by Michael J. Shapiro | June 01, 2016
Local Update

 In April, the dual-branded 253-room SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront and the 147-room Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayfront opened for business. The property is San Diego's 17th waterfront hotel and features a common elevator for both entities.

 The new hotels cited above are part of a new mixed-use development called BRIC, which also includes 27,000 square feet of retail space and 11,400 square feet of meeting space. BRIC is fronted by the 1.6-acre Lane Field Park, named after a former baseball venue that stood on the site and was home to the Pacific Coast League Padres from 1936 to 1957.

 Also in the BRIC development, the 400-room InterContinental San Diego is slated to debut in 2018. The 18-story tower property promises 23,000 square feet of meeting space as well as a club lounge, a signature restaurant, a fitness center and spa, a rooftop bar and an outdoor pool. Two ballrooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of downtown and San Diego Bay.

Meeting Hotels: Among properties downtown and in the Gaslamp Quarter are the 1,628-room Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1,360-room Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, 600-room Wyndham San Diego Bayside, 511-room Omni San Diego Hotel, 450-room Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 436-room Westin San Diego, 420-room Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 337-room Embassy Suites Hotel San Diego Bay-Downtown, 317-room Pendry San Diego, 306-room San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, 283-room Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 270-room The US Grant-A Luxury Collection Hotel, 258-room Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel, 253-room SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront, 245-room Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown and 147-room Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayfront.

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Convention Center: San Diego Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 615,701 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 72; (619) 525-5000

Airport Transit: San Diego International Airport, about 3 miles northwest of the downtown district. Transfer cost by taxi to downtown, about $25 including tip; by Super Shuttle (shared), $8; by Uber, about $11

Taxes: Room tax, 12.5%; sales tax, 8%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.5%

Group Venue:
 For spectacular surroundings and easy access to waterfront activities, consider Shelter Island, which, by virtue of a narrow strip of land that connects it to the mainland, is not an island at all. Among the handful of properties on-site is the 129-room Kona Kai Resort & Spa from Noble House Hotels & Resorts. The venue provides a casually luxurious vibe with views of the marina and a private beach. It offers 13,000 square feet of indoor and 32,000 square feet of outdoor event space.

Contact: San Diego Tourism Authority, (619) 232-3101