Nationally Unique Combination of Luxury Hotel and Resort-Style Student Living is the Mission of the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in Stockton

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With a successful first quarter behind them, Patrick K. Willis and his management team have taken the hotel independent as the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel and announced plans for off-campus student living in the upper floors, which were originally built as luxury condominiums, of the seven story hotel.

“Our opinion when we first discovered this trophy property was that it was really being built to accommodate student housing – it just didn’t know it", stated Patrick

With a successful first quarter behind them, Patrick K. Willis and his management team have taken the hotel independent as the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel and announced plans for off-campus student living in the upper floors, which were originally built as luxury condominiums, of the seven story hotel. The hotel is now completely locally managed and again an integral piece of the Stockton community; the addition of accommodations for college students furthers this mission.

“Our goal for the hotel is 100% focus for Stockton, the waterfront, our hotel guests and college students,” said Patrick K. Willis, “and with Christopher Gamble, CHA as our General Manager and all of our tremendous staff working with us throughout the transition to profitability, we can now focus our attention fully on the final implementation of the student lofts. We are working closely with the City of Stockton and our neighbor, the Stockton Arena, on the logistics of student living. The loft/hotel redesign will accommodate more than 400 students comfortably.”

The existing penthouse condominiums were designed and built with all the services that come along with luxury – the conversion to student lofts will retain many of these services for the students including onsite mini-market, student-priced room service, weekly housekeeping, onsite laundry service, and access to the fitness center and pool. The hotel will be providing free shuttle transportation to/from the University. To provide further convenience to the students, the hotel will be installing UOP PacificCARD™ for meal purchases.

Patrick’s vision is being realized by taking the hotel/condominium mixed-use concept one step further with the integration of student living – a unique combination in the US. This property was the perfect selection for combining a luxury hotel, conference facilities, full service restaurant, room service, housekeeping, maintenance, and customer service personnel with student living. Security is provided 24x7 with onsite personnel.

“Our opinion when we first discovered this trophy property was that it was really being built to accommodate student housing – it just didn’t know it. We considered many different uses for the upper floors but always came back to the student living model.” stated Patrick. “We started the process with focus groups of students arranged with the University of The Pacific to ensure this made sense to those who will ultimately live here. The input and feedback was very positive; the students were instrumental in the design and planning of the lofts.”

The student lofts are price-competitive with existing student housing and with free campus shuttle service they enable students to attend college without a car. The hotel provides ideal accommodations for the families and friends visiting their student residents.

As a member of the Downtown Stockton Alliance, the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel (formerly the Lexington) has been key in the revitalization efforts; it is the most expensive private investment downtown in nearly 20 years. The 3-star hotel sits along the waterfront in the heart of Stockton’s newly revitalized entertainment district, just 80 miles northeast of San Francisco and 45 miles south of Sacramento.

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