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Earlier this week, you may have read about our stay in the first ever Nobu Hotel and the amenity madness included within. (Although, we're hearing that some haven't been that fortunate.) Another major feature the boutique hotel has rolled out is its mobile Nobu app.
When the Octavius Tower debuted at Caesars Palace last year it, too, released an app for tower guests. The Octavius App is a web application accessible from any Internet-enabled device that connects guests to details on Caesars' shows, dining, tournaments, Qua Spa and descriptions of its new signature Nobu treatments, housekeeping and concierge services, checkout and more.
Yesterday, we documented our night in a room at Nobu's first ever hotel. As mentioned there, part of the advertised escapism was achieved through amenity madness and elevated service inside the boutique hotel (within a hotel). Today, we return to provide more details on said amenities and service.
Natura Bissé of Barcelona is the provider of a line of products exclusive to Nobu Hotel and guest rooms are loaded with them. Everywhere we turned there was something new to rub, wash, mist or smell. Enough toiletries, in fact, to kickstart a year of living free if hotel
theft bathroom souvenirs are your thang. For stays longer than a night or two, an extra suitcase might be needed just for take-home toiletries.
If actor Gary Busey were to describe a stay at the newly opened Nobu Hotel within Caesars Palace, our guess is he would state Nobu stands for Nourishing Our Bodies Undoubtedly. Unfortunately, VegasChatter can't pull off a Busey-ism so we best describe our recent stay the only way we know how -- with images and text that hopefully don't make you go hmmm.
While Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace wasn't quite what you see is what you get for us (see link at right), we were smitten with Nobu's sexy, 50 Shades of Grey-inspired way of saying do not disturb. At least, that's where we'd get the inspiration. At Nobu, a gorgeous, wine red tassel will dangle from doorways when
sexytime privacy is called for.
Let's face it. Nobu Hotel is all about being able to eat to die for sushi in bed. But, as you're lounging on your Italian linens and the squishy down pillows you selected from your dream menu, how will you keep yourself entertained?
The most obvious way takes up 55 inches of wall space, a flat-screen, high-definition TV.
When it's your name is on the restaurant and the hotel and you're a world-renowned chef, you don't leave any food experience to chance. Including, what's in the minibar. Or, in the case of Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, the mini-drawer.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa personally selected just what you'll find when you open one of the drawers located below his 55-inch flat screen TVs. A drawer we had assumed was for clothing until another journalist on our media preview curiously looked inside. Instead, a mini drawer was discovered, stocked with sweet potato Pop Chips, salt & pepper Kettle Chips, Pocky biscuit sticks dipped in chocolate, and an assortment of Dean & Deluca chocolate and nuts.
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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.
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This weekend is going to be crazy in Vegas and not just because of Super Sunday. There are a bunch of new openings for you to add to your must-try list and a dive hotel-casino to bid adieu. Here's the lowdown:
Citizens Kitchen at Mandalay Bay: Now open. This new 24-7 casual eatery by The Light Group opened its doors Friday morning. Head here for upscale grub. We hear the tater tots are killer. And, if you're especially hungry, there's a monster muffuletta challenge. Priced at $135, the pork and cheese sandwich is meant for six. Eat it by yourself and your meal will be free.
Heraea at Palms: Opening Sunday. Touted as a sports bar/restaurant for women, Heraea will kickoff its debut on Super Sunday.
We got a tour of a standard room, both a king and two doubles, at Nobu Friday afternoon. Hotel reps say the rooms were just turned over to them three days prior. And, that suites still weren't ready to be viewed. We'll have a full review of the rooms we did see, and our sampling of Nobu Restaurant which soft opened Friday night, on Monday (February 4). Until then, here's what a Nobu view looks like, from a standard room on the 78th floor. Not too thrilling, right? Come back after the weekend to find out if the room makes up for that.
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Both the Nobu Hotel and the Nobu Restaurant and Lounge are just days away from opening (see our Sneak Peek HERE) yet the hotel and restaurant's very own iPhone app is very much open. And, it's one of our favorite hotel apps yet.
Under the Nobu Perks tab, guests can order up a Range Rover to transport them to and from the airport to the Nobu Hotel ($77 each way); fill out a pre-arrival questionnaire; select a type of pillow to adorn the bed; and even arrange a same-day shoe shine ($15).
Guests can also peruse the other hotel services and amenities available to them through Caesars Palace such as services at the Qua spa as well as details on shows, bars, lounges and gaming.
But, it is the Dining section of the Nobu Hotel app that had us salivating. Here we found the complete menu for the Nobu Room Service including the Nobu Bento Boxes which are being hailed as "game-changers for the hotel industry."
· Katsu, $28: Panko fried chicken, beef, or pork cutlet with Tonkatsu.
· Unagi Don, $30: Grilled BBQ eel over rice.
· Shojin, $45: Spinach dry miso salad, vegetable nigiri, vegetable roll, nasu miso, vegetable spicy garlic, tofu teriyaki.
· Vegas, $55: Maki rolls: spicy tuna, california, soft shell crabs.
· Matsuhisa, $65: Sashimi salad, nigiri and maki selection, black cod, vegetable spicy garlic, chicken anticucho
· High Roller, $288: Lobster wasabi, wagyu steak, shrimp, spicy garlic, spinach dry miso with crab, premium rolls and nigiri. Repeat, this is $288.
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Happy Friday, we hope you're in the mood for some sushi!
We just took an in-depth tour of the upcoming Nobu Restaurant inside Caesars Palace. While the restaurant is not entirely completed (there are some last-minute finishing touches being put on and Caesars will start moving in furniture and equipment later tonight), the joint will indeed be open on February 2nd which is when an official ribbon-cutting ceremony will happen. There will be a lucky few with reservations that night but the restaurant will be open to the general public on February 4.
Not-so-coincidentally, this is the same day that the Nobu Hotel will open. We weren't able to sneak a peek at any of the hotel rooms but we did get a glimpse into the intimate lobby/elevator bank and spoke with the hotel's general manager, Gigi Vega, about what guests can expect.
We'll have all of that and more for you next week but for now, sit back and enjoy these Nobu photos. In the meantime here are some quick facts about Nobu Caesars Palace:
· David Rockwell and his design firm The Rockwell Group did the design for the hotel, restaurant and lounge.
· Natural design elements incoproating stone, wood and paper are found throughout.
· There will be a 15 person bar at the lounge and a total of 327 seats throughout the restaurant.
· The space totals 12,775-sq.ft., making it the largest Nobu in the world.
· There will also be three teppanyaki tables, a first for a U.S. Nobu.
· Guests staying at the Nobu hotel will have priority access to Nobu. Vega told us that they "will make it happen" for guests, no matter the night or capacity level.