Downtown San Jose Revival: From Historic YMCA Building to Hotel

RSTP Investments LLC opened Hotel Clariana after two years of interior renovations and plans further expansion of the historic property. The owners kept the facade, but transformed the interior.

By Ariela Moraru

RSTP Investments LLC has given a historic YMCA building a makeover and converted it into a 44-key boutique hotel which has just opened, according to the San Jose Downtown Association. Originally built in 1913, the Beaux-Arts-style structure, designed by local architect William Bender, served the charitable organization until 1959. RSTP plans to expand Hotel Clariana on the parking lot it owns next to the property and create 60 additional rooms, a pool and new lobby.

Two-Year Makeover

Located at 100 East Santa Clara St., the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. After RSTP acquired it in 2009, the property hosted the Redevelopment Agency’s Entrepreneur Center. While keeping the historic façade, interior alterations and renovations took two years to complete. Amenities of the five-story building include a business center, meeting rooms, a gift shop and a fitness center.

San Jose International Airport is only 10 minutes away from the hotel. The VTA light rail is two blocks away, while the Diridon Train Station, which connects with San Francisco, is one mile away. San Jose State University, San Jose City Hall, restaurants and bars at San Pedro Square are all within walking distance of the property. Nearby attractions include San Jose Museum of Art and the Tech Museum of Innovation.

Image courtesy of Hotel Clariana

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