|By Bob Shallit, The Sacramento Bee,
Calif.McClatchy-Tribune Business News
Jan. 22, 2007 - After holding four focus groups and hearing from hundreds of Sacramentans, boutique hotel magnate Chip Conley finally has the framework for his downtown Sacramento project.
It's five words: "authentic," "influential," "surprising," "classic/All-American" and "eclectic."
OK, maybe that's six.
Whatever, those were the adjectives used by focus group participants to describe their city. And Conley says they'll be the guide for interior designer Candra Scott as she works on the $55 million, 197-room hotel, which will be in a 1920s-era building at 10th and J streets.
Conley, head of Joie de Vivre Hospitality Inc., isn't disclosing a lot more news about his project. He has a name for the hotel -- "a unique name we're really excited about" -- but won't reveal it until it's trademarked. He also has a concept and operator selected for the hotel's restaurant. Details will be available in a month or two.
What can Conley tell us about the hotel, which is due to open in mid-2008?
Well, for one thing, the lobby will be amazing, he reports. "It will feel like a law library meets a cool bar," he says.
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