Three La Jolla hotels undergo remodels
BY SHELLI DEROBERTIS
Several inns in town are spending millions to renovate rooms and achieve fresh looks, and one such lodging has completed an entire building with updates inspired by the Travel Channel reality show “Hotel Impossible.”
• La Jolla Cove Suites, built in the 195s, began its makeover in May after hotel aficionado Anthony Melchiorri and a television crew came to the 110-room hotel and revamped a suite.
“I’ve completely renovated 22 suites to match their design,” said owner Krista Baroudi.
She said the 1,000-square-foot rooms in the Annex building that overlook the Cove were finished at the end of June, and feature upgrades such as new paint, carpet, beds and bedding.
Baroudi said she is renovating year round on a small scale. “Each year I try to chip off one thing,” she said.
La Jolla Cove Suites is at 1155 Coast Blvd. on two acres of prime La Jolla shoreline.
• In honor of its 85th birthday, the La Valencia Hotel is also polishing its look.
“They’ve definitely expanded throughout the years, but this is the first major renovation,” said Lindsay Schropp, hotel spokeswoman.
La Valencia began the process of updating all of its 112 guest rooms, meeting and event rooms, and its La Sala Lounge, late last year. The remodel is expected to be completed sometime in 2013, Schropp said. However, its legendary Sky Room restaurant has already reopened for business with a new chef and an enhanced wine program.
The Mediterranean-influenced architecture and decor of the oceanfront hotel will not change with the multi-million dollar remake. La Valencia Hotel is at 1132 Prospect Ave.
• Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa at 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road is only 8-years-old but general manager Terry Buchholz said it was time for a change to its 221 rooms.
“It’s just time to freshen and do a bit of an interior facelift,” he said. “We like to freshen up the guest rooms every 5 to 7 years and we’re a bit behind schedule.”
Buchholz said all of the hotel’s furniture and fixtures will change, but Estancia will maintain the integrity of the former rancho-style estate and its equestrian theme.
The color spectrum will take on a chic, California coastal look in shades of white, blues and tangerine.
The $6 million-$7 million renovation will also include dark, hardwood flooring and new linens, window coverings and furniture.
The spa will include a new outdoor treatment area for couples, and its entire relaxation space is being revamped.
In the outdoor pool area a new fire pit, grill and bar are being constructed.
Buchholz said the Mustangs & Burros restaurant would expand by 60 additional seats and a private, dining area for 16 guests. The lush landscaping will not be altered. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
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