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Guide to San Diego Hotels Offering Discounts to Employees of Qualcomm, Sony, UCSD

  • Video Review - Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa
  • Sheraton Hotel in La Jolla
  • Hyatt Regency La Jolla Hotel at Aventine
  • Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Rancho Bernardo
  • Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Sorrento Mesa
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The genesis of Labor Day stemmed from the labor movement and is dedication to American workers. Initiated on September 5, 1882 in New York City, Congress passed an act in 1894 declaring the first Monday in September of each year a national legal holiday. On this day we pay homage to the millions of people who make this country an industry leader. Large corporations and small shops. Times have been tough, but the indomitable spirit of our fellow countrymen and women will persist. Always have, always will. San Diego is home to numerous corporations who keep thousands of citizens in the workforce. Understandable, the county and military are huge employers in our town, but a few other names will ring a bell. Read on to see these corporations, and the San Diego hotels that their colleagues stay when in the area for meetings.

Sheraton La Jolla
3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, CA 92037 - (858) 453-5500
With over 26,000 employees, University of California San Diego is the largest employer in the county. The institute encompasses education and research, translating into a large number of visiting professors and other professionals. This Sheraton is located 0.77 miles from UCSD amid Genesee Avenues’ hustle and bustle. Yet, the property’s eight acres of verdant landscaping, waterfalls and Koi pond feel more like a garden oasis than La Jolla’s business district. Hushed corridors in the 252 room low-rise are a welcome reprieve after a day of meetings. Should guests need to get their neurons shooting prior to an important presentation, maps of a 2.9 and 4.8 mile jogging route are available at the front desk. Humphreys restaurant, a favorite Shelter Island eating establishment, opened a satellite bistro in the hotel, offering their arsenal of fresh seafood dishes and wine selection. (UCSD room rate $149 per night.)

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive San Diego, CA 92122 - (858) 552-1234
Hyatt has dual proximity - it’s two miles from UCSD, but also three miles from Qualcomm Industry - the world leader in mobile technologies. Approximately 9,445 San Diego workers make the cellular powerhouse eighth top county employer. The tony Aventine caters to the stream of wireless innovators who flow in and out of town, providing a multilingual staff and currency exchange on property. With 7,500 foreign employees, Qualcomm utilizes a number of the 419 guestrooms. High speed internet and iPod docking stations seem fitting. As does the StayFit Gym, heated pool, and indoor basketball court. Adjacent Restaurant Row offers four eateries - Café Japango, sushi; Flemings, steak; Truluck’s seafood; and The Melting Pot, fondue. (Qualcomm room rate $159 per night. UCSD rate $199 per night - not always available.)

Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive San Diego, CA 92128 (858) 675-8500
Sony Electronics’ corporate headquarters in Rancho Bernardo began as a color television assembly plant with 73 employees in 1972. Today, a 94-acre site houses eight buildings with a workforce 1,500 strong. While this may not warrant a top ten spot, it deserves a nod when discussing prominent San Diego employers. The creators of PlayStation and VAIO computers cannot be dismissed due to its size. Sony is still one of the most recognized names worldwide. Rancho Bernardo Inn acknowledges their neighbors importance and partners with them regularly. Corporate guests receive discounts at The Spa, as well as the hotel restaurants. Many of Sony’s golf tournaments are hosted at the inn’s championship course. Four Diamonds and Stars are bestowed upon this property located 3.5 miles west of Sony. El Bizcocho restaurant was voted the city’s “highest rated” by Zagat. It shot to fame when former Chef Gavin Kaysen competed on Food Network’s reality series “The Next Iron Chef.” He was eliminated, but the same competition worthy cuisine is being served. (video) (Room rates start at $179 per night. Sony guests receive a discount.)

Hilton Garden Inn Rancho Bernardo
17240 Bernardo Center Drive San Diego, CA 92128 - (858) 676-1660
Garden Inn is the casual choice for Sony travelers. The focus is more utilitarian than luxurious. Comfortable accommodations support business needs. Oversized desks, ergonomic chairs, numerous outlets, data ports, and 24-hour office equipment ease meeting preparation. A hearty, made-to-order breakfast at the hotels Great American Grill, and room service from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. eliminate the need to dine out. Laundry service and ironing accessories ensure a suitable appearance. A complimentary shuttle for the 2.17 mile jaunt to Sony rounds out the amenities. (Room rates start at $179 per night. Sony guests receive a discount.)

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Sorrento Mesa
9650 Scranton Road San Diego, CA 92121 (858) 558-9600
This Courtyards sole purpose is to host visiting brainiacs working on Qualcomm’s various tech inventions. Guestrooms overlook the company’s plethora of buildings. The three story hotel is a pocket of relaxation among one of San Diego’s most entrepreneurial regions. Their troika of offerings - a Bistro, fluffy bedding and a business center - satisfy travelers needs. Media Pods feature wireless Internet access, power outlets for cell phone chargers and laptops, and a flat-screen TV. A coffee station doles out java starting in the wee AM hours. (Qualcomm room rate $146 per night.)