New & Renovated: Fresh in California

Meeting Planning

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

A former favorite of John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is better than ever, thanks to a $15 million renovation finished in May. At the hotel’s heart are 407 guest rooms with contemporary beach-house decor. Recreation options now include three pools, a 24-hour fitness center and nine holes of golf. The brand-new Shor American Seafood Grill is open for lunch and dinner with executive chef Jonathan Solis at the helm. The hotel also includes 26,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. For more on Newport Beach, see pg. 117.

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

For small meetings in an intimate wine-country setting, the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs hotel in California’s Napa Valley is a prime choice. Renovations to its 56 guest rooms were completed in June, with improvements including new Italian-tiled showers and modern kitchenettes in every guest room. But the main attraction is the luxurious spa, famous for its geothermally heated mineral waater and mud baths using locally harvested volcanic ash. Other spa treatments include steam baths and reflexology. The property has 1,250 sq. ft. of meeting space. For more on Napa and Sonoma, turn to pg. 102.

Half Moon Bay Lodge

Half Moon Bay Lodge, located within easy driving distance of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, completed a $1.5 million renovation in May, refurbishing its 80 guest rooms, lobby and meeting spaces. It has six meeting rooms accommodating up to 60 guests each, ranging in size from 450 to 900 sq. ft. New to the property is a 400-square-foot covered patio, complete with a fire pit and lounge furniture, that’s ideal for outdoor meetings in the temperate Bay Area. Offsite attractions include a nearby pair of golf courses, the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and horseback riding along coastal trails.