• Westin Long Beach Renovations Slated to be Completed by June

     
    POSTED April 19, 2019
     
  • Westin Long Beach Renovations Slated to be Completed by June

     
    POSTED April 19, 2019
     
  • Westin Long Beach Renovations Slated to be Completed by June

     
    POSTED April 19, 2019
     
  • Westin Long Beach Renovations Slated to be Completed by June

     
    POSTED April 19, 2019
     

Westin Long Beach is anticipating wrapping up renovations by June. Since beginning in January, renovations have included updating guest rooms and hallways to bring calm and well-being to travelers' experiences. Fresh, cool color palettes are incorporated in the furniture, and guest rooms will include Heavenly Mattresses and 55-inch televisions. To bring the ocean indoors, dimensional artwork mirroring the topography of the ocean floor between Long Beach and Catalina will be throughout the hotel. To bring the culinary scene to life, Westin Long Beach will offer Navy Proof Food and Spirits and coffee hub Bluestone Lane.

"Long Beach is on the rise! This community continues to get press about the hospitality, growth and indie culture that is part of Long Beach," says John Thompson, managing director of Westin Long Beach. "We are attracting more leisure business because of the world class amenities and attractions in our area. Meeting planners are excited about the upgrades to one of the country's best convention centers, and the Westin Long Beach is at the center of it all."

Currently, Westin Long Beach boasts 50,000 square feet of meeting space, including a main ballroom, junior ballroom and several breakout spaces. Though these spaces are not included in this year's renovations, Thompson says it will be part of their future planning. For now, they're focused on helping guests feel relaxed and comfortable while staying at their hotel.

"We want our guests to rise and be the best versions of themselves while they travel. As Long Beach continues to become a leading player in group and meeting business, we want to be the preeminent hotel when people think of Long Beach," he says. "The best location. Genuine service delivered with thoughtful care. The city's bset meeting space. The hottest food and beverage venues. All these touchpoints come together to tell a compelling story of hospitality in one of California's most interesting cities." 

 

Los Angeles has such a robust food and dining scene, it’s rare to be the first at anything these days. But Benny Boy Brewing  appears to have pulled that off with its claim to be the city’s first combined brewery and cidery. Located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, just minutes from downtown, Benny Boy is anchored by a spacious outdoor beer and cider garden. Groups are welcome. The 1,200-square-foot cider house is available for private events of up to 51 guests while a full venue buyout accommodates 300. 

 

If you’re considering Santa Barbara as a destination for an upcoming meeting, there are more hotels and restaurants than ever before, along with new flights into Santa Barbara Airport.

Here are some highlights. 

Hotel News

Palihouse Santa Barbara, a 24-room boutique hotel in the historic Presidio neighborhood has opened. Offering a “vintage preppy meets American Riviera vibe,” total group buyouts are available, as well as outdoor entertaining space for intimate events.

 

By a number of measures, hotels are doing well in San Francisco.  For starters, occupancy rates, according to preliminary data, were 67.2% for the month of April, with average daily room rates just above $225. As the San Francisco Travel Association notes, those numbers point to the best-performing month for San Francisco hotels since pandemic restrictions were put in place in March 2020.