Renowned for their sophisticated design of automotive zeniths Ferrari and Maserati, Italian powerhouse Pininfarina has lent its signature clean, ergonomic design aesthetic to The Keating, a newly-opened luxury 35-room boutique hotel in the heart of the centrally-located Gaslamp Quarter. Housed in an historic building, The Keating takes inspiration from the juxtaposition of the intricate façade of the structure and the modern vibe of the city. Snapshots of the building's heritage line the exposed brick walls, while sky blue in the bathrooms and bold red hues in the rest of the space showcase custom-designed mahogany furniture and stainless steel accents in each of the 35 Stanzas (Italian for guestroom).
Forgoing the usual warm and wet zones (bedroom & bathroom), Pininfarina divised a fresher, more open interpretation of space - which is filled with little (and not so little) luxuries & indulgences: in-room spa services, goose down duvet and feather beds, sumptuous Egyptian cotton linens from Frette, a wall-mounted High Definition plasma television and entertainment center experience by Bang and Olufsen, in-room professional LavAzza espresso machines, a customized sip & crave selection bar, plush designer bath robes, and complimentary high speed WiFi Internet access. Personalized in-room check-in and an always on-call lifestyle concierge, available at a moment's notice to respond to any request, only add to the fabulousness.
"The Keating represents everything that San Diego is evolving into," says Edward Kaen, the local real estate developer responsible for hotel. "It combines historical significance with modern design appeal and premier service in a welcoming, urban setting that underscores how vibrant and exciting this city has become. We are incredibly proud to debut such a unique hotel concept here."
More info at TheKeating.com.
- The Travel Snob