This was a new hotel for me, and will likely be added to my list of "go backs" when I visit my office in Mountain View. While I found the room a wee bit small, I liked the hotel itself.
The staff was awesome! Everyone was very friendly, and very accommodating! I don't know about the "hip vibe" but the boutique hotel aspect was refreshing and I didn't feel like I was just one of 100's in a large hotel. The breakfast actually did seem like a *real* breakfast and the fresh fruit (yes!! fresh fruit!) was a nice touch! Loved how the the furniture in the room could all be moved around and reconfigured to your liking -- and yes, I did rearrange things somewhat.
If you are used to one bedroom suites, the single room hotel room is small. And the room I got was most definitely on the smaller side. Even after rearranging things to my satisfaction it was a bit claustrophobic. Fortunately, they do have rooms you can lounge about in, and apparently the wine/beer gathering in the lobby is a great way to hang in the early evening. So unless you are absolutely spoiled by larger suites, this really wouldn't be "bad."
Hmm... Absolutely nothing really!!
Some miscellaneous notes. I liked that they had various different snacks available for purchase in the room. The location is pretty decent, so there are plenty of places nearby for dinners if you find yourself on your own on an evening (and a grocery store across the street, although having been used to a mini suite with a stove, the store wasn't much help).
The bed was quite comfy, and I slept great, although I shudder at the pillows that look like they don't have shams that can be pulled off and washed (do people toss those on the floor? are they replaced after each guest?).
There were tons of electrical outlets, so I didn't have any problems charging the myriad of electronic devices (two phones, tablet, and laptop). This was definitely a plus. Also I didn't have to search around or crawl around on the floor to find these outlets. Bonus!!
I don't know if I'd love the Avante for a longer stay, but for two nights it was absolutely perfect! Definitely I'll book again for a short trip back to the Bay Area!
And again, major kudos and thanks to the hotel's staff for being so friendly and accommodating!
(It was especially funny... I left a tip and chocolates for housekeeping the first day, and when I got back to my room, SHE left me a note and chocolates! Hilarious!)