Island-Themed Hotel Debuts in La JollaFriday, November 25, 2011
Pantai Inn, a new hotel with an Indonesian island theme, was scheduled to open during Thanksgiving weekend at 1003 Coast Blvd. in La Jolla.
A Nov. 22 statement from hotel operators said the property, known as Shell Beach Apartments-Motel under earlier owners, consists of a collection of cottages, bungalows and town houses built between 1900 and 1930.
It has undergone extensive renovation into a 40-room, all-suite property, with several suites designed with custom-made, wood-carved furnishings, as well as stone carvings and other hand-selected décor from Bali. The hotel has one- and two-bedroom suites, as well as a signature three-bedroom villa.
The property was acquired in April 2010 by the Jackman family, led by Larry Jackman. It is being managed by Carmel Valley-based R.A. Rauch & Associates.
The Jackmans purchased the once deteriorating property with the intention of reopening it as vacation rentals following minor repairs and improvements, but it was found to require more extensive renovation.
The refurbishing of the hotel, which took place over several years, was originally led by the late architect David Lee Soanes, known for developing high-end resorts including Four Seasons hotels in Indonesia, the statement said. The project was completed by architect Greg Castle, known for his beach bungalow designs in Hawaii and California.
— Lou Hirsh