15 reasons to love the new Marina del Rey Hotel in 2015


The Marina has a brand new 4-star destination waiting to draw you in with all its charm and hidden gems. The Marina Del Rey Hotel is now open and better than ever. One walk through the luxury marina-front property is enough to get you hooked, however, we have compiled a list of 15 reasons you’ll love staying at the Marina del Rey Hotel when vacationing this year.

1. Pool-facing Marina-view rooms with private cabanas   


2. Spacious suites with wrap-around balconies


3.  Contemporary Californian cuisine at SALT Restaurant & Bar, with indoor and outdoor Marina-view seating


4. Heated year-round infinity pool facing the Marina 


5. Molton Brown bath amenities        


6. Signature cocktails and light fare menu served poolside  


7. Social spaces in the lobby with a library, selection of vinyl, and record player 


8. Premier location with easy access to stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, and sailing schools


9. 24-hour room service with late night delivery


10. Daily happy hour from 4pm- 6:30pm  


11. 24-hour concierge  


12. Keurig coffee maker in every room    


13. 55” LED TV in every room    


14. 9,700 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space with Marina views


15. 2015 is the Marina’s 50th Anniversary, and there is no better way to celebrate than at the most historic location on the water    


Convinced? We invite you to experience all this and more with our Grand Opening Special Offer. Save 25% plus enjoy a complimentary Marina-view upgrade when you book now.

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Marina Del Rey Hotel Grand Opening

It’s here! The Marina Del Rey Hotel is now open and the only thing that’s missing is you. The amount of care and effort put into the reconstruction of the Marina Del Rey Hotel shines not only through the unique and pristine décor and design, but also through the breath of fresh air that greets guests with a welcoming feeling at its classic waterfront location.


The waterfront location provides the allure of a perfect escape. All rooms are equipped with Keurig coffee machines, 55’ LED televisions, luxury Molton Brown bath products, and oversized balconies, perfect for relaxing or enjoying your expansive Marina or city view.

Adding more to the enchantment, SALT, the on-the-water restaurant within the Marina del Rey Hotel has also officially opened its doors.  With expansive indoor and outdoor heated seating, signature cocktails, and seasonal Californian cuisine, SALT is sure to complete your stay at the Marina del Rey Hotel. Check out the SALT website to learn more.

Want to experience the new hotel and restaurant personally? Book the Grand Opening package now and save 25%, plus receive a complimentary upgrade to a Marina-facing room.

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NYE California Edition


New Year’s Eve is less than a month away! No plans yet? No worries. Pacifica Hotels has compiled a list of our favorite events up and down the California coast. Wherever you may be, let us take away the last of your holiday stress with the perfect celebration and the perfect place to stay.

Los Angeles

What to do:

  • Hornblower Cruises and Events: Ring in the New Year with this 12th annual New Year’s Eve Yacht Party. This cruise around the South Bay will feature wine, beer, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and much more.

Time: 9:30 pm – 1:00 am

Location: Leaves from Marina Del Rey Fisherman’s Village

Price: $120.00


  • 6th Annual Cleopatra’s 2015 New Year’s Eve Ball: Dig on this Classic Egyptian themed NYE party in Hollywood. Lots of dance floors with some of Hollywood’s best DJ’s spinning beats all night, New Year’s countdown, amazing light show, a premium open bar and much more.

Time: 9:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood

Price: Starting at $80.00

  • 2nd Annual Gatsby’s House NYE: So fun the first year that it’s back for a 2nd NYE at the Gatsby House is a guaranteed “Great Gatsby” experience with its Roaring 1920s theme.

Time: 9:00 pm – 3:00 am

Location: Cashmere Mega Club

Price: Starting at $30.00 before 12/11/14

Time: 9:00 pm – 2:00 am

Location: Greystone Manor in West Hollywood

Price: $100.00


  • NYE L.A. at Grand Park: Something the whole family can enjoy. The park will offer live music, dancers, art installations, food trucks and much more.

