Napoleon Bonaparte may have loved France, but he just might feel at home in the Silicon Valley as well. You could say Enchanté Boutique Hotel has a thing for the former French military leader. His likeness is found throughout the hotel, emblazoned on everything from antiques to placemats. But what guests will really appreciate are the rooms, fit for a king, or rather an emperor.
The lobby skews more like the entrance to a home than a typical hotel lobby. Instead of a doorman, there’s a water bowl to welcome canine guests. A single person, at a single desk will get you checked in when you arrive.
Enchanté Boutique Hotel has 19 non-smoking rooms. All offer Amish-crafted certified organic mattresses and real wood windows that actually open. Bathrooms feature Carrera marble bathrooms with oversize showers. A majority of the rooms also have gas fireplaces that heat up with the flip of a switch.
But part of the fun of a stay at Enchanté Boutique Hotel, is the surprise waiting when you wave the keycard in front of your door. Each room is named and decorated with its own unique Parisian flair using collector’s items and antiques purchased by the owner during years of travel to France.
My home away from home was Pompadour Framboise, a Deluxe Queen Room on the third floor. The queen bed took up the bulk of the room, but there was also a desk and an upholstered chair tucked into a corner under the window. Though the hotel is located on a busy street, the room was quiet.
A wine and cheese reception is held nightly and complimentary breakfast is served in the Campagne One Main Bistro, next to the lobby on the first floor. Expect a selection of fresh fruit and pastries along with a selection of cooked to order entrees like French toast or Eggs Benedict. The bistro, complete with 200-year-old wood beams, showcases a number of antiques including military hats, a collection of Napoleonic goods and even a piece of French cobblestone roadway. Campagne One Main Bistro is also open for small plates and wine in the evening.
Enchanté is located at the foot of downtown Los Altos. Its location offers guests a nice place to stroll and shop, or grab a bite to eat in an assortment of cafés and restaurants. San Francisco is about an hour’s drive north. San Jose is southeast, about a half an hour away.
Canine companions are welcome at Enchanté Boutique Hotel. Select dog (and cat) friendly rooms come with an assortment of amenities including a designer bed, food and water bowls. The pet fee is $35 per stay, per pet.
Wi-Fi is complimentary. The hotel does not have a parking lot, however, complimentary parking is available at a public parking lot across from hotel. Ask for a parking pass at check in.
Review and photos by Dana Rebmann. Dana was a guest of Enchanté Boutique Hotel, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.