Architect A.C. Atherton, who is based in Laguna Beach, is charged with remodeling the 210 rooms at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa by year’s end. She was hired by the Irvine-based Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG), which purchased the four-diamond property at 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road from Lowe Enterprises for an undisclosed amount in December 2011.
At a preview party last week at the Estancia, she unveiled the first finished room and showed off her plans for the rest.
“In the new designs, we are showcasing the history of this property and elevating the luxury,” she said. “I call it, Casa de la California; sunset golds, stripes, warm carpet tones, carriage lanterns, garden paths … This is a conference center during the week, but on weekends, it becomes a romantic wedding destination – 62 weddings are booked so far for 2012.”
Atherton said high-end, tried and trusted materials are being used in the design, all for an allure that will combine East Coast sophistication with a West Coast charming cottage appeal.
“The property is magnificent,” she said. “Having the balconied rooms look out on the gardens and courtyards is an elegant, enchanting feature to work with.”
The 10-acre property includes three restaurants and lounges, the 8,000-square-foot Spa at Estancia, and a 26,000-square-foot conference facility.