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Sheraton Redding at the Sundial Bridge
A note from the hotel operations company, Azul:
In regard to the Marriott purchase of Starwood, news is still filtering down from Starwood and Marriott, but initially we see the purchase as a positive development for Sheraton Redding.
Marriott will likely combine rewards programs with Starwood, adding 54M Marriott loyalty customers to the 21M Starwood SPG members, vastly increasing the exposure of Sheraton Redding to all market segments.
Additionally, Azul has opened two Marriott properties recently and we have have been impressed by Marriott's organizational culture and strength of their booking engine. As evidence, the Marriott properties in Redding have performed quite well in terms of occupancy. We don't intend to revise the financial projection for Sheraton Redding as a result of the sale.
At this point I don't foresee any delays to the development process as the sale is not forecast to complete until mid-2016. We should be complete with all remaining design approvals by that time.
We will keep the group updated as we receive more information from brand leadership.
- 130 Rooms, including six suites.
- A large swimming pool with an outdoor jacuzzi.
- 4,000 square foot Ballroom/Meeting Space with doors opening to the pool/patio area for evening events. The ballroom can be divided into smaller rooms, and the entire ballroom can seat 270 people for a meal.
- 1,000 square foot workout room with a view of the pool and Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp (1st Floor).
- An enviable outdoor event location: A large garden/grass area on the west side of the hotel, ideal for weddings, craft fairs and art shows.
- An executive 1,200 square foot Starwood-preferred guest lounge (3rd Floor).
- Wi-fi access throughout the hotel, with full computer access in the lobby.
- The hotel and restaurant will employ 39 full-time and 30 permanent part-time employees.
Planning for our Future
Museums, arboretums, and similar educational facilities throughout the world, are feeling the effects of the economic downturn. Previously, Turtle Bay could depend on government grants and direct funding for operations. However, with the economic challenges facing all levels of government, these revenue sources are no longer available.
The Turtle Bay Exploration Park Board of Trustees and Board of Regents began several years ago to explore solutions that would allow Turtle Bay to achieve financial independence and sustainability in ways that would remain true to the Park mission and eloquently dovetail with the current site and amenities already in place.
After a considerable number of studies and discussions, the collective felt that an appropriately designed hotel would fit the mission, be an asset to the community, and would provide the necessary income Turtle Bay needs to continue to be successful and serve the community.
The hotel is being built with private funding and will be a four-star Sheraton Hotel. The Sheraton brand is part of the Starwood family of exemplary hotels that also include Westin, Aloft, and Le Méridien. A hotel industry, experienced company will manage both the hotel and the restaurant. All profits will go to operations and enhancements of Turtle Bay Exploration Park.
The hotel will be attached to the Visitor Center building, and the rest of the hotel structure will flow south toward the Monolith. The Visitor Center building will be converted into a restaurant and hotel guests, as well as restaurant-goers, will be able to access this restaurant through the hotel lobby.
We’re excited that the Sheraton Redding at the Sundial Bridge will be a LEED certified hotel. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.
In addition to many locally-sourced building materials, guests in the hotel will be looking through Sierra Pacific Industry windows. Turtle Bay is a proud supporter of local and environmentally -conscious businesses!