One of the most talked about hotels is readying its rooms to open in February; famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa, with the backing of Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro, will open his first-ever Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas early next year.
Chef Nobu isn't new to the celebrity scene. Robert De Niro isn't new to the hospitality industry. The Academy Award-winning actor is the owner of Manhattan's Greenwich Hotel, and he also has his hand in a few notable restaurants around town. But it's De Niro's recent hospitality move that has fans flocking to see his latest masterpiece.
De Niro is a shareholder in Nobu Hospitality, the restaurant and entertainment company of chef Nobu Matsuhisa, which is developing its first-ever Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. And things seem to be moving along quite well.
De Niro talked with the Las Vegas Review-Journal about the venture:
"There were many people asking us to do a restaurant in their hotels because Nobu gave them a certain cache," he said. "We thought, 'Why not do our own hotel?'"
The hotel concept is based on fans of Nobu's fare. The Nobu Hotel's 131 rooms will be located within Caesars Palace and rooms will start around $300 a night.
Inside Nobu Hotel you'll find unique Japanese calligraphy art, stone tile and modern furnishings -- all that give the hotel a contemporary Asian feel. Even the in-room minibar is a little different, doing away with the traditional nuts, chips and sodas and replacing them with Wild Poppy blood orange chili juice, chocolate-dipped Pocky pretzels, Japanese beer and Nobu's signature brands of chilled sake and Genmai-Cha brown rice green tea.
Of course, the Nobu Hotel will include its namesake restaurant, the largest Nobu Restaurant and Lounge, and will feature Chef Nobu's signature items and some specialty items designed specifically for the restaurant. Additionally, guests staying in the Nobu Hotel will have 24-hour room service from Nobu.
The hotel is currently accepting reservations starting in Feb. 2013. According to reports, Nobu Hotels will also open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, London and Bahrain in the next few years.This is strictly an exclusive feature, reprints of this article in any shape or form without prior written approval from 4Hoteliers.com is not permitted.
Melanie Nayer is a hotel reviewer and expert on luxury travel around the world. She has covered all aspects of hotels including corporate restructures, re-branding initiatives, historical aspects and the best of the best in luxury hotels around the world.
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