SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

April 23, 2012 13:39 ET

Historic San Diego Hotel Was Previously a Bank in the 1920s

Courtyard San Diego Downtown Is Bursting With Historic Charm

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 23, 2012) - Standing boldly near San Diego's vibrant downtown and vivacious Gaslamp Quarter, one of the premier historic San Diego hotels welcomes travelers with modern conveniences splashed with reminders of days past.

Transformed into an impressive choice among hotels near Balboa Park and other popular San Diego attractions, the Courtyard San Diego Downtown hotel, once home to the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank, now welcomes visitors to entrust their valued time for rest and relaxation to its impeccable accommodations and renowned Marriott service. Stepping into the hotel lobby guests experience the marbled glean of antique iron chandeliers dangling from the 32-foot ceiling and are surrounded by decorative columns and meticulously restored hardwood and bronze teller wickets.

Magnificently restored to include 230 fully modern guest rooms and 15 spacious suites, this San Diego Gaslamp hotel's gracious accommodations include pampering amenities amidst the grandeur of historic charm so guests can experience the atmosphere of a true San Diego escape. From personalized 24-hour front-door valet service and the nearby San Diego Trolley to international cable service and complimentary high-speed Internet, the mix of traditional customs with contemporary services makes the Courtyard's downtown San Diego hotel an ideal choice whether traveling for business or leisure. Boasting Italian Romanesque Revival architecture, the building originally opened in 1928 as the city's tallest office building and even housed a long, narrow shooting gallery on the roof behind the Penthouse. There, a gun club of bank employees mastered their shooting skills with firing practice should they ever become confronted by bandits. The shooting gallery is now a 14th floor hallway; but before being converted to such, also served FBI tenants during the 1940s.

Event planners looking for an intriguing and inspirational San Diego location can secure their meeting needs inside the former bank's impressive vault, as the hotel's historic Safe Deposit Meeting Room is walled with a backdrop of safe deposit boxes and anchored by a 47,000 pound vault door, originally installed in 1928 by the Mosler Safe Company. Boasting 4,500 square feet of total event space and a location near the San Diego Convention Center, this one-of-a-kind choice among conference hotels in downtown San Diego, is ideal for business seminars, corporate meetings and elegant social affairs. Dedicated event managers, on-site catering professionals and a full menu of business equipment and services are available to help ensure a successful gathering.

About the Courtyard San Diego Downtown
The Courtyard San Diego Downtown hotel welcomes travelers to the romantic charm of one of the city's finest restorations where exceptional service and an extensive choice of impeccable guest accommodations are conveniently located just steps from exciting San Diego attractions. Offering a wide variety of San Diego hotel packages to meet the needs of business travelers, families and groups, the hotel's location inside this landmark property makes it a destination in itself that is sure to render a uniquely comfortable hotel experience.

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