Time: 7:00 pm – 12:30 am

Location: Grand Park

Price: Free


Time: 8:00 pm – 12:30 am

Location: Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza

Price: Free

Time: January 1st, 8:00 am

Location: Rose Bowl

Price: Starting at $165.00

Where to stay:

Carlyle Inn, West Los Angeles  www.carlyle-inn.com

Jamaica Bay Inn, Marina del Rey  www.jamaicabayinn.com

Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey www.hgimarinadelrey.com

Inn at Marina Del Rey www.innatmarinadelrey.com

Inn at Venice Beach www.innatvenicebeach.com

The Belamar, Manhattan Beach www.thebelamar.com

Central Coast:

What to do:

  • Santa Barbara Symphony NYE Pops Concert: Start your NYE night with a little pre-gaming at the The Granada. The Santa Barbara Symphony will entertain you with your favorite tunes from Broadway, stage, movies and more.

Time: 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Location: The Granada

Price: $38.00 – $113.00

  • NYE at Santa Barbara Zoo: Lots of fun filled activities for your kids at the Santa Barbara Zoo. The staff will take great care of your kids while you get to take the night off. Food, games, crafts, movies and close ups with the animals will all be provided. Choose the option to pick your children up right after midnight or let them stay the night through 10 am the next day.

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Santa Barbara Zoo

Price: $40.00 – $70.00

Time: 7:00pm – 1:00 am

Location: 710 Pine St.

Price: $95.00 – $125.00

  • New Year’s Eve in New Orleans: Paso Robles’ Robert Hall Winery is bringing infamous party city New Orleans to you. The night will feature wine, appetizers, a 3-course meal, live music by Hot Club of SLO Band and DJ.

Time: 7:00 pm – 1:00 am

Location: 3443 Mill Road, Paso Robles

Price: $52.00 – $160.00


  • New Year’s Day Polar Plunge: Head over to the Avila Beach Pier on New Year’s Day to start the year off by showing your support of fitness and nature when taking the plunge into the winter waters of the Pacific.

Time: Noon

Location: Avila Beach Pier

Price: Free

Where to stay:

The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara www.wayfarersb.com

Pacifica Suites, Santa Barbara www.pacificasuites.com

Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo www.pacificahotels.com/hieslo

Spyglass Inn, Pismo Beach www.spyglassinn.com

Cottage Inn, Pismo Beach www.cottage-inn.com

Sandcastle Inn, Pismo Beach www.sandcastleinn.com

San Diego

What to do:

Time: 9:30 pm – 1:00 am

Location: 990 N Harbor Drive San Diego

Price: $49.00


  • San Diego New Year’s Eve PubCrawl: Crawl your way to the New Year with San Diego’s world famous NYE PubCrawl, where you will experience NYE at the best Gaslamp district bars.

Time: 2:00 pm – 2:00 am

Location: Gaslamp District

Price: $15.00

  • LEGOLAND NYE Celebration: Back for another year, you can bring your kids to this family fun NYE event. The Times Square NYE will be recreated LEGO style with Grammy-nominated artists and a special celebrity guest leading the countdown.

Time: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 6:00 pm fireworks

Location: LEGOLAND

Price: Included in park admission


  • Mission Bay Fireworks: Ring in the New Year in a traditional way without having to stay up too late with fireworks’ shows hosted by SeaWorld San Diego over the beautiful Mission Bay.

Time: 8:50 pm

Location: Mission Bay Pier, San Diego

Price: Free


Where to stay:

Blue Sea Beach Hotel, Pacific Beach San Diego www.blueseabeachhotel.com

Sommerset Suites, Hillcrest San Diego www.sommersetsuites.com

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A Tasty California Experience

Marina Del Rey is anticipating a hot new restaurant to join its seaside town with the opening of SALT Restaurant & Bar, a restaurant dedicated to fine local Californian cuisine.

At SALT, all the food is local, fresh and dreamed up by Executive Chef Mark Gold. We go a little farther than the typical eatery by inspiring guests with an innovative take on modern American cuisine.

Guests will receive a true Marina Del Rey experience with food that is sourced from local famer’s markets. SALT takes Californian cuisine to the next level by taking simple favorites and adding a contemporary twist.

For instance, to give you a visual taste, famous California avocados will accent signature dishes like creamy hummus, breakfast sandwich, fresh farmer’s market salads, and more.


SALT will offer a daily brunch, dinner, poolside, bar, dessert and children’s menu, making it a great place for any type of occasion whether you’re with family, on a date, with a group of friends, or just flying solo looking for a place to enjoy a drink and small dish in an unparalleled setting.

