H2Hotel in Healdsburg

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September 3, 2010

Last weekend I spent a night at the new H2Hotel, the sister property of Hotel Healdsburg, which is one of my favorite places to stay in Sonoma County. Conceived as a younger, hipper, more affordable property—a sparse but much-needed category in wine country—the hotel is bright, airy, and eco-minded: woods are salvaged or sustainably harvested, the roof is 'living,' and an underground cistern collects and processes rainwater and runoff. Designed by David Baker + Partners, with interior design by Marie Fisher, the hotel is aiming for a LEED gold certification. All photographs by Zubin Shroff.

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  Here's the exterior of the hotel. Rusted balconies made of waterjet-cut Corten steel will gradually oxidize the surface of the walls. The shade screens on the stair and bridge are made of local, sustainably harvested redwood. Forty-five feet of sliding glass doors open onto Foss Creek.
    Here's the exterior of the hotel. Rusted balconies made of waterjet-cut Corten steel will gradually oxidize the surface of the walls. The shade screens on the stair and bridge are made of local, sustainably harvested redwood. Forty-five feet of sliding glass doors open onto Foss Creek.
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  The rolling green roof, edged with an undulating Corten steel fin, is carpeted with succulents and wildflowers that draw birds and butterflies.
    The rolling green roof, edged with an undulating Corten steel fin, is carpeted with succulents and wildflowers that draw birds and butterflies.
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  The lobby "chill space" is decked out with Roche Bobois Mah Jong modular seating in Missoni and Kenzo fabrics. The 'Waste Coffee Cubes' by Piet Hein Eek are made from scrap wood. Underfoot are fair-trade felt rugs from Peace Industry, made from lambswool and organic dyes.
    The lobby "chill space" is decked out with Roche Bobois Mah Jong modular seating in Missoni and Kenzo fabrics. The 'Waste Coffee Cubes' by Piet Hein Eek are made from scrap wood. Underfoot are fair-trade felt rugs from Peace Industry, made from lambswool and organic dyes.
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  The steel case displays a rotating arrangement of art, objects, games, and books, and acts as a screen between the pool deck and the lobby. All of the art in the hotel is produced by local artists. This photograph of a California live oak, printed on glass, is by Stephen Galloway.
    The steel case displays a rotating arrangement of art, objects, games, and books, and acts as a screen between the pool deck and the lobby. All of the art in the hotel is produced by local artists. This photograph of a California live oak, printed on glass, is by Stephen Galloway.
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  Here's the creek-side solar-heated pool at night.
    Here's the creek-side solar-heated pool at night.
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  The 36 guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling wood shutters, custom elm beds, and built-in armoires whose internal LED lamps light upon opening, like a refrigerator. Quilted headboard hangings soften the room without taking up space, are easily cleanable, and can be reversed for a different color.
    The 36 guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling wood shutters, custom elm beds, and built-in armoires whose internal LED lamps light upon opening, like a refrigerator. Quilted headboard hangings soften the room without taking up space, are easily cleanable, and can be reversed for a different color.
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  Every room and suite has a streamlined work area. The wall-mounted desk is made from American Elm salvaged by the local company Alborica. The drawers and cabinets are made from Valchromat, an organically tinted wood fiber board manufactured from forest waste and residue collected from timber mills. The Emeco Navy chair is made in the U.S. with 80% recycled aluminum.
    Every room and suite has a streamlined work area. The wall-mounted desk is made from American Elm salvaged by the local company Alborica. The drawers and cabinets are made from Valchromat, an organically tinted wood fiber board manufactured from forest waste and residue collected from timber mills. The Emeco Navy chair is made in the U.S. with 80% recycled aluminum.
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  Suites have a sitting area with a Design Within Reach daybed; Saarinen tables; hassocks made from recycled Kilim rugs; and handmade rugs woven in Ukiah. The floors in all the guest rooms are woven strand bamboo, chosen for its durability. Glasses made from wine bottles reference the vineyards nearby.
    Suites have a sitting area with a Design Within Reach daybed; Saarinen tables; hassocks made from recycled Kilim rugs; and handmade rugs woven in Ukiah. The floors in all the guest rooms are woven strand bamboo, chosen for its durability. Glasses made from wine bottles reference the vineyards nearby.
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  The conference room doubles as a private dining room and a yoga studio. The floor is a repurposed and rearranged basketball court from a defunct health club.
    The conference room doubles as a private dining room and a yoga studio. The floor is a repurposed and rearranged basketball court from a defunct health club.
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  In Spoonbar, the Mediterranean restaurant on site, polished concrete floors and rough boardform concrete walls frame the open-plan dining room. Tables are made from locally sourced and salvaged Black Acacia, and the ceiling is pieced together from deadfall Douglas Fir.
    In Spoonbar, the Mediterranean restaurant on site, polished concrete floors and rough boardform concrete walls frame the open-plan dining room. Tables are made from locally sourced and salvaged Black Acacia, and the ceiling is pieced together from deadfall Douglas Fir.
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  The floating lobby fireplace, created by the Alameda-based artist Leonidas Kyriakopoulis, is made from bound copper Steinway piano wires.
    The floating lobby fireplace, created by the Alameda-based artist Leonidas Kyriakopoulis, is made from bound copper Steinway piano wires.
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  The bar opens onto the street. Custom shelves on reverse-hung brackets back a bar lined with Eames stools.
    The bar opens onto the street. Custom shelves on reverse-hung brackets back a bar lined with Eames stools.

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