The concept and inspiration for Stone Hotel comes from Stone co-founders, Greg Koch and Steve Wagner. Having founded the brewery in 1996 the team has made an incredible impact on the growth and evolution of the craft beer movement worldwide. One of the largest craft breweries in the country, Stone employs more than 1,200 team members and is committed to remaining independent in this era of craft beer sell-outs. Now in 2016, Koch and Wagner have selected Untitled Hospitality for the development of the Stone Hotel brand. Untitled Hospitality was founded by CEO Robert Cartwright who boasts more than 20 years of experience in operations and business development for leading global hotel and leisure companies, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Marriott, Intercontinental Hotel Group and Key Hospitality Group. Alongside President and Chief Development Officer, Dan Klunk, and Vice President of Operations, Hopi Stradling, Cartwright has built Untitled Hospitality on the foundation of collaborating, sharing, and galvanizing the creative process to fashion uncommon hotels that celebrate each concept’s unique history, location, experience and design. Through a joint venture, Untitled will partner with prominent San Diego developer McMillin LLC to build-out the Stone Hotel property.
“You can’t rush a good thing,” said Koch. “After originally envisioning a hotel on the property more than six years ago, we had put the project on permanent hold due to our need to focus on our core obsession of brewing. When Robert and Untitled Hospitality approached us with the idea of them taking the ball and running with it, we found a partner who was fully engaged in the idea of executing on the Stone ideals, ethos and creativity. Years of thought have gone into the development of Stone Hotel and it will be reflected throughout every corner of the place. I can’t wait to give our fans this amazing extension of the Stone experience.”
Designing the $26 million, 100,000 square foot build-out is one of the most prolific names in interior design, Paul Basile of BASILE Studio. The San Diego-based designer is credited for his ability to custom build progressive commercial, hospitality and retail projects with an exhaustive attention to detailed craftsmanship.
Guests to Stone Hotel will enjoy extended perks beyond their overnight stay, with access to the hotel’s expansive fitness center, walking trails surrounding the property, and priority seating at the ever-popular Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido, located directly across the street. The hotel will also provide guests with a unique culinary experience to complement that of the neighboring Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido.
Stone Hotel will be located at 1990 Citracado Parkway in Escondido, California. For more information about Stone Hotel, visit stonebrewinghotel.com