In the tech-centric, start-up capital of Northern California, the Nobu Hotel Palo Alto welcomes guests to unwind. From the minute guests arrive, they are greeted by seasoned hospitality staff for a seamless check-in process, complete with a hot towel and thirst-quenching lychee mocktail. Now, the 73-room boutique hotel, newly renovated by award-winning, Los Angeles-based firm Montalba Architects, premieres Ryokan-inspired guest rooms, suites and meeting spaces.
For this property in Palo Alto, the architects drew inspiration from its renowned sister, Nobu Ryokan Malibu. The interior of my room echoed traditional Japanese architecture, featuring warm wood, minimalistic textures, calming Crema Marfil marble and grounding earth tones. The rooms are complete with handcrafted Japanese fixtures and subtly integrated technology.
The renovation was led by award winning, Los Angeles based architecture firm, Montalba Architects. They drew inspiration from the renowned sister property, Nobu Ryokan Malibu. The Palo Alto property premiers the Ryokan-inspired guest rooms, suites and meeting spaces. The interior of my room echoed traditional Japanese architecture with the warmth of wood, minimalistic textures, calming crema marfil marble and grounding earth tones. The rooms are complete with handcrafted Japanese fixtures and subtly integrated technology.
Those traveling for leisure or business, and locals alike, can mosey down the staircase to enjoy a meal at the on-site Nobu restaurant, which embodies the California-meets-Japan design aesthetic for which the brand is famous. The renovation expanded its outdoor dining space where guests can enjoy the eatery’s delicacies al fresco. Geometric architecture with teak accents and perfectly manicured boxed hedges make dining at Nobu an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of University Avenue.
The hotel is located a short stroll from Palo Alto’s best restaurants, cafes and galleries; Pace Gallery is less than a block away. After wandering the city’s streets, returning to the property feels like a luxurious and tranquil respite.
The Nobu Palo Alto welcomes guests with unparalleled hospitality and the staff is applying this same practice to the health and safety of their guests amidst the current traveling climate. The hotel has implemented a variety of safety measures such as thermal screening of all guests, adhering to all regulations and high-tech sterilization techniques. Check-in is contactless and rooms are left vacant for 48 hours post-check out.
I left the property feeling refreshed and relaxed—quite opposite of how I felt upon arrival. Whether you’re a NorCal native looking for a staycation or visiting the state for a weekend of wine tasting, the Nobu Hotel Palo Alto has created a guest experience that transcends traditional hospitality.
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