Celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, and film producer Meir Teper have opened their first hotel, Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas. The trio are also the owners of Nobu restaurant in New York City.
David Rockwell and his firm Rockwell Group designed the property with a nod toward the Japanese aesthetic, complete with elements of cherry blossoms, Zen gardens, and artwork and fixtures inspired by origami.
“We have created a distinctly Japanese experience in the heart of Las Vegas with the first Nobu Hotel, but with a playful interpretation of Nobu’s style and the Vegas bravado,” Rockwell says. “Using the grand canvas of a hotel, we were able to elaborate on the use of hand-crafted, curated materials that create a luxurious effect.”
The hotel’s 181 guestrooms, including 18 suites, embrace natural materials and textures balanced with oversized elements to reveal a touch of Vegas flair. Neutral tones set the palette, while hints of purple and aqua adorn multiple accent pieces, decorative pillows, and artwork. Patterned beige-colored carpets feature a graphic designed to evoke sentiments of landforms, seascapes, and movement.
The focal point of the guestroom is the feature wall that displays a custom piece of Japanese Hitsuzendo calligraphy, which translates to “the way of the brush.” Bathrooms feature rich teak fittings, stone tiles, and modern fixtures. An oversized walk-in shower made of traditional black Umi tiles offers multiple showerheads and a teak bathing stool, a commodity seen in traditional Japanese bathhouses. Toto toilets and sinks that showcase custom freestanding concrete bowls set on wood plinth are reminiscent of a garden fountain. Guests will also have private access to the adjacent 11,200-square-foot Nobu restaurant and lounge.