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Downtown hotel opening delayed until fall


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A French-themed observer gazes out from developer Abigail Ahrens’ boutique hotel, Enchanté, which is scheduled to open in the fall.

Downtown Los Altos’ latest resident peeked out of an attic window last week, cocking a quizzing glass to interrogate Main Street.

The monocle-wielding maiden is the first flourish visible on Enchanté, the boutique hotel rising at the intersection of Main Street and San Antonio Road. Inspired by the trompe l’oeil paintings she saw in Avignon, France, developer Abigail Ahrens planned faux-window scenes for the back wall of her 18-room project.

Construction draping still obscures much of the structure. The hotel’s projected May opening date suffered a setback earlier this year when a public utility company Ahrens declined to identify claimed an easement – previously unknown to Ahrens – and required revision to the hotel’s structure, halting exterior construction. Ahrens said the city of Los Altos has been very helpful with reconfiguring permits, but she now anticipates that the hotel will open in the fall.

Ahrens designed Enchanté around the sprawling French past, with antique posters, fireplaces and the window paintings of characters in costume as 18th-century chateau denizens.

“It’s very Parisian – Napoleonic period,” Ahrens said. ”There’s a historical twist to every room.”

The triangular-shaped building technically only rises two stories but uses attic space for another row of guest rooms along the downtown skyline. A bistro with wood beams and a commercial kitchen will serve breakfast for hotel guests, and Ahrens said passersby will be able to partake of the public plaza fronting the hotel and potentially order from the bistro’s small bar in the afternoons.

Rooms in the 12,000-square-foot hotel are slated to run from $250 for a queen room to $675 for the two-room suite.

For more information, visit enchantehotel.com.

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