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IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the opening of InterContinental® San Diego – a new build 400-room property overlooking the scenic San Diego bayfront. This stunning hotel ushers in a new wave of luxury and sophistication to the downtown area. InterContinental San Diego redefines the San Diego waterfront, creating a new urban retreat and social epicenter for guests and locals. 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 finest shopping, dining and area attractions.

Elie Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer, Americas, IHG, said: “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. It further strengthens our luxury portfolio on the west coast and positions InterContinental for continued growth across the Americas.”

Ambrish Baisiwala, CEO, Portman Holdings said: “In conjunction with IHG, we are delighted to open InterContinental San Diego, the first luxury product in this market. Phase two of BRIC is the culmination of a multi-year 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 historic grounds of Lane Field – the former baseball stadium of the San Diego Padres from 1936 through 1957 – InterContinental San Diego’s preeminent location is steps away from the Embarcadero, which docks both the famed 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 boasts 400 elegant guestrooms with 24 spacious 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.

David Hall, General Manager of InterContinental San Diego said: “From first-class dining and amenities, to breathtaking bay views, the new InterContinental San Diego showcases an elevated level of luxury for leisure and business travelers not previously offered in this area of Southern California.”

InterContinental San Diego partnered with Linda Snyder Associates, Inc. to bring the destination and surrounding bay through the doors of the hotel, with an interior design that emanates a dream-like state wrapped in a city retreat. The hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the guest rooms, meeting spaces and public areas seek to bring the outdoors in, maximizing the glistening waterfront views and illumination of the Southern California sun. With an abundance of meeting and event space, the hotel 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 historic Lane Field Park. The brilliantly cosmopolitan 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.

InterContinental San Diego also features an expansive 4th floor rooftop pool, sundeck, and pool bar, a contemporary 3,300-square-foot health and wellness center with a yoga terrace and state-of-the-art video wall for on-demand workout classes, and the exclusive Club InterContinental lounge offering premium amenities and tailored services.

On the 3rd floor, two of San Diego’s most distinguished local chefs, Paul McCabe and Amy DiBiase, have 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 signature restaurant presents bright, bold 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.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, the largest luxury hotel brand in the world, is  experiencing exciting growth in the United States, with recent openings in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis, and another marquee InterContinental property in Houston slated to open by end of 2018. This hotel also marks IHG’s third property with Portman Holdings. Portman also owns the Hotel Indigo Denver Downtown and the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown.