Andaz San Diego
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Andaz San Diego Reviews
Perfect Downtown Location in San Diego May 02, 2010
The Andaz San Diego is formerly known as the Ivy Hotel in San Diego, California.
I loved staying here. The rooftop pool was my favorite part of the hotel. They have servers by the pool as well as a bar.
The rooms were average sized with plasma TVs. The staff was helpful and professional. The rooms & hotel are 'Retro chic' and 'modern vintage'.
I would stay here again any time!
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Expensive and Trendy, but not all it's cracked up to be Aug 01, 2009
To start off, I'll say that I didn't actually stay here. I live in San Diego, so it would be silly of me to shell out the big bucks for a hotel when I could just go home to my own bed.
I did have some friends who were in town recently and they were staying at the Ivy. I spent a lot of time hanging out with them in their hotel room, so I thought I might have a few words to say about the hotel.
At first glance, it is impressive and expensive looking. Well, it IS expensive, so there you go.
However, I noticed upon staying there more that it is more trendy than actually nice. It looks cool and everything, but a lot of it is just the work of a really good interior designer. If that's what you are looking for, great! Stay there and love it...but personally I think your money would better be spent at the Hotel Del Coronado, for the kind of money the Ivy charges.
The showers looked really nice and the beds were REALLY comfortable...I kind of camped out on the bed and took a nap there, so I can tell you, it is wonderfully comfortable! ...huge plus in my book.
Another plus/minus...depending on how you look at it...the mini bar was kind of awesome. They had Veuve Cliquot Champagne and really good looking chocolate...it was really tempting, but we refrained because mini bars are extra expensive.
I didn't get a chance to check out the pool, but I hear it is very nice. They also have a really trendy looking bar on the bottom floor that I am sure is expensive and serves some good drinks.
The one odd thing was that when I arrived to see my friends, they were in the process of changing rooms because their room smelled like an electrical fire! There was no fire, but it sure smelled like one. It was really stinky! They got another room really fast, but it was a smaller room...with only one bed, and the other one had 2. That was kind of lame.
Valet parking was $35 for the day...expensive!
Don't go here if you are looking to save money...or to get the best value out of your money, but it's worth checking out if you want a really trendy place to stay....or a really comfortable bed.
Andaz San Diego Overview
The hotel is located in Downtown, just 1 block from the Gas Lamp quarter with its restaurants, bars and clubs. San Diego Zoo is around 5 km and Sea World is about 11 km away. There is a trolley stop a short walk from the hotel and a myriad of shop at Horton Plaza, also within walking distance.
This luxury boutique hotel was built with luxury in mind. With 150 rooms, a popular night club, an excellent restaurant and a perfect Downtown location, this hotel has become a staple among discerning visitors to the San Diego area. Guests are welcomed in a lobby with 24-hour reception and check-out services. Facilities include air conditioning, a hotel safe, cloakroom, lift access to the upper floors, a bar, conference facilities, Internet access, room and laundry services as well as a car park.
The Deluxe Rooms are 29 m², premium bedding, a 42-inch plasma TV, free wireless Internet access, a fridge, minibar, coffee maker and safe. All are en suite with a shower and hairdryer. Further in-room amenities include a double or king-size bed, direct dial telephone, radio, hifi, ironing set, air conditioning and heating.
The property has a lovely rooftop swimming pool with poolside snack bar and a spectacular 4-level nightclub open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Guests can also unwind on the sun loungers laid out ready for use on the sun terrace. There is also a gym and an entertainment programme for adults.
There is a nice restaurant open for a breakfast buffet as well as lunch and dinner a la carte, from a set menu and in buffet form. The rooftop pool's snack bar and lounge is open for lunch and dinner.
The hotel accepts American Express, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard and VISA as payment methods.
Guests are invited to check in after 4 pm and are requested to check out before 12 noon. The minimum check-in age is 21 years. Pet deposit and a non-refundable daily pet fee are charged. Please contact the hotel for details.
How to get there
From San Diego International Airport (SAN), turn left at W Grape St. Take the ramp onto I-5 S, then take exit 16 for 10th Ave. Merge onto CA- 163 S. Continue onto 10th Ave, and turn right at F St. The hotel will be on the right.