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Woodspring Suites Opens For Business

Last week, the WoodSpring Suites hotel at 3265 Hamner Avenue began receiving guests. A value-oriented extended-stay concept, WoodSpring is one of the fastest-growing chains in the nation, but its Norco hotel is among the first three to be built in California. WoodSpring caters to guests that need to stay a week or more, which includes workers on major construction projects, homeowners displaced by renovation, fire or flooding, and employees transferred by their companies. The rooms, which are designed for maximum efficiency, include kitchenettes and the property is pet-friendly. While weekly rates provide the best value at WoodSpring, nightly guests are also welcome.

Norco is home to a vibrant hospitality market and experts believe the City can accommodate at least four or five additional hotels. SilverLakes Sports Park, which now draws more than 1.5 million visitors annually, is the main driver of demand for hotel rooms, but the City’s George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center draws another 450,000 visitors annually.

The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center also generates demand for overnight accommodations, as does the Norco Rehabilitation Center and the Corona-Norco Unified School District. Furthermore, Norco is strategically situated to serve thousands of business and leisure travelers throughout the Inland Empire. Norco even makes a strategic home base for families visiting Southern California who want to be equidistant from Los Angeles, the Orange County theme parks and Palm Springs. The City’s location is further enhanced by its proximity to Ontario International Airport, now the fastest growing airport in the nation.

All guests at Norco hotels pay an 11 percent transient occupancy tax (TOT) on the cost of their rooms, which is a direct source of revenue to the City of Norco—a tax paid entirely by visitors, not residents. Hospitality is an attractive industry for Norco because it does not create any major disruptions to the lifestyle Norconians cherish.

Two additional hotels are expected to start construction next year. A 90-room Holiday Inn Express project has been approved for the southeast corner of Fifth Street and Hamner, and a 108-room Tru Hotel (a new brand from Hilton) was approved for the site immediately north of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott.

For more information, contact the City of Norco at (951) 270-5623 or