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Santa Anita Inn making way for Marriott?

Arcadia may get a couple nice new hotels and a 50-unit condo tower to replace Santa Anita Inn if plans by the owners are approved.



Buildings behind Rose garden targeted for removal during Phase One building of Residence Inn and Fairfield Suites.

The owners of Santa Anita Inn are forming a new company that would become an operator/franchisee of Marriott Hotels. The plan, as presented earlier this month in a study session prior to the City Council meeting, calls for a six-story Residence Inn and a four-story Fairfield Inn & Suites (both Marriott brands) to be built on the western-most end of the property where the two most secluded two-level wings of Santa Anita Inn now sit.


If all goes well with Phase One, the 50 condo units being considered for Phase Two would be an eight-story tower with a cost of about $40 million, which would begin with the demolition of the most visible and prominent structures of the current Santa Anita Inn. The condos would be sold to private investors and work with hotel management to lease/rent them to visitors.

Building that may be removed to make room for new hotel.

Building that may be removed to make room for new hotel.

That six-acre property was once the home of the popular Pony Express Museum before being dismantled in 1955 to make room for the first hotel there, the Flamingo Hotel, which opened in 1956 with an A-frame lobby, an outdoor pool, cocktail lounge, cafe’, children’s playground, and even live flamingos kept near the driveway, according to The Arcadia Historical Society’s book called Images of America: Arcadia.

— By Scott Hettrick 

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