by Michael J. Shapiro | August 24, 2018
The long-awaited InterContinental San Diego will officially open its doors on Aug. 28. The 400-room downtown bayfront hotel is on the historic grounds of Lane Field -- home of the San Diego Padres from 1936 to 1957 -- and just a couple of blocks from the Embarcadero, where the USSMidway and the Maritime Museum of San Diego can be found. The San Diego Convention Center is about a mile away.
The new hotel makes the most of its bayside location, with floor-to-ceiling windows in guest rooms, meeting spaces and public areas, affording waterfront views and natural light throughout the property.
 
There will be five on-property dining outlets, among them the signature restaurant Vistal. This all-day eatery is helmed by two award-winning chefs, Paul McCabe and Amy DiBiase, and offers Southern California coastal cuisine with influences from the Baja California peninsula, Pacific Islands and Mediterranean fishing villages. Vistal debuts along with the hotel, as does a fourth-floor outdoor pool bar. Late this year, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse will join the hotel's restaurant lineup, and by early 2019 there also will be a ground-level Starbucks and a 19th-floor rooftop bar in operation.
 
The property has 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting space on-site, and 65,000 square feet of event space outdoors on terraces with views of the bay, as well as in Lane Field Park, adjacent to the hotel tower. Indoor space includes the 12,000-square-foot Pacific Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,500 attendees.