Editor's note: A previous version of this story erred in saying when the hotel renovations would occur. This version corrects the errors.
Hotel del Coronado is undergoing a phased-in, $8 million renovation of 368 guest rooms and suites in its original Victorian building, including new contemporary furnishings, linens and technology. It is set to be completed in March.
A Jan. 5 statement from hotel operators said the historic property’s original 124-year-old structure will retain its period style. A makeover, designed by Looney & Associates, is “softly contemporary” with historical and regional references.
The design reflects the historical relevance of the property with Victorian-era motifs, used in fabrics, textures and geometric forms. New furnishings are constructed of natural materials including woven leather, wool, and woods such as teak and cerused walnut.
Rooms will include 42-inch flat-screen televisions, upholstered headboards, executive desks, high-speed Internet access and updated artwork selections “that reflect the area’s natural surroundings,” the statement said.
The Coronado hotel, with a total of 757 rooms, is now majority-owned by New York-based Blackstone Group, following a 2011 recapitalization of more than $500 million. Minority partners include Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc. and KSL Resorts.
— Lou Hirsh