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Stone Brewing, a cult-favorite brewery famous for their IPA, has announced plans to open a hotel in Escondido, California.
The project makes perfect sense for the popular brewery's headquarters, which is about a half-hour drive from downtown San Diego. The distance makes arranging transportation after drinking costly for visitors, and Stone's location does not already offer many lodging options.
Stone Hotel is designed with the craft beer enthusiast in mind: Bathrooms will house Stone Brewing bars of soap, cabinets will be specially sized for storing growlers of beer and guests will get a complimentary, hotel-exclusive brew upon check-in.
When driving up to the four-story hotel, guests will immediately see an artistic recreation of a flowing beer tap and the brewery’s gargoyle mascot. There will be three onsite bars and a growler delivery service to the hotel’s 99 rooms, including six suites.
All rooms will be larger than 375 square feet, which is about 50% larger than the standard hotel room, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Each room will be energy and water efficient and come with some surprise perks. The floor-to-ceiling windows will flip open to create an instant balcony and open-air room experience. Average rates are expected to exceed $200 per night.
For special events, the hotel will house an 8,000 square-foot ballroom and 10,000 square-foot rooftop garden and pool deck. Guests will also have access to a fitness center and walking trails to work off all the beer they will inevitably drink.
The $26-million, 100,000 square-foot hotel will stretch across 13 acres of land, directly across from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido, making the San Diego suburb a perfect retreat for Stone superfans.
The hotel, originally conceived in 2011 but delayed until now, is expected to open in early 2018.