Joie de Vivre opened the doors to its first hotel in 1987. Since then, the company has built a reputation as a boutique luxury hotel brand, boasting a portfolio of roughly 30 hotels across California and the U.S. Joie de Vivre properties are best described as casually chic, with bright, airy decor and upscale amenities like award-winning restaurants and spas. In 2011, Joie de Vivre joined forces with Thompson Hotels. Known together as Commune Hotels & Resorts, the two brands have set out with the goal of expanding into the international market. Joie de Vivre rewards loyal guests through its Joy of Life Club, the perks of which include complimentary hotel stays, as well as unique experiences (like surf lessons and spa treatments). Several Joie de Vivre hotels appear on our Best Hotels in the USA rankings lists.