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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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When we first headed over to east London’s Willow Street to check out the future site of Nobu Shoreditch, we encountered a dreary office block without much sign of the excitedly announced construction status of the future hotel. We assumed that everything that was there had to be razed, and we were right: above what you’ll find today, which is to say, nothing much.
In true east London style, graffiti has taken over the plywood surrounding the narrow site, where by first quarter next year a five-story, 156-room hotel should be complete. While we'd still love for that to happen so soon (in hotel time), we’ll believe it when we see it.
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We’ve been heading east so often recently to scope out the latest London hotels news that we thought it was time to do a quick roundup of what we have on our radar in the Shoreditch (and Shoreditch-adjacent) area. Here are five new hotels that are likely to open their doors in the next few years, though some we’d be much more inclined to put our money on than others.
1. M by Montcalm Shoreditch: is it happening? Looking at the construction we saw just weeks ago, we’d say yes, but timing we think will be late spring to summer next year. From a brand perspective, who knows at this point, whether Montcalm will stick or Virgin or someone else swoops in and picks it up, we’ll have to find out. Location is just north of Old Street roundabout.
Not that there isn’t any sushi to be had in Shoreditch at the moment, but surely the arrival of a Nobu Hotel will take things up a notch in the east London sushi game. While the UK capital had been listed as “coming soon!” for a while now on the website of Nobu hotels, there are finally a few more details available on the hotel due to open in Q1 of 2016 on Willow Street, east of Old Street roundabout and south of Hoxton Square.
We walked by this past weekend, excited by the “currently under construction” status touted in the statement from Nobu Hotels, but all we found was the above, rather forlorn-looking humdrum office block. Given the renderings (see below), we’ll go ahead and assume virtually everything that’s there will be razed to make way for the hotel.
Just yesterday we swooned over the green tea waffles at the Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas and now today, we learn we'll be able to scarf down those breakfast delights on our next trip to Chicago. Or well, maybe our third to next trip to Chicago.
Nobu Hotels officially announced the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant that will open in the West Loop neighborhood on the corner Randolph and Preoria Streets in early 2016. Here are the details from the press release:
Inspired by the world-renowned Japanese culinary genius Chef Nobu and championed by Academy award-winning actor Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, the boutique Nobu Hotel will feature 155 luxury rooms, the Nobu Restaurant and a special indoor and outdoor bar. A lounge and venue on the rooftop will deliver a fusion of laid-back luxury, high-energy nightlife and exclusive guest room retreats.
No doubt the Nobu in-room dining will be present as will the complimentary green tea Welcome amenity, the Natura Bisse toiletries and the turndown service. However, it will be interesting to see if Chicago will copy the Las Vegas design (pictured above) or if the Rockwell Group will dream up something different. We're feeling adventurous today so let's hope they get creative.
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Here's what greeted us one Saturday morning--green tea waffles ($20), a specialty of the Nobu in-room dining menu, served with an egg and bacon along with traditional maple syrup, Yuzu whipped cream, and a sweet Shiso syrup.
Another thing that's still alive and well at The Nobu Hotel is turndown service which features not only little boxes of chocolates and a properly turned-downed bed but also a special lavender mist from Natura Bisse (they do the bath toiletries at Nobu as well.) Turndown service is in addition to the complimentary Welcome amenity at Nobu which is a pot of freshly made green tea and specialty crackers.
Another nice touch was the Nobu Hotel chapstick, passion-fruit flavored and with SPF 15 too. We wonder if all these goodies will make it inside the Nobu Hotel that's to open soon at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami. Or maybe they'll put a different spin on it--iced green tea and sushi bento boxes on the beach come to mind.
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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."
For a while, it looked like Nobu Hotels had left us impatiently waiting for our next reservation. Since Nobu Las Vegas opened last March, we've been waiting for the Riyadh hotel to open in Saudi Arabai as well as other locations. But so far, no sake, although Nobu did recently announce a new hotel for Manilla. But today, this happened.
The Miami Herald's Lesley Abravanel reports that Nobu Hotels will actually take over the existing Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach in late 2014. Formerly a Marriott Hotel, the Eden Roc ran into some issues, to say the least, with Marriott and won a lawsuit to boot the hotel brand out.
MH says that "Nobu will head the resort's F&B operations and the south tower will turn into the Nobu Hotel, similar to the arrangement at Caesar's Palace." That means that the Nobu restaurant will also move from its current location at the Shore Club into the Eden Roc.
So far, everything is still unconfirmed but we're inclined to believe it's legit. Boy, Miami's hotel scene is going to be cray cray in the next few years. Even crazier than normal, which we didn't think was possible.
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Yo. There is so much hotel news flying around this week--way more than usual--and in between checking out Vin Diesel's latest Facebook video and signing petitions to get Bieber deported, we just don't have enough time to focus on all the new hotels news. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.
TRUMP HOTEL RIO DE JANEIRO: So our guess yesterday about Trump Hotels' latest announcement had to do with China but we were so wrong. The luxury hotel group is actually planning a 13-story, 171-guestroom hotel in the Jardim Oceanico sub-district of the famous Barra da Tijuca borough. It will open in 2016 just in time for the Summer Olympics. The Rockwell Group will be doing the interiors and the hotel will have a rooftop pool deck with private VIP cabanas, a nightclub, a spa, a fitness center and all the signature Trump services and amenities.
THOMPSON PLAYA DEL CARMEN: Commune Hotels + Resorts have announced a second Thompson Hotel for Mexico--Thompson Playa Del Carmen. The hotel will have 125 rooms and suites with a rooftop pool as well as a spa. It will be the only hotel in Playa to have a both a central 5th Avenue--a 2-mile-long shopping and entertainment pedestrian thoroughfare--and a beachfront location. It will open in 2015. The other Thompson in Mexico, Thompson Los Cabos, is currently under development.
ROSEWOOD SANYA: Rosewood Hotels and Resorts have announced yet another new property. Rosewood Sanya will open in 2017 in a new development in Haitang Bay in Southern Hainan Island. The resort will actually be integrated with the International Finance Forum convention center which will open in 2015. Designed by Chicago-based architectural firm, Goettsch, the Rosewood Sanya will have 229 ocean-facing guest rooms and suites, an infinity-edge "sky pool" (i.e. located way up high), a Sense spa and five restaurant options.
Keep reading below for even more hotel news.
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]
We were hoping we would get some answers at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas yesterday but the panel about the Nobu Hotels brand was cancelled.
Still, there are definitely plans for more Nobu Hotels including Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which is set to open this year as well as London and Bahrain. While the Nobu Riyadh has a rather fleshed-out website, the London and Bahrain are simply listed as "Coming Soon!" We also found a report that said Nobu is thinking about opening a hotel in the Caribbean which would, of course, be amaze.
But then we stumbled across this report which said that a Nobu Hotel may open in the hottest hotel market right now--Chicago. For reals!
The new Nobu Hotel has barely been open a full month and already some changes are being made. And we wish it were for the better.
Caeasars Palace, who along with its sister properties in Vegas, so valiantly fought the resort fee craze a few years ago, has finally given in and will now be charging $10-$25 a night at their hotels. Those fees will include a variety of services and amenities, among them, WiFi and fitness center access. We're guessing Nobu, a luxury hotel located within Caesars, will be charging near the $25 mark but we're still awaiting confirmation of the exact price.