Convention Center

The San Diego Convention Center is located on sparkling San Diego Bay in the heart of a vibrant downtown and was recently named one of the top three convention centers in the world. Abundant, flexible space and five-star service make the San Diego Convention Center the meeting planners choice for hosting major conventions, trade shows, meetings and special events.

With beautiful panoramic views of both the city and the bay, it is ideally situated within a mile of 7,500 first-class hotel rooms and 10 minutes from the airport. Within walking distance are a variety of unique shopping and dining experiences including Horton Plaza, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp Quarter. Downtown transportation is both convenient and stylish with horse-drawn carriages, the San Diego Trolley and the Coronado Ferry. The Trolley links downtown, Old Town and Mission Valley hotels to the Convention Center. The Trolley also connects the Center to the Mexican border.

With the newly expanded Center now open, the San Diego Convention Center has doubled its size, boasting 1.7 million interior gross sq. ft. It will feature 615,701 sq. ft. of exhibit space; 204,114 sq. ft. of meeting space including two 40,000-sq.-ft. ballrooms; and 284,494 sq. ft. of pre-function, lobby and registration areas. Over half a million square feet of contiguous exhibit space is divisible into seven halls of varying size, with streamlined columns in selected halls for column-free space.

The building's architectural centerpiece, the 90,000-sq.-ft. Sails Pavilion, is now glass-enclosed and has been significantly enhanced with an industry standard trade show floor, state-of the-art lighting and a new cooling and heating system for maximum comfort all year-round. The Sails Pavilion remains the largest column-free special events area in North America, perfect for accommodating a variety of events ranging from trade show and food and beverage functions, to new product introductions and gala events.

Along with being one of the nation's most architecturally striking facilities, the San Diego Convention Center is the recipient of three Planners Choice Awards and four Prime Site Awards.

Exhibit Hall: 525,701 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space on Ground Level 90,000 sq. ft. of column-free exhibit space in the Sails Pavilion on Upper Level

Meeting/Event: 72 meeting/banquet rooms totaling 204,114 sq. ft. of space, including two 40,000 sq. ft. ballrooms, - 90,000 sq. ft. of column-free space in Sails Pavilion - 8 show manager offices overlooking Exhibit Halls - Landscaped Terrace levels with spectacular bay views - ideal for receptions and breaks.

Pre-function: 284,494 sq. ft. of pre-function, lobby, registration and circulation areas including our lobby which features 115,756 sq. ft. of convenient registration areas.

Parking: 1,950-car garage

Truck Access: 50 loading docks with 8 direct drive-in accesses to Exhibit Halls including a 30 ft. high elephant door located at Hall H - On-site crate storage allowed.

Elevators: 8 passenger elevators - 3 freight elevators, 2 with 20,000 lbs. capacity and one with 10,000 lbs. capacity - 5 service elevators with 5,000 lbs. capacity - 12 escalators

Clearances: Halls A, B & C: 27 ft. to the bottom of truss; 40 ft. to ceiling - Halls D & E: 27 ft. to bottom of truss; 39 ft. to ceiling - Halls F, G & H: 36 ft. to bottom of truss; 64 ft. to ceiling

Electrical: 120, 208, 227, 480 V (Single and Three Phase) - Full range of electrical services

Telecommunications: A full range of voice, data and Internet services provided via CAT 5 wiring, multi-mode and single-mode fiber - Fiber connectivity with headquarters hotel.

Food Services: 8 concession stands in Exhibit Hall - 2 full-service kitchens - Portable specialty services.

Audio-Visual: Complete A/V production capabilities.

Business Services: Full-service business center providing: fax, copying, express mail, packaging and printing.

Lobby Services: ATM - Restaurant information and reservation booth - Uniformed, white gloved doormen - Administrative desk - Ample supply of pay phones - Fiber connectivity.

Other: Ticketing services available with permanent and portable box offices - Building in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act


615,701 sq. ft. of total exhibit space
525,701 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space
90,000 sq. ft. Sails Pavilion - exhibit, reception, special event space
Two - 40,000 sq. ft. ballrooms
204,114 sq. ft. of overall meeting space
72 meeting rooms
284,494 sq. ft. of pre-function, lobby, and registration space

