Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Enchante Boutique Hotel Opens a New Landmark for Los Altos, CA

Enchanté Boutique Hotel officially opened on April 1, 2015 making it the first hotel in the Los Altos Village, and the first romantic luxury hotel for the Silicon Valley leisure and business traveler. Inspired by French architecture, décor and European-style hospitality, Enchanté stands at the entrance to the Los Altos Village, the downtown of Los Altos, the home to many of Silicon Valley’s pioneers and leading tech industry entrepreneurs.

Enchante’s exterior, taking cues from the design of Parisian inns, features a signature Mansard roof, playful iron accents and gas lamps. French Beaumaniere limestone has been used for all walkways and the outdoor plaza, where guests may choose to enjoy the complimentary breakfast and afternoon repast. Blooming gardens edged with box woods and traditional Anduze pots, named for the French city of their origin, enliven the exteriors.

Enchanté features 19 rooms, each individually appointed with French artwork, fabrics and motifs inspired by French history and culture. 18th- and 19th-century antiques adorn the halls and rooms of the hotel. Enchante’s library, a space for guest leisure, reading, rendezvous or small meetings, showcases imported French Versailles-patterned flooring, a fireplace centering distressed-paneled walls and comfortable sofa seating. Contemporary influences such as Carrera marble surfaces and high back chairs are blended throughout, creating a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere unlike any other in the Silicon Valley region.

Committed to the finest guest experience, Enchanté features organic, hand-crafted mattresses meeting the most stringent of green certifications to provide an exquisite night’s rest. Enchanté’s bistro, Campagne One Main, serves guests a full-service complimentary breakfast including made-to-order Chef’s specials and an afternoon repast with fine wine and cheese. Campagne One Main features a patio situated at the front of the hotel, providing guests an outdoor dining experience imbued with the cozy downtown atmosphere set against the serene vista of the Los Altos Hills. A pet-friendly hotel, Enchanté offers custom-made dog beds and other playful amenities for those traveling with their dogs.

Downtown Los Altos, a six-block triangle with tree lined blocks, blends quaint and historic buildings with a friendly, small-town atmosphere. Also known as the Los Altos Village, it is well known for art galleries, home accessories, gifts and items for children. Downtown Los Altos offers an exceptional variety of merchandise through its 150 plus shops and boutiques.

Enchanté is managed by the family owned and operated Waterford Hotels & Inns, which has been developing stand-out properties in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. Waterford President Bruce Hraba says, "Enchanté is a charming and unique offering to Silicon Valley because it's about the community and the people. It is a respite and escape, whether for the romantic couple bored with the typical offerings or the business traveler desiring a dignified and unique experience."

For owner and developer Abby Ahrens, a prominent real estate professional and property developer in the Los Altos community for over 30 years, the idea for a boutique hotel goes back over 20 years and the acquisition of many of the hotel’s antiques and artifacts even further. Ahrens, a lifelong Francophile, has curated Enchanté’s many antique furnishings, textiles and artifacts from her own personal collection 40 years in the making. “It’s been a running joke that I needed to build a hotel to house some of my collection,” says Ahrens.

Upon its founding 107 years ago, the town of Los Altos was promised a bank, a mercantile and a hotel for its downtown, a promise now fulfilled in the opening of Enchanté. Ahrens, whose love for the Los Altos community runs deep says, “I've poured my heart into this hotel, and I'm grateful to give back and honor the community of Los Altos.”

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