San Diego-based Bartell Hotels completed a four-story, 44,000-square-foot, $13-million expansion of its Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside property located at 4875 N. Harbor Dr. in San Diego at the entrance to Point Loma.
The hotel expansion includes a new grand 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 saw the addition of 57 guestrooms and suites with bay and marina views, a corporate boardroom, and a 5,000-square-foot pre-function area and ballroom. The hotel now has 291 guestrooms including 13 suites, and total meeting space of 9,750 square feet.
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 includes clean and contemporary architecture, Mediterranean and tropical landscape, along with extensive use of stone and metal.
The large metal sculpture, Intersect, serves as an aesthetic focal point at the hotel’s entrance. Intersect draws inspiration from marine and maritime life for which Point Loma and Shelter Island are known. The three delta shapes are representative of abstract seabirds, fish and sailboats.
Hotel interiors feature Spanish fretwork, South American granite, hand-carved wood furnishings and modern art. The interior spaces are said to complement the more modern shapes and surfaces of the exterior.
The official Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside re-launch is set for late winter 2014.
The Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside is owned and operated by Bartell Hotels. Founded in 1975, Bartell Hotels is one of San Diego’s oldest and largest independent hotel companies with seven hotels, six restaurants, three marinas, and the Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. Other Bartell Hotels include: The Dana on Mission Bay, Pacific Terrace Hotel, Sheraton La Jolla Hotel, Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites, Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina, and Days Hotel at Hotel Circle by Sea World. Marinas include the Shelter Island Marina, Half Moon Marina and Dana Marina.