by Michael J. Shapiro | March 03, 2018

Local Update

 The 98-room TownePlace Suites San Diego Downtown is slated to open this month. The new all-suite hotel provides rooms with full kitchens and separate living/working and sleeping areas. It also promises to be the first downtown San Diego property to offer the Guest Service Robot Butler, built by Savioke, which will deliver items to guest rooms 24/7. A bar and grill will be on-site, and the hotel will share meeting space with the Holiday Inn Express next door.

 This coming September, the 400-room InterContinental San Diego is expected to open on the site of the former Lane Field baseball park. A two-story Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse will be part of the mix, as will many street-level restaurants and shops, underground parking, and 35,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. That includes two ballrooms, of 12,000 and 4,500 square feet, respectively. The adjoining 50,000-square-foot Lane Field park will be available for private events, as well. An 8,000-square-foot fourth-floor pool deck overlooks San Diego Bay, and the 19th floor will be home to a sky bar and an outdoor terrace.

 The San Diego Marriott Mission Valley wrapped up a $9 million renovation in February. The 353-room property now sports an upgraded events lawn, revamped meeting space, a remodeled lobby and lobby bar, and the first signature M Club Lounge in San Diego. The lounge, which is reserved exclusively for Elite and Club loyalty members, offers complimentary hot breakfast, hors d'oeuvres and beverages. The hotel's approximately 33,550 square feet of meeting and event space has been completely refreshed to better foster communication and productivity and is now outfitted with energy-efficient lighting.

 The property formerly known as both the Renaissance and the W San Diego debuted in November as the 258-room Hotel Republic San Diego, part of Marriott's Autograph Collection. The hotel offers sophisticated design and 16,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as a VIP Marriott Rewards Veranda Lounge. Hospitality firm the Patio Group runs three dining venues on-site, including the Topside Terrace Kitchen & Bar, the Trade cocktail bar and restaurant, and the Patio Marketplace.

Meeting Hotels: Downtown properties with more than 2,500 square feet of meeting space include 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; 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; 341-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 US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego; and 258-room Hotel Republic.

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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

Taxes: Occupancy tax, 10.5%; San Diego tourism assessment, 2%; California tourism assessment, approximately 0.2%; sales tax, 7.75%; total tax on hotel rooms, approximately 12.7%

Group Venue:
 The Museum of Making Music, an interactive exploration through the past century of playing and recording music, provides a unique meetings backdrop in the North County coastal village of Carlsbad. Up to 150 attendees can be accommodated for private events. (760) 438-5996

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