Island Hotel Newport Beach Joins Preferred Hotel Group

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014   Island Hotel Newport Beach®, recently awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award for the twenty-second consecutive year, is now a member of Preferred Hotels® & Resorts. Recognized with Four Stars in the 56th annual ratings by Forbes Travel Guide earlier this week, Island Hotel joins an elite collection of more than 650 world-class global independent hotels and resorts as part of Preferred Hotel Group™. Guests at the coastal luxury property will enjoy an enhanced experience through a variety of branded programs, including the popular iPrefer® loyalty program.

“We truly value the loyalty of our guests and want to recognize their commitment to Island Hotel by providing an opportunity to earn valuable rewards points toward future stays with us or at luxury properties across the world,” said Island Hotel General Manager Dieter Hissin. “Business travelers and leisure guests alike will be able to enjoy the perks of this sophisticated membership program, including built-in benefits like complimentary Internet, early check-in and late checkout privileges.”

Owned and operated by Irvine Company Resort Properties®, Island Hotel joins Preferred Hotel Group as part of a two-year innovative reinvestment project. Nestled in the heart of Newport Beach in Southern California, the hotel plans to unveil the city’s newest social and culinary destination, Oak Room and Aqua Lounge, early this summer. In 2013, the hotel introduced 23,000 square feet of reinvigorated meeting and event space, including the largest ballroom in Newport Beach, an intimate al fresco wedding venue and the popular Island Club lounge.

In addition to the continued development of Island Hotel, Irvine Company Resort Properties announced in December the debut of Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center®, an independent lifestyle hotel located at the center of bustling Orange County in the City of Irvine. Catering to the needs, individuality and aspirations of today’s diverse business, social and leisure clientele, Hotel Irvine combines highly personalized service with a sought-after centralized location just three miles from John Wayne Airport and easily accessible to the region’s most desired activities and destinations.

Shortly after its launch, Hotel Irvine joined the collection of internationally acclaimed hotels and resorts as a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts™, a brand of Preferred Hotel Group. Similar to Island Hotel, Hotel Irvine will offer guests the opportunity to join the iPrefer membership program to earn valuable points toward future stays.

About Preferred Hotel Group
Preferred Hotel Group is a global leader in the hospitality industry, representing the pinnacle of refined travel and gracious hospitality in an era in which travelers embrace the individuality of distinctive hotels and resorts, yet desire a commitment to excellence. Preferred Hotel Group’s family of brands encompasses six renowned brands of the finest hotels and resorts around the world: Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Preferred Boutique™, Summit Hotels & Resorts, Sterling Hotels™, Sterling Design, and Summit™ Serviced Residences. Preferred Hotel Group also offers Preferred Residences™, a collection of luxury shared ownership resorts that provides an exceptional level of service and amenities.

About Island Hotel Newport Beach
Situated in Newport Center, the heart of Newport Beach and coastal Orange County, Island Hotel Newport Beach is a Five Diamond, Four Star luxury coastal hotel offering breathtaking city and harbor views. Island Hotel features 292 guestrooms and suites, more than 23,000 square feet of event space, the largest ballroom in Newport Beach, a spa, fitness center and resort-style pool. Located just steps away from Fashion Island®, Orange County’s premier outdoor coastal shopping and entertainment destination, Island Hotel is the social center of Newport Beach, one of California’s most desirable beach cities located about 45 minutes south of Los Angeles.

The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Island Hotel, the portfolio includes The Resort at Pelican Hill®, a Five-Star, Five-Diamond coastal resort in Newport Coast; Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center, an independently owned lifestyle hotel designed for smart business travelers and avid destination seekers; Oak Creek Golf Club® in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About the Irvine Company
The Irvine Company® is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch® in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.