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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Marriott Residence Inn proposal moves to City Council for final vote

Amy Ye / The Aggie
Amy Ye / The Aggie

Extend your stay in Davis at the new Marriott hotel

After the promising Hyatt House proposal was quashed in the Davis Planning Commission, Davis may finally be getting the extended-stay hotel it has been waiting for. Keep an eye out for the new Marriott Residence Inn near Mace Ranch, which the Davis Planning Commission recently voted unanimously in favor of.

According to the plan, proposed at a public hearing for the Residence Inn Hotel, the new hotel will have four stories with 120 rooms and suites, all complete with kitchens. The hotel also plans to include an outdoor pool, bicycle accommodations and sustainability components such as solar water heating and storm water treatment.

“[Davis needs an extended stay hotel] primarily because one doesn’t exist now, and extended stay hotels address […] a unique niche within the hospitality or hotel industry,” said Eric J. Edelmayer, vice president of development with Jackson Properties, the agency that proposed this hotel.

Edelmayer hopes that the hotel will address the rising need in Davis for an accommodation that allows travelers to stay more than a couple of nights. With Davis’ growing economy and population, those involved with the project anticipate that the Marriott Residence Inn will not only be utilized, but will also bring business to the surrounding neighborhood.

“With the nature of some of the companies and businesses currently operating in Davis […] that have clients who travel from around the country, from outside of the area, from around the world, who are often visiting for training and meetings, we think this type of hotel would certainly benefit their type of clients, and also the UC Davis Aggie community as well,” Edelmayer said. “[You] can have professors, parents and what have you traveling to an area, who might attempt to stay for longer than just a couple of nights, and would appreciate having the additional amenities that an extended-stay hotel offers.”

Despite the quick approval from the Planning Commission and little backlash from nearby neighbors — as Davis residents experienced with the Hyatt House proposal — the Marriott Residence Inn is still receiving some criticism. Some residents think that the environmental impact — which would involve relocating one of the last breeding pairs of burrowing owls — is too substantial, despite the efforts of project managers to create a sustainable hotel.

“Their sustainability plan is non-existent,” said Alan Pryor, a local resident, in a previous interview. “I think this is the right product, the right location […] but I respectfully request the applicant up their game to a minimum of LEED gold.”

The hotel currently reaches CALGreen Tier 1 certification, which is Davis’ basic requirement for developments. This issue is expected to be brought up again when the proposal makes its way to the City Council in late October.

The next step for the project? Get the green light from Davis City Council. Then, Davis can relish in its first extended-stay hotel.


Written By: Samantha Solomon – city@theaggie.org


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