2.5 star hotel
Area: The Old Quad
0.25 mi from city center
Best Rooms: There aren't many views available, as the hotel is surrounded by the buildings and parking lot.
Best Rooms: Your best bet for a view is of the pool from the even-numbered rooms ending in *36 - *44 on all floors (e.g. 136, 240, 342). Otherwise, you'll see out onto the surrounding streets or the parking lot.
Best Rooms: The best city views are found from rooms facing Great America Pkwy. on floors 7 - 14.
3.5 star hotel
Area: Santa Clara
2.54 mi from city center
Best Rooms: Odd-numbered rooms facing the freeway offer better views of the surrounding area (especially on floors 6 - 10), but these rooms do tend to be a little noisier. Rooms overlooking the parking lot offer views of the mountains, from higher floors.
Best Rooms: There are no real views offered at this hotel, as it's surrounded by other buildings. However, room facing the pool may offer a better view.
Best Rooms: Vagabond Inn Santa Clara offers a beautiful view of the pool, which can be seen from corner rooms facing inward on floor 2.