San Diego Business Journal

Planning Commission Approves 2 Hotels Near Carlsbad Airport

Real Estate Column By Lou Hirsh Monday, July 29, 2013

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Manchester Grand Hyatt Completes Room Renovation: The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego has completed the first phase of its multimillion-dollar renovation, involving all of the hotel’s 1,625 guest rooms. The next phase of work will include meeting facilities, lounges, restaurants and public spaces.

When room renovations began in April 2012, hotel officials said that portion of the project would involve approximately $50 million in work, and representatives have since said the makeover when complete will bring the total investment to around $100 million.

Operators said in a statement that guest rooms now have floor-to-ceiling windows that open to allow in sea breezes, with media upgrades including a 46-inch, flat-screen TV. All the rooms also have new plush bedding and luxury bath amenities.

The redesign, overseen by the design firm WATG, aimed for a “more urban environment” inspired by the structure of the nearby San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Current and future artwork being placed at the hotel will evoke other San Diego-centric elements including beaches and military installations.

In addition to the room renovations, the hotel now has a new private Club Lounge, with colors and patterns evoking San Diego’s iconic U.S.S. Midway. The current project is the first major renovation in nearly nine years for the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the local region’s largest hotel by room count, located at 1 Market Place in downtown San Diego.

The two-tower waterfront hotel was built by a local group led by developer Douglas Manchester, with the first tower opening in 1992 and the second in 2003. Maryland-based Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. purchased the property in 2011 for $570 million.

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Andaz Makeover: Andaz San Diego has completed the first phase of a $1 million renovation of the hotel’s lobby and entertainment spaces.

A statement from operators of the Gaslamp Quarter property said changes include a new retractable roof, providing additional shade and shelter for rooftop weddings, events and meetings. The rooftop area has been renamed RoofTop600 at Andaz.

Future planned enhancements at the 159-room property include new décor and furnishings in the main lobby and Andaz Wine Bar, with renovation of the existing nightclub into a private venue for meetings and special events.

The six-story hotel, located at 600 F St., was purchased in March by Inland Real Estate Group of Oak Brook, Ill., for approximately $53 million.

The property was once known as the Maryland Hotel and became The Ivy Hotel in 2007, converting in 2010 to Hyatt Hotels Corp.’s upscale Andaz boutique brand.

Send commercial real estate and development news of general local interest to Lou Hirsh via email at lhirsh@sdbj.com. He can be reached at 858-277-8904.

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