The Orange County Register
Does Southern California Need 571 More Hotels?
By Jonathan Lansner
Southern California has seen 571 hotels either open this year, under construction or planned.
Atlas Hospitality’s mid-year report on local lodging development activity tells us there’s little cooling in hotel construction in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In the year’s first six months, 20 hotels with 2,478 rooms opened with plenty more coming.
The four-county market had 89 hotels with 14,016 rooms under construction at mid-year. That’s 29% more hotels in the works vs. June 2018 and 27% additional rooms being built.
On top of current construction, developers have plans to build another 462 hotels with 67,964 rooms at mid-year. That’s 15% more hotels planned vs. June 2018 with 11% additional rooms on the industry’s drawing boards.
What’s new this year?
In Los Angeles County, four hotels with 505 rooms opened — Proper Hotel in Santa Monica (271 rooms); AC Hotel in Beverly Hills (176 rooms); PaliHotel in Culver City (49 rooms); and Arts District Firehouse Hotel in Los Angeles (9 rooms).
In Orange County, two new hotels with 280 rooms — Hampton Inn & Suites in Anaheim (178 rooms); and Hampton Inn & Suites in Buena Park (102 rooms).
In Riverside County, three new hotels arrived with 380 rooms — Soboba Casino Resort in San Jacinto (200 rooms); Home2 Suites in Temecula (120 rooms); and Best Western Plus in Temecula (60 rooms).
And in San Bernardino County, two hotels opened with 130 rooms — La Quinta Inn & Suites in San Bernardino (70 rooms); and Best Western Plus in Barstow (60 rooms).
This building boom is not simply a local trend. Statewide, 36 hotels with 4,515 rooms opened in 2019 to date.