The new $36-million Embassy Suites/Mandalay Beach Resort and Conference Hotel at 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, on one of the last remaining beach-front properties in Oxnard, opens Tuesday.
Billed as "the first all-suite luxury hotel on a California beach" by developer/owners Amoroso Development of Westlake and United Suites of Newport Beach, the hotel complex consists of 11 two- and three-story buildings on eight acres, housing 250 deluxe suites and six two-bedroom presidential suites that individually measure 1,681 square feet, each designed and named for a channel island.
A gigantic bell tower that sets the theme for the facility's overall Spanish Colonial architectural style, rises from the main building that houses all of the public areas, including 15,719 square feet of meeting space and a 7,000-square-foot restaurant and lounge area. Carl La Porte is general manager.
Arthur Valdez, interior and architectural designer of eight previous Embassy Suites hotels, favors the Mediterranean motif, with inner courtyards, graceful bridges, private walkways and a network of waterscapes. He chose a peach-colored stucco facade with pastel-green window accents topped by a Spanish tile roof, and added a 14-foot-high fountain of hand-carved stone to the porte cochere area.