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Nobu set to launch in San Sebastián

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Nobu set to launch in San Sebastián

Closing the year in style, global lifestyle brand Nobu Hospitality, has announced plans for its fourth Spanish hotel and restaurant, Nobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián for spring 2023. This is what we know…

Nobu San Sebastian facade and outside space

With a strong focus on cuisine, local culture, and architectural design combined with an air of celebrity, Nobu Hospitality may have met its match in San Sebastián. As the capital of the Gipuzkoa region in Spain, this is a city with the most Michelin stars per square metre than anywhere else in the world, the site of Balenciaga’s first atelier, and a place that Hemingway fondly called home while writing ‘Fiesta’. A true culinary mecca, the mountainous Basque Country’s culture is reflected throughout the coastal town, where visitors are invited to hop from bar to restaurant while sampling bitesize gastronomy referred to locally as pintxo.

“San Sebastián is an exciting location for the brand as good quality food is intrinsic to the destination,” stated Founders Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper.”We’re so pleased to be partnering with Javier Illán Plaza on this project and to be opening our fourth hotel and restaurant in Spain, bringing the Nobu cuisine to a new audience of residents and travellers.”

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Overlooking La Concha Bay, Nobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián is scheduled to open in March 2023, with 20 luxuriously designed guestrooms and suites and a 98 seat Nobu restaurant offering panoramic water and city views. The fully renovated hotel sits on the site of the famed Palacio Vista Eder, constructed in 1912 and designed by renowned Spanish architect, Francisco Urcola.

Partnering with Nobu Hospitality on the new opening, is Millenium Hospitality Real Estate SOCIMI (MHRE). With an existing collection of five-star hotels peppered throughout Spain and Portugal, MHRE’s strategy places an emphasis on the careful selection of properties and their location. Based on generating value by acquiring and repositioning hotel assets, MHRE is managed by a multidisciplinary team of prestigious professionals with extensive experience in hotel investment, boasting a large portfolio of assets both under operation and in the process of being repositioned.

“The partnership with Nobu Hospitality and launch of Nobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián further places the region on the map as the ultimate gourmet hotspot,” said Javier Illán Plaza, President and CEO of Millenium Hospitality Real Estate. “I’m thrilled to be working with the brand to make this opening one of the country’s most exciting for 2023, which will be embraced by residents and visitors alike.”

Named one of luxury’s 25 Most Innovative Brands by Robb Report, Nobu Hospitality has earned its position among an elite selection of global luxury brands. The natural growth of Nobu Hospitality, built on service, image, and reputation, offers the complete spectrum of hotel, restaurant, and residence management for unique projects around the world. The brands announcement of the slated opening of Nobu Hotel and Restaurant San Sebastián for the first quarter of 2023 is an exciting … and on look forward to following the progression as it unfolds.

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Weekly briefing: Nobu exclusive, Rosewood footprints & sustainability explored

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Weekly briefing: Nobu exclusive, Rosewood footprints & sustainability explored

Editor Hamish Kilburn here with your weekly briefing. This week’s round-up includes an exclusive lighting feature, details about Rosewood’s second hotel in London and how to watch out latest panel discussion on sustainability beneath the surface…

2021 is shaping up to be an extremely exciting year on the hotel design front. Already this quarter, we have seen Zaha Hadid Architects complete an incredible architectural marvel in Dubai, watched Moxy Hotels turn up the volume with a landmark opening in Miami and we have even published plans for hospitality to launch into space.

As impressive as that all sounds, this week, the international development plot has thickened, with Hotel Designs leading the narrative around sustainability and the future of hospitality at Hotel Designs LIVE, Rosewood dropping yet more news around its second arrival in London and a study being launched that cuts through the noise to reveal new demands from modern traveller following the pandemic.

So, without further a due, here are the top stories from the last few days.

The industry comments on International Women’s Day

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Our nod to International Women’s Day is more of a formal bow or curtsy. For this year’s IWD, we heard from leading female designers, hoteliers and architects about how far we have come and, crucially, how far we have still got to travel in order to operate in an equal and fair global arena.

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EXCLUSIVE // Case study: The bespoke lighting narrative inside London’s Nobu hotel

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Inside Nobu Hotel London Portman Square – a hotel that has caused a lot of noise recently on the international hotel design scene – there is a bespoke lighting narrative that flickers unlike any other. We exclusively caught up with Lyn Newcombe, Head of Projects at Dernier & Hamlyn and Lewis Taylor, Design Director at David Collins Studio, to capture the full story.

