By Claire Harlin
Having worked the front desk at the hotel formerly known as the Stratford Inn (Best Western) for 10 years, Barbara DuRand loves knowing the Del Mar hotel’s many regular guests — and their dogs — by name. Now, she’s getting a kick out of seeing their reactions when they enter to see the results of its multimillion-dollar renovation.
On April 12, the hotel announced its grand opening as Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar. Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel brand that’s found in major cities worldwide. There will be a more formal opening event on May 17.
But even though the brand is internationally recognized and growing — the company plans to double Hotel Indigo locations in 2012 — it’s still a neighborhood hotel.
Each location is characterized by contemporary decor and is designed to complement the surroundings of the neighborhood. For example, each room at the Del Mar hotel has floor-to-ceiling murals of beach- and horse racing-related artwork, such as hooves in the sand or crashing waves. Even the food of each location is adapted according to the area.
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