Alexa Schloh Architect
phots by Erin Hayes Wheelwright
Completed April 2015
In the summer of 2014, Andrew and Erin Wheelwright bought a tiny hotel in need of an update. They sent me a slew of “before” photos and told me to get myself to Todos Santos, ASAP. This entrepreneurial couple had wandered upon this property a few months prior and seen fantastic potential. In the hotel renovation, they utilized the local craftsmen for new roofs, windows, and sitework, and traditional Mexican tile and textiles for the interiors. They kept the unique spirit of the cottages, but transformed them into a well-appointed bed and breakfast.
This was an on-site design project. I flew to Baja, measured and drafted the buildings, and after we discussed the major changes needing to be made, they hired a team to build it. Thatch roofs, excellent for natural ventilation, were traded for the corrugated fiberglass roofs. Most ceilings’ and doors’ heights were pushed up substantially- the rule was “no ducking allowed in the rooms”. Clerestory windows were installed at the high side of the shed roofs to provide more light and ventilation. An apartment for the owners was added above an existing bank of rooms. Bathrooms got a Mexican tile facelift. The entryway and surrounding planting areas were changed to allow for a more gracious welcome into the hotel. Common areas were better defined using porch coverings and planters.
With its brick arched entry gate and white walls contrasting with colorful tile, this hotel now fits perfectly in the architectural jewel of Todos Santos. It is open for business!
Design Details: Boutique Hotel, Mexico, Palm Thatch Roof, Natural Ventilation, Custom Wood Windows, Locally Made Textiles, Whitewashed Walls, Mexican Tile