R.D. Olson Developments Opens $28 Million Courtyard by Marriott Hotel

GOLETA, Calif.—R.D. Olson Development and Wynmark Company announced the opening of the 106-room Courtyard by Marriott in Goleta, Calif. The $28 million hotel will serve market demand from University of California, Santa Barbara, and meet the needs of local business.

“Clearly UCSB is a primary demand generator in Goleta, and the Courtyard concept is ideally suited to serve the many lodging needs emanating from the university community,” said Bob Olson, CEO and founder of R.D. Olson Development, in an announcement. “At the same time, business travelers will value the functional design and interactive work areas found in this latest generation of Courtyard by Marriott.”

The 68,000-square-foot Goleta Courtyard by Marriott has 106 guest rooms, 50 percent of which have two queen beds to accommodate families. Guestroom amenities include Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, microwave ovens, and ergonomic workspace areas. The hotel offers 1,300 square feet of meeting space.


The hotel lobby features welcome pedestals that replace the traditional front desk. An interactive GoBoard displays news, weather, traffic, local restaurants, and other items of interest for guests. Interactive media pods with individually controlled flat-panel TVs offer a place to work, meet, or relax.

The hotel also features an outdoor pool and spa, a fitness room, a putting green, and an inviting outdoor terrace with a fire pit for guest gatherings.

Olson’s development strategy is actively meeting the increasing demand for next-generation lodging properties, with the Goleta Courtyard by Marriott marking the firm’s fourth hotel opening in 10 months.

“We literally just broke ground on a $60 million mixed-use development in Orange County that includes a 149-room Residence Inn by Marriott and a 145-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, both of which are the latest generation designs of these concepts to break ground in Southern California,” said Olson. The firm also has two Residence Inns in the planning stage.

Gene Fong Associates of Los Angeles was the architect for the Goleta Courtyard by Marriott, while the interior spaces were designed by Kling/Barta Design of Shawnee Mission, KS. Construction was performed by R.D. Olson Construction, the contracting firm founded by Bob Olson in 1979.