Home Hotel industry Hotel projects in Napa, Sonoma, Solano and Marin are back on track after stagnating in the pandemic economy

Hotel projects in Napa, Sonoma, Solano and Marin are back on track after stagnating in the pandemic economy


After weathering two years of pandemic-induced economic blows, a number of North Bay hotel developers are getting back on their feet.

It has been three years since Monahan Pacific Corp. got the go-ahead from the city of San Rafael to move forward with its downtown AC by Marriott project. The real estate developer had seized a rare opportunity in the city’s crowded downtown, with a vacant property at 1201 Fifth Ave. which previously housed a bank building, according to Tom Monahan, co-owner of the San Rafael-based property development. solidify.

The AC by Marriot project began in October 2019 and had an estimated completion date of March 2021. But the onset of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns halted progress on several occasions. In May 2020, Monahan told the Business Journal that the completion date had been pushed back to spring 2022.

Monahan told the Business Journal last week that the project has regained momentum.

“The project is now complete, which means that the framework is complete and the windows are in place, and the building envelope is almost complete,” he said. “So right now we’re looking at opening in early 2023.”

The $25 million price tag for the project, however, is no longer realistic.

“The financial impact of all the COVID-related labor shortages and material price increases made the project more expensive than originally anticipated,” Monahan said, also noting the inflation. He declined to provide an updated cost estimate because he does not yet have a definitive figure. “When we receive the final bill, it will be significantly higher than we anticipated.”

Other notable hotel projects underway in the North Bay include the Hyatt Place in Novato, a four-story, 87-room, 49,000-square-foot hotel, according to Roland Ketelsen, principal of HRGA Architects, the Sacramento-based firm selected. for the project, currently in the building permit phase.

HRGA primarily focuses on hotels and multi-family mixed-use projects, Ketelsen noted. “We have done many Hyatt projects,” he said.

Two of these Hyatt branded hotels are in Solano County.

Construction is underway for the Hyatt House in Vacaville, a four-story, 86,000 square foot extended stay hotel that will have 140 rooms. Construction began before the pandemic but was delayed for about a year before restarting, Ketelsen said. The completion date has not yet been confirmed.

Another of HRGA’s projects is a 66,000 square foot Hyatt House in Fairfield that will have four stories and 103 rooms, Ketelsen said. This project is in the authorization phase.

“COVID has really hurt the hospitality industry” and stalled a number of projects, Ketelsen said. “Now we see some of these projects moving forward with construction, or at least starting to move in that direction.”

Meanwhile, in Napa County, Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection — a mix of residences and hotels located on 700 acres in the Carneros region of Napa Valley — confirmed it has pushed back its start date. opening from late last year to next spring. Its 135 hotel suites will include outdoor terraces with fire pits.

In Sonoma County, redevelopment of an existing site on West Napa Street, aptly named Hotel Project Sonoma, is progressing, according to Kristina Tierney, associate planner for the City of Sonoma. Tierney noted that the city is preparing a draft environmental impact report for the site.

The three-story Hotel Project Sonoma will feature 62 rooms, an 80-seat restaurant, spa, outdoor pool and meeting space, according to the city and developer Kenwood Investments, which says on its website it has worked on the design. and rights for this project “for several years”.

Darius Anderson, founder of Kenwood Investments, is also managing partner and chairman of the board of Sonoma Media Investments, which owns the Business Journal, The Press Democrat and several other North Bay publications.

The project also includes an eight-unit residential condominium building and 130 on-site parking spaces, according to the city.

Hotel Project Sonoma, first proposed in 2012, has been delayed due to a number of controversies, according to the Sonoma Valley Sun. The newspaper reported in 2019 that the project had undergone “thorough public scrutiny, undergone multiple design iterations and two major environmental studies, been halted by an appeal, and inspired a ballot measure regulating the size of new hotels within the city limits.” city”.

Cheryl Sarfaty covers tourism, hospitality, healthcare and education. She previously worked for a Gannett daily in New Jersey and for NJBIZ, the state’s business newspaper. Cheryl has freelanced for business journals in Sacramento, Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Lehigh Valley, PA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge. Reach her at [email protected] or 707-521-4259.