Hotel Avante, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Executive desk packed with games and puzzles for spurring creativity or just unwinding
- Free breakfast and shuttle service to several local tech company campuses
- Concierge staff go above and beyond to make things easy and meet special requests
What To Know
- Free wine happy hours from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Sunday through Thursday
- It’s in the suburbs; you’ll have to drive or take a bus or cab to get around
- Outdoor pool is open seasonally from April through November
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
From burnt orange walls in the lobby, to colorful abstract art in the hallways, Hotel Avante has a playful tech-centric vibe fitting of its Silicon Valley location. Brainiacs meet up with colleagues at The Incubator, and future tech leaders chat over free wine happy hours Sunday through Thursday.
Bed and Bath
The 91 rooms and mini suites have a cozy compact feel. Look carefully for all the little upgrades and amenities: games and puzzles like an Etch-a-Sketch and Rubik’s cube in the ergonomic work desk; iPod docking stations by the beds; Egyptian cotton linens and plush bathrobes; and rain showerheads and luxurious Lather bath and body products in the bathrooms.
Start every morning with a free hot-and-cold breakfast buffet, where you can also grab some items to take on the go. Open from April through November, the seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub are rarely crowded, meaning a lounge chair is usually waiting just for you. Or get your exercise by working out in the small, but well-equipped fitness center.
In the Area
Hotel Avante sits right along El Camino Real, the main artery through Mountain View, a Silicon Valley hub that rubs shoulders with Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. Nearby high-tech company campuses include heavy hitters such as Google, Intuit and Symantec. About 1.5 miles away – a quick drive or bus ride – downtown Mountain View‘s pedestrian-friendly Castro Street is chock-a-block with bars, restaurants and shops. For entertainment, check what rock bands are playing outdoor concerts at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. Since Mountain View is located at the south end of San Francisco Bay, it’s only a 20-minute drive from downtown San Jose or about 45 minutes from the city of San Francisco, for more urban exploring.
How to Get There
Needed a room for a few days before space was available for an extended airbnb stay. I saw the amenities on Hotels.com and gave it a try. Quick/easy check in. Friendly host and staff. Comfortable room and a well stocked breakfast buffet with a variety. Very happy with this choice.
Front desk staff super friendly and helpful. Coffee and tea bar available all day next to the lobby, juice in the lobby in the morning. Very good breakfast. For once -unusual for any hotel - it was worth checking out all the art in the hallways and the room: They have a very cool curated collection of eastern European photographs. I will definitely stay there again when I travel to the San Jose area.
An interesting, older hotel in the tech, silicon valley area offering decent value for good location. It's far from modern with window a/c and dated fixtures feeling from 1970s. Not sure if I'd say retro.