What Pandemic? New Upscale Hotel Set to Open in Anaheim

October 1, 2020, 1:33 PM · This might seem a tough time to open a new hotel — especially one located near a closed theme park resort. But a new property is getting ready to welcome guests in Disneyland's home of Anaheim.

The 326-room Radisson Blu will open the week of October 26. The 12-story hotel is located across the 5 from the Disneyland Resort, just north of Disney Way at 1601 S. Anaheim Blvd.

"We are thrilled to continue building momentum for the Radisson Blu brand in the Americas with our first West Coast property in California," Aly El-Bassuni, Chief Operating Officer, Americas for the Radisson Hotel Group, said.

Radisson Blu might be an "upper-upscale" brand for the chain, but the Anaheim property is designed for families, with more than 130 rooms including bunk beds.


Concept images courtesy the hotel

Amenities include a table-service restaurant, FireLake Grillhouse & Cocktail Bar, and Blu SkyBar, located atop the hotel's roof. The roof is also home to one of the hotel's two heated pools.

Rooftop pool
When Disneyland reopens and fireworks resume, here's the anticipated view from the rooftop pool.

The hotel is offering "A Magical Opening" package, which includes complimentary parking for one car, a $25 Disney Visa gift card per night, and a $25 per night hospitality credit for use at any hotel dining location. Disneyland annual passholders who buy the package can also get an additional 20 percent discount on food purchases at the hotel. And Radisson Blu Anaheim is implementing Radisson's 20-step safety protocol, including enhanced safety measures and disinfection procedures.

You can book the new Radisson Blu Anaheim, as well as the "A Magical Opening" package, through our travel partner.

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Replies (12)

October 1, 2020 at 1:46 PM

So....with the entire hotel industry suffering and Anaheim attractions still closed, they think now a time to open upscale hotel? I get it was being developed for a while but you'd think the costs offset the risk.

Then again, would have an easier time being so clean and such as so brand new so that's a selling point....

October 1, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Hotels take years to develop, and there are contracts for construction, insurance, tax deals — a whole bunch of stuff that might keep a developer from being flexible on an opening date.

October 1, 2020 at 2:05 PM

@RobertNiles: Oh, I get it and understand it was planned to open a bit sooner and obvious delays. Still have to wonder if the owners are feeling a bit nervous and grumbling on how they had to end up with their dream project in the biggest tourism nightmare scenario imaginable.

October 1, 2020 at 3:51 PM

I wonder how many people they've hired to staff this and just how many rooms will be available at opening. So long as it's not just one employee named "Jack Torrance," things should be good.

October 1, 2020 at 4:09 PM

Forbes: "California state lawmakers called on Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday to let Disneyland and other theme parks reopen as local pressure builds on state leadership to end theme park closures six months after they were instituted, while Florida—home to Walt Disney World—is now allowing theme parks to resume normal operations and capacity."

October 1, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Word is the CA reopening deets are coming tomorrow.

October 1, 2020 at 5:24 PM

I guess the "barking" by the company and the long suffering CMs worked. What is imperative is that Disney, Universal and every CM absolutely DEMAND to know what is different now? Why couldn't this happen weeks ago?

October 1, 2020 at 6:40 PM

Just sharing some recent travel info. At the beginning of the month, I took a 9 day trip through AZ, CA, OR, WA, OR, ID, NV, AZ. I stayed at 7 different properties. Both properties in CA & OR, ID, NV were complete sell outs. Chats with the properties in OR they were booked for all the weekends and selling out weekdays too.

I think the hotel markets are suffering based on the current landscape of the tourism/IPs of the that area. When I went to Sedona, I tried to search for price drops only to find 5 properties left total. The local markets here in the summer are dramatically different than the winter. We are the opposite, dead in summer, booming in Winter. A friend of mine in Scottsdale says the hotels (who works in the industry says they are doing okay). This despite airport capacity being down 61% from last year. I would say hotels are doing the best out of all these industries right now.

October 1, 2020 at 7:21 PM

Well, now the parks are asking Newsom NOT to issue guidelines tomorrow. Looks like they did not like the proposed rules, after all.

October 1, 2020 at 7:44 PM

Maybe if park operators had been consulted. Maybe if (as, you know, experts) they had been part of the process. Maybe if the Sacramento idiots who still have jobs and still get paid (some of which is with revenue provided by unemployed theme park workers) had traveled to Florida to see WDW and UOR's systems. Maybe if that sort of sensible approach had happened there wouldn't be this hiccup.

October 1, 2020 at 11:04 PM

@THCreative: I think right now the "experts" to listen to (as Robert has been saying) are the ones on COVID, not the parks.

October 2, 2020 at 5:04 PM

I think this is a tell all at that they will get tighter restrictions based on what tier their county resides in. It sounds like they want "Come on in! We're open". Not really going to happen. Numbers nationally on the surface appear to be getting worse.

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