Overnight or Over a Week, Hacienda Hotels Offer a Hospitable Welcome to Travelers

Hacienda's four hotels are a valued asset in an area that receives many business travelers. With their convenient locations, it is not unusual for an out-of-town executive to arrive from the airport via BART, walk to her hotel, and then stroll over to the company she is visiting - no car required. At the junction of two major highways and the gateway to tourist sites from San Francisco to Livermore's wine country, Hacienda's hotels are also a jumping-off point for vacationing families, offering comfortable accommodations for both short and long term stays. With a total of more than 600 rooms, there is a place for anyone who needs to feel at home on the road.

Courtyard by Marriott Pleasanton

5059 Hopyard Road (925) 463-1414 www.pleasantoncourtyard.com

The Pleasanton Marriott seeks to surround its visitors with comfort. The spacious guest rooms are furnished with two queen-sized beds, "more than enough room for two," the hotel notes, and the vaunted Marriott luxury bedding provides even more pampering.

Every room has a work area with a well-lit oversized desk, an ergonomically designed desk chair, and free high-speed Internet access, allowing business travelers to work conveniently and efficiently.

Other in-room amenities include a loveseat or pull-out sofa, an electric coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, iron, and ironing board.

The Business Center offers a desktop computer with printer and complimentary high-speed Internet access, either plug-in or wireless. Guests can obtain fax and overnight delivery service at the front desk.

Whether it's time to gear up or wind down after a busy day, the Marriott offers several options. The outdoor pool is a great way for travelers to get in some exercise, but it is also a fun place to relax. Indoors, there is a whirlpool for the kind of leisurely soak that melts away the tension of the day. The state-of-the-art fitness center features a broad range of cardiovascular equipment and free weights. Extended hours allow time-challenged guests to squeeze in a workout and keep up with their normal routine while on the road.

The hotel's Courtyard Cafe is open for breakfast, with a buffet featuring made-to-order eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, and fresh waffles, and lighter fare like cereal, bagels, yogurt, and fresh fruits. A 24-hour market offers beverages and snacks around the clock.

The hotel's three floors encompass 131 rooms, 14 suites, and two meeting rooms, with a total of 1,250 square feet of meeting space. Membership in the Marriott Rewards program allows guests to earn points or airline miles toward free nights and to take advantage of other exclusive offers.

Extended Stay Deluxe

4555 Chabot Drive (925) 730-0000 www.extendedstayhotels.com

Extended Stay Deluxe is designed for travelers who want larger, upscale accommodations and upgraded amenities, typically during a longer-term stay. The stylish, oversized suites and studios create a home-like setting with features that range from queen-sized beds with pillow-top mattresses and premium cable television with movie channels to kitchens equipped with refrigerator/freezer, microwave and coffee maker, oven and stovetop, and dining and cooking utensils.

In-room wireless Internet access is available for a nominal charge per stay. The hotel's 112 suites also offer unlimited local phone use and personalized voicemail, DVD players, MP3-ready alarm clocks, iron and ironing board, remote network printing, and a gourmet coffee bar with premium coffees and a selection of fresh fruit, bagels, and cream cheese. Housekeeping is scheduled weekly, with an optional daily refresh service.

The hotel chain is also known for its pet-friendly policies. After booking online, guests are advised to call the property directly to add a pet to their reservation. A non-refundable fee is required and some restrictions apply.

The Pleasanton facility includes an outdoor pool for swimming or lounging, along with a covered patio complete with barbecue grill, tables and chairs. Guests can also take advantage of the on-site fitness center and 24-hour laundry.

With its emphasis on providing temporary housing, nightly room rates go down the longer the stay. A Kids Stay Free program and weekend discounts also bring prices down.

Four Points by Sheraton Pleasanton

5115 Hopyard Road (925) 460-8800 www.fourpointspleasanton.com

Four Points by Sheraton Pleasanton aims to make guests feel right at home with its creature comforts, but its 10.5 lushly landscaped acres can feel more like a resort than a backyard. Lagoons, waterfalls, and fountains sparkle in the sunshine, their soothing sounds helping even the most harried travelers shed their concerns in this oasis of tranquility. The garden courtyard is a riot of color, and the Olympic-size heated outdoor pool beckons visitors from their balcony or patio. A whirlpool and a well-equipped fitness facility are also on site.

"Corporate travel is our specialty; it's what we're all about," the hotel contents. Its welcoming, clean, boutique-style accommodations, accessible location, and friendly service substantiate the claim. All 214 guest rooms boast the signature Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed, whose pillow-top mattress set, high-thread-count sheets, and down comforter and pillows promise "the best sleep of your life."

Room amenities include dual-line telephones and voicemail, high-speed Internet access, plasma television with cable, in-room movies and video games, and appliances like clock radio, coffee maker, and hairdryer.

The 100 percent smoke-free facility also offers dry cleaning and laundry/valet service, a business center, and free self-parking.

Also on site is Faz Restaurant, well-known to locals for seafood and kabobs cooked over a wood-burning grill. Faz is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving a bountiful brunch on Sundays. Room service is also available.

The hotel participates in the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent stay program, which allows members to earn and redeem points at hotels and resorts throughout its worldwide network.

Hyatt Summerfield Suites Pleasanton

4545 Chabot Drive (925) 730 0070 www.summerfieldsuites.com

This all-suite hotel is a popular choice for families or longer-term business travelers, assuring them they can "continue your life as you know it." The Summerfield Suites' "Welcome to More" campaign emphasizes the combination of fresh design and functional layout, with separate spaces for sleeping, working, relaxing, and cooking.

The one-bedroom suite includes a separate bedroom with its own bath, king plush Hyatt Grand Bed, walk-in closet, and TV; a living area with an oversized Cozy Corner sofa sleeper, TV, and DVD player; and fully-equipped kitchen. The suite also has a dedicated work space, including a full-size desk, dual-line phone, voice mail, and complimentary high-speed Internet access.

Equipped with the same amenities, the two-bedroom suites are perfect for families and corporate travelers attending the same meeting or event, offering each traveler a high degree of privacy and functionality.

Hyatt's characteristic attentiveness to guest comfort also shows up in its many complimentary services. Evening Socials Monday through Thursday allow guests to mingle, relax with a beverage, and enjoy freshly prepared appetizers. Travelers who really miss outdoor grilling while on the road appreciate the Summer Grilling Socials every other Wednesday evening, June through August. "It's a great opportunity to meet fellow guests and hotel associates and enjoy a taste of summer," the hotel promises.

For more challenging recreation, there is an outdoor heated pool and a 24-hour Fitness Center.

To start the day right, the hotel serves a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning, after which guests can catch a shuttle to and from local offices. The on-site, 24-hour Guest Market sells a variety of snacks, upscale frozen entrees, and grocery items that guests can use for cooking in their suite kitchen. The hotel's complimentary grocery shopping service offers another mealtime option.

Hyatt Gold Passport members can receive points good toward free stays and air miles. Check the web site for special promotions and other details.

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