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The central city of Silicon Valley is one of the world's busiest business travel destinations, and it also sees a fair amount of San Francisco overflow tourist and business traffic as well. Given that the area has become the country's most expensive place to live, you should definitely expect some challenge in finding a great hotel deal.

It isn't impossible, however. Avoiding major business events and conventions in your trip planning is one good strategy. Another is to look north along the peninsula that connects San Jose to San Francisco. When things aren't too busy in the area, you can sometimes find better deals closer to the San Francisco airport centered on the San Bruno area, and the whole peninsula is connected to San Jose by the Caltrain rail system and numerous buses.

San Jose has a nice mix of hotels, from charming local properties to popular chains. The chain hotels in the city are mostly midscale (Ramada and La Quinta) to luxury (Marriott and Holiday Inn). During busier times, expect prices to start around $100 USD per night to about $300 for the higher-end properties. During less busy times it's possible to snag one of those luxury properties right in the city for around $100 a night, however, and some of the more midscale peninsula hotels and motels may drop as low as $50-60.

Tips for Visiting San Jose

San Jose itself has never really been a tourist destination, but it can see fluctuations in traffic with general tourism to the Bay Area. Summer is the regional peak season, when the weather is warm and there's almost no rain. International travelers, in particular, flood the Bay Area during the months of June to August, often on summer breaks from university. Fall sees a slowdown in tourism, though the weather is usually still quite warm and nice. Winter is the slow season when hotel deals are easiest to find, though "winter" in the Bay Area sees average temperatures that rarely get anywhere near freezing and there is no chance of snow.

If you need to stay in San Jose, the concern is more about avoiding major business events to get the best deals. Some examples of major events in the city that can draw tens of thousands of visitors include Apple's WWDC in June, Facebook's F8 in April, FanimeCon in May, and BIOMEDevice in December. There has been a trend of tech companies moving their big events from San Francisco to San Jose in recent years due to the city's better capacity to handle the crowds. The San Francisco 49ers also now play in Santa Clara, which is only seven miles from San Jose, so you may see increased hotel bookings and higher rates during home games.

As far as big celebrations go, the most popular tend to be held during the summer. These include the Gilroy Garlic Festival, the SubZero Festival, the Santa Clara County Fair, and the San Jose Summer Fest. San Jose's Pride weekend in late August is also usually heavily attended, but it has nothing on San Francisco's Pride Week in June, which is the largest in the world and usually sees hotels sold out all the way down to San Jose.