The Epiphany Experience


By Genevieve Dee
Images by Susana Bates and Sandra Garcia of Drew Altizer Photography

Joie de Vivre Hospitality has recently added another gem in their collection of boutique hotels. Nestled in downtown Palo Alto, The Epiphany is its latest addition.

Up close, its sleek facade has metal panels perforated in round shapes of different sizes. From afar, it looks like branches that tie in with the multicolor panels of wood on the outside paying tribute to El Palo Alto, the city’s symbol.

The Official Opening Celebration afforded everyone a peek around various parts of the hotel. Lure + Till, the in house restaurant and bar sits on the ground floor. It is a cozy space with indoor and outdoor seating that serves food inspired from local farms and fishermen. Today, Chef Patrick Kelly has prepared a luxurious spread of cheeses, olives, cured meats and blinis with caviar! What a treat!


The bar catches your eye with its clever display of wine bottles hanging from hooks along the wall, much like fruit in a fruit stand. An Aperol Spritzer, the perfect outdoor-lounging warm-weather drink is made on demand. In addition to this, a selection of fine wine and cocktails are also available.

Walking around it gives you an appreciation for the modern, sophisticated feel of the hotel. Wood paneled walls exude warmth and elegance as does the accent wall paper designed with maps of Palo Alto. Combining art and technology, Edison, a dynamic light and motion sculpture comprised of about 100 LED lamps delights as well as mesmerizes. It reminds us of all the thoughtful features integrated everywhere to make the tech-savvy tech comfy. Brilliant!

The clean, simple lines throughout the hotel spill into the rooms. Frette linens, your personal Illy coffee maker, Malin+Goetz bathroom amenities, turkish towels, a G-link iPod station, bigscreen TV and an outdoor patio may just make it a bit too hard to leave, yet there are many cozy little work lounges interspersed throughout that accommodate single or group meeting needs.

Balconies from the top floor suites treat you to panoramic views of downtown Palo Alto including Stanford University’s Bell Tower. Here a DJ plays lively mood music as guests sip on margaritas and feast on canapes and an even larger spread of cured meats and cheese.

Bob Steinberg, Chip Conley, Lorenz Maurer, John Pritzker, Niki Leondakis

Bob Steinberg, Chip Conley, Lorenz Maurer, John Pritzker, Niki Leondakis

Niki Leondakis, CEO of JDV’s parent company Commune Hotels & Resorts welcomed everyone. Acknowledged were Steinberg Architects, McCArtan Interior Design and IDEO for their outstanding collaboration. Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality was also on hand to share in the celebration.

Pure Fit Cycles raffled off a Langdon Bicycle while Taylor Stitch offered custom tailored shirts to benefit the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

The Epiphany is now on my list for a rendezvous or a weekend treat.

Visit The Epiphany JDV Hotel
180 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 666-3311