Review
Hotel Los Gatos

Mom & Daughter Flee to the City of the Cats
By Kathy Chin Leong


It was time to sweep Gwen away for a special mom-daughter bonding weekend in order to talk again about the proverbial "birds and the bees." Not wanting to go too far while visiting a gorgeous property, we chose Hotel Los Gatos as our getaway spot. Staying at this Mediterranean-style hotel with a European spa, tiled outdoor pool, and on-site restaurant was like overnighting it on the south of France.

The 72-room Hotel Los Gatos, a boutique hotel with the Joie de Virve Hospitality group, is an idyllic multi-level gem that’s tucked on the edge of historic downtown Los Gatos.

Near eateries, local parks, boutique clothing shops, art galleries, and more, the entire hotel oozes luxury with deep jeweltone colors: emerald, ruby, romantic gold.

Yes, it is mainly an adult escape from the stresses of the world, but when you want to treat your child (she’s 17 by the way) to something opulent, the Hotel Los Gatos is a sure hit.

THE ROOMS


Our room featured a suite with a separate living room and bedroom filled with dark wood furnishings and rich colors and paper-lampshaded lamps that emitted a golden glow. The technology amenities were surely fun to have: DVD/CD player, large TV in both areas, free Internet coverage. We took advantage of the free movie selections available to us in the lobby.

Our king bed was sumptuous with an extra thick mattress which lulled us to sleep. Sitting together with the silken sheets and scarlet comforter, watching Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai, we felt like two queens on a holiday.

In the morning we took to the room’s wrought-iron railed balcony to enjoy some breakfast treats. The sunshine warmed our cheeks as we continued our sweet time together as mother and daughter.

HIT THE TOWN


From Hotel Los Gatos we enjoyed an energetic uphill walk to delightful boutiques and niche stores. One of our favorites is Petroglyphs, a pottery-painting operation which we have visited often over the years to paint mugs, bowls, and teacups. Domus for kitchenware, garden accessories, and giftware, and the garden shop Smith & Hawkin, and a smattering of clothing shops always seem to hold something of interest to us. U Proprieters are welcoming, not minding if you simply come in to browse. Gwen did find a bargain- a $10 handkerchief skirt that was normally $80 in one of the designer shops on the edge of town.

For yummy eats we have ventured into the Los Gatos Grill, Andale for Mexican food, the California Café, and Boulanger Bakery and many others. In downtown Los Gatos, there are so many great restaurants featuring Italian, Japanese, seafood cuisine and more, you can indulge for a week and never go to the same place twice. Price points for eateries the gamut, and you’ll find family-friendly sandwich haunts as well as contemporary Greek bistros.

The downtown which centers on Santa Cruz Avenue and University Avenue is a great pedestrian area, and Hotel Los Gatos sits across the street from Los Gatos High School and is on the fringe of this bustling, upscale community. If you decide to come to visit overnight, a great time of year to come is the fall,especially during the annual Great Glass Pumpkin Festival held on the front lawn of the high school. Each year, dozens of local glass blowers create over 1,000 glass pumpkins and vegetables to sell their magical wares and raise money for the high school.

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NOTEWORTHY INFO:


Hotel Los Gatos
210 E. Main St.
Los Gatos
888-335-1700
Rates: $259 and up
www.hotellosgatos.com


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