What We Love
- A stylish 'geek-chic' boutique hotel in Silicon Valley, within walking distance of Levi's StadiumThe vibe: a little bit modern, a little bit mid-century modern
- The nearby Intel Museum and other Silicon Valley sights, like the House of 2,000 Doors
- The 24-hour IHOP – pancakes for dinner, anyone?
What To Know
- There's an outdoor pool and hot tub to relax in
- Within walking distance to Levi's Stadium, for all the 49ers fans
- The building is a renovated motel
When visiting Silicon Valley, stay at a hotel with its own tech-savvy streak. Avatar Hotel is a boutique joie de vivre getaway that prides itself on its “geek-chic style,” expressed through décor that puts a futuristic spin on mid-century colors and lines – think vintage toy robots on the lobby’s shelves. The laid-back lounge comes with flat-screen TVs, or you can kick back and channel surf in your room instead. (Hoodie optional.)
When you want to dive fully into Santa Clara’s culture, the Intel Museum is within a five-minute drive, with exhibitions on the company’s history and computer-science innovations. Or, you can experience impressive feats of engineering firsthand, in the best way possible: on a thrill ride at California’s Great America theme park. Later, come back to Avatar, and partake in the timeless techie tradition of over-caffeinating and pulling an all-nighter, as you flesh out your next big idea. Conveniently, the in-house IHOP is open 24 hours a day.
Your recently renovated room is sunny and stylish, showing off a “geek-chic” take on classic California aesthetics. Expect bold modern furnishings, plus the thoughtful addition of a refrigerator.The 320-square-foot Avatar rooms offer your choice of one king bed, one queen bed or two doubles. For a view of the pool and a larger TV, stay in the Executive King room.
How does “pancakes for dinner” sound? Feast on these – or opt for breakfast or lunch pancakes instead – at the 24-hour IHOP outpost. For wine and draught beer, relocate to Commons Lounge, the perfect place to catch up on TV.
You might know the area in and around Santa Clara better as Silicon Valley, since this section of the Bay Area is headquarters to the tech world’s biggest players: Yahoo, Google, Apple and Netflix, to name a few. While you can’t tour their campuses, you can learn about the history of the local computer-science industry at the five-minutes-away Intel Museum. There’s also some interesting non-tech history to explore locally, such as at the Winchester Mystery Mansion, and family-friendly thrill rides are on hand at nearby California’s Great America.
How to Get There
I knew things were down hill when I returned from work late that night and my neighbor next room to me was outside banging a mirror on concrete outside his room. I called front desk there was no response... there err knocks on door all weekend.. they wouldn’t move because they were “”full”.. I couldn’t get a refund because I was booked on Priceline.. I was stuck there all weekend and I’m from out of town with no resources.. they offered nothing except an apology!! Don’t stay there be careful!
The staff at this hotel were very kind and helpful. The room and bathroom were pretty small. The price for the room was great and they do not charge for pets to stay. There was a steakhouse with great food within walking distance to the room. The bed was pretty hard and due to people smoking outside of our room throughout the night our room smelled like smoke (1st floor doors face outside). There was a gate to the parking lot close to our room which made unloading/loading very easy.
So one can tell from the beginning of the entrance that it used to be another hotel that has been refurbished and taken over by Boutique Hotel. The pros is the colors seem to work the rooms are korky with couch and the pool area is decent and smooth and clean water. Great for a short stay if you have business in the area nearby. The staff are top-notch and are always there to help. We stayed for one night. The walls are kind of thin so you do hear some noise from time to time but other than that cool place to check out.