MORE ON WHAT NOBU HOTELS IS PLANNING FOR 2016 (AND BEYOND)

Our Master List of hotel openings this year includes three Nobu Hotels: Malibu, Miami and London (there is also Riyadh, in case that happens to be on your list of destinations for the next twelve months). Whether or not our doubts on timing for Shoreditch turn out to be legitimate, 2016 is off to a good start with an updated website, more renderings, and another potential opening in Chicago. We’ll begin on the west coast and work our way east from there.

While on the website it only says ‘coming soon’, we have a few details on Nobu Ryokan in Malibu. Set on the Pacific Coast Highway, it is the conversion of the former Casa Malibu, next to Nobu the restaurant. Just 18 rooms and suites will be inside, in a modern / luxurious interpretation of the traditional Japanese ryokan.

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Reports as far back as April last year talk about the signage going up, and based on these first impressions we cannot wait for Nobu Ryokan to open – though it wouldn’t surprise us when it’ll be nigh impossible to book a room initially. For more delicious renderings, including wooden furos, skylight showers, and randomly what appears to be an actual photo from inside a room with an unmade bed, go here.

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We said ‘another potential opening’ for Chicago, and as much as we’d like to believe the early 2016 projection, a quick look on the internet raises doubts here as well. Located on the corner of Randolph and Preoria in the city’s West Loop, Curbed Chicago has details on the construction of the new hotel, along with its reduction in size from twelve stories to seven, and from the 155 rooms the Nobu website still talks about to just 83 rooms. That being the case in summer 2015, we don’t think we’ll be walking through the front door here before the very end of the year, if at all.

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Heading further east with a sharp turn south towards Miami, Nobu Eden Roc will be similar to the original Nobu at Caesars Palace as a ‘hotel within a hotel concept’. Nobu Eden Roc will have 210 rooms and suites, a restaurant and bar and ‘new beachfront restaurant concept’, a massive 20,000 square feet spa and two pools. More renderings are this way – just replace that second half of 2015 opening with second half of 2016.

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Here is another angle of the eastern side of Nobu Shoreditch, with its horizontal beams jutting out of the façade as it seems to crumble into the small garden on Willow Street. The 156 rooms and suites will be complemented by a triple-height restaurant, which according to the designers is ‘filled with sleek wood and bronze detailing’ and ‘dramatic lighting’.

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These renderings give a first idea of what that will be like, but the April 2016 completion date is wildly optimistic in our humble opinion. Perhaps we’ll be having sake and a spicy tuna roll in the garden in summer 2017?

Speaking of 2017, that’s when Nobu Los Cabos should arrive, with 200 rooms in the resort community of Cabo San Lucas.

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The renderings feel very much in line with Malibu, with lots of Japanese influences, clean lines, and wood as the dominant material. Nobu restaurant and bar will be right on the beach, with a mix of retail, other F&B outlets, a spa, and meeting space throughout the resort.

Aside from another upcoming hotel in Bahrain, Nobu is working on additional cities in the US and Canada.

[Renderings: Nobu Hotels, Studio PCH, WATG]

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Paul J DeVries
Paul J DeVries is a freelance travel writer and was previously a contributing editor for HotelChatter.com. Based in London, he knows the city's hotel scene inside out, while also covering the latest in destinations around the world. When not checking out a new hotel, he checks in on the airlines and inflight products that get you there.