Expanded • Anaheim is finishing a $4.2 billion redevelopment project, including Disney's California Adventure and an entertainment district called Downtown Disney. The expanded Anaheim Convention Center now features 1 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space.
New • Disney's much-anticipated Grand Californian Hotel opened its doors in January. On the grounds of Disney's California Adventure, it offers 750 rooms and 22,000 square feet of meeting space.
New • A 383-room Mission-themed Crowne Plaza Resort with 28,000 square feet of meeting space opened last year in Garden Grove.
New • Ritz-Carlton is planning to open a 301-room hotel in Irvine at the end of this year.
Renovated • The city has overhauled its shoreline, restoring legendary Muscle Beach.
Renovated • The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has undergone an $18 million renovation, including reconstruction of the entrance and lobby and a refurbishment of its 350 guest rooms.
Renovated • The 1933 art deco Georgian Hotel has recreated its original art deco style with custom-designed furnishings.
New • Paseo Colorado, a three-block, open-air urban village near the Pasadena Conference & Exhibition Center, is opening this fall.
New • In July, the 314-room Courtyard by Marriott became the first hotel to be built in Old Pasadena, the city's 20-block historic entertainment and shopping district. The hotel offers 6,000 square feet of meeting space.
Expanded • The Hilton Pasadena has finished a $5 million renovation and expansion. It now has 296 guest rooms and 23,000 square feet of meeting space.
LONG BEACH/HUNTINGTON BEACH/NEWPORT BEACH
New • Long Beach is nearing completion of the second phase of its Queensway Bay project, featuring a 500,000-square-foot waterfront entertainment and retail area. Miami-based Carnival Corp. will finish construction of a cruise ship terminal next to the Queen Mary this spring.
New • The D'Orsay, a boutique European-style hotel with 162 suites, located on the Promenade in downtown Long Beach, is opening later this year. The nine-story, art deco — style property includes a health club and an adjacent 35,000-square-foot retail center.
New • A 430-room hotel at the corner of Pine Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, in the Long Beach business district, will open its doors in spring 2002. The 20-floor property will feature two restaurants, a ballroom, and meeting rooms.
New • The new CityPlace development, also in the Long Beach business district, will include a 138-room, all-suite hotel, probably at Third Street and the Promenade. It is expected to open in spring 2002.
Expanded • The Long Beach Marriott is adding 105 rooms, including 10 patio suites, which will give it a total of 416 rooms. The expansion should be complete by the end of this year.
New • In Huntington Beach, Hilton is opening the Ocean Grand Resort & Conference Center this year, with 500 rooms and 5,200 square feet of meeting and event space.
Expanded • The Four Seasons Newport Beach has added a 10,000-square-foot special event and banquet venue.
New • U.S. hotelier Andre Balazs is converting the former Bank of California building into a new Standard hotel. Located near the downtown Staples Center, it will have a spa, gym, and pool, and it will include an unusual feature — a set of oversized rooms with 9-foot beds that can accommodate professional basketball players. The property will open this summer.
New • A 1,200-room Los Angeles Convention Center headquarters hotel is expected to open in 2004. It will be part of the L.A. Entertainment District, which will include an outdoor plaza and a 375,000-square-foot business, retail, and entertainment complex.
New • By the end of 2003, Cathedral Place will offer a 75-room boutique hotel, as well as a new performing arts center and restaurant, in the former St. Vibiana's Cathedral.
New • The 150-room El Dorado Hotel is opening this summer as part of a renovation of the Old Bank District.
New • The 114-suite Renaissance Hotel is opening late this year. The luxury property will feature about 23,000 square feet of meeting space and a 25,000-square-foot ballroom. It also will house the 3,500-seat Kodak Theatre, which is the new home of the Academy Awards presentations.
New • A $250 million hotel, along with more than 300,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and office space, is scheduled to open along Sunset Boulevard in 2003.
Renovated • The Plaza Hotel & Spa is finishing renovations, including the creation of a 30,000-square-foot Asian-themed resort spa.
Expanded • The Luxe Summit Hotel Bel-Air is opening a conference center in May that will accommodate meetings for up to 500.
Expanded • The 512-room Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage has completed a 34,000-square-foot conference center, giving it a total of 65,000 square feet of meeting space. Early this year, it also opened a full-service, 13,000-square-foot luxury spa.
Expanded • Late this year, the San Diego Convention Center will finish an expansion that will add 40 meeting rooms and more than 276,000 square feet of new meeting space.
Expanded • The Four Points Hotel Sheraton San Diego is beginning construction of a 7,500-square-foot pavilion, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, that will be able to accommodate more than 700 people.
Renovated • The 112-year-old Hotel del Coronado has finished a $55 million restoration project. The hotel has new seaside restaurants, stores, and redesigned Victorian rooms.
Expanded • La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla has completed a $10 million renovation and expansion, which included the addition of 15 ocean villas.
Renovated • The Bristol Hotel (formerly known as the Bristol Court) is beginning a $3 million renovation. The hotel is best known for its Starlight Ballroom, a 5,100-square-foot room with a retractable roof.
Renovated • The Pala Mesa Resort has finished a nearly $1 million renovation of its 133 guest rooms and suites and 6,000 square feet of meeting and event space.