LODGING / 1970-1990



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Ayres Hotels
Founded in 1984
Currently has 16 properties around California


For nearly a century, the Ayres Family has been a powerful force in the coming of age of Los Angeles and Southern California, developing subdivision communities and literally breaking new ground in the building of more than 30,000 residences to accommodate buyers eager to have their own homes.

Coming from Ohio to California in 1905, Frank Ayres founded Frank H. Ayres & Son to develop land throughout L.A. County. Later, Frank and son Don Ayres, Sr. and then grandson Don Ayres, Jr. met the pent-up housing demands of post-World War II Los Angeles, eventually earning a well-deserved reputation as one of the area’s most imaginative developers.

In 1984, the family added hospitality to its core competencies, and today owns and operates 16 boutique European-style hotels in Southern California. Joining Don Jr. to carry on the family legacy are daughter Allyson Ayres, and sons Doug Ayres, Don Ayres III and Bruce Ayres. Today, the members of the Ayres Family are actively involved in the evolution and growth of the business that began almost 100 years ago.


1972 Super 8 Dennis Brown Aberdeen, SD www.super8.com
  Le Meridien Air France Paris, France  
  Circus Circus   Las Vegas, NV www.circuscircus.com
  Imperial Palace Ralph Engelstad Las Vegas, NV www.imperialpalace.com
1973 Red Roof Inn   Columbus, OH www.redroof.com
Riata Casino   Las Vegas, NV  
Holiday Casino   Las Vegas, NV  
El Morocco Motel   Las Vegas, NV  
1974 Ibis P. Dubrule & G. Pelisson   www.ibishotel.com
1979 Slots-A-Fun   Las Vegas, NV  
Barbary Coast   Las Vegas, NV www.barbarycoastcasino.com
Vegas World Bob Stupak Las Vegas, NV  
1981 Comfort Inn      
1982 Conrad Baron Hilton Queensland, Aust www.conradhotels.com
1983 Accor Hotels     www.accor.com
  Embassy Suites     www.embassysuites.com
1984 Hampton Hotels     www.hamptoninn.com
Ayres Hotel Don Ayres CA www.ayreshotels.com
1985 Formule 1 Accor   www.hotelformule1.com
1986 Comfort Suites      
Bally's Hotel   Las Vegas, NV www.ballys.com
1988 Sleep Inn Choice Hotels    
1989 O'Shea's   Las Vegas, NV  
Mirage Steve Wynn Las Vegas, NV www.mirage.com

1971 The Fabulous Flamingo Changes names to the Flamingo Hilton Hotel
1982 The Silverbird (Originally the Thunderbird Hotel) changes names to El Rancho

Also at this time in History
Other Brands: 1971- Starbucks Coffee opens in Seattle, WA
  1972- The Cheesecake Factory opens in Los Angeles, CA
Other Things: 1912- New Mexico and Arizona are admitted as states.
  1912- The Titanic sinks on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg
  1919- Dial telephones are introduced by the American Telephone and Telegraph
     Company. Telephone operators, mostly women in the workforce, protest and
     threaten to strike.

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