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California Coastal Resorts

A directory, list, and history of California Coastal Hotels and Destination Resorts - 2020
The California Coastal Lodging market dates to the opening of Hotel Del Coronado in 1888.

The California coastal resorts market situated along the 840-mile California coastline includes a large number of the top trophy coastal hotels in the world.   Most of the top luxury lodging brands have a presence in this unique destination marketplace.   Some of the prominent brands include Montage, Fairmont, Rosewood, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental, and Loews, among others.


The California coast also includes some well known independents including The Lodge at Pebble Beach (Monterey peninsula), Hotel del Coronado (San Diego), and The Resort at Pelican Hill (Newport Beach), among so many others.   And this doesn’t include some significant trophy hotels that are just a bit inland so we can’t include these in our coastal assets list.


We’re updating our 2018 report on the California coastal hotels and resorts market, an inventory of almost 70 quality properties situated along 840 miles of scenic beaches, dunes, and rugged coastal bluffs.    A teaser is included below, of our updating in progress.  Check back soon for a full summary of this singularly unique lodging market.


California coastal resorts market - Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

The Hyatt Regency Long Beach (California



The future of the vast California coastal lodging market is of great interest, for a great number of people.    For this marketplace and asset class, we have cities awaiting their lodging taxes, employees looking to return to their jobs, food and expendables sourcing companies looking to fulfill supply-chain contracts, as well as the hotel companies and investors hoping for a chance at profitable operations.


The California coastal resorts market has been of keen interest to prominent investors.  Family office and private equity groups with assets on the California coastline have included JMI Realty (John Moores), the Crown family (Chicago), MSD Capital, LP, and Woodridge Capital Partners, Edward Thomas Hospitality, KSL Capital Partners, Maritz Wolff & Co., Geola/Commune Hotels, Wanxiang America, and Walton Street Capital, as well as the investor group that acquired Pebble Beach Co.


The Real Estate Investment Trusts dedicated to lodging assets have also liked the California coast.   Some of these players have included Chesapeake Lodging Trust, Sunstone Hotel Investors, Host Hotels & Resorts, LaSalle Hotels (5), Felcor Lodging Trust, and Xenia Hotels, among others.


We’ve enjoyed working with some of the owner/developers of these coastal trophies, as well with investors seeking to acquire these assets.   Some of this work has included the Seaside Resort at Monterey Bay, Monterey Plaza in Monterey Bay, and several hotels in Marina del Rey including the Marriott Marina Beach.


Elsewhere in Southern California, we have worked with Mountain Funding with regard to La Entrada Santa Barbara, and several of the Southern California coastal resorts that have been available from time to time as initial developers yielded to new owners.   We also had an opportunity to work with Fess Parker back in the day, on a couple of properties he had interest in developing.


One of our first client assignments was with the Port of Long Beach concerning the Queen Mary  during the Wrather buy-out.  Also in Long Beach we worked with Hyatt Development Corp. regarding the Hyatt Regency Long Beach assisting the initial development of the hotel with its UDAG grant-related project feasibility work.   Some of the assignments were of course with predecessor companies and prior employers.

