Orange County Business Journal
OC Hotel Development Down in 2017
By Paul Hughes
Fewer and smaller hotels opened in Orange County last year, Atlas Hospitality Group in Irvine said.
Six hotels with 960 rooms opened in OC in 2017, a room count a little more than half of 2016’s total of 1,808 rooms at seven hotels. The per-hotel average in 2017 was 160, compared with an average 258 rooms apiece at hotels opened in 2016.
2017’s average was boosted by the year’s largest opening, the 271-room Marriott Irvine Spectrum, by Newport Beach’s R.D. Olson Development.
OC has eight hotels with 1,657 rooms under construction; the uptick in average room count to 207 is thrown off a bit by the gorilla at the construction site, Westin Anaheim Resort, the 613-room Wincome Group project near Anaheim Convention Center that broke ground in September.
Los Angeles and Riverside counties saw increases in new hotel rooms in 2017, year-over-year; San Diego’s new room count declined slightly.
All four counties had more projects in planning—70,000 rooms at 410 hotels—at year-end than they did 12 months earlier.
OC’s take of that total: 57 hotels with about 11,200 rooms.