Graduate Motels introduced the opening of Graduate Palo Alto. The property is positioned within the coronary heart of downtown Palo Alto at 488 College Avenue, blocks from Stanford College and inside the former Lodge President.
The storied has been renovated and restored to honor the constructing’s previous, in addition to the historical past of the neighboring neighborhood. The six story Graduate Palo Alto options 100 keys and two signature meals and beverage ideas – Lou & Herbert’s, a foyer stage, day-to-night café, and President’s Terrace, a vibrant rooftop bar with unmatched Palo Alto views. Design all through the lodge embodies the character and age-old tales of the neighborhood by daring, layered décor rooted in storytelling. Graduate Palo Alto is the thirty third lodge within the Graduate Motels portfolio.
Created for vacationers who search memory-making journeys, Graduate Motels is a thoughtfully crafted assortment of accommodations that reside in dynamic university-anchored cities throughout the U.S. and U.Ok. Every property celebrates and commemorates the optimistic power of its neighborhood, whereas providing an prolonged retreat to locations that usually play host to the most effective days of our lives.
“For the reason that inception of Graduate, we’ve dreamed of creating a lodge in Palo Alto,” stated Ben Weprin, Graduate Motels CEO and Founder. “To have that imaginative and prescient come to life in such an iconic landmark property within the middle of gravity of downtown is a dream come true. Bringing Lodge President again to life in its unique goal, as designed by native famed architect Birge Clark, has been each magical and rewarding for our crew. We’re past honored to open the doorways to the neighborhood as soon as once more and reintroduce the lodge, rooftop terrace, and public areas to vacationers from around the globe.”
Designed by Graduate Motels’ in-house design crew, Graduate Palo Alto’s design takes inspiration from a 1958 picture of the unique property, paying homage to the historical past of the landmark and its Spanish Colonial structure. Thought-about town’s most coveted place to remain for the primary half of the twentieth century, Lodge President was named after President Herbert Hoover, one of many first college students to enroll at Stanford. Particulars all through the property honor Hoover, in addition to the myriad of legendary alums, age-old college traditions and symbols and monikers synonymous with the state of California and neighboring Palo Alto neighborhood.
Upon arrival, Graduate Palo Alto’s foyer welcomes company right into a refreshed but acquainted area, boasting a grand, two-story entryway and ceiling with picket beams, replicated to resemble unique woodwork, that draw company from the entry into the primary foyer space. A customized carved-wood credenza serving because the entrance desk is complemented by a customized hand-woven tapestry, impressed by California landscapes. An expansive foyer gallery wall anchors the room, showcasing a mixture of eclectic, classic artwork impressed by Spanish Colonial interiors and native botanicals and animals. The show frames a brand new, non-wood burning, fire. Heat colours and wealthy textural materials adorn inviting seating vignettes positioned all through the welcoming space. Graduate’s signature communal desk sits proudly within the foyer, enveloped by a dozen chairs fittingly embossed with the letter ‘G’.
Preserving the integrity of its previous, Graduate Palo Alto options unique restored particulars that set up a powerful sense of place all through the property resembling the outside façade, home windows and entry marquee; historic Spanish Colonial tiles all through replicated to resemble originals; unique lodge elevator, along with a brand new elevator which makes the rooftop accessible for the primary time; unique ornamental ceiling beams reinstalled all through the foyer lounge; and the restoration of the constructing’s unique central stairwell.
Perched between the second and sixth flooring, residential-inspired visitor rooms marry faculty delight with cozy pure textures that complement the tree lined streets and distant Silicon Valley views.
Stanford delight beams all through, from pillows embroidered with the soccer crew’s unofficial chant, “Whose Home?” and “C-Home,” to customized artwork depicting Cardinal traditions and legends. The unique inside picture of the Lodge President from 1958, which largely impressed Graduate Palo Alto’s design, is featured in every visitor room. Ornate brass and wooden headboards are adorned with California redwood silhouettes and native legends are displayed above the writing desks, resembling a drawing of actress and Stanford alumnus, Sigourney Weaver; a portray of a quail, California’s state chicken; and polaroid picture of former Cardinal and legendary tennis champ John McEnroe. Friends can even discover artwork depicting the basic novel, Of Mice and Males, written by Stanford Cardinal, John Steinbeck. Echoing college excellence, guestroom halls are lined with notable years of accomplishment all through Stanford historical past and are primarily based off the longstanding senior 12 months custom (courting again to 1896) of forsaking time capsules on the quad.
Meals & Beverage
Perched atop the six-story lodge, President’s Terrace is a restoration of Lodge President’s unique rooftop backyard. The idea will open climate allowing later this month. That includes 360-degree views, the rooftop affords an intimate setting, full with an outside fire, woven wicker barstools and couches with plush pillows. President’s Terrace serves playful cocktails crafted in collaboration with globally acclaimed mixologist, Unhealthy Birdy, together with a rotating pure wine checklist. Serving as a vibrant gathering area, President’s Terrace will provide occasions and programming tailor-made to locals and guests alike.
The foyer stage, day-to-night café, Lou & Herbert’s, is called in homage to Herbert Hoover and his spouse Lou Henry, who he met whereas finding out at Stanford. Tailor-made to each on-the-go company and long-winded reunions, the menu affords a variety of fast and scrumptious bites and refreshments. Friends can savor seasonal roasts from San Francisco-based Saint Frank Espresso, alongside a California-driven all-day menu with dishes starting from Energy Pancakes and freshly baked pastries by Manresa Bread for breakfast to West Coast oysters and Tuna Tartare for dinner. Within the evenings, the bustling café transforms right into a welcoming bar for locals and lodge company to take pleasure in an easy-going drink with mates or coworkers.
From Graduate Palo Alto’s central location, company can discover the most effective of the realm, whether or not on the town for a Cardinal win or exploring College Avenue outlets, galleries and eating places. The lodge moreover is pet pleasant and affords complimentary bikes for company seeking to discover. Friends and locals can pop into President’s Barber Store and Hemingway Cigar and Tobacco, each longstanding fixtures of the neighborhood and positioned inside Graduate Palo Alto.