Joie de Vivre Hospitality
|Founded||1987 (San Francisco, CA)|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, USA|
Number of locations
|22 hotels (2017)|
|Chip Conley (founder)|
John Pritzker (chairman)
Niki Leondakis (CEO)
Michael J. Wisner (CFO)
|Services||hotels, hotel management, restaurants, bars|
|Revenue||$240 million USD (2009) |
Number of employees
The company was founded in 1987 by Chip Conley, then 26, after he became "disillusioned" with the corporate real estate market 2½ years out of Stanford Business School. Conley raised $1 million in 1987 to buy the decrepit Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, where he opened the landmark restaurant Miss Pearl's Jam House with Joey Altman. Conley modeled the name after Esprit, the clothing company then based in San Francisco. Initially targeting traveling rock bands, musicians, and filmmakers, Conley met with travel agents throughout the United States, modeled the hotel's concept after Rolling Stone Magazine, and offered tour managers free massages to induce them to book their bands' stays at the Phoenix. A popular but not financial success, the hotel began to attract nationally known entertainers such as David Bowie, Linda Ronstadt, and Johnny Depp, even though the hotel was essentially a low-budget 1950s era motel. With support from investors, Conley bought a series of moderately sized, often run-down buildings, which he turned at low cost into boutique hotels, in each case creating a different "psychographic" concept such as new age wellness, men's health, romance novels, New Yorker Magazine, or luxury camping.
The company, which had been based in San Francisco, suffered a substantial downturn after 9/11 and the dot com crash, which affected San Francisco more than most other hospitality markets. With 22 capital calls from investors and cuts in executive salaries, the company survived and, rather than closing poorly performing properties or laying off staff, took advantage of lower commercial real estate prices to expand throughout California. The company also began to take over and control its hotel restaurants to reduce risk. As of 2008[update] the company owns more than 30 hotels, manages 6 others, and operates 18 restaurants, all within California. Among the most famous is the Ventana Inn in Big Sur, California. The Hotel Vitale, on San Francisco's waterfront, is the first hotel the company built, rather than bought from a previous owner. The company also expanded into managing hotels and condominium amenities for other owners.
Starting in 2005 with Hotel Angeleno in Los Angeles, Joie de Vivre began expansion into southern California, and in 2009 opened Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach, and Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach.
In 2010, a majority stake of Joie de Vivre was purchased by Geolo Capital, the private equity firm founded by Hyatt Hotels heir John Pritzker. A $150 million fund to acquire additional hotels was established as part of the deal, with plans to acquire $300 million to $500 million in hotels over a three-to-five-year period.
In September 2010, Joie de Vivre announced Gary M. Beasley, a partner at Geolo Capital, as its interim chief executive officer. With this appointment, founder Chip Conley became executive chairman and chief creative officer.
In 2011, Joie de Vivre expanded outside of California converting the Hotel Theodore in Scottsdale, Arizona into The Saguaro. The following year in March, Joie de Vivre opened the Hotel Lincoln in Chicago.
In October 2011, Joie de Vivre merged with Thompson Hotels, an international luxury hotel chain based in New York, with the two brands operating under a newly created parent company, Commune Hotels & Resorts. One of Thompson Hotels' founders, Stephen Brandman, was named CEO of the new company. Another Thompson founder, Jason Pomeranc, was named co-chairman along with John Pritzker. Chip Conley, Joie de Vivre’s founder, retained equity in the new company and remained involved as a strategic advisor.
The company expanded to Hawaii in June 2012 with the Coconut Waikiki Hotel and the Seaside Hotel Waikiki (rebranded as the Shoreline Hotel Waikiki in 2013), both in Honolulu. 
In May 2013, Commune Hotels & Resorts announced the launch of tommie, a value-oriented brand of hotels, with the first two hotels planned to debut in 2015 in New York City. In August 2013, John Pritzker purchased the rest of Commune’s stake from Jason Pomeranc through Geolo Capital, for an undisclosed sum, thereby gaining full control of the company.
In March 2014, the company opened The Epiphany Hotel in Palo Alto, California.
As of December 2015, the Joie de Vivre chain comprises the following 22 hotels:
- Avatar Hotel, Santa Clara, California
- Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel, California
- Galleria Park Hotel, San Francisco, California
- Hotel Avante, Mountain View, California
- Hotel Carlton, San Francisco, California
- Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco, California
- Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco, California
- Hotel Vitale, San Francisco, California
- Monterey Tides, Monterey, California
- The Epiphany, Palo Alto, California
- The Laurel Inn, San Francisco, California
- The Marker, San Francisco, California
- Waterfront Hotel, Oakland, California
- Wild Palms Hotel, Sunnyvale, California
- The Hall, Miami Beach
- Hotel Lincoln, Chicago
- The Talbot Hotel, Chicago
None. Formerly The Troubadour in New Orleans was part of the collection.
- Hotel Revival, Baltimore
- The Liaison Capitol Hill
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