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78 | the RADAR | design | Sleeping Around From Little Italy to Del Mar, S.D. hotels are on a serious refresher course. | By Gillian Flynn | Photography by Robert Benson and John Dole | The Takeover Se no more! The high-styled but ill-fated Se Hotel is no màs . The Kimpton group (which also runs Hotel Solamar) has taken over the downtown property, renaming it The Palomar . The original design by world-renowned architect David Rockwell stays, but Kimpton will inject its trademark whimsy (i.e., goldfish and Hula-Hoops in the lobby). Rooms come with zebra and leopard bathrobes (meow!), body-paint packages are on offer and the Suite & Tender resto has been replaced by a fresher concept, Saltbox (see “Eat Sheet” in Radar NOW). The Italian Job Little Italy is booming, baby. The latest proof comes by way of La Pensione , a boutique hotel that underwent a $20 million urban-chic makeover courtesy of S.D. interior designer Deniece Duscheone. “I wanted to integrate the richness of the neighborhood,” says Duscheone, who custom-designed the mod lighting and furniture. The white and silver color palette accompanies historic photos, while balcony rooms put you front and center in the bustling neighborhood where Italian gentlemen Fired Up! L’Auberge Del Mar is constantly refreshing its ocean-view property, be it via the white-flag concept at Kitchen 1540 (the chef cooks until you surrender) or the mod vertical gardens with ready-to-pluck ingredients. The latest is the expansion of the Bleu Bar , with more fireside seating to accommodate groups. Memo to Mylar lovers: There is a strict balloon ban on property. Way to stay classy, Del Mar! Elegant rooms boast custom lighting and furniture by S.D. designer Deniece Duscheone. gesticulate at sidewalk tables. Fridges are stocked with Champagne and fresh Bellini mix, so pour yourself a flute and get in on the action. November 2011

The Radar Design

Gillian Flynn

Sleeping Around

From Little Italy to Del Mar, S.D. hotels are on a serious refresher course.

The Italian Job

Little Italy is booming, baby. The latest proof comes by way of La Pensione, a boutique hotel that underwent a $20 million urban-chic makeover courtesy of S.D. interior designer Deniece Duscheone. “I wanted to integrate the richness of the neighborhood,” says Duscheone, who custom-designed the mod lighting and furniture. The white and silver color palette accompanies historic photos, while balcony rooms put you front and center in the bustling neighborhood where Italian gentlemen gesticulate at sidewalk tables. Fridges are stocked with Champagne and fresh Bellini mix, so pour yourself a flute and get in on the action.

The Takeover

Se no more! The high-styled but ill-fated Se Hotel is no màs. The Kimpton group (which also runs Hotel Solamar) has taken over the downtown property, renaming it The Palomar. The original design by worldrenowned architect David Rockwell stays, but Kimpton will inject its trademark whimsy (i.e., goldfish and Hula-Hoops in the lobby). Rooms come with zebra and leopard bathrobes (meow!), body-paint packages are on offer and the Suite & Tender resto has been replaced by a fresher concept, Saltbox (see “Eat Sheet” in Radar NOW).

Fired Up!

L’Auberge Del Mar is constantly refreshing its ocean-view property, be it via the white-flag concept at Kitchen 1540 (the chef cooks until you surrender) or the mod vertical gardens with ready-topluck ingredients. The latest is the expansion of the Bleu Bar, with more fireside seating to accommodate groups. Memo to Mylar lovers: There is a strict balloon ban on property. Way to stay classy, Del Mar!

Read the full article at http://digital.modernluxury.com/article/The+Radar+Design/873596/86333/article.html.

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