Potlatch 20: March 4 - 6, 2011


The Domain Hotel is located at 1085 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, California. This is between Wolfe Road and Lawrence Expressway, near the Santa Clara city boundary. (If your mapping service shows a location near Mary Avenue, you have West El Camino Real. You will not find us there; we're on East El Camino.)

Transit: Driving access is easy from US 101 or I-280. Free parking on site is fairly plentiful, most of it in an underground garage. The hotel is accessible by public transit, on the Valley Transit Authority 22 bus from the Santa Clara Transit Center or the San Jose CalTrain station. Driving and public transit details are here..

Rates: $89/night for a regular guest room with either one king bed or two queen beds. $119/night for an executive suite, including king bed, sofabed, and Jacuzzi. The rooms have lots of drawers and desk working space, refrigerators, and large LCD TVs that can be used as computer monitors. (Free wired and wireless internet, of course.) Heated outdoor pool, business center, and fitness studio on premises.

Reservations: Rooms may still be available at the convention rate. To reserve at this time, please telephone The Domain directly, at 408-247-0800, and request the Potlatch rate. A credit card is required to hold a room, but will not be charged until your stay. This is the phone number to use if you wish to make changes or have questions about existing reservations. Be sure to check the Details section below regarding special requests. You can reach the Potlatch committee by sending email to hotel@potlatch-sf.org.

Details: All room rates include a hot buffet breakfast for up to three people, with scrambled eggs, bacon, potato, oatmeal, additional hot dishes changing daily, pastries, and cereal, plus - this is Silicon Valley after all - rice, miso soup, and Japanese condiments.

Handicap-accessible rooms are available on request. Potlatch is small and not likely to be too noisy, but quiet rooms away from the con suite are also available on request. The Domain freshens its rooms with lavender (in the "Tranquility" rooms) or lemongrass (in the "Awakening" rooms). These are NOT perfumes or "scent bombs" but small sachets of the dried herbs, intended to be subtle, so they should not bother guests with perfume sensitivities. Still, if you are actively allergic to either of these, you can request to be put in the other flavor of room or to have the sachet removed.

Potlatch will be running from Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6, 2011; but our room rates are good for stays arriving as early as Sunday, Feb. 27, and departing as late as Friday, March 11. This is a real bargain for a business-oriented Silicon Valley hotel, and even better rates than we had last time, so consider spending a long visit, especially if you're looking for a congenial place to stay between Potlatch and FOGcon the next weekend.

Nearby Restaurants/Attractions

The Domain Hotel is in the heart of diverse Silicon Valley eating land. Within a block of the hotel you can dine on Korean, Japanese, Afghan, Thai, and American fish cuisines. Within a couple minutes driving distance are plenty more Korean (including Korean bbq and Korean sushi), Vietnamese pho, Indian (including chaat and all-vegetarian restaurants), Persian, and Mongolian BBQ restaurants, most of them at two or more places. There's also pizza, an Italian cafe, a Korean gelato shop, and some standard chains and fast food restaurants. A little further off, but also within an easy drive, are Mexican, Chinese, Mediterranean, Indonesian, BBQ, healthy soup-and-salad buffets, and just about every other cuisine you can think of. (Parking, both at the hotel and at restaurants, is very convenient.)

You'll also find large Korean and Indian markets, a Lucky’s, several karaoke bars, and a sari shop within walking distance. Area attractions include the Computer History Museum, the Tech Museum, NASA/Ames Research Center, the Winchester Mystery House, the Rosicrucian Museum, Gilroy Gardens, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and many excellent wineries.