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Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, is a busy man these days. In addition to growing his Nobu Hotels collection (Miami, Chicago and London hotels are all coming soon), he's also celebrating the 20th anniversary of his eponymous restaurant empire.
And what better way to celebrate than by opening the largest Nobu in the world (and the second one for the Middle East) inside one of the most luxe properties in the world, The Four Seasons Doha? It's like the Nobu version of #treatyoself.
The opening date for the 26,000-sq.ft. Rockwell Group-designed Nobu at The Four Seasons Doha is still uncertain, but when it's finished it will be quite an affair. Which is par for the course for over the-top Doha.
The restaurant will feature an expansive 192-seat interior dining area, intimate 10-seat sushi counter, two exclusive private dining rooms, and a one-of-a-kind 82-seat rooftop lounge that encompasses both indoor and outdoor seating options.
Elliptical ribbons of river stone capped with bronze accents form the exterior of the structure – resembling a coiled shell – creating the three-tiered levels of the restaurant. While incorporating design elements made from natural, rich materials that reflect the cuisine and roots of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, this location will reflect Doha’s specific history and culture. Since the city is known for pearl diving, Rockwell Group references this past in many layers of the design.
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It's official--Nobu Hotels will install itself inside the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach, which was previously a Marriott before the brand fell out of favor with the hotel owners.
But let's be clear-- The Nobu Hotel will be a hotel within a hotel, not entirely a Nobu Hotel. The arrangement will actually be very similar to what the original Nobu Hotel has done inside Caesars Palace in Vegas. Word is it's the Eden Roc's South Tower which will get the Nobu upgrade.
Here's what else is in store, straight from the press release:
The strategy with the Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc is centered upon underscoring and showcasing the Eden Roc name with the Nobu Hotel as an additional offering within the Eden Roc property. The Nobu Restaurant at the Eden Roc and other core food and beverage facilities are in the process of being planned and shall involve all stakeholders. David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group has been selected as the designer to ensure the proposed design shall be respectful to our stakeholders, the Morris Lapidus design and the renowned name of the Eden Roc Miami Beach.
Looks like Nobu is keen not to mistake the same mistake as the previous brand, with the multiple
bow-downs references to the "stakeholders."
The Nobu Hotel Las Vegas must be a success because chef Nobu Matsuhisa is doing it again. This time in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia.
The Nobu Riyadh, on King Fahed Road in the Al Anoud Tower 2, will open sometime later this year yet has already has joined the Leading Hotels of the World as a provisional member. The hotel will get full membership upon opening.
The Nobu Hotel Riyadh will be much the same as its Vegas counterpart with interiors by David Rockwell, toiletries by Natura Bisse and high-tech amenities including complimentary WiFi. Downstairs there will be a Nobu restaurant, a Zan patisserie and tea shop and a Marketplace which will be an all-day dining spot with a "theatrical buffet experience between guest, kitchen and chef." The hotel will also have its own spa, Abariz, available only to hotel guests featuring a fitness center, just two treatment rooms, some additional facilities for men (not women) and a hair salon.
The hotel has a website but no definitive opening date and thus, no way to make a reservation just yet. (We checked the LHW site and Nobu Riyadh is not listed there yet.) They keep saying 2013 but there's a chance it could open early next year. Still, have your chopsticks at the ready.
[Photo: Nobu Hotel Facebook]
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The just-opened Nobu Hotel Las Vegas may have been conceived by a man, (Chef Nobu Matsuhisa), designed by a man (David Rockwell), located in a hotel named after a man (Caesar) and ultimately made possible by even more men (Robert De Niro included) but, who's really running the Nobu world? That's right--a "girl"!
Meet HWIC (Head Woman In Charge) Gigi Vega, vice president and general manager of the Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace. Gigi's already been with Caesars Palace for four years, taking care of high-end customers who shack up in the luxury 120 suites and villas. Prior to landing in Las Vegas she worked for Mandarin Oriental for 10 years in Hong Kong and Macau and before she was with InterContinental Hotels.
With this luxury hotel background and her familiarity with Caesars, it's no wonder that Hollywood producer and Nobu dream-maker, Mier Teper, tapped her to be the GM of the first-ever Nobu Hotel.
Indeed, aside from Nobu patrons and fans and the visitors who want to see and be seen, the hotel will be targeting general luxury folk, those who are accustomed to a five-star level of service. And in Gigi, who's energetic and friendly by nature, guests will find someone who will make sure their green tea and rice cracker welcome amenity arrived, that the Nobu room service was up to par and that they will have reservation for Nobu downstairs in place before their arrival. Another bonus? There's only 181 rooms in the hotel, guaranteeing guests will be able to get Gigi's full attention. We'll call it as we see it--it's a woman's touch we can appreciate!
Now if only Gigi had an "s" on the end of her last name....
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Yesterday we gave you 10 good reasons to sleep over at the first-ever Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Today, we'd like to expand on one of those reasons--room service. After all, if you're gonna build a hotel around your successful restaurant brand, the room service options should be nothing short of phenomenal.
Fortunately, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa created the room service menu himself, instead of passing the duty off to other chefs. He's even expanded beyond sushi and sashimi into breakfast. So now that you're on the edge of drooling over your computer, let's get eating.
For breakfast, you can start with a Tamago yaki ($23), a Japanese style omelette with your choice of ingredients from tomato and cheese to unagi and king crab. Or you could go with Eggs Matsuhisa ($24), done with roasted asparagus, bonito egg sauce, ikura rolls and spicy tuna. If you want to keep it more traditional, order up the blueberry and yuzu soba pancakes or the green tea waffles (both $22) served with bananas, strawberries, yuzu whipped cream, miso butter and maple syrup. Traditional Japanese and American breakfasts are also available as well as general bakery/pastry items.
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The very first Nobu Hotel is set to open in Las Vegas inside Caesars Palace on February 4th (at $269 a night) and if you're wondering why you would sleep over at a sushi restaurant, here's 10 Reasons that will convince you to book one of these 181 rooms faster than you can say yellowtail sashimi.
VIP LOBBY AND CHECK-IN
Nobu hotel guests will have a completely different check-in experience from other guests coming to Vegas. In fact, check-in begins before you even get to the hotel with a pre-arrival questionnaire sent by the hotel. Here you can make your amenity requests, set up a dinner reservation at Nobu and let them know your exact time of arrival. Dedicated Nobu Guest Services staff will be positioned at the front of Caesars to escort guests to the Nobu "lobby" which is just past the Nobu restaurant. The lobby is not much more than an elevator bank with a desk but the walls and ceiling feature visually stunning wooden blocks of fir, hemlock and oak in different arrangements. The artwork actually continues on inside the elevators as well. Go ahead, touch it.
Keep Reading for More Reasons to Book a Room at The Nobu Hotel Las Vegas!
The other day we skulked around Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, checking out the casino scene, the pool scene, a new room in the Augustus Tower, the restaurant options and even the Pussycat Dolls blackjack tables (yes, they exist near the sportsbook) before we stumbled on the entrance to the Nobu Hotel.
Of course, the hotel isn't open yet but construction is happening inside Caesars' old Centurion Tower. Even Robert De Niro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa were on the property the other month to check on the hotel's progress and sign the Nobu construction wall.