Last week, our company held its Policyholder Meeting in sunny southern California, at the Monarch Beach Resort. This is not the kind of place at which I normally stay. If you search back over my previous entries, you won’t see many “hotel” doors. That’s mainly because I’m staying at a Courtyard by Marriott or a Fairfield Inn. But, hey, Courtyard is the official hotel of the NFL, so I’ve got that going for me.
The Monarch Beach Resort used to be a St. Regis hotel. St. Regis is/was part of the Starwood Group (also Westin, Sheraton and W brands) but this resort opted out of that group as they
were swallowed by merged with Marriott.
The hotel website doesn’t provide much in the way of history, but I did learn that the hotel, sorry, resort opened in 2001, and won award after prestigious award through 2015. Then they:
“…began a $40 million renovation …to reflect its coastal location with a palette of cool blues, greens and crisp white.”
Our meeting is a fairly non-stop affair. Between receptions, meals, meetings and events, there isn’t a lot of time for a doorscursion. Fortunately, the designers at this place seemed to go out of their way to make the doors interesting – I guess a cool $40 mil buys more than few nice doors – I spied some Norm-worthy doors from my balcony, and then I just kept snapping photos of doors as I went from meeting to meeting and meal to meal. The night shots were taken on my way back from dinner in the golf clubhouse.
That palette of cool blues, greens and crisp white, coupled with a couple of bright sunny days challenged this photographer, as did the interior lighting which always, always, always seems to be halogen, in most major hotels. I think the technical term my daughter uses is “Marriott yellow.”
Thursday Doors is a weekly global adventure in which
thousands hundreds at least 50 door freaks aficionados contribute all manner of interesting doors for our pleasure. A product of Norm Frampton, it’s one of the most interesting challenges on the web. If you have a photo, or a drawing, or can write a description of an interesting door, you should hop on over to Norm’s place. Check out his door, ‘cuz that’s only right, and then look for the blue button. Click that for the opportunity to add your door, or just to see all the other doors that are on display that week.