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.

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