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About the Darling

Ruin To Restoration

Our thoughtfully restored boutique hotel opened its doors in 2020. Combining the style of the 1930s Art Deco period with modern hotel amenities, The Darling brings 32 guest rooms and suites to California’s Central Valley, in addition to meeting and event space, an outdoor heated pool, and a rooftop bar and restaurant, Elderwood.

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The building that now houses our beloved accommodations opened in 1935 as the Tulare County Courthouse Annex, at the center of Visalia’s early 20th century downtown scene. Despite an earthquake leveling the courthouse in 1952, the surviving annex was repurposed to serve as the Tulare County Social Services building. It changed hands a few times and even remained vacant for a while when years of neglect and disrepair kept it from meeting new regulations. It wasn't until a group of local investors interested in rehabilitating the property brought it back to its former grandeur. The Darling Hotel restored a piece of local history, reimagined to offer today’s guests a one-of-a-kind hotel experience.

Highlights & Amenities

  • Historic Building Reimagined for Today’s Guests
  • Art Deco Inspired Furnishings and Décor
  • 32 Boutique Guest Rooms and Suites
  • Rooftop Restaurant and Bar, Elderwood
  • Outdoor Heated Pool and Poolside Terrace
  • Meeting and Conference Room
  • North Courtyard Event Space
  • 24-hour Fitness Center
  • Gated Parking
  • Daily Stayover Service
  • Room Service by Elderwood
  • ADA Accessibility & Features, Learn More