Granting of valet program gives way to Indigo Hotel restaurant, bar

By Claire Harlin

The Del Mar City Council on May 7 granted a conditional use permit to Pacifica Host Hotels to implement a valet parking program at the newly rebranded Hotel Indigo, formerly the Stratford Inn.

The decision upholds the Planning Commission’s February approval, which allowed the hotel enough parking under city code to be able to open its restaurant and bar to the general public. The hotel was in limbo prior to this permit, which can be revoked at any time.

Resident Ralph Peck appealed the decision in March, stating that valet parking is not a viable means to satisfy off-street parking.

Councilman Marc Filanc said this issue was raised two years ago in regard to the Del Mar Plaza, and a valet parking program was approved at that time to satisfy parking requirements.

By adding valet parking, explained city planning manager Adam Birnbaum, an establishment can use “stacked” or “tandem” parking to fit many more vehicles into a paved spaced than with self-parking.

“The parking area proposed for use for this valet parking program is an underground parking garage,” said Birnbaum. “It’s not like there will be a whole new sea of asphalt created that might have an impact from the visual standpoint of the community.”

Hotel Indigo is located at 710 Camino Del Mar.