The Bower Boutique Hotel To Bring Rooftop Restaurant & Bar To San Diego's Coronado Island

August 30, 2023

Replacing Villa Capri by the Sea motel in San Diego's Coronado is The Bower, a 39-room boutique hotel featuring a rooftop restaurant & bar with expansive views. 

San Diego-based development firm J Street Space has announced the groundbreaking for Coronado Island's newest luxury lifestyle hotel. Replacing longstanding motel Villa Capri by the Sea, The Bower is an incoming boutique hotel set to debut in fall 2024. J Street acquired Villa Capri in October 2017 for approximately $6 million.  

At The Bower, expect a bespoke oasis with an upscale and relaxed atmosphere for both guests and locals. The site’s history as a garden will be woven into interiors and architectural design features. The project is a complete new build at the heart of Coronado, and will feature 39 guest rooms, a rooftop restaurant and bar with 270 degrees of unobstructed views, and a lobby lounge and café.
"We are honored to be a part of this property’s next chapter for Coronado Island, a destination known for its history, beautiful beaches, and quintessential small-town charm," said Saj Hansji, president of J Street. "The Bower Hotel will be a destination in itself. As a 10 year resident of Coronado, the hope is to expand the hospitality options on the island, offering a gathering place to be enjoyed by the local community as much as hotel guests. Longtime fans of the former hotel will see familiar touches throughout the new design such as the beloved signature neon sign and diving lady. Lush landscaping will give a nod to the former garden the property used to sit on."

The name Bower is inspired by the property’s history as one of San Diego’s original Japanese Tea Gardens. Initially owned by John D. Spreckels, the lush and leafy space on the Spreckels Mansion property was his personal tea garden that he eventually transformed into a traditional Japanese Tea Garden for the community to enjoy. The designers have encapsulated the definition of the word "bower" - a peaceful, shaded escape under trees or climbing plants in a garden or wood - by integrating beautiful landscaping, arches, and vines into the hotel's design. The space aims to exude a calming, essentials-driven aesthetic that is inspired by the natural Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi, where beauty is found in imperfection. 
The Bower is expected to open by late 2024 at 1417 Orange Avenue in the heart of San Diego's Coronado Island.