Another member of the generally funky Joie de Vivre hotel chain, the small Avante is centrally located for business in the Mountain View / Palo Alto area. Not too attractive from the outside, the rooms are generally tastefully furnished and the staff genuinely friendly and helpful. This was my second stay here in a few months and the experience has been consistent both times. For business travelers this hotel has everything you need and expect, but in a compact size with a bit more high touch service. It's good value for money and I will be back.