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Hotel Avante, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Mountain View
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good Deal, Good Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Felt like got my moneys worth with extras to make the stay nice. Stayed for a weekend and as others have noted, staff is super nice. Included breakfast was better than expected. Amenities and modern touches make staying in an obviously older hotel nice. Comfortable room and beds. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Grapevine, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The staff really seems to go out of their way to greet and ensure you have what you need during your stay. The accommodations were not bad but were not great either...just seemed a little out-dated in certain aspects while others seemed modernized.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Hyderabad, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

I stay at this hotel primarily when visiting for work. They are close to most of the major offices in Mountain View and provide complimentary shuttles in case you need it.
They have a tasty breakfast spread but it lacks variety plus they have nothing in the other meals they can boast about.
The beds are comfy and the rooms are decent but they are super expensive.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Scotts Valley, California
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28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

I've stayed at the Avante twice now and I keep trying to stay somewhere else but other hotels in the area are always booked up ;-/.
Best thing I have to say is how helpful and friendly the staff all are.
Worst thing - and this may be just me - but the place smells very odd - from the front lobby, into the elevators, the room where breakfast is served, and into the two rooms I've stayed in. On a bad day I'd say it's a mix of furniture polish and dog muck. On a better say I'd say floor wax (but for the most part the floors are carpeted...).
The first time I stayed there for a week and the room was awful - it overlooked the road, was on a lower floor and was very dark even in full daylight. It was my own fault however as when I asked to move I was told all the other rooms away from the road were full but that I could move on the following day. When they came to help me with my stuff to move I then couldn't be bothered to make the change.
The second time I stayed there I asked (and paid) for a better room. This was on the 4th floor, overlooked the pool and had more natural daylight. A better deal all round.
The Avante has a free breakfast - which for a small hotel is very good - oatmeal, pastries, bagels, toast, cake, eggs, Asian food, tinned peach halves, pieces of fruit, granola and cereal, yoghurt etc.
The rooms are easy to reconfigure to your taste, have free wifi, a turn down service with candy, and in the second room I stayed in there was a selection of desk toys and games.
Given the choice, I'd stay in San Francisco at the CLIFT in a very nice room for the same money....I think the Avante is expensive for what it is but it's *in* Mountain View and if you're there on business it's got a free shuttle service and has an easy-to-get-to location.
Just wish they could do something about the smell.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I strongly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the area. It has some real personality...as opposed to the mega-chain places nearby (Crown Plaza, Hilton Garden Inn).

The rooms are very comfortable with nice large screen TV's. Free internet, free breakfast, free wine reception, free candy in the room...nice!

Can't say enough about the front office staff. Kristen, Nathan, and everyone else always makes us feel at home.

I've stayed there about 20 times over the last 5 years and it's almost my second home. GREAT PLACE!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

The hotel is very well located, comfortable, decorated in a classic very charming, with a service team that is friendly and efficient, and has a good breakfast. The furniture of the rooms are mobile, allowing guests to rearrange the furniture. The bathroom is also very good, even though it is simple.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I love this hotel! We travel to the area every month and will ONLY stay at Hotel Avante.

Front office staff is fantastic, location can't be beat, and I love the nightly wine reception.

This hotel is my home away from home...you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed November 2012
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rld9, General Manager at Hotel Avante, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thank you for your positive feedback and glad you feel at home at our cozy hotel!
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Property: Hotel Avante, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Address: 860 E El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040-2808
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Location: United States > California > Mountain View
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Mountain View
#5 Romantic Hotel in Mountain View
#6 Family Hotel in Mountain View
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Avante, a Joie de Vivre Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Avante is a handsome oasis, ideally located in the bustling heart of Silicon Valley. Elegant in atmosphere and striking in detail, the Hotel Avante is inspired by Mid-Century stylings and contemporary urban lifestyles. Clever amenities throughout the guestrooms make them as efficient as they are comfortable. Special features throughout the hotel include our Hi-Fi Lounge, heated pool, hot tub, and courtyard. ... more   less 
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