The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego – Hotel Circle, located at 1515 Hotel Circle South, hosted a luau Aug. 29 by the pool as a “thank you” for its guests and vendors, and served as a meet-and-greet for new and established staff. “We wanted to come up with something fun that our guests would enjoy that also matched the landscape of our hotel,” said Michael G. de Jesus, director of sales.
Portfolio Hotel & Resorts bought the DoubleTree in late March and Chief Operating Officer Graham Hershman flew in from Chicago for the luau. “This party is a way of assuring our clients and vendors that it will still be business as usual here at DoubleTree,” Hershman said, adding that the DoubleTree will undergo a six-month remodeling in September to create a “boutique hotel” atmosphere.
Guests were treated to a roasted pig, live music, and even a mermaid swimming in the pool. Wine tasting was provided by Fallbrook Winery and beer sampling by Karl Straus Beer. The event wrapped up with a drawing in which lucky attendees won trips to Portfolio Hotels in Chicago and Orlando, as well as select bottles of wine and spirits.
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