The scenery along the 280 freeway from Los Altos all the way to Daly City is quite spectacular. The green lush Santa Cruz Mountains frame the pristine reservoirs as you make your way north. This hilltop road often gives travelers commanding views across the Bay including multiple bridges and airports. The surrounding neighborhoods of Woodside, Portola Valley, Menlo Park, San Mateo, and Burlingame are all very upscale. At Sandhill Road, home to the venture capital industry and adjacent to Stanford University, there is a very unique hotel offering with Rosewood Sand Hill.
The Rosewood Sand Hill was more than a decade in the making and is owned by Stanford University. The hotel blends so well into the scenery that one could easily drive right by without noticing it. Set on 16 acres it has a California Craftsman Ranch theme on the exterior. The lobby flows into the Library Lounge and Madera Restaurant while offering wonderful views of the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains.
The location and setting have made Madera home base for deal making in the Silicon Valley. Most of the larger hedge funds and venture capital firms up here call Sand Hill Road home, and Rosewood Sand Hill is their local hangout. Madera offers indoor and outdoor dining with 5-star services and an atmosphere to match. Madera is to the Silicon Valley what the Polo Lounge (aka Beverly Hills Hotel) used to be to the entertainment industry.
The lobby and restaurants overlook the large pool and its lounges with multiple lawn areas for events. Summer and early fall can be quite warm so bring your swimsuit. Just behind the pool is the Spa and Fitness Center with state of the art equipment that will challenge all.
Rooms at Rosewood Sand Hill may well be the largest in the Bay Area ranging from 500 to 2000 sqare feet. These very comfortable dwellings feature marble bathrooms and the finest in linens and bedding. As you might expect the technology here is cutting edge with “smart rooms” where you can control everything from your bedside master control. For complete information visit RosewoodSandHill.com.
Just below the hotels sits the famed Stanford Linear Accelerator, or SLAC as it is more commonly referred to. This structure extends for one mile and actually goes under the freeway. Many of the most famous Stanford discoveries happen here including new atomic particles. This facility has spawned six Nobel Prize-winning scientists.
As you head down the hill from there, the entire Stanford Campus unfolds with the Stanford Golf Course first. Founded over 100 years ago this is arguably the nation’s finest university and set on over 8,000 acres. The most well-known part of campus is the Quad with Memorial Church in the middle. Take a stroll around this high-energy setting, but make sure you have a map, and watch out for the fast paced cyclists.
Guests at Rosewood Sand Hill have access to the famed Stanford Golf Course, which is where Tom Watson and Tiger Woods sharpened their games. It is a first-class layout and kept in excellent shape. The Stanford Golf Course had hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship and annually hosts one of the largest events in the College Golf schedule.
This is a walkable course, but I must warn you that the back nine is somewhat hilly. The first tee shoots over the busy road below and offers outstanding views. As you play hole number 2 make sure you veer off to the right to get a peek at the Stanford Golf Team practice area. The huge facility allows the team to hit into any wind direction with multiple short-game areas. They even had different grasses on the putting greens so that the team can prepare for any setting. The 18th tee has the best view on the course looking out over much of the Bay Area, and you can even see downtown San Francisco on a clear day.
Even closer to the hotel is the very private Sharon Heights Country Club. If you can wiggle an invite it is well worth it. This club is right across the street from Rosewood Sand Hill and again a playground for the movers and shakers in the high-tech industry.