AC Hotel Pleasanton
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The sparkling new is in the heart of beautiful Tri-Valley, just 35 miles east of San Francisco.
Tri-Valley includes the charming cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville, and is known for its rich cultural heritage, international cuisine, and over 50 wineries in the Livermore Valley. To my surprise, I learned that this is one of the oldest wine regions in California.
On my taxi ride from San Jose airport to the hotel I was stunned at the scenic rolling hills surrounding me; I thought for a minute I had landed in Tuscany.
The property is conveniently located next to the West Dublin BART transit station and is within easy reach of the shops, restaurants, cafes and bars in Pleasanton.
The hotel is touted as "Modern Design with a European Soul". This description rings true, from the sleek and modern guest rooms and suites to the European-style buffet breakfast laid out each morning. The common spaces are open, bright and welcoming.
Details have been thoughtfully considered - it even smells wonderful. A faint but pleasant scent permeates the reception area.
Guests will enjoy this hotel for its comforts, conveniences and services. I stayed here as part of a Travel Writers group and thoroughly enjoyed my experience, noting that the staff were genuinely interested in giving their guests the best experience possible.
My King room felt luxurious with its sleek black marble shower, comfortable bed and modern, clean-lined furnishings. The personal welcome message and soft music playing in the background added to the inviting ambience, as well as my view of the pool and the mountains in the distance. A coffeemaker and mini-fridge are provided in each room. Need a snack? Just pop down to the little market downstairs.
Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool with an expansive deck and cabanas and a 24-hour fitness room with state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment lining the floor-to-ceiling windows. The AC Library offers a relaxed workspace with its pleasant decor and comfortable seating.
A European-style buffet breakfast starts the day off right with fresh-made French croissants, charcuterie-style meats and cheeses, yogurts, fruit, parfaits and granola, as well as a hot item. Breakfast is completed with coffee, tea and an assortment of fruit juices.
The friendly bar adjacent to the breakfast buffet offers craft cocktails, wine and beer, and can be used for events as well. We kicked off our writer's retreat with lovely flower-garnished welcome cocktails made especially for our group and enjoyed them in our own corner of the window-lined bar area.
Although the temptation is great to lounge all day at the hotel's inviting pool, be sure to visit the quaint towns of Tri-Valley. Known as "The Sunny Side of the Bay", the area offers miles of open spaces for hikers, bikers and golfers, historic Main Street strolls, a theater, and an abundance of fine and casual eateries and cafes.
I found the to be the perfect place to lay my head down in comfort after a full day of discovering all that Pleasanton and Tri-Valley have to offer.
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