Two cannabis hotels to arrive in Coachella Valley

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US: Coachill Inn Resort in Desert Hot Springs is slated to open December 2019, while The Grape House boutique hotel in Palm Springs is set to open in 2021.

Developed by MJ Holdings, a Las Vegas company, the 154-room Coachill Inn Resort will sit inside the 160-acre Canna-Business Park.

On-site plans for the resort include a restaurant, spa, fitness centre, a lazy-river pool that taps into the natural hot springs in the area, and a 2,000-seat amphitheatre for live entertainment.

Sustainable construction firm, EcoMaster, is contracted to build the hotel, and David Wallace of DLW Architects helped with the design.

"It will be upper midscale; 3.5 diamond quality and price, 4-star service and cleanliness," said Roger Bloss, a partner in eight cannabis-friendly developments in California. He will operate the hotel-amphitheatre facilities in a land ownership partnership with Kenny Dickerson, who owns the entire park project.

"It's all about personal service and interaction," Bloss continued. "There is no front desk; it's all going to be digital and iPads. We will have robots delivering to rooms and electric vehicles to use".

With a focus on health, the property will have each guest indicate any health issues they would like to address. A concierge will be on hand to offer courtesy samples of hemp and CBD products as medicinal treatments.

There are also plans for hemp-based furniture, linens, robes and uniforms.

Bloss added: "I'm working with chefs and spa operators to create recipes and treatments and exploring it from the regulatory side, the consumer side, and the production side. The hottest trend is bars, lounges and nightclubs that don't have alcohol. So we are looking at cocktails infused with plants that are unique and healthy, yet create that social lounge-bar atmosphere".

Similarly, The Grape House - a luxury boutique hotel from Chris Santos and Neran Dhas - is slated to open with an upscale retail dispensary-shop, restaurant and smoking lounge, with an adjoining hotel due to be completed by early 2024.

Dan Brunn, the hotel's architect, said: "The architecture for this warm, yet brisk cannabis destination will be inspired by the mystique nature of the California desert. We wanted to rethink what has already been defined in the initial rush into this booming market. Guests will encounter design that reimagines the line between interior and exterior, and a space that plays with the tension of light and shadow. The palette of materials, such as white terrazzo, natural oak and a spiral staircase of brushed bronze tie in the ephemeral space, all the while natural light basks the tall space".

Michelin-starred restaurateur, Kristopher Esqueda, will also create the hotel's pairings menu.

The retail element of The Grape House will include a multi-brand mix of upscale cannabis, design-wise lighters, ashtrays, pipes, rolling papers, CBD lotions and hemp apparel.

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