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Nearly half of Brits surveyed expect air purifiers in tomorrow’s hotel

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Blueair, which produces air purifiers that remove air pollutants like smoke, mold and allergens, recently participated as a Product Watch Pitch Partner at Hotel Designs LIVE. Here, the brand shares insights into how consumers feel about visiting hotels in a post-pandemic world.

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(In video) Hotel Designs LIVE: Sustainability beneath the surface

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On February 23, designers, architects, hoteliers and developers from around the globe tuned in to watch Hotel Designs LIVE. Following an engaging panel discussion on the future of hotel design and hospitality, the spotlight for the second session of the day landed on leading design and hospitality figures to debate sustainability, a topic that continues to be weighed down by heavy stigma. Sponsored by Grohe, a brand that inherently has sustainability running through its DNA – if recent accolades are anything go by – the panel was inspired by the recent Q&A between Hotel Designs LIVE and eco warrior, Bill Bensley.

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Industry insight: Biophilic spa & wellness design

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As wellness evolves as we enter a new era of hospitality, we invite Beverley Bayes, Creative Director at Sparcstudio, to discuss the growing trend for biophilic design in spa and wellness properties. It is inevitable that spa and wellness, post-pandemic will become an ever more important and integral part of our lives. We are entering a new era where ‘Health is the New Wealth’ and a healthy lifestyle is recognised as an important part of preventative medicine.

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In Conversation With: Lucienne Walpole, Vice President, SB Architects

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Since joining SB Architects in 2007, Lucienne Walpole has played a valuable role on the design team for a number of the firm’s most exciting hospitality projects. Combining her dual backgrounds in interior design and architecture, Walpole brings to the firm strengths in space planning as well as architectural design. Following Walpole’s participation in Hotel Designs LIVE conference, we caught up with the architect to learn more.

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The Chancery Rosewood, arriving in London in 2024

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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, which currently manages 27 luxury properties in 16 countries with a further 21 hotels under development, has announced that its second hotel in London will be sheltered in the former US Embassy and will be named The Chancery Rosewood.

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And finally… 

If you haven’t yet had a change to listen to DESIGN POD, here’s the latest episode. Entitled ‘Choosing Your Lane’, we invite interior designer Constantina Tsoutsikou to join us as our first guest. Episode two, with guest Christos Passas, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, goes live on Monday!

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BREAKING: Nobu to arrive in Hamburg, Germany

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BREAKING: Nobu to arrive in Hamburg, Germany

Nobu Hospitality, the global lifestyle brand founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, has announced its continuing global expansion into the ‘Gate to the World’, Hamburg, Germany. Here’s what we know…

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As Nobu Hospitality prepares its arrival in Marrakech, the brand continues to expand its luxury lifestyle portfolio, which now includes a new hotel in Germany as details of a new 191-key hotel emerge.

The Nobu Hotel and Restaurant will be located within the Elbtower, a project by SIGNA Real Estate, one of Europe’s leading property companies. The Elbtower will be a mixed-use development destination encompassing premium office space and the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant set within the tallest high-rise in the city. For the founders of Nobu Hospitality, actor Robert De Niro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, there is synergy between the energy of Hamburg and the spirit of the brand. “We are very happy to be working with SIGNA in developing the Nobu Hotel in the great city of Hamburg,” they stated in a press release.

Timo Herzberg, CEO SIGNA Real Estate Germany, added: “The partnership with Nobu Hospitality in the launch of the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Hamburg underscores the compelling Elbtower development as Northern Germany’s tallest skyscraper. Hamburg as a destination fits seamlessly within the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant collection and will be embraced by our prestigious office tenants in the Elbtower as the most exclusive destination in Hamburg.”

Rising 245 metres and 64 stories over the River Elbe, the Elbtower is designed by celebrated architectural firm David Chipperfield Architects and will complete the city’s silhouette with its striking and curved façade. Forming a designed counterpoint to the famed Elbphilharmonie concert hall and serving as an entrance marker to the prestigious HafenCity district. The Elbtower will house the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, the tower itself will be comprised of flexibly designed office spaces with unparalleled views of the city and beyond. The ground floors, with their innovative layouts, will form the hub of the Elbtower community and play a significant role in positioning the Elbtower as the most attractive place to work, sleep, eat and drink, shop and socialise in Hamburg. The offering will comprise of a variety of retail shops, restaurants, and co-working spaces. The Elbtower will add to The SIGNA Group’s portfolio of exclusive real estate properties in prime city locations around Europe.

