The best part about the Marriott Marquis is the location. Our Executive Suite with grand balcony on the 13th floor faced straight to Coronado Island. We watched the boats in this San Diego Bay while we sipped champagne and marveled how even our toilet had a killer view. Find yourself minutes away from the Seaport Village, Petco Park, the Gaslamp district, and the San Diego Convention Center.
Besides all the conveniences in the hotel like Starbucks, fitness classes, a massive pool, and several restaurants, healthy vacationers can now workout with a view without leaving the comfort of their own room. Marriott’s in-room yoga program delivers yoga mats to your room while allowing you to stream original content from the onsite Wellness Warrior Hella Neumann. You can select six workouts including sunrise yoga, morning flow, sun salutations, meditation, core session and cool down.
End your Zen workout with healthy food and drink options at Marina Kitchen. Sample some honey-infused recipes or honey beer from the property’s very own beehives! Marina Kitchen also offers Monthly Wine Dinners with famed U.S. winemakers. The new Tasting Bar in Marriott’s Marina Kitchen offers a new large walk-up tasting bar and wine tastings too. Roy’s known for their Hawaiian fusion food is just right outside next to the pool.
By June the Marriott Marquis will have completed a $107 million dollar expansion in its events space with a brand-new two-level stacked ballroom (the largest on the West Coast) along with Marina Terrace, a grand outdoor area right on the bay, coupled with a stunning public walkway, Marina Walk. The new space will blend technology with design as you can marvel at a 16-screen video wall system and a unique Swarovski crystal ceiling installation.
FOOD + DRINK
Just a few minute walk from the Marriott Marquis you will find yourself in the heart of expensive and cheap eats in the Gaslamp Quarter’s 16 ½ block historical neighborhood. You can bump into just about every American chain or find something uniquely San Diego. If you have a night and a day, you may enjoy the following:
Searsucker – Sample zesty, discounted craft cocktails and gourmet bites and come early for their Happy Hour menu. Steal another drink at Bang Bang close by or walk to Bice (Italian fine dining) or Oceanaire (seafood) if you are looking for fine dining.
Ciro’s Pizzeria – For a late night slice o’ cheese and garlic knots, stumble behind Searsucker and Bang Bang for a crisp slice with any topping.
Barley Mash – Right across from Searsucker lies a beer drinking sports loving bar.
Hash House A Go Go – For utter brunch indulgence, drive a short distance to Hillcrest on your way out of the city for a glutinous nosh session including a tower of sage fried chicken and bacon waffles, S’more Mochas, and portions that will be make you take a day off from eating. Too long of a wait? Try The Tractor nearby with similar menu items.
For rooftop cocktails, try the Hard Rock Hotel, the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp, or the Andaz San Diego.
If you have more time, we heard Phil’s BBQ and Lolita’s Taco Shop are a must.
If you are driving from the Los Angeles area, stop in La Jolla, just north of San Diego. Stretch your legs and scan the Pacific Ocean horizon at La Jolla Shores or La Jolla Cove where you can hopefully secure a spot at George’s at the Cove for a drink. Windansea Beach nearby is the best spot to watch surfers, and soak up a sunset at this local coastal community.
If you have just a day in San Diego, pick one of the following ways to explore the city:
Sample Italian bites in the best Little Italy in America.
Try a guided culinary walking tour with BiteSanDiego.
Rent electric bikes and cruise up hills easily, and spend more time watching the scenery than pedaling with San Diego Fly Rides.
Walk around Balboa Park. Duck into one of many museums or art galleries or spend time at the zoo.
Walk around the Seaport Village.
Hike in Torrey Pines State Reserve for cliff hanging ocean views.
Watch a sunset at Sunset Cliffs.
Rent a yellow Go Car to zip all over the city and zoom to Point Lomo. The world’s first GPS guided tour car will definitely be an adventure.
Kayak in Mission Bay, then walk, skateboard, roller skate, or bike the scenic Mission Beach boardwalk along the ocean front landscape.
All photos courtesy of Melissa Curtin.