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Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Debuts Massive Venue Expansion

Hotel & Resort | Dawna L. Robertson | June 29, 2016

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Debuts Massive Venue Expansion

 Rendering courtesy of Marriott Marquis San Diego 

Just in time for the summer, the 1,360-room Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina has transformed the waterfront of  “America’s Finest City” with a flurry of fresh indoor and outdoor venues.

With an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 28, the landmark resort unveiled a pair of dynamic ballrooms, waterfront Marina Terrace and landscaped Marina Walk bridging Downtown San Diego with the bay that shares its moniker.

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Fringed by a 446-slip marina, the dual-tower property has long merged business and leisure travel via convenient access to the adjacent 2.6 million-square-foot San Diego Convention Center and lively Gaslamp Quarter just across Harbor Drive.

On the heels of an extensive multimillion makeover of the resort’s guest rooms and public areas in 2011, Marriott Marquis’ approximately $107 million investment into its event and function venues further elevates the hotel’s broad appeal.

Geared to both business visitors and groups traveling for such leisure pursuits as destination weddings and family reunions, the hotel now boasts 135,000 square feet of meeting space, 60,000 square feet of foyer space and 85,000-plus square feet of outdoor space — exceeding 280,000 square feet total.

“San Diego is always on the move,” said Margie Sitton, senior vice president of sales and services for the San Diego Tourism Authority. “This is another example of the forward thinking of our city and industry partners. Whether you’re a meeting planner or an attendee, this Marriott project lets you see San Diego in a new way.”

This is especially true with the project’s new Marina Walk thoroughfare that now links downtown to the waterfront via a landscaped walkway that eliminates substantial maneuvering around or through Harbor Drive hotels. Marina Walk’s distinctive public artworks include two pieces by the Los Angeles-based “After Architecture” art collective. “Tide” is comprised of a series of LED-illuminated waves, while “Kelp” is an outdoor sculpture constructed of painted steel strips symbolizing kelp on the ocean floor.

According to Tuni Kyi, Marriott Marquis’ general manager, this “Window to the Bay” corridor is a perk across the board. “It's an important part of this truly fresh and innovative product that answers to the tremendous demand we receive here at the hotel,” said Kyi. “It’s such an exciting time to plan an event at Marriott Marquis as we greatly expand our options.”

Kyi added that the property and its Host Hotels & Resorts owner are proud to have completed this substantial project on time and on budget. The general manager thanked the Port of San Diego, California Coastal Commission, City Council of San Diego and others for the orchestrated efforts.

Geared to seasonal city attractions and special events, the 27,000-square-foot Marina Terrace and other fresh spaces will be hot tickets during the wildly popular Comic-Con International set to sweep into the city July 21-24.

The resort’s former meeting rooms were demolished and replaced by the Marriott Grand Ballroom and Pacific Ballroom, each capable of accommodating up to 3,700 guests in separate 36,000-square-foot spaces. Geared to flexibility, these fresh event venues each subdivide into 12 individual rooms and sport pre-function space on three sides.

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Staking claim as the largest space on the West Coast, these stacked ballrooms blend sophisticated, inspired design with cutting edge technology. Highlights include a 16-screen video wall system and Swarovski crystal ceiling installation that embodies the San Diego coastline. While it’s located in the Marriott Grand Ballroom pre-function space, the space is visible to the public from Harbor Drive.

For room reservations or meeting/function space bookings, visit or call (619) 230-8314.

The Agent’s Edge

The AAA Four Diamond Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina luxury waterfront hotel rests at the center of the San Diego Bay. With 1,360 guest rooms, 280,000 square feet of event space, a 446-slip marina, and an environment that easily transitions from dynamic meetings to resort-style relaxation, the impressive San Diego waterfront hotel is equally appealing to leisure and business travelers.

Onsite dining options include the Marina Kitchen Restaurant & Bar, Tequila Bar & Grille, Roy’s Asian Fusion, Exchange and Starbucks Coffee House.

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