Charles Gruwell

Design Director

Charles has gained national recognition as the

recipient of the "Designer Circle Award" sponsored by

Lodging and Hospitality Magazine for two consecutive

years. In 1986 he received the " Second Place" award

for "Best Guest Room Design" (Luxury category) for the

Spindrift Inn on Cannery Row, Monterey, California, and

in 1987 his work on the Hotel Pacific in historic Monterey

earned him the "First Place" award for "Best Guest Room

Design" (Luxury Category).


In February 1986, Charles' residential design work

was featured on the cover of the Metropolitan Home as

"Grand Winner" of the magazine's Annual Design

Competition. Charles' work has been featured in every

leading design and hotel management publication.

Additionally, his work was featured and given extensive

coverage in the 1990 publication CALIFORNIA DESIGN.


In 1989, Charles and his associates received the

Gold Key Award and the Designer Circle Award for "Best

Luxury Suite," acknowledging their work at the classic

Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Yet another

"Gold Key Award" was bestowed upon Charles in 1991

for Best Luxury Suite for his work at the landmark

Huntington Hotel in San Francisco atop Nob Hill.


Charles is a native of Monterey Peninsula and

Carmel Valley, California. He received his Bachelor of

Arts in Art and Psychology from Fresno State University in

Fresno, California. Before launching his career as a

designer, Charles was a High School Fine Arts and

Spanish teacher in Monterey, California. He has traveled

extensively throughout the world and now lives in Las Vegas.