Travel Guide: What's New in Palo Alto

New hotels, restaurants, and cultural attractions offer business travelers—and visitors during Super Bowl 50—new opportunities in the tech-forward town.

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Stay: Rosewood Sand Hill

The Rosewood Sand Hill, and its much-discussed lobby bar, has become a part of Silicon Valley's mythos, the moneyed equivalent to famed garage on Addison Avenue where Hewlett-Packard was conceived. The hotel's location in the winding roads of Menlo Park—the backyard of many Valley heavyweight offices—makes it a frequent host to the mating game between denim-clad entrepreneurs and the venture capitalists that fund them. The resort-style property, which has an onsite pool, gym, restaurant, and spa, is a bit far from the area's other attractions, though Thursday nights at the hotel bar are rumored to provide enough action to keep guests entertained. At sunset, find a spot on the deck and enjoy the view of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Rooms, from $725; 2825 Sand Hill Rd.; 650-561-1500;