The work that we have been doing at the Hotel Bel Air for the last two years is finally ready to be seen by the public! The hotel is reopening now and the landscaping is being well received which makes me very happy. Yesterday the Friends of Virginia Robinson Gardens brought 35 members to the Hotel which was very gratifying to me. The new Hotel Bel Air features the design work of Alexandra Champaulimaud on the interiors, David Rockwell on the restaurant spaces, and Leo Daly and HLW architects. Wolfgang Puck is doing the new restaurant which is really delicious, and I recommend at least stopping by for a drink or dinner on the terrace to check out the landscape. Or... pay for the Presidential Suite and stay for a weekend.
The hotel features a lot of green changes which I designed and built including a Grey Water system, and drip irrigation on the new Villas site. We also removed over 4000 plants and trees and reinstalled them when the job was completed, with less that a 2% loss of the plants that were relocated so far.
USA TODAY featured us in an article today in the travel section written by their travel editor, Kitty Yancey who was so nice to speak with. Here is a link to the article: http://usat.ly/qh6rl5 The story was wonderful but I have one correction... I have not worked for John Mayer yet. Hopefully, he will call me one day because I love his music and , hey.... we could jam a little during our lunch break because music is my real love and I am a keyboard player.