by Michael C. Lowe | October 01, 2015
Why here?
Over the next several years, groups will find plenty of new hotel options, as construction continues throughout the Golden State. In Los Angeles alone, 43 new properties are under construction or in the final planning stages; Anaheim's Resort District (pictured) will have added eight hotels of its own by 2016.

 The 560-room Renaissance Indian Wells in Greater Palm Springs completed a renovation of its ballrooms and meeting space in July. The resort has approximately 100,000 square feet of function space.

 The Hotel Monaco in downtown San Francisco has become The Marker-Union Square. The recently rebranded 208-room property is now part of Destination Hotels and offers 11,000 square feet of function space.

Groups at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage can test their driving skills at the BMW Performance Center via an exclusive program that includes a two-hour drive of various BMW models.
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Local Update

 In 2014, the Anaheim Resort District added three new hotels: the 178-room Hyatt Place Anaheim Resort and two SpringHill Suites by Marriott with 172 and 120 guest rooms, respectively. The area is in the process of adding five more hotels to the mix, including the 221-room Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance, which opened in July, and a 296-room Residence Inn, set to open next summer.

 The Pasea Hotel & Spa in nearby Huntington Beach is set to open early next year. The luxury resort will offer 250 guest rooms, all with ocean views, a Balinese-style spa featuring indoor and outdoor treatments, a signature restaurant and a rooftop deck bar. The hotel also will provide some 34,600 square feet of function space.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 1,572-room Hilton Anaheim, 1,100-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, 1,030-room Marriott Anaheim, 990-room Disneyland Hotel, 490-room Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, 489-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and 284-room Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort.

Huntington Beach has the 517-room Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort; 290-room The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel; and 224-room Hotel Huntington Beach.

Costa Mesa offers the 486-room Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, 390-room Westin South Coast Plaza and 224-room Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County.

Newport Beach is home to the 407-room Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 335-room Radisson Hotel Newport Beach and 254-suite Newport Beach Marriott Bayview.

To find and compare hotels, and to send RFPs, go to

Convention Center: Anaheim Convention Center; exhibit space, 1.6 million square feet; number of meeting rooms, 51; (408) 792-4194

Airport Transit: John Wayne Airport, 15 miles south of downtown Anaheim. Transfer cost by taxi, $32

Taxes: Transit occupancy tax, 15%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15%

Group Venue: The Grand Lawn at the St. Regis Monarch Beach is a 12,600-square-foot outdoor event space complete with fountains and a gazebo overlooking a pool. Thirty miles south of downtown Anaheim, the 400-room hotel has a total of 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space. (949) 234-3200

Contact: Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau, (714) 765-8888