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The Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, California Enters
into Final Phase of its $25 Million Transformation

Unveils Newly Designed Meeting and Event Space

San Diego, CA (March 20, 2012) – The Westin Gaslamp Quarter’s property-wide renovation is one step closer to completion with the recent debut of the new, 5,940-square-foot San Diego Ballroom and adjoining 5,752-square-foot outdoor Garden Terrace on the hotel’s 4th floor. The modern space elevates the typical ballroom look and experience with decorative finishes, state-of-the-art lighting, sound and rigging capabilities, boasting views of downtown San Diego.

“With a combined 11,600 square feet of brand new, modern event space to add to our multi-faceted venue options, we’re looking forward to welcoming back past clients, accommodating new groups and expanding our social catering capabilities,” says Paul Rotunno, Westin Gaslamp Quarter’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “We are confident that businesses, event planners, brides-to-be and families celebrating milestone events will discover that the ballroom and terrace are unique to San Diego and the downtown area and offer the perfect space for meetings, galas and celebrations of all kinds.”

In total, the Westin Gaslamp features approximately 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space spanning four floors, including the newly remodeled, 9,064-square-foot California Ballroom and eight breakout rooms on the 2nd floor, three large meeting rooms on the 3rd floor that can combine with a private outdoor patio and indoor foyer with secluded bathrooms and elevator access, and three meeting rooms located adjacent to the lobby on the hotel’s first floor. Floor-to-ceiling enhancements, including new carpet, wall coverings, artwork and lighting were completed to the 2nd and 3rd floor spaces in fall of 2011 following the Westin Gaslamp’s summer debut as the first Westin hotel in the nation to introduce the brand’s new guest room design.

The new meeting spaces offer a contemporary, timeless sensibility with modern touches. Concise, linear qualities give the spaces an architectural feel that is softened with subtle design cues tied to the elements of nature. The spaces are further enhanced with eco-friendly materials such as LED lights, earth tones, windows and natural textures that bring the feel of the outdoors inside and top-of-the-line ergonomic furniture.

The Westin Gaslamp Quarter is in the final phase of its $25 million transformation to include a new arrival experience and the debut of Pinzimini, an Italian bistro-styled restaurant and bar to be open in May 2012.

About The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
Situated in San Diego’s lively downtown, just steps from shops, restaurants, theatres, art galleries and nightclubs. The hotel offers 450 guestrooms including eight suites, and 35,000 square feet of meeting space including the 9,000-square foot California Ballroom and the 5,900-square-foot San Diego Ballroom with a 5,700-square-foot outdoor terrace event space.  Facilities include a WestinWORKOUT, an outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa.  Nearby attractions include the world famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, the USS Midway Museum and Coronado Island.  Adjacent to the Westfield Horton Plaza Shopping Mall and just three miles from the San Diego International Airport, the hotel is convenient to the San Diego Convention Center and numerous corporate offices and courthouses.  For reservations and additional information, please visit or call 619.239.2200.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1051 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM.  The company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit


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