ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Creative hotel packages and discounted rates
seem to be the norm in Anaheim/Orange County this winter, as the
region's tourism industry attempts to entice travelers to visit.
Most of the county's major hotels are offering discounts and
packages in effect with attractive rates, said a spokeswoman for
the Anaheim/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The bureau has a new section on its Web site, at www.anaheimoc.org,
that lists "Good Deals" as the properties make them available.
She said the major hotels pay commission on the rates and
packages promoted on the Web site but agents should check the
commission policies of the smaller, individual properties.
Three new properties are scheduled to open in 2002: the Anaheim
Marriott Suites, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach and the Laguna
Beach Colony Hotel.
There also are several other notable hotel developments in the
area, the spokeswoman said, including:
• The opening of the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in
Dana Point in July, the most upscale property to open in the region
The $240 million resort has 400 rooms, including 74 suites, most
with ocean views. There also is an 18-hole, oceanfront golf course
designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
• A 264-room Holiday Inn opened this fall in the Anaheim Resort
It features 3,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness
center, pool, business center and restaurant.
• Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn, an extended-stay property,
also opened in the resort area this fall, with 143 rooms.
• A European-inspired hotel, The Ayres Hotel Anaheim, opened on
Katella Avenue. It has 140 rooms and 1,000 square feet of meeting
• An Embassy Suites Hotel featuring 375 rooms and 11,000 square
feet of meeting space opened near the Anaheim Convention Center and
• The Anaheim Marriott completed a $25 million renovation that
included a new entrance and lobby.
All 1,032 rooms were renovated and high-speed Internet access is
now available in all meeting rooms.
• The Hyatt Regency Orange County is undergoing a $45 million
The property added 250 rooms to its existing 412-room hotel and
a second swimming pool. Meeting space expanded by another 20,000
square feet for a total of 60,000 square feet.
• The Holiday Inn Costa Mesa finished a $9 million upgrade of
its facade, meeting space, landscaping and pool area. It also added
50 square feet to each of its 230 rooms.
• The Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort put the finishing touches on
a $7.5 million renovation of rooms, spa and meeting space.