Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

Rockpoint Group and HEI Hotels & Resorts Set to Open Hotel Republic San Diego in October Joining Marriott's Autograph Collection

SAN DIEGO, CA. September 20, 2017 — Hotel Republic San Diego is slated to make its debut in mid-October as downtown’s newest boutique luxury hotel property within Marriott International’s distinctive repertoire of Autograph Collection Hotels. Located at 421 West B Street in the heart of downtown’s bustling civic district, Hotel Republic will capture the essence of one of the country’s most beloved coastal cities—providing guests an insider experience of San Diego through unique artisans, immersive amenities and local culinary talent.

A NOTABLE HISTORY IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN | Hotel Republic stands on the historic site of the original San Diego Steam Laundry company building, which was built by Swedish immigrants in the late nineteenth century. The location itself is a proud symbol of innovation, grit, and determination. Now in 2017, following a top-to-bottom renovation—and a deliberate transformation from the former W Hotel to the Renaissance San Diego Hotel by owner Rockpoint Group and management company, HEI Hotels & Resorts—Hotel Republic will help to transform the surrounding area into San Diego’s social and business hub.

TAPPING LOCAL CULINARY TALENT | Hotel Republic is partnering with a San Diego-based hospitality firm to develop three distinct dining experiences within the hotel: Topside Terrace Kitchen & Bar, Trade, and Patio Marketplace. Executive Chef, Amol Thanky is implementing an everything-made-in-house credo and a menu of sustainably sourced, seasonal ingredients.

DESIGN SNAPSHOT | Epitomizing the independent spirit represented on the Golden State’s flag, Hotel Republic is a tastemaker’s sweet spot for business travel and a bold beacon for trendsetters, food lovers, and well-connected locals. The 19-story, 258-room hotel offers an ambience of casual sophistication.

Hotel Republic’s creative coastal expression extends into 16,000 square feet of flexible event and meeting space, the VIP Marriott Rewards Veranda Lounge, as well as the hotel’s expansive guestrooms—which range from a luxurious 1,250 square foot presidential suite to the city view king rooms and doubles.

Hotel Republic is located at 421 West B Street in downtown San Diego, CA. Currently under operation as a Renaissance San Diego Hotel, once the final stages of renovation are complete in early October, the property will see a full rebrand and transition to Hotel Republic. This will be Autograph Collection’s second independent hotel in San Diego, joining the Pier South Resort in Imperial Beach. For more information on Hotel Republic, please visit

About Autograph Collection Hotels

Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 100 luxury lifestyle hotels in nearly 30 countries and territories, among the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, Autograph Collection properties are hand selected for their rich character and uncommon details. A personal realization of an individual founder’s vision, these hotels are defined by unique design, differentiated guest experiences and their meaningful role in locality. Autograph Collection Hotels is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information, please visit, and explore our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.

About Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,100 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 124 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

Hannah Martine

Coming Up In The November Online Hotel Business Review

Feature Focus
Architecture & Design: Authentic, Interactive and Immersive
If there is one dominant trend in the field of hotel architecture and design, it’s that travelers are demanding authentic, immersive and interactive experiences. This is especially true for Millennials but Baby Boomers are seeking out meaningful experiences as well. As a result, the development of immersive travel experiences - winery resorts, culinary resorts, resorts geared toward specific sports enthusiasts - will continue to expand. Another kind of immersive experience is an urban resort – one that provides all the elements you'd expect in a luxury resort, but urbanized. The urban resort hotel is designed as a staging area where the city itself provides all the amenities, and the hotel functions as a kind of sophisticated concierge service. Another trend is a re-thinking of the hotel lobby, which has evolved into an active social hub with flexible spaces for work and play, featuring cafe?s, bars, libraries, computer stations, game rooms, and more. The goal is to make this area as interactive as possible and to bring people together, making the space less of a traditional hotel lobby and more of a contemporary gathering place. This emphasis on the lobby has also had an associated effect on the size of hotel rooms – they are getting smaller. Since most activities are designed to take place in the lobby, there is less time spent in rooms which justifies their smaller design. Finally, the wellness and ecology movements are also having a major impact on design. The industry is actively adopting standards so that new structures are not only environmentally sustainable, but also promote optimum health and well- being for the travelers who will inhabit them. These are a few of the current trends in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.