Pendry Hotels & Resorts recently unveiled its eighth property, Pendry Newport Beach. The 295-room property in California is defined by a “timeless elegance, avoiding excessive and transient maximalism,” says Alessandro Munge, founder and design director of Toronto-based Studio Munge, which led the design project.
Drawing inspiration from old-school Hollywood glamour and the natural beauty of Newport Beach, the hotel’s interiors are defined by an aesthetic that is both grand and welcoming. Lush landscaping is integral to the design, forming an oasis-like environment reminiscent of garden hotels. Further, each guestroom features framed scarves—reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden era—that are adorned with botanical patterns, providing a visual connection to the outdoors.
High-quality materials—like travertine, natural wood, and textiles—are incorporated throughout the property. The color palette, selected to harmonize with the abundant greenery, includes alabaster and travertine whites, with muted hunter green and rich walnut brown added for depth.
The lobby’s social lounge resembles a sophisticated library, with walnut-stained wood shelves displaying thoughtfully curated objects, which Munge describes as “akin to a personal bookshelf in a home setting.” Bespoke furniture, including custom-designed sofas, chairs, and tables, combines style and comfort, while a neutral color palette is complemented by blues, reds, and grays.
The opening of Pendry Newport Beach also heralds the introduction of the Elwood Club, a members club concept located in a private wing of the hotel. In contrast to the rest of the property’s softer color palette, the club features gemstone colors and brilliant lacquer that evokes the aesthetic of classic cars, adding an element of dynamic energy and sleekness. The Elwood Club includes exclusive areas like indoor/outdoor dining option Viamara, the Cabaret nightlife space and venue, and a gastropub.