Monday, April 30, 2018

New 19-story hotel proposed for Downtown San Jose

KT Urban, perhaps Downtown's most prolific developer, is proposing yet another high-rise tower. This time around it is a 19-story hotel with 220 rooms next to the Hotel DeAnza on Santa Clara Street. The tower would be an angular 209-foot-tall glass structure, somewhat similar to Silvery Towers a few blocks away.

My favorite part of the project is the giant indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar on the penthouse floor featuring amazing views of Downtown San Jose and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Unlike the Capital Club, this would be open to the public. It's also a sign of the times, this latest generation of projects is bring more to the table than cookie-cutter buildings and is offering amenities new to Silicon Valley (I'm still waiting for a completed project with a rooftop pool).

The ground floor will also feature some retail, likely a restaurant. One thing that is missing from this project is onsite parking, and that is likely a good thing if you are an urbanist. They will partner with a nearby garage to offer at least 77 parking spaces for guests. This really shouldn't be a big deal, most hotel guests are already using Uber/Lyft to get around instead of renting cars--a trend that will only continue until autonomous cars take over.

Overall, this looks like another big win for Downtown!

Source: SVBJ


  1. Horrible idea. It’s almost sticking to the neighboring deAnza hotel. Looks totally out of place. It feels like it is proposed by KT based on ‘because we can’. Bad for neighborhood :)

    1. They designed it so that it would not block the deAnza signage and the design mirrors both Axis and Silvery Towers a block away. Think this would add a lot of value to the neighborhood and encourage more visitors to come explore Downtown.

  2. Terrible idea, in such a small space of land, it's going to be terrible to traffic, terrible to the neighborhood value. This is just a sign of poor planning, stuffing buildings in without knowing they don't fit.