If the top quality cuisine itself isn’t enough to entice your senses, the atmosphere at SALT also takes you to another level. To complement the California-themed dishes, the restaurant provides views of the beautiful Marina Del Rey harbor where you have the option to enjoy your meal in our outside seating patio. You also have the choice to lounge at the bar and enjoy one of many handcrafted cocktails, a glass of wine sourced from local California wineries, or one of our draft or bottled beers, lagers and IPAs.

Our craft cocktails are each made with innovation and quality taste in mind such as our signature “DRY” cocktail which is made up of Green Tea-Infused Hendrick’s gin, cherry herring, Benedectine, fresh lemon juice, and ginger beer.


Opening soon at the Marina Del Rey Hotel, be sure to take full advantage of this opportunity to savor a creative take on seasonally inspired fresh cuisine at our restaurant in Marina Del Rey.

Take advantage of our Grand Opening Special Offers when you book at the new Marina Del Rey Hotel and receive generous savings when you dine at SALT. The Stay & Savor Dining Package will get you $50 dining credit, while the Breakfast Special option will save you $50 off the best rate when you book a room plus breakfast for two for only an additional $10. Don’t miss out, book today!

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Supreme Seaside Savings on Cyber Monday

The hustle and bustle of Black Friday isn’t for everyone, but you can still save and get to relax at the same time thanks to the World Wide Web. At Pacifica Hotels, we invite you to unwind seaside at one of our coastal boutique hotels for an unbeatable price. On Cyber Monday, December 1, from 12am (midnight) – 11:59pm PST only, Pacifica Hotels will offer 40% off bookings at 18 California hotels.

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You can book for a last minute Christmas or New Year escape, plan for a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend retreat or any other occasion up until March 12, 2015.

Participating hotels include the recently opened fun and hip Wayfarer hostel in Santa Barbara, as well as the brand new Redondo Beach Hotel and Marina del Rey Hotel, which are due to open this December and are now accepting reservations.

There is no wrong season to enjoy the beach and seaside towns along the California Coast, and now is the time to seize the best deal of the year. Rates will start as low as $75 a night.

Pacifica Hotels’ participating properties include:

Half Moon Bay Lodge, Half Moon Bay

Fireside Inn, Cambria

Pelican Inn & Suites, Cambria

Cambria Landing Inn, Cambria

Holiday Inn Express, San Luis Obispo

Sandcastle Inn, Pismo Beach

Pacifica Suites, Santa Barbara

The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara

Carlyle Inn, West Los Angeles

The Belamar Hotel, Manhattan Beach

Hotel Hermosa, Hermosa Beach

Redondo Beach Hotel, Redondo Beach

Marina del Rey Hotel, Marina del Rey

Inn at Marina del Rey, Marina del Rey

Jamaica Bay Inn, Marina del Rey

Inn at Venice Beach, Venice Beach

Sommerset Suites, San Diego

Blue Sea Beach Hotel, San Diego

This online exclusive offer is only available through Pacifica Hotel’s website with Promo Code CYBER. Some exclusions and blackout dates may apply.

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SPOTLIGHT: Pacific Beach, CA



Retreating to the Southern California Coast for the Holidays is a recipe for the ultimate winter blues cure.  Spend the holidays in beautiful San Diego where you can still learn to surf, stand up paddle board, run on the beach, and even tan in the “winter” time.

Head over to where the sun is still shining and book at the Blue Sea Beach Hotel, located right on Pacific Beach, San Diego’s premiere beach.

Book now and you can partake in Blue Sea Beach Hotel’s mid-week specialsave 20%, plus receive a complimentary upgrade to a better room Sunday through Thursday.

While there, be sure to check out these exciting upcoming events and attractions in the Pacific Beach area:

Pacific Beach Boardwalk


Great any time of year – now is the time to experience the Pacific Beach Boardwalk without the crowds which will give you access to some amazing views of the stretch of white sandy beaches this part of San Diego has to offer.

North Pacific Beach


This beach gives you peace and quiet away from the hustle of the boardwalk. Visit this beach for the ultimate relaxing day.

Tourmaline Surfing Park


This surfing-only beach is the perfect spot to learn how to surf, longboard, windsurf, and kiteboard.

