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
From check-in, entering the room, and departure, everything was nice and easy. I only stayed one night as I was passing through. The title says it all: Nice, Clean Quality, Comfortable & Unique. You won't be disappointed!
My son and I stayed at the Avatar for two nights while we were in town for a high school robotics tournament. The decor at the hotel was interesting with a tech-world sort of them. The rooms were on the small side but were clean. We needed some bed sheets for the sofa bed and they were delivered promptly and also put on the bed by the housekeeping staff.
We also left a coat in the closet and the staff were very helpful in getting it returned by UPS which was the cheapest option for us but not the least hassle for them.
Overall it was a very satisfactory stay at a good price and a great location. Definitely recommend.
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Avatar Hotel for one night for my strongman contest the next day. They let us check in an hour early which was great. Service was excellent and hotel was beautiful. Would come back to this hotel again.
I appreciate the work that Joie de Vivre puts into refurbishing older properties, the décor at this property was terrific. The front desk service was prompt, cheerful, and helpful; they gave me exactly the type of room I asked for (upper floor and quite). The amenities were really good too - a good hair dryer even! The only thing I didn't like was that my room had that old motel smell (like stale cigarettes) - I don't think there is anything they could do about it without replacing the drywall, fresh paint, and new heating/cooling unit. I would stay again, but I would ask for the freshest room.
The hotel has a bit of a motel feel overall. I had the King room and it was clean and the bed was firm. The room is good for one person or a couple. The front desk staff were very pleasant. Outside traffic noise came right into my room as if the window was open. Lots of places to eat within walking distance. Near Mission Colleg, Great America's Theme park and even Levi's stadium. A good value hotel for a quick stay.