A new extended-stay hotel could soon be opening its doors in San Luis Obispo, but the city will first have to approve plans to rezone the proposed location.
At the start of the year, Marriott International submitted plans for a 55,000-square-foot extended-stay hotel called TownePlace Suites by Marriott to be built on Calle Joaquin, off Los Osos Valley Road and Highway 101.
The hotel would be built at 1301 Calle Joaquin, next to Alfano Motorcars — a plot that is currently only zoned for auto dealerships, said Doug Davidson, deputy director for community development with the city.
So before the hotel can be built, both the Planning Commission and City Council must approve the zoning change, he said. The issue will go before the Planning Commission in October, and if approved, will move on to the City Council in November.
Because the plot has been zoned for only auto dealerships for a significant amount of time, Davidson said he did not know how the Planning Commission or City Council will vote on the topic.
“It is hard to say right now,” he said. “There will have to be discussion.”
TownePlace Suites is Mariott’s extended-stay hotel brand. It features apartment-style living for business travelers and guests who require longer-term housing but don’t want to be held to monthly or yearly rent agreements.
If built, the new hotel would be four stories, feature between 105 and 115 rooms and include a pool, patio and fitness center.
It would be the sixth hotel in the area: Motel 6 North is situated next door to the property, and a Courtyard Marriot, Hampton Inn and Suites, the Rose Garden Inn and another Motel 6 are located on the opposite site of Los Osos Valley Road along Calle Joaquin.