After six years of plan­ning, La Quinta Inn & Suites is open

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY NICK WIL­SON nwil­[email protected]­bune­news.com

After six years of plan­ning, a new three-story ho­tel is now open on upper Mon­terey Street in San Luis Obispo.

And a restau­rant where Pappy McGre­gor’s used to op­er­ate, a new busi­ness called 1865 Craft House & Kitchen, opens to the pub­lic on Mon­day.

La Quinta Inn & Suites San Luis Obispo by Wyn­dam, for­merly called The Mon­terey Ho­tel, opened last week at 1845 Mon­terey St.

The ho­tel, a project de­vel­oped by An­drew Fire­stone’s com­pany StonePark Cap­i­tal, in part­ner­ship with La Quinta, fea­tures 102 rooms, with a sky­bridge the con­nects two wings of the ho­tel.

The price range for the new ho­tel is $150 to $200 a night, Fire­stone said.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited about serv­ing a cross­sec­tion of clients, whether its tourists vis­it­ing SLO and the sur­round­ing area, fam­i­lies on va­ca­tion, sports teams vis­it­ing to play games here, the Cal Poly com­mu­nity, or peo­ple on busi­ness trips,” Fire­stone said. “There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

The new ho­tel is one of three set to open in SLO over the next few months.

Ho­tel Cerro at 1125 Gar­den St. has a ten­ta­tive open­ing set for Au­gust. Rooms are ex­pected to run from $285 to $805, ex­clud­ing taxes, and the new busi­ness will also fea­ture a new spa.

An­other down­town ho­tel, Ho­tel SLO, is slated to open in June, with two restau­rants and an an­tic­i­pated price range of $400 to $1,110 a night.

“Our ho­tel is re­ally not in the same cat­e­gory as those two,” Fire­stone said. “It’s re­ally just a dif­fer­ent model.”

Open to guests only, the new La Quinta fea­tures a rooftop mini-pool and jacuzzi with 360de­gree views of the sur­round­ing hills; a fit­ness room with a view of the north end of the city and Cal Poly, and a self-serve break­fast room.

A few of the larger suites with win­dow views of SLO’s hills are yet to be fin­ished, but will be able to ac­com­mo­date guests seek­ing more space and fur­nish­ings.

Guests can buy drinks next door at 1865 Craft House & Kitchen, which StonePark is leas­ing to own­ers Jake Hilde­brand, Bren­dan Searls and Brian Hill. That busi­ness will be open to the pub­lic.

The restau­rant, fea­tur­ing out­door pa­tio seat­ing, will serve foods such as flat­bread pizza, burg­ers and prime rib, along with cock­tails with a “mixo­col­ogy twist” and 18 draft beers, said Hilde­brand.

“We set it up so that guests can come here and buy a drink or get food and head back to the ho­tel,” Hilde­brand said.

Hilde­brand and Fire­stone formed their part­ner­ship after get­ting to know each other in the Santa Bar­bara area, where Fire­stone cur­rently lives.

Hilde­brand said he paid more than $225,000 to buy a liquor li­cense to be able to serve hard liquor.

Fire­stone, who pre­vi­ously starred on the TV show “The Bach­e­lor,” has ties to the Cen­tral Coast, where his fam­ily has op­er­ated winer­ies, restau­rants and brew­eries, in ad­di­tion to de­vel­op­ing real es­tate.

“One thing I think we’ll hope­fully help to do is to ac­ti­vate this cor­ri­dor here on Mon­terey,” Fire­stone said. “With the newly opened Kin­ney Ho­tel and Leroy’s restau­rant across the street, there will be new op­tions for peo­ple along this stretch to eat, drink and lodge. We’ll also have bikes avail­able for our guests to ride to down­town.”

LAURA DICK­IN­SON The Tri­bune

De­vel­oper An­drew Fire­stone looks over the rooftop pool and jacuzzi at the new La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyn­d­ham San Luis Obispo on upper Mon­terey Street.

LAURA DICK­IN­SON The Tri­bune

The 1865 Craft House and Kitchen is lo­cated next to the new La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyn­d­ham on Mon­terey Street in San Luis Obispo.

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