Hotel and travel information for San Diego

Providing the most up-to-date information to make your travel and onsite experience the best possible
San Diego skyline at SPIE Optics + Photonics

Welcome to beautiful San Diego

Come enjoy one of the West Coast's favorite oceanside cities, San Diego. With 70 miles of beautiful beaches, near-perfect weather year-round, and a variety of magnificent settings countywide, San Diego offers a fun and inexpensive getaway, for kids and adults. You will find tips for traveling to and around the city, as well as the many hotel options available to conference attendees.

Family care while attending the meeting

SPIE believes that individuals with significant caregiving responsibilities should have an equal opportunity to share their research and participate in conferences and symposia.

SPIE Family Care Grants are designed to supplement caregiving costs incurred by SPIE Members who are registered to attend an SPIE meeting, either in person or virtually. See hotel details in the reservation system to find hotels that offer onsite childcare. 

Find information and apply for an SPIE Family Care Grant

Don't forget to secure your visa

Be sure to plan ahead and apply to get a visa if it is needed.

The Marriott Marquis Hotel

The headquarters hotel for SPIE Optics + Photonics adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and right on the waterfront. It offers a great location within easy walking distance to downtown, great food, and many popular tourist attractions.

The hotel reservation system opens in the spring.

Room options: $253 City View | $283 Bay View

Destination fee of $35 per night waived. Cut-off date is 27 July.


SPIE Optics + Photonics conference hotel, Marriott Marquis, San Diego

Travel to San Diego

Enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery of San Diego, the perfect home for a summer meeting. Further details to be provided for:

  • airport information
  • shuttle service
  • public transit services
  • driving directions and parking
  • local attractions
San Diego Travel Guide

Visa information