Historic Hayes Mansion Hotel in San Jose Completes $20 Million Renovation

SAN JOSE — The iconic Hayes Mansion in San Jose has completed a sweeping renovation that completely revamped its lobby, rooms and suites, and added a new restaurant, the hotel announced Wednesday.

The Hayes Mansion is now part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, an upscale lodging brand that offers a collection of unique, independent hotels and resorts, executives said.

“We look forward to welcoming back our esteemed guests and the organizations that have made Hayes such a unique and premier historic destination,” said Jeff Carpenter, General Manager, Hayes Mansion San Jose, Curio Collection by Hilton.

The renovation included an overhaul of the hotel’s 214 rooms and suites, Hayes Mansion executives said.

Lobby of Hayes Mansion, a hotel and conference center at 200 Edenvale Ave. in San Jose.
(Dylan Patrick, Hayes Mansion)

The hotel property is owned by JMA Ventures, which purchased the property in 2019, paying $27.8 million, according to Santa Clara County Public Records.

The property’s main building is considered a historic structure and was built in 1905 by members of the Hayes family. The property fell into disrepair in the 1970s and 1980s, according to a city staff report.

San Jose purchased the property in 1984 from the now-defunct city redevelopment agency and undertook three expansions from 1991 to 2002.

But the city has been forced to provide subsidies ranging from $2 million to $6 million a year, financial pressure triggered by the Great Recession and falling revenues. Eventually, the city was able to alleviate its money troubles with the mansion by selling it to the JMA Ventures group.

“The completed property offers a sense of exploration and curiosity and invokes the pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial drive that epitomizes Northern California,” Carpenter said.

Palm & Ember food and beverage establishment at Hayes Mansion, a hotel and conference center at 200 Edenvale Ave.  in San Jose.  (Dylan Patrick, Hayes Mansion)
Palm & Ember food and beverage establishment at Hayes Mansion, a hotel and conference center at 200 Edenvale Ave. in San Jose.
(Dylan Patrick, Hayes Mansion)

Event space totaling 33,000 square feet was also upgraded.

A major addition to the hotel is the Palm & Ember food and beverage establishment on the property. The bar and cocktail lounge lead to the 150-person dining room, a full-service terrace with a capacity of 40, and a garden seating area.

At the beginning of the mansion, the property was self-sufficient. The site included its own power station, post office, railroad station, horse-drawn carriage stop, living quarters for 40 ranch hands, and a chapel. The family members grew fruits and vegetables and raised livestock.

The mansion is an example of Mission Revival architecture. In 1975 Hayes Mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places and became a California Historic Landmark.

“The hotel has been redesigned and brings visitors back to the rich history of the Hayes Mansion estate with a touch of modern style,” Carpenter said.

Bird's eye view of Hayes Mansion, a hotel and conference center at 200 Edenvale Ave.  in San Jose.(Hayes Mansion)
Bird’s eye view of Hayes Mansion, a hotel and conference center at 200 Edenvale Ave. in San Jose.

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