Looney & Associates, Jane Dillon Design Group, Joyce Design Group help refurbish Hotel Del Coronado

Located in Southern California, Hotel del Coronado is putting the finishing touches on a $13 million, two-year renovation encompassing the original Victorian guestrooms, Beach Village villas and cottages, common areas and dining venues.

Dallas-based Looney & Associates led the design of the hotel’s lobby, restoring it to evoke the charm of the original 1888 resort. The intricate ceilings and woodwork were refinished and new period style lighting – including pendants, sconces and a completely refurbished chandelier – were installed throughout the lobby and gallery.

The original millwork at the front desk was maintained, while the concierge desks were relocated. New concierge desks are direct replicas of the original front desk and accentuated by a decorative parasol backdrop. The former concierge area was transformed into a seating area, complete with a sectional sofa, new artwork and lighting, illuminated with natural light flowing through a reinstalled original 1888 window. New carpeting with a classic motif derived from Victorian wallpaper – in muted hues evoking the surf and sand – as well as a free flowing art installation at the front desk were added. New furnishings and white marble countertops enhance the classic style that has characterized the lobby for over 125 years.


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The 214 guestrooms in Ocean Towers and 97 California Cabanas near the pool were given a makeover that infuses a Southern California-inspired look. Traditional elegance was combined with a beach-inspired motif, a citrus lime, gold and cerulean blue color palette and transitional-style furnishings. Wood and white accents enhance the rooms, while linen bedding, throw pillows, abstract art and striped woolen bed throws complete this California look.

For the family, new Blue Dolphin family suites have been added to Ocean Towers and feature a newly renovated master king bedroom and sitting parlor, along with a beach-inspired kids’ bedroom, complete with sand-colored carpet, linens and artwork, as well as bean bag chairs, white bunk beds, an Xbox gaming system and a treasure chest filled with toys.

The new interiors for Ocean Towers and California Cabanas were created by Palm Beach-based Jane Dillon Design Group.

The oceanfront cottages and villas at Beach Village were renovated to feature a palette of soft blues, turquoise and beige. The fresh new color scheme is incorporated into all new furnishings, bedding, artwork and design accents.

Redone interiors incorporate new wood and glass lamps, beach-inspired artwork, transitional-style furnishings and guestroom accessories, as well as new Conrad shades in natural fabric embellished with sparkling glass. Shades were carefully designed to allow privacy while capturing the ocean views.

The upgrades at the oceanfront cottages and villas at Beach Village were completed by Dallas-based Joyce Design Group.

All 368 guestrooms and suites in the original 126-year-old Victorian building were recently transformed. Like the lobby, the room renovations were conceived by Looney & Associates, and incorporate the historical relevance of the property with Victorian-era motifs. A color palette of soft creams and grays with pops of lilacs, blues and peaches, reflect the surrounding coastal setting. New furnishings have been constructed of natural materials, such as woven leathers, wools, embroidery, teak and cerused walnut.

Offering one of the first al fresco pizza ovens by the sea, ENO recently installed California’s first fully outdoor regulated pizza oven. Completing the experience are new sliding glass doors to capture the oceanfront views. There are future plans for the installation of more fire pits and expanded outdoor seating.

Sheerwater, and Babcock & Story Bar both received upgrades which include new interior finishes, millwork and furnishings throughout, as well as new patio furniture on the ocean front terraces. Sheerwater, an all-day dining destination, now has a California coastal style reminiscent of Coronado’s early 20th century atmosphere. Hues of blue and green complement the white millwork and wood tables, and new lighting with linen shades accentuates a residential motif. Meanwhile, Babcock & Story Bar received new seating, wood floors, area rugs, wall coverings and window treatments. The renovations were completed by EDG Interior Architecture + Design, a San Rafael-based firm that has completed other projects at the Hotel del Coronado, including 1500 Ocean.

The Hotel del Coronado is located on 28 oceanfront acres on Coronado Island. It was built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.