by Lissa Poirot
Next door to Apple Campus is the high-tech, highly hip Aloft Hotel, one of Starwood’s newest boutique properties. The Cupertino location is popular for San Jose and Silicon Valley visitors, especially families wanting to visit the campuses of Apple, Netflix and Google, as well as the area colleges. The hotel’s hipness makes it best for an older crowd, and it serves mainly as a business hotel. The property is a new build, constructed in 2012. During the week, rates can soar to $500 per night, while weekends are practically empty and beckon for families to come take advantage of the lower prices. Teens will especially love the hotel and location, with a high-tech lounge and special treats for techies.
Our Editor Loves
- Located next door to Apple Campus
- High-tech hotel with Apple TV lounge
- Free Wi-Fi
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms & Rates
All rooms at the Aloft feature a sofa, most of which are sectional sofas, as well as small refrigerators (oddly and awkwardly under the bathroom sink), flat-screen TVs and bottled water. Most bathrooms have just a shower, save for about a handful with tubs, so be sure to request well in advance.
Kids bedding is offered with princess, SpongeBob and Minion themes, and both air mattresses and cribs are available.
Savvy Rooms are corner rooms that are junior suites because they are larger in size. These rooms are outfitted with king beds and have views of the pool or Apple Campus.
Standard rooms have either a king or two queen beds. With two queens and an air mattress, up to five may share a room. Two double queens can be connected to accommodate up to 10 people.
Fourth floor rooms have bigger windows and city views and come at a premium price.
This is one of four Aloft properties in the area; this one was reasonably priced. The staff is friendly and professional. Our concierge treated us very well and made sure rooms were available prior to check in.
by Martin V
Loved my stay here! So convenient for meetings throughout Silicon Valley, solid food at hotel but located near a wide variety of restaurants & shopping. Room was much better and much less hipster-ish (IMO) than other Aloft properties where I’ve stayed. Will definitely add this to my list of “best options” for work trips?
Aloft Hotels aim to be communal and invite guests to lounge together across its lobby. At this location, the Remix Lounge is a popular place with white couches and banquette seating with Apple TVs that play movies, music and connect to Wi-Fi. USB ports and outlets are plentiful to recharge devices.
Beside the Remix Lounge is a colorful XYZ Bar, which is open from 4:30 p.m. to midnight. Off of the lounge and bar is an enclosed outdoor patio known as The Backyard; it's small and sits beside the noisy street, however. Closer to the lobby check-in are more Apple computers for printing boarding passes and surfing the 'net.
A small outdoor pool is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Refuel by Aloft is the hotel's breakfast spot, providing grab-and-go breakfast items, as well as a limited menu of cooked-to-order breakfast items. The area offers snacks, drinks and microwaveable meals (there is a microwave) for purchase.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The hotel features a laundry room with a coin-operated washer and dryer and free detergent available to guests.
The property is pet-friendly and provides dog beds, water bowls, extra bottled water, toys and goodies for pets under 50 pounds.
Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the hotel.
The Art of Smart Timing
The hotel's location near Apple and many tech giants of Silicon Valley makes it a popular business hotel. Monday through Wednesday nights are the busiest for the hotel, which finds it charges $300 to $500 per night on those peak days. Weekend traffic dwindles enough that heavy discounts are offered to lure in families.
San Jose has an international airport, and San Francisco's airport is just 40 minutes away. The area is located off of Highway 101, for locals driving in from California destinations.
Your family will need a car to get around Cupertino and the San Jose area attractions and sites.