Long Beach’s Breakers will become Fairmont luxury boutique hotel – Press Telegram

When the historic Breakers Hotel in downtown Long Beach welcomes its first guests next year, it will be under the luxury brand Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

The long-anticipated announcement was made Wednesday evening at a reception on the Terrace Theater plaza, within sight of the iconic Breakers cupola. Pacific6, the Long Beach investment firm led by John Molina, has spent the last two years refurbishing the historic hotel — at a price of $150 million. They purchased the building in November 2017.

Bringing the Fairmont brand in to operate the Breakers will give the city the five-star hotel it needs, said Steve Goodling, president and CEO of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Fairmont’s presence in Long Beach allows us to grow both our convention and pleasure travel markets,” Goodling said. “Previously, certain conventions were not able to choose our destination because we were unable to offer a luxury boutique hotel. In addition, today’s travel segment of people looking for unique, intimate, luxury experiences has also grown dramatically.

“Fairmont answers the needs of both of these sectors for us,” he added, “and will help Long Beach continue to grow in its tourism marketing and sales.”

The Breakers opened on Ocean Boulevard in 1926 and has had a checkered history over its 96 years. Conrad Hilton bought it for a song and back taxes in 1938, in the Great Depression, as his eighth hotel. I refurbished the building, including creating the iconic Sky Room restaurant.

Pacific6’s renovation goes from top to bottom of the 14-story historic landmark, creating 185 hotel rooms and suites. There will be a rooftop pool and terrace; an open-air rooftop lounge and bar with 360-degree views; a two-story spa, wellness and fitness center; a live jazz club and music lounge; and more than 12,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and function space, according to the release.

The new layout will include five food and beverage venues, crowned (literally) by the Sky Room restaurant.

“Pacific6 invested in The Breakers out of love and a desire to restore one of Long Beach’s most storied properties to its original grandeur, and a drive to create the most memorable, high-end luxury hotel in one of the city’s most sought-after locations ,” Molina said in the release. “Fairmont has a long and successful history in operating luxury hotels and is the perfect partner to bring Long Beach The Breakers to life.”

Fairmont has built a worldwide chain of luxury hotels, many five-star, beginning with its flagship Fairmont San Francisco. They are in expansion mode, with additions soon in Mexico, Phoenix and Orlando.

“We are honored to play a role in the exciting redevelopment of Fairmont Long Beach The Breakers,” said Heather McCrory, CEO of Accor North & Central America, Fairmont’s parent company. “Fairmont and Accor are committed to growing our unique collection of hotels in the region, and we are thrilled to add this landmark property to our North American portfolio.”

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