Makar to Open First Pacific Beachfront W Hotel

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. plans to open a new W Hotel on the beach in Huntington Beach, Calif. Scheduled to open in 2010, W Huntington Beach and The Residences at W Huntington Beach will be owned by an affiliate of Makar Properties L.L.C..  The luxury hotel development will feature approximately 250 guest rooms and 92 private residences, a high-end restaurant, bar, and destination spa.  W Huntington Beach will anchor Makar’s Pacific City, a retail village set on 30 acres of oceanfront property. Slated to open in late 2009, Pacific City will have 161,000 square feet of retail stores and 30,000 square feet of office space. W Huntington Beach is the first W Hotel announced in 2008. It follows the announcement of a dozen W Hotels during 2007.  On Dec. 12 of last year, Starwood announced plans for locations in Amman, Jordan and Minneapolis. In November, a W Washington, D.C., location was announced. Before that came announcements of plans for W Hotels in Yokohama, Bangkok, Bali, Macao, the Hamptons, Atlanta, Verbier, Switzerland, New York City, Milan, and Zhujiang New Town along the southern coast of China.