$130M dual-hotel opens in downtown

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Marriott International-owned Springhill Suites and Residence Inn

Marriott International-owned Springhill Suites and Residence Inn (Arash Afshar, Port of San Diego)

SAN DIEGO – A $130 million dual-hotel project in downtown San Diego had its grand opening celebration Thursday.

The Marriott International-owned Springhill Suites and Residence Inn, which share a building on Pacific Highway north of Broadway, bring 400 new rooms to the area’s lodging inventory. The majority of the rooms — 253 — are Springhill Suites units.

Construction began nearly two years ago. The building has 27,000 square feet of retail space, most of which faces San Diego Bay, about 11,400 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center, an outdoor pool and patio, and parking for more than 400 vehicles.

The Marriott International-owned Springhill Suites and Residence Inn

The Marriott International-owned Springhill Suites and Residence Inn (Arash Afshar, Port of San Diego)

The hotels sit at the former Lane Field, one of the homes of the minor league San Diego Padres.

The site includes a 1.6-acre baseball-themed park, and the hotel meeting rooms are named after former Pacific Coast League Padres players. They include Hall of Famer Ted Williams, a San Diego native, outfielder Max West, first baseman-outfielders Luke Easter and Jack Graham, and first baseman George McDonald.

Groundbreaking on a 400-room Intercontinental Hotel at Lane Field is scheduled in a few months, and more could be on the way in downtown.

A 317-room Pendry luxury hotel is under construction in the Gaslamp Quarter, while the holders of a ground lease near the San Diego Convention Center recently presented plans for a dual-hotel project to the Port of San Diego.

The planned makeover of the Navy headquarters complex at the foot of Broadway includes a pair of hotel towers. The developers hope to break ground on the massive project, which includes office towers and a retail center, by the end of this year.