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
Just had a lovely stay at the Avatar. It was a work trip so I wanted affordable yet comfortable and not a chain experience. The Avatar, part of the JDV Hotel Group, was perfect. The location is convenient to the convention center & Levi Stadium (and to a Target in case you forgot something). The hotel is more of a motel, with four stories and outward facing rooms. It's on a busy street but I didn't hear any street noise.What I appreciated most was the efficient, friendly front desk staff and most of all the cleanliness of the room and the fantastic towels. Hotel towels can be horrible and these are thick and fluffy. The room also had great magazines and plenty of plugs for my work devices. And the decor is fun and playful, with orange wing chairs and fun art over the bed. There is a Keurig in the room, which was appreciated.Food-wise, there is an IHOP connected to the hotel and some restaurants in a strip mall within walking distance. The only thing I missed was a gym; if I were staying longer I would like a place to work out. There is a pool and lounge area with a hot tub but it was too cold and rainy to try it out; seems like a great spot on a warm day.You can't beat this place for the price. Definitely would stay again.
All good. Everything was perfect. Some soccer kids were running around at 2:00 am, but other than that, no complaints. Now I am just typing to meet the minimum of 200 characters. Do you think we are out of the drought now with all this rain?
I made a reservation and then a few days later modified it to add a day. Then a week before the trip had to modify one more time. I called the hotel directly and they were so helpful, however they failed to inform that calling them and making an online reservation were different and I would be charged twice. After seeing the charge for being a no show I inquired and was told too bad so sad nothing they can do.
We arrived at the hotel after a rough flight into San Jose. I was tired and just wanted to check in and rest. The hotel front desk staff welcomed me back before I walked up to the desk and made me feel like I was returning home. I mentioned my rough flight and they were sympathetic and offered me a bottle of wine as part of my welcome. I felt like they truly cared about my stay. It made me feel so much better and the room was clean, well lit and comfortable. It’s nice to be treated like a person instead of a number.
Located near shops and good steak restaurant in walking distance. Nice staff. Room a bit dark and noisy. Minibar was loud, unplugged it. No breakfast available in the hotel, IHOP is around the corner though.