Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, an Autograph Hotel

San Juan Capistrano, CA

DATA

124 Keys | 76,000 SF
6,500 SF Retail
6,000 SF Restaurant
3,500 SF Office

CLIENT

Mission Commercial Property

ROLE

Design Architect
Architect of Record

Located in picturesque coastal town of San Juan Capistrano, The Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano overlooks the historic 240-year old Mission San Juan Capistrano and represents the cultural destination through carefully curated architecture, timeless design and storytelling. Fully embracing its context and community, this four-star Autograph Collection Hotel delivers understated elegance while showcasing the history of the land and significance of the adjacent Mission. 

The key design and planning concepts behind the hotel were aimed at elevating and preserving the unique history and sense of place – a magic that can only be appreciated through experience. The design team first visited the project site in 2015 and were immediately inspired by the vista overlooking the Mission and ruins of the Great Stone Church. They set about planning a hotel that would feel like a natural extension of the Mission experience, expressing the spirituality and reverence for the land. The resulting architecture is expressed through California Mission and Monterey styles. Inspired by San Juan Capistrano’s charming patchwork of architectural design, the main hotel building features stucco detailing, adobe-inspired bricks, and clay roof tiles in the Mission vernacular, while the spa and ballroom  building showcases wood detailing, a double-sloped roof, balconies and exterior overhangs giving the sense that the buildings grew organically over time.