Town and Country opened in 1953 and set the stage for the evolution of Mission Valley. Built on the edge of the valley created by the San Diego River, the then 46 room motel was situated amidst open farmland, pastures and a horse ranch. Today and more than 62 years later, Town and Country Resort has anchored Mission Valley and grown into the region’s largest convention hotel.
Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, Town and Country expanded, adding low-rise, bungalow style hotel rooms, swimming pools, tennis courts and a private club for locals. In 1970, Town and Country opened San Diego’s first convention center along with a 10-story high-rise tower with 324 additional guest rooms.
Now situated on 40 acres, the resort is poised to undergo its most ambitious expansion to date: a massive $85 million renovation. The anticipated two-and-a-half year project will begin February 2016 with the first phase encompassing the redo of the 113,000-square-foot convention center and the 324-room Royal Palms Tower. The convention center will be completely refurbished with added air walls improving the ability to divide the larger ballrooms.
The finished hotel will feature nearly 125,000 square feet of meeting space, three new restaurants in a 10,000-square-foot facility, a 5,000-square-foot spa, a new parking garage, renovated Regency and Royal Palm Towers and an 11,000-square-foot lobby with an arrival bar overlooking a new two-acre water park/pool area with a sandy beach.
When completed in 2018, the historic resort will emerge as San Diego’s ultimate meeting, leisure and urban oasis – with a mid-century, modern design style and 688 rooms. More than 150 of the garden rooms – each redone with a beachy motif – will be located on the edge of the new pool area, complete with a sandy beach, slides, waterfalls and a lazy river.