Hotels Convention Center

Address: 1 Market Place, San Diego CA, 92101 Check Rates
Hotel Chain: Hyatt
Our prime Waterfront location is adjacent to Seaport Village and near the San Diego Convention Center. With easy access to San Diego Zoo, Sea World®, historic Old Town, Balboa Park, golf, tennis and beaches. A resort-like setting with shopping, entertainment, dining; makes our hotel the best possible choice for you when visiting America's finest city. More info
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Downtown Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego $$$$ Rating
Red Line Address: 555 West Ash Street, San Diego CA, 92101 Check Rates
Hotel Chain: Best Western
The Best Western Bayside Inn is an ideal setting for business, meeting and social events, as well as a perfect location for the leisure traveler. We are situated in the heart of Downtown San Diego, only three blocks from the San Diego Bay.The Best Western is an enjoyable walk to such sights as the Convention Center (1 mile away), Civic Center, Seaport Village, San Diego Trolley, the Star of India and Harbor Tours Excursions. More info
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Downtown Best Western Bayside Inn $$ Rating
Red Line Address: 840 A Street, San Diego CA, 92101 Check Rates
Hotel Chain: Best Western
The newly renovated Best Western Cabrillo Garden Inn is a charming Spanish-styled Inn located in the heart of downtown San Diego. Surrounded by world-class financial towers, the Inn nestles within its own lush flora, offering the most exquisite ambiance of residential warmth along with the convenience of prosperous businesses, sports, entertainment and historic districts. More info
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Downtown Best Western Cabrillo Garden Inn $$$ Rating
Red Line Address: 1531 Pacific Highway, San Diego CA, 92101 Check Rates
Hotel Chain: Hampton Inn
Located just minutes from the San Diego Convention Center and the Gaslamp Quarter; travelers may take the complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. Just around the corner, you can hop on a trolley for Old Town, Seaport Village, Gaslamp Quarter, the Convention Center, Mission or Fashion Valley mall. A two-block stroll puts you in the heart of little Italy or the Embarcadero along San Diego Bay, where you may enjoy spectacular sunsets. More info
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Downtown Hampton Inn by Hilton San Diego Downtown $$$ Rating
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Restaurants Convention Center

Address: 565 5th Avenue, San Diego CA, 92101 Make Reservation
Blue Point
Blue Point was the first seafood and oyster bar to open in the Gaslamp over a decade ago, and it remains one of the very best. The restaurant pays special attention to interpreting seafood classics in fresh ways that delight all the senses. Specialties extend to a selection of steak and chops, so that both the menu and interior call to mind an old fashioned supper club with nautical flair. A striking and impressively well-stocked antique bar completes the relaxed elegance that keeps Blue Point on the Gaslamp’s favored list. More ...
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Downtown Seafood $$$ Excellent Excellent Ratings
Red Line Address: 675 L Street, San Diego CA, 92101 Make Reservation
McCormick & Schmick's
Each one of McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants throughout the United States is designed to create an environment that is unique and welcoming; the one in Downtown San Diego is no different. Located in the Omni Hotel on the corner of L and 7th Street the restaurant is connected via skybridge to Petco Park. The ever-changing menu features the highest quality of steak, like the tender aged Filet Mignon as well as seafood choices from the Pacific Rim, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Also, the award winning bar food is just as satisfying as the main entrees. Indulge in classic favorites like the McCormick & Schmick’s Cheeseburger or the Black Mussels with roasted tomatoes and basil. Visit during Happy Hour to enjoy the bar’s specialty cocktails and food options for a great price. More ...
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Downtown Seafood $$$ Excellent Excellent Ratings
Red Line Address: 628 5th Avenue, San Diego CA, 92101 Make Reservation
La Fiesta
La Fiesta is a Mexican restaurant located in the heart of the Gaslamp. Just a few blocks away from the MTS trolley station it is an easy commute, and well worth the trip. Patrons can find themselves in a relaxed setting that is acceptable for all ages. The decoration involves both an elegant dining setting and a more casual area that includes a full bar. The margaritas are big hits so it is a great place to come for a drink after work with. All the food is served fresh and original as Chef Raul Degadillo puts a San Diego spin on traditional dishes. Enter hungry and leave full. They even have DJs spinning a mix of Salsa, Reggaeton, and Top 40 from Thursday to Saturday. More ...
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Downtown Mexican $$ Good Excellent Ratings
Red Line Address: 329 Market Street, San Diego CA , 92101 Make Reservation
Royal India
Royal India is where to go when you want to dine like kings and queens. The Gaslamp area restaurant serves authentic Northern Indian cuisine in a refreshing, elegant setting. An outdoor patio offers prime views of downtown foot traffic, while inside, the tall ceilings and open space give the feel of a modern palace, complete with regal décor imported from India. Ornate chandeliers cast an elegant glow, while a cascading waterfall offers a backdrop of serenity. The menu is as rich as its surroundings, with flavorful curries, tandoori kababs, and a tempting array of fresh tandoor-baked breads. If you’re unable to make your mind up about the menu, visit during lunch or on Monday evenings, when over 20 dishes are offered buffet-style. More ...
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Downtown Indian $$ Good Excellent Ratings
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