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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Groundbreaking expansion and stunning views at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Driving down to San Diego from Orange County midweek before the afternoon traffic starts is such an easy drive. It’s beautiful as well with ocean views to the west. As you make your way to the downtown area, the hotels and buildings create a beautiful skyline. Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina is part of the skyline. They are just about to finish their $107 million expansion of their events space and will be the largest space on the West Coast with over 280,000 square feet. The beautiful, brand-new two-level stacked ballroom has a 16-screen video wall and Swarovski crystal ceiling installation that can be seen from the street, Marina Terrace (a grand outdoor area right on the bay), and Marina Walk (a stunning walkway along the marina). Grand opening is scheduled for June 28, 2016!
  • Travel tip: The easiest way to park when checking in at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina is by valet. They have garage parking as well but the spaces are a bit limited. There is also lot parking behind the hotel too, but it is quite a walk to the hotel if lugging bags and suitcases.
The lobby is stunning with it’s tropical, oceanic feel with floor-to-ceiling windows giving off a feeling that you’re on a tropical island. The front desk staff is attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. Check-in is quick and then you’re on your way to your room. The tropical, oceanic theme continues from the lobby along meeting corridors to the elevators. You really start to forget you are in San Diego.

The 1 King or 2 Double, Bay view, Balcony Room is 400 square feet with central air-conditioning. Amenities include: chair, alarm clock, in-room safe, work desk with ergonomic chair and electrical outlets, iron and ironing board, coffee maker with an array of coffees and teas, Bath and Body Works bathroom amenities, hair dryer, lighted make-up mirror, robes, phone with voicemail and speakerphone, internet access, and flat-screen TV with premium movie channels. These rooms are also non-smoking. The balcony is 50 square-feet with two chairs and a small table, ample for lounging during the day - enjoy a morning cup of coffee or evening night cap. The view is breathtaking – the mirrored tower on the opposite side reflects the bay and marina. To the west is the marina, San Diego Bay, and Coronado Island. To the east, is a view of the Gaslamp Quarter. Below is a beautiful birds-eye view of the pool area that beckons like a tropical oasis.

  •        Travel tip: When celebrating something special like a birthday or anniversary, contact the front desk or concierge and have a special basket delivered to your room. Wine and chocolates for the sweetie? Beer and jerky for the hubby?

The meeting and event space is almost limitless with indoor and outdoor choices, especially with the new expansion. Here are some spaces that are great for events, meetings, and weddings:

The San Diego Ballroom is 14,359 square-feet and can be set up in theater (1,340 attendees), schoolroom (750 attendees), reception (1,500 attendees), or banquet (1,100 attendees) arrangements. This ballroom can also be separated into 3 break-out session rooms. The San Diego Ballroom also has a 3,648 square-foot foyer that can be used for a reception (525 people).

The Coronado Terrace is 16,240 square-feet of outdoor space with a view of San Diego Bay and the Embarcadero. It can be set up for reception (600 people) or banquet (500 people). This is a great choice for a wedding/reception for an all-inclusive space or a corporate dinner. The dining area can also be tented if it is a rainy or particularly sunny day as well.

The Marina Ballroom is 15,111 square-feet and can be setup in theater (1,500 attendees), schoolroom (900 attendees), reception (1,800 attendees), or banquet (1,080 attendees). This ballroom can also be separated into 4 break-out session rooms. The Marina Ballroom also has a foyer that can be used for a reception (600 people).

Courtesy of the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
The brand-new two-level stacked ballroom contains the Marriott Grand Ballroom on the Lobby Level and the Pacific Ballroom on Level One. Each ballroom boasts 35,631 square-feet of space. The ballroom can be set up in theater (3,718 attendees), schoolroom (2,268 attendees), reception (3,560 attendees), or banquet (2,540 attendees). Each ballroom can also be separated into 13 break-out session rooms. Each ballroom also has a 19,170 square-foot foyer that can be used for a reception (1,050 people).

The hotel also has a Gift Shop with San Diego themed fashion and accessories, souvenirs, drinks, snacks, and various necessities you may have forgotten to pack like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.

If you’re attending a meeting and in need of a quick bite in the morning before sessions starts or a snack in-between sessions, stop by the Exchange. They have grab-and-go eats like muffins, cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, snacks, and a variety of refrigerated beverages. If you’re staying at the hotel, this also a great place to stock up for the room for a night cap. They have a variety of housemade snacks like granola (made with honey harvested from on-site honey bee hive on the roof), jerky, chocolates, popcorn, cookies, etc. They also have a nice selection of wines and beers.

Marriott Marquis also has an on-site restaurant, Marina Kitchen Restaurant & Bar, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Click here to read all about it. Make sure to check out Marina Kitchen’s new Tasting Bar where you can enjoy wine tastings daily at 4 p.m.

If you looking a getaway or planning event, the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina is at your service.

For more information:
333 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

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