CitizenM opens hotel on Meta campus

CitizenM has opened the citizenM Menlo Park in California, the company’s second property in the Bay Area. The hotel is located on the Frank Gehry-designed campus headquarters of tech company Meta and was built using a modular construction system. 

The property is the brand’s 32nd hotel worldwide, following the recent openings in Miami (Worldcenter and Brickell) as well as the 2024 planned openings in Austin, Texas; Boston; and a third Miami property in South Beach. 

CitizenM Menlo Park was designed by citizenM’s longstanding architecture partner concrete and local firm Baskervill to incorporate art and technology while also paying homage to the city itself. The property is spotlighting three citizens as a continuation of their citizens of the world series: Alexandra Bowman (the Oakland-based artist commissioned for the hotel’s facade artwork), Andrew Yeung (known as ‘The Great Gatsby of the Silicon Valley’ who and has hosted several tech mixers at citizenM properties across the U.S.) and Tory Trombley (a product manager at Meta, and content creator covering the topic of women in tech). As tech professionals and creatives, the three citizens “embody the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Menlo Park, and their stories will be featured in the series with lifestyle content and storytelling across the brand’s digital channels,” the company said in a statement. 

The brand’s journey to Menlo Park started in 2016, when Meta (then Facebook) announced the development of the campus and a request for a hotel developer. After multiple rounds of discussion, citizenM won the bid to develop the project, beating out 18 other hotel brands. Construction on the project started in 2020.