The huge Fairmont hotel in San Jose is open again with a new name and a new

South Bay’s largest hotel is open again with new branding and new hope that it will spark a post-pandemic recharge in business travel. The 805-room mega-hotel that used to be the Fairmont, which went bankrupt in March last year and suddenly evicted all of its guests, including the Las Vegas Knights NHL team as reported by Hoodline, has now been renovated and opened as Signia by Hilton San José. The hotel at 170 S. Market Street began welcoming guests this week and has promised to be a leading player in downtown San Jose’s economic rebound.

“We are thrilled that this hotel can bring life and energy back to downtown San Jose and welcome our team and our guests. We are hiring several hundred people, possibly close to 1,000,” said the principal owner of the hotel. hotel, Sam Hirbod, at Mercury News The Fairmont’s bankruptcy came after 34 years in business and was a direct result of the pandemic, with the huge establishment losing money month after month since closings began in March 2020 .

Renovated lobby. Photo credit: Signia By Hilton

Signia by Hilton is banking on the fact that the days of business travel bans are over. “I think you’re starting to see the signs of business travel coming back, it’s always been a strong market for San Jose. Investing a company like Hilton in downtown is obviously a big deal and something something we celebrate,” San Jose Chamber of Commerce CEO Derrick Seaver told San Jose Spotlight.

Renovated lobby. Photo credit: Signia By Hilton

While you won’t notice any upgrades on the hotel’s exterior, inside, Signia by Hilton San Jose features a newly modernized lobby that leads guests into a renovated bar and dining areas that offer a wide array of dining options. The hotel has also converted some of the interior areas into guest offices totaling approximately 65,000 square feet. The swimming pool and gym have also been renovated. Renovations are still underway in some of the hotel rooms in the North Tower, which means that all guests will be staying in the South Tower.

Renovated pool area. Photo credit: Hilton

Since the Signia by Hilton brand caters specifically to business tourism, the hotel now hopes rooms and gathering spaces will begin to be booked along with the tech meetings and convention events Silicon Valley is for. known. “The hotel’s debut solidifies the city’s positioning as a premier destination for some of the most important meetings and social events,” Hilton representative Danny Hughes said in a statement to San Jose Spotlight.

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