Report: Hotel industry continues to struggle

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Construction on the Oceanside Beach Resort is currently ongoing. The resort will consist of the Mission Pacific Hotel and the Seabird Resort boutique hotel. Both are expected to open in the second quarter of next year. Photo courtesy of DPR Construction

By Thor Kamban Biberman – San Diego Daily Transcript
Thursday, November 12, 2020

While thousands of hotel rooms are in the works in San Diego County, it doesn’t mean they will all decide to open, according to a recent report by the Atlas Hospitality Group.

“Many hotels will be delaying their openings,” Atlas Hospitality Group president Alan Reay said, adding that luxury hotels will be the most affected.

Reay knows of two Anaheim hotels — a 600-room Westin and a 400-room JW Marriott — that while complete, have decided to keep their doors shuttered.

“There are probably a half a dozen projects that are in trouble out there,” he said.

New projects continue to be constructed here, however.

SD Malkin Properties is developing a four-star-plus resort in Oceanside that will consist of the Mission Pacific Hotel, a 226-room full service hotel, and the Seabird Resort, a 158-room boutique hotel. The hotels will contain multiple restaurants and bars as well as more than 22,000 square feet of interior meeting and function space.

The Seabird Resort will integrate the historic Graves House, an iconic local attraction that appeared in the movie Top Gun.

Both hotels are expected to open in the second quarter of next year if all goes according to plan.

It will be the largest oceanfront resort development in San Diego County in more than half of a century, collectively spanning 700 feet of beachfront property.

Along with immediate beach access, Mission Pacific Hotel and the Seabird Resort will offer guests a majority of guestrooms with water-facing views as well as a variety of food and beverage experiences, ocean view pools and meeting spaces, full recreational programming for beach services and water sports, and more.

The Seabird Resort will offer the best of California coastal estate living with colorful touches throughout, according to the company. It will feature a full-service spa and fitness center, a 9,000-square-foot ocean-facing pool deck, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting spaces with ocean views.

The hotel also will feature two food and beverage experiences, including a signature California cuisine restaurant and an ocean view lobby living room bar and lounge.

The landmark Hotel del Coronado, continues to expand its offerings, adding 142 rooms to its lodging portfolio. A unit of the Blackstone Group currently owns the fabled hotel.

This expansion is part of a $400 million masterplan that is slated for completion by the end of 2021.

Most of the other hotel projects in the list of hotels under construction will have closer to 100 rooms than 150.

An exception is the 147-room AC Hotel at 743 Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel, which is being built by the Briad Group, is slated for completion next March, according to CoStar.

thor_biberman@sdtranscript.com

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