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Andaz San Diego

600 F Street San Diego, California 92101
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619-849-1234 Not applicable
January 2014 All year
$200-399 San Diego California
Website Lodging Luxury Hotels
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Andaz San Diego is a luxury boutique hotel in a historic building in the Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel has 7 floors, 159 rooms and 17 suites. Guest rooms are on floors 2-6, and a rooftop pool is on the 7th floor. The hotel is nonsmoking except for a section on the rooftop terrace. Pets are accepted for an extra fee. Valet parking costs $38.

This building is over 100 years old and has been home to a hotel for many years. Prior to becoming a Hyatt in 2010, it was an independent hotel called the Ivy and prior to that it was known as the Maryland Hotel. Rooftop facilities include a pool, terrace, bar, and restaurant. The hotel also has a workout room and a wine bar. A Japanese restaurant previously located here has moved, but the immediate neighborhood is packed with bars and restaurants.

Standard rooms have 315 square feet and typically cost $240-340. Andaz style suites are about 200 square feet larger and are about $80 extra. There are also 4 specialty suites with larger footprints and distinctive designs. All rooms have a mini fridge and are stocked with soda, alcohol and specialty snacks. Some candies and bottled water were free.

Arriving late at night, it was nice to receive a warm greeting and a complimentary glass of champagne. Even better was an upgrade to an Andaz suite. The standard rooms were very small and probably too small to be enjoyable. Also, most of the Andaz suites face an interior courtyard which is significantly quieter than exterior facing rooms. Both the suite and the hotel itself score highly on style and curb appeal. If you care about your image, it won’t suffer from a stay at this location. However, room furniture was more artsy than practical, and the curtains were hard to close. The bed was quite comfortable, and the bathroom equipment and climate controls worked properly. Also, the room and the hotel were clean. After dropping off the bags, it was off to the rooftop bar. Following a brief chat with a cool bartender, there was some time to admire the city at night. It was a sight to remember, but it’s also a view best savored by those with deep pockets and who covet hip surroundings over practical comforts.
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