In June 2019, The Guild Hotel opened in downtown San Diego. The 162-room Marriott Tribute Portfolio property is housed in a historic landmark, 1920s-era Army-Navy YMCA building. The boutique hotel revives a hospitality space that served as a place of respite and leisure for millions of service men and women. The Guild’s exterior Italian Renaissance-style facade and staircase ares true to its original design and guests are welcomed into a redesigned contemporary lobby that includes a full-service bar. Guest rooms include cozy, European-inspired accommodations and the property also offers a two-bedroom penthouse suite with private rooftop deck. Headed by Executive Chef Justin Vaiciunas, Luca restaurant highlights the city’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle with a main room centered around a vibrant outdoor courtyard that serves as an urban oasis in the heart of downtown. Luca’s menu features light Mediterranean-inspired fare.The YMCA’s former basketball court with elevated running track has been transformed into a grand ballroom featuring original brick wall inlays and hardwood floors. The former underground pool on the basement level is now reimagined into a one-of-a-kind event space with some original design elements intact. Various private spaces throughout the property are available for special meetings, celebrations and signature programming.
Carté®, a new luxury lifestyle hotel from Curio Collection by Hilton,™ will open August 2019. Located in San Diego’s vibrant Little Italy neighborhood near downtown and San Diego Bay, Carté offers 246 distinctive, modern guest rooms that are fiber wired and offer wireless internet along with a 55-inch 4K LED TV. Custom designed furniture includes an oversized work desk, plush pillow-top mattress and fiber bedding. Each guestroom has a refrigerator and floor to ceiling windows. The spacious executive guestrooms include a sitting area and spectacular views of San Diego Bay and downtown. Watercolors Restaurant is the on-site eatery, serving quality sea-to-table cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a private dining space called Branzino that can host up to 35 people. Guests can explore the region’s wines by sampling varietals from Southern California and Northern Mexico at Fonte di Vino, and cocktail lovers can enjoy a stunning sunset with handcrafted libations at Above Ash Social, the 16th-floor rooftop venue. Carté guests have access to Fit Athletic Club, providing yoga, hot-yoga, spin classes and a cross fit course for additional fees. The hotel’s 4th floor, 1,200-square-foot Amici meeting space has architecture and design elements depicting San Diego’s beach communities, floor to ceiling windows and three 80-inch built-in LED TVs. The hotel offers space on the rooftop for social and private events.
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