Taking cues from the beach city founded by a New Yorker, the new westdrift unveiled by the Autograph Collection Hotels is an exacting mix of ‘Endless Summer-meets-Eastern Seaboard.’
Set upon 26 acres in the South Bay – just four miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). westdrift is combining iconic hotel design, amenities and culinary offerings that speak to both coasts. westdrift hotel feature 393 coastal- infused luxury guest rooms and suites.
A LITTLE BIT BEACH ; A LITTLE BIT MANHATTAN
Named for the westerly winds that famously swept dunes of sugary sand over the Manhattan Beach boardwalk, westdrift features a breathtaking lobby with a custom Argentine driftwood check-in desk framed by striking wooden columns with metal accents inspired by the nostalgic pier. The creative masterminds behind the destination-inspired design are San Francisco-based EDG Design with Theresa Fatino Design as the design
consultant. Expect a sun-washed beachy palette with an East Coast aesthetic, including driftwood, modern lines, au natural textures and pops of navy blue. Artwork featured throughout the property and guestrooms is by Sausalito photorealist Eric Zener, celebrated for his elemental water paintings.
“With the opening of westdrift, Manhattan Beach finally earns a new hotel worthy of its sophisticated surroundings,” said Stephanie Bauer, General Manager, westdrift. “The spirit of the Autograph Collection brand reflects a true sense of place, and the mashup of Manhattan Beach between business and beach proves an exciting, enviable muse. Upon arrival, guests will immediately feel that allure.”
With a restaurant name inspired by the strong, raw fiber often used for making rope, Jute references the coastal design of the new hotel, specifically the woven chairs throughout the lobby space and string flags above the bar. The communal-focused dining experience is led by Executive Chef Octavio Sabado.
Nestled in the heart of the highly desirable Manhattan Beach community, westdrift is a mile to the beach, and a quick stroll or bike ride to The Point, the city’s vibrant shopping, entertainment and dining hub. The property will debut its inaugural partnership with Venice Beach-based Solé Bicycles, providing guests with “blue-sky beach cruisers.”
The intimate hotel offers a 9-hole, par-3 golf course as well as an outdoor pool flanked by cabanas and a CrossFit-inspired fitness center. With more than 35,000 square feet of multi-faceted indoor-outdoor event space, including 18 meeting rooms, a traditional ballroom and three industrial-chic venues, westdrift plays host to events of every size from special celebrations, weddings to corporate retreats and tech conferences. Guests can choose
from a variety of breathtaking spaces, including the 6,800-square foot lobby floor ballroom, Loftlight, or the 8,600 square-foot garden level event space, ShoreAcre.