Andaz San Diego
What We Love
- Convenient and fun Gaslamp location
- Free WiFi
- Happening rooftop nightclub
- A minibar with free soft drinks and snacks
What To Know
- Not ideal for families; the late night bar scene might not suit everyone
- Four miles from the Old Town Trolley
- Valet parking costs $40 per night
- Check-in is at 4 p.m.
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This hotel knows how to make an entrance. Its soaring lobby is a please-touch welcome of buttery leather–covered columns, an edgy wall-length mural and mod loungers, all presided over by a Vogue-worthy staff. They kick things up a notch in the sultry rooftop bar — a communal firepit and cabanas that invite bad behavior silhouetted against glittering skyline views. With no stuffy uniforms and no front desk to speak of, the experience is more like being greeted by an old friend — an old friend who happens to look as if she belongs in a Vogue spread.
Bed & Bath
Sophisticated yet sleek, the 159 guestrooms come in creamy whites and chocolate-browns, with custom features in warm woods. The aesthetic balances modern design (think glass and steel tables and white sofas) with warmth and comfort. Expansive windows overlooking the Gaslamp Quarter add a good dose of natural light. Exhibitionist bathrooms have glass walls open to the bedrooms, along with rain showers and built-in speaker systems, ideal for pumping some jams while getting ready for a night out.
Bikinis and sunglasses replace cocktail dresses and stilettos at Andaz’s rooftop bar, RoofTop600, a haven of private, secluded cabanas. Downstairs is the Andaz Wine Bar, which offers some 88 vintages by the glass.
In the Area
Andaz San Diego is located in the lively Gaslamp Quarter, within walking distance of the city’s trendiest galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Soak up some culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art, housed in a former rail depot downtown. Animal lovers can spend the day with gorillas, giraffes and bears at the famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, while golf enthusiasts hit the green at Torrey Pines Golf Course, a clifftop course that looks out over the Pacific. At the end of a busy day, peckish guests should take on the Noble Experiment, a gastropub speakeasy backed by bartender Sam Ross, formerly of NYC’s Milk and Honey.
How to Get There
I spent around 5 nights here for a business trip during mid October.
I'm a huge fan of Hyatt and It wasn't my first visit so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect but, I have to say that on this occasion, the hotel constantly overdelivered on all of my expectations throughout my stay.
There was genuinely nothing that I would of wanted to change nor was there anything missing.... Everything that I either saw, experienced or tasted was fabulous.
The word Andaz itself means "personal style" in Hindi and each Hyatt Andaz celebrates that with its own individual personality and local inspiration. Consequently every Andaz deliberately feels different from the last and, when its done well it should feel exactly right for the neighbourhood, its environment and the vibe.
Under the direction of (relatively new) GM, Kary Takach, this was all perfectly executed and I cannot recommend the hotel and its fantastic team highly enough.
The enthusiasm to constantly exceed guest expectation that Kary has managed to instill in her colleagues will be a lasting memory of this great visit.
Without exception, every single team member that I met greeted me with a smile, often also by name and all went out of their way to ensure that I wanted for nothing.
The location for visit to San Diego visit could hardly be better; with an STK restaurant and bar onsite, a rooftop area with pool, bar and restaurant with amazing views of the city this hotel is not to be missed.
Coincidentally this stay also took me to 'Lifetime Globalist' membership status with World of Hyatt.
Kary had spotted this in advance and arranged a projection on the lobby wall to celebrate it which remained throughout my stay and made me smile every time I passed through.
As an especially thoughtful touch, in my room on the eve of my departure was a framed photograph of myself, Kary and her team as they welcomed me to the hotel as I arrived. A great personal touch which now takes pride of place in my office :-)
I was here for a business trip so I had a lot of time experience the hotel. The Pros: The best aspect of this hotel is the service. The staff were great especially the catering staff for our conference. He always made sure we had plenty of drinks and the setup was so beautifully put together. He would even make sure the soda cans were always organized and replenished. I gave him a big thank you!
The food at the rooftop lounge was very good.
Very nice high end amenities in the room.
The rooms were comfortable and very well stocked with snacks and spirits. The free water and snack basket was a nice perk.
The hotel is located in the middle of a very busy neighborhood that is very loud in the evening. Surrounded by many bars, a lot of transients and drug addicts who are very noisy in the evening that did not end until 2:00 am. I was wondering why they had earplugs and a noise cancellation machine, which by the way did not work that is how loud it was. I had to change my room just to get a good night's rest. I did not sleep the first night because of the noise.
The beautiful rooftop lounge was nice, but it was not very clean. The rooftop concrete floor was disgusting with dirt, food stains, you name it. I don't think it has ever been washed. Not very sanitary especially while you are eating or going in the pool.
This is not a hotel for the older generation. The rooftop lounge fills up with pretentious, 20 year olds that are loud and rude. In my opinion they should only let people up to the rooftop who are staying at the hotel. Unfortunately, it is open to the public and the only demographics that come are millenials and Gen Z. We definitely felt like we did not belong. We are not old (late 40's) but felt out of place.
The rooms - although the rooms were clean it just felt dirty. I found old earplugs under the bed as well as wrappers. Things were also dusty and could you a better cleaning. It's a busy hotel with constant turnover so that may be the issue.
A Gem In The San Diego Gaslamp, very clean beautiful hotel with a spectacular rooftop pool and restaurant. Close to EVERYTHING, I love to stay with the Hyatt Brand, and this offshoot is a hidden gem!!! If you like staying in a boutique hotel where the door is opened for you coming and going....this is the place. Service may start with an S but at the Andaz San Diego service starts with U!!!