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California’s Lodge at Marconi Gets a Refresh

Perched atop forested hills overlooking Tomales Bay, California’s Lodge at Marconi has emerged from a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Formerly Marconi Conference Center, the revitalized lodge, managed by Oliver Hospitality, is made up of 45 modern accommodations, refreshed event spaces, and landscaped grounds.

The inspiration behind Lodge at Marconi’s design

The interior design, spearheaded by New York-based firm Home Studios, is a lesson in the Third Bay Tradition architectural style that took hold across the San Francisco region from the 1940s to the ’80s.

Since the property was originally built as a radio receiving station by Guglielmo Marconi (often credited as the “inventor of radio”), the design also features modern touches inspired by the Italian electrical engineer.

lodge at marconi tomales bay san francisco natural palette reception loungeA saturated color palette sets the backdrop for custom furnishings, organic materials, and wall cube art that draws from the style of Stuart Arends. The interior concept is pulled together through the use of natural woods and textiles, cedar paneling, locally made ceramic tiles, and millwork.

Upon arrival into the reception lounge, guests are welcomed by an intimate lobby with a check-in desk that moonlights as a coffee and espresso bar. This area comprises a collection of rooms to evoke a residential, communal environment that welcomes activity throughout the day. Cozy lounge seating and banquettes are centered around a focal fireplace, while towering banks of windows let in views and natural light.

The hotel features eight versatile indoor and outdoor venues, as well as the reimagined Redwood Dining Hall, which offers a midcentury cafeteria-style environment with an indoor dining room, full bar, and a wrap-around deck.

The central hub of Lodge at Marconi is an outdoor courtyard featuring a gas fire pit and custom lounge seating, benches, and natural boulders for guests to gather and socialize. The hub, along with the landscaping, was conceived by landscape architect Anooshey Rahim, principal of Bay Area-based Dune Hai.

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