by Michael J. Shapiro and Michaela Christensen | January 01, 2016
Why here?
California has more than its fair share of beautiful vistas across the state, and a wide variety of venues and hotels make the most of bringing the outdoors in. Such is the case with the Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito, and its 5,000-square-foot, two-bedroom Alexandrite Suite (pictured).


 California's first AC Hotel is slated for San Jose and expected to open early this year. The 210-room property will include a bar and lounge, a fitness center and an outdoor pool, as well as some meeting space.

 San Jose could become the first Google Fiber City in the state, as Google is progressing with its plan to expand the fiber Internet and television service into the heart of Silicon Valley.

The 171-room Westin San Jose debuted last July, an adaptive reuse of the Sainte Claire Hotel, originally built in 1926. The expansive renovation left key elements intact to retain the building's character.
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Local Update
 A new Sacramento arena, the Golden 1 Center, is under construction and set to open in October 2016. The indoor-outdoor multi-use facility, with 17,500 seats and 34 suites, will be the new home of the Sacramento Kings and will host numerous meetings and events year-round. The Golden 1 Center will be LEED Gold certified, thanks to smart, sustainable practices and innovative green technology. Plans call for advanced Wi-Fi architecture, 1.5 million square feet of retail and restaurant space, and an adjacent public plaza.

 Kimpton Hotels will open a 250-room boutique property in downtown Sacramento, next to the Golden 1 Center currently under construction. The property is set to open early in 2017 in a 16-story building that will include condos and retail space.

 Two historic Sacramento venues recently became available for meetings and events: the Julia Morgan House and the Sutter Club. The Julia Morgan House, an elegant mansion designed in 1918 by Morgan, the first licensed female architect in California, features a beautifully landscaped garden that can accommodate up to 200 attendees. Also on-site are four state-of-the-art conference rooms for 10 to 40 people. The venue is about two miles from the Sacramento Convention Center and downtown hotels. The Sutter Club, the second-oldest private club in California, was founded in 1889. Now available to nonmembers, it hosts private events for up to 250. The club is just a few blocks from both the State Capitol and the Sacramento Convention Center.