The Long Beach Breakers will become a 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-awaited announcement was made Wednesday night at a reception in the Terrace Theater plaza, within sight of the iconic Breakers cupola. Pacific6, the Long Beach investment firm run by John Molina, has spent the past two years renovating the historic hotel, at a cost of $150 million. They bought the building in November 2017.
Using the Fairmont brand 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 leisure travel markets,” said Goodling. “Previously, some conventions couldn’t choose our destination because we weren’t able to offer a luxury boutique hotel. Additionally, today’s traveler segment, made up of people seeking unique, intimate and luxurious experiences, has also grown dramatically.
“Fairmont meets 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, during the Great Depression, as his eighth hotel. He renovated the building, including creating the iconic Sky Room restaurant.
Pacific6’s renovation goes from top to bottom of the 14-story landmark, creating 185 hotel rooms and suites. There will be a rooftop swimming 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 banquet space, according to the release.
The new layout will feature five food and drink venues, crowned (literally) by the Sky Room restaurant.
“Pacific6 invested in The Breakers out of a love and desire to restore one of Long Beach’s most historic properties to its original grandeur, and a desire to create the most memorable upscale luxury hotel in one of the most desirable locations in the city,” Molina said in the statement. “Fairmont has a long and successful history of operating luxury hotels and is the perfect partner to bring Long Beach The Breakers to life.”
Fairmont has built a global chain of luxury hotels, including many five-star ones, beginning with its flagship Fairmont San Francisco. They are in expansion mode, with additions coming soon to 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 historic property to our North American portfolio.”