How Hotels are Updating Interior Spaces to Mirror Their Destination's Characteristics
By Michael Kofsky Director of Sales & Marketing, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego | June 15, 2014
Featuring the unique characteristics of an area and destination by bringing the outdoors in is a growing trend amongst hotels and resorts. Now more than ever, as a way to create a sense of place for travelers, hotels have begun to seek inspiration from their own backyard when it comes to redefining an interior design theme. From architectural design highlights to fabrics, textiles and colors, the hospitality industry has found that integrating aspects of the natural environment is key to making a lasting impression, and offering an authentic experience for visiting guests of the hotel, whether they are in town for business or leisure. Personalizing guest rooms and common spaces to reflect the environment offers personality and has shown to create a dramatically more memorable experience.
Residing in the heart of "America's Finest City," the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego defines the downtown skyline with its two towers standing tall. It continues to ground itself as Southern California's largest hotel with 1,628 guestrooms being recognized as the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast. The hotel is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar, five-year, massive renovation scheduled for completion in 2015 and accurately exemplifies the aforementioned, growing design trend within the hospitality industry.
The California coast, ornamenting San Diego's beautiful surroundings, the building's waterfront location and adjacent landmarks were all sources of inspiration for the renovation. Led by the vision of owners, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., and inspired by the location, the new guest rooms combine "California coastal" with a sophisticated contemporary design. The goal of design firm, WATG, was to create a more urban environment inspired by the structure of the nearby Coronado Bridge amongst several of the destinations more prominent and aesthically-pleasing features and structures.
A comprehensive redesign to their 1,628 guestrooms was completed in the summer of 2013, which was just the beginning of the transformation the property. Also included in this substantial phase of the renovation and redesign was the introduction of a brand new Grand Club, which can be enjoyed by guests on the Grand Club Level. The newly- remodeled, exclusive club lounge is a private refuge 33-floors above sea level with views of harbor. With colors and patterns inspired by San Diego's USS Midway, guests can revel in this unique space with a personal concierge, complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages, private workstations and breathtaking views of the San Diego Bay and city skyline.
In early spring of 2014, the hotel also debuted 50,000 square feet of transformed event space including the Coronado Ballroom, which features a terrace that overlooks the San Diego Bay and Coronado Bridge. The updated facilities feature new technology, a contemporary design theme and emphasize the property's impressive picturesque views of the city and bay. The location played a major role in determining how the meeting spaces would look and feel, with the overall theme being the exceptional views and waterfront surroundings.
In addition to the meeting space renovation, Manchester Grand Hyatt's fitness center, which features panoramic views of the San Diego Bay, has been doubled in size and was completely refreshed with all new soft goods, top-of-the-line fitness equipment, a TRX system and area for free weights and stretching. The next phases will include: a complete renovation of the 2nd and 3rd floor meeting space, renovations made to all the food and beverage outlets, and a complete revamp of the award-winning Kin Spa.