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Hotels Need Extra Oomph to Compete

Orange County

Gov. Jerry Brown was on hand recently as work began on the Bicycle Casino Hotel in Bell Gardens, which will include 100 rooms, an open-air gaming area on the roof (will that include the arcade version of Galaga?), entertainment venues, and restaurants, as well as 15k SF of meeting space. Irvine-based R.D. Olson Construction EVP Bill Wilhelm tells us that the race is on for new hotels to offer "lifestyle experiences"--"new dining opportunities, high-quality fitness and spa facilities, and fresh indoor and outdoor relaxation features." The race is on to build hotels, too: besides the Bicycle Casino, R.D. Olson has started work on eight other hotels in the last two years, including a Fairfield Inn & Suites and a Residence Inn, both in Tustin.