Arcsine Keeps the Retro Spirit Alive at Santa Cruz's Dream Inn

PROJECT NAME Dream Inn
LOCATION Santa Cruz
FIRM Arcsine

Beachy, retro, and playful were the watchwords of architecture and interior design firm Arcsine when tasked with updating the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. A beachfront hotel, the hues of the Pacific Ocean predominate, from corridor doors to sconces in the pool house. To harken back to its establishment in 1963, furniture is inspired by mid-century design. A row of surfboards in the lobby honors the first shop of surfing legend Jack O’Neil. Since hospitality projects are best judged by their users, Arcsine director of interiors Brooke Taylor notes that the longtime guests of the hotel have given the project their stamp of approval. “They feel we were able to capture and refresh the spirit of the iconic property while preserving its soul,” she says.

Surfboards add color to the lobby. Photography by Paul Dyer.
A breezeway acts as the portal to the pool. Photography by Paul Dyer.
Surfers in grayscale are featured on wall coverings in the interior corridors. Photography by Paul Dyer.
A long maple table serves as a gathering spot in the lobby. Photography by Paul Dyer.
Guest rooms feature views of the Pacific Ocean. Photography by Paul Dyer.
Cabana beds dot the renovated pool deck. Photography by Paul Dyer.

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