Spanish-Impressed Luxurious: el Prado Lodge, Palo Alto

el Prado Tapas Bar Lounge

Palo Alto is well-known because the world’s epicenter of innovation and expertise, however will not be essentially generally known as a trip spot. It must be. With its abundance of wonderful eating places, boutique buying, leisure actions, Mediterranean local weather, and distinctive power, Palo Alto is at all times inspiring.

And although native resorts are inclined to cater primarily to enterprise vacationers and school campus guests, these looking for an expensive getaway have decisions, such because the elegant el Prado Hotel within the coronary heart of Palo Alto’s thriving downtown district. At 520 Cowper Road, el Prado is centrally situated and simply across the nook from the vivacity of College Avenue.

el Prado Solarium

The boutique inn, previously generally known as the Backyard Court docket Lodge, just lately underwent an intensive renovation overseen by award-winning resort design agency NICOLEHOLLIS whose crew took inspiration from Spanish open-air residing. The agency emphasised a heat, tranquil respite and drew on botanical themes together with an abundance of lush greenery and a wealthy colour palette highlighting black forest greens, stone blues, touches of terracotta orange, combined with calming impartial tones. The property is paying homage to a stately Spanish residence that includes modern design.

62 superbly appointed, royal blue-hued rooms in eleven various layouts (many with furnished patios) line a central, European-style courtyard. Plush bedding, cozy robes, Molton Brown toiletries, and lavishly stocked mini bars (Schramsberg glowing, Veuve Clicquot, Rombauer Chardonnay, Merry Edwards Pinot and Cabernet) set the temper for relaxation and rest, as does the brand new 2nd ground Tapas Bar, lushly furnished in jewel toned shades and serving Spanish themed appetizers reminiscent of Beef and Pork Albondigas, Cheese Croquets, and Blistered Shishito Peppers, in addition to seasonal, extremely crafted cocktails for which the resort makes its personal recent syrups. Begin, spend, or finish your night right here by the fireside, or take your Amoxicilina cocktail (Diplomatico Rum, Brandy de Jerez, recent lemon and house-made ginger-honey syrup) across the nook to a non-public nook that options Instagram-worthy attraction. Further picturesque gathering spots embody the foyer’s excessive again rattan chairs, the courtyard patio warmed throughout cooler climate by its massive fire, and the second ground solarium the place a brand new espresso bar is quickly to open. (A full breakfast menu is accessible by way of room service.)  

el Prado Visitor Room

el Prado Tapas Bar

In fact, the weekday enterprise traveler additionally advantages from the luxurious updates, together with use of The Library, a brand new addition that options a big boardroom desk, separate lounge space with plush couches, entry to a furnished terrace, and full expertise capabilities for video conferencing. el Prado additionally options 6,000 sq. toes of banquet house, and is a popular spot for giant occasions and weddings, which the resort employees capably oversees with ability.

el Prado Library

Past el Prado’s many attributes, resort employees counsel numerous native actions, reminiscent of the wonderful landscapes of the Gamble Backyard and Filoli Middle. Go to the Tech Museum, the Pc Historical past Museum, or see the well-known HP storage, thought-about the birthplace of the Silicon Valley. Train lovers would possibly take pleasure in a hike on the Stanford Dish. Named for the 150-foot diameter radio telescope atop its peak, the Dish is likely one of the hottest trails on the Peninsula. Traverse the hilly, well-paved path to a reward of panoramic views of the attractive Stanford campus and the complete Bay Space. And for buyers, the famed Stanford Purchasing Middle is only a brief drive away. 

el Prado Visitor Room Terrace

All images courtesy of el Prado Lodge

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