Pismo Beach, CA

Vespera on Ocean, Autograph is situated with direct access to the famous stretch of beach known as Pismo Beach.  The town of Pismo is a well know destination that generations of families have been coming to from the surround areas like Bakersfield, and therefore the location has an innate nostalgic quality for many return visitors.  Recently Pismo Beach is experiencing a re-invigoration with new more up-scale hotels coming to the market in hopes to encourage more people from areas like L.A and San Fran to make it their new weekend getaway spot.   Vespera on Ocean in our opinion is the best Pismo Beach has to offer and will be a destination location for many for years to come.

The name Vespera, meaning evening star, is a tribute to the Chumash First Nations who originally inhabited these areas.  The Chumash used the stars to travel across the Santa Barbara Channel.   

The design mandate from the client was to create a hotel that provide the luxury of one’s own beachside house within a hotel setting.    The hotel was to embody an up-scale California beach house throughout every area of the hotel.  As the story developed, the two slogans for the design of Vespera became “Barefoot Lux”, and “Your own beach house, only better”.

With that idea of barefoot lux in mind, the public areas were designed to emody one’s own grand living room.  The reception desk area is kept to a minimal size, whereas the central living room area invites one to come in upon walking into the hotel.  The general overall feel is a warm welcoming and airy beachside house.  The central living room space is flanked by a cozy yet spacious fireplace area with 3 separate seating areas that encourage guests to linger and hang-out in the lobby area as if it were their own living room.  Warm white oak floors throughout the lobby areas are paired with white T&G wall panelling and large coffered ceiling complete the beachside architectural feel.  Furniture is upscale and light in tone, paired with rich blues reflective of the seaside location.  

The beach side location came with its challenges.  The city mandates a very strict quite low building height due to its direct beach side location which resulted in unusually low ceiling heights for an up-scale hotel lobby.  The ceiling coffering had to be strategically designed to maximize every inch possible while conceal structural beams and HVAC systems.  Very low-profile moldings were applied to the ceiling to give it an all over coffered look without dropping the ceiling height any lower.

The bar and restaurant areas were designed to flow cohesively from the lobby, but to also have their own distinct feel of a relaxed beachside bistro.  This was achieved by carrying the wood flooring from the lobby into the bar and restaurant areas.  Whereas the walls were done in panel molding in warm gray tones and paired with millwork in mix of black, warm oak tones and carrara marble to create a cozier all season retreat that works well for breakfast, lunch and dinner dining atmospheres.   A large open feature display kitchen where one can see the chef’s cooking the meal embodies the idea on one hanging out in their own kitchen.  

Elements of restoration hardware lighting and furniture give the restaurant a more relaxed residential slightly rustic feel in keeping beachside house retreat.   Original works of art placed throughout the lobby and restaurant add to this dynamic. 

Meeting rooms were to be beautiful and functional and tie into the rest of the property but were not a main area of focus for the client.  Since these rooms are tucked on the back side of the hotel with no windows, the walls were kept white and bright to give them a light and airy feel.  Whereas the carpets are bold abstract versions of Persian rugs that are often found in beachside houses.   Blue chairs accent the space and tie the room back to the overall lobby and hotel color scheme.

The guestrooms were specifically designed to feel like one’s own personal beach house bedroom.  The rooms were to be unpretentious and have an organic feel.  This was achieved using a light palette of neutral sand colors with soft accents in gray blue are reflective of the endless blue skies and sand beach right outside your patio door.   The windows in most rooms are overscale to allow one to truly enjoy the beachside location.

The headboard wall features T&G panelling which speaks to the beachside location in a relaxed and unpretentious way, and this element ties the design of the rooms directly back to the language of the lobby living room.  The guestroom carpets are neutral and have a Berber like look and feel, again to embody a residential feel.  The majority of the casegoods were provide by Restoration Hardware and give the guestrooms that up-scale beachside residential barefoot lux vibe feel that the client desired.

The bathrooms were designed to have a luxurious up-scale timeless quality through the use of carrara marble and white subway tiles.  Classic looking white vanities with wicker baskets containing towels complete the beachside lux feel. 

Overall, the property has been extremely well received and the design has achieved the desired quality that was set out in the original story of “your own beach house, only better”.