Downtown Gems: Flourishing Meeting Cities Boast Fresh Properties

Sheraton Grand Los Angeles

Following a $75 million renovation, Sheraton Grand Los Angeles debuted in April as a rebranded property that is keeping pace with all that is fascinating and trending downtown. Upgrades include the complete renovation of all 496 guest rooms and suites, and a refresh of the lobby and meeting spaces. Formerly the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel, the newest Grand offers 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, of which 26,000 sq. ft. are part of the renovations. The 10,000-square-foot California Ballroom accommodates 900.

“It goes without saying that the hotel team and management put a lot of time and passion into elevating Sheraton Grand Los Angeles to become a true flagship property for the brand,” says Jonathan Litvack, general manager of Sheraton Grand Los Angeles. “Downtown Los Angeles is going through a full resurgence with businesses flocking to the neighborhood, which is buzzing with new restaurants and retailers every day. It is more important than ever for our hotel to exceed guest expectations from both a design and service culture perspective.”

Sheraton Grand is adjoined to Macy’s Plaza and walking distance to Los Angeles Convention Center, Staples Center, Museum of Contemporary Art and Disney Concert Hall.

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Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

Vancouver’s second-tallest building will open this month. Standing 616 feet tall, with an original twisting design by famed architect Arthur Erickson, the 69-story mixed-use property has an ideal location in the Coal Harbour downtown area. It will offer 147 luxurious guest rooms and 217 residences above the hotel. The $360 million mixed-use development will feature 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, a champagne lounge, The Spa by Ivanka Trump, and Drai’s Vancouver, a pool, bar and nightclub.

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Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

The 1,360-room Marriott Marquis, which will wrap up a $107 million expansion this month, is a cross between a relaxing resort, with its own 446-slip marina, and a dynamic meeting property that is walking distance to San Diego Convention Center. The expansion will give the Marriott 280,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space. The new meeting structure will offer two 36,000-square-foot ballrooms, each capable of hosting up to 3,700 guests. Prefunction space will feature a unique Swarovski crystal ceiling installation. The new adjacent Marina Walk will connect downtown to the bay.

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