|By Andrea Bennett, San Bernardino County
Sun, Calif.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Aug. 17, 2008 - ONTARIO -- San Diego-based developer OliverMcMillan has sealed the deal with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to operate a boutique hotel at the Guasti Mansion.
The mansion -- once home to the owners of the historic vineyard and villa -- will be the hotel's centerpiece.
Many of the hotel's buildings will be built behind the mansion, which will be restored to its original grandeur, although design details are still being hashed out by the developer and Kimpton Hotels.
"We think they're one of the best boutique operations in the country," said Dan Nishikawa, project manager. "And they have a lot of experience working with historic structures."
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels operates 42 hotels in the United States and Canada, many of which occupy spaces of historic significance.
Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C., for example, occupies the site of the nation's first post office.
Calls seeking comment from Kimpton Hotels about the Guasti project and the company's experience with similar endeavors were not returned.
According to its Web site, Kimpton Hotels are known for daily hosted wine hours, wellness services and female-friendly and nonheterosexual-friendly environments.
The hotels also offer pet perks, such as the "Guppy Love" program with complimentary goldfish companions upon request and amenities like pet psychics and groomers.
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