4 Incredible Hotels in Silicon Valley

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May 22, 2018

Heading to Silicon Valley on business? These hotels are our top picks. By Joy Yoon.

Boutique

The Clement Hotel

A new standard of tailored indulgence is on offer at Silicon Valley’s only six-star all-inclusive hotel. This urban retreat is replete with topnotch services, including your own personal assistant upon check-in. The use of hushed tones and stylish timber furnishings in the 23 one-bedroom suites and public spaces imbues a chic and sophisticated sensibility.

Business facilities The state-of-the-art Jury Room is perfect for small meetings.

Wi-fi Fast and complimentary.

Food and drink When they say all-inclusive, they mean it. All meals (such as the lamb meatballs with caramelised onions and the sesame-crusted white fish with curried coconut rice snacks), in-room dining and drinks (except for premium brands) are included. But if you’re looking to stimulate your tastebuds elsewhere, head to Tamarine (tamarinerestaurant.com) on vibrant University Avenue for a culinary journey to Vietnam.

Fitness and wellbeing The 24-hour onsite gym is on the small side but it gets the job done. The rooftop pool and private cabanas are also a great option if you want to exercise or relax.

Run route For a 4.5-kilometre run, turn right onto El Camino Real then left at Palm Drive and follow it into the heart of Stanford University. Take a left at Roth Way and head up Lasuen Street. Take a left at Arboretum Road and meet Palm Drive again.

Coffee nearby Grab a brewed coffee, custom blended, at Philz Coffee (101 Forest Avenue).

711 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Luxury

Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley

Its hyper-modern exterior, elegant interiors, manicured grounds and attentive staff ensure the East Palo Alto branch lives up to this legendary hotel chain’s reputation. Although the standard rooms are a bit small, the suites are generous and the public spaces plush. Plus, there’s a full marble bathroom with bathtub in every room. 

Business facilities There’s a 24-hour business centre, six function rooms and multilingual concierge service.

Wi-fi Fast and complimentary.

Food and drink The restaurant, Quattro, serves seasonal menus that combine traditional Italian techniques with fresh Californian ingredients. The lounge, Esc (computer-speak for “escape”), is a café with brewed coffee, pastries and salads by day, transforming into a wine bar serving artisanal cheeses and charcuterie at night.

Fitness and wellbeing The onsite spa has seven treatment rooms. There’s a well-equipped 24-hour gym, plus extra cardio machines on the pool deck.

Run route For a 7.5-kilometre loop, turn right onto Woodland Avenue and follow it along San Francisquito Creek to Palo Alto Avenue until you reach El Palo Alto Park and the giant 1078-year-old redwood tree, El Palo Alto, that gave the area its name. Turn left at Alma Street then left at Everett Avenue to return to the hotel.

Coffee nearby Visit Blue Bottle Coffee (456 University Avenue) in the former Varsity Theatre built in the 1920s. As well as espresso, blend and single-origin coffees, there’s a Cold Bar Menu offering coffee cocktails.

2050 University Avenue, East Palo Alto 

New

Hotel Nia

This 250-room hotel, which is aimed at the business traveller, is a fresh addition to the Silicon Valley scene. With its 11-storey glass façade and abundance of green space, the Nia provides a sense of calm in the valley’s fast-paced environment by combining innovative design and natural materials.

Business facilities Nearly 1400 square metres of meeting space is available, all with natural light. Most meeting rooms are equipped with videoconferencing, audiovisual equipment, overhead projectors and, if needed, blackout shades.

Wi-fi Fast and complimentary.

Food and drink Porta Blu restaurant promises an inventive take on Mediterranean cuisine with a Northern Californian influence and focuses on share plates. An indoor/outdoor bar area offers seasonal cocktails, craft beers and an extensive wine list.

Fitness and wellbeing A 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness centre and complimentary bike rentals.

Run route Head to nearby Bedwell Bayfront Park. Within its 64 hectares are paths that climb and wind through various terrains. For those who want to take it easy, try the flatter two-kilometre loop around the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge that skirts the salt marshes and provides great mountain views.

Coffee nearby Hotel Nia’s onsite café offers blends from local roasters Verve Coffee, as well as pastries and light snacks.

200 Independence Drive, Menlo Park

Cutting-edge

Nobu Hotel Epiphany

Nobu Hotel Epiphany is the ideal mix of Yin and Yang with bright, airy guestrooms and dark, moody shared spaces. Celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro are co-owners so it comes with a touch of celebrity. Its amenities and downtown location cater to the tech-oriented crowd but the stunning views and sleek design make it a great destination for all visitors.

Business facilities There’s a variety of hospitality suites that can accommodate board meetings, working dinners and cocktail receptions. Each suite has a terrace with panoramic views.

Wi-fi Fast and complimentary.

Food and drink Nobu restaurant and bar offers all of Matsuhisa’s greatest hits, including his famous yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and black cod miso, in an updated setting with sidewalk dining. In addition to breakfast and lunch, the kitchen pumps out 24-hour Nobu-standard room service, including bento boxes.

Fitness and wellbeing Each guest receives a complimentary pass to Vivre health club located across the street.

Run route For a three-kilometre loop, head towards Heritage Park on Waverley Street, past the Hewlett-Packard Garage on Addison Avenue and through Professorville along Kingsley and Lincoln avenues.

Coffee nearby Coupa Cafe (538 Ramona Street) serves Venezuelan versions of lattes and long blacks, as well as savoury breakfast arepas (cornmeal griddle cakes).

180 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto

Top image: Nobu Hotel Epiphany 

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