The Breakers Hotel, located in Long Beach, California has a long history. It was built in 1926, and its heyday was in the 1940s, when movie stars of the time, such as Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant and John Wayne were frequent customers of the hotel’s Sky Room restaurant (at the time, the hotel was a Hilton and the Sky Room had previously been the hotel’s penthouse).
Here’s a postcard of the hotel from that era.
The Breakers changed hands (and names) several times, beginning a few years after the end of World War II. It eventually became a retirement home starting in the mid-late 60s, but was then converted again to a hotel, which is how it was used through most of the 1980s. Yet in 1990, it again turned into housing for senior citizens. Meanwhile, the Sky Room was renovated in 1997 and again had visitors, who used a separate entry from the senior housing entrance. However, even that closed down in 2018, while the senior housing portion of the building only made it through 2015. The building has sat, unoccupied, ever since.
But finally, the Breakers will soon once again become a hotel. And this time it will be under the Fairmont umbrella, which is part of the Accor portfolio of brands.
Upon reopening in 2023, the hotel will again use its original name and operate as Fairmont The Breakers, Long Beach.
The property is slated to have 185 guestrooms and five food-and-beverage venues. And yes, the Breakers’ iconic Sky Room restaurant will once again reopen.
The high-end hotel will also offer a rooftop pool and terrace, an open-air rooftop lounge and bar, a two-story spa and fitness center, and a jazz club and music lounge.
“The Breakers is an iconic piece of our city’s history and I couldn’t be more excited to see it restored to a world-class hotel,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “Having a company and brand like Fairmont Hotels in Long Beach speaks to the strength of our local economy and I’m looking forward to the opportunities this partnership will bring to the city.”
The reimagined Fairmont The Breakers will be Fairmont’s third hotel in greater Los Angeles. It will join the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica and the recently renovated Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles.
Feature Photo: thenewbreakers.com
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