Ramada Plaza Anaheim plans to become a Wyndham Garden hotel after a $4 million renovation set to take six months.
The property is a mile from both Disneyland Resort and Anaheim Convention Center, on West Katella Avenue between Harbor Boulevard and the Anaheim GardenWalk retail and restaurant layout.
Industry sources called the branding shift a lateral move—Ramada Plaza and Wyndham Garden are similar flags and both brands belong to Wyndham Hotel Group in Parsippany, N.J.—but the area has seen a recent ramp-up in hotel development and renovation.
Hotel growth in the area stems in part from Disneyland’s Star Wars Land, planned for a 2019 opening, and the convention center’s 200,000-square-foot addition, set to open this year.
Both are expected to expand travel and tourism to the area.
“With all the hotels coming into play you really have to step up your game,” said Ed LaCivita, co-owner with Chris Hostert of ParkWest General Contractors in Anaheim, which is overseeing the renovation.
The hotel’s lobby will be gutted and completely redone, the fitness center expanded, and meeting space and offices renovated. A refresh of the hotel’s 105 rooms was recently completed.
The hotel owner is Union Investments USA LLC; its principal, Stephen Hsu, also owns Hotel Indigo Anaheim, next door.
The property opened as a Four Points by Sheraton in 1998 and switched to a Ramada Plaza in 2001. Its rack rates are $299 a night, according to its website.