InterContinental San Diego officially opens

A rendering of the InterContinental San Diego. Photo credit: IHG (The 400-room hotel overlooks the San Diego bayfront, and is owned by Portman Holdings and managed by IHG.)

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) opened the InterContinental San Diego—a new build, 400-room property overlooking the scenic San Diego bayfront. This is the third InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property in Southern California, and joins the recently opened InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown and the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City.

The InterContinental San Diego hotel is owned by Portman Holdings and is managed by IHG. The hotel, developed through a partnership with Portman, Lankford & Associates and Hensel Phelps, is part of the second phase of BRIC, Portman’s mixed-use development at the nexus of Broadway and Pacific Highway, conveniently close to the downtown’s shopping, dining and area attractions. 

“This flagship InterContinental hotel on San Diego’s waterfront is the latest addition to the world’s largest luxury hotel brand, and reflects our strong partnership with Portman Holdings," Elie Maalouf, CEO, Americas, IHG, said in a statement. "It further strengthens our luxury portfolio on the West Coast and positions InterContinental for continued growth across the Americas.” 

“In conjunction with IHG, we are delighted to open InterContinental San Diego, the first luxury product in this market," Ambrish Baisiwala, CEO, Portman Holdings said in a statement. "Phase two of BRIC is the culmination of a multiyear partnership with Hensel Phelps and Lankford & Associates to bring a premier, full-service hotel to San Diego’s waterfront. We have been privileged to work with the Port of San Diego and with the city of San Diego on both phases of this project.”

Located on the grounds of Lane Field—the former baseball stadium of the San Diego Padres from 1936 through 1957—InterContinental San Diego’s location is steps away from the Embarcadero, which docks both the USS Midway and Maritime Museum of San Diego, in addition to several cruise ship ports. It is also close to downtown hotspots, including Little Italy, the San Diego Convention Center, Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village and more. At 19 stories tall, the hotel offers 400 guestrooms with 24 panoramic suites; five on-property restaurants, bars and coffee shops; 95,000 square feet of meeting and event space; and impeccable service synonymous with Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts. 

InterContinental San Diego offers 35,000 square feet of flexible indoor space with natural light in every room, and 60,000 square feet of outdoor space, including multiple bay view terraces and Lane Field Park. The Pacific Ballroom can host events up to 1,500 in the grand 12,000-square-foot space with full-length windows framing iconic Santa Fe Depot and the downtown cityscape. The hotel also includes a 4th floor rooftop pool, sundeck, pool bar, a contemporary 3,300-square-foot health and wellness center with a yoga terrace, video wall for on-demand workout classes and the exclusive Club InterContinental lounge offering amenities and tailored services. 

On the 3rd floor, two local San Diego chefs, Paul McCabe and Amy DiBiase, joined forces to create Vistal, a united culinary vision that fuses into one their individual flairs and expertise. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the bay view restaurant presents combinations of flavor influenced by the Baja peninsula, Pacific islands, and Mediterranean fishing villages that have shaped San Diego culture. Launching in October 2018 will be Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in the brand’s first West Coast location. A ground-level Starbucks coffee shop and a 19th floor rooftop bar are expected to debut in early 2019. All retail portions of the hotel will be managed by San Diego-based Reef Real Estate Services.