Trevor Horwell, CEO Nobu Hospitality, comments: “We are extremely honoured and excited to be working with SIGNA on this unique project.  This is the first project in this growing partnership, and we are exploring other destinations with SIGNA. Hamburg is an economic powerhouse in Germany and is an exciting destination for travellers whether for business or pleasure and perfectly fits with our global clientele.   The Elbtower itself is a very special project planned as Hamburg’s world class dynamic lifestyle destination with our Nobu Hotel and Restaurant sitting as its core.”

The Nobu Hotel Elbtower Hamburg will offer 191 spaciously designed guestrooms and suites, a 200-seat Nobu restaurant, a stylish terrace bar and lounge with views of the River Elbe, and a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness facility.  In addition to the restaurant and private dining rooms, the hotel will offer sophisticated event space for corporate and social gatherings as well as an outdoor terrace. Another highlight will be a Nobu private members club for the local community where members will benefit from a private lounge with a food and beverage offering, access to the hotel’s fitness and wellness facility as well as exclusive members only events. Nobu is one of the world’s most celebrated luxury hospitality brands renowned for its award-winning “new style” Japanese cuisine and exceptional hotel offerings in the world’s most desirable locales, with heartfelt service, energised public spaces and instinctive design.

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Nobu Hotel confirms March 29th Marbella resort opening

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Described as a ‘sophisticated playground exclusively for grown-ups’, the 81 guestroom resort is located between Marbella town and Puerto Banus.

Nobu Hotels has confirmed a March 29th grand opening for its Nobu Hotel Marbella, with the resort offering personal concierge service, an exclusive beach area with branded sun loungers, in-room signature Nobu treatments with access to the Six Senses Spa, a fitness centre, tennis club and golf.

Located between Marbella town and Puerto Banus, the resort is sister to the Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay and is strictly grown ups only.

The firm has, as you’d expected, paid a lot of attention to designer detail and has sought to combine location, atmosphere and world class restaurant to offer something for – in its own words – ‘even the most discerning of travellers’.

Indeed, guests in any of its 81 rooms can request to be collected from the airport in a chauffeured Tesla S car, which can be used again during their stay at the courtesy of the hotel.

All guestrooms have been given a sleek open plan design, complete with smart facilities, rain fall showers and premium mini-bars. Rooms overlook the social and epicurean hot spot of La Plaza, which comes alive at night.

Plush loungers are available at the beach, exclusively for Nobu guests, with service and a live DJ from the famous Ibiza hotspot El Chiringuito.

Furthermore, those in search of the ultimate swish getaway can reserve the four bedroom 250m2 Nobu Suite, with a living area big enough for a DJ set and cocktail party, jacuzzi on the balcony, bar, high-tech entertainment system and 24-hour in-room dining from Nobu restaurant.

“Nobu Hotel Marbella is bringing a new concept to the South of Spain,” said Francesco Rocotto, General Manager. “We are an urbane destination for entertainment, food and indulgence. From priority access to Nobu restaurant and La Suite nightclub, to our nightly turndown service, everything is designed around the guest experience.”

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Nobu Hospitality announces Nobu Hotel, Restaurant in Barcelona

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Globally established luxury lifestyle brand Nobu Hospitality, founded byNobu Matsuhisa,Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, and Selenta Group, a Spanish real estate and hotel group owned by Jordi Mestre, is delighted to announce their continued European expansion into Barcelona, Spain.

Set to open by the end of 2018, as part of a multi-million Euro refurbishment of Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya, this property will be an integrated mix of a Nobu Hotel and Restaurant reflecting the innovation and imagination that has become synonymous with the name Nobu.


The property will continue to be part of the Selenta Group collection. The partnership agreement with Nobu Hospitality gives rise to the shared management of the new establishment.

Capturing the unique essence of the famous European city whilst reflecting the brand’s core aspirational lifestyle offering. The fourth European hotel and third Spanish property from the highly recognised brand, the 250 rooms and suites along with its meeting rooms, event spaces and Nobu restaurant will be under a long-term management contract with Nobu Hospitality.

Rebrand of The Epiphany Hotel in Palo Alto to Nobu property

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Nobu Hospitality, the group founded by renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, has announced the rebranding of The Epiphany Hotel to the Nobu Hotel Epiphany due to transition on October 2, 2017.

