By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor
Whether traveling for business or for pleasure, the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is a great choice for those seeking a quintessential Southern California hotel experience replete with spectacular waterfront views and picturesque sunsets. Conveniently located between the San Diego Convention Center and the San Diego Marina and adjacent to the infamous downtown Gaslamp District, this property is a prime location for those who want to see, do, and decompress while in town.
The 1,360 smoke-free and pet-free rooms at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina offer a luxurious and a peaceful respite from a busy day of sightseeing or meetings. Among the available premium guest room options are 55 suites as well as two luxury concierge levels that feature upgraded rooms, special cocktail hours, and breakfast and snack service.
Each and every room at the newly-renovated property offers an array of creature comforts like down and feather pillows, bathrobe, hair dryer, safe and luxurious bedding, such as down comforters and custom duvets. There is plenty of in-room entertainment to keep both the adults and kids busy, including Internet browser/Web TV, cable TV, and pay-per-view movies and videos. If you plan on getting some work done during your stay, the features like voice mail, speakerphone, and a work desk will come in handy as will the wired and wireless Internet connections available both in-room and in public areas throughout the hotel.
Amenities at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina are extensive and include room service, local restaurant dinner delivery, a fully-staffed concierge desk and a full-service business center. There is also on-site and valet parking. Of course, its signature 446 slip marina with boat rentals and water activities, coupled with its 61 meeting rooms across 75,000 square feet of meeting space—including two 40,000 square-foot high-tech ballrooms, make the location a prime pick for weddings, events, and business groups.
Food-centric travelers will appreciate the many stellar dining experiences located on the grounds. The Marina Kitchen restaurant delights with season-driven American fare and elevated comfort food within a plush space that proffers amazing panoramic views. This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers both a la carte and buffet-style dining throughout the day and evening. The Tequila Bar & Grille is open for lunch and dinner and provides views of the hotel’s large tropical pool area. You can also enjoy relaxing in the outdoor seating area with a delicious signature cocktail. The hotel also boasts its very own Starbucks location, open for breakfast and lunch. Also notably resident on the property is Roy’s, named one of San Diego’s best waterfront restaurants, which is open for lunch and dinner. Roy’s famously serves up Hawaiian-fusion cuisine with a combination of fresh ingredients, bold Asian spices, and European sauces.
At the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, there is much to do recreationally, both on-site and nearby. In addition to its world-class fitness center, there are also two free form outdoor pools with ample lounge seating, waterfalls, pop-jets for kids, a cozy fire pit and a whirlpool. The hotel is also situated very close to the beach at Coronado Island and the quaint Seaport Village shops and restaurants as well as at least seven different golf courses. Here, family vacations are made easy and exciting with a wide range of other nearby activities that includes bike rental, hiking, jogging, miniature golf, nature preserves, tennis, surfing, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking and jet skiing.
With incredible bay views, coastal chic accommodations, and a myriad of activity venues to choose from, the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is sure to make your personal or professional stay a pleasure.
"The Luxe List" Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions are accepted at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.
***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***