Mountain View, CA

Live in luxury with a local staycation: The Ameswell Hotel opens in Mountain View

Grace Goes on an Adventure

It's that time of year where everyone — and yes, we mean everyone — needs one final vacation before the fall hustle begins. Fortunately for Bay Area locals and visitors alike, a new hotel offers just what you need for a night away from home or a quick getaway with lots of fun.

Opened in mid-July, the Ameswell Hotel brings the best of hospitality to Mountain View with its updated COVID-19-friendly outdoor spaces and modern luxury throughout its expansive space. The hotel is great for locals looking to get away and tech workers looking for a walkable experience in the Bay Area; located just walking distance from downtown Mountain View, the Ameswell is easily accessible to other large tech hubs in Silicon Valley, including Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.

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The exterior of the Ameswell Hotel, with lots of open space to enjoy some physically distanced space from new and old friends.Jessica Sample

Brittany Wechsler of New York's M18 agency shares that the 255-room hotel was largely influenced by the surrounding natural life of the Peninsula, with a large emphasis on "wellness, art, and sustainability."

"The Ameswell is set to act as a central hub for the town, drawing in locals and leisure travelers with beautifully designed public space," she said.

The hotel was designed by the San Francisco-based design firm BAMO, which has previously designed luxury hotels including the Four Seasons Madrid, The Carlyle, and The Ritz Carlton Chicago. The interior of the space has many mid-century modern and natural elements, with casual references throughout the space to the nearby site it is named after — the NASA Ames Research Center. The library near the reception area further houses items dedicated to space flight history, including a test pilot's helmet and a promotional print from Moffett Field's 25th anniversary in 1958.

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The entryway and lobby of the new hotel, bringing to mind the natural and warm essence of the surrounding scenery.Jessica Sample

On top of the design of the hotel, it also offers a great deal more for its visitors. Roger, the hotel's indoor and outdoor restaurant and bar, will serve up a mix of on-demand cocktails and casual California-style dishes with a Mediterranean flair. The team has already curated a list of local vendors to make the best, most sustainable dishes possible, including a Moroccan Corn Ribs vegetarian plate and the "Hanger" burger. Wash it all down with a Moffett Mule or a Tumblebee cocktail.

While the menu will have you ready for takeoff to get your grub on, the restaurant will also bring you into the new age with its technological advancements. The entire ordering and payment system is contactless, and also uses local tech to deliver your food by way of BEAR Robotics’ autonomous food service robots.

The hotel is the latest in a string of new hotels opening across the Bay Area, and the first of which that's opened since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As business begins to pick back up across the U.S. with offices reopening, Silicon Valley companies will likely have more national and international employees returning to the area — and all the better to learn more about local history while staying nearby.

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Hi there! I'm Grace Stetson, an affordability correspondent and freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I recently moved back to my hometown after a few years of living in Chicago, IL, and Brooklyn, NYC, and there's a lot more to see than I originally expected. With that, I'm going out and about from as far south as Monterey to as far north as Marin to find you the best hidden gems, backwoods trails, and delicious eats across the Bay. Come join me on this adventure!

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