Travelers' needs can vary widely, depending on the purpose of their journey, the length of their stay, and their need for facilities like conference rooms and restaurants. Hacienda's four hotels provide a wide array of accommodations, with over 600 rooms including luxurious suites and long-stay studios with built-in kitchens, as well as thousands of square feet of meeting and event space, beautiful gardens, swimming pools, restaurants, and more.
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 their stay. 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 Courtyard's updated lobby is a space that 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 lobby, however, is "The Bistro - Eat. Drink. Connect.," which the hotel says provides guests with "healthy food and beverage offerings for breakfast and dinner with Starbucks drinks and evening cocktails available."
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 fitness room, complete the picture, along with amenities like an iron and ironing board, desk-level electrical outlets, and a hair dryer. Two meeting rooms which can be booked via QuickGroup and total 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 for free stays, air and hotel packages, and to a host of other exclusive offers. Special Member Rates provide instant rewards when booking on Marriott.com, the Marriott mobile app, through the hotel's call centers or via select corporate travel professionals.
Extended Stay America 4555 Chabot Drive (925) 730-0000 www.extendedstayhotels.com
Extended Stay America 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 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 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. Extended Stay America also offers the Extended Perks Reward Program, which allows guests to enjoy benefits including a 15 percent discount on their first stay, as well as an online weekly deals program that offers similar savings.
Four Points by Sheraton Pleasanton 5115 Hopyard Road (925) 460-8800 www.fourpointspleasanton.com
Perhaps the most notable feature of the newly remodeled 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 on 40-inch flat screen TVs. Dry cleaning and laundry services are available for business attire that suffered unduly from long times in transit. Recreation opportunities include an outdoor pool, whirlpool, and newly renovated 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 newly renovated 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 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, tailored specifically for extended stays but also ideal for a weekend away, is an all-suite property where each room has a spacious living area with sofa, a work desk, a bedroom, and a full 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 is also a 37-inch 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 of the guest laundry facility), and complimentary grocery shopping service. Their "Borrow Program" provides guests with items they may have forgotten, such as flat irons, phone chargers, blenders, small appliances, and necessities. A full breakfast buffet is free to all guests as well and even includes a cooked-to-order omelet station. In the evening, guests can enjoy the new H Bar - open daily from 5:00-10:00 pm - which offers a full-service bar, sandwiches, salads, and light snacks. Other amenities include a fitness center that is open around the clock, a courtyard with swimming pool, and an outdoor grilling area, as well as a fire pit with soft seating for evening relaxation. Business travelers will take note of the 24-hour business center, copy and fax services, and flexible meeting rooms. Pets may also be accommodated.
World of Hyatt members can receive points good toward free stays and air miles. Check the Hyatt web site for special promotions and other details.