Avatar Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Santa Clara, Silicon Valley, California

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Cons

  • Cramped bathrooms
  • Some complaints of outside noise
  • Windows open onto the outdoor hallways
  • Fitness center is on the small side

Bottom Line

The 168-room Avatar Hotel is a 1960s-style motel that has undergone a fun redesign: think funky furniture, shag carpets, and glass cases of toy robots. But despite the modern furnishings with lively colors, many old problems remain, including rooms and windows opening into outdoor hallways -- which results in less privacy -- as well as cramped bathrooms. Perks here include an outdoor heated pool, bright fitness center, and the up-to-date technology expected in a Silicon Valley Hotel. Wi-Fi here is free, and rooms feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and spacious work desks. While the Avatar Hotel attracts mostly business travelers for its central Santa Clara location, the close proximity to the Great America Theme Park is nice for families too.

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 Location

Centrally located in Santa Clara, near a theme park, golf course, and the airport

Santa Clara is a relatively large city in the Silicon Valley, located west of San Jose. Like other areas of the Silicon Valley, this destination is home to numerous high-tech companies like Intel and Sun Microsystems. One of the most popular attractions in the city is the geek-friendly Intel Museum. Santa Clara also has a large convention center that many companies in the wider Silicon Valley utilize.

In addition, Santa Clara is home to one of the historic missions that line El Camino Real and in 2015, it will also be home to the 49ers. The hotel is located right by Mission College and is a short drive from the Great America Theme Park, the airport, and the Santa Clara Convention Center.

  • 5-minute drive to the San Jose Airport
  • 36-minute drive to San Francisco International Airport
  • 2-minute drive to Mission College
  • 2-minute drive to the Great America Theme Park
  • 3-minute drive to the Santa Clara Convention Center
  • 3-minute drive to Intel Museum
  • 6-minute drive to Santa Clara Municipal Golf Course
  • 10-minute drive to Sunnyvale
  • 10-minute drive to Mission Santa Clara de Asis
  • 11-minute drive to Santa Clara University
  • 13-minute drive to San Jose's galleries, restaurants, and shops
  • 50-minute drive to San Francisco

 Bottom Line

The 168-room Avatar Hotel is a 1960s-style motel that has undergone a fun redesign: think funky furniture, shag carpets, and glass cases of toy robots. But despite the modern furnishings with lively colors, many old problems remain, including rooms and windows opening into outdoor hallways -- which results in less privacy -- as well as cramped bathrooms. Perks here include an outdoor heated pool, bright fitness center, and the up-to-date technology expected in a Silicon Valley Hotel. Wi-Fi here is free, and rooms feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and spacious work desks. While the Avatar Hotel attracts mostly business travelers for its central Santa Clara location, the close proximity to the Great America Theme Park is nice for families too.

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Address

  • 4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Room Types

  • Avatar Accessible Queen
  • Avatar Full
  • Avatar King
  • Executive King Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 167
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Santa Clara, Silicon Valley
Address: 4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
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