The historic Hotel De Anza opened its doors to the public on February 26, 1931. The original concept of the hotel began in 1929, the end of the infamous Roaring Twenties, after the West Santa Clara Development Association planned to build one of the only “first‐class hotels” in San Jose. H.H. Weeks, the De Anza’s original architect, designed the 144‐room hotel to be built at a cost of $505,000. Together with builder Carl Swenson the construction of the ten‐story building was completed in just one year.
The Hotel De Anza became a renowned addition to a city once recognized for its productive agriculture. Built amongst the cherry and plum orchards, the hotel brought a certain fashionable décor and lifestyle. The hotel soon began to attract celebrities and politicians as guests.
Some of the nostalgia that makes the Hotel De Anza a unique historical, architectural and social landmark still exists today. The beloved 25‐foot “diving lady” was originally painted on the West side of the building in 1951 to promote the hotel’s heated pool, and it remains a local attraction today. The rooftop neon sign carries as much notoriety as the famed diver. At first, the hotel was to be called “The San Jose Hotel” but was later changed to “Hotel De Anza” after explorer Juan Bautista de Anza, who discovered the Santa Clara Valley in 1776. The ceilings in the Hedley Club Lounge and De Anza Room were renovated for the reopening and are exact duplications of what the polychrome overheads were in their origin. The hotel’s terra‐cotta, earth tone and peach exterior has also been restored to a likeness of what it was in its early years.
Thanks to local firms keen on preserving its Art Deco heritage, Hotel De Anza has seen several restorations over the years. Now a proud member of the Destination Hotels collection, the current remodel pays homage to the Roaring Twenties and De Anza’s beginnings in the Jazz Age while simultaneously looking to the future. Recently renovated in summer of 2015, our meeting rooms and public spaces, as well as modernized accommodations with the latest in high‐tech amenities, truly make this boutique hotel worthy of its Silicon Valley home.