Dennis Reyling, vice president of construction and development for R.D. Olson, led his tour group past the walk-in freezers, display kitchen and private dining room of The Mayor’s Table toward the keyhole-shaped bar. Even practical storage spaces will be stylish.
“There’s a beer keg cooler in there,” Reyling said, motioning toward an area off the bar that was not yet walled in. “And the right side that looks really open to you right now is (going to be) all glass, and that’s where all the wine racks are, so you’ll see all the wine in that room there.”
A key exterior feature of The Mayor’s Table is its custom black brick facade. Olson wanted the restaurant to stand out from the street and look like an old establishment that had the hotel built around it.
The dark masonry had to be just so, and Olson searched Southern California until he found the right craftspeople in Temecula.
“These black bricks are really cool. I have been driving everybody crazy about these black bricks,” he said. “We finally got the brick that we wanted. … Nobody makes these, it turns out, but we got a group inland to agree to make these bricks for us.”
In addition to the cottages, Lido House will have several executive suites, an expansive presidential suite with a view of Catalina Island on a clear day, and standard king- and double queen-bed rooms.
The cottages are two-bedroom, two-bath models with full kitchens and living rooms, dedicated parking, washers and dryers, and fireplaces and barbecues on their rooftop decks. Each cottage has a unique floor plan and styling by local interior designers; no two are alike.
Other upscale touches around the grounds include high tea in the parlor off the lobby, valet parking and a saltwater pool with cabanas and Champagne cart service.
The luxurious property will be operated by Marriott as part of its Autograph Collection. R.D. Olson Development has an 85-year lease with the city for the land.
The project first went before the city in 2013 and broke ground last year.
Adam Beer, the hotel’s general manager, said he wants Lido House to be a gathering spot for locals in addition to travelers, with a warm residential feel.
“When you walk in, it’s a local cottage and house, vs. a hotel,” he said.