The House of Toys

Hotel Avante doesn’t want you to grow up. Not so quickly anyway.

Those who play access their minds in a childlike way. It’s the quest of Hotel Avante to help you channel your inner child. The business park exterior—it’s trying to blend with the neighbors—belies the “working” playground inside. All rooms have a retro ’60s vibe and come with furniture on wheels—because who knows when and quite possibly where that next big idea will strike? It might happen in front of the window rather than by the bed. These are not run-of-the-mill roller chairs, either, but velvety overstuffed ones.

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The Hi-Fi Lounge and Boardroom give a little space for a team collaboration. Games are standard here, from Rubik’s Cubes to Etch A Sketches. A yo-yo works your hands, leaving your mind to wander. The elliptical in the fitness center works your legs, leaving your mind to wander. Doing the elliptical and the yo-yo together might not be the result you’re after. However, when you’re ready to wander, a shuttle will drop you anywhere you need to go within ten miles; some neighbors you may have heard of within that radius are Google, Yahoo, and LinkedIn.

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In the evenings, the complimentary wine and beer is a nice gesture. Follow that with an evening dip in the heated pool. Now, those are ideas!

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