The Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park manages to capture every experience you could want in a hotel. It’s a Zen retreat, romantic escape, business power spot and swanky spa resort all rolled into one. As for me, I just wanted an overnight vacation, and the Rosewood delivered with airy and spacious rooms, impeccable service, four–star dining, and comfortable elegance. I spent just less than 24 hours there, but it felt like an extended vacation.
At the gateway of Silicon Valley and Stanford University, the Rosewood is nestled on 16 pristine acres, with stunning vistas of the Santa Cruz Mountains. As for convenience, it’s just minutes from SFO and San Jose Airports. No matter where you live in California, you can be poolside within a few hours.
Walking into the hotel, I felt like
the houseguest of a benevolent and tasteful billionaire. The grand living room
manages to offer comfort and opulence all at once. The cool blue, celadon and
tan color palette mirrors the colors of the sky and earth outside. Despite the
elegance, the overstuffed couches and chairs invite you to put your feet up…and
not get a dirty look for it.
The Rosewood management brags it has the largest guest rooms on the peninsula and it’s no empty boast. I had one of many “omigod” moments when the bellman opened my door. The smallest rooms are 525 square feet, and all reflect a style that can best be described as California Contemporary. Nothing feels too stuffy or formal -- it’s effortless luxury. And because this is Silicon Valley, “state-of-the–art” technology comes with the territory. Our room had two large flat screens as well as a flat screen in the bathroom. Most everything in the room - from movies and music to lighting and room temperature -can be operated with the TV remote. The sumptuous marble bathrooms are bigger than your average living room. Each have double vanities, a soaking tub deep enough for an NBA player and a separate rainfall shower.
After a soak in the mega tub, I headed to Madera, the property’s signature restaurant. The menu changes daily and features a who’s who of Northern California’s most celebrated purveyors like Bellweather Farms Lamb, Niman Ranch Beef, Liberty Farms Duck and Iacopi Farms Produce. The open kitchen provides culinary theater, and if you’re not watching the chefs, your eye is likely drawn to the floor-to-ceiling picture windows and the sweeping views of the hills beyond. The extensive wine list is heavily inspired by California vintners but offers selections from all over the world.
In the morning, I headed to Sense, the Rosewood’s tranquil spa. My therapist sent me into skin nirvana with a treatment called the Gold Rush Renewal. She polished me with a concoction of 24-karat gold, raw sugar and fruit extracts followed by a massage with a decadent dollop of shea body butter. No question: I would drive here just for the massage. I wrapped my morning with a eucalyptus steam and an icy pink drink by the pool. Reluctant to leave, I postponed my checkout time to the last possible moment.
All of this decadence doesn’t come cheap. A night at the Rosewood with dinner for two and a spa treatment could set you back $750. There are, however, some good deals right now. The Rosewood’s summer escape package offers a nightly rate of $260, including breakfast and parking. Several other packages are available, from girlfriend getaways to romantic escapes, and all offer great bang for your buck. Visit the resort’s special packages page for details.