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Nobu reveals hotel renovation plans

Downtown hotel's high-tech rooms, two-story restaurant set to debut in 2020

Downtown Palo Alto's Nobu Hotel, once The Epiphany Hotel, is undergoing a multimillion-dollar remodel that promises new amenities, high-tech rooms and a two-story Nobu restaurant.

The renovated Nobu Hotel will open at 180 Hamilton Ave. in early 2020, the company announced Wednesday.

The 73-room luxury hotel will have a new reception area (complete with a fireplace), conference room and "wellness offerings," including an updated fitness studio, an announcement states. Guest rooms will be decorated with curated artwork and come equipped with Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant technology, as well as toilets with lids that automatically open and close, among other features.

The top floor will house traditional Japanese ryokan rooms.

Renderings show a sleek, minimalist design with beige tones and wood paneling throughout the new hotel. They also show a "green roof" on the second floor of the restaurant, with a skylight in the dining room exposing the planted roof above. The restaurant will provide 24-hour room service to hotel guests.

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Currently, Nobu Hotel rooms range in price from $599 to $899 per night.

Nobu Hospitality Group took over The Epiphany Hotel after opening its high-end Japanese restaurant there in 2017 — the first Nobu in Northern California. Last summer, the group won city approval to expand into an adjacent building on Emerson Street to accommodate the remodeled two-story restaurant. Nobu took over 620 Emerson St., the former location of Stanford Florists.

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Nobu reveals hotel renovation plans

Downtown hotel's high-tech rooms, two-story restaurant set to debut in 2020

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Feb 21, 2019, 9:10 am

Downtown Palo Alto's Nobu Hotel, once The Epiphany Hotel, is undergoing a multimillion-dollar remodel that promises new amenities, high-tech rooms and a two-story Nobu restaurant.

The renovated Nobu Hotel will open at 180 Hamilton Ave. in early 2020, the company announced Wednesday.

The 73-room luxury hotel will have a new reception area (complete with a fireplace), conference room and "wellness offerings," including an updated fitness studio, an announcement states. Guest rooms will be decorated with curated artwork and come equipped with Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant technology, as well as toilets with lids that automatically open and close, among other features.

The top floor will house traditional Japanese ryokan rooms.

Renderings show a sleek, minimalist design with beige tones and wood paneling throughout the new hotel. They also show a "green roof" on the second floor of the restaurant, with a skylight in the dining room exposing the planted roof above. The restaurant will provide 24-hour room service to hotel guests.

Currently, Nobu Hotel rooms range in price from $599 to $899 per night.

Nobu Hospitality Group took over The Epiphany Hotel after opening its high-end Japanese restaurant there in 2017 — the first Nobu in Northern California. Last summer, the group won city approval to expand into an adjacent building on Emerson Street to accommodate the remodeled two-story restaurant. Nobu took over 620 Emerson St., the former location of Stanford Florists.

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rsmithjr
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 21, 2019 at 10:25 am
rsmithjr, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Feb 21, 2019 at 10:25 am
21 people like this

Will they have onsite parking?

When the Epiphany was being done, the justification for not having any parking was that Palo Alto is a transportation center with the train. Just as if the high-end customers of the Epiphany were going to take the train!

The city allows buildings with inadequate parking and then wonders why we have parking problems.

Perhaps the Nobu customers can bike to the hotel, carrying their luggage in a little bike cart.


Lydia
Menlo Park
on Feb 21, 2019 at 11:38 am
Lydia, Menlo Park
on Feb 21, 2019 at 11:38 am
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Curious to know whether the Nobu owners convinced the owner of the Stanford Florists building to either lease or sell the building....since there was a sign on the building for such a long time saying that the building was not for sale. I assume that something was worked out to everyone's satisfaction, allowing the space to be used instead of remaining vacant.


merry
Registered user
Palo Alto Hills
on Feb 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm
merry, Palo Alto Hills
Registered user
on Feb 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm
1 person likes this

Where is car parking exactly?


local mom
Menlo Park
on Feb 21, 2019 at 1:47 pm
local mom, Menlo Park
on Feb 21, 2019 at 1:47 pm
7 people like this

If you check their website, helicopter service is available. No parking needed :)

Then there's limo service and Uber X.

Not sure why they promote Valet parking (cough, cough).


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 21, 2019 at 4:29 pm
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 21, 2019 at 4:29 pm
1 person likes this

They already spent many millions renovating it, currently charge $599-$899 per night per room, and, they are going to spend millions more to upgrade it even further. Hilarious.


Richard
Meadow Park
on Feb 21, 2019 at 4:47 pm
Richard, Meadow Park
on Feb 21, 2019 at 4:47 pm
1 person likes this

Wasn't Epiphany charging $10,000 a night at the top floor suite? Maybe the new high end would be $20,000 a night, complete with onsen tub.


Curmudgeon
Downtown North
on Feb 21, 2019 at 6:21 pm
Curmudgeon, Downtown North
on Feb 21, 2019 at 6:21 pm
2 people like this

"They already spent many millions renovating it, currently charge $599-$899 per night per room, and, they are going to spend millions more to upgrade it even further."

Then, per Palo Alto custom, they'll scrape the whole thing and rebuild it bigger within five years, with a luxury penthouse ADU to get a FAR bonus and relaxed parking requirements.


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