Rosewood Sand Hill, Menlo Park, California – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 1 October 2011
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With a series of speaking engagements for my new book on Information Overload planned in Silicon Valley, a colleague recommended the Rosewood Sand Hill and told me it would be different.  His remark was a tremendous understatement.  I did expect a nice hotel – what I didn’t expect was an amazing resort environment that transported me at the end of each day from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley to a 16-acre tropical hideaway, never mind the fact that it is located in the heart of the valley and minutes from the campus of Stanford University.


My Deluxe Room had a king-sized bed, a comfortable day bed, a Nespresso coffee maker, an amazing walk-in closet (I took notes in anticipation of redesigning mine the very same way), a bathroom with separate tub and shower with intricate tile work on the shower walk (again, I made notes and took photos for a future renovation project at home),

The bed was extremely comfortable and I woke up each morning refreshed and ready for my various speaking engagements.

The hotel provides eco-friendly Ohné bath products in refillable containers, a very green alternative to using thousands of tiny plastic containers in guest rooms.

On the night table was a controller for lights in the room, with buttons such as “Lamps On/Off,” “Ceiling On/Off,” and “Bedroom On/Off” leaving no doubt as to what one would get.  I was also able to control the lights from the TV remote with on screen options including light settings for watching a movie and “evening.”

Climate controls were equally well marked and easy to use.

Despite the high-tech tools, I had to stop and marvel at the simple, battery-operated Seiko alarm clock, with an analog dial that left no doubt as to when and if the alarm was set.

Clearly, a lot of thought was given to the guest experience here.

As much as I liked the room and its amenities, it was the terrace that I really loved.  It overlooked the pool and sitting there transported me to a far-off resort that was hours, not minutes, from Palo Alto.


The elegant wooden writing desk was large enough for work requirements, although I admittedly preferred to take the ThinkPad or iPad out to the terrace to work instead.  Two desktop-level outlets were on the wall next to the desk and there were other outlets easily accessible as well.

Internet, $12.99 per day for up to two devices (such as laptop and Apple iPad, was fast and I had no difficulties connecting from anywhere on the property.

The desk chair was the only weak link; the hotel should consider more ergonomic desk chairs to help guests avoid back strain.

Sense spa is part of the 17,000-square-foot spa and fitness center.  Within its 13 treatment rooms it offers a variety of services, many West Coast inspired.  My Gold Rush Renewal treatment started with an all-natural anti-oxidant and vitamin rich sugar scrub infused with 24-karat gold, raw sugar, and fruit extracts followed by a full-body massage using golden shea body butter infused with botanical extracts.   I wonder if this was popular among prospectors in the olden days.

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