A less expensive way to do Valentine’s Day in San Jose

The best way to save money and your sanity on Valentine’s Day is to not celebrate it on Valentine’s Day. 

On Friday my girlfriend told me she had a surprise for me.  She said we wouldn’t be going home after work.  Instead, we would spend the night at the Fairmont Hotel.  I wondered if she won the lottery.  I love spending time enjoying hotel amenities, who doesn’t? 

The last time I priced hotels in Downtown San Jose, rates were in the neighborhood of 300 bucks!  She told me she downloaded an app that gets discounts on empty rooms.  She got us a night at the Fairmont for $187.  We spent the afternoon wearing fancy robes, went to a really delicious dinner and caught a concert.  We came to the agreement that this would be our Valentine’s Day. 

We got a cheaper room than we would on Valentine’s Day and didn’t need to make reservations for dinner!

Here are the fancy robes.

Here’s the view from our room.



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