San Diego's Keating Hotel Wins the Earth-Minded Awards by Hospitality Design Magazine

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The Keating Hotel, San Diego's premier boutique hotel, was named the winner of the inaugural Earth-Minded Awards (EMA), presented by Hospitality Design (HD) magazine and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

The Keating Hotel, San Diego's premier boutique hotel, was recently named the project winner of the inaugural Earth-Minded Awards (EMA), presented by Hospitality Design (HD) magazine and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

"This award is not only a significant honor of again being recognized as a leader in the hospitality industry, but a true acknowledgement of the hard work and creativity of our group," says Edward Kaen, CEO & Founder of the Keating Hotel Group (TKHG). "Another first for the Keating. I am grateful and humbled."

The awards program recognizes exceptional sustainable design in two categories--hospitality projects and hospitality products. Winners will be honored at HD's annual Green Luncheon, part of HD Green Day, a full day of conference programming dedicated to green design that is taking place May 14 in Las Vegas, during Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference (HD Expo). Submissions were judged by a group of esteemed hospitality designers: Cliff Tuttle, vice president, ForrestPerkins, San Francisco; Claire Tamburro, senior designer at Austin-Kuester, Inc.; and Teri Urovsky, vice president of interior design for Marriott International.

The 35-room Keating Hotel, TKHG's first hotel and lounge prototype located in an historic building in the heart of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, made headlines with its sleek red, black and stainless steel décor when it came on the scene a year ago, marking the first foray into the world of hotel design for Italian design house Pininfarina (well known as the exclusive designers of Ferrari and Maserati). But more than having the finest combination of premier location, cutting-edge design, and the highest level of true personalized service, the boutique hotel is also setting new standards in San Diego by being environmentally friendly.

An adaptive re-use of a granite and brick structure built in 1890 (original timber and steel building materials were re-captured and re-used saving thousands of local trees and materials) the Keating was on track to be environmentally friendly from the beginning. In the loft-like rooms and common areas, the designers used re-usable and recyclable natural materials for all major furnishings; kept as many existing exposed brick and stonewalls as possible; employed eco-friendly paint materials; added energy-saving motion sensing devices and fluorescent lighting; and used ceiling tile made from ever-lasting metal instead of chemical-based replaceable tiles. Even the subterranean lounge features re-cut and re-shaped recycled Tempur-Pedic bed mattresses for seat cushions. And environmental initiatives trickle down to everyday activities: rooms feature wall-to-wall hard surface flooring, eliminating the need for harsh carpet cleaning solvents and vacuums, all laundry is done on premise in bio-friendly detergents (and the hotel features a state-of-the-art non-chemical water softening system), and TKHG is a paperless company and has its own private recycling services.

"Consistently being on the cutting edge, we really wanted to achieve a higher level of environmental responsibility and awareness and worked hard to make it a reality in the Keating," says Kaen.

About the Keating Hotel Group
Set to expand the Keating Hotel by Pininfarina brand worldwide, The Keating Hotel Group (TKHG) is comprised of a well-seasoned group of real estate professionals collected for the purpose of launching, developing and operating a unique, highly stylized, full-service boutique hotel brand. While the term "boutique hotel" has, of late, become somewhat of a diluted, over-used term in the hospitality sector, the privately operated and managed TKHG is poised to set the new standard for true high-end boutique hotels throughout the world. Primarily due to the exclusive partnership with its design team--world-famous Italian powerhouse Pininfarina, as well as its intense focus on personalized, high-end service, TKHG has sparked the interest of hospitality insiders, aficionados, and the worldwide media, alike.

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