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Napa Valley’s Largest Destination Resort Recapitalized And Poised For Future Growth

Written by Dmytro Makarov

The Busch family and Pacific Hospitality Group lead the buyout of the Meritage Resort & Spa, commit to $25 million investment in upgraded room, meeting space and restaurant

The Busch Family and Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) have led the recapitalization of The Meritage Resort and Spa, the premier AAA Four Diamond resort located at the gateway of Napa Valley. By increasing their ownership, the Busch Family enabled previous investors to exit the property at a significant gain – but to more importantly reinvigorate long time partners and bring in new equity investors to become part of this iconic flagship resort.  The family’s commitment to the word-class destination includes a $25 million investment in enhanced upgrades including full guestroom renovations of The Meritage Resort (2023), meetings and events space renovations (winter 2022) and the opening of a new pop-up French bistro (summer 2022). 

The Meritage Resort and Spa was purchased in 2004 and opened in 2006 and has since served as a luxury destination and community gathering place for residents and visitors. Providing beautiful wine country accommodations paired with bespoke amenities, the resort features 322 well-appointed guestrooms, in addition to an upgraded offering of 145 upscale rooms at Vista Collina at The Meritage. Pacific Hospitality Group, which is wholly owned by the Busch family, has been managing the resort since 2004 and will continue to be retained as the management company.

“We are proud to be a member of this incredible community going on almost 20 years,” said Tim Busch, chief executive officer at the Pacific Hospitality Group. “It has been a rewarding experience to transform the resort from what was once a small Napa Valley hotel into a world class destination. I am humbled by what we have built together with the support of the local community, and I am excited for the future.”

“We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to increase our commitment to the Meritage, and the Napa community. Napa was my home for nearly 10 years and is very near and dear to me personally. It has been a long journey to build this world-class resort, and we’re confident we can raise the bar even higher, starting with our $25 million investment,” said Garrett Busch, President, Pacific Hospitality Group. “This is a vote of confidence in Napa and the entire wine country. We are grateful to our original investors who are exiting at this time, as well as our fellow and new investors who have partnered with PHG to take full ownership of the property.”

“This investment is a culmination of PHG’s investment philosophy and strategy. We believe in building a business, holding world-class assets for the very long term, and being impactful in our communities. PHG has an incredible investor network of high-net-worth individuals and families who share our philosophy. We are always looking to expand our network of like-minded investors who share our passion for hospitality,” added Garrett Busch.

Meritage Resort & Spa’s robust leadership team will be leading the resort’s rollout of upgrades and enhancements. PHG has been building a world-class team comprised of recently appointed hospitality professionals, including Managing Director Joe Leinacker; Resort Manager Boris Banda; Director of Marketing Monica Smiley; Regional Director of Revenue Management Sarah Kalin Churchill and Director of Culinary Experiences Vincent Lesage.

“I am proud to lead an incredible team of seasoned experts who share my resounding investment and passion for providing visitors and the community the highest level of service and unforgettable experiences,” said Leinacker. “We are excited to unveil a new level of exquisite offerings and accommodations that will elevate the overall resort experience and further establish the property as the premier hospitality destination in the world-renowned Napa Valley.” 

“Meritage Resort and Spa is poised to achieve over $90 million in topline revenue in 2022, a flagship year for the resort and a testament to the appeal of Napa Valley and the resurgence of companies looking to meet again,” added Leinacker. “Napa Valley provides a premier experience for both meetings and vacationers and we are excited to welcome them to our burgeoning resort.”

About The Meritage Resort and Spa and Vista Collina at The Meritage:

Offering acres of sun-soaked hillside vineyards and beautiful accommodations paired with luxurious amenities and award-winning cuisine, The Meritage Resort and Spa and Vista Collina at the Meritage celebrate the best of Napa Valley. This destination resort with two distinctive hotel offerings blends world-class luxury with exceptional hospitality for a resort experience in the heart of California’s wine country. Amenities include indulgent spa treatments in the serenity of an underground Estate Cave, a Food & Wine Village with a locally-sourced artisanal market, on-site tasting rooms, a spacious community lawn for picnics and outdoor gatherings and more. Find more information at MeritageResort.com.

About Pacific Hospitality Group:

Established in 1987 by hospitality visionary and leader Tim Busch, Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is a growing hospitality company with 13 hotels in its portfolio. Today, Tim’s son Garrett Busch is the president and driving force behind the Irvine, California based company, which owns, manages, finances, and develops hotels in iconic destinations. PHG serves as the parent company to a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury properties known as the Meritage Collection. Meritage Collection hotels include Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Granduca Hotel in Austin, Texas, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai, as well as The Meritage Resort & Spa and Vista Collina Resort. 

Pacific Hospitality Group also serves as the franchisee of the following properties: AC Hotel and Residence Inn Dallas by the Galleria, AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown, AC Hotel Irvine, AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon/French Quarter Area, DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spectrum, and DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana /Orange County Airport, Hyatt Place Phoenix Downtown. Other PHG affiliations include Trinitas Cellars.

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