The Keating's 120-year-old historic exterior looks nothing like its sexy interior, remade into a hotel in 2006. Guests are greeted with a sports car–red lobby that leads to 35 rooms designed by Pininfarina, the Italian company that makes Ferraris and Maseratis. The contemporary set will appreciate the room's minimalist floor plan that showcases stainless bath fixtures, a blue resin walk-through shower, and a personalized "sip and crave" beverage and snack bar. Upon check-in,
you're given a lesson on how to use all the room's gadgets, including a Bang & Olufsen sound system and a personal espresso maker. In 2012, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay helped redesign the menu for Merk, the hotel's bistro.
Sep 9, 2012
I love the updated look and feel of the accommodations. The bed was quite comfortable. I was missing the amenities promised in the accommodations. I was in need of some much needed rest and relaxation. So, it was a little less than desired. I also forget how loud the Gaslamp can get, so the location of my room was a bit loud. Enjoyed the Merk restaurant adjacent.