Pendry San Diