by Michael C. Lowe | January 01, 2012
San Jose
The San Jose McEnery Convention Center received approval for a $120 million expansion and renovation in April 2011. The facility now is in the process of adding 125,000 square feet of function space, bringing total event space at the venue to approximately 550,000 square feet. The convention center will remain open throughout the construction, which is expected to be completed in fall 2013, at which time the center will apply for LEED Silver certification.

The 234-room Crowne Plaza San Jose Downtown will complete a $7 million renovation and rebranding later this month, turning it into the Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown. The property, which offers 7,000 square feet of meeting space, is directly across the street from the city's convention center.

Meeting Hotels
 Properties include the 805-room Fairmont San Jose, 512-room Holiday Inn San Jose, 512-room San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, 506-room San Jose Marriott, 505-room Doubletree Hotel San Jose, 355-room Wyndham San Jose, 353-room Hilton San Jose, 239-room Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown, 213-room Hotel Valencia Santana Row and 196-room Radisson San Jose Airport.

Convention Center
San Jose Convention Center; exhibit space, 143,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 31; (408) 792-4194

Airport Transit
 Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, approximately three miles from the center of the city. Transfer cost by taxi, $15-$20

 Room tax, 10%; sales tax, 9.25%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10%, plus a Convention Center Funding District Tax of 2% to 4% and a $0.75 to $2 per night hotel business and improvement fee (based on location)

Group VenuesWinchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House was built by Sarah Winchester, heiress of William Win­chester, who was treasurer of the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. According to legend, Sarah believed she was haunted by the spirits of those killed by the firearms made by her husband and built this bizarre house to ward them off. The result is a bewildering network of stairways to nowhere and windows that open into brick walls. The Winchester Room can be used for meetings of up to 65 or receptions of up to 150, while groups of up to 100 can rent out the outdoor space, which includes gardens and a restored greenhouse (408) 247-2101

A five-minute walk from the convention center, Parkside Hall offers 30,000 square feet of exhibit space with 24-foot-high ceilings. The venue can accommodate up to 1,800 people. (408) 792-4194   

Team San Jose, (800) 726-5673