by Matt Alderton | September 19, 2018
It's often said that San Diego has the best weather in the country. These days, however, the city is even sunnier than usual for the meetings industry thanks to the arrival of several highly-anticipated new meeting venues, the latest of which is the brand-new InterContinental San Diego, which has finally opened its doors in downtown San Diego, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced yesterday.
"This flagship InterContinental hotel on San Diego's waterfront is the latest addition to the world's largest luxury hotel brand," said IHG Americas CEO Elie Maalouf. "It further strengthens our luxury portfolio on the West Coast and positions InterContinental for continued growth across the Americas."

Located on the historic waterfront grounds of Lane Field -- the former baseball stadium of the San Diego Padres from 1936 through 1957 -- InterContinental San Diego stands 19 stories tall and has 400 guest rooms and suites, not to mention: five onsite restaurants, bars and coffee shops, including an eatery from noted local chefs Paul McCabe and Amy DiBiase, as well as the first West Coast location of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse; a fourth-floor rooftop pool and sundeck; a Club InterContinental club lounge; and a 3,300-square-foot health and wellness center with a yoga terrace and state-of-the-art video wall for on-demand workout classes.

For groups, the new hotel boasts 95,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including 35,000 square feet of flexible indoor space with natural light in every room and 60,000 square feet of outdoor space, including multiple bay-view terraces and historic Lane Field Park. The hotel's 12,000-square-foot Pacific Ballroom can host events of up to 1,500 people beside full-length windows that overlook San Diego's iconic Santa Fe Depot and downtown.

In fact, its vistas are the hotel's defining asset, according to IHG, which said there floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the property's guest rooms, meeting spaces and public areas that maximize daylight inside while showcasing waterfront views outside.

"From first-class dining and amenities, to breathtaking bay views, the new Intercontinental San Diego showcases an elevated level of luxury for leisure and business travelers not previously offered in this area of Southern California."

The InterContinental San Diego is only the latest in a string of recent enhancements across San Diego's meetings landscape. Head to NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com to see four other new or renovated venues that give meeting groups fresh choices in a city already packed with options.