Calif. hotels set lures with enticing rates, packages

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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 during 2001.

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 district.

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 space.

• An Embassy Suites Hotel featuring 375 rooms and 11,000 square feet of meeting space opened near the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland.

• 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 expansion.

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.

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