Palo Alto Travel Guide
We always love a hotel opening but we really love an earlier-than-expected hotel opening which is what happened with The Epiphany Hotel in Palo Alto, Calif. when it opened its doors yesterday, instead of on the scheduled date of April 1st. This totally makes up for the hotel not opening last summer.
Staff at the JDV Hotel greeted guests wearing super stylish Taylor Stitch custom-designed uniforms (which hardly look like uniforms considering they are dark denim jeans paired with oxford button downs) and happy faces. Not surprisingly, the first guest at the hotel was a VP of a software company based in Palo Alto.
The 86 rooms at the Epiphany Hotel, which is located a block off from University Avenue (as in Stanford University), come with complimentary high-speed internet access (obvi), Frette linens, Malin & Goetz toiletries, Illy espresso machines, honor bar and dry bar, a work desk with ergonomic chair, 47" Samsung TV and a G-link iPod docking stations which will wirelessly stream movies and video games to guest rooms TVs. There's also 24-hour room service and a turndown service too.
And the hotel is still promising the service of a Technology Concierge who will help you with all thing tech-related. But can they hook you up with a website designer or app developer for a new start-up venture? That remains to be seen.
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When we compiled our Master Openings list this year, we had a spot reserved in Palo Alto, Calif. for The Epiphany Hotel from Joie de Vivre Hotels. The hotel was supposed to open over the summer but now it's set to open next year, on April 1st. But already, the hotel is positioning itself as the must-stay hotel in Silicon Valley. In their own words:
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.
Clearly, the hotel's WiFi is going to be free and fast and full of plenty of bandwidth. The hotel is also promising the services of its own technology concierge. Sweet! No doubt this concierge better know his or her tech specs before starting the job. Yet given the hotel's location near Stanford, we don't think this will be too hard.
But what else can we expect from The Epiphany in regards to more traditional hotel amenities? For starters, there's 24-hour room service, regular concierge services, pet-friendly rooms, Frette linens, Malin & Goetz toiletries, Illy espresso machines, honor bar and dry bar, a work desk with ergonomic chair, 47" Samsung TV (55" ones in the suites) and a G-link iPod docking stations which will wirelessly stream movies and video games to guest rooms TVs. Housekeeping will also do a turndown service and will use green cleaning products too.
The criteria for being a true geek hotel includes loaner iPads and smart-card check-ins. Or, as is the case with this new boutique hotel, simply being Where The Geeks Are. And you can't get much geekier than Palo Alto, home of Stanford University, AOL, Google, Facebook ... and the new Hotel Keen.
With just 42 rooms, the hotel is pretty small--and from the photos, it looks pretty no-frills and no fuss. But it's the little things that should reel in the geeks. The Free WiFi, the bagged lunch you can grab on your way out to a pitch meeting, and the whiteboard surfaces for late-night brainstorming sessions.
Of course this would have to be held at a hotel...
Attention cougars and the buff young men who love them: the First Annual Cougar Convention takes place this month at Dinah's Garden Hotel in Palo Alto, CA.
There will be booze since the hotel boasts a Trader Vic's bar, there will be women in revealing cheetah-print and lace tops, and there will be a Miss Cougar America beauty competition. If this sounds up your alley, then we recommend making reservations as soon as possible since all of this merriment goes down on August 28.
Wondering exactly what the definition of "cougar" is? Luckily for all of this, the convention is based on a book by Valerie Gibson entitled Cougar: A Guide for Older Women Dating Younger Men, in which a cougar is explained:
Bigfoot hunters are speaking live in Palo Alto at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel about their Bigfoot discovery. We just started watching and one of the guys is saying that all the disbelievers are just "jealous." Also, the Bigfoot corpse smelled "like something dead." We'll be updating. Again...let's hope the Bigfoot DNA is kept away from the kitchen.
Update: No DNA evidence was presented. That's good news for hotel guests...bad news for Bigfoot hunters trying to attain credibility.
Update, 8.21.08 Just a joke! Like, duh.
If anyone is on the scene at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel let us know what's going on.
Guess what folks--people have found the elusive Bigfoot! And he's totally dead! And some guys in Georgia who found him in the woods are holding a press conference in California today to announce their discovery!
Yes, that is all true, according to Searching for Bigfoot.
The creature was found by Matthew Whitton (AKA Gary Parker) and Rick Dyer (residents of Georgia) in the woods in northern Georgia. (The exact location is being kept secret to protect the creatures.)
DNA testing was done on the body of Bigfoot, which looks like "it is part human and part ape-like." Bigfoot also walks upright. Apparently, the Bigfoot hunters spotted several more creatures on the day that they found this dead Bigfoot. (So do we call them Bigfeet?)
Ok, we can't even believe we're writing this right now. But the press conference announcing the DNA findings will be held at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto from noon to 1pm today. Sadly, only credentialed members of the press are allowed.
It's been a busy summer for this hotel. This is also the hotel where a case of hotel sick struck in early July. Ew...let's hope they keep the Bigfoot DNA away from the guests.
For at least 21 people who visited the Crowne Plaza Cabana hotel, this holiday weekend is going to be extra-special because they now have "a diarrheal illness" to keep them company.
While the exact cause of the illness has yet to be determined, the outbreak seems to have only affected people at the Cabana, so the hotel invited the Health Department over to check things out.
The San Mateo Daily News reports the Cabana is safe for public use again (even though they didn't know what was wrong in the first place) and they're making sure some changes are made:
they've put together a program for the hotel to prevent future incidents, including sanitizing walls, floors, ceilings and bathrooms, Gale said. Employees also will undergo a one- to two-hour food handling course and managers will receive training on how to recognize a contagious employee.
Uhh, we hope you mean they will be re-training employees about all this stuff.
Sports fans will be happy to hear that our Olympic Swim Team is so focused on their preparations for Athens that they can't be bothered to care about losing $10,000 worth of electronic possessions.
"We lost some electronic equipment from our team room," confirmed Tarrah Smith Pollaro, Media Services Coordinator for USA Swimming. "It's not that big of deal. We're not concerned about it."
I'm happy to hear that they aren't mourning any big losses, but what kind of message does that send to criminals? That they can continue stealing from hotels because the guests don't care?
Read our past post about NBC Dateline's investigation of hotel security.