My $35 Four Seasons Hotel Stay was Cheaper Than Expected & How This Was One of my Best Hotel Deals Ever!

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Four Seasons Silicon Valley Mistake Rate Deal

Back in November of last year I made a quick post about an awesome deal I stumbled across for the Four Seasons hotel in Silicon Valley. Initially I booked the $35 per night rate on their website, but later found out it was also available via Amex’s Fine Hotels & Resort program.

Yesterday my wife and I had the opportunity to stay at this hotel. A full review will follow, but I definitely have to say it was one of the best deals we have scored on a paid hotel. As a reminder, we paid $35 per night and it included:

  • A room upgrade to a deluxe view room.
  • Guaranteed 4PM Checkout
  • Breakfast for 2 which the hotel gave as an $80 room credit.
  • $100 spa credit.

Once the $35 deal died, the rate on the hotel’s website was a whopping $295 for the night we stayed.

Mini-Review

Four Seasons Silicon Valley Mistake Rate Deal
Lobby & check-in

Considering the hotel is a Four Seasons we had high expectations and for the most part they were met. We were greeted by the doormen when arriving and during check-in the front desk manager came out and introduced himself. We were also nicely escorted to the elevators as well.

My wife was able to enjoy a 30 minute massage which cost just $5 after our spa credit and breakfast was very good too. We opted to eat in the restaurant, but the $80 credit can be used for room service too. Very nice.

The room itself was fairly small for a high-end hotel, but it was nicely appointed and the bed was fantastic. L’Occitane amenities ensured we smelled nice as well. I will say the room was a bit creaky and could use a little maintenance. The faucet on our bath tub leaked for example. Nothing major, but just some small signs of wear.

Better Rate Than Expected

Four Seasons Silicon Valley Mistake Rate Deal
Our final bill.

Our original quote was $40.29 for the room including tax and we also had my wife’s $5 massage (she tipped in cash) and $12 for self parking on the bill. So the bill should have been around $57, but it was actually a lot better. For some reason, the hotel subtracted tax from our total.  I’m not sure why but the front desk agent didn’t seem concerned when we checked out.

So for $40 out the door we got:

  • $295 room
  • $80 in breakfast
  • $105 30 minute massage
  • Overnight parking
  • A room ugprade 

Not bad at all.

Conclusion

Hotel deals like this pop up from time to time and I tend to jump on them when I can. The key is ensuring that they are cancelable and then booking first and working everything else out later. 

Did you stay at this hotel on one of the $35 rates? Share your experiences in the comments!


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15 COMMENTS

  1. Ritz Carlton Miami suite for 92.85 per night for 3 nights in 2015…. found the deal on a website and booked immediately

  2. Before anyone starts getting awestruck, this Four Seasons is located in East Palo Alto and NOT Palo Alto. I would best considered this an office park hotel with a lovely view of US-101.

    There are no other restaurants/shopping within immediate walking distance of the hotel, but it sure beats a stay at a Hilton Garden Inn.

  3. $295 for a Four Seasons is a pretty low price, especially considering we are supposed to be in a tech boom there. Those are like 2009 rates for that property. It’s an odd Four Seasons given its location, and very much a business rather than leisure hotel, but the service is typical Four Seasons quality.

    For $40 glad you enjoyed it.

    • Agreed that the location is odd, but it makes sense given the businesses in the area. It does feel like Four Seasons quality even though it is mostly a business hotel. I’m sure during the week the rates are much more.

  4. Hyatt regency Santa Clara sometimes has weekend rate well below $100. Back when diamonds also got 2500 points for closed lounge and 1000 points welcome amenity, the actual rate was closed to zero. Also the lounge is actually open on weekends with minimal snacks, soft drinks and espresso machine.

    By the way, it has bigger rooms and a much nicer location than Four Seaons.

    • The Hyatt is a decent hotel, but I wouldn’t say the quality of the rooms compares to the Four Seasons. It is very much a big convention hotel whereas the Four Seasons is smaller and more refined. With that said, given the price difference the Hyatt is definitely compelling.

  5. Mine ended up only costing $24.37 TOTAL for the room. They didn’t charge tax, AND then they subtracted $12.63 of tax instead of adding it. Even better deal!

    Good to see you this weekend!

  6. Anyone taking advantage of the Hilton-Curio El San Juan mistake fare back from January next week?

    Paid $113 per night for 3 nights for 2BR Tower Suite that usually goes for $1,000+ per night. Shawn I think I remember you said you had booked this back then as well.

  7. $5 tip on the massage? Yikes that’s pretty cheap. Why not pass along some of the savings to a hardworking individual?

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