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The Nest boutique hotel comes to Palo Alto's El Camino Real, bringing the tally to four new hotels in the region this year.

HOTEL SURGE CONTINUES ON EL CAMINO REAL ... There's going to be plenty of room at the inn -- at least in the south end of Palo Alto. The Nest Palo Alto, 3901 El Camino Real, joins three other new hotels in the region, all of which opened in the past year: Hilton Homewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Marriott's Residence Inn. The Nest occupies the former site of Quality Inn, which closed last year. "The old hotel is gone. We gutted it. All that was left was the bones," said Nest Project Manager Andy Evers. After nearly seven months of construction, half the hotel is scheduled to open this week, while finishing touches are still being applied to the other half. "We'll open the rest of the hotel in mid-October," Evers said, citing some bumps in the road during the major renovation. "We had to get rid of a couple construction companies. That created some delays. And the neighbors weren't too happy with us because of that." Originally scheduled to open in late spring/early summer, The Nest has its front entrance on residential Ventura Avenue, about one-quarter block east of El Camino, behind Star One Credit Union. "We'd like to make amends with the neighbors," Evers said. "We'll be inviting them to an evening event. We want to be part of the community." Guest units in the 54-room boutique hotel range in size from 185 to 275 square feet. Although the rooms are not large, the space has been used efficiently. Clean lines and white furnishings are featured in each guest room. The two-story hotel offers complimentary breakfast, a 24-hour fitness room, a business center and bicycle rental for guests. It also provides free high-speed Internet, tech-ready workspaces and 55-inch flat screen televisions equipped with Apple TV. Other amenities include a large patio and bar where California-Mediterranean cuisine will be served. Menu items include an eclectic assortment of flatbread pizzas, charcuterie and salads. "We'll also have high-end wines, local craft beer and small, shareable dishes," Evers said. The hotel is primarily focusing on the corporate, high-tech, business traveler and has set weekday rates at an average of $300 to $400. Weekend rates are generally lower, averaging about $150 to $200, according to Evers.

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Posted by Seriously
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 1, 2015 at 12:16 pm

The neighbors not too happy with the lengthy construction of this hotel which is still not done is truly an understatement. It has been beyond a nuisance listening to banging, clanging and god awful music all day on Saturdays. Yes, the workers blare the music out of the windows drowning out any opportunity to listen to your own music or have a conversation where you don't have to scream. Try call the construction company and they guy hangs up on you. The Nest just doesn't respond at all. Making it up to the neighbors might take more than inviting them to an evening event.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 5, 2015 at 7:53 am

Like the sound of this hotel. Sounds as if they are hoping to be good neighbors when the hotel opens.

I am particularly interested in the bike rental. Is this something other hotels do? I have never heard it before but it is a good idea. Is it the same principal as the other rental bikes around town?

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Posted by just don't get it
a resident of Southgate
on Oct 5, 2015 at 11:11 am

My neighborhood has been under siege for over a year...the two houses behind me and 2 down the street under construction. Building basements, sending cement and lumber trucks down the extremely narrow streets which are already parked with construction trucks and Paly Hi students. My car was hit by a cement truck. There is no end in sight for at least another year and there are other homes getting ready for renovation. So.....get over it! Yours was only 7 months. You aren't alone!!!

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Posted by Chaos
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Palo Alto is one big construction site. Noise, dirt, trucks, hammering, no parking available and taco trucks double parking on narrow streets. Crime in neighborhoods comes with construction projects. . When one construction project ends, another project begins in the neighborhood. PA infrastructure cannot handle the increased density. Irresponsible city planning at city hall is ruining this town. That, along with foreign investors buying up residential real estate and leaving the houses vacant, is all contributing to PA becoming a chaotic, overcrowded place to live.

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Posted by Eva
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 5, 2015 at 4:40 pm

I dropped by today and the motel looks really nice. They have a lovely, relaxing seating area with a wine bar where you can can relax and enjoy drinks & apps. Nice to have an outdoor hang spot in the neighborhood. Surprisingly quiet considering it's so close to El Camino.

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Posted by JoAnn
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 6, 2015 at 6:13 pm

More affordable housing gone (though that's really become a relative term in Palo Alto). I wonder where the people who used to live there went. I'm sure they won't be staying in the "boutique" hotel.

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