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
Really enjoyed my stay here... Room was perfect for what I needed...Great breakfast...
Pool area is fantastic... Great location... A lot to do and see in the area. Makes exploring really easy... Definitely will stay here again...
Had a very nice stay here! Pool area is fantastic, the rooms are very nice and comfortable, and great location for being downtown.
Spent most of our time not sleeping out by the pool, and had some delicious cocktails and appetizers. Walked to a couple restaurants as well that were good. Would definitely stay here again when we visit and hard to find any real faults with the hotel unless I was really trying to be nit-picky!
Room was spacious and clean with nice decor. Staff were friendly and welcoming. There were complimentary water and snacks in the room (as well as chargeable ones), which is a nice touch. Didn't have time to use the pool but it looked like a really nice area to relax.
We stayed at the weekend, and given the location there was a lot of noise going on outside which meant we didn't sleep very well (with windows shut) so we probably wouldn't stay at the weekend again, but certainly during the week.
I came for a short visit to enjoy the hotel and surrounding neighborhood. Pros: Nice exterior of an historic building. Cool, modern decor on the interior. All the staff from the valet to the front desk to the maids were very friendly and accommodating. Complimentary wine at check-in and in- room soda, water, juice with a few snacks was a nice touch and appreciated. Check in is at 3:00. The room was clean with comfortable beds. The furniture and fixtures had some scratches/wear for a place just renovated in 2017. My interior (of the building) room lacked a view, but from what I read, that is the price to pay in order to ensure a quiet room here away from the street. It was quiet until I heard doors slamming in the morning. The rooftop lounge and bar area had a nice atmosphere with a city view which I enjoyed.
Cons: No onsite parking, valet only, so pull your car up to the front ( I drove around the hotel a few times looking for their parking). Be aware of the one way streets. Okay, fine. I understand the high cost of downtown parking($35), but if you need "in and out" privileges , it's $49/day! This was not spelled out when making a reservation. Don't forget anything in your car, you won't have access to it. The place is compact with only a small lobby and the rooftop area to hang out in. The lower level had some conference going on. I had dinner at the rooftop bar and the food was not good (watery mashed potatoes that tasted like instant potatoes and poorly prepared broccoli and asparagus. The fish was just okay.) This Gaslamp District neighborhood was not comfortable or inviting to me. During a stroll I did enjoy seeing some restored turn of the century buildings, but that was it. There is no shopping. I was not charmed into entering most of the places I passed. There were homeless people on every street I walked. Some were walking around and a few were sleeping in doorways with their trash left behind. I recently visited NYC, Paris, Rome and I did not experience anything quite like this when sightseeing. Sketchy neighborhoods are places I avoid when on vacation. Because of this atmosphere I won't be returning to the Andaz San Diego. Frankly, it may have turned me off to visiting San Diego in general.
Great hotel. Lots of perks. Staff was so friendly and welcoming. Room was big. Bed was very comfortable. I was there for a business meeting. The food served was great. Close to 5th avenue and lots of great restaurants. Would definitely stay again.