Four Points by Sheraton (Hotel Montgomery) - San Jose, California Historic Downtown Boutique Hotel

The Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown was built in 1911 and operated as the Hotel Montgomery until 2004. Still featuring the elegant balustrades and brick-hued exterior created by its founder, T.S. Montgomery, this classic grand hotel is listed on the California Register of Historical Places.

With just 86 guest rooms, the Four Points by Sheraton offers boutique-style service and exclusivity. The studio-style deluxe units on floors two through four come with either a king bed or a queen and cover 240~310 square feet of floor space. Each of the Junior Suites features a king bed and a sofa bed with throw pillows, an armoire, a large writing desk, a Burberry plaid-upholstered lounge chair with an ottoman, and a reading lamp. All rooms are non-smoking.

Among standard amenities are premium cable channels, a CD player, a laptop-sized in-room safe, a mini-bar with a coffeemaker, a refrigerator, a dual-line telephone with voicemail and data ports, and an iPod alarm-clock docking station. All units also include marble-and-tile bathrooms, Aveda toiletries, terrycloth robes, an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, Egyptian-cotton linens, and down comforters. In-room high-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary.

The hotel's many facilities and services include a 24-hour fitness center, executive luggage storage, and same-day laundry and valet services. There are also two bocce ball courts available for guest use, located in the outdoor Paragon Plaza beside a grove of olive trees. And throughout the hotel's public areas, free wireless, high-speed Internet connectivity is provided.

The Mosaic Restaurant & Lounge is the signature restaurant at the Four Points by Sheraton. The menu items can best be described as fusion cuisine, combining the finest California ingredients with a flair inspired by both Asia and Europe. Dress here is casual, and seating is available outdoors as well as inside. Food service hours are 6pm to 10pm from Monday through Saturday and 5pm to 10pm on Sundays.

In addition to offering a sophisticated dining experience, Mosaic has a lively lounge atmosphere, serving up handcrafted specialty cocktails and stocking some 100 different vodkas from around the world. On Fridays and Saturdays, guests can enjoy their drinks accompanied by the soothing sounds of live jazz, too.

For meetings and events, the Four Points by Sheraton has five function rooms, the largest of which covers 480 square feet. Arrangements can be made for groups of up to 250 people in the open-air Paragon Plaza, with its three waterfall-like fountains and natural furniture made of rattan. Also, Mosaic's private dining room can be booked for banquets, wedding receptions, business dinners, and reunions.

The Hotel Montgomery is located at 211 South First Street, San Jose, California 95113. By car from Interstate 880, take the Coleman Avenue Exit and go left away from the airport. Continue on Coleman Avenue until it becomes Market Street, and then turn left onto San Carlos Street. Follow San Carlos to South First Street and take a left. The hotel is on your left, with valet parking available for $23 a day and self-parking by the hour or $20 per night for hotel guests.

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