By Meghan Hall
After several years of planning, a hotel within the Facebook West Campus in Menlo Park is taking shape. citizenM Hotels has filed pre-application permits for a 240-room hotel within close proximity to Facebook’s offices and other amenities. While the proposed hotel received conditional approval from the City Council in February of 2020, the project’s more conclusive details are coming to light.
In all, the hotel will total 90,870 square feet and replace a current surface parking lot at 300 Constitution Drive. Rising five stories in height, planned amenities include a lobby, lounge, bar, breakfast area, meeting rooms and more. An outdoor amenity area will be located at the southeast corner and feature recreation spaces, a water feature and outdoor food service. The property will also include a 5,000 square foot, full-service restaurant that will be operated by an independent third party. Both vehicular and bike parking are also planned.
Designed by world-renowned architecture firm Gensler, the exterior of the building will be designed to complement other buildings on the Facebook Campus. Renderings indicate the project will feature concrete panels, glaze windows, stucco and metal louvers. The design of the building will be modern in its scope and anchored by a spiraling stairwell. The stairs will be clad in a bright red steel plate, an accent against the white and light gray facade of the building.
The main entrance of the hotel will be oriented towards the south property line and located under a cantilever. Along the stucco facades, the project will feature large-scale artwork. Gensler also designed citizenM’s Seattle and Boston locations. In Seattle, the project was the first fully modular hotel in the city.
In addition to the hotel, a number of other buildings are expected to rise in the vicinity between 301 and 309 Constitution Drive. Two new office buildings totaling 962,400 square feet–a net increase of 126,600 square feet–are planned, as well as publicly-accessible open space and a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Bayfront Expressway.
Full buildout of the site is forthcoming and depending upon TE Connectivity’s–a current tenant on the property–exit from the site. City documents explain that TE Connectivity’s current lease runs through September of 2022. Beyond that, timing for construction and delivery of the project remains unclear.
Once completed, citizenM intends to own and operate the hotel based on a 99-year ground lease with Facebook. The hotel chain, based in the Netherlands, has hotels in a wide variety of locations, from Taipei, to Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and more. Currently, citizenM is working to complete a 195-key hotel at 72 Ellis Street in San Francisco. The company opened its first hotel in 2008 and works to construct upscale hotels designed for budget travelers. citizenM works to develop assets that blur the line between asset classes, incorporating hospitality into office, residential and other uses.