Construction of the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center in Chula Vista, California, is now underway.
The Gaylord Pacific – Gaylord Hotels’ sixth property – is anticipated to have 1,600 guestrooms, including 89 suites with 12 Presidential Suites. Expected to open in the summer of 2025, it will serve as a key component of the Chula Vista Bayfront, located in Chula Vista and within close proximity to San Diego. Marriott International will manage the resort and convention center under a long-term management agreement.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the property was held on July 27, 2022. It was attended by the Gaylord Pacific’s developers RIDA Development Corporation and ARES Management, finance partners, officials from the City of Chula Vista, Port of San Diego and the State of California, Marriott executives, group customers, and other project supporters.
“We are thrilled to announce the growth of the Gaylord Hotels brand with the addition of the Gaylord Pacific Resort & Convention Center,” said Anthony Capuano, CEO, Marriott International. “Adding a West Coast group destination of this scale and quality to Marriott’s portfolio will provide our customers the exceptional meetings and events service and design that the Gaylord Hotels brand is known for in a highly desired, premier Southern California location.”
Gaylord Pacific is expected to offer more than 418,746 square feet of indoor and outdoor convention center space, inclusive of a flexible 143-553-square-foot, carpeted exhibit hall, up to 62 technologically advanced breakout and conference rooms, and five outdoor event lawns and terraces.
Plans for the hotel include a glass lobby atrium with views of the San Diego Bay along with nine restaurants and bars, a full-service Relâche signature spa and salon, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The resort is also slated to feature a premium outdoor waterpark complex with water slides, a full wave pool, adult and kid’s pools, and a lazy river as well as ample pool seating and cabanas.
Russ Mitchell, most recently director of sales and marketing at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, will serve as the director of sales and marketing for the Gaylord Pacific and will lead a team with the goal of pre-booking more than 1.5 million room nights prior to opening.