In the past, there really wasn’t much redeeming about San Jose, but now downtown San Jose (Chepe as it is known to the locals) is undergoing an exhilarating cultural revitalization. Historic Hotel Presidente is, unquestionably, the best and most convenient place to experience this growth firsthand. Step onto Central Avenue Pedestrian Boulevard and visit the many museums, churches, parks, and points of interest around the corner. Set off on a bar hopping adventure to sample delicious craft beer from the area’s thriving artisan beer scene. The historic Grand Hotel in this area is also undergoing restoration. This is the hotel that President Kennedy stayed in during his visit to San Jose in 1963.
There are two fun “Hop On Hop Off” tours. City Square Tour offers daytime tours where you can hop on and off a bus with a guide on board with the option to add a guided walking tour and museum visits. Carpe Chepe offers evening pub crawls from 8:30pm – 2:30am.
Barrio Escalante, an neighborhood located in East Downtown San Jose, has come to life with trendy restaurants, craft breweries, and wine bars. Stroll the quaint streets and enjoy the remarkable culinary experience. There is often live music in some of the bars and restaurants as well as in the National Theater. During the day, visitors can visit a number of museums, including the National Museum, Jade Museum, Gold Museum, and Children’s Museum and even the Peace Museum. City parks offer benches to sit and watch the locals go about their day in the mostly perfect climate of San Jose.
For travelers who like to immerse themselves in local culture, enjoy a fantastic culinary experience, and occasionally paint the town, Chepe is right for you! We recommend that you stay at Hotel Presidente, as it is right in the heart of all the action.