Sun, sea and meetings: These San Diego hotels are great for events and weddings
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Sun, sea and meetings: These San Diego hotels are great for events and weddings

SAN DIEGO, situated on the pacific fringe of California, is called “America’s Finest City” for many reasons – it’s glamorous yet laidback; its coastal city setting means plenty of beautiful shorelines; families love the range of parks and kid-friendly attractions; and it’s perpetually sunny all-year round.

And San Diego doesn’t only draw the usual leisure-seeking travelers; it’s also picking up the ranks as a business travel destination, what with such lovely beaches and convenient amenities within easy reach. If you’re trying to strike an impression with delegates, this is the city you’re looking for.

Here are a few hotels that won’t break the bank, perfect for group bookings and destination conferences.

DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Hotel Circle

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This hotel is stylish, modern, comfortable, and suitable for business travelers and events. Nearby are business and entertainment centers such as Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego Convention Center, and Fashion Valley Mall. As a bonus, it’s only a ten-minute ride from San Diego International Airport.

Whether you’re hosting an event of 10 or 250, the dedicated in-house team is sure to customize and take care of your every demand. Event planners and conference organizers can choose from six meeting rooms; the Grand View ballroom, Solana, and Cortez rooms are adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows so there’ll be plenty of natural light in the daytime.

The Grand Ballroom overlooks the picturesque Mission Valley, perfect for weddings and special occasions. Guests and delegates can also expect complimentary WiFi throughout the property, on-site catering services, and sophisticated audio-visual equipment.

If traveling for business, facilities such as a 24-hour business center, complimentary printing, express mail services, video conferencing, a well-informed concierge desk, an outdoor heated pool and spa, a fitness center, and an on-site 24-hour gift shop are available, leaving you little reason to step out of this sanctuary. Read more…

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

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Strategically located on San Diego Bay between the San Diego Convention Center and Seaport Village, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego offers an Instagram-worthy waterfront setting, lending it a luxury resort vibe.

You can easily make a day out of walking along the harbor with its many shopping, dining and entertainment options. If you’re traveling with little ones, the San Diego Zoo, photography and natural history museums at Balboa Park are within close proximity. A short walking distance away is also Gaslamp District, a precinct for restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

If you’re organizing a large conference group, the hotel boasts 316,000 square feet of flexible event space with plenty of indoor room. You can choose from multiple ballrooms, reception areas, and an impressive outdoor terrace 32 floors above the waterfront views.

The property also attracts couples as a wedding venue with sparkly views of the bay and Pacific Ocean beyond. Whether you’re after a lavish banquet in one of the ballrooms or a more intimate outdoor ceremony, leave it to the dedicated events team to iron out all the details from floral arrangements to multi-tier cakes.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

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Perched on a 15-acre peninsula, Loews Coronado Bay is a vision of lavishness. Boasting views of the bay and San Diego’s skyline, it’s a great option if you’re planning a wedding or an intimate function in the city. While the property offers 439 guestrooms and 37 suites, it also gives off a “private oasis” feel.

If you’re traveling with family, there’s something for all ages, including a children’s club with games and services, an on-site private marina for activities like kayaking, water skiing and wakeboarding activities, and a salon and spa for adults. It’s also located near many renowned golf courses, including Coronado Municipal Golf Course and Steele Canyon Golf Club.

The resort is also a popular conference and events space, with 65,000 square feet of indoor meeting space including a ballroom and banquet facilities. Whether you want to host an event overlooking the San Diego bay or on one of the many outdoor gardens, rest assured your event will be thrown in with the benefit of good service.

Needless to say, the hotel’s sun-and-sea concept is a boon for weddings. If you’re from out of town, this hotel is practically made for destination weddings, all the better with an experienced team of planners and chefs. Wedding cakes will be designed by the hotel’s award-winning partner, Baby Cakes.

*Some of the properties featured in this article are commercial partners of Travel Wire Asia

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