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Refreshed & Refined

  • 2021-06-24
  • Author: Maria Arriviello

Article written by Inspire Design.


Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine has completed a property-wide, multiphase $10-million renovation. Debuting a fresh, elevated design inspired by the surrounding locale, the celebrated San Diego property introduces a remodeled exterior and interior with a transformed lobby, social and event spaces.

Located in the coastal town of La Jolla, Hyatt Regency La Jolla is a conveniently located retreat just minutes from picturesque beaches, University of California San Diego, Westfield UTC and many of San Diego’s most famed attractions. Originally opened in 1989, Hyatt Regency La Jolla has completed a comprehensive reimagination of the guest journey including the lobby and foyer spaces, the property’s 400 guestrooms and 16 suites and the introduction of MARKET La Jolla. The arrival of Shor, a brand new breakfast restaurant set to debut this summer, will round out the exciting updates to the property.

The renovation of Hyatt Regency La Jolla was led by interior design firm Looney & Associates and preserves the original design by Michael Graves, paying homage to the world-renowned architect, while adding fresh, elevated touches throughout.

“There is beauty in the temporal moments where the waters of the Pacific meet the coastal shore, set against a backdrop of local architecture,” said Magdalena Laska, associate, Looney & Associates. “This merging of architecture with nature inspired the design of the reinvigorated public space interiors at the iconic Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Abstract references and refined details are interwoven throughout the design, creating the tapestry of La Jolla.”

Upon entry, guests are welcomed to Hyatt Regency La Jolla by an inviting yet casual atmosphere reflective of the Southern California locale. Drawing inspiration from the colors of La Jolla Cove Beach at dusk, the palette is soft and ethereal, punctuated with deep blue tones. The reimagined, spacious lobby layout creates a retreat for guests to converge, relax and dine. Layered textures, warm hues and mixed wood tones with leather accents give the space an engaging feel. Multi-functional lounge spaces offer communal seating framed by open bookshelves made with natural walnut, warm metals and colored glass that define intimate spaces without creating visual boundaries. The lobby’s welcoming library includes literature on San Diego, surfing and architecture since the property’s opening in 1989.

“The thoughtfully curated collection of books highlights California’s history, natural landscape, architecture and lifestyle. Lush biophilic art accents are infused throughout the spaces, softening the rectilinear architectural forms, and enlivening the interior,” Laska noted.

Providing a memorable experience in San Diego for locals and travelers alike, Hyatt Regency La Jolla features 416 refreshed guest accommodations with sweeping views, including 16 suites. Four VIP suites range from 1,000-1,400 sq. ft. with a whirlpool tub, dining area, wet bar and lounge area while 12 Studio suites offer spacious 650 sq. ft. spaces with a separate lounge area. The clean, contemporary guestroom and suite design is reflective of the hotel’s San Diego surroundings, drawing inspiration from the sea, sand, flora and cliffs of nearby beaches. Guests can let in the Southern California air with expansive windows offering views of La Jolla and surrounding cities, and can enjoy a spa-inspired bath with detailed glass mosaic tiling. Hyatt Regency La Jolla is pet-friendly and features contactless arrival and departure through Mobile Key available in the World of Hyatt app.

“When entering through the lower level, returning guests will notice the Grand Foyer transformed into an airy and inviting destination, with a new open floor plan and nature inspired art features. The focal point in the space is the expansive art installation composed of white pebbles individually suspended from the ceiling to form a wave-like structure,” Laska said.

She added, “Upon arrival at registration, guests will notice the dimensional slatted wood feature wall. The edge-lit outline artfully interprets the aerial view of the rugged La Jolla coastline.”