The Epiphany Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, offers 83 guest rooms and suites, special event and meeting space and the recently opened, Nobu Palo Alto restaurant and bar.

Rebrand of The Epiphany Hotel in Palo Alto
The property will offer guests an exciting luxury experience with exclusive Nobu amenities. The hotel’s spacious guest rooms and suites, with balcony views of Palo Alto and the Santa Cruz mountains, will offer an enticing 24-hour, in-room dining menu from Nobu restaurant, Barcelona’s Natura Bissé bath amenities as well as other signature Nobu touchpoints.

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Nobu Hotel Shoreditch now open

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Nobu Hotel Shoreditch opened on 1 July, located in the heart of London’s artistic quarter. Set back from the lively hub of Great Eastern Street, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch offers a dynamic blend of Nobu’s signature east-meets-west philosophy and Shoreditch’s creative and industrial energy.

The property boasts 143 guest rooms and seven suites, meeting space, a lobby bar and 240-seat restaurant, which lies at the heart of the building, spanning almost the entire footprint of the hotel.

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The expressive and distinctive design for the new Nobu Hotel Shoreditch is the result of the collective efforts of Ron Arad Architects and Ben Adams Architects featuring overhanging floor slabs and cantilevered steel beams forming a frayed edge to the east, where a landscaped garden is terraced to provide natural light to the restaurant space.

The interior of the hotel was designed by local designers, Studio Mica. All parties worked in collaboration to create a seamless transition between the hotel and the restaurant.

The 240-seat, Nobu Shoreditch restaurant was designed by Studio PCH. Inspired by the iconic Nobu aesthetics, the 340m² restaurant space’s sleek wooden finish creates a cool and contemporary environment. Overseen by Executive Chef Greg Seregithe, Nobu Shoreditch menu will feature many of Nobu’s timeless dishes, as well as plates inspired by the creativity and vibrancy of the local area. Reached via a grand staircase, Nobu Shoreditch is bathed in natural light from the five-metre tall glass doors leading out to the charming Nobu Terrace.

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

The adaptable Kaijo meeting and event spaces at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch cater to a range of occasions, from family celebrations to business conferences. Boasting an abundance of natural light and a versatility, Kaijo can be used as one large space of 180m², accommodating 200 people for a cocktail reception or 120 for a seated event, or divided into six separate spaces.

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Nobu Hotels introduces London and Ibiza properties

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Nobu Hospitality, the group founded by renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, is pleased to announce the opening of the first two European Nobu Hotels in London & Ibiza.

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch London, located in London’s artistic quarter, offers 148-guest rooms and suites, special event and meeting space and London’s newest Nobu Restaurant and Bar. Crafted to suit the energy in Shoreditch, our new Nobu Hotel and Restaurant draws from the area’s creative and industrial vibe.

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Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is like nowhere else in Ibiza. On the shores of Talamanca Bay, the resort offers 152-rooms and suites, two private seafront pools, the new Nobu Restaurant Ibiza, in addition to other restaurants, spa, and boutique shopping. The design reflects an idyllic barefoot luxury style, crafted for couples and families alike.

Nobu London & Ibiza“We are very proud to open the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch and Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, each with partners who have great vision and passion to create something different and special,” said Trevor Horwell, Chief Executive Officer of Nobu Hospitality. “With London and Ibiza opening, we are continuing our European growth where we plan to announce further special Nobu Hotels in distinct locations.”

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and Nobu Hospitality are unveiling exciting plans to launch the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marbella

Nobu Hotel and Restaurant opening in Marbella

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Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and Nobu Hospitality are unveiling exciting plans to launch the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marbella at the five-star resort’s exceptional location in southern Spain.

Nobu Restaurant Marbella will launch in May 2017, with the opening of the Nobu Hotel Marbella following in spring 2018 at the luxurious Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa on the ‘Golden Mile’. This new partnership between Nobu Hospitality and Puente Romano is set to create a spectacular next-generation lifestyle resort, and a holistic destination experience for all guests.

Nobu Restaurant Marbella, the first Nobu to open in Spain, will sit at the heart of Marbella’s dining scene, joining Puente Romano’s magnetic gastronomic offering of ten individual restaurants including the two-Michelin star ‘Dani Garcia’. Envisioned by Jean-Pierre Martel, one of Spain’s most cutting edge interior designers, in collaboration with StudioPCH Malibu, Nobu Restaurant Marbella will balance comfortable simplicity with natural materials and textures, consistent with the recently refurbished resort’s contemporary aesthetic.

