The Avatar is a hip cool hotel on Great America Parkway-is is not colored blue like that of the James Cameron movie, but in splashed of bright red, fuschia, lime green and orange. It is next to the IHOP, so many people know where it is and can easily find it, and there's plenty of parking.
We got checked in fast and easy by the friendly staff, and warned about the big day of the 49ers game that might cause a lot of traffic. My room on the 3rd floor afford a great view of the pool-where there is plenty of action because of a pool party on the day of the game. The room is spacious, has a long workstation with plenty of plugs for your laptop and devices, a flat screen TV, a Keurig coffeemaker, a fridge, closet, plenty of drawer space, an IPhone docking station, and funky cool artwork. Wifi is free. The only indication to the hotel's motel past would be the smaller bathroom, but it still works and now the toiletries are by Lather, a higher spa quality brand.
The blinds keep privacy and the light away, but you could open it up to be part of the hotel action so you can see into the pool and hear the music. It could very much be a party place, but works well for business travelers. The dramatic red curtains in the hallway, the color palette in the room, retro furniture, very comfortable bed and upgraded amenities definitely make the Avatar rise above a motel. It is so convenient to have an IHOP next door-you can eat anytime and get 10% off your bill too! There's also a Bennigan's restaurant, a church, across from the Marriott, the new Levi Stadium (home of the 49ers) and Great America. It is indeed very centrally located.
I loved the openness of the hotel layout and its interactive and youthful vibe that you wouldn't get at a standard chain. I'd definitely stay here again!
- 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