21080 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, California
By Chris MacDonald
For months, I've watched with curiosity, the careful
construction of California's newest coastal luxury resort--Pasea Hotel &
Spa—south of the famous HB Pier, off Pacific Coast Highway and Huntington
Street. It just opened and I decided to drop in unannounced and check it out.
Greeting guests was friendly Concierge Justin Ratowsky, who said he'd be glad to
give me a tour.
Justin Ratowsky, Concierge
What I saw was the biggest new wow” in California destinations. From its
artistic lobby wall design featuring 1,400 actual flip flops, its complimentary
guest bikes and pedicab rides to the beach and HB Pier, its indoor/outdoor Blue
Room with fire pits overlooking the ocean, its hallway composite mural of actual
local beach trash, including beach toys, shovels, pails, to its elevated
Treehouse open air bar with breathtaking views of the Pacific to its Tanner
Restaurant (featuring delights like roasted salmon, mussels and grilled kale
chicken Caesar salad) to its hardwood floors, light and airy modern coastal
chic, to its unique, exterior, vertical, multi-story ocean video imagery (that
can be seen on the Pier), to its Balinese-inspired AARNA Spa, complete with an
anti-stress relaxation garden, to the cheerful and knowledgeable staff, who go
to great lengths to make each stay memorable.
But what do the guests think? It's the coolest hotel I've ever been in,” said 10-year-old Amada Blake from Concord, California. The services they offer are incredible. We took a pedicab to the beach, complete with a packed lunch and got surfing lessons. I learned that ‘Pasea' means to take a stroll in Spanish and we've been strolling in all directions since we got here.”
I ran into Chapman University-film grad, Michael Bolen, who has worked on many top movie and TV shows, and was a guest at Pasea. The local resident, who also is a Broker Associate at Huntington Beach Realty, gave us the inside scoop on the luxurious hotel: I stayed on the fifth floor and highly- recommend the west-facing rooms for the most spectacular Sunset views. This is a great place, not only for visitors to Surf City USA but for us locals. The Treehouse open air bar/lounge offers one of the most spectacular views of the coastline and has become the new HB hotspot for families and friends.”
Even balconies in the 250-room Pasea fit perfectly into the ocean theme and are wave-shaped. You can see the uniqueness created by the Pacific Hospitality Group and RD Olson Development in the newest part of the Meritage Collection. Guests even receive a complimentary bottle of Trinitas Wine from a Napa Valley winery owned by Tim Busch, who also is CEO of the Pacific Hospitality Group.
Head Chef Igor Krichmar
Formerly of Wynn—Las Vegas and other top culinary places, Head Chef Igor Krichmar loves working in front of guests who look at the kitchen (through floor-to-ceiling glass), which features a wood-fired inferno centerpiece.” It's such a delight to build a menu here,” said Krichmar, who also cooked at the Temecula Creek Inn. I've never worked in a more beautiful surrounding with such wonderful people. I love the challenge of exceeding customer expectations.”