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A sampling of the newly opened Nobu Restaurant at Caesars Palace and the room service menu of its sister Nobu Hotel has left us craving more. And, while we've explored the world's first Nobu Hotel in-depth (see the links on the right-hand side of your screen), we haven't toured you around the restaurant yet.
At 12,775 square feet, it now becomes the biggest Nobu resto in the world. A layered design by David Rockwell captures your attention almost as much as the food on your plate, from the textured grey stone on the floor and airy, floating pendants of light to the use of colorful prints and woven basket-like pods.
Check the photo gallery for our seven of our favorite vignettes from the snapshots we captured during a media preview.
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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is known for sushi. And, that will continue to be the star attraction at his newly opened, eponymous restaurant inside Caesars Palace. It will also be the highlight of the room service menu at the also newly opened Nobu Hotel which just so happens to be steps away from each other.
A media preview of both presented us with a taste of the menu and the rooms. And, one definitely left more of a favorable impression on us. To our surprise... ok, who are we kidding?.. To no surprise, it was the food that keeps crossing our mind. And, the drinks. And, that also became the best reason to reserve a room at Nobu Hotel. Because our favorite bites were only available on the room service menu.
When we tried Nobu's Green Tea Waffles ($22), garnished with strawberries, bananas, Yuzu whipped cream, pecans and Shiso syrup, we moaned in delight. It was the Yuzu whipped cream that took the offering to a new place for us. Making us regret only taking one bite. Luckily, another serving quickly came our way. We also sampled the Nobu Granola Parfait ($14), comprised of homemade yogurt, sesame granola, fresh fruit and soy salt, but which tasted just as one would expect. A few nibbles of a Black Sesame Croissant ($6) also yielded the same response.
The first Nobu Hotel is here. And, it's a man's world, baby.
Named after a male chef (Nobu Matsuhisa) who partnered with an award-winning male actor (Robert De Niro) and a male Hollywood producer (Mier Teper), Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace was created by a male designer (David Rockwell, pictured above).
We point that only because our first impressions of the first ever hotel of its kind was distinctly masculine. Yes, it features the same neutral contemporary palette that has defined today's modern hotel, but still it lacked the pops of color, the moments of plushness, the unexpected touches that make other decors softer and less stark. More feminine, if you will. Even the robes are thin and a bit rough to the touch. No suggly comfort here.
Sure, there's the dramatic, in-your-face elements of the sweeping calligraphy along its walls and the bold, patterned carpeting that's meant to evoke "sand and gestural paintings." But, what's missing is what you'll ironically find in the official photos for Nobu Hotel, just not in the actual accommodation itself. Granted, we were only in Nobu's standard rooms for just a few minutes as part of a media preview. However, above all else, this is what struck us most. We show photo-by-photo examples below. While these accommodations may not be our first choice, aesthetically; access to a delectable, 24-hour Nobu room service menu will set this hotel-within-a-hotel apart from all else. And, trust us, the food alone should get you here.
The general public won't be able to do it until October but, if you're in the know, you'll be able to book a room at the highly anticipated Nobu Hotel before the month is out.
Reservations will open for the world's first Nobu Hotel on October 1, however, if you're dying to be one of the first to stay, there's an easy way to get first dibs. Nobu will allow members of its Inner Circle exclusive booking access beginning September 25. And, it's ridiculously easy to become a member. Just click here, give them your name, address, email addy and birthdate and you're done.
If staying in the world's first Nobu Hotel and having the chance of bumping into Robert De Niro in the halls wasn't enough, Caesars Palace is hoping you fall in love with Nobu's design skillz just as much as you heart his mastery with sushi.
The first photos that show us what a Nobu hotel room will actually look like have been released. You see the contemporary bedroom up above (a study of dark browns and creams with little hints of color which is par for the course in hotel design these days). You'll probably be more excited about the fact that you can register in-room via an iPad and that you will be greeted with hot tea as a welcome amenity. Turndown service will leave yukata (read: casual kimono) robes and slippers bedside along with scented sleeping oils. (Cue sexy time.) The minibar won't be your usual M&Ms and soda, either:
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In case you got caught up in the excitement of the first-ever Nobu Hotel opening later this fall, Caesars Palace would like to remind you that there's also a massive Nobu Restaurant and Lounge opening alongside the hotel as well.
Today, Nobu and Caesars put out some more detes on what we can expect from inside the11,200-square-foot restaurant:
Bowed columns of bamboo will line the exterior of the restaurant to resemble the structure of the traditional Japanese ikebana basket used for the art of flower-arranging. A brand new vocabulary of natural design elements incorporating stone, wood and paper will create an exclusive yet inviting dining scene.
When you spend a night inside one of the hotel's 180 rooms, you can rest soundly knowing that both Robert DeNiro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa handpicked the furnishings and design elements.
That's what the duo were doing yesterday when they toured the hotel to check on its construction progress. Also on hand were the property's shareholders, including Meir Tapa, who were given a full tour of the place and the all-important restaurant space by the hotel's new general manger, Gigi Vega. Later, everyone signed the Nobu construction wall.
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It looks like you might have to wait just a little bit longer to get Nobu sushi delivered to your room at the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. Previously, we heard the hotel would be opening in the summer but according to this new report from Forbes, a fall opening is much more likely. Don't know if that means September or December, though.
But, everything else seems to be on track. Renovations are currently going on inside CP's old Centurion Tower under the watchful eye of today's most in-demand hotel designer, David Rockwell, and, when the work is done, a new 180-room, 16-suite Nobu Hotel will emerge. And, yes, the hotel will mimic the style of Nobu Sushi restaurants:
If [Rockwell's] signature style for other Nobu spaces is any indication, natural elements found in the Japanese countryside (birch trees, running water features, river stones and wood flooring) combined with sleek finishes are likely to be found throughout the hotel, its restaurant and lounge.