New hotels, new top jobs in hospitality management in The Golden State – Major openings in 2017 in California
Sacramento, California – 21 December 2016
As California prepares to enter the new year, the state’s tourism industry is announcing major openings and special milestones that make 2017 an ideal time to visit The Golden State. This are the major hotel openings in 2017:
Downtown Commons Coming to Sacramento Spring 2017
The opening of the Golden 1 Center arena in October 2016 is the catalyst for the ongoing downtown redevelopment in Sacramento, including several new restaurants that have already opened. Downtown Commons, nicknamed DOCO, will be a 3-acre plaza adjacent to the arena featuring entertainment; innovative restaurants; boutiques; a 250-room Kimpton hotel, The Sawyer; and a place for people to enjoy outdoor concerts and activities.
Archer Hotel Napa Opening Late Spring 2017
Archer Hotel Napa, a new-build hotel in the heart of downtown Napa, is well underway and on track for a late spring opening. The highly anticipated 183-room, five-story will offer sweeping 360-degree views of Napa Valley from its expansive rooftop. The Charlie Palmer Group will lead the culinary direction of rooftop bar, over 15,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space, in-room dining and the signature restaurant, Charlie Palmer Steak.
The James Los Angeles – West Hollywood Debuting April 2017
The James Los Angeles – West Hollywood, a Denihan Hospitality’s The James luxury brand, will make its West Coast debut in April 2017 with 286 rooms. Located on the hillside corner of Sunset and La Cienega Boulevard in the heart of The Sunset Strip, this much-anticipated property will offer guests stunning panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles Basin.
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Opening in Summer 2017
The eagerly anticipated InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown will stand 73 stories tall and feature 900 luxury rooms. The hotel will be located at Wilshire Grand Center, which will be the tallest building west of Chicago upon completion in summer of 2017.
San Diego Zoo Opens Africa Rocks Exhibit in Spring 2017
In spring 2017, The San Diego Zoo will open a new 8-acre exhibit called “Africa Rocks,” providing new habitats for African plant and animal species. This $68 million expansion is the largest in the 100-year-old Zoo’s history and will completely transform the area that was previously known as the Cat and Dog Canyon into an area with a gently-winding, ADA-accessible pathway.
Knott’s Soak City to Open Six New Slides in Spring 2017
The first Knott’s Soak City expansion project in 10 years features a 165-food water tower with four new slides and a second 150-foot tower with two slides. Visitors will enjoy new shaded areas and cabanas along with a new overall look. The expansion is expected to open in May 2017, just in time for families to start planning their summer vacations.
SeaWorld San Diego Opening Largest Attraction Yet
Enjoy a summer of amazing fun in 2017 with the largest attraction opening in SeaWorld San Diego’s history, with three all-new experiences. While visiting, guests can: dive into Ocean Explorer on the interactive Submarine Quest to unlock some of the ocean’s greatest mysteries; be inspired by the new Orca Encounter featuring killer whales’ natural behaviors; and attend Electric Ocean’s end-of-day spectacle, which will light up the night in a glowing sea of wonder.
The Mariposa Grove Reopening in Yosemite National Park in Summer 2017
The Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park will reopen in summer 2017, following its closure in 2015 by the National Park Service as part of a restoration project. The Mariposa Grove is home to 500 mature giant sequoias and is the largest of the three groves in Yosemite National Park. The project was begun to ensure the health of the grove and upon completion will include over a half-mile of new accessible trails and boardwalks, a consolidated parking area, removal of commercial activities, and more.
Greater Palm Springs Welcomes Series of New High-End Hotels
In 2017, four luxury hotels will open in Greater Palm Springs. The new Kimpton Rowan Hotel, scheduled to open downtown in March 2017, features a six-story new build with 155 rooms and a rooftop pool, the first of its kind in Palm Springs. Andaz Palm Springs, slated to open in summer 2017, will also be located in downtown Palm Springs. The 150-room, four-star Hotel Paseo, part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, is slated to open October 2017. And Hyde Hotel & Residences will debut in Coachella Valley in 2017, offering 150 two-bedroom condo units, 40 luxury suites and 10 luxury two-bedroom, standalone villas.