Chula Vista Moves Forward With Gaylord Resort, Convention Center

The Port of San Diego and City of Chula Vista have taken the next step toward breaking ground on the Gaylord Pacific resort, the adjacent convention center, associated public infrastructure and two parks on the Chula Vista Bayfront. RIDA Chula Vista, LLC is the port and city’s development partner on the project.

Gaylord Pacific Resort Hotel and Convention Center will be constructed west of Marina Parkway between H and G Streets. RIDA is preparing to do some early utility work, which is anticipated to begin late summer 2021, with construction on the resort hotel, public infrastructure and convention center to start soon thereafter and open as early as 2025.

Project Cost and Economic Impact

The resort hotel and convention center is the centerpiece and catalyst project of the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan (CVBMP), a decade-long joint planning effort by the Port of San Diego, the City of Chula Vista and a broad coalition of stakeholders. The total estimated cost for the resort hotel, convention center, parking structure and associated public infrastructure and parks is estimated to be approximately $1.23 billion.

The Gaylord Pacific project is expected to have a tremendous regional economic impact, generating approximately $1.6 billion during construction and an estimated $475 million per year once complete. On the job front, it’s estimated the project will support 10,000 jobs (direct and indirect) through construction, nearly 1,500 permanent jobs on site, and nearly 3,900 jobs regionally per year.

Project Details

Gaylord Pacific will be operated by Gaylord Hotels, the large convention hotel brand of Marriott International. It will include: 

  • Up to 1,600 hotel rooms in the resort hotel
  • Retail and resort-level amenities, such as restaurant/bar/lounge facilities, recreational facilities, a spa, a pool with a lazy river, bike and boat rentals, and more
  • Approximately 275,000 net square feet of convention and meeting space (including pre-function space) in the convention center

To ensure connectivity and accessibility to the wider Chula Vista Bayfront area, Gaylord Pacific includes public access and amenities. Highlights include a public esplanade and a plaza and activity village with pedestrian promenades and bike paths, dining and snack stands, game activities, public art and a pool with public access. The public will also be able to enjoy shopping and dining amenities, viewing terraces and lookout points, water features, beach games and more.


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