La Jolla, CA Private Residence Turned Into Boutique Hotel

Orli has announced that it is accepting reservations ahead of its debut location opening in La Jolla, California this October. Orli La Jolla arrives on the heels of co-founders and siblings Hailey and Max Waitt completing a two-year restoration and transformation of a 1910-era private residence originally designed by Irving Gill, the father of California modernism, into Orli.

Orli allows guests to customize their entire stay pre-arrival or at any time during their stay, arrive/depart on their own terms and enjoy hyper-local experiences.

“We’re thrilled to launch Orli in our hometown of La Jolla,” said Hailey Waitt, co-founder. “It is the result of a truly serendipitous moment; Max and I were ideating a hotel concept and at the same time, we came upon a San Diego historical landmark residence designed by one of my favorite architects that happened to be for sale. Today, as we open up reservations, is the culmination of this two-year journey and we are looking forward to welcoming guests from all over the world.”

“Hailey and I are excited for visitors and locals alike to experience this vision-turned-reality,” said Max Waitt, co-founder. “With check-in, check-out, neighborhood guides, and add-on experiences all seamlessly accessed via the digital Orli Portal, we’ve removed all unnecessary contact and empowered the guest with the information they desire. We believe the less you have to think about, the more your adventure can organically unfold.”

Brew Bar

Axon Architecture and ML Design Co. collaborated with Hailey and Max for the property refresh, restoring the landmark building and updating it for a new era. Located across from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, a block from the beach, and in close proximity to La Jolla Village, Orli La Jolla is home to 13 guestrooms and suites across two buildings. Each of the guestrooms and suites offers an individualistic expression of the La Jolla lifestyle, with thoughtful design elements and tasteful touches—from record players to typewriters—for every kind of traveler. While no two rooms are alike; all rooms offer coffee machines, smart TVs and Bluetooth speakers.

Upon arrival, guests enter through the George Kautz House, one of the two buildings, which is named after the original owner of the landmark location. Adjacent to the George Kautz House is the Kate Sessions House, the second of two buildings. It is named after the landscape architect of the original gardens at Orli—also known as the “Mother of Balboa Park.”

A courtyard connecting the George Kautz House and Kate Sessions House is the hotel’s centerpiece and serves as a space to relax or gather beneath century-old olive trees. Other amenities include tech-forward concierge services, a lounge for guests, a library and a brew bar with cold brew and kombucha on tap.

Orli is dedicated to sustainable practices. The boutique hotel uses reusable drinkware, filtered water and personal care products.

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