I grew up in Palo Alto and return often, I've stayed at a considerable number of hotels downtown, midtown, off 101 and near campus. For both and business and vacation lodging the Epiphany is hard to beat. Beautifully located downtown they are one of the only hotels with car valet service, an important consideration with Palo Alto's difficult parking. Close to all of the downtown food choices they've got a good restaurant and bar in house serving breakfast lunch and dinner along with room service.
On the same block is Pizzaria Defina a SF chain that is a real standout destination.
Also worth booking is Evvia an upscale Mediterranean a short walk away.
Across the street is the Peninsula Creamery a Palo Alto institution that only sort of rests on its laurels, if your kids are in tow it's a great choice.
For coffee and pastries the Coupa Cafe around the corner is a local hang out.
In room the TV's are new Samsung's with beautiful pictures. There are no premium movie options, only HBO but it is possible to dock an iPad and stream your Netflicks through the hotels free Wi-Fi, try that other places!
Bathrooms are very nice and they provided at the time I was there the nicest shampoo/conditioner/bodywash set I've ever seen (excepting a few places in NYC and Paris.)
Beds are comfy, pillows fluffy and everything clean as hell.
I received a free NYT daily.
There is an Illy Cafe espresso machine in the room. It is really good.
Joie De Vivre again shows an attention to service and staff hiring/training that is standing out in a crowded field.
This will most likely be flagged for being fake but it's not, they really stood out in a major way and I wanted to return the favor. You're not going to go wrong here, unless you really hate life and no hotel can help you then.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Get wired. In the heart of downtown Palo Alto, surrounded by the hottest VC firms, the fastest-growing companies, plus the creative dynamism of Stanford University - this is where you need to be staying.Modern, yet warm. Organic, yet tech-savvy. Wired, yet easygoing. Innovative, with a hint of whimsy. The 77 rooms at Epiphany- featuring 18 Deluxe Queen/Queens, Premium Suites, and 4 Hospitality Suites - let you recharge while staying connected to it all. ... more less
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