Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, a waterfront resort on the San Diego harbor, has completed the first phase of an $88 million renovation. This includes upgrading and refurbishing 97,000 square feet of meeting space, comprising two main ballrooms, a new outdoor pavilion, a lower-level ballroom/foyer and multiple breakout rooms in the hotel’s Marina Tower.
To accommodate the increasing trend towards hybrid meetings, or meetings that are both in-person and remote, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has partnered with Fluid Sound. The local AV integrator created a Zoom Broadcast Room featuring a built-in Zoom system that allows users to join a virtual meeting by typing in a meeting code.
Also featured are an 85-inch Samsung Flip screen that can be used as a whiteboard, built-in ceiling microphone and speakers along with a camera. Other meeting rooms feature similar technology, according to a company spokesperson.
The meeting spaces and ballrooms will connect to the overall new design of the Marina Tower – encompassing public spaces and dining as well as guest rooms – slated to be done in three phases with completion scheduled for mid-2022.
Airy Coastal Ambience
“Our goal was to create an airy coastal ambience, enabling business and meeting guests to unwind and connect,” said Sean Clancy, vice president and general manager of Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. “These new upgrades are sleek yet welcoming – with a cool coastal vibe – taking a cue from our spectacular harbor-front setting.”
Under the direction of ForrestPerkins, a residential and hospitality interior design firm the new meeting spaces are inspired by the waterfront location and include hues of white, taupe, blue and green. The Dallas, Texas, design firm reimagined the interiors, which include elements like a more open lobby reconfigured as a public square of the hotel, and studios, or flexible workspaces available for guests to book.
Other highlights of the first phase of the $88 million renovation include: a 3-by-3-foot screen video wall that is customizable to address company messaging/branding; a new 20,000 square foot outdoor pavilion with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the harbor and downtown San Diego; and onsite health-centric additions and amenities such as bipolar ionization filtration system, water bottle fillable stations and hand sanitizer stations.
46 Boat Slips
At 130,000 square feet, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is located in the heart of the San Diego harbor, where it owns 46 boat slips in the harbor marina.
The hotel has 1,053 rooms split between two towers. There are three pools, two hot tubs and five dining venues, including Harbor’s Edge, Shoreline Cantina, Marina Market, Quinn’s Ale House and Bay Tower Lounge.
With visitor demand continuing to grow in San Diego, this was the right time to embark on the massive renovation project, said John Rovie, director of sales & marketing at Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.
“We’re excited to be updating the Sheraton San Diego during a time period when other meaningful investments in tourism, such as the Terminal One expansion at San Diego International Airport, are also underway,” he said. “Our resort is central to everything San Diego has to offer, and will benefit from these strategic improvements.
Improve Revenues, Guest Experience
“The San Diego hotel market has certainly been impacted in the short-term by the pandemic,” he continued. “Fortunately, the Sheraton San Diego has historically enjoyed a high occupancy in both the group and leisure segments. We’re confident that the improvements we’re making will significantly improve revenues and guest experience. As an example, during the meeting space renovation, we upgraded our internet, which is now expandable to 10GIG, and installed an air purification system in the meeting rooms and pre-function areas.”
“The best-in-destination improvements we’re making go well beyond design aesthetics and we’re certain that they’ll enhance our revenue base long-term,” he said.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER: Sean Clancy
HEADQUARTERS: Harbor Island
BUSINESS: Hotel accommodations and marina
NOTABLE: Undergoing an $88M renovation to be completed mid-2022.