Hilton Santa Clara
Why We Like This Place
The Silicon Valley isn’t the first place most people think of when planning a wedding or social gathering, and that’s a shame. It means they’re missing out on one of the nicest hotels in the area—the Hilton Santa Clara. Given its location, it’s been a popular place for high-tech industry meetings, but it also has a number of features that make it an excellent choice for a special occasion.
The Hilton Santa Clara’s exterior has the sleek, modern good looks you’d expect a large upscale hotel to have, but when you enter the lobby, you’d swear you were in an exclusive boutique hotel. Utilizing Classical, Art Nouveau and modern design elements, the lobby has an enticing air of relaxed, understated luxury. The neutral color scheme is anything but bland, while marble floors, wall panels and blond wood molding add natural luster to the room. Wall sconces, standard lamps and light fixtures, all made of sinuously curving wrought iron and frosted glass, make a stunning visual statement. Wherever you look, there is something to captivate your eye: two life-sized sculptures that could have been done by Rodin or Degas, richly colored and textured upholstery, framed prints and paintings.
All of the function areas in the Hilton Santa Clara reflect the imaginative style and attention to detail displayed in the lobby. There are two large ballrooms available for weddings and events: the 2,800-square-foot Sierra and the 1,500-square-foot Coastal. Each ballroom can be divided into three smaller rooms if desired. Another option for smaller, more casual get-togethers is La Fontana Lounge, just off the lobby. Softly lit by fixtures hanging from the coffered ceiling and enlivened by modern paintings, it’s made-to-order for cocktail parties, receptions and “welcome” parties. By special arrangement, and depending on availability, you can rent the Concierge Room, a sort of super-deluxe “den” where guests watch TV, play games or just sit and chat over drinks. It’s the perfect place for family and friends to relax after the reception.
In our opinion, the Hilton Santa Clara needs no more to recommend it than what we’ve already described, but we can’t help mentioning just a few more benefits. They have a superb staff that can assist you in everything from menu selections to room rentals for your guests. The bridal package includes a complimentary suite for the bride and groom with chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne. And the Hilton Santa Clara’s location can’t be beat—California Great America theme park is literally steps away, and the VTA lightrail stops right outside the hotel, giving you access to all the attractions of downtown San Jose. Should you wish to venture further afield, major freeways leading to the Monterey Peninsula or San Francisco are within easy reach. With all it has to offer, this Hilton qualifies as one of the South Bay’s undiscovered treasures.
Max. Seated Indoors: 250
Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
Max. Seated Indoors: 200
Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
Max. Standing Indoors: 300
Max. Standing Outdoors: 0
|Max. Seated: 300|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Coastal Ballroom holds 115, and the Sierra Ballroom 250.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Coastal Ballroom accommodates 60–100 seated or 200 standing, and the Sierra Ballroom 150–200 seated or 250–300 standing guests.
Fees & Deposits
For weddings, a $2,000 nonrefundable deposit is required when the contract is signed. The event balance is due 2 weeks prior to the event and a final guest count are due 1 week prior.
There are a variety of packages from which to choose. Prices range $66–80/person. Tax and a 20% service charge are additional. All packages include hors d’oeuvres, butler-passed champagne or sparking cider during the cocktail hour, champagne toast, 2 bottles of house wine per table, elegant floor-length linens and your choice of colored napkins and overlays, 2-course dinner and complimentary cake-cutting service. Complimentary wedding-night accommodations are provided for the bride and groom.
Year-round, daily, 6am–midnight, including holidays.
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Special Events, Parties
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided, or wine corkage $15/bottle
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