The Nest boutique hotel comes to Palo Alto's El Camino Real, bringing the tally to four new hotels in the region this year.
HOTEL SURGE CONTINUES ON EL CAMINO REAL ... There's going to be plenty of room at the inn -- at least in the south end of Palo Alto. The Nest Palo Alto, 3901 El Camino Real, joins three other new hotels in the region, all of which opened in the past year: Hilton Homewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Marriott's Residence Inn. The Nest occupies the former site of Quality Inn, which closed last year. "The old hotel is gone. We gutted it. All that was left was the bones," said Nest Project Manager Andy Evers. After nearly seven months of construction, half the hotel is scheduled to open this week, while finishing touches are still being applied to the other half. "We'll open the rest of the hotel in mid-October," Evers said, citing some bumps in the road during the major renovation. "We had to get rid of a couple construction companies. That created some delays. And the neighbors weren't too happy with us because of that." Originally scheduled to open in late spring/early summer, The Nest has its front entrance on residential Ventura Avenue, about one-quarter block east of El Camino, behind Star One Credit Union. "We'd like to make amends with the neighbors," Evers said. "We'll be inviting them to an evening event. We want to be part of the community." Guest units in the 54-room boutique hotel range in size from 185 to 275 square feet. Although the rooms are not large, the space has been used efficiently. Clean lines and white furnishings are featured in each guest room. The two-story hotel offers complimentary breakfast, a 24-hour fitness room, a business center and bicycle rental for guests. It also provides free high-speed Internet, tech-ready workspaces and 55-inch flat screen televisions equipped with Apple TV. Other amenities include a large patio and bar where California-Mediterranean cuisine will be served. Menu items include an eclectic assortment of flatbread pizzas, charcuterie and salads. "We'll also have high-end wines, local craft beer and small, shareable dishes," Evers said. The hotel is primarily focusing on the corporate, high-tech, business traveler and has set weekday rates at an average of $300 to $400. Weekend rates are generally lower, averaging about $150 to $200, according to Evers.
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