Anthony Corso | Stratford Court
|Overlooking one of the two Indigo pools. Photo Tony Corso
Attention…..Hotel owners!!! At last there is a solution!! If you fear you’ve lost your popularity and “no one comes a calling.” Come on down to 710 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar…to the Hotel Indigo and see what can be done.
Until recently the Hotel was the Stratford Inn, built in 1910 and a member of the Best Western Chain. With a little creativity, a lot of magic and an $8 million dollar facelift it has been refurbished as the “Hotel Indigo.”
The transformation included the addition of a full-service day spa, work-out room, two pools, a hot tub, sauna and a bistro-style restaurant with a full service bar. Of note the renovation encompassed all 94 guest rooms and the inclusion of an impressive contemporary lobby. Visitors and guests seem to agree that such extensive modernization qualifies it as “a full service, upscale, boutique hotel.”
There are several characteristics and offerings that make the Hotel distinctive. As it states in its brochure, “Each Hotel Indigo property is unique and designed to reflect the local culture, character and geography of the surrounding area.” This serves to explain the dining room portraits of Jimmy Durante, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, the numerous prints of racetrack horses, and the omnipresent images of the ocean with an occasional surfer.
Employees take great pride in the Hotel’s respect and characterization of the local Del Mar community. As the Sales Director, Linda Wilderman, recently declared, “We offer our guests a bed and breakfast experience with local knowledge. If you want to know what’s going on locally, we’ll tell you and it won’t be about San Diego.”
As one devoted to caring for dogs, cats and other furry creatures I must recognize that the Hotel is pet-friendly. In this regard, I’m sure that the “local oriented” employees could direct any pet-owner to the location of “dog-beach.”
I recently attended a Sunday celebration of environmentally conscious persons who are now “elected officials” and had the opportunity to partake of the food, wine and service in the bistro room. The event was hosted by the League of Conservation Voters. Tray after tray of hors-d’oeuvres came out of the kitchen including baked, stuffed mushroom caps, chicken kebobs, an endless variety of cheese and grilled breaded shrimp, followed by an array of international wines poured by a bartender who was well-versed in their qualities.
So again, if you’re concerned about the popularity of a hotel, as an owner or guest, the Hotel Indigo has the solution.