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Larkspur Purchases Downtown San Jose Hotel

Larkspur Hospitality, a fast growing independent hotel company, announced today that
it has acquired the Hyatt Sainte Claire in San Jose, California and has
renamed it The Sainte Claire, a Larkspur Hotel. The hotel will become part of
the Larkspur Collection and will no longer be affiliated with the Hyatt brand.“We are thrilled to welcome The Sainte Claire to the Larkspur Collection,”
said Karl Hoagland, chairman, president, and CEO of Larkspur Hospitality.  “To
purchase a hotel with as much history and grandeur as The Sainte Claire, adds
tremendous value to our growing family of hotels. We have a plan in place to
invest significant capital into the hotel for improvements that will deliver
our guests exceptional comfort, productivity and the best possible hotel
  Located in downtown San Jose, across the street from the San Jose McEnery
Convention Center and just three miles from Mineta International Airport, The
Sainte Claire features 171 guest rooms and suites.  The guest rooms offer
country French dicor, feather down beds and complimentary wireless Internet
access.  The 17 suites differ in size and shape, ranging from Parlor Suites
offering a King bedroom and separate sitting room, to the Deluxe Grande Suite
with two King bedrooms, a boardroom table and a fireplace.
  The Sainte Claire features nine meeting rooms providing more than
10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and banquet facilities that can
accommodate groups of up to 450 people for a variety of events.  In addition,
The Sainte Claire offers a stunning 1,656 square-foot skylight meeting room,
which is unique in San Jose.  A full range of audio visual equipment and
wireless high-speed Internet connections is available to support all event
  The hotel also houses Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana, offering guests
award-winning Italian cuisine.  With a seating capacity of 220, the restaurant
also features two private dining rooms and an outdoor courtyard.  The
Panatteria, located within the restaurant, provides guests with a variety of
freshly baked breads, pastries, cookies and specialty coffees.
  The Sainte Claire has a long, storied history and is among San Jose’s most
recognizable landmarks.  Opened in 1926, The Hotel Sainte Claire, as it was
originally named, was considered to be the center of social and cultural life
in the San Jose area.  Today The Sainte Claire is a member of Historic Hotels
of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation which
recognizes hotels that have maintained their historic architecture and