• Just Opened: The Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

     
    POSTED February 27, 2020
     
  • Just Opened: The Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

     
    POSTED February 27, 2020
     
  • Just Opened: The Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

     
    POSTED February 27, 2020
     
  • Just Opened: The Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

     
    POSTED February 27, 2020
     

Simply the best city hotel I have ever experienced, the Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter is fun and different in so many ways. You check in at the bar and the super friendly staff hands you a cocktail. What could be more welcoming than that?

Then when the elevator doors opened on my floor a gigantic and very hip number “8,” painted as if it were on a battleship, stared me in the face. San Diego is a Navy town, after all. And inside my bright and cozy room—OMG—scrawled across the mirror in what could have been lipstick (but wasn’t) was “Welcome to the Moxy Ms. Beckley!!” With a note: “Hello Gorgeous.”

If just being at The Moxy is this much fun, it stands to reason that gathering there will be equally as memorable, right? “Right,” says Tim Billing, area general manager for the Azul Hospitality Group, one of the property’s partners. “One attendee even told me that meeting at The Moxy made them feel 10 years younger.

“We provide the tad unconventional that allows the all-too-needed creativity to be the norm. Our casual (although professionally casual) vibe allows a completely perfect environment for whatever your business is,” Billing continues.

Business is good for the Moxy. Since opening in November 2019 in San Diego’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter, with easy access to restaurants, breweries and attractions including Petco Park, Seaport Village, Little Italy and the San Diego Zoo, the built from scratch, 128-room property has hosted many corporate and social events for up to 150 people. “Events can be staged anywhere,” says Billing, including in the open lobby and restaurant area, which Billing calls the “living room;” the 10-person state-of-the-art conference room; and maybe even in the super-secret venue-within-a-venue, speakeasy Room 56, located behind a bookcase and down a wind- ing stairway, for up to 24 VIPs.

You’ll also find cool features including "Plug & Meet" gathering areas with ergonomic seating and 56-inch HDTVs; a state-of-the-art video wall with helpful travel tools; grab-and-go food items and fresh coffee in brown paper cups with bright pink lids; guest rooms that resemble “a clubhouse with cushy beds;” and, of course, a bar that’s always open. 

For more than 300 years, ranching has been a way of life—and business—in Texas. The uniquely Texan ranch experience has captured the imagination of the world, and ranches have served as uncredited “stars” for some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions: from Reata, the fictitious ranch depicted in the classic movie “Giant,” to the glamorous Southfork Ranch, home of the primetime soap opera “Dallas.” Longhorns, horses, cowboys, rodeos, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots: There is an alluring mystique surrounding Texas ranches.

 

In November, Dallas-based Todd Interests opened Thompson Dallas, part of hospitality brand Thompson Hotels. Thompson Dallas features 219 rooms, including 52 suites, two penthouse suites, and two culinary destinations.

 

After a year filled with uncertainty and countless projects and proposals put on hold, growth in any sector of the hospitality industry is always welcome news. But a statewide slew of brand-new hotels? That’s something to celebrate. Here, we spotlight just a few of the new properties offering planners and guests new spots to meet, refresh and recharge.