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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA— As the Santa Cruz County lodging industry gears up for a new year, local hotels and inns are upgrading their properties. The Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council (CVC) announces that nine Santa Cruz area properties are under construction or are in the process of being renovated, with the majority completing their projects in 2016.
“New construction and the renovations taking place at hotels countywide show how property owners are willing to make capital investments in Santa Cruz County. It’s a win-win situation for the local lodging industry and for visitors coming to Santa Cruz County,” said Kenn Clark, General Manager of the Mission Inn and CVC board member. “It’s our desire as a whole to constantly improve and enhance the numerous choices visitor have.”
In the San Lorenzo Valley, a $3 million renovation will restored the historic Brookdale Lodge in the Santa Cruz Mountains to its former glory. Expected to re-open in early 2016, this 60-room property – once a renown Hollywood celebrity getaway – will receive a facelift of the most iconic setting on property: the Brook Room — a Bavarian-style hall with stained glass windows, expansive chandelier and a real creek running through it. According to some historians, a visiting President Hoover would catch a fish, bring it back to the kitchen and have staff cook it for him.
A Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is scheduled to open in late 2015, just in time to welcome visitors for the holiday season. This 82-room, four-floor property includes suites, an exterior patio area with a fire pit, outdoor swimming pool, free parking and wi-fi, and complimentary hot breakfast. Located off Mission Street on Santa Cruz’s westside, the Fairfield Inn & Suites is one of the first hotels visitors coming into town southbound from Highway 1 will find. Within walking distance to Natural Bridges State Beach, scenic West Cliff Drive, and Surf City Vintners wine tasting rooms, this property also boasts 900 square feet of meeting room space, a contemporary design and elegant glass walls with exterior views.
Hyatt Place will be located within walking distance to Downtown Santa Cruz, the beach, and Kaiser Permanente Arena. With 106 rooms including suites, the property includes a fitness center, Wi-Fi, partial breakfast and ocean views from the 3rd and 4th floors. This 100,000-square foot mid-service property will offer underground valet parking, a pool, hot tub, business center, lounge, and over 1500 square feet of conference space divisible into two conference spaces. A breakout exterior patio will add an additional 1,000 square feet of meeting space.
Six properties throughout Santa Cruz County are undergoing renovations as well.
In Capitola, the former Harbor Lights Motel – now called the Capitola Beach Suites – overlooking Capitola Beach – will receive a $1 million remodel, including a rooftop patio for social gatherings. The rooftop space will feature an outdoor fireplace, lounge chairs and a glass wall, providing unobstructed views of the Monterey Bay. This 10-room boutique motel will also receive a new façade and sport terra cotta and marine blue Mediterranean-rich colors, complete with balconies. Each room will feature a full kitchen with granite counters and updated bathrooms.
In Santa Cruz, the 156-room Chaminade Resort and Spa began a $10 million renovation in the fall of 2015 including remodeling, renovations, and upgrades to the property.
Working on 50 rooms at a time, the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley is renovating all 174 guestroom and suites and converted three breakout rooms into additional lodging, increasing the room count to 178 guestrooms and suites. The contemporary design will be incorporated into the complete overhaul of the restaurant, lounge, lobby, guest hallways, and pre-function spaces. The pool area was also improved. This multi-million dollar project will debut in February of 2016.
Located on Mission Street/Highway 1 on the Westside of Santa Cruz, the Mission Inn is renovating all 53 guest rooms to include high-end bedding, and new paint, curtains and furnishings. An accent wall will be featured in each room, and renovations are expected to be completed by March 2016. Over the past two years, new drought-resistant landscaping and new exterior paint were also added to the property.
At the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, the city’s only full-service seaside hotel, the property’s pool – overlooking Cowell Beach – will be renovated beginning next year. The upgrade will accompany a hotel-wide renovation of guest rooms, and public spaces.
The Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos is undergoing a three-part renovation. Beginning in fall 2015, 90 two-bedroom, two-bath villas will receive bathroom upgrades to include new shower and tub enclosures, tile floors and walls; vanities, sinks, faucets, mirrors, light fixtures, towel racks, and paint. This $2.2 million refurbishment will bring a natural, clean look to the décor. In the fall of 2016, 52 two-bedroom villas will undergo living and dining room renovations including new barstools, dining tables and chairs, end tables, sitting chairs, light fixtures, cocktail tables, and art work. The second phase of this $750,000 refurbishment will continue the organic, natural, yet sophisticated modern beach style the resort is known for. Additionally, 84 studio and one bedroom suites will undergo kitchen and bathroom remodels with new kitchen cabinets and counter tops, refrigerators, stove tops, microwave ovens, dish washers, and ceiling lights. Bathrooms will receive new tub enclosures, tile walls, vanity counter tops, faucets, mirrors, lights, towel racks, and artwork, a $1.2 million improvement.
For more information, please call the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council, 831.425.1234 or visit www.santacruz.org
A private, non-profit corporation, the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council (CVC) exists to enhance tourism and the economy by positioning Santa Cruz County as a visitor, conference and film destination. For more information, contact the CVC at 831-425-1234 or 800-833-3494. Or visit the CVC’s web site at www.santacruz.org.