Family Memories: Hayes Mansion

Create Your Own Family Memories with one of San Jose’s First Families

Once the estate of a prominent San Jose family, the 104-year-old Hayes Mansion now serves as a luxurious hotel and premier wedding destination. A reminder of family events past, the buildings and grounds radiate vibrancy and extraordinary quality, inviting in families from all over the world. 

Wedding couples look for an impressive setting and one that will provide lasting memories. Every inch of the Hayes Mansion showcases the romance of an era of grace and elegance. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Spanish colonial-style manor is a unique blend of turn-of-the century luxury and high-tech convenience located in the heart of the Silicon Valley. 

“San Jose is the technology heart of the world where nostalgia is almost extinct. Weddings at Hayes Mansion evoke the pre-silicon sensibilities by creating an atmosphere for a turn-of-the-century experience that caters and delivers on the romantic wedding dreams of brides,” says the director of sales and marketing at the Hayes Mansion.

A Family History

Mary Hayes Chynoweth moved her family from Wisconsin to San Jose after having made her fortune 

in mining. From their new Edenvale area estate, complete with a post office and railroad station, Ms. Chynoweth and her sons, Everis and Jay, operated a self-sustaining farm. The family became active in local society, politics, and the fruit industry. Eventually the brothers also published a San Jose newspaper. 

Mary built the mansion to replace the family’s wooden Queen Anne style home that was destroyed by fire in 1899. Intent on making the replacement as fireproof as possible, she commissioned architect George Page to employ the latest fire safety features, such as copper fire doors, stucco, and double brick walls. The 41,000 square foot villa, built in the form of a Maltese cross, also has some extraordinary architectural flourishes: imported marble, exotic woods, ornate tiled fireplaces and stained glass windows, all integrated with fine craftsmanship and superbly blended into ample hallways and spacious rooms. Unfortunately, Mary died before the completion of the mansion, but her family members continued to live there until the sale of the property in the 1950s.

Creating Memories for Your Family

This rich, fascinating history still captivates visitors to the mansion. Without losing any of its antique charm and appeal, the property has been renovated, modernized and expanded in recent years. Today, it has 33,000 square feet of meeting space, 214 luxurious guest rooms and suites, a full-service spa and a fitness center—all enhanced with cutting-edge technology. In addition, a large casual dining restaurant, Silver Creek, provides visitors with an array of culinary delicacies.

A wide range of rooms and large indoor patio are available within the mansion, along with a variety of breathtaking outdoor settings capable of accommodating multiple-sized groups. Unparalleled guest services turn couples’ dreams into reality. Their goal is to have wedding couples and their guests relax and enjoy the extraordinary ambiance of the mansion. 

This historical family home continues to help families create their own special memories. 

Hayes Mansion Hotel
San Jose, CA

Photos by Colson Griffith