San Diego Surfing School


It’s never a bad time to learn how to surf in San Diego. The waves at Pacific Beach are ideal for all novice and experienced surfers alike.

Nov. 22 – Outrigger Canoeing Open House


Take up the adventurous opportunity to learn the basics of canoeing followed by a paddle across the clear blue waters of Mission Bay.

Every Tuesday – Pacific Beach Farmers Market


Every Tuesday starting at 2 p.m. you can stroll the communities of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and Bird Rock and find fresh local produce, fruits, veggies and meats while enjoying live music and meeting the locals.

Nov 28 – Turkey Paddle and Potluck


Burn off those Turkey Day Calories with this annual day-after Thanksgiving stand-up paddling event on Mission Bay. All levels are welcome.

Dec 13 – Tecolote 5000 Stand-up Paddle Race


Part of the SoCal Ocean Racing Series, put your Stand-up Paddle boarding skills to the test at this annual race event.

Dec 13 – San Diego Santa Run


Participate in this annual 5K run on Garnet Avenue. Participation in this event gets you a free Santa suit, a pair of San Diego Santa Run sunglasses and a free drink at Johnny V. After the run and a free drink, stick around to watch the annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade to ring in the holidays in true Californian fashion.



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You’re Invited! Stress-Free Thanksgiving on the Coast


Taking a moment to relax might seem like a foreign concept during this stressful time of year. But who said it’s not possible? Pacifica Hotels wants you to put down that never-ending grocery list and let us take care of Thanksgiving dinner for you this year.

You won’t have to lift a finger outside of enjoying a delicious homemade meal prepared for you by one of our participating restaurants.

Our boutique-style atmosphere coupled with our warmhearted and friendly staff will help you to feel right at home, minus all the hassle that can come with actually being at home. Plus, each participating restaurant is located near the seaside in Marina del Rey or Manhattan Beach for a truly stress-free setting.

Our top-rated restaurants will have a special Thanksgiving menu for the day which each offer an array of delectable options that you can cater to your liking with 3 or 4 courses. Entrees range from Filet Mignon Oscar to Pecan Crusted Mahi Mahi to Traditional Roasted Turkey. And no meal would be complete without a pumpkin-infused finish from cheesecake to shortcake to mousse.

The best part is that your Thanksgiving escape doesn’t have to end after dinner. Book a room at the restaurant’s designated hotel to wake up next to the beach for a post-Thanksgiving run on the boardwalk or experience the premium shopping the areas have to offer.

There is no such thing as a Thanksgiving turkey disaster when celebrating with Pacifica Hotels. See our participating restaurants below and glance through the mouth-watering menus. Reservations recommended.

The Second Story, located on the second floor of The Belamar

 1:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m

3 Course Meal – $39

4 Course Meal – $49

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Beachside Restaurant & Bar, located in Jamaica Bay Inn

Reservations start at 4:00 p.m.

3 Course Meal – $65

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Marina Grill & Bar, located in the Hilton Garden Inn Marina del Rey

11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

3 Course Meal – $38 per person

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Making Spirits Bright with Toys for Tots


Pacifica Hotels is proud to spread the 2014 holiday cheer by partnering for another year with Toys for Tots.

The Toys for Tots foundation aims to collect toy donations in order to deliver Christmas gifts for children in the community who are less fortunate and spread a message of hope. Since it was founded in 1947, the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 469 million toys to over 216 million less fortunate children.

Help aid Pacifica Hotels and Toys for Tots in their annual tradition by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to any of our participating hotels. Book online and you will receive 15% off of your entire stay with your donation.


Don’t miss out on putting a smile on a child’s face come Christmas morning. Choose one of our 14 participating hotels from San Francisco to San Diego and save on your stay this holiday season from now until 12/23/2014.

You must book online using the promo code TOYS14 then bring the toy with you to check-in for the discount. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or with a negotiated rate. Blackout dates apply.

Click here to see this year’s participating hotels and to book a room today!

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Party Time: The Wayfarer Grand Opening Event

A trendy hostel like The Wayfarer deserves a hip opening party and that’s exactly what we did on the evening of Thursday Oct. 30th. From entering by way of red carpet after the ribbon cutting ceremony to lounging in the hostel’s generous open lobby area, the party was a proper cheers to the new travel spot which officially opened in August. The night started with casual greetings at the welcoming red carpet area. This was followed with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony to make the opening official. Special thanks to the Santa Barbara Chamber.

