Tsubaki Tower holds soft opening

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the soft opening of the Tsubaki Tower in Tumon.

With oceanfront views and design and cuisine inspired by CHamoru culture, the Tsubaki Tower opened its doors yesterday to welcome guests as the first hotel built on Guam within the past four years.

The Tsubaki Tower welcomed guests to its soft opening yesterday, offering oceanfront views of Tumon Bay with each of its 340 guest rooms.

The hotel has been in development for years. It broke ground in 2016 and was expected to open in 2019, but construction was delayed by the unavailability of H-2B workers.

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Yesterday’s event, according to Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, was supposed to celebrate the hotel and the island opening for tourism. But the COVID-19 pandemic stalled plans for the island to welcome back its visitors.

“We may try to take control of future outcomes, but the fact is the only reality is the one we have now. Right now, we are standing in a beautiful luxury five-star hotel built on the highest point in Tumon Bay with an oceanfront view for each room,” the governor said.

Despite the delays, the Tsubaki Tower is the first hotel to open on the island within four years. It offers unique amenities such as spacious balconies and an outdoor theater. The hotel also has two restaurants, three bars, an infinity pool, and a spa.

Although the hotel was not able to welcome any tourists when it opened yesterday, the Governor said that this may be a chance for residents to experience it first.

According to the hotel’s website, a standard room can be booked from $252 to $325 dollars a night through August.

“So while tourism opening has been paused, this is a great opportunity for us to look inward. Our residents can be the first to experience Tsubaki Towers and all they have to offer,” the governor said.