Fairmont and Manchester Financial partnering on San Diego property

i By January 23, 2023 No Comments

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Manchester Financial Group announced last week the siging of definitive agreements for the development and management of a Fairmont hotel in downtown San Diego, California.

Scheduled to open in 2027, Fairmont Manchester San Diego will be located on the North Embarcadero of the San Diego Bay, directly across from the USS Midway Aircraft Museum, adjacent to the Cruise Ship Terminal, and within walking distance of the San Diego Convention Center and the city’s famous Gaslamp Quarter.

The hotel is part of a landmark development transforming San Diego’s downtown waterfront with over five acres of green space and more than 1.7 million square feet of best-in-class offices, retail, restaurants, public art and entertainment.

The 36-storey glass tower will feature 1,160 rooms, including 69 suites and Fairmont Gold, the brand’s hotel-within-a-hotel experience offering VIP service, exclusive lounge and private reception desk.

Amenities at the Fairmont Manchester San Diego will include:

  • luxury spa and fitness facilities;
  • 120,000+ square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, including two 20,000 square-foot ballrooms;
  • and six dining venues, including a 160-seat signature restaurant, coastal Baja cusine, noodle shop, rooftop poolside grill, gourmet café, and lobby bar, each offering indoor and outdoor seating.

Working in close collaboration with Accor’s Luxury Design & Technical Services team, Gensler will serve as both architect and interior designer for the development, bringing to life a vision that melds Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern influences. Touches of bronze will warm and illuminate the all-glass façade of the building. The interiors will be adorned with rich fabrics, large-scale art installations, and vibrant pops of blue and bronze.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work again with our partners at Manchester Financial Group to bring another landmark property to life,” said Mark Willis, CEO, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “Opening as our largest-to-date Fairmont in the US, this project represents an incredible opportunity to bring the signature luxury experience for which Fairmont is known around the globe, an an unprecedented scale and magnitude to downtown San Diego. This marks the continued expansion of the brand, not only across California, but further strengthening Fairmont’s presence as one of the leading luxury hotel brands in North America.”

“It is extremely meaningful to me to be able to contribute to this incredible community in which I was fortunate enough to grow up. From my days of selling papers at the Coronado Ferry when i was only ten years old, I’ve had my eye on what I think is one of the most outstanding stretches of land in the world, and it is such an honour to play a role in its revitalization,” said Papa Doug Manchester, chairman, Manchester Financial Group. “I’ve partnered with Fairmont on several other notable projects, and could not think of a more perfect brand and partner to transform this prime location into a globally renowed hotel. From the stunning design to the impeccable service and best-in-class amenities, Fairmont Manchester San Diego is going to set a new standard for luxury hospitality in downtown San Diego, and I look forward to the opportunities this partnership will bring to the market.”