The first in a spate of planned Palo Alto hotels -- the Epiphany -- debuted Monday, March 10, at 180 Hamilton Ave. in downtown.
The eight-story-tall Epiphany Hotel, operated by the company Joie de Vivre Hotel, features 86 guest rooms and suites. But in addition, according to Joie de Vivre, it is designed to meet the needs of Silicon Valley's work/play lifestyle, including in-room complimentary high-speed Internet access; fully wired mezzanine-level meeting and co-working spaces; and four rooftop hospitality suites with meeting and living areas, family-style dining tables and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Stanford University's Hoover Tower and the Santa Cruz Mountains, the company stated.
"We are thrilled to open our doors in such a vibrant and entrepreneurial community, with the spirit of Palo Alto reflected in our collaborative and intuitively designed spaces," General Manager Lorenz Maurer stated. "We hope to inspire our guests and neighbors with curated experiences that evoke intrigue, curiosity and productivity, making The Epiphany Hotel a dynamic home base for business or pleasure in the heart of Silicon Valley."
Joie de Vivre Hotels of San Francisco operates more than 30 hotels.
Until 2009, the building was Casa Olga, a residence for disabled and elderly people, and was best recognized by its six-story-tall mosaic mural of El Palo Alto, the thousand-year-old coastal redwood that gave the city its name. The building at the corner of Hamilton and Emerson Street was rebuilt under the direction of Palo Alto-based Steinberg Architects and McCartan Interior Design, who aimed to give the hotel the same "sleek yet warm" look of Joie de Vivre's Hotel Vitale, in San Francisco, the press release stated.
Each hotel room is equipped with complimentary Internet access, a G-Link dock for streaming movies and games from any mobile device to a large-screen Samsung TV, an ergonomic desk chair, honor bar and dry bar, and Illy espresso maker. Guest rooms and suites are furnished with amenities, including Sausalito-based Fred water presented in flask-shaped bottles that can be refilled in the hotel lobby.
In addition to a traditional hotel concierge, the Epiphany is employing a technology concierge.
The hotel worked with Palo Alto design firm IDEO to create The Accelerator work lounge and Tinderbox boardroom on the mezzanine level, which is intended to be used as an open, collaborative environment, the press release stated.
On the ground floor, an 80-seat indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar, Lure + Till, will be led by Patrick Kelly, previously executive chef at Gitane in San Francisco and Michelin-starred Angèle in Napa.
The last hotel to open in Palo Alto -- in 2010 -- was Hotel Keen, a 42-room boutique hotel at 425 High St. downtown catering to younger adult travelers.
Hotels still planned or under construction include a Hilton Homewood Suites, at the site of the former Palo Alto Bowl on El Camino Real; a Hilton Garden Inn, also on El Camino, just south of Arastradero Road; and a hotel at the site of Ming's restaurant near the Palo Alto Baylands.