Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sainte Claire Hotel is Becoming a Westin

Recently the news broke that Wolff Urban Development (owned by Lew and Keith Wolff) purchased the Sainte Claire Hotel  from Larkspur Hotels. Turns out they are not only going to do a remodel of all the rooms and hallways, but they are also re-branding it as a Westin. This would make it only the second hotel with a Starwood affiliation in San Jose, the other being the Four Points Sheraton across the street. Other affiliated hotels with Starwood are Aloft, Element, Le Meridien, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, and St. Regis.

I'm pretty stoked as Starwood is by far my favorite hotel chain. In fact, I've done a ton of travel this year and last week I hit my 25th Starwood stay for 2011 at--appropriately for me--the Four Points in Downtown San Jose (which is probably the nicest Four Points in the world right now). As for the Westin, this is a very strong brand and will no doubt attract many business travelers and perhaps even a few weekend vacationers. Next on my Starwood wishlist is a hip W Hotel anywhere Downtown.

For more info on the Westin San Jose, click here.


  1. Try a Joie de Vivre hotel some time. They're generally really great hotels.

  2. Too bad they're not going to make it a W! However, I agree about the SPG brand.