R.D. Olson Breaks Ground on 118-Room Residence Inn by Marriott in Goleta, California

Jun 30 2016


 R.D. Olson Breaks Ground on 118-Room Residence Inn by Marriott in Goleta, California
Extended-Stay Property Offers Convenient Access to Area’s Growing High-Tech Industry and Plentiful Tourist Attractions

Goleta, Newport Beach and Irvine, Calif. – June 28, 2016 – R.D. Olson Development in partnership with Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Inc. broke ground on its latest hotel development, the 118-room Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta at 6350 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, California. Executives from R.D. Olson Development, Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Inc., project general contractor R.D. Olson Construction, and Marriott International joined civic leaders including Goleta Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Vallejo at the ceremonial groundbreaking.

The project marks R.D Olson’s second ground up hotel development in the Santa Barbara region and its eighth hotel project started or completed in the past year. In 2012, R.D. Olson completed the 115-room Courtyard Santa Barbara Goleta, the first Marriott property in the Goleta market.

Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta is located in the heart of thriving Goleta and Silicon Beach South, an increasingly popular location for high-tech industries and entrepreneurs to launch or relocate their businesses. Major innovative corporations that currently call the area home include Deckers Brands, FLIR Systems, Citrix Systems, Inc., AppFolio, Yardi Systems, Inc. and Raytheon. The area’s economic climate also benefits from its proximity to major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, as well as Santa Barbara Airport and the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), making the new hotel property an ideal location for extended-stay business travelers.

Leisure travelers will benefit from the property’s proximity to area tourist attractions, including the restaurants and boutiques of historic Old Town Goleta, the 35-acre Girsch Park located directly west of the property, the landmark Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The hotel also offers convenient access to the world-class golf courses at Sandpiper and Glen Annie, as well as Santa Barbara County’s more than 130 wineries and tasting rooms, and Butterfly, Goleta and Leadbetter beaches.

“As a result of continued growth and the large number of corporations that call the market home, there is an exceptional need for extended-stay product. We look forward to meeting this demand with our second Marriott brand hotel in the region,” said Bob Olson, founder and CEO of R.D. Olson Development. “The Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta will provide guests with convenient access to a variety of nearby attractions and businesses, all while creating a relaxing, home-like environment.”

Located on a 3.81-acre parcel on Hollister between Robin Hill Road and South La Patera Lane, the hotel is in the heart of downtown Goleta and is easily reached via U.S. Route 101. R.D. Olson Construction plans to complete construction during the second half of 2017.

Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta is designed around a theme that pays tribute to the local area, in this case the influence of the Mission architecture and its Spanish and Native American culture inspirations. The mix of bold, graphic elements with the intricacies of old Spanish décor will create an authentic yet contemporary and comfortable experience.

The three-story, 80,000-square-foot hotel is designed with a room mix that includes 99 studio king beds, six studio queen beds, seven one-bedroom suites, and six two-bedroom suites, complete with kitchens and upscale bathrooms. The room mix caters well to weekday, extended-stay business guests as well as weekend leisure and family travelers.

Guestroom suites offer separate living, sleeping and working areas, and are equipped with high-end kitchen appliances including a refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher. Rooms also include amenities designed to create a relaxing, home-like atmosphere, such as spa-inspired bathrooms and ergonomic furniture.

The new Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta will offer 1,300 square feet of meeting space with an adjacent outdoor patio, accommodating the needs of guests, as well as local businesses. Public area amenities include an outdoor pool and spa, landscaped patio with a fire pit, large fitness center with CrossFit style equipment, complimentary high-speed Internet access throughout the property, a business center equipped with the latest technology solutions, and guest laundry. The property also features a 24/7 Market, which provides easy access to grab-and-go snacks and other on-the-go necessities.

“We are excited about the opportunity to continue our involvement in enhancing Goleta and the surrounding Santa Barbara communities through the construction of this property,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “The Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta will provide the market with a much-needed extended stay option for guests looking to conduct business or experience the variety of attractions and amenities that the coastal community has to offer.”

Residence Inn by Marriott Goleta was designed by Westwood, California-based Gene Fong Associates. SANDdesign will perform interior architecture and design for the hotel.

R.D. Olson Development began developing hotels in 1997 and has been especially active over the past six years. Recent completions of Marriott brand hotels include Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Irvine, Oceanside and Goleta, California, and Maui, Hawaii; a Residence Inn by Marriott property in San Juan Capistrano, California; and Residence Inn by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels in Tustin, California. In December 2015, R.D. Olson Development received Marriott International’s most prestigious award, the Partnership Circle Award, to recognize the organization’s support of Marriott hotel brands and dedication to embodying the spirit of the company’s philosophy of providing outstanding customer service.

In a co-development with Pacific Hospitality Group, R.D. Olson Development and R.D. Olson Construction recently completed Paséa Hotel & Spa, a 250-room upscale boutique hotel in Huntington Beach, California, at the master-planned Pacific City project. In July 2016, the R.D. Olson teams are scheduled to complete the 200-room Residence Inn by Marriott in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, and the 144-room Residence Inn by Marriott in Old Town Pasadena, California.

R.D. Olson Development and R.D. Olson Construction recently broke ground on Lido House, a 130-room boutique hotel in Newport Beach, California, and the 271-room, full service Irvine Spectrum Marriott in Irvine, California. R.D. Olson Development also recently broke ground on the 204-room Residence Inn by Marriott Silicon Valley in San Carlos, California.

In addition to R. D. Olson Construction’s work with R.D. Olson Development, the
Irvine-based general contractor recently completed work on the full-service Bicycle Hotel & Casino in the heart Bell Gardens, California. The firm is currently under construction on additional regional hospitality projects including the 94-room Hampton Inn & Suites in Glendale, California; the 161-room Homewood Suites in Irvine, California; and the 174-room Country Inn & Suites by Carlson in Anaheim, California.


About R.D. Olson Development

Based in Newport Beach, Calif., R.D.Olson Development is engaged in the development and repositioning of commercial properties nationwide. A specialist in developing hospitality properties, the firm also develops office, retail, multifamily and recreational projects. Robert Olson founded R.D. Olson Development in 1997 following nearly 20 years as founder and CEO of R.D. Olson Construction. The firm’s portfolio of developments may be viewed at www.rdodevelopment.com.


For more information, follow the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/rdodevelopment) and Instagram (rdo_development).

About R.D. Olson Construction
Founded by Bob Olson in 1979, R.D. Olson Construction is one of the top 50 general contracting firms in California. R.D. Olson Construction is a premier builder in the hospitality industry for several national hoteliers, including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, and Starwood. R.D. Olson Construction is also experienced in multi-family housing, entertainment, retail, restaurant and corporate facility projects. www.rdolson.com

About Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Inc.
Based in Irvine, California, Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Inc. has spent over 35 years offering a full range of services to assist their clients with sound real estate decisions. Their real estate division offers residential and commercial sales, mortgage division provides residential and commercial financing and their investment division offers investment opportunities in private money loans and private equity in real estate developments. For more information visit JMREI.com and follow the company on social media.


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