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The Westin Anaheim Resort is a new hotel slated to open October 2020 and is the brand’s first new build in Southern California in more than 25 years. Situated in the heart of the Anaheim Resort District, The Westin Anaheim is steps away from some of Southern California’s most popular attractions, including Disneyland Resort, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the Honda Center and the Anaheim Convention Center.

Featuring a modern design that was inspired by Anaheim’s historic orange grove roots before Disneyland opened in 1955, The Westin Anaheim will boast 618 guest rooms and suites. Its 23 event rooms and 18 breakout spaces, named after historic Anaheim orange brand labels, total over 47,000 square feet, and include a 16,120-square-foot grand Anabella Ballroom. 

The hotel will offer guests seven varying culinary experiences throughout the property, from grab-and-go to fine dining. The RISE Rooftop Lounge, for example, is Anaheim’s only exclusive rooftop bar (for hotel guests only) and will offer tapas-style dining and handcrafted cocktails. Guests can enjoy Disneyland firework views without the crowds from RISE’s rooftop bar which also overlooks Disney California Adventure’s signature Roller Coaster and Ferris Wheel.

Offering tranquil views of Monterey Bay, the 156-room Chaminade Resort & Spa also recently celebrated the completion of an extensive transformation that restored the integrity of the property’s 1930’s iconic Spanish Revival architecture. The 300-acre mountaintop retreat is just minutes from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and beaches and offers an abundance of outdoor leisure and recreational amenities.

Chaminade Resort & Spa
Photo: Chaminade Resort & Spa ballroom

Chaminade Resort & Spa’s nearly 12,000 square-feet of flexible meeting space and event venues, along with its expansive outdoor spaces, were included in the overall transformation following the same classic Spanish interior design styles and patterns. A new 2,800 square-foot ballroom was created by combining two rooms into the new Seascape Ballroom, which features two sets of French doors opening onto the landscaped courtyard and fireside patio with bay views.


Those who enjoy road trip travel and prefer outdoor venues can now book stays for groups at Yonder Escalante, a new camping and lodging experience located within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. Opening Sept. 15, the park features 10 custom Airstreams, 22 modern cabin and 67 RV camping sites.

Airstream Exterior
Photo: Yonder Escalante Airstreams

Yonder’s location provides easy access to some of the country’s most sought out landscapes, including Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, and Rainbow and Zebra slot canyons. Within the region, visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing and more.

The property features 2,000 square feet of communal space ideal for meetings and events, along with an Anacapa Architects designed clubhouse and bathhouse, General Store, “drive-in” movie theater, bonfire pits for late night gatherings and more. Yonder is a roughly 5-hour drive from Salt Lake City and Las Vegas and a 7.5-hour drive from Phoenix.

Yonder Drive-In Movie Theatre
Photo: Yonder Escalante drive-in movie theatre


In Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, citizenM has announced the opening of its first U.S. West Coast hotel. Coming off the heels of a recent partnership with German project developer GBI to continue expanding its European footprint, the new U.S. opening marks citizenM's 20th hotel overall, and its first opening of 2020.

citizenM Seattle South Lake Union
Photo: citizenM Seattle South Lake Union exterior

The 264-key, seven-story citizenM Seattle South Lake Union includes Amazon and Microsoft headquarters, the Space Needle, the Washington State Convention Center and Pike Place Market as its neighbors. As is customary with citizenM hotels, the new Seattle location features abundant commissioned artworks, including the extra-large innovation-themed art piece on its facade by a renowned, formerly Seattle-based art director, and a large-scale tech-themed mural on the ground floor by a local Native American artist. 

citizenM Seattle South Lake Union lobby
Photo: citizenM Seattle South Lake Union lobby

The inspiring, energetic vibe of the hotel carries through to the societyM meeting spaces, each positioned to face the street and neighborhood. Four meeting rooms, the largest for up to 16 people, come stocked with Vitra furniture, tech essentials, unlimited coffee, tea and water, stationery, and walls to write on.

Additionally, citizenM Seattle South Lake Union offers guests a wholly contactless experience, thanks to the brand's recent mobile app rollout, which allows guests to control their entire stay using their smartphones.

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