So INN LOVE From beachside chic to Victorian urban elegance, these four California hotels will fulfill any design fantasy. santa barbara Surf Splendor Close to downtown Santa Barbara, The Goodland on Goleta’s Calle Real strip will up the chic factor of the already-stylish Central Coast when it opens in August. The Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and Makar Properties’ newest boutique hotel has an upscale bohemianmeets- surf-culture vibe. Designed by Santa Monica’s Studio Collective, the 158 guest-room property features nostalgic Americana touches like curated local art, longboard and beach cruiser rentals, and s’mores by the fire pit, but adds balance with modern touches: a luxe spa, movement studio and live Djs. Rooms from $229. 5650 Calle Real, Goleta, 805.964.6241, thegoodland.com –Wendy Bowman Big Sur Coastal Escape The drive along State Highway 1 to Big Sur is one of the most breathtaking in the world. Nestled among the beauty, Ventana Inn & Spa has recently undergone a $20 million restoration after a devastating wildfire closed the property a few years ago. The owners enlisted architect and designer Lorissa Kimm to help bring modern glamour to the 60 rooms and suites, by way of neutral-tone fabrics and leather accents. Blond marble, natural stone and rustic wood textures in the rooms blend in seamlessly with the mountain landscape. Coming full circle, the hotel’s original ’70s’ designer, Kipp Stewart, produced two prints of his latest abstract paintings for the property. Some suites have private Jacuzzis, and the two-story spa offers treatments with a view. Rooms from $800. 48123 Highway One, Big Sur, 831. 667.2331, ventanainn.com –Carole Dixon Los Angeles Encore Performance “I wanted to bring back a classic, modern style, but not go midcentury,” says interior designer Oliva Villaluz about her redesign of the iconic Sunset Marquis. After six years and about $25 million, the hotel renovation includes 40 new Mediterranean-style villas (including an over-the-top presidential suite with a starting rate of $10,000 per night), a new spa, a second pool and the refurbishment of the heart of the hotel: a three-story, early-’60s building that now boasts colorful, airy, loftlike rooms. Now, the hotel is less of a hideout and more of a hideaway. Rooms from $315. 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, 310.657.1333, sunsetmarquis.com –Maile Pingel San Francisco G Force The ’70s fantasy known as Hotel Frank has re-emerged from a two-year renovation as Hotel G, a new boutique property in San Francisco’s Union Square. “We wanted to create something unfussy and more complimentary to the San Francisco lifestyle,” says Hun Aw, whose Hun Aw Studio in Brooklyn was brought in by the hotel’s new Hong Kongbased owners to do the redesign. Before re-envisioning the 153- room facility, though, Aw walked the city’s neighborhoods and became inspired by their diversity and Victorian homes. The historic hotel was built in 1909, and modernized and expanded in 1939. The design process began with “removing the extraneous to enhance the essential,” says Aw. Out went the vinyl and chrome, and in came refurbished Victorian settees, vintage floral wallpaper and schoolhouse chairs that convey a “sophisticated yet low-key vibe.” Rooms from $250. 386 Geary St., San Francisco, 415. 738.0589, hotelgsf.com –Joanne Furio
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