The historic La Nola Hotel was built in 1922 as a classic example of the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style. The hotel was a used as a hub for travel and commerce between Mexico and the United States, especially popular during the prohibition era. The location of the hotel on the main strip of San Ysidro Boulevard made the structure an integral part of the local economy.
Throughout the years the hotel was converted to single room occupancy units. Unfortunately in recent decades the building fell into disrepair. Eventually the condition of the building and the nature of the single room occupancy drew a crowd which created a dangerous condition. The La Nola Hotel had become a much different type of hub for San Ysidro.
In 2018, Christopher Hernandez, a third generation San Ysidro resident, decided to purchase the building and begin a lengthy rehabilitation and preservation process. This included not only extensive permitting and construction, but a very delicate property management effort to attract better tenants. Today the La Nola Hotel has been completely renovated, including the three detached structures which share the same lot. The hotel provides 22 much needed micro units for San Ysidro residents including parking.