This Seaside Hotel Is A Dreamy Vision Of Modern Design
Hotel Joaquin is Laguna Beach's latest escape.
What happens when an avid surfer becomes an established interior designer, specializing in hospitality? A collection of relaxed, California-feeling destinations come to life, including a modern seaside hotel.
Robert McKinley, the mind behind Montauk’s Surf Lodge and many Sant Ambroeus locations, recently finished his latest project — the boutique property Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach, CA. The 22-room oceanfront retreat is an idealistic beach escape, encompassing the luxurious feels of St. Barth's and relaxed nature of Southern California — and we're thinking about moving in. It's that good.
Known for his seamless design blends of modern and cool, McKinley incorporated natural, tactile materials, vintage pieces, and original art works into the space, making it feel warm and inviting. The best part, however, is that he decided to forgo televisions all together, as the hotel encourages guests to disconnect throughout their stay. But fear not! Entertainment sources are not limited. Every room is equipped with a record player, while the open concept lobby area is a living room, offering a music library and doors that lead to the property's interior courtyard and pool. Need we say more?
Okay fine, we will. Hotel Joaquin is the latest addition to hospitality company Auric Road's mix of modern-rustic getaways. Each of the spaces follows the motto,"Soul is our style," which is especially evident throughout the Laguna destination (many thanks to McKinley's thoughtful design details).
Auric Road's CEO Paul Makarechian offers a deeper explanation of the space, stating, "Every detail has meaning and intentionality, designed to inspire our guests. The resort’s location is especially nostalgic, as I grew up diving the coves along Pacific Coast Highway. We are so proud to unveil the magic of our new brand in Laguna and excited to see how Hotel Joaquin captivates our guests as the innkeepers for their soul’s journey.” The rooms' sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding landscape certainly evoke a relaxed mindset and feeling of laid-back luxury. In fact, the only thing missing from the perfected rooms is a side of food and drink, which is taken care of by the hotel's French-Mediterranean restaurant, Saline.
Offering a mouth-watering menu of coastal cuisine (think charred artichokes and crab gnocchi), Saline is a salty take on seaside dining. Chef Leo Bongarra crafted a diverse menu that offers everything (seriously, everything) your tastebuds could think of. Meanwhile, while you wait for your food, the restaurant's cocktail bar offers eclectic, experimental mixes that bring in spices and flavors of the Middle East. In short, Joaquin's culinary experience is one you definitely don't want to miss out on either. Rather, we recommend diving in.
To learn more about (or peek inside) the new hotel, check out its website here.