The New InterContinental San Diego

The luxury hotel opens in September 2018

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InterContinental San Diego is a hotel that downtown desperately needs. I can’t wait to check in.

This San Diego luxury hotel will offer views over the San Diego Bay, five dining outlets, 400 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a Club InterContinental level, and service that is synonymous with the brand.

Reservations are available starting in September 2018.

Rooms with Views

View of Coronado from an InterContinental San Diego room

Every guestroom is poised to have a water view. How nice is that? The 400 rooms include 24 spacious suites.

Club InterContinental

Downtown San Diego needs more club level rooms. I’m a huge fan of Club InterContinental and am hoping that this one will live up to the others I’ve personally experienced.

These lounges offer Club level guests a quiet, luxe retreat to work and relax in. Typical amenities include complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors-d’oeuvres and cocktails in addition to grab-and-go snacks and non-alcoholic beverages throughout during the day.

The food, in my experience at other Club InterContinentals, is excellent. And, this one will have a private outdoor terrace.

See also: Luxury Hotel Review: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

Exterior of InterContinental San Diego

InterContinental San Diego Dining

InterContinental San Diego brought on two beloved local chefs, Chef Paul McCabe and Chef Amy DiBiase. The hotel’s five dining outlets will include Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, a signature lobby-level restaurant with an open kitchen, 19th-floor rooftop bar, pool bar, and café

In addition to helping shape the signature restaurant, Chef Paul McCabe will oversee the hotel’s comprehensive food and beverage program, including banquets serving 95,000 square feet of event space.

A seasoned industry veteran with over 30 years of experience and training in Californian, Mediterranean, Southwestern and Pacific Rim cuisines, McCabe was previously with Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Arizona, and is most known for his instrumental role in putting L’Auberge Del Mar’s KITCHEN 1540 on the map.

McCabe has garnered esteemed industry awards and recognition over the years, including being named as a “rising star of American cuisine” by the James Beard Foundation.

San Diego celebrity chef, Amy DiBiase, will manage all aspects of the hotel’s signature restaurant, 4th-floor pool bar, and in-room dining. DiBiase brings over a decade of SanDiego-specific experience to her new role, following her most recent stint with Grand Restaurant Group and the opening of Tidal at Paradise Resort & Spa, which won numerous awards as San Diego’s best new restaurant in 2014.

In the kitchen, DiBiase is known for putting a California twist on Italian and French cuisine and plans to bring a fresh take on some of her signature dishes.

Other Amenities

An expansive health and wellness center overlooking the bay is equipped with a personalized video wall and stunning outdoor yoga terrace. A business center is also available. I’m sure there will be more to add to this section after the hotel opens.

Bookings Start September 2018

InterContinental San Diego lobby rendering

Right now, the best way to book InterContinental San Diego is through Sign up for IHG rewards and receive a slight discount off of the best available rate. I suspect that the hotel will eventually become part of luxury hotel consortiums if it winds up being as luxe as I hear it will be.

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