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Virgin Hotels are still working away on their first hotel in Chicago, four long years after Sir Richard Branson hinted to us there would be a Virgin Hotels brand, but the new locations are starting to populate.
Most recently, the brand announced plans for Nashville along with NYC and with Dallas, LA, Miami, and London on the horizon. And now possibly. Silicon Valley.
The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Virgin Hotels are looking to develop a hotel on a parking lot next to a Caltrain station in downtown Mountain View, which is home to Google and other tech companies. In typical Virgin Hotels fashion, details are scant on the project idea. But maybe some new info will come to light when it's discussed at the city council meeting on Tuesday.
Yet as the Virgin Hotel brand stays fully clothed from head to toe, they did give us 6 things we should know about the Virgin Hotel experience and they are all pretty perfect things for Silicon Valley's start-up culture. Except maybe the part about wooing women. Virgin might have teach some of those kids a few things about that.
[Photo: Virgin Hotels]
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.
In case you've been living under a rock (hopefully with your iPhone) this past week, rumors and feature leaks abound in regards to the upcoming release of the Apple iPhone 5. The actual unveiling won't happen for a week yet, taking place on September 12 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
In the meantime, all of the Apple invitees, tech journalists and other news media seeking to cover the event are also seeking hotel reservations. According to the recent Trivago hotel price index report, the repercussions of the iPhone rush are already being felt:
UPDATE: The Avatar is no longer a Best Western, but 100% Joie de Vivre.
It’s finally here: the weekend when Avatar mania infects millions of fan-boys and (James Cameron hopes) spreads to the rest of the masses. And if you’re in Silicon Valley this weekend, you can extend your all-things-Avatar-all-the-time experience by checking into The Avatar Hotel which is already in 3D. (Get it?)
This new joint venture between Joie de Vivre Hotels and Best Western is located in Geek Town Santa Clara, near the folks of Yahoo!, Cisco, Intel, et al. Accordingly, it has all the amenities techie travelers like, the most important being free WiFi.
JDV Hospitality has opened a new hotel in the technology capital of the U.S.--Silicon Valley. And as an ode to the tech culture, the hotel's name is Domain Hotel. And the restaurant on-site is called Bytes Restaurant and Lounge.
As with all JDV properties, there's free wireless throughout the hotel but interesting the hotel's guestrooms don't really cater to the go-go-go mentality of the tech world.
The 136 guestrooms and suites are decorated in two themes: Tranquility and Awakening, which can be customized to each guest’s individual preference and mood. Guestrooms feature flat-panel televisions, iPod docking stations, and simple, honest office workspaces that you can sleep in.
The tranquility rooms have a serene blue color scheme and are scented with lavendar. Get the tranquility executive suite which has a jacuzzi bathtub. The awakening rooms have a green "forest" design and a lemongrass scent designed to invigorate you. Again, get the executive suite with the jacuzzi.
There's also a fitness center and outdoor heated pool on site. Rates start at $219 a night during the week and at $119 on the weekends.
Tonight's the opening party for the Domain Hotel which shows you just how new this place is. But JDV already has a presence in Silicon Valley with the Wild Palms Hotel and the Google Hotel aka Hotel Avante.