Silicon Valley doesn’t need a beach or the energy of a big city to be a destination. Home to tech giants like Facebook and Google and conveniently located near the San Francisco Bay, the area – where a number of mid-sized cities come together like an intricate jigsaw – has seen an unprecedented design hotel boom, with appearances by big names and small chain stores. As work-related travel slowly picks up, we’re taking a closer look at Silicon Valley’s latest openings. Inspired by innovation and boundary-pushing creativity, these new Silicon Valley hotels showcase what it takes to create hospitality experiences for the sophisticated tech crowd.
The Ameswell, mountain view
Steps from Google, Facebook, and NASA, the brand new Ameswell has 225 rooms, a pool, and plenty of outdoor space to get lost in. Designed by San Francisco-based BAMO, the hotel pays homage to its surroundings by incorporating touchless technology throughout and offering an innovative perception of space. “The design of the hotel was originally inspired by German artist Kurt Schwitters, whose permanent exhibition I saw years ago at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany,” says Michael Booth, director of BAMO . “I was drawn to the idea of this kinetic relationship between horizontal and vertical surfaces, and the layout of our building attributed itself well to this concept.”
On the floor, this means floating panels suspended in the hotel restaurant, exposed ceilings and textured walls. Smart fitness mirrors in rooms and space-themed exhibits in common areas remind guests they’re in tech territory.
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Hotel Citrine, Palo Alto
The latest addition to the Silicon Valley hotel roster, Citrine is the talk of the town. Created by Los Angeles-based Beleco Design, Citrine is airy and sleek, aiming to tick all the boxes of the current trend. Curvy armchairs all in curves? To verify. Clever lighting? To verify. “There was no built history that would have inspired a lifestyle hotel in the immediate vicinity,” says Christian Schnyder, director of Beleco, referring to the curious challenge facing Silicon Valley hotel designers. inevitably confronted. “Instead, the design brief focused on the sustainability and socially responsible aspects of the building and its programming.” The design team did not want the hotel to be “high tech” for the innovation itself, but rather to provide functionality and comfort. The result, Schnyder says, is “a clean, modern design” that “doesn’t take itself too seriously” — think whimsical art, printed pillows, and the occasional burst of bright green and orange.