Perkins + Will draws inspiration from the 1960s for The Bristol’s $7M renovation project

Greystone Hotels completed the first round of renovations for The Bristol Hotel, a 114-room property in downtown San Diego. With the goal of maintaining its retro foundation while reinventing it as a modern retreat in the heart of the city, Greystone Hotels is investing over $7 million dollars in the multi-stage project, which includes fully refurbished guestrooms in half of the hotel as phase one of the renovation, and a brand new fitness center. Refurbished guestrooms will also include remodeled guest bathrooms.

The second and third phases, expected to be completed by the end of 2017, will see the completion of all new guest suites and the remainder of the guestrooms and guest bathrooms refurbished, along with the fitness center, revamped lobby, bar and meeting spaces. 

Boston-based design firm Perkins + Will led the renovation project for The Bristol, drawing inspiration from the 1960s.


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The guestroom and suite remodel incorporates elements of pop art by Lichtenstein and Warhol, décor honoring The Beach Boys and The Beatles, and an overarching connection to the surfer lifestyle of the era. The rooms will have flat-screen TVs with media hubs (which allow guests to stream content from their personal devices), and complimentary Internet access. Room features will also include mid-century furnishings, accent pillows printed with a design of The Beatles 1965 Balboa Park concert ticket stub, and an overall neutral gray/black color palette with bright pops of color.  Selected rooms and suites will have 1960s-era vintage record players along with vinyl records from that era.

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