Discover A San Diego Hotel That Is A Piece Of Modernist History


Bedroom at Orli La Jolla with a peach-colored tufted loveseat and a pair of marble coffee tables

A landmark 1913 home with architecture by Irving Gill—a leading figure in California’s modernist movement—has been turned into Orli La Jolla, a 13-room boutique hotel. Located near the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the property is comprised of the George Kautz House, named for its original owner, and the adjacent Kate Sessions House, dubbed after the pioneering landscape architect also known as the Mother of Balboa Park.

In collaboration with local firms Axon Architecture and ML Design Co., hoteliers (and siblings) Hailey and Max Waitt created a central courtyard where guests can relax under century-old olive trees and interior spaces with a Parisian feel. Each guest room offers a different aesthetic, replete with playful historical touches like record players, typewriters and Polaroid cameras.