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The 10 Best Corporate Event Spaces In San Diego


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It seems like there are a million details that contribute to planning the perfect corporate event. Depending on the type of event, there can be so many small moving parts, working with catering, attendee list management and communication with guests , and more. It’s also true, however, that there is nothing more essential to an event’s success or failure than the venue.

Specific event spaces excel beyond the others for a variety of reasons. Some locations may offer better capacity, while others provide a great environment and services. 

Finding the best space for your event might sound intimidating in a new city, but that’s why we have put together this guide San Diego meeting venues worth considering for your next corporate event.

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Sparks Gallery

If you’re looking for an original, elegant, and exciting location to host your next San Diego meeting venues, look no further than Sparks Gallery. Located in the Gaslamp Quarter District in downtown San Diego, Sparks Gallery is an art gallery specializing in the work of local contemporary southern California artists. It is also a mid-size event venue. 

Host your next event while being surrounded by original artwork, and creative activations by local artists who can paint or perform live for each event. The space’s original 1920s architectural style is a tribute to the historic building. The event space is a 4500 square foot ground floor, a 1500 square foot mezzanine, and a 500 square foot exterior patio. The guest capacity generously allows for up to 350 guests on a rolling basis, but can give a small-sized group of guests an intimate space to meet in the front of the space alone. 

Sparks Gallery offers a central kitchen, temperature control, sound system, and numerous other services. It also provides staffing in the form of a gallery event coordinator and security. Sparks Gallery offers a refined, well-run, comfortable, and contemporary event space.

San Diego Meeting Venues

The Prado at Balboa Park

Perhaps you need an event space that is just a bit larger. Like Sparks Gallery, The Prado at Balboa Park has elegant historical elements and may be your company’s next stop. The building boasts a total of 22,000 square feet between indoor and outdoor spaces and a maximum guest capacity of 2,500. Originally built for the Panama-California Exposition in 1915 and 1916, the building has been carefully maintained and restored, keeping its Spanish, Mexican, and Moroccan architectural elements in pristine condition. This rental offers on-site professional staff and the option to have your event catered from the Prado restaurant.

Fleet Science Center

For those who love science, and prefer the Balboa Park area, the Fleet Science Center offers a fun and educational take on your next event. You can rent part or all of this San Diego venue. Hold your banquet amid interactive exhibits, or let your team explore the entire museum. The Fleet Science Center features more than 30,000 square feet of space and an event capacity of over 1,000 guests. This venue makes it easy to customize your event to your exact needs because of its plethora of exhibits.

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Hilton Gaslamp

Large teams who have a lot to accomplish would benefit from The Hilton Hotel’s traditionally-hosted corporate event space. The Hilton Gaslamp has all the amenities one would expect from the popular Hilton Hotel. Also, it offers 8,978 square feet of event space. Its most significant single space is 3,500 square feet. It has eight meeting rooms and 286 guest rooms. This allows the host a variety of styles for their events. It’s also directly across from the San Diego Convention Center.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar

The Kimpton Hotel Palomar has the hotel environment some corporate teams need but has a hidden surprise.  This beautiful hotel combines both traditional and non-traditional meeting spaces. They even have an art-filled meeting room that can break up the monotony of meeting after meeting.  The Kimpton Hotel Palomar offers a rewarding corporate event experience.

Are you looking for an elegant, artistic space to host your next corporate event in San Diego? Peruse Sparks Gallery’s corporate event packages.

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Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

The Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel is an excellent option for your next large corporate event. It’s a massive hotel with 1,628 sleeping rooms, and the largest event space is 34,000 square feet. It offers a great deal of customizability with both indoor and outdoor spaces. The Manchester Grand Hyatt offers beautiful views of the ocean and the city. This hotel has a lot to provide for more significant corporate events.

The New Children’s Museum

The New Children’s Museum offers something a little more playful and imaginative. The 50,000 square foot building is also located in San Diego’s heart and features many options for hosting a meeting. The venue can accommodate up to 1,000 guests and partners with some of San Diego’s finest event professionals.

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San Diego Convention Center

The San Diego Convention Center is perfect for substantial corporate events. Located on the waterfront, the Convention Center features more than 2.6 million square feet. Its main exhibit hall is half a million square feet. It hosts up to 72 meeting rooms, two ballrooms, and the Sails Pavilion, a 90,000 square foot glass-enclosed space. The convention center allows for a large amount of customization and accommodates a considerable number of people, which will give your event the options and space it requires.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

If you’re looking for something different, the famous Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is a lively place to hold your large corporate event. It features 22 meeting spaces, a total of 40,000 square feet of meeting space, and a maximum capacity of 1,000. Its largest meeting space is 9,170 square feet and offers built-in colored lights and audiovisual options galore, offering you a unique corporate event.

San Diego Meeting Venues: Final Thoughts

Knowing precisely the size your San Diego meeting venues need can help you pick the perfect place to host your event.  Site visits are an excellent way to begin. Visiting the space either in person or virtually will give you a snapshot of what the space can accommodate. When in doubt, call the venue to see what their scalability can be if your guest list may fluctuate depending on ticket sales or RSVPs. 

For unique corporate event space, Sparks Gallery provides excellent service and an area that hosts some of the amazing art made by local artists. Sparks Gallery will make your corporate event one for the books!