The new Tetra Hotel is one of those unexpected charmers that delivers on the promise of a sophisticated and blissful getaway.
Nokori, a Japanese whisky bar at the new Tetra Hotel in Sunnyvale
There’s something to be said for the design pedigree of the new Tetra, an Autograph Collection Hotel in Sunnyvale. The property, the latest from designer Gabellini Sheppard (Rainbow Room, Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, The Istanbul EDITION Hotel), is visually stunning indoors and out. But the minds behind the hotel also built in elements, both organic and high-tech, that strike chords of tranquility and balance. In other words, this is as much a place to escape as it is to hash out ideas with business colleagues.
The hospitality suite offers a decidedly modern feel.
For public areas, Sheppard employed a dark palette, which allows furniture and details—including a ceiling graced with wood slats and a communal live-edge wood table in the reception area—to pop beautifully. These brooding hues also serve as the perfect backdrop for modern art, including custom mica sculptures by Christina Watka that hang above the bar, and a dramatic canopy tree work by Sharon Levy.
Adrestia’s menu showcases a blend of California and East Asian dishes.
The residential feel of the public spaces carries over to Tetra’s 186 rooms (14 suites among them) across eight floors. Guests will discover a light palette that contrasts with nickel wood finishes, artisanal metal and marble vanities in the bathroom enclosed by a translucent glass box; the latter creates a dreamy glow. Bathroom amenities are from MiN NY, complemented by knit hooded robes and custom jersey-knit slippers from Bellino Fine Linen. Olive trees frame an outdoor heated pool, and Peloton bikes provide a lure to the hotel’s fitness studio.
Outdoor gathering places are plentiful at the new property.
Executive chef Hideki Myo, formerly of the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf, leads the culinary team at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Adrestia. The kitchen has already created a buzz for its blend of California and East Asian influences. Surprises include dishes like skillet cornbread given a kick with miso butter, and midnight-roasted tomato fritters with housemade ricotta. Menu standouts also include tempura whole fish with a Korean barbecue glaze and crispy noodle salad, and a 40-ounce tomahawk bone-in ribeye drizzled in a creamy brandy sauce, accompanied by hard-seared mushrooms.
For predinner snacks (think kakuni bao buns and shishito peppers), cocktails or a nightcap, guests can indulge at Nokori, a Japanese whisky bar serving premium whiskies, Japanese beers and sake—don’t forget to order a sip mixed by the innovative Suntori highball machine. Like everything else here, it’s an understated luxury that works a little harder to deliver a smile. 400 Java Drive, Sunnyvale, 408.734.2300, marriott.com
Photography by: COURTESY OF TETRA HOTEL