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A rendering of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel proposed for the corner of Colorado Avenue and 5th Street in downtown Santa Monica.
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A rendering of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel proposed for the corner of Colorado Avenue and 5th Street in downtown Santa Monica.

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Santa Monica City Council Green Lights Courtyard By Marriott & Hampton Inn

Posted Nov. 15, 2013, 9:04 am

Parimal M. Rohit / Staff Writer

Light rail stations and hotels are not an uncommon partnership. In neighboring Los Angeles, a few of Metro’s rail lines have stops adjacent to hotels such as The W in Hollywood and The Standard in downtown Los Angeles. In Santa Monica, two hotels will soon be located across from the Expo Line terminus as council members unanimously approved Tuesday the development of a Courtyard by Marriott and Hampton Inn by Hilton.

Both hotels will be located near the intersection of Fifth and Colorado – just one block east of the Expo Line’s terminus station. Also within walking distance of both hotels would be the Civic Center, Third Street Promenade, Ken Genser Park, Tongva Park, and the Santa Monica Pier.

Hampton Inn and Suites will be located at 501 Colorado and will feature 143 guest rooms.

The other hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, will be located at 1554 Fifth Street and include 136 rooms.

Each hotel will be six stories in height, 75 feet tall, and include two subterranean levels for up to 108 parking spots, respectively.

OTO Development is the applicant proposing to bring the two “limited-service” hotels to Santa Monica’s urban core.

The City Council’s approval of the two separate development agreements (DA) came on the heels of OTO Development coming to terms with the union Unite Here Local 11 to pay workers at least $15.37 per hour. Accordingly, each property will be a union hotel.

City staff had recommended a minimum wage of $14.08 per hour.

Other community benefits include the hotels providing space for bike sharing and a local hiring provision.

The developer must also contribute about $600,000 toward the Colorado Esplanade, achieve LEED Gold certification for the project, create a Transportation Demand Management program aimed at reducing parking demand and vehicular trips in the area, install solar energy systems, and adopt water conservation measures.

With the close proximity of both proposed hotels to the Expo Line terminus station, City staff predicted it would be easier for people working at or visiting either the Hampton Inn or Courtyard by Marriott to access points due east.

City staff added both hotels would be a “priority project” since they would be revenue generating.

In addition to 52 jobs created by the development, City staff stated both hotels combined would yield $2.74 million annually for Santa Monica.

The council approved the two DAs after the developer endured a long process in front of the Planning Commission. There, Planning Commissioners recommended the council balk at the project unless OTO Development agreed to certain conditions.

At the Nov. 12 council meeting, council members seemed satisfied with the progress OTO Development made in adjusting the project – including reaching an agreement with the union.

Now, the final hurdle OTO Development must clear is obtaining input from the Architectural Review Board (ARB).

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Nov. 15, 2013, 3:02:13 pm

Of course they did said...

Of course the council accepted the campaign donations from Big Hotel Developers to make another monster here in Santa Monica. They never turn down a development. Of course Santa Monica Mirror is going to blow smoke about how great it is because they are also in bed with real estate advertising dollars. Let's all get rich watching Santa Monica turn into the next Miami Beach hellhole.

Nov. 15, 2013, 3:39:58 pm

D'Lynn Waldron said...

I normally am not in favor of development, however, there needs to be mid-priced hotel rooms for visitors near the light rail terminal. On these particular hotels I have no opinion because I have not studied the projects.

Nov. 15, 2013, 8:21:12 pm

Joe said...

I vote we put a Motel 6 right smack dab in the middle of the Promenade.

Nov. 17, 2013, 8:15:48 am

John Doe said...

But there isn't a way to get from the airport to your hotel on Expo... did somebody say AVIS?!?!?! Tourists, on Expo, with luggage- yeah right. Santa Monica residents living next to Expo? Move over residents! Make way for the tourists- and don't you DARE forget where they money comes from! Once again, City policy is determined by low-wage (yes, $14.08/$15.37 per hour is low-wage, and not a living wage for Santa Monica) workers from out of town, and tourists, and what is easy or convenient for them. Forget about the citizens that would like to live close to the Expo- they don't count. P.S. Our city manager makes over $300,000 a year...

Nov. 18, 2013, 12:22:52 am

The City Council said...

John Doe, "the help" always has to ride the bus in. You clean our floors, make our lunch and raise our babies. Then you go back to the east side where you belong. The Expo line is being built for workers. The high rise condos and hotels are for us rich. Don't you know the developers pay us more than $300, 000! Haha petty little minions!

Jun. 9, 2016, 1:01:17 pm


Since Phase 2 of the Metro Expo Line opened on May 20, 2016 in Downtown Santa Monica, California, I would like to know when exactly will both the Courtyard by Marriott and the Hampton Inn by Hilton going to be completely open in Downtown Santa Monica, California?

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