Innovation That Matters

10 branded suites make up renovated boutique hotel

Travel & Tourism

We’ve seen myriad examples of hotels partnering with non-hotel brands, including W Hotels’ collaboration with Puma for in-hotel fitness services, as well as sponsored rooms in various hotels. Now taking the branding even further is La Casa del Camino Hotel in Laguna Beach., Calif., where every one of the hotel’s 10 newly renovated suites features a different, immersive branded experience. Billabong Suite 206, for example, is designed to be a surfer’s paradise, with artwork including a 3D piece that tells the company’s history through images of surfers, palm trees and the Billabong logo cut into reclaimed wood. Glacéau Suite 315, meanwhile, features aquatic hues and fabrics made, appropriately, from recycled plastic bottles. Other brands involved include Rip Curl, etnies, Roxy, Quiksilver, L* Space and Lost International. A different designer was recruited to create the theme in each branded suite; together, they are all part of the Casa Surf Project in the Riviera Magazine Design series. Pricing for each suite begins at about USD 250 per night, and a portion of the proceeds is donated to charity during the hotel’s first year. Pets are welcome. Whereas many of the in-hotel branding efforts we’ve covered have amounted to tryvertising initiatives, this one is closer to a collection of brand spaces, offering patrons an immersive look at each brand’s signature style. In addition to tapping into the name recognition of those brands, of course, La Casa del Camino’s use of corporate sponsorship also no doubt helped subsidize the costs of renovation. A model to emulate, particularly during tough economic times! (Related: Beer cans that sleep twoHotel as retail space.) Spotted by: Adam Hicks



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