New Hotel and “Adventure Lodge” Ok’d
Two exciting new development projects are underway that offer Ventura visitors additional opportunities to stay oceanside. A boutique, family-oriented hotel is proposed on the end of Spinnaker Drive facing the Harbor entrance, as well as a hybrid hostel and lodge entitled “Adventure Lodge,” which would serve as a launching spot for fun and adventure to the Channel Islands, whale watching, diving, sport fishing and other Harbor activities.
The Board of Port Commissioners has approved a proposal from H. Parker Hospitality that will bring these new public amenities to Ventura Harbor.
The hotel, currently coined as the “Harbor Cove Inn,” was approved for a 2.07-acre site next to the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center and Harbor Cove Beach, at the end of Spinnaker Drive. Plans call for an upscale 64-room hotel, complete with restaurants, rooftop pool, fi tness center, casual patio dining, beach club program, dock and water taxi service.
Expanding on the seaside brand of Ventura Harbor as home of the Channel Islands National Park, the second hotel property is between Ventura Harbor Village and Island Packers cruises. The Parcel 5 property is about two-thirds of an acre, where H. Parker Hospitality proposes building the hybrid hostel-lodge inclusive of a public pocket park located within the footprint of the grass lawn area.
“We’re thrilled to bring new lodging options to Ventura Harbor and are grateful for the community support we’ve received for these exciting projects,” said Port District General. Manager Oscar Peña, who noted that over a dozen speakers spoke in support of the projects at the Port District meeting on May 24. H. Parker Hospitality owns and operates several other popular hotels in California.
Port District commissioners say both sites are valuable, but have been underused. Their proximity to Ventura Harbor Village, the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center, Island Packers and beautiful Harbor Cove Beach make the sites ideal for hotels, Peña said. Before any construction can begin, the developer must win approval from the Ventura City Council and the California Coastal Commission, among other steps.