California Travel Tips

When to stay at hotels? After renovations!

Published on: March 12, 2014


What’s it going to take to make you look hot (and cool) at the age of 50? Marina del Rey Hotel started sagging and drooping as it entered midlife crisis and guests couldn’t ignore it. Back in 2011 the were saying, “Great location, great views, but hotel needs help!” And they said it repeatedly, because it was a fact. Roll forward to Spring 2014 and visitors are impressed when they stay at the shiny hotel on the nation’s largest marina. Estimated cost: $20 million.


  • BENICIA: Inn at Benicia Bay, an 1891 Victorian house in downtown Benicia, is renovating all of its guest rooms
  • BURLINGAME: Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport-Waterfront Multi-Million-Dollar Redesign
  • FORT BRAGG: The Beach House Inn (500′ from shore) complete updates to all guest rooms
  • SAN DIEGO: Andaz San Diego spent $1 million to restyle the rooftop with cabana beds, a pool, two bars…
  • SAN DIEGO: Westgate Hotel re-imagined rooftop with 360-degree views, pool, lounge areas
  • SANTA BARBARA: Hotel Santa Barbara  new rooms, sleep sofas and Simmons Felicity Pillow Top beds
  • SANTA CRUZ: Santa Cruz Carousel Beach Inn reopened with new windows, fixtures, bedding, TVs, air conditioning…
  • TEMECULA: Temecula Creek Inn $2.5 million in upgrades; Pechanga Resort and Casino multi-million-dollar renovation; Hampton Inn and Suite updated guest rooms
  • VALLEY CENTER: Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort $160 million expansion with Spiked lobby lounge, new 403-room hotel tower and 400-foot lazy river feature and swim-up bar
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