In August 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, Continental completed exciting renovations of public spaces and guestrooms for Hayes Mansion, in San Jose, California. Despite the unique challenges that renovating a historic property can bring, we worked tirelessly to transform this beautiful property.

In 2019, this historic hotel was purchased by JMA Ventures with the goal of restoring the hotel and upgrading the facilities, according to The Mercury News. Continental was thrilled to be a part of this project —not only for the guest room renovation, but also for the public spaces. (For more public space project renovations, take a look at our last blog!)

Hayes Mansion Guestroom Renovation

Continental enlarged all 214 guest bathrooms, providing new stone vanities and installing new plumbing and light fixtures, as well as floor and wall tile. Guest entryways received new tile flooring, updated carpet and paint, and new furnishings. Elevator cabs were completely renovated, and the property’s five upscale suites in the mansion (built in 1906) received additional ADA upgrades, kitchen amenities, and artwork. 

The guestroom renovation at Hayes Mansion in San Jose, CA was truly remarkable. From mixed metal finishes and clean lines in the bathrooms to the playful color palette in guest suites, the finished rooms took on a feeling of “updated elegance.” 

“We will remember this project for a long time,” says Executive Vice President Renee Bagshaw. “Not only are the property itself and the renovations beautiful, but we managed to complete the work in the midst of a global pandemic, safely. We learned and implemented new cleaning and safety protocols, and they have become the springboard for subsequent projects during this crazy time.”

Hayes Mansion Public Space Renovation

In addition to the property’s guestroom transformation, Hayes Mansion hotel renovation also included public areas receiving impressive upgrades as well. A new bar was created where the previous buffet area once stood, while the new buffet area was installed in a new location, complete with waterfall edge stone tops. Throughout the restaurant, Continental provided extensive new concrete tile work, food service equipment, and a new lighting package. The front desk stations we relocated and comfortable new seating areas provide multiple vantage points to see the historic property’s unique features. All the public restrooms were renovated, as well as the ballroom, prefunction areas, and multiple upscale meeting spaces. Outside, a new concrete and wood deck and ADA ramp were installed with a glass railing and new exterior lighting. The pool deck was extended, and alterations made on the traditional California clay tile roof.

Hayes Mansion was highlighted in a Trade Show News Network blog “Revitalized Downtown San Jose Offers Traditional and Modern Meeting Spaces.” The author shared, “There are many venues available for meetings and events not too far from the downtown area, including arenas such SAP Center and Avaya Stadium. For smaller groups that prefer to keep everything under one roof in a different setting, Hayes Mansion and Hotel Valencia offer unique alternatives. The charming and historic 214-room Hayes Mansion offers 33,000 sq. ft. of IACC-certified meeting and event space within 24 meeting rooms of varying dimensions, including a 6,600 sq. ft. ballroom and outdoor spaces that are perfect for receptions. The property, which is located eight miles south of downtown San Jose, is currently undergoing a $20 million transformation into a Curio Hilton, with a target rebrand date of Apr. 1, 2020.”

The Hayes Mansion is breathtaking. If you’re ever in San Jose, California it is definitely worth stopping by or even staying. Thank you for the opportunity, Hayes Mansion!