7 December 2015
High-tech hospitality in Silicon Valley: The Epiphany
The Epiphany Hotel was featured in United Airlines’ publication, Hemispheres Magazine. Thanks for the shout out to STEINBERG, available on all United flights in December.
Opened last year by the forward-thinking Joie de Vivre Hotels chain, Palo Alto’s Epiphany is the techie crashpad Silicon Valley never knew it needed. The owners converted a 1970s assisted-living residence with the help of Steinberg Architects, McCartan Interior Design, and high-tech design firm IDEO (the creators of the original Apple mouse). They brought in smart design touches such as a lobby light installation made from 100 Edison bulbs that ascend or descend, brighten or dim based on the mood in the room. The entire space is intended to spark creativity: In the mezzanine-level Tinderbox, whiteboard desks fold up into the walls like Murphy beds, and high-backed “hoodie” chairs are designed to block out distractions. Suite guests have access to luxe Master & Dynamic headphones, described as “modern thinking caps.” In fact, the only sign of the hotel’s prerenovation days is the six-story mosaic mural of El Palo Alto (“The Big Stick”), the thousand-year-old Coast Redwood for which the city is named. It also happens to be the logo of Stanford University, just a few blocks away.