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4-story, 78-room Manteca Tru by Hilton planned on Northwoods near Chick-Fill-A
A rendering of the proposed Manteca Tru by Hilton planned for Northwoods Avenue.

A four-story, 78-room  Tru by Hilton Hotel is being proposed for Northwoods  Avenue near Manteca’s busiest interchange — East Highway 120 and Highway 99.

It is the second hotel announced this year that investors want to build in Manteca. The other is the Staybridge Suites on the southeast corner of Daniels Street and Fishback Avenue near the 120 Bypass and Airport Way interchange. It is also four stories but will have 101 rooms. It is adjacent to a site where the city is pursuing a private sector partnership to build a multiple story “Class A” style office building.

The Tru by Hilton hotel will feature a game room, an exercise room, a laundry room, a business area, public restrooms, and an outside patio. It will have 79 parking stalls.

The 39,573-suare-foot structure will employ a modern architectural design with features unique to Tru by Hilton.

The hotel is proposed on a 1.16 acre lot immediately to the north of the 58-room Motel 6. To the immediate south of the Motel 6 is where the Chick-Fill-A is now under construction.

The parcel where the hotel is being built is currently used by drivers of semi-trucks for overnight parking.

Manteca now has 448 hotel rooms between its five primary hotels.

They are:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites that is on the continuation of Northwoods that turns into Commerce Avenue after it crosses East Yosemite Avenue.

Motel 6 on Northwoods.

Best Western Plus Executive Inn & Suites on East Yosemite at the Highway 99 interchange.

America’s Best Value Inn on East Yosemite Avenue east of Highway 99.

Hampton Inn & Suites at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, Union Road and the 120 Bypass. 

The 180 rooms being built by Tru by Hilton and Staybridge will bring the Manteca hotel room total to 628. Add the 500 rooms that the Great Wolf Resort is building in conjunction with an indoor waterpark due to open in mid-2020 and Manteca will boast 1,128 hotel rooms,

Great Wolf, when it opens, will mean Manteca will boast the largest hotel in all of the Central Valley from Redding to Bakersfield.

Hotel room tax has emerged as the third most robust source of income to pay for day-to-day municipal services Manteca. Last year, travelers staying in Manteca hotels paid over $1.2 million in room taxes. That is expected to exceed $1.6 million this year mostly on the strength of the voters’ decision to increase the room tax from 9 percent to 12 percent.

At 12 percent the Manteca hotel room tax would be on par with Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield, and tourist dependent locales such as Inyo County. It equals  the Las Vegas strip room tax of 12 percent but is  lower than the Las Vegas downtown rook tax of 13 percent.

The big payoff would come after the Great Wolf Lodge is up and running.

After the first full year of Great Wolf being open, under a 25-year room tax split that was negotiated the city would receive $581,700 based on the first 9 percent collected. All of the increased room tax — the 3  percent jump — goes to Manteca. That would bump Manteca’s annual room tax from Great Wolf up to $2,023,700.

By 2023 Manteca will likely have nearly $4 million flowing into general fund coffers to pay for things such as police, fire, streets, and park operations. Almost all of that will be collected from non-local residents.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email