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RoseBernard Studio is leading the redesign of the 379 guestrooms at Monterey, California’s Portola Hotel & Spa. The $11.2 million renovation, which will also include meeting rooms and elevator landings, will be rolled out next spring.

Guestrooms will recall the Hispanic roots of Monterey, incorporating the palettes, architectural traditions and clothing patterns of The Californios, the region’s earliest settlers. Special touches include lighting that washes a colorful wall covering above the bed.

The public spaces are also being updated, from the carpet and wall coverings in the meeting rooms to the replacement of the furniture in the elevator landings, which will mirror the recently completed lobby’s design scheme. That design fuses inspiration from the coastal living of Monterey and the area’s historic tapestry, creating a blended space of iconic history and modern elements.

Additionally, the hotel recently revitalized its outdoor space by adding Jacks Terrace, a new outdoor event space (shown). Outfitted with custom fire pits and a variety of seating options, the new terrace features four living walls, with three of the living walls alternating with bays of teak slat walls, designed to soften the property’s hard stucco exterior. The northeast sprouting wall, in particular, rises 16 ft. and spans 10 ft. wide incorporating live plants and herbs that also have a practical use by being included in a variety of seasonal dishes offered in the various restaurant’s menus. The terrace is made complete by a custom iron trellis to differentiate the private dining space.

Photo: Courtesy of Portola Hotel & Spa

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