When I first got there I thought - what have I done!
I was surprised to find the reception is actually part of the iHop building (so look for the iHop - the hotel is not well signed)
The hotel looks like an old - OLD motel 3 (half the quality of a motel 6) and looks like a cell block with a pool.
The owner/s have obviously tried hard to update the place with a nerdy theme of 80's toys and early gamer memorabilia, along with some retro-modern style furniture in an attempt to prevent you staring at the cell block walls.
The one thing they couldn't do is make the rooms bigger (without tearing it down of course)
They also have failed to get rid of the old smell - something that hit me when I first walked in and almost made me walk out again.
The bathroom, come closet was interesting. The soap had mold growing on it, inside the little cardboard box and my sink didn't have a stopper as well as the faucet handle being too hard to operate.
I know they are trying hard to make it work, but unless you are looking for a "Nerd" experience and missed out on the Pacman era, I would give it a miss
On the upside, iHop has a great breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sync up with Avatar Hotel, the perfect portal to the vibrant technology hub of Silicon Valley. Our boutique hotel will keep you connected, rested and comfortable throughout your stay. Embrace your inner tech nerd. Our newly renovated rooms feature a large working desk, 37 inch flat screen TV, Ipod docking station, refrigerator and free high speed internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Santa Clara
- Holiday Inn Santa Clara
- Santa Clara Holiday Inn