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
A perfect place to retreat to after a looong music festival weekend at the Shoreline Ampitheater. I appreciate coming back, dining in for late night eats, then taking a hot shower and plopping on the comfy bed. Clean, quiet, and relaxing.
Staff is super friendly and helpful. They really go above and beyond to make you feel at home. Bill was especially helpful and happy to answer any questions or special needs I had. The decor in the rooms was also really cute. Loved it!
Great location for events at Levi Stadium, Great America or downtown San Jose. Right in the heart of Silicon Valley. The two restaurants were very convenient along with the hotel discount was an added bonus!!
IHOP restaurant voucher $$ means you are locked into eating at the restaurant adjacent to the hotel... Complete with long waits as it is also frequented by non-hotel guests. If you can't be seated before you have to leave, you forfeit the voucher money. The hotel will not refund
Stayed here on the weekend with my spouse. Seemed like there were lots of families staying here so the small pool area can be noisy during the day. The room we had was clean and pretty quiet since we did not face the pool. There is no on-sight restaurant or bar here so they offer breakfast at the iHop next door, which I would recommend to skip. Definitely worth driving elsewhere for food. Happy hour was available through the front desk. It’s an okay hotel for rest but don’t expect too many amenities to come with.