The Keating Hotel is the first luxury “Boutique Hotel” in San Diego, a blend of Italian styling and sophisticated, personalised service. Designed by Pininfarina, at its first experience of hotel design, the Keating is located in a building dating to 1890 in the Gaslamp Quarter at the heart of the California town.

 

The hotel has 35 rooms on four floors, 72 beds, eight suites and an interior with an uncluttered, ergonomic, essential style in the best Pininfarina tradition, where the beauty of the forms blends with practicality in every detail.

 

In May 2008, the Keating was proclaimed the first winner of the Earth-Minded Awards by Hospitality Design magazine and by the American Society of Interior Designers. It received the award because the project provides a possible solution to the issue of sustainability. In June of the same year, the Keating was listed among the “33 best new business hotels” by the prestigious international magazine Fortune, which travelled the world with the design bible “Wallpaper”, looking for the loveliest and most hospitable spots for businessmen.

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The result of the conservative restoration of a granite and brick building put up in 1890 (the original construction materials – wood and steel – were recovered and re-used, thus saving thousands of local trees and huge quantities of materials), from the start the Keating was destined to become an environment-friendly hotel. 
For the main components of the furnishings for the loft-like rooms and the common areas, the designers used natural materials that can be re-used and recycled. As far as possible they maintained the existing brick and stone facing; they used environment-friendly materials for the painting, they added movement detection devices and energy-saving fluorescent lighting, and used long-lasting metal panels for the ceilings rather than those with a chemical base that have to be replaced sooner or later. Tempur-Pedic mattresses were recycled, modifying the cut and the form, to be used as cushions for the sofas in the bar area located in the basement. 
The Keating brings a small taste of Italy to San Diego, from Lavazza coffee machines to Lauretana water, Gancia spumante and Jacuzzi pools, all designed by Pininfarina. The guests are also offered a choice of designer merchandise, and a list of white and red wine, all strictly Piedmontese, selected personally by Paolo Pininfarina.

The result of the conservative restoration of a granite and brick building put up in 1890 (the original construction materials – wood and steel – were recovered and re-used, thus saving thousands of local trees and huge quantities of materials), from the start the Keating was destined to become an environment-friendly hotel. For the main components of the furnishings for the loft-like rooms and the common areas, the designers used natural materials that can be re-used and recycled. As far as possible they maintained the existing brick and stone facing; they used environment-friendly materials for the painting, they added movement detection devices and energy-saving fluorescent lighting, and used long-lasting metal panels for the ceilings rather than those with a chemical base that have to be replaced sooner or later. Tempur-Pedic mattresses were recycled, modifying the cut and the form, to be used as cushions for the sofas in the bar area located in the basement. The Keating brings a small taste of Italy to San Diego, from Lavazza coffee machines to Lauretana water, Gancia spumante and Jacuzzi pools, all designed by Pininfarina. The guests are also offered a choice of designer merchandise, and a list of white and red wine, all strictly Piedmontese, selected personally by Paolo Pininfarina.

 

How to combine aesthetics and practicality

The aesthetic, innovative approach of Pininfarina design blends with the historical details of the building, making the Keating a unique emotional experience. For this project we have created a sort of research laboratory. The hospitality world is extremely interesting: it will be one of our development lines. Hundreds of people enter a hotel like this every day, and they will come into contact with our brand immediately.”

 

Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of Pininfarina and Chairman and CEO of Pininfarina Extra

The Keating project was developed by the Pininfarina Extra experts.

ITALY

Pininfarina Extra

Cambiano (Turin)

USA

The Keating Hotel
432 F Street
San Diego, California 92101

TIMELINE

Architecture & interiors

  • 2003

    SEDE PININFARINA EXTRA

    When design plays at home: the new Pininfarina Extra headquarters

  • 2003

    SCHREDER FRANCESCA

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  • 2007

    CEAN

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  • 2007

    GICSA - TORRE MEXICO

    Pininfarina enters the residential design field with the Torre México project

  • 2007

    KEATING HOTEL

    With the Keating Hotel, Pininfarina enters the hospitality world

  • 2008

    Design Ability

    Design that is accessible to all is on display at

  • 2008

    CHTPZ STAND

    The mood of architecture applied to interior design. Pininfarina has imagined and developed it for the

  • 2010

    PININFARINA MUSEUM

    Between the past and the future Pininfarina puts itself on display

  • 2011

    JUVENTUS STADIUM

    A venue that describes the future, through a glorious past

  • 2011

    METALCO ANTARES

    We present the Antares, the photovoltaic charging station designed by Pininfarina

  • 2012

    TIFON WATER PLANET

    A service complex of new conception for the boating sector

  • 2012

    1100 MILLECENTO

    Pininfarina signs the first project in Residential Design in USA

  • 2012

    PININFARINA IN LONDON

    An exhibition about Italian design

  • 2012

    THE PRIVATE CHAPEL

    The first religious architecture project

  • 2013

    FERRA

    External architecture and interior for an outstanding real estate project

  • 2013

    BEACHWALK

    The modern design that integrates perfectly into the natural environment

  • 2014

    PROXIMO

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  • 2014

    CYRELA BY PININFARINA

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  • 2014

    LAGRANGE12

    A blend of historical architecture and interior design

  • 2014

    CORTILE ITALIA

    The complete expression of Italian design

  • 2014

    SHOP GOBINO

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  • 2002

    TRAM SIRIO

  • 2003

    3M BRAVO AND ENCORE

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  • 2004

    NIDO

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  • 2004

    iDEN® MOBILE PHONES

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  • 2005

    VOLVO C70

    A convertible with a unique three-piece retractable hardtop

  • 2005

    BIRDCAGE 75TH

    The Renaissance of car design made in Pininfarina: the Maserati Birdcage 75th

  • 2006

    SNAIDERO VENUS

    A synthesis of innovation, technology, beauty and experimentation in a kitchen

  • 2006

    LANGE FLUID

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  • 2006

    OLYMPIC CAULDRON

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  • 2006

    OLYMPIC TORCH

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  • 2007

    CHERY A3

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  • 2007

    MASERATI GRANTURISMO

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  • 2007

    GORENJE BLACK COLLECTION

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  • 2007

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  • 2007

    SAMSUNG BLACK SECRET

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  • 2007

    JACUZZI MORPHOSIS ΩMEGA

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  • 2007

    UFFIX LUNA

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  • 2008

    SINTESI

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  • 2008

    HYPERION

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  • 2008

    ALENIA SUPERJET SSJ-100

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  • 2008

    Design Ability

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  • 2008

    PININFARINA BLUECAR

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  • 2009

    MASERATI GRANCABRIO

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  • 2009

    AEROTOYSTORE

    Pininfarina teams up with Aero Toy Store: design takes flight.

  • 2009

    PRINOTH BEAST

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  • 2009

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  • 2009

    COCA COLA FREESTYLE

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  • 2009

    PANATTA SPORT PLATINUM GOLD

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  • 2009

    RAMAZZOTTI - THE GLOBE PININFARINA

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