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Our Story

An Immersive Stay Experience in San Jose

The bristol is a place. a place that exists amid straight lines, greige and shiny devices. a cheeky hideaway, an environment that immerses guests in experiences as diverse as our clientele. we are unapologetic in our character and find beauty in eccentricity. off the beaten path, discover a respite from daily life.

Change is in the air - Keep an eye out and ear to the ground for what's next!

Our hotel was built 20 years ago as the "crown jewel" of an aging entrepreneur who shaped the san jose hospitality industry 33 years ago before "silicon valley" was even an idea. The exciting process of restoring and rebranding the property is currently underway by his daughter, the former creative director of starwood's luxury brand group.

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The Bristol was inspired by world travels and built out of collected experiences to comfortably host guests as if they are family.

Did you know that we have a piece of the Berlin Wall in our event space? Or have have hosted celebrities like Carlos Santana over the years? We have a lot of stories after 20 years...

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What Makes Us Different...

  • The Bristol continues to be independently owned and operated.
  • We are a small business that is 100% female-owned/BIPOC. 
  • While big box hotel chains decorate their hotels with furniture imported from overseas, The Bristol is proud to say that 90% of our furnishings and chandeliers was made in the USA.

All Are Welcome Here

The Bristol embraces and values diversity a rainbow colored flag. We welcome all races, genders, ages and abilities to experience our property.