America’s First Treehouse Hotel Opens in California • Hotel Designs

SH Hotels & Resorts, the sustainable brand management company founded by Starwood Capital Group Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht, announced the opening of the first Treehouse Hotel in the United States in Sunnyvale, California, in the heart of the Silicon Valley high tech. With architecture designed by SB Architects and landscape designed by RIOS, the hotel is set to make a statement (renderings will follow).

Slated for release in late 2023, the free-spirited, eco-conscious lifestyle brand creatively captures the carefree comfort, freedom, nostalgia and fun of childhood. Each Treehouse Hotel is founded on the adventurous ideas that inspire a child to build their “treehouse” and spend time with real and imaginary friends. Treehouse Sunnyvale will merge the creativity, innovation and adventure of vibrant Silicon Valley with the brand’s warm and whimsical ethos.

“Sunnyvale is the epicenter of the bold ideas, disruptive technology, imagination and innovation that make Silicon Valley an icon and an inspiration to the world,” Sternlicht said. “Every inch of this playful property, from mismatched materials to secret nooks and unexpected artwork, creatively combines the energy and intensity of Silicon Valley’s high-tech culture with the simpler, more old and more natural from the pre-internet era of the Santa Clara Valley.”

The property reuses several existing structures and elevates a new six-story building constructed off-site using modular methods that significantly reduce environmental impact and waste. The majority of its 254 rooms, including 21 suites, offer private outdoor spaces, from patios on the ground floor to balconies and terraces on the upper floors. The interiors, including the plush sofas built into roughly hewn wooden bookcases, the aged wooden desks of the farmhouse table and the wooden beams on the ceiling, the colorful pillows and quirky duvets, collectively convey the childlike wonder of take refuge in a figurative “treehouse”, while gazing at the real world below.

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