Launching in spring 2018, the new Nobu Hotel Marbella will be distinguished by its bespoke Nobu guestroom design and sensual touches across the elegant hotel rooms. Guests can look forward to priority access to the Nobu restaurant, a private swimming pool, and Natura Bisse amenities. Nobu Matsuhisa’s exclusive in-room dining menu will be available around the clock to serve Nobu dishes to guests of Nobu Hotel Marbella who wish to make the most of the flexibility to dine in the privacy of their rooms or at the edge of the private pool.

The launch of the new hotel at the Marbella property will also see Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa entirely transformed into an all-suites resort. 184 recently refurbished suites set across 27 beautifully designed Andalusian villas, will offer access to the resort’s famous amenities and Six Senses Spa, as well as the new Nobu experience.

Further details, designs and images to be released in spring 2017.

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Nobu Ibiza Bay opening this summer

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The Balearic Island’s most exciting new luxury five-star resort, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, a member of the globally recognised Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), is set to open on 30th June 2017.

Located on the shores of Talamanca Bay, the sophisticated yet fun loving beach retreat will be like nowhere else in Ibiza.

Ibiza Bay is designed to be the ultimate playground for grown-ups. The Ibizan style rooms and suites, two private seafront pools, restaurants, spa, boutique, adult and family experiences have been carefully curated to provide guests with the finest, authentic island escape, without ever having to leave the resort.

Offering four restaurants and a pool bar, Ibiza Bay is a food lover’s paradise. There are no fixed agendas; breakfast is served at guests’ leisure and spontaneous lunches blend into vivacious nights.

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From the sexy, immersive and fun culinary options to the 152 rooms and suites, every detail at Ibiza Bay has been designed with the guests’ comfort in mind. Inspired by the colours of the island, rooms are decorated with soft furnishings, natural wood, and artisan ceramics, using a colour palette of whites, golds and blues. Tasteful details like mother-of-pearl inlay and hand-blown pendant lights lend a lavish yet comfortable feel to the rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows and open terraces mean guests will wake to the scent of wild jasmine and fall asleep to the sound of the crashing waves, whilst luxurious Natura Bisse amenities offer pre-and post-beach pampering.

The expansive Presidential and Royal Suites boast grand terraces overlooking the Mediterranean, an outdoor Jacuzzi, sprawling living room and private bar. Accommodation options vary from Cool and Deluxe rooms to Junior and Grand Suites.

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Ground breaking ceremony for Nobu Hotel, Chicago

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Nobu Hospitality officially commenced development of the Nobu Hotel in Chicago at a groundbreaking ceremony with partners Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Academy award-winner Robert De Niro, Hollywood producer Meir Teper, and Australian business tycoon James Packer.

Scheduled to debut in late 2017, the Nobu Hotel will be situated in the vibrant area of Chicago’s west loop at 854 W. Randolph Street and will feature 103 rooms and suites; a 10,000-square-foot signature Nobu restaurant located on the ground level with an indoor and outdoor bar opening on to Randolph’s famed Restaurant Row; an exquisite 3,000 square foot, multi-use suite available for private social functions and meeting space; an indoor pool; a state-of-the-art fitness centre; spa treatment rooms; and a unique rooftop indoor and outdoor bar and lounge.

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James Packer, Robert De Niro, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and Meir Teper break ground on Nobu Hotel Chicago. Photo Credit: Francis Son Photography

“We are extremely pleased to begin development of the Nobu Hotel Chicago as the west loop neighbourhood is not only a culinary epicenter for renowned restaurants and chefs but also a highly desired destination for national and international travelers seeking world-class, enriching experiences,” said Trevor Horwell, Chief Executive of Nobu Hospitality. “We’re excited to introduce Nobu Hotel to Chicago and embrace the vibrant energy of the city.”

The Nobu Hotel Chicago joins the rapidly expanding global collection of Nobu Hotels all with their unique design elements. Spearheading the transformation at Randolph and Peoria streets are Chicago based Centaur, General Contracting and Development Management firm, in close collaboration with renowned Modif Architecture and local interior design firm, Studio K. The design team will take inspiration from Japanese aesthetics and principles while incorporating the west loop’s stylish, sophisticated, well-worn and timeless appeal.

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