Welcome to the Hotel Citracado

Many moons ago, or 2011, I embarked upon a media tour with Stone Brewing in Escondido. Stone Farms was part of the trip, as was Liberty Station but the big news was that there were plans to build a destination hotel across from the World Bistro and main brewery.
Liberty Station is now up and running with a pilot brewery and airplanes landing at the airport nearby. Stone Farms has been spun off. Not one but two breweries have been built on the East Coast and in Germany. Even Wine Country had plans for a small Stone outpost and nary a peep on the hotel front.

That has changed. Stone Brewing and San Diego-based hospitality collective, Untitled Hospitality are partnering to build the Stone Hotel.

Here is the spiel from the PR folks at Stone: “Guests to Stone Hotel will delight in a craft beer experience complete from the moment of arrival. An inlay on the hotel’s driveway artistically displays beer flowing from a tap at the top of the driveway down to Citracado Parkway. Alongside rare historical Stone memorabilia, the watchful eye of the gargoyle will be discretely on guard throughout the hotel, and Stone beers will be available upon a moment’s notice. In addition to the normally incredibly wide array of Stone beers that will be on tap, archive special release beers and unique casks will be periodically tapped at the three on-site bars. Hotel amenities will be equally beer centric, epitomized by the availability of a complimentary Stone beer immediately upon check-in and in-room growler delivery service. Stone Hotel will mirror the philosophy of all Stone projects, exhibiting a high level of creativity and wow factor, ultimately creating a memorable, true craft beer experience.”

Not only is the hotelier San Diego based but the designer is as well. More from the press release, “The design of Stone Hotel will be far from ordinary, offering a wide variety of unique guest experiences ranging from a bar-style lobby check-in to oversized guestrooms, all in excess of 375 square-feet. Underscoring Stone’s environmental sustainability efforts, each of the 99 rooms, including 6 suites, will utilize state-of-the-art energy efficiency and water saving features. Rooms will incorporate signature BASILE Studio details such as custom designed furniture and floor-to-ceiling window systems, which flip open to an expansive balcony, providing an open-air in-room experience. Stone Hotel’s event facilities will comprise of an 8,000 square-foot ballroom, a 10,000 square-foot rooftop garden located adjacent to the pool deck, as well as nearly an acre of outdoor event space.”

Don’t pack your bags just yet, this will obviously take a while and is expected to be running in 2018.