.6 miles from San Jose Airport to Levi's Stadium, about a 10-minute drive. Catch a San Francisco 49ers game while in town and tour their amazing new stadium and museum. Levi's Stadium opened in 2014 in Santa Clara, impressing fans from all over with its modern design and facilities and Bourbon Steak & Pub.
  • What is the closest airport to Santa Clara University?
    A: Just 3 miles away, Mineta San Josè International Airport (SJC) is the closest airport to Santa Clara University. Visiting friends or family on campus is nice and easy. Take a taxi or Uber for about $15 or ride public transit directly to SCU. Our hotel is just 1 mile from the university, making it the smart lodging for students and families.
  • How can I reach the Santa Clara Convention Center from San Jose?
    A: All public transportation stops near the Santa Clara Convention Center, which is 8 miles from San Jose. Take you pick between Caltrain, VTA, bus, bike, or car. Best Western University Inn is just 4.9 miles to the Santa Clara Convention Center, make us the most convenient hotel for attending a business event, meeting, trade show or conference happening in Santa Clara.
  • How is the weather in san Jose, CA?
    A: Typically, San Jose has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters. Because it is inland, expect more sunshine and less fog than the surrounding san Francisco Bay areas. Temperatures can vary from 42°F to 82°F throughout the year. Summers get warm, but nights still stay on the cooler side, with breezes off the Bay, so pack a sweater or jacket. In the late fall or winter, pack a warm coat and gloves.
  • What is the admission price to the Intel Museum in Santa Clara?
    A: Free! There's nothing better than having no admission. Get a glimpse of what Silicon Valley is all about by visiting the Intel Museum. Get up close and personal with the inner parts of technology. Hours are 9 am - 6 pm weekdays, and 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.
  • Where can I stay near Intel, Santa Clara?
    A: The best place to stay near the Intel Museum in Santa Clara is in fact the Best Western University Inn. Just 3.4 miles south, we offer stylish accommodations with a perfect location near all of Silicon Valley's best attractions, and modern amenities like free Wi-Fi, business center, and an outdoor pool.
  • Is Santa Clara a safe place to live and visit?
    A: Yes, absolutely. It's no wonder why so many tech companies call Santa Clara home, it is full of innovative minds with a purpose to make our world a better place. Santa Clara's thriving culture is not to be missed. Catch a 49ers game right in town at Levi's Stadium or tour campus at SCU.
  • Are there any warm beaches near Santa Clara?
    A: Yes, there are many beaches along the coast near Santa Clara. Shoreline Park and Burlingame Beach Boardwalk are about 30 miles north of our hotel. San Francisco's Golden Gate National Recreation Area has several sandy spots, including Baker Beach, Ocean Beach and Crissy Field, where you can take in amazing views of the bridge and bay. Marshall's Beach by the Presidio is quiet and has amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Waddle Beach and Año Nuevo State Park are on the west coast, just 50 miles across the Bay Area.
  • How much does an Uber ride cost from San Francisco to the South Bay?
    A: Ride Uber all the way around the San Francisco Bay. Fares from San Francisco's city center to South Bay communities are approximately $15-20 for an UberX and $23-$31 for an XL. Prices increase for SUV or Black car service ranging from $35-$75.
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