California brewery to add boutique hotel

US: Stone Brewing has announced plans for a 99-room boutique hotel at its Escondido brewery and restaurant.

The Stone Hotel will include a 10,000-square-foot roof garden and nearly an acre of outdoor meeting space.

Stone founder Greg Koch said the $26 million, four-storey building at 1990 Citracado Parkway will be developed under a license to a new hotel entity, Untitled Hospitality, in partnership with McMillin, an offshoot of the Corky McMillin Companies.

“It’s an environmental experience, a culinary experience, a cultural experience. It’s not really beer themed – you won’t come in and experience flowing rivers of beer or hops motifs all over the place,” said Koch.

Ideas being considered for the project include outdoor showers for some guestrooms, food-anywhere service, an elevator outfitted as a “kinetic sculpture” and a four-storey atrium that runs through the middle the building.

Robert Cartwright, whose newly established Untitled Hospitality will own and operate the property said: “You’re going to discover something unexpected and I want it to be ‘Easter eggs’ everywhere.”

If planning approval is granted, construction on the 13-acre site could begin next spring and be completed in the first quarter of 2018.

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