Granada hotel The Granada Hotel will be the first hotel in downtown, if approved by the city council.

MORGAN HILL, CA—If the crowds are overwhelming in the Wine Country, on the coast or in Yosemite, Morgan Hill might be the next big destination for Bay Area weekenders. A new mixed-use development will target Silicon Valley business travelers, plus the growing tourism trade developing around the city’s emerging wine industry and sports. And, the centerpiece, the Granada Hotel, a four-story boutique hotel with 60 guest rooms, was just unanimously approved by the city’s planning commission. The project now moves on to the city council for final approval.

Granada Hotel’s owner, Frank Leal, is renovating the neighboring Granada Theater. Leal is a regional veteran of the hospitality industry and the owner of Leal Vineyards in Hollister, CA, Sycamore Creek Vineyards and Willow Heights Mansion in Morgan Hill.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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