San Diego's creative hotel stay – peal diving pop-up experience ·

San Diego’s creative hotel stay – peal diving pop-up experience

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows is proud to announce the debut of AMA: Into the Deep, a new work by Los Angeles based artists Kent Yoshimura and Kameron Burk that will transform a hotel room into a multi-sensory art installation. Utilizing novel materials and extraordinary imagination, Kent and Kameron will transform Room 214 into an art installation exclusively available at The Lafayette Hotel from June 8 through June 30. The iconic San Diego hotel plans to draw art enthusiasts, creatives, millennials, and globetrotters together to this creative hotel stay experience, a first-of-its-kind in San Diego.

Inspired by the hotel’s iconic Weissmuller Pool and the pearl diving traditions of Japan, the experience captures the way we find comfort in nostalgia and that feeling of the first time we ever dove into the deep end and stared up at the sun.

The artists, Kent Yoshimura and Kameron Burk, incorporate elements of deep sea submersion to transform the hallway, bedroom and bathrooms of room 214 at The Lafayette Hotel into an enchanting artistic experience. Kent Yoshimura is a muralist, filmmaker and entrepreneur who has directed content for global brands such as McDonald’s, Lego, AT&T, Benjamin Moore and Ford. As an artist, he has been featured on NBC for his large-scale public art pieces, the New York Times for his mural work, and in TIME Magazine, Huffington Post, Men’s Health, Vice and NPR for his YouTube videos. In 2016, Yoshimura painted the largest mural in Shanghai within a four-story staircase. Kameron Burk, an experienced designer and creative technologist, has worked at Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering R&D. His extensive knowledge of the entertainment and architecture industries enabled him to take on the design and recreation of a diverse array of environments. The talented duo are the masterminds and hands behind the alternate underwater world created in The Lafayette Hotel.

“The Lafayette Hotel provides a unique experience for the modern day traveler with exceptional hotel design, remarkable history and superior guest services,” said Dieter Hissin, general manager at The Lafayette Hotel. “The Lafayette always strives to provide an exemplary hospitality experience and our collaboration with Wonderspaces illustrates our commitment to embracing our neighborhood’s design and art and creating lasting memories for our guests.”

This collaboration between The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, Kent Yoshimura and Kameron Burk is the start of Wonderspaces’ Spotlight Series, an initiative delivering extraordinarily accessible art to non-traditional venues and spaces, and will run alongside Wonderspaces summer 2018 show, With Creative License. The new show will be located at the B Street Pier and will open on June 8th.

The boutique hotel’s playful retro design, iconic Weissmuller Pool, and culture-filled, North Park neighborhood location presented the Wonderspaces creative team a unique opportunity to greenlight the Spotlight Series project.

“The partnership between Wonderspaces and The Lafayette Hotel began in 2017, when The Lafayette Hotel was the hotel of choice for Wonderspaces artists and traveling team members,” said Jason Shin, president of Wonderspaces. “With its longstanding artistic tradition, The Lafayette Hotel is a natural partner for what we hope will be many Spotlight Series installations.”

From June 8 through June 30, hotel guests will be able to check-in and check-out the transformed hotel room. Room rates from Sunday through Thursday are $195, and $245 from Friday to Saturday. To book the Wonderspace experience at The Lafayette Hotel, please visit or or use this direct link:


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