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Acclaimed firm’s addition to the Viejas Casino & Resort is a standout luxe getaway

Already renowned for creating extraordinary spaces, San Diego’s IGroup Design has added another to its growing portfolio with the recent opening of the Willows Hotel & Spa at Viejas Casino & Resort.

“With every project, our goal is to create a richer human experience; to use architecture and interior design to elevate the way people connect with each other and their surroundings,” said Stephanie Lee, Design Director for IGroup Design. “That intention was infused into every aspect of the Willows Hotel & Spa, redefining what the casino hotel experience can be.”

The result is a luxe, boutique resort within a resort. Featuring a full-service spa, fitness center, salt water pool, three distinct dining concepts, posh suites and an expanded Viejas Casino.

“We were honored to work with Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians to bring their vision for the expansion to life,” said Roger Storer, IGroup Founder. “Our innovative hospitality team creates environments that meld functionality and artistry. The results of our collective approach with clients, architecture and construction partners in combination with our understanding of the industry can be felt in every detail at the Willows.”

Inviting the Outside In.
The hotel was designed at an angle to capture the views toward the soaring Viejas Mountain. It’s all part of IGroup’s inspiration: the natural beauty of the valley, something the team has woven throughout the resort. Natural materials drawn from the area, such as stone and wood, have been refined and polished, with organic patterns that hint at willow leaves, appearing throughout. 

Making it a place to stay. Awhile.
A great resort demands an extended stay, and IGroup’s team has made sure guests will want to. The suites encourage relaxation thanks to a lounge-style living room with finishes in rich woods, soft neutral tones and bursts of gold. The tranquil effect continues into the Willows Spa where clean, white stones and blue mosaics create a feeling of an oasis. 

Creating a Place for Every Taste.
Guests looking for dining to fit any mood will find it in IGroup’s design of three new venues.

Locale Kitchen & Lounge, the signature restaurant, features a lounge, open kitchen, bar, dining area, enclosed patio and wine cellar. The diversity of spaces is reflected in a range of finish concepts with strong highlights and emphasis on gold metals, eclectic patterns and textures. 
The Daily Roast coffee shop is a pivotal gathering point, where all roads intersect.  The space represents a quick and social stop as the connector between the casino and hotel offering respite and refueling point.   

Ginger Noodle Bar embodies a calm atmosphere, rich with abstracted Asian elements and textures. Wood ceiling features, lighting and semi-transparent elements create unique dining experiences. 

To learn more about Willows Hotel & Spa, visit www.willowshotelspa.com

About IGroup Design

Headquartered in San Diego, IGroup Design has been building meaningful environments and relationships since 1998. Evolving beyond the merely aesthetic, IGroup designs for rich human experiences—elegant spaces that inspire the way people live, work, and play. The firm’s services include architecture, interior design, procurement and project coordination. For more information, visit www.igroupdesign.com. Explore IGroup’s spaces on Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Contact: Kate Paradis

kate@igroupdesign.com / 619-702-4119

About Viejas Casino & Resort

Located at I-8 and Willows Road east of San Diego, the Forbes Travel Guide 4 Star and AAA Four Diamond Viejas Casino & Resort features world-class gaming with thousands of slot machines, exciting table games that include Blackjack, Baccarat, and Pai Gow, a modern and elegant bingo room, and an off-track betting facility. Viejas Casino & Resort also features a variety of restaurants including the AAA Four Diamond Grove Steakhouse, The Buffet, and The Café. The beautiful Viejas Outlets, located across the street from the casino, offers visitors a unique shopping experience with highly acclaimed stores, numerous eateries, Viejas Bowl, and during winter Southern California’s largest outdoor ice rink. Viejas Hotel features 203 luxury rooms and 34 VIP suites, including a lush, spacious pool and lounge area. The highly anticipated new tower, Willows Hotel & Spa is now open and offers an additional 159 VIP suites, luxury spa facilities, signature restaurants including Locale Kitchen & Lounge, Ginger Noodle Bar and Daily Roast plus an expanded gaming space.

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