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San Diego’s Westgate Hotel Puts on ‘Return to Versailles Palace’ Masquerade for New Year’s Eve (Costumes Encouraged)

December 14, 2016

(San Diego, CA)– San Diego’s very own Parisian palace, The Westgate Hotel, invites guests to ring in the New Year by stepping back into the 18th century for an alluring evening of timeless decadence with a Masquerade Night in Versailles. A five-course dinner, elegant masked ball, Moët & Chandon Champagne toasts, and luxurious guest rooms to sleep in late on New Year’s Day are all part of the experience.

Upon arrival, guests will make their way up the Westgate’s grand staircase to be whisked away from the modern age and transported to a haven of French aristocratic elegance. The Versailles Court will begin check-in at 7 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. guests will indulge in French crafted libations such as Champagne, French 75 and Side Cars. Following the reception, at 8:30 p.m., guests will sit down to a lavish five-course Parisian Royale Dinner prepared by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel, accompanied by flutes of Moët & Chandon, France’s very own 18th century Champagne creation; live music from a quintet combining French standard, contemporary, jazz and more; dancing; and masked opulence. Masked revelers can dance the night away to welcome 2017 with a champagne toast.

“We are beyond excited to be throwing the most elegant and memorable New Year’s event San Diego has seen,” said Richard Cox, General Manager at The Westgate Hotel. “A masquerade ball set in Versailles couldn’t be done anywhere but here. Guests will truly get the sense of 18th century France as it was, and ring in 2017 in a very special way.”

It is the perfect occasion to transform yourself into a French Royale, King, or Queen – someone Marie Antoinette herself couldn’t resist. Costumes and masks are encouraged. The cost to attend is $259 per person. Tax and gratuity are additional.

Overnight accommodations are available for guests interested in extending the party to New Year’s Day. Luxurious guestroom and amenity options include:

  • Le Versailles: One night stay in a premier room, five-course wine pairing dinner for two for $850.
  • Marie Antoinette: One night stay in a premier room, five-course wine pairing dinner for two, brunch for two, Versailles snack delivered at midnight and in-room party favors for $1,055.
  • Forever Your King: Overnight stay in the Presidential Suite or Governor Suite, five-course wine pairing dinner for two, macaroons and a bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne for $3,500.

Following the night’s merriment, the Westgate will welcome 2017 with a New Year’s Day Brunch in Le Fontainebleau Room on January 1. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. guests will enjoy a special menu priced at $69 per person.

Toom prices include gratuity and valet parking with room tax additional. Rooms can be booked at

Tickets to The Westgate’s Masquerade Night in Versailles are limited and early reservations are encouraged. For reservations, call 619.238.1818.

The AAA Four Diamond-rated Westgate Hotel is an iconic property in the heart of downtown San Diego designed to rival the mythical palaces of Europe. From its 223 elegantly appointed guest rooms to the contemporary cuisine of the award-winning Westgate Room, guests truly experience a memorable difference while enjoying European décor, attentive service, exquisite cuisine and artistic cocktails.

The Westgate Hotel is part of the Grand America Hotels & Resorts collection which features Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho (twice selected by readers of SKI magazine as the nation’s top ski facility), Snowbasin Ski Resort, just outside Salt Lake City (site of the 2002 Olympic Downhill and Super G Races), The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City (a AAA Five Diamond rated hotel) and Little America Hotel properties in Arizona and Wyoming.


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Film Festivals Flourish in San Diego

March 7, 2015

With more than a dozen specialty film festivals screening everything from horror to fashion, and from LGBT- to Hispanic-themed films, San Diego is emerging as a leading destination for film lovers.

