NATIONAL REPORT—Four properties in the Golden State have either completed or have renovations underway, including historic properties in northern and southern parts of the state.
Kenwood Inn & Spa
After five months of closure due to the Sonoma County wildfires, Kenwood Inn & Spa now offers 29 refreshed guestrooms and suites, an updated lobby, new wine bar and cabanas.
The multimillion-dollar investment project was conceived and overseen by Michael Mohr, principal of MetWest Ventures, and executed in collaboration with Salt + Bones, a Carmel, CA-based integrated design studio. The property continues to be managed by Four Sisters Inns.
Kenwood Inn & Spa has junior and executive suites, each with a separate entrance. All accommodations are designed with fireplaces, featherbeds and Italian furnishings. Many suites provide views of the surrounding vineyards. The lobby has been updated with new millwork, including an oak and black marble reception desk and custom key cabinet that have been designed to hold Italian-made tassel keys to each guestroom.
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa has unveiled a newly renovated property.
Laura Cook Interiors was commissioned to lead the redesign of the hotel’s 290 guestrooms. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding area’s coastal scenery, each room now includes new bedding, chairs, desks, wallpaper and drapes, as well as new balcony furniture, walk-in showers and natural stonework in all bathrooms. Implementing neutral earth tones and dark wood accents, the new design concept is meant to be reminiscent of the ocean and bay views that are part of the in-room features.
The multimillion-dollar renovation also includes the debut of an enhanced rooftop sundeck at Vista Blue Spa and a refresh of the hotel’s expansive lobby.
The new guestrooms follow the reintroduction of four new suites. Soft neutral palettes blend with ocean tone hues and custom furnishings. Large glass sliding doors lead to private balconies with oceanfront views, and living spaces complemented by spa-like marble bathrooms and modern entertainment amenities.
While the historic property has maintained its original teak wood and stone throughout, its most recent lobby improvements include modern statement lighting, updated furnishings, glass art and sculptures.
Paradise Point Resort & Spa, A Destination Hotel
Paradise Point Resort & Spa, A Destination Hotel, in San Diego is currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation, which includes all 462 California bungalow-style guestrooms.
Designed by Perkins + Will, rooms have new tile floors and quartz surfaces, while a palette of navy and white is brightened by citrus hues like lime and tangerine. Natural light is part of the fluid layout, with California coastal decor, such as whitewashed headboards, rope tables and jute chairs. Sliding barn doors open to new bathrooms with walk-in showers, porcelain tile floors and nautical wallpaper.
Bedrooms were also outfitted with new Sealy mattresses, and bathrooms were completely gutted and rebuilt, replacing fabricated countertops with apothecary style sink consoles with quartz surfaces, iron framing and open concept shelving. Bungalow kitchenettes have deep set stainless steel sinks, quartz countertops and new in-room refrigerators.
The guestrooms also include energy-saving lighting requiring guests to insert a room key. The bathrooms have Kohler eco-friendly, rain-style showerheads, providing low flow, water-efficient fixtures.
A forthcoming refresher will encompass the hotel rooms’ exterior, much of it preserved from its 1962 debut when Hollywood producer Jack Skirball created the retreat for families and Hollywood executives.
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa is set to debut a new-construction lobby and resort suites, a complete revamp of guestrooms, and the addition of a farm-to-table restaurant in June.
The 169-room resort now includes 48 two-bedroom suites with a king-sized master room, living room and two twin beds. Guestrooms range in size from 488-915 sq. ft.
7 Mile Kitchen, named after the city’s seven-mile stretch of Pacific coastline, offers a selection of local craft beers, gourmet burgers, handcrafted signature pizzas and gelato created with locally sourced ingredients.