The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Loses Its Only W Hotel
By Lori Weisberg
San Diego’s only W hotel is no more, having converted this month to a Marriott-branded Renaissance following a decision by the owners to make a change in the management and name.
A presence in downtown San Diego since it opened in December of 2002, the tony 258-room highrise was until this month part of the Starwood Hotels and Resorts portfolio. Its grand opening attracted a star-studded crowd of Hollywood celebs, sports figures and local politicians, and for years was best known for its hip rooftop bar, the Beach, which featured a heated sand-covered floor…