With over 600 rooms in four different hotels, Hacienda has accommodations that meet every need. Travelers can fly into either the San Francisco or Oakland airports, take BART to the park's East Dublin/Pleasanton station, and walk just a few blocks to a room or suite that holds a welcome bed, along with all the creature comforts. For those who prefer to fly into San Jose, that airport is only 30 miles from the park. Of course, all park hotels offer free parking for those who prefer to drive. However you add it up, Hacienda is a great place to feel at home on the road.
Courtyard by Marriott Pleasanton 5059 Hopyard Road (925) 463-1414 www.pleasantoncourtyard.com
The latest development at the Courtyard Pleasanton is a newly-refurbished lobby. This inviting space provides flexible areas suitable for either work or relaxation, with free Wi-Fi available throughout the entire facility. News and weather are available via a 57-inch touch-screen GoBoard, a virtual concierge that also provides information on nearby restaurant and entertainment options. The highlight of the renovated lobby, however, is The Bistro, which the hotel says provides guests with "healthy food and beverage offerings in the morning and evening dinner service with cocktails."
The hotel's 131 rooms and 14 suites have been designed with business travelers in mind. Comfortable bedding is paired with a large work desk and ergonomic chair to enhance both a guest's productivity and her relaxation. The outdoor pool and whirlpool, as well as a fitness center, complete the picture, along with amenities like an iron and ironing board, desk-level electrical outlets, and a hair dryer. Two meeting rooms totaling 1,250 square feet are also available.
Frequent visitors will want to participate in the Marriott Rewards program, which allows guests to earn points that can be used free stays, air and hotel packages, and to a host of other exclusive offers.
Extended Stay America 4555 Chabot Drive (925) 730-0000 www.extendedstayhotels.com
Under new ownership, this newly renovated and rebranded hotel is full of features that will appeal to guests, whether they're here for a day, a week, or a month. Business and leisure travelers alike will find everything at Extended Stay America for a comfortable stay: 112 efficiency studios with comfort bedding and pillow-top mattresses; kitchens with stovetops, microwaves, and full-size refrigerators as well as cooking utensils; an ample work area; free wireless Internet access; and new 32-inch flat screen TVs with news, sports, and movie channels. Visitors also enjoy unlimited local phone use and personalized voicemail, an iron and full-size ironing board, and weekly housekeeping with optional "Daily Refresh" service.
The goal is to create a "home away from home" feeling for guests. A free "Grab 'n' Go" breakfast is available daily, offering a convenient start to the day. There's an outdoor patio for grilling, on-site laundry facilities, as well as a pool and fitness center. As a pet-friendly hotel, even Fido will feel welcome.
Four Points by Sheraton Pleasanton 5115 Hopyard Road (925) 460-8800 www.fourpoints.com/pleasanton
Perhaps the most notable feature of the Pleasanton Four Points is the hotel's beautiful gardens, spread out over the 10 acres of the site. Lagoons, waterfalls, and fountains add a relaxing, refreshing quality that guests can enjoy from the patios and balconies of the facility's 214 rooms.
The Four Points anticipates every need of the discerning business traveler, offering free high-speed Internet access, dual-line telephones with direct dialing and voicemail, a coffee maker, and an iron with ironing board in every room, in addition to cable channels and in-room movies on 32" flat screen TVs. Dry cleaning and laundry services are available for business attire that suffered unduly from long times in transit. Recreation opportunities include a pool, whirlpool, and fitness facility.
Business travelers should also take note of some of the most extensive meeting room facilities in the Tri-Valley. The Pleasanton Four Points offers over 7,000 square feet of configurable meeting space, including a 2,300 square foot ballroom.
Also on site is Faz Restaurant, well-known for its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and wood-burning grill. Faz is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with brunch on Sundays and happy hour with complimentary food from 5:30 to 7:30 on weeknights. 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 house Pleasanton 4545 Chabot Drive (925) 730-0070 pleasanton.house.hyatt.com
The Hyatt house Pleasanton, a smoke-free, all-suite hotel, is coming off a $3 million renovation of each of its rooms, with floor-to-ceiling upgrades completed in mid-April. Tailored specifically for long-term stays but also ideal for a weekend away, the rooms include a spacious living area with sofa, a work desk, a bedroom, and a kitchen with all the comforts of home, including granite countertops and stainless steel appliances including a stove, oven, dishwasher, microwave, a full-size refrigerator, a coffeemaker, and even a toaster. There's also a 32" flat screen television with high-definition channels.
Hyatt house guests are pampered in other ways, too. Guest services include free high-speed wireless Internet access, same-day valet dry cleaning service (or use the guest laundry facility), and complimentary grocery shopping service. A full breakfast buffet is free to all guests as well. Other amenities include a fitness center that's open around the clock, a courtyard with swimming pool, and an outdoor grilling area. Business travelers will take note of the 24-hour business center, copy and fax services, and flexible meeting rooms. Pets may also be accommodated.
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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