After an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation, Nobu Hotel Palo Alto is open for business.
A Ryokan suite
Travel to Asia is on hold for the foreseeable future, but Californians yearning to transport themselves to Japan without leaving Santa Clara County are in luck. After an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation, Nobu Hotel Palo Alto has finally opened its doors, and the transformation is stunning.
Ryokan suites feature spacious bathrooms with rain shower fixtures and free-standing teak soaking tubs with Japanese shoji screen walls that open to the room and views.
Located in downtown Palo Alto steps from some of the best restaurants and shopping in the area, blocks from Stanford University and around the corner from Stanford Shopping Center, the hotel’s location alone is enough of a draw. But the sleek, serene design by L.A.-based Montalba Architects makes it a top choice for travelers and locals seeking a respite from the everyday. The hotel’s 73 rooms and suites—including 17 Ryokan-inspired accommodations on the top two floors that offer upgraded services, spaces and amenities—exude a calm, meditative feel. “We wanted to craft a luxurious experience through the use of materials—like the warmth of the wood, natural textures and crispness of detailing—which reinforce the concept of such a unique, tranquil retreatlike stay within downtown Palo Alto,” says David Montalba.
Unique minibar offerings include Japanese favorites like Pocky, Panda treats and dried edamame.
All rooms boast a light and airy feel with white oak paneling, reclaimed hardwood teak flooring and Alexa integration, while Ryokan-level rooms include free-standing teak soaking tubs, patio seating with views of the Bay Area foothills and butler service control keypads. The area’s only Nobu restaurant is housed within the hotel, so guests can easily indulge in beloved dishes like tuna on crispy rice and black cod with miso. With perks like that, why leave? Rooms from $350 per night, Ryokan rooms from $600 per night, Ryokan suites from $800 per night
Illuminated bronze mirrors and marble adorn the Ryokan suite bathrooms.
Photography by: Courtesy of Nobu Hotel Palo Alto