Kimpton to manage the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is operating its first property in Orange County, Calif., with the boutique Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach.

DiamondRock Hospitality chose Kimpton to operate the six-year-old hotel at 500 Pacific Coast Highway after buying the property for $58.5 million. DiamondRock announced the purchase Feb. 24.

The Shorebreak Hotel, in the Strand and one block north of the Huntington Beach Pier, is the 28th owned by DiamondRock and its fourth West Coast property, according to the company.


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The Shorebreak Hotel is one of eight operated by Kimpton in Southern California. As part of Kimpton, the 157-room hotel will have in-room yoga mats and themed robes and will accommodate pets, host an evening wine hour and provide bikes for guests.

The hotel’s new GM is Brent McNally, who was the assistant GM at the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino, Calif. The head chef of the hotel’s full-service restaurant, Zimzala, will stay on under Kimpton’s management. No immediate renovations or changes will be made to the surf-themed hotel’s decor under new management.

Kimpton’s other Southern California hotels are in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, La Jolla and San Diego.