San Diego Hotels For Conferences & Conventions (VIDEO)
While hotel meeting spaces don’t have the glam and glitter of uber chic hotel rooms, they are a bona fide necessity for thousands of hard working folks. Of the brain-jostling number of convention facilities nationwide, San Diego ranks high for options, activities, weather, and all around fun. Here’s a few examples:
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego’s newest Hilton shoots 30 stories skyward along the harbors edge, with views warranting a kings ransom. The airy layout painted in color palettes mimicking the ocean folds beautifully into the city. Floors one through five are solely meeting space; six on up are guestrooms. The 34,000 square foot Sapphire Ballroom is the largest of the hotel’s 165,000 total square feet of conference area. Terabyte data capacity tops the litany of audio, visual and technological services. The piece de resistance is a 4.3 acre waterfront park, complete with outdoor terrace venues, public art sculptures, and backdrops of the shimmering sea.
Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
The 200,000 square foot facility is the largest privately owned meeting facility in San Diego County. So large, they have in-house vendors to supply audio, lighting, visual, and tradeshow staging. The Brown family has been welcoming guests for over five decades. When Charles built the property in 1954, it was the only convention center in the area. Subsequent generations learned the industry by working their way up as bellmen, room service attendants, et al, until eventually taking the reins. Today, son Terry runs Town and Country, which continues to thrive on a steady demand of event planning expertise.
Kona Kai Resort, Spa & Marina
Perched on a peninsula buoyed in San Diego Bay, Kona Kai epitomizes the SoCal lifestyle. Meeting planners draw on the stellar location by offering 43,000 square feet of al fresco conference sites, including courtyards, gardens, and a private beach suitable for 1,500 sun-soaked attendees. Twelve indoor venues seat 500 people, who, given their surroundings, must feel like second graders waiting anxiously for recess. A sand volleyball court, heated pool, spa and bike rentals tease employees allegiance. Questionable how much work is accomplished…c’est la vie.
Bahia Resort Hotel
Two, 19th-century paddleboats play host to the legions of conventioneers who converge on Bahia’s Mission Bay hotel. The quintessentially American W.D. Evans and Bahia Belle sternwheelers cruise the bay holding 500 people between the two of them. A stain glass skylight with 50,000 pieces imported from Europe swathes the Evans meeting space with dramatic lighting; beauty second only to the view from the deck. State of the art audio visual equipment is costumed in hand carved mahogany and polished brass. Belles smaller stature lends itself to groups of 150 or less. On land, Bahia has the requisite banquet halls for larger functions.
Country Inn & Suites San Diego
Most hotels mix business and leisure travel … except the Country Inn. They tout themselves as a corporate hotel. Rightly so, since hundreds of businesses surround the Sorrento Valley property; the biggest being Qualcomm with approximately 13,000 employees. Eighty-five percent of the clientele frequent the 5,500 square feet of meeting space, while the remaining visitors are there for nearby collegiate level tournaments, or occasional sorority parties. Dale Carnegie Training and San Diego Investment Club congregate weekly, as the intimate setting hosts get-togethers perfectly.