Hotel Clariana Now Open

downtown dash shuttle vta san joseThe boutique Hotel Clariana has opened in the historic 1912 building at Santa Clara and Third streets. Owners RSTP Investments, LLC has kept the old façade, but just about everything inside the five-story building is new. That includes 44 rooms with giant bathrooms and tall ceilings, business center, gift shop, meeting rooms, travel center, and technological amenities.

The hotel offers is comparably priced with other downtown hotels, and includes free wi-fi, parking and tea time in the afternoons, said Henry Phan, general manager.

Designed by local architect William Binder, who also designed the Jose Theater and Hotel Montgomery (now Four Points), the Beaux-Arts-style building originally served the YMCA until 1959. The owners acquired the property in 2009 and hosted the Redevelopment Agency’s Entrepreneur Center until the state folded all such agencies. The owners took two years to complete the interior modifications.

RSTP plans to add another 60 rooms, plus pool and new lobby on the parking lot it owns adjacent to the hotel between Third and Fourth streets

“Because it’s a new building, it should be a lot faster process than working with a historic structure,” said Tina Phan, part of the ownership.

The business is taking reservations at hotelclariana.com.