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New Hotels and Renovations

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New Hotels and Renovations

Last autumn, a thorough renovation was completed on the Kimpton Hotel Palomar, and it has since been renamed — Kimpton Alma San Diego. The 211-room hotel renovation includes a refresh of all guestrooms and suites, a more inviting pool area, and updated meeting spaces. The new interiors are inspired by San Diego’s proximity to Mexico, with custom street art on its pool deck and murals from local artists. The hotel also ensures that guests can focus on wellness during their stay with in-room yoga mats and Japanese tea sets available in each room. The hotel’s new signature restaurant, The Desmond is a dinner-only space led by executive chef Jason Neroni, one of America’s top chef-restaurateurs. The restaurant’s menu celebrates the peerless ingredients of southern California, where technique is used to honor, rather than disguise, distinguishing flavors and textures.

The Guild Hotel, a landmark in San Diego’s downtown, has partnered with Be Saha Hospitality Group to - lead the food and beverage operations at the hotel. Be Saha Hospitality will open a new concept in the hotel’s courtyard (formerly Luca) this spring and will also reimagine the Guild Bar, garden and lounge, as well as handle all onsite events and room service. The Hospitality Group has brought on renowned Tijuana, Mexico chef Ruffo Ibarra and culinary director Janina Garay to spearhead the project.

This spring Palihotel San Diego will reimagine the historic St. James Hotel, originally built in 1912, as a vibrant and bustling mainstay. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp District and featuring 122 guest rooms and a rooftop space, Palihotel San Diego will bring a youthful design to San Diego's hotel landscape. Each guest room will blend Palisociety’s signature California quirky sensibility with nautical-inspired charm. The hotel will also feature Saint James French Diner, an all-day dining room that will blend the approachable nature of an American diner with the subtle elegance of a French bistro.

C.H. Projects, known for creating some of San Diego's most interesting restaurants and bars, is expanding its hospitality microcosm by entirely reimagining the historic Lafayette Hotel & Swim Club in North Park, San Diego's hip neighborhood. The entire property will be re-conceived through the CH lens, attempting to create an all-encompassing immersive oasis in the heart of North Park. Slated for an opening in June 2023, the hotel will include 141 redesigned guestrooms, lobby space and pool, three new restaurants, two additional dining and drinking outlets, a vintage bowling alley, cocktail bar, game room and an all-new pool bar.

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