The Wayfarer Santa Barbara Grand Opening


The Wayfarer Santa Barbara Grand Opening

The party spiced up with help from Food Network’s own Meat & Potatoes Chef Rahm Fama in the hostel’s fully-equipped community kitchen. A favorite of the night, the Chef wowed guests with live cooking demonstrations featuring pork belly over gruyere mac and cheese, top sirloin over bread pudding and other delectable foods. This was in addition to passed hors d’oeuvres, the Build Your Own Taco Bar, Ice Cream Sundae Bar featuring McConnell’s Ice Cream, and fine local, crafted beverages hosted by Oreana Winery and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company.

Chef Fama in Action

Chef Fama in Action

Pork Belly over Gruyere Mac & Cheese

Pork Belly over Gruyere Mac & Cheese

Sirlolin Over Bread Pudding

Sirlolin Over Bread Pudding

The event also allowed guests to explore and have a taste of all the unique features the hostel has to offer by providing tours of the Private and Shared Guest Rooms and access to the pool deck overlooking State Street, a guest favorite. The night was kept interesting with friendly Jenga and Connect Four competitions in the lobby, two games that guests are welcome to indulge in when staying at the hostel.

Pool Deck Overview The Wayfarer View from State Street

The Wayfarer Santa Barbara Grand Opening

Now that the grand opening is commemorated, be sure to check out The Wayfarer when planning your next Santa Barbara visit. For more information regarding The Wayfarer, visit www.wayfarersb.com For information regarding events at The Wayfarer, visit www.pacificahotels.com/events/eventsrfp

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The Wayfarer: New hostel puts the “funk” in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone neighborhood

Wayfarer_09It’s no secret that Spanish colonial architecture overcomes your senses upon entering Santa Barbara. But one secret that is the city’s newest gem is The Wayfarer, a new contemporary hostel located in the vibrant Funk Zone part of town.

The modern aesthetics will give the everyday traveler who happens to stroll in a whole new feel to the city. While the exterior of the hostel still embodies the classic Spanish Santa Barbara style, the interior mirrors its neighborhood’s Funk Zone artsy theme, appealing to modern minds and travelers alike.

An array of texture and color all the way from exposed brick walls to iridescent mermaids to faux fur are just a few things that differentiate this hostel from any other. The décor in particular touches up the unique appeal of the place.

“We designed this hostel with the modern traveler in mind,” said Matt Marquis, President of Pacifica Hotels, “By integrating soothing colors, playful decorative accents, communal spaces and upscale fixtures, we achieved something that is truly unique. The Wayfarer has style, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and we’ve found our guests love that.”

Charm and attraction can be found in every room. The front room alone is an immediate friendly “What’s up!” to travelers as it looks more like a bar with your favorite bartenders than a conventional lobby. It’s also embellished with barstools and a craft soda bar station with homemade rotating carbonated drinks.


It doesn’t end there, the hostel’s common areas give a playful pop to the atmosphere with its backlit robot statues, vibrant library books and teal back-painted glass. Guests are encouraged to meet up and kickback with a book or indulge in classic board games like Jenga or Connect Four. A shared kitchen, outdoor heated pool, and funky art pieces located around the hostel all add to the artistic appeal which makes this hostel completely unique to Santa Barbara.

Private rooms and shared rooms are both available. Each bed is custom-made and features a whitewashed oak finish, padded headboards, and denim-style upholstery, as well as built-in lighting. Beds are dressed with faux fur throws and yellow tiger pillows, highlighting a glam, yet playful flair to the rooms. A slight tug on vintage luggage straps reveals a fold-down twin Murphy bed in each private room, ideal for sleeping an additional guest.

Wayfarer_06There’s so much more to explore at The Wayfarer and beyond. Deemed as one of the “5 Boutique Hostels That Are Better Than a Hotel” by Money Magazine and “Cool, yet cheap: Stylish Hostels around the world” by USA Today, one step into this eccentric getaway is an extra kick to your more-than-ordinary Santa Barbara visit.

Experience The Wayfarer for yourself. Take advantage of 20% off your first stay with our Grand Opening special. For more information or to book a room, visit www.wayfarersb.com.

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