• San Diego Marriott Mission Valley Wraps Up $9 Million Renovation

    POSTED March 1, 2018

The completed $9 million expansion of San Diego Marriott Mission Valley recently opened its doors again an upgraded wedding and events lawn, stunning new fire feature, decorative fencing, a completely new meeting space, a lobby bar, and the first signature M Club Lounge in San Diego. Adaptable from morning until night, the reimagined restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, and a communal space for more social and interaction and business.

The M Club Lounge is an area reserved for Elite and Club paying members. Some perks include complimentary food and beverage options that are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, there is free Wi-Fi and printing.

“We are thrilled to off our loyal guests and elevated hotel experience in Mission Valley,” said General Manager Justin Gammon. “Our modern design aesthetic feels timeless and is in keeping with the casual San Diego culture. Our renovation touches on nearly every aspect of the hotel and offers our guests a deeper sensory experience featuring a layering of textures and colors. San Diego is a place for leisure and business and we feel like we have addressed the needs of all our travelers.”

The renovation also included an update to the 33,550-square foot event space, with efficient lighting, new modern décor, and revitalized meeting spaces designed to encourage communication and productivity.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has selected the Monarch Beach Resort in Orange County, California, as a recipient of the 2018 “Chairman Award” for the Hotel of the Year.

The award, given to an ALHI member hotel or resort, celebrates outstanding leadership and loyalty to performance in the preceding year. The award also celebrates a property’s teamwork with ALHI’s Global Sales Team to benefit the meetings and events industry.


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