Getting to the Hotel

The Sainte Claire is at the corner of Market and San Carlos in downtown San Jose. Its website doesn’t have its own direction page, but it does have a map. The hotel does not have an airport shuttle. See also Getting Around from which the following is modified:

BY CAR:
101 Northbound (from Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Hollister, Los Angeles) Exit onto Interstate 280 northbound. Then exit onto Highway 87 (Guadalupe Pkwy) northbound. Exit at Santa Clara Street, turn right, and right at Market. The hotel is on the left just beyond Chavez Plaza (which divides Market Street).

101 Southbound (from San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara) Exit onto Highway 87 (Guadalupe Pkwy). Then exit at Park Avenue, turn left, and right at Market Street (end of the street). The hotel is one block ahead on the left.

280 Southbound (from San Francisco, Stanford, Half Moon Bay) Take the Vine Street/Almaden exit, turn left (under the freeway), and right at San Carlos Street (corner with the Hilton hotel). Our hotel is one block ahead on the right.

680 Southbound (from Sacramento, Concord, Fremont, Milpitas) 680 South becomes 280 North at the 101 interchange. Stay on 280 North and exit onto Highway 87 (Guadalupe Pkwy). Exit at Santa Clara Street, turn right, and right at Market. The hotel is on the left just beyond Chavez Plaza (which divides Market Street).

87 Southbound (from north San Jose) Exit at Park Avenue, turn left, and right at Market Street (end of the street). The hotel is one block ahead on the left.

87 Northbound (from south San Jose) Exit at Santa Clara Street, turn right, and right at Market. The hotel is on the left just beyond Chavez Plaza (which divides Market Street).

880 Southbound (from Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, Fremont) Exit at Coleman Avenue. Turn left onto Coleman Avenue (crossing over the freeway). Proceed on Coleman, which turns into Market Street. The hotel is on the left just beyond Chavez Plaza (which divides Market Street).

17 Northbound (from Santa Cruz, Los Gatos) Take the Downtown San Jose/280 South Exit. Take the Vine Street/Almaden exit, turn left (under the freeway), and right at San Carlos Street (corner with the Hilton hotel). Our hotel is one block ahead on the right.

PARKING INFORMATION:
There are a wide range of parking options near our hotel.

Valet parking at the Sainte Claire Hotel is priced at $29/night — for that you are entitled to unlimited in and out privileges. If this opportunity does not suit you, our local team suggests you have a look at the official downtown San Jose parking website here: http://sjdowntownparking.com/

Flat rate parking. Pay particular attention to these four City parking structures, where a $5 flat rate is charged for evening parking. Enter the garage after 6 pm on any week night, and pay a flate rate, $5. On Saturday or Sunday, $5 is the all-day (6 am – 5:59 am) rate. Also note that many restaurants will validate, so it’s worth bringing your parking ticket with you and asking.

Second and San Carlos Garage (closest to the hotel, at the Camera Theaters)
Market and San Pedro Garage
Third Street Garage
Fourth Street Garage

The nearest garage to the Sainte Claire is the McEnery Convention Center garage. Rates at this facility vary wildly, based on events that may be taking place at the CC. They may offer a $5 overnight rate, or they might charge $25. Be sure to check before entering the garage.

Metered parking. Parking restrictions are posted — read the signs carefully.
The majority of meters operate 9 am – 6 pm Monday – Saturday, and charge $1/hour.
Meters take nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar coins.
Most have a 1-2 hour limit.
Most are free after 6 pm and on Sunday.

Information on other local parking is at sjdowntownparking.com. Look out for the difference between city-owned garages, for which the same rates as the convention center apply (usually without the special events fee), and private garages and lots, which have their own fees and usually do not accept validations. The city-owned garages are marked by a white P in a blue square.

VTA Park & Ride Lots
These are useful, if you know where they are. Parking is free for up to 72 hours. Note the signage, because some restrictions may apply. Park, then ride the light rail into downtown for $2 one way.

Street parking is uncommon in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, except around Chavez Plaza and on San Salvador Street and to the south.

Parking Map

BY AIR:
Transit to Potlatch from SJC (Mineta San Jose International Airport):

There are NO free shuttles between the San Jose airport and our hotel.

The VTA offers free bus service (route #10) from the airport to two light rail stations. Take the eastbound 10 to the closest (Metro/Airport) light rail station. For $2 ride any downtown San Jose (or Convention Center or Winchester) -bound train to downtown and disembark at the Convention Center stop.

Refer to the Ground Transportation page on the SJC airport site for bus stops and more.

Taxis
Taxis are available from the ground transportation points at the airport. Fares from SJC are a minimum of $15, which includes the first 3 miles of travel and a $1.50 airport fee. Beyond 3 miles, the fares are charged by meter at $3.00 per mile. We estimate the one-way fare to the hotel will be around $25.

Paid Shuttle Service
In lieu of hiring a taxi, paid shuttle services are available:
SuperShuttle: 1-800-258-3826
VIP Airport Shuttle: 1-408-986-6000
S&E Bay Airport Shuttle: 1-800-548-4664 / 1.408.225.4444

Transit to Potlatch from SFO (San Francisco International):

Public transit from SFO to downtown San Jose involves a combination of BART, Caltrain, and VTA services.
BART connects SFO to the Caltrain rail system at the Millbrae Station. Trains operate between Millbrae and San Jose Diridon station until midnight.

From San Jose Diridon station, exit out the front and catch the DASH (free shuttle) or a VTA bus to downtown near San Clara Street or San Carlos Street and Market.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
Santa Clara VTA includes bus and light rail services. See also Caltrain and ACE for trains to the San Jose Diridon Station.

Getting to Potlatch from San Jose Diridon Station:
San Jose Diridon transit center is located on the edge of downtown San Jose. It is approximately a 20-25 minute walk to the hotel Fortunately, multiple bus lines leave from the side of the station and connect to downtown: 64, 22, others.

DASH shuttles, a free service from the VTA, run about every 5-15 minutes from 6:30 am to 7 pm weekdays. You can pick it up in front (the east side) of Diridon Station.station, runs up San Fernando and makes a loop around downtown. The buses are equipped with lifts.

Take VTA light rail #902 from the WEST side of the Diridon Station. Head toward Mountain View, disembark at the Convention Center stop and walk a block to the hotel. $2 for a regular, non-express ride.

Note: If you are using Caltrain and/or VTA Light Rail, double check the schedule, for the routes and the frequency.
Note: We recommend using Google Maps or 511.org to plan for public transit based on your arrival time.

One thought on “Getting to the Hotel

  1. Lucy Kemnitzer

    DO we have anybody else coming in daily from Santa Cruz County? I’d like to carpool if so. I have to come back each night becuase of finances and a geriatric pet.

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