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The highly anticipated Margaritaville Hotel San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is now open in downtown San Diego, marking the brand’s first city-center location on the West Coast.

“After much dreaming and planning, we are delighted to formally open our doors… in San Diego,” said gm Jim Hollister in a media announcement. “With our signature ‘no worries’ easy-going vibe and welcoming service, we look forward to bringing this unique style of hospitality to our beloved city of San Diego.”

Indeed, the relaxing has already begun. Following a nearly $30 million property-wide reimagination, the new hotel has unveiled a distinctly Southern California take on the Margaritaville experience and is now home to San Diego’s largest rooftop pool deck, vibrant and beachy accommodations, flexible meeting and event spaces and—ensuring that no one will be “wasting away” here—three dining and entertainment destinations for sipping and savoring.

Decor, Dining and Drinks Create Beachy Vibe at the Margaritaville Hotel San Diego

Putting a local spin on the Margaritaville look, the lobby is reminiscent of Baja California, with a mission style created by stucco, custom hand-made furnishings from reclaimed wood, and creative works by Mexican artists. Even the brand’s signature margarita glass chandelier is unique to the region, comprised of colorful, eye-catching pieces hand-blown in Mexico.

Extending from the lobby into the halls and common spaces, the design also was influenced by Margaritaville songwriter Jimmy Buffett’s Laurel Canyon days, evoking a new “Summer of Love” with whimsical portraits in the vein of Andy Warhol and murals of classic VW buses stacked with colorful surfboards.

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SoCal-themed room at the Margaritaville Hotel San Diego.

Meanwhile, the hotel’s 235 guestrooms and suites offer casual luxury with white shiplap walls, rattan accents and cheerful seaside hues, with authentic surfboards hanging on the walls alongside framed Jimmy Buffett albums.

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The LandShark Bar & Grill serves burgers, fish sandwiches, salads and cold SandShark lager.

Dining venues include the LandShark Bar & Grill, offering a coastal-inspired menu and large garage-style doors opening onto the streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Or head to what is now the city’s largest rooftop pool deck, where a party is waiting at the 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar.

Available to book until Oct. 31, 2023, the Margaritaville Hotel San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is offering a grand opening package that includes 20 percent off the best available rate, two specialty cocktails from LandShark Bar & Grill or 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar and $10 off parking.

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