Renovation underway to turn former La Jolla Inn into boutique hotel with rooftop deck
by EMILY BLACKWOOD
Published - 02/03/19 - 08:00 AM | 17591 views | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rubi Briceno and Tracy Ly outside on what will soon be The Cormorant Boutique Hotel’s rooftop patio. / Photo by Emily Blackwood
Rubi Briceno and Tracy Ly outside on what will soon be The Cormorant Boutique Hotel’s rooftop patio. / Photo by Emily Blackwood
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A rendering of what the completed Cormorant Boutique Hotel will look like. / Courtesy photo 
A rendering of what the completed Cormorant Boutique Hotel will look like. / Courtesy photo 
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The corner of Prospect Street and Girard has long been home to the old La Jolla Village Inn; a small hotel that operated above Prospect Market, which opened back in the mid-1940s. After decades of remaining virtually the same, the inn is currently undergoing a top-to-bottom renovation that includes cutting-edge technology, a coastal-chic design, and a “secret” rooftop destination.

Out with the La Jolla Village Inn, and in with Cormorant Boutique Hotel.

Operations manager Rubi Briceno – who started managing the hotel three years ago – recently gave the La Jolla Village News a tour of the construction site, which is aimed to be finished and opened in the spring of 2019. The hotel will feature 26 rooms (including pet-friendly accommodations on the ground level) with ocean views, balconies, high-end toiletries, and plush robes.

Keeping up with the modern technology of today’s world, the rooms will come with keyless entry, smart thermostats, Nespresso coffee machines, and high-speed wifi.

“It was becoming an eyesore,” Briceno said. “We want to make this a very tech-savvy hotel, so we’re looking into mobile checking and maybe even a kiosk in the front.”

“We want [the hotel] to have this self-serve element to it,” said marketing manager Tracy Ly.

In line with making the historic property more modern and updated, the Cormorant Boutique Hotel will also feature The Perch, a rooftop self-serving bar with lounge seating, a firepit, and breathtaking sunset views. And unlike the previous rooftop area at the inn, this one will have direct street access.

Despite all these changes coming to 1110 Prospect St., one thing will remain the same: The Prospect Market. With a few changes of course.

“We’re going to be adding some more gourmet items like wine, snacks and snorkeling gear,” said Natalia Xibille, communications coordinator for Wright On Communications. “So it’s going to be super convenient for everyone around, and it’s not just open to guests, anyone in the community can come in.”

The Cormorant Boutique Hotel is giving exclusive grand opening offers to email subscribers and social media followers. For more information, visit cormorantlajolla.com.

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