California

Anaheim’s Resort District

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.


HOTEL NEWS
 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.


TEST TRACK
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.

ANAHEIM/ORANGE COUNTY

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 mcvenues.com.

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

SEA BREEZE
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, has unveiled a new 7,500-square-foot event lawn with ocean views and furnished with Adirondack chairs and fire pits. The 261-room Northern California resort has 17,000 square feet of function space, several dining options and a 16,000-square-foot spa.


SPOTLIGHT: SAN JOSE
In July, the 171-room Westin San Jose opened in the city's downtown, just steps from the McEnery Convention Center. The property, a beautiful adaptation of an early 1900s building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, includes an Italian restaurant and 10,000 square feet of function space.

Two sister properties opened this past June in close proximity to the area's main airport: the 145-suite  SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Jose Airport and the extended-stay, 176-suite  Residence Inn by Marriott San Jose Airport. The properties, which share an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and 4,800 square feet of function space, are a half-mile from the airport and five minutes from downtown.


LOS ANGELES

Local Update
 Rising 73 stories, the $1 billion Wilshire Grand Center will be the tallest building west of Chicago upon opening in 2017. The completed property will include 900 guest rooms and meeting space. Stay tuned for details.

 The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE is planning a $500 million expansion that will add 755 guest rooms to its current 878. The property will offer more than 200,000 square feet of function space when completed in 2018.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 1,354-rooom Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, 1,234-room Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 1,004-room Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 878-room JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles L.A. Live, 802-room Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles, 740-room Westin Los Angeles Airport, 726-room Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 482-room Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, 469-room L.A. Hotel Downtown and 295-room Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

To find and compare properties, and send RFPs, go to mcvenues.com.

Convention Center: Los Angeles Convention Center; exhibit space, 720,000 square feet; meeting rooms, 64. (213) 741-1151

Airport Transit: Los Angeles International Airport, 17 miles from the downtown district. Transfer cost to downtown by taxi, about $47; by Metro, $1.50; by FlyAway shuttle to Union Station and Van Nuys, $7-$8

Taxes: Sales tax, 9%; room tax, 14%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14%

Group Venue: In July, The Garland completed a $20 million renovation, which included a redesign of all 257 guest rooms and the creation of Beverly Park, a 4,000-square-foot outdoor garden venue. The retro-chic North Hollywood property has 16,000 square feet of function space in all. (818) 980-8000

Contact: Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, (213) 626-2359 or (800) 228-2452