Although it's long been a popular destination for meetings and events, Anaheim, CA, doesn't have a lot of options for upscale groups: Its only Four-Diamond properties are the Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, both of which are located within Disneyland Resort. That's about to change, however, thanks to Anaheim-based developer Wincome Group, which has announced that it will commence construction this week on a new Westin hotel.
Located adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center, which will debut its new expansion later this month, the $245 million Westin Anaheim Resort will replace the existing Anabella Hotel, which closed last month. Scheduled to open in early 2020, it will have 613 guest rooms, including 101 suites; three restaurants; a luxury pool; a rooftop lounge; and 11 meeting rooms collectively offering 42,000 square feet of meeting space.
"This is going to be a landmark hotel," Wincome Asset Manager Paul Sanford told local newspaper The Orange County Register. "This will be extremely luxurious and state-of-the-art."
The new Westin -- which will be California's 18th Westin and the chain's first new build in Southern California in 25 years -- is one of three luxury hotel developments approved by the City of Anaheim last year. The other two are a $200 million, 580-room hotel on the current site of the Anaheim Hotel on Harbor Boulevard, near Disney California Adventure, and a 700-room luxury hotel on the north end of Downtown Disney's parking lot. The former will be built by Wincome and the latter by Disney.
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