New hotel may be coming to Firestone Boulevard

DOWNEY – The city of Downey is progressing in plans to develop a parcel of publicly-owned land on Firestone Boulevard into a name-brand hotel and banquet facility. Developers have until Feb. 20 to submit their development proposals for the irregular L-shaped property located at 9066 Firestone Blvd., between the new Dunkin' Donuts restaurant and apparel outlet Fallas Paredes.

According to a document posted on the city's website, Downey is seeking:

•a name-brand hotel with at least 120 rooms;

•minimum 3,000 square feet of meeting space;

•a business center with full computer and media capabilities and free wireless internet;

•a fitness center;

•at minimum a continental breakfast style buffet but preferably a full-service, 24-hour restaurant with room service from a recognized on-site restaurant operator;

•a swimming pool and/or whirlpool; and

•a rooftop lounge with 360-degree view of Downey.

The city also prefers that all guest rooms be equipped with cable television, telephone, free wireless internet, a mini-bar, "large" desk paired with "comfortable" workstation chairs, and "large" bathrooms.

"The city of Downey has set specific goals for the hotel project: create a sense of place reflective of the city's view to revitalize Firestone Boulevard [and] enhance the customer experience through the provision of passenger conveniences, quality services and amenities," the city wrote in a request for proposals document issued to local developers. (Read the report here.)

This hotel development is not expected to impact another hotel slated to open at the Promenade development.

Downey currently has eight hotels and inns – not including motels – offering a combined 485 rooms.

The largest hotel is the Embassy Suites, with 219 guestrooms. It is also the only hotel in Downey with a minimum three-star rating.