BLVD Hospitality’s Jon Blanchard and Nicolo Rusconi team up with ESI Ventures to bring back to life the 1933 hotel with a new interior design
BLVD Hospitality’s Jon Blanchard and Nicolo Rusconi, in partnership with ESI Ventures, are pleased to announce the reopening of The Georgian, an iconic hotel in Santa Monica. The hotel will open its doors on April 3, 2023, after being closed for an extensive restoration that has carefully preserved its historic features.
“Overlooking the California coastline, the building’s unmistakable turquoise façade has pride of place on Ocean Avenue, where the architecturally stunning property’s timeless elegance and historic significance is on full display. Fettle’s design offers a glimpse into the hotel’s 1930s heyday which underscores its inherent traditional elements,” reads a press release announcing the reopening.
The Georgian, which was commissioned by renowned hotelier Rosamond Borde and designed by M. Eugene Durfee, first opened in 1933 and has since welcomed a roster of famous guests, including Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. The hotel’s new interior has been designed by Fettle, with HLW in charge of architecture and Corso Marketing Group responsible for branding and experience.
The Georgian now offers 84 rooms, with 56 classic rooms and 28 one-bedroom suites, all with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The hotel’s design reflects the 1930s Art Deco style, with high ceilings, custom chandeliers, and original decorative reliefs. Room rates are from $700 per room per night.
The hotel’s Gallery 33 showcases contemporary art, and the Writer’s Room and Library provide private spaces for guests to relax and read.
“Beautiful, inspiring and contemporary, this dramatic space has been designed to celebrate the best of culture, the arts and the most unique of gatherings as well as showcasing the work of local, internationally renowned, and up-and-coming artists through an evolving program,” reads the press release.
Gallery 33 will also host specially commissioned exhibitions from historical and cultural institutions and is available to hire for private events, artist dinners and cocktail parties. The Writer’s Room offers a private dining space – perfect for intimate dinners and in-conversations – with high-end AV equipment and room for up to 10 guests seated or 20 guests standing.
The suites offer separate bedrooms and living rooms, and each one includes a custom-made floor-to-ceiling bar with ornate buttons that offer a unique concierge service.
“Rooms at The Georgian embrace the hotel’s Art Deco heritage, many with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Pier, stretching out from Santa Catalina Island across to Malibu, where some of the world’s most breathtaking sunsets take place,” reads the press release.
On the ground level of the hotel, The Georgian offers a breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurant known simply as Restaurant at The Georgian – stretching across the Sunset Terrace, Sunset Bar, and Dining Room.
“The Restaurant at The Georgian under the direction of Chef David Almany – previously of Osteria Mozza under Chef Nancy Silverton for almost a decade – explores the intersection of timeless culinary classics with Italian cuisine reaching from the rich heritage ingredients of the Italian North to emblematic dishes of Puglia as well as the fragrant and almost embarrassingly romantic citrus and ocean saline flavors of the Amalfi coast,” the hotel states.
For more information visit www.thegeorgian.com