PropertyCityOpenedBeach Access?OwnershipRooms
Avila Beach Golf ResortAvilaTBD144
Avila PointAvilaTBDCoastal100
Rob Rossi SiteAvilaTBD50
Wild Cherry RanchAvilaTBDOverlookTBD
Hyatt Carmel HighlandsBig Sur1917Overlook142
Ventana Big Sur, an Alila ResortBig Sur1975Geola Capital / Wanxiang America. Formerly the Ventana Inn & Spa. Now also includes 15 safari-style canvas tents spread over over 20 acres.59
Bodge Bay LodgeBodega Bay1972A Woodside Hotels property83
L'Auberge Del Mar Carlsbad1989Pebblebrook Hotel Trust acquired the property in 2018. Operated by Noble House Hotels & Resorts.121
Omni La Costa Resort & SpaCarlsbad1965Omni Hotels & Resorts611
Park Hyatt Aviara ResortCarlsbad1997Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. 327
Carmel Valley RanchCarmel1987180
Chula Vista BayfrontChula Vista2023 eBayfrontGaylord Hotels, 535 acres.1,600
Coronado Island Marriott ResortCoronado1988Bay300
Hotel del CoronadoCoronado1888YesThe Blackstone Group acquired the property in 2015.757
Loews Coronado Bay ResortCoronado1991Marina440
Marriott Laguna Cliffs Resort & SpaDana Point1987376
Monarch Beach ResortDana Point2001YesOhana Real Estate Investors (Redwood City) acquired the property in 2019 for a reported $497 million.400
Ritz-Carlton Laguna NiguelDana Point1984Yes396
Alila Marea Beach ResortEncinitas2020YesAlila130
Alila Marea Beach Resort EncinitasEncinitas2021OverlookIn 2019 the Alila brand became part of the Hyatt collection of hotels.130
Goodland HotelGoleta1969KHP Capital Partners. A former Holiday Inn, converted by Makar Properties (Newport Beach) to The Goodland in 2014.158
Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort and SpaGoleta2000YesAcquired by Watermark Lodging Trust in September, 2017.354
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon BayHalf Moon Bay2001CoastalAnbang sale to Mirae Asset Global Investments, is pending (4/2020).261
Hyatt Regency Huntington BeachHuntington Beach2003Yes517
Paséa Hotel & SpaHuntington Beach2016YesPacific Hospitality Group (PHG) and R.D. Olson Development 250
Waterfront Beach Resort – HiltonHuntington Beach1990Yes290
Hyatt Regency La JollaLa Jolla1989417
The Lodge at Torrey PinesLa Jolla2002Evans Hotels.169
Montage Laguna BeachLaguna Beach2003YesAnbang sale to Mirae Asset Global Investments, is pending (4/2020).248
Surf & Sand ResortLaguna Beach1948YesJC Resorts, acquired in 1971.167
Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by HiltonLong Beach1974Marina199
Hyatt Regency Long BeachLong Beach1983Marina528
Malibu Beach InnMalibu1989YesMani Bros.47
Malibu Golf Club ResortMalibu1977OverlookShinhan Golden Faith International Development purchased the 650-acre property in 2016. Originally built by a Japanese religious group called Perfect Liberty; the property has since changed ownership numerous times.TBD
Hilton Garden InnMarina del Rey2013Marina134
Marina Del Rey HotelMarina Del Rey1964MarinaPacifica Hotels (Aliso Viejo)164
Marriott Marina BeachMarina Del Rey1986Mother's Beach370
Ritz-Carlton Marina del ReyMarina del Rey1990Marina304
Rosewood Miramar BeachMontecito2019YesCaruso. The property is situated on the 16-acre original Miramar Hotel site.170
American Tin Cannery Re-UseMontereyTBDCoastalCCS Pacific Grove Manager, LLC, part of Comstock Homes.225
Best Western Beach ResortMonterey1967YesNoble House Monterey, Ltd.196
Hyatt Regency MontereyMonterey1969550
InterContinental Hotel ClementMonterey2008Coastal208
Monterey Plaza Hotel & SpaMonterey1985CoastalA Woodside Hotels property290
Balboa Bay ResortNewport Beach2003MarinaEagle Four Partners and Pacific Hospitality Group LLC159
Lido House on Lido IslandNewport Beach2018R.D. Olson Development130
The Resort at Pelican HillNewport Coast2008The Irvine Company332
Joie de Vivre and Destination Hotels (both Hyatt)Oceanside2020YesS.D. Malkin Properties360
Ojai Valley Inn & SpaOjai1923Crown family (Chicago) acquire full control through Henry Crown & Co.308
Embassy Suites, Hilton Mandalay BeachOxnard1986YesRLJ Lodging Trust248
PBC | The Inn at Spanish BayPebble Beach1999CoastalPebble Beach Sports Group LLC269
PBC | The Lodge at Pebble BeachPebble Beach1909CoastalPebble Beach Sports Group LLC161
Dolphin Bay Resort & SpaPismo Beach2006Coastal62
Sandcastle Hotel on the BeachPismo Beach1986YesPacifica Hotels75
The Inn at the PierPismo Beach2017CoastalSomera Capital Management104
Terranea ResortRancho Palos Verdes2009CoastalOwned by a joint venture comprised of Lowe Enterprises and JC Resorts.582
Bahia Resort Hotel
San Diego1953BayAn Evans Hotels property, since its initial development.314
Catamaran Resort Hotel & SpaSan Diego1958BayEvans Hotels.310
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & SpaSan Diego2004Pacific Hospitality Group210
Fairmont Grand Del MarSan Diego2007249
Hilton San Diego BayfrontSan Diego2008BayPark Hotels & Resorts Inc. 1190
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay & MarinaSan Diego1961MarinaPark Hotels & Resorts Inc. 438
Kona Kai Resort & SpaSan Diego1953MarinaNoble House acquired the property in 2013.129
Paradise Point Resort & SpaSan Diego1962BayPebblebrook Hotel Trust acquired the property in 2018. Operated by Davidson Hotels & Resorts.462
San Diego Mission Bay ResortSan Diego1962The former Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa; a Noble House Hotels & Resorts. Renovated 2020.357
Hyatt Fisherman's WharfSan Francisco1990313
Monterey Bay Shores Ecoresort
Sand CityTBDYesSNG/Evariste LLC184
Four Seasons Resort The BiltmoreSanta Barbara1927Yes207
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront ResortSanta Barbara2002YesPark Hotels & Resorts along with the Fess Parker family. The former Fess Park Doubletree.360
Hyatt Centric Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara1931Across highwayThe property is historic Hotel Mar Monte.171
Kimpton Canary Hotel Santa Barbara1920Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. 97
La Entrada Santa Barbara2017Woodridge Capital Partners133
The Waterfront hotelSanta BarbaraTBDYes150
Dream InnSanta Cruz1986Yes163
Seascape Beach ResortSanta Cruz1995285
Fairmont Miramar HotelSanta Monica1921MSD Capital acquired in 2006 for $210 million.302
Hotel Casa Del MarSanta Monica1926YesEdward Thomas Hospitality Corp. 129
Loews Santa MonicaSanta Monica1989Adjacent342
Shutters on the BeachSanta Monica1993AdjacentEdward Thomas Hospitality Corp. 198
Seaside Resort at Monterey BaySeasideTBD330
Venice V Hotel
Venice2021YesVenice Beach’s only beachfront hotel, from Proper Hospitality30
Crowne Plaza Ventura BeachVentura1972YesPartial interest purchased, HCV Pacific Partners LLC.258
Del Mar Beach HotelDel MarAzul Hospitality Group

2023 Directory of California Coastal Hotels & Resorts

Our latest list update for the California coastal hotels and resorts market, an inventory of almost 70 quality properties situated along 840 miles of scenic beaches, dunes, and rugged coastal bluffs - including some of the top trophy lodging properties in the U.S. Notes re ownership and resort acquisition prices are based upon media reports.

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