Lido House

Why Lido House Represents CRE’s Biggest Trend

Carrie Rossenfeld Hospitality & Tourism

Collaborative environments have pervaded nearly every aspect of the commercial real estate arena, from office to multifamily to hospitality. The 130-room Lido House, an Autograph Collection Hotel in Newport Beach, California, that was built by R.D. Olson Construction, recently hosted its grand opening after recently completing construction. The hotel embraces the trend toward collaboration.

Situated among the city’s marina, beach, and retail offerings, the Cape Cod, nautical-style hotel is steps away from Lido Marina Village. In addition to featuring the only rooftop bar in Newport Beach, it includes 15,000-square-feet of meeting and event space, a saltwater pool with cabanas, a spa, and a full-service restaurant.

SoCal Real Estate spoke with Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction, about the project and how it represents the latest hospitality trends.

Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction | Photos courtesy R.D. Olson Construction

SoCal Real Estate: Lido House is clearly a passion project for R.D. Olson. What was it like to bring such a personal project to life for your own community?
It feels wonderful to bring such a personal project to fruition. Lido House’s design was inspired by the Balboa Island home of Bob Olson, president and CEO of R.D. Olson Development (the developer on the project). It is unusual that a project would have such a personal inspiration, and it was amazing to see how well Bob’s vision came together. A California-influenced version of Cape Cod style, the hotel pulls nautical inspiration from the coastal community where Bob and I feel at home. Located on the former site of Newport Beach City Hall, it pays homage to the historic landmark. It has already become a favorite hangout for those in the Orange County commercial real estate space, which has been great to see.

What features and amenities does Lido House include?
In addition to the meeting and event space, pool, spa, and fitness center complete with CrossFit-style equipment and a Peloton bike, Lido House is also home to Newport Beach’s only rooftop bar, Topside. With a view of both the harbor and the beach, the deck at Topside is a unique destination for locals and visitors alike. For those looking for curated coffee blends and artisan ice cream, Crew Coffee + Cremerie is on site. For a fine-dining option, the Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen pays homage to the site’s City Hall roots and features an extensive selection of seafood cuisine, including a raw bar. There are 130 guest rooms, including a presidential suite, executive suites and five three-story, 1,300-square-foot cottages. The cottages are truly unique, each featuring a rooftop patio, BBQ grill, and fireplace.

To what demographic does the hotel cater?
The hotel is the ultimate coastal retreat in Orange County. It caters to visitors seeking an elegant yet relaxed coastal getaway with easy access to the beach, hiking trails, golf courses, live entertainment, dining options, shopping, and a variety of outdoor activities and day trips. But it also is an entertainment and dining hub for locals seeking a sunset drink on the rooftop deck, a sophisticated location for their next business meeting, or the perfect place to host a birthday dinner. It really meets a wide variety of needs and serves as a home away from home for out-of-town visitors as well as Orange County natives.

How does the hotel incorporate the latest hospitality trends?
Hotels are increasingly incorporating public spaces and amenities that encourage a social, collaborative environment. Lido House has a nice variety of these spaces in varying sizes, which accommodate everything from a large wedding to an intimate dinner to a company retreat. These multi-purpose spaces also maximize the use of space for hotels, as each area can be used for myriad purposes.

There is also increasing demand for hotels to incorporate elements from the surrounding community into the design. This enables guests to get the full experience of a new location, both inside and outside of their hotel. At Lido House, we accomplished this through the nautical elements that echo the feel of Newport Harbor and Newport Beach as well as local photography and artwork. Each of the five cottages was designed by a different local designer, bringing a true local flair that is distinct to each space.