Today, Anaheim community leaders, local government officials and tourism and business partners gathered at the site of the former Anabella Hotel in Anaheim to break ground on the 7-story, 613-room Westin Anaheim Resort, the newest four-diamond hotel in Anaheim and the first non-Disney luxury hotel in the City.
The $245-million project will add new options to the area to accommodate leisure visitors enjoying the Disneyland® Resort and business travelers attending conferences at the adjacent Anaheim Convention Center. It is estimated that over 2,000 jobs will be created during construction alone, with priority given to Anaheim residents and military veterans. Once open, the hotel is expected to employ over 400 people.
At the ceremony, Mark Chan, COO and Managing Director for Wincome Group, the owner, developer, and operator of the hotel spoke about what this project will mean for the Anaheim destination and the city. “We know there is a need here for four-diamond hotels to make sure Anaheim captures the hotel tax from guests already visiting the market. Our family has a 30-year commitment to Anaheim, and we’re thrilled this new hotel will mean more jobs in Anaheim and more revenue that the City can invest in neighborhoods.”
Officials from Marriott International and the owner of the Westin brand, were on hand to speak about their excitement on launching the first new construction Westin in Southern California in 25 years, and finally bringing the iconic brand to the Anaheim market. Carla Murray, Senior Vice President of Operations – West for Marriott, said, “This new hotel will bring a new level of guest accommodations to one of the most important tourist destinations in the country.”
Visit Anaheim, Anaheim’s destination marketing organization, thanked Wincome Group and Marriott for bringing this hotel to market, saying that the new hotel along with the expanding Convention Center will allow Anaheim to attract higher level meetings and conventions. “Anaheim is firmly planted as top tier destination thanks to investments like this one, the Convention Center expansion, and continued new offerings at the Disneyland Resort,” said Jay Burress, President, and CEO of Visit Anaheim.
Ron Miller, Executive Secretary of the LA/OC Building and Construction Trades Council, thanked Wincome Group for partnering with local construction trades unions to ensure skilled, local trades members and military veterans will have the first call on construction jobs. “Thanks to the local hire preference in this hotel, Anaheim residents will be able to earn a good living while building a project close to home,” said Miller.
Lastly, Anaheim elected officials praised Wincome for a development that position Anaheim to be able to continue to invest in the community for decades to come. “We have tried to attract a Westin Hotel to Anaheim for two decades, because a luxury destination next to our Convention Center will be more, better-paying hotel jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars from hotel taxes we can invest in our community,” said Anaheim City Council Member Kris Murray, who sponsored the policy that helped attract the new hotel.
The Westin Anaheim Resort will offer guests 613 rooms, with more than 100 suites, 42,000-square-feet of meeting space, three restaurants and retail space, including a marketplace. A rooftop bar that overlooks the Disneyland® Resort fireworks at night and two luxurious pools, along with a state-of-theart fitness center consistent with Westin’s wellness brand, will round out the amenities at the hotel. Its prime location next to the Anaheim Convention Center will provide necessary accommodations and state-of-the-art technology for guests attending expos and conferences.