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Subtle Contrasts

Nobu Palo Alto is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar phased renovation, set to debut as an official Nobu Hotel and restaurant in early 2020. Unveiling a completely brand-new hotel following the transformation, it’s set to be Silicon Valley’s most anticipated hotel opening. The hotel just finished the first phase of its new Nobu rooms.

“Within rapidly evolving Silicon Valley, Nobu Hotel Palo Alto is intended to express a subtlety of contrasts to its urban setting,” said David Montalba, who designed the property. “It inverts the relationship to the city, with the entire ground floor dedicated to serving public patrons. The eight-story project features multiple full-service restaurant and bar experiences on the ground floor, with the lobby, conference rooms, and guest suites above. Changing the entry experience was key to celebrating this. Patrons enter through a new bronze portal with large glass windows to increase transparency, and an indoor / outdoor gravel garden blurs the edge of the hotel and the street.”

The new rooms consists of plush beds that reflect the tech-mind of Silicon Valley with seamless integration of reading lights, controls; 82-inch television screens; Alexa for smart commands over various fixtures; bathrooms equipped with Barcelona’s Natura Bissé bath amenities and Toto Neorest washlet toilets; natural stone vanities and fully illuminated mirrors; floor-to-ceiling glass windows; and doors with motorized roll-down and black-out Roman shades that allow access to private patios with views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

“Materials played a key role in unifying and creating distinct guest experiences between the ground floor dining and gathering spaces and the hotel areas above,” he said. “The space draws on signature Nobu design elements combined with traditional Japanese materials and an open environment to engage the street front. The ground floor restaurant and lounge is layered with warm wood wainscoting, flooring, and furniture, while back-lit from rice-paper glass walls. For the hotel reception and guestrooms, this relationship to light and dark is inverted; light marble flooring, bleached white oak paneling, and grasscloth wall covering contrast moments of rich bronze and teak details.”

“The furnishings throughout the property compliment the refined simplicity of the design,” he said. “This simplicity belies the state-of-the-art technology features integrated throughout, fitting of the relationship of Nobu to the tech-forward City of Palo Alto.”

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