SAN DIEGO—San Diego-based Bartell Hotels has completed a four-story, 44,000-square-foot, $13 million expansion of its Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside property located at the entrance to Point Loma.
The hotel expansion features a new entrance to the hotel consisting of a Mediterranean garden, a 23-foot sculpture, and a 2,000-square-foot lobby with 18-foot teak ceilings. In addition, the expansion adds 57 guestrooms and suites with bay and marina views, a corporate boardroom complete with technology amenities, and a 5,000-square-foot pre-function area and ballroom. The hotel now totals 291 guestrooms including 13 suites, and offers 9,750 square feet of total meeting space.
The project recently received best architecture, best landscaping and best artwork honors by the Point Loma Association.
“We took great care to create such a visually striking entryway along the Port of San Diego tidelands,” said Bartell Hotels President and CEO Richard Bartell. “And we’re honored to have been recognized by our neighbors for that effort.”
Joseph Wong of JWDA served as architect, Liz Bartell Design performed design work, and Parterre Landscape Architecture handled landscaping, while sculptor Matt Devine created artwork.
The expansion features clean and contemporary architecture, Mediterranean and tropical landscape, along with the extensive use of stone and metal. Hotel interiors feature Spanish fretwork, South American granite, hand-carved wood furnishings and modern art.
“The interior spaces are an inviting complement to the modern, sleek shapes and surfaces of the exterior,” said Asuka Andrews, project designer at Liz Bartell Design.
“We’ve introduced a sense of style and affordability that can be found in European travel, but is relatively new to the American lodging scene,” Bartell added.