Newly transformed guestrooms welcome rravelers with boutique lifestyle hospitality.
BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIF. – Elevating the hospitality landscape in Southern California’s premier mountain town of Big Bear Lake is Marina Riviera, with the opening of its redesigned guestrooms and cabins available for booking now. The 1968 Viking-inspired lodge has been lovingly restored by Casetta Group, creating a design-driven, elemental new boutique experience within the year-round destination.
Situated in the San Bernardino Mountains on the south shore edge of Big Bear Lake, Marina Riviera embodies the great outdoors, immersed in refined modern mountain comfort. Light timber cladding wraps the property’s three-story façade and open-air corridors, which lead to 42 guestrooms in the main lodge. The hotel also comprises six two-bedroom cabins located across Big Bear Blvd.
“Big Bear is not only a destination special to us but one our guests want to visit. Travelers now have three different ways to experience the best of Southern California through the Casetta lens, from the mountains in Big Bear to the Palm Springs desert at Casa Cody and the beach with The Pearl Hotel in San Diego,” said Casetta Group Co-Founder Carolyn Schneider. “With Marina Riviera, we wanted to honor its 1960s heritage and architecture, so we returned the hotel to its original namesake and identity while upgrading the design, amenities, and overall guest experience.”
Guestroom interiors, led by design firm Electric Bowery, draw inspiration from Big Bear’s natural surroundings and are influenced by classic ski lodge design. Cozy stove fireplaces and bold, moody hues capture the energy of a mountain escape in a palette reflective of the wooded environs. In the bathrooms, richly colored zellige tile recalls the magnificent alpine and lakefront setting. Vintage nature-inspired art adorns the walls in an affectionate homage to the locale. Natural woods and stone combine with black steel hardware in custom furnishings, showcasing elevated craftsmanship with modern sensibility. Big Bear’s brilliant fall colors thread through the guestroom finishes and fabrics, providing warmth with layered materiality.
Marina Riviera’s room types include Premier Kings with fireplace, Standard Kings, Double Queens, and Third Wheel rooms complete with a queen-size bed and twin bunk. All guestrooms have beautiful lake views, many with private balconies for a front-row seat to nature’s theater as the sun rises and sets over the lake.
The six renovated cabins, designed by Hausman Creative, each feature two bedrooms, one bathroom, a full kitchen, and separate living room space with fireplace. Midcentury inspired and residential in design, the standalone units are ideal for the more independent traveler, but with easy access to the amenities and concierge service of the hotel, just a text away.
Guestrooms and cabins at Marina Riviera are outfitted with Casetta’s signature eco-minded amenities that feel like home, including Parachute Home bedding and bath linens, tree-free/toxin-free PlantPaper toilet paper, certified organic MoonCloth Designs bath products, and custom-designed Finery bathrobes. Guests can discover additional Casetta collaborations in the lobby, from Casetta’s Other People’s Coffee and Masha Tea to Ocean Bottle x Casetta refillable water vessels and Roen x Casetta 001 candles.
Marina Riviera is within a five-minute walk to the shops, dining and entertainment in The Village at Big Bear Lake. Hop a ride on the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to the ski slopes at Big Bear Mountain Resort, available to guests daily during season. Slated to open later in 2023 are an onsite private beach, swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, and outdoor fire pits, with a bar & restaurant still to come.
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