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A Look at 4 New and Renovated Hotels in California, Nevada and Arizona
Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club, courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts recently debuted the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club, transforming the previous Monarch Beach Resort to the brand’s newest coastal retreat in Dana Point.
Nestled hillside along the coast, the 400-room hotel offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, an expansive outdoor pool area, an award-winning golf course, restaurants and more. The location also plans to welcome a new spa in Spring 2021.
With more than 30,000 square feet of indoor meeting spaces and 80,000 square feet of lush outdoor areas for gatherings, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club offers a variety of options for meetings and events.
Planners can choose from intimate boardrooms, a ballroom and the expansive Botanical Lawn, as well as custom team-building activities like beach volleyball and the property’s popular Beach Survivor Challenge. All of Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club’s recreational and team-building experiences have been moved outdoors into the fresh ocean air, to provide inspiration and safety.
Kicking off 2021, Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport reopened its doors on Jan. 11, with a new look after a multi-million dollar hotel transformation. Located less than a mile from San Francisco Bay Trail in the cradle of the Biopharmaceutical area, the hotel is placing the finishing touches on a complete makeover of its public space, restaurant and 316 two-room guests suites.
The two-room suites design offers a residential feel allowing for a separate work, living or dining room space, ideal for business or leisure travelers. Additionally, Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport offers 20,000 square feet of meeting space, a Grab & Go market, 24-hour fitness facility, electric car charging stations, and is 10 minutes to San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
Just in time for 2021, Circa Resort & Casino—downtown Las Vegas’ newest casino-resort—has officially opened its 777-room hotel tower and rooftop lounge, Legacy Club.
Sitting on the 60th floor of Circa’s hotel tower, the indoor/outdoor 8,400-square-foot Legacy Club delivers 360-degree views of Las Vegas complemented by craft cocktails, an upscale lounge, expansive outdoor terrace with fire pits and “electro swing” music. Paying tribute to Vintage Vegas through its design and old-school hospitality, these new amenities mark the official completion of Circa's construction.
Standing at 458 feet tall, the hotel tower and Legacy Club round out Circa’s offerings, including the world's largest sportsbook; a 365-day/year pool experience, Stadium Swim; several original food and beverage concepts; a two-story casino and more, all of which opened Oct. 28, 2020.
The property also offers unique meeting spaces and amenities, including a rooftop pool amphitheater that features a 40-foot tall screen, modern hospitality suites, and more.
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An Arizona Icon Reinvented
Following dramatic property-wide enhancements, the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is slated to reopen in March 2021 with a fresh identity.
Since 1929, the Arizona Biltmore has boasted a rich history and retreat for celebrities, diplomats and presidents, and is one of the only existing luxury hotels influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. New additions slated for 2021 include updated pools, a new spa and fitness building, refreshed cottages, a new restaurant and more.
The Arizona Biltmore has provided settings for meetings and social gatherings throughout its 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space for nearly 90 years.
Part of its property-wide renovations include updates to the Catalina Event Lawn and Bar, which serves as an alfresco space for gatherings with mountain views of Piestewa Peak. Furthermore, planners have a wide range of settings to choose from, including:
- The Aztec Room, which served as a venue for showcasing first-run movies in the early days of the resort
- The Gold Room, the resort’s original main dining room
- One of Arizona’s largest ballrooms, the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, which is 24,576 square feet and named after the architect who influenced the resort’s design
- The 14,904-square-foot McArthur Ballroom with an adjacent patio and lawn area
- A Conference Center that features a fully equipped business center and offers easy access to the Frank Lloyd Wright and McArthur ballrooms
The Arizona Biltmore has its own event planning team, along with banquet and catering staff to provide an all-around experience for meetings and events.