Here is just a sampling of the many film festivals that can be found in San Diego throughout the year:

  • The 22nd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival takes place at the AMC Fashion Valley 18 in San Diego’s Mission Valley during March 12-22, 2015. The festival features screenings of short and feature length films from across Latin America and the U.S. by Latinos and about the Latino experience.
  • During May 20-23, 2015, visitors to San Diego can enjoy more than 25 international films, filmmaker presentations, surfboard shaping demos, live music, panels with surf legends and more at the San Diego Surf Film Festival. The festival takes place at Bird’s Surf Shed, a unique surf shop and surf-art gallery, located in San Diego’s North County.
  • FILMOUT San Diego returns May 29-31, 2015, to celebrate the year’s best LGBT films. In addition to film screenings, the festival features special appearances by filmmakers and actors. Screenings are held at the Observatory North Park, a historic theater in the heart of one of San Diego’s trendiest neighborhoods.
  • The 6th annual La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival will be held on July 24, 2015, in the luxurious coastal community of La Jolla. Hundreds of fashion fans will attend to view films highlighting the world’s top fashion houses, designers and stylists.
  • The San Diego International Film Festival takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2015 in downtown San Diego. The largest of San Diego’s film events, this festival showcases the best in American and international full-length films, documentaries and short films, and features Q&A sessions with directors and guest appearances by well-known actors and film artists.
  • Just in time for Halloween, the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival celebrates horror and its various sub-genres by showcasing new and independent artists, as well as reviving classic horror films. Held at the Media Arts Center San Diego’s Digital Gym in North Park, the October festival features films ranging from psychological thrillers to supernatural horror to slashers and even related genres like noir. October 2015 dates are still to be announced.
  • In September, the San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival supports entertainment and education industries by showcasing international films, screening more than 60 films from 38 countries at the AMN Healthcare Theater in Carmel Valley. The festival provides aspiring young filmmakers with an opportunity to communicate to an international community. Dates for 2015 are still to be announced.
  • In November, the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC) at the California State University San Marcos presents the San Diego American Indian Film Festival. The festival highlights the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors and actors working through Indian Country. In addition to film viewings, the event includes three days of interactive dialogues with film industry professionals, selected panel discussions and opportunity for Q&A sessions after each screening. Dates for 2015 are still to be announced.
  • Presented by the Pacific Arts Movement, the San Diego Asian Film Festival in November celebrates motion pictures, shorts and animation from Asian artists from around the world. The 10-day festival takes place at various venues around San Diego; dates for 2015 are still to be announced.
  • The annual San Diego Italian Film Festival showcases the best new Italian films ranging from engaging dramas and entertaining comedies to documentaries telling unique stories. The 2015 festival will take place at the historic La Paloma Theater in San Diego’s North County; dates are still to be announced.
  • The San Diego Black Film Festival spotlights African-American and African diaspora cinema. At the annual festival held in January, the San Diego Black Film Festival presents more than 100 films ranging from comedy and drama to documentaries, animation, shorts and more at downtown San Diego’s Reading Theater. Dates for 2016 are still to be announced.
  • The San Diego Jewish Film Festival showcases American and international feature films, documentaries and short films that explore the Jewish experience.  The festival celebrated its 25th anniversary in February 2015 with nearly 50 films screened at venues around the county. Dates for 2016 are still to be announced.

For more information on San Diego’s offerings, including vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at or call 619-236-1212.

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Loews Coronado Bay Resort Celebrates 20 Years of Hospitality With Anniversary Perks, Packages

October 12, 2011

Twenty years ago, Loews Coronado Bay Resort opened its doors on a private 15-acre peninsula off the Pacific coast. It was (and still is) the first and only waterfront resort in San Diego County to feature three tennis courts, a luxury spa, working garden, direct beach access and a private 80-slip marina.

Twenty years later, the hotel has maintained its AAA Four Diamond status and earned national praise for its innovative family offerings, community outreach efforts and best workplace practices. It has made Parents’ list of the “Best Beach Resorts for Families in the United States,” and garnered countless “Planner’s Choice” awards as one of the best hotels to conduct a meeting or convention.

At the heart of the resort is Loews Hotels’ Good Neighbor Policy, which has supported countless organizations over the years, including Camp Able, Coronado Schools Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The resort’s partnership with the California State Parks has generated more than $600,000 for conservation efforts at the Silver Stand State Beach.

“For the last 20 years, we’ve been honored to host millions of travelers and employ thousands of people, including 20 who have been with the hotel since its opening,” said Brian Johnson, general manager of Loews Coronado Bay Resort. “As we reflect on the past, we also look forward to an exciting future. In 2012, we’ll embark on an extensive lobby and restaurant renovation, underscoring our commitment to reinvest in our hotel and community for years to come.”

To celebrate 20 years of hospitality, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is offering special anniversary perks and packages, including:

• “Anniversary Sale” Package: Features a 20% discount on any guestroom or suite, including the resort’s ultra luxurious bayside villas, and two complimentary glasses of Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut. Rates start at $159 per night and are valid now through Dec. 30, 2011.

“20 Days, Your Way” Giveaway: The resort has partnered with the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau to offer one lucky winner 20 free hotel nights to use however he or she wishes over the course of a year. The contest is available for entry now through October 25.

“You Dine, We Donate” Dinners: Keeping in line with its award-winning community outreach initiatives, the resort will donate 20% of dinners enjoyed in the Market Café from November 1-30 to to help support San Diego County schools in need.

1991 Trivia Game: Guests can test their knowledge of 1991 trivia with a fun online survey. Upon completion, they will receive a $20 voucher that can be used at the resort’s award-winning Mistral restaurant or luxurious Sea Spa.

Situated on a private 15-acre peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Bay, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is located just minutes from downtown Coronado, a charming resort village, and a short drive to San Diego’s world-famous attractions. Resort features include direct access to the Silver Strand State Beach, three tennis courts, a private 80-slip marina, three acclaimed restaurants, 440 sea-inspired guest rooms and suites, and panoramic views of the San Diego-Coronado Bay.

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November 4, 2010

From downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter to the beaches of La Jolla, Coronado and beyond, visitors to San Diego can find money-saving deals at top hotels during the 2nd Annual San Diego Hotel Week, occurring November 15 – December 15, 2010.

Approximately 80 area hotels are participating in this year’s promotion, which due to its popularity in 2009 has expanded into a month-long event.  Now visitors have more time to enjoy San Diego and its many seasonal offerings for a fraction of the normal cost.

A sampling of some of the special hotel offers are:

  • Buy two nights and stay the third night free at the luxurious Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego along San Diego Bay, adjacent to the popular Seaport Village shopping district.
  • Stay two nights and receive a 20% discount on room rates at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, nestled on a 15-acre peninsula in Coronado and featuring an award-winning restaurant, spa and marina.
  • Enjoy a 30% discount off room rates for non-refundable, advance purchase bookings at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, located in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, home to more than 140 restaurants and bars and 100 retail shops.
  • Book one room and receive a 50% discount at check-in on a second room at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, located next to the famed Torrey Pines golf course, home of the 2008 U.S. Open.

Additional deals can be found at a wide variety of San Diego accommodation properties including the Best Western Yacht Harbor Hotel, Capri by the Sea, Four Points by Sheraton San Diego, Handlery Hotel & Resort, THE US GRANT – A Luxury Collection Hotel, W San Diego and Welk Resorts San Diego.  Visitors can review all the promotional rates and packages and book rooms online at

During November 15 and December 15, 2010, guests to San Diego can enjoy a variety of special events and activities in addition to spectacular Thanksgiving feasts and shopping for the holiday season.  Notable events during these dates are:

  • The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, the region’s largest wine and culinary event, takes place November 17 – 21 and features an exciting roster of culinary activities held at venues throughout downtown San Diego.
  • Showcasing over 25 bands from throughout the United States and Canada, the 31st Annual San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival is held November 24 – 28 at the Town & Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley.
  • Cultural delights abound during the annual Balboa Park December Nights, occurring December 3 – 4 and featuring live entertainment, dance performances, children’s rides, free admission to Balboa Park’s museums, delicious foods from around the world and more.
  • The classic Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is performed live on stage at the Tony Award®-winning Old Globe theatre in Balboa Park during November 20 – December 26.

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For more information on San Diego offerings, including exciting vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Web site,, or call (619) 236-1212  In San Diego, visit the International Visitor Information Center, located along the Embarcadero at the corner of West Broadway and Harbor Drive in downtown; the La Jolla Visitor Center, located at the corner of Herschel Avenue and Prospect Street in La Jolla; or the California Welcome Center, located at the Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine.

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