Hilton San Diego Bayfront made some recent upgrades to its meetings offerings that earned it recognition in Cvent’s list of 2014 Top 100 Meetings Hotels in the U.S. Ranked No. 6 on the list, the 1,190-room hotel is the only one in California ranked in the top 10, competing with hotels such as ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville and Hyatt Regency Chicago. New meeting spaces, Internet upgrades and creative teambuilding opportunities are some of the highlights that meeting planners should check out.
With 165,000 sf of meeting space, the San Diego hotel has the highest ratio of meeting space to hotel rooms in downtown San Diego, and its location next to the San Diego Convention Center make it the main hotel for several conventions such as the annual Comic-Con International San Diego convention. Plus, the newly renovated pool deck, including renovations to the Pool Club Bar & Lounge and the 10,000-sf waterfront event plaza, is designed for groups to overlook the San Diego Bay in the backdrop.
For after-the-meeting networking, the hotel renovated the Odysea Bar and Lounge, which features handcrafted cocktails and local beer in both its indoor setting and patio space. The addition of the Media Lounge, which features plasma televisions, PC and Mac computers and intimate tables, is another productive spot for business meetings. The hotel also underwent an Internet upgrade in the guest rooms, meeting rooms and public spaces so those areas have the highest speeds available in the marketplace, says Donovan Henson, the area director of sales and marketing.
Another perk for the hotel: The warm San Diego weather makes it easy to have outdoor teambuilding activities. Henson says that the hotel offers yoga classes in the 4.3-acre Bayfront Park, located outside the hotel. Groups can also coordinate a build-a-bike program for charity or even participate in mini marathons. Its location in downtown also make it easy to do a bike tour to Coronado Island or a scavenger hunt around the downtown area. The Gaslamp District and PETCO Park are within walking distance, so attendees could grab a cocktail at one of the local bars before heading to watch a Padres game.