Source: Almanac News
Officials from Menlo Park, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, and the Stanford Management Co. gathered to celebrate the opening of the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel, spa and restaurant on Thursday, April 2.
About 150 people were on hand to watch as Michael Casey, managing director of Rosewood Sand Hill, and Menlo Park Mayor Heyward Robinson cut ribbons and delivered speeches.
Mr. Robinson praised city staff, as well as current and former council members, for shepherding plans for the facilities through the city's planning process. The City Council approved those plans in June 2006, with Councilman Andy Cohen casting the lone dissenting vote.
Mr. Robinson said the hotel would provide much-needed jobs for local residents, would offer a space for large events, and would be a boon to the city's tax revenue. The hotel has a 2,800-square-foot ballroom that can hold between 150 and 250 guests, according to hotel officials.
Though the country is mired in a recession, Rosewood CEO John Scott said he sees a silver lining for the "ultra-luxury" hotel. It will have less competition, because he doesn't envision many new hotels opening soon, he said in an interview.
He said he believes the Peninsula's economy is still on relatively solid ground, and that business people will still elect to stay there on trips. And with people tightening their budgets, nearby residents might eschew a trip to a far-away resort in favor of a weekend stay in Menlo Park, he said.
The hotel, spa and restaurant actually opened for business Wednesday, April 1.
Following is the Press Release from the Rosewood Hotel Group
Help Us Celebrate Hotel's Grand Opening
Jan. 19, 2009
Rosewood Sand Hill, the Newest Property in Rosewood Collection Offers Special Opening Rates with Help Us Celebrate Package MENLO PARK, CA - Michael Casey, Managing Director of the new Rosewood Sand Hill which is scheduled to open on April 2, 2009, has announced a special offering for the hotel's first guests. Those who book the Help Us Celebrate package will receive one night of luxury accommodations for two and a celebratory glass of sparkling wine upon check in. In addition, Rosewood Sand Hill will donate five percent of the room rate to Canopy and Trees for Menlo, two environmentally-friendly organizations dedicated to the planting of trees in the local area.
"We have a lot to celebrate when we open in April as the newest property in Rosewood Hotels & Resorts' distinctive collection," explained Casey. "In addition to providing extraordinary accommodations for guests who visit the Peninsula, Rosewood Sand Hill will offer highly refined, yet personalized service and resort-like amenities that include Sense, A Rosewood Spa™ and Madera, our signature restaurant. We are also pleased to celebrate bringing hundreds of new jobs to the area.
"Help Us Celebrate will be available to guests during the opening month of April as a way to introduce Peninsula visitors and locals to the legendary Rosewood luxury and service. The cost of the package is $295 on weekdays and $225 on weekends through April 30, 2009.
Rosewood Sand Hill is conveniently located minutes from high-end boutiques, galleries and restaurants, and just 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose. Reservations are available by calling 888.ROSEWOOD or by visiting Rosewood Sand Hill at http://www.rosewoodsandhill.com/.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, The Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta, CordeValle in San Martin, California, Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, Las Ventanas al Paraíso and Rosewood Mayakobá in Mexico, Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo, Japan, and a triumvirate of world-class Caribbean properties - Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Caneel Bay on St. John and Jumby Bay on Antigua.
For more information on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, please call 888.ROSEWOOD or visit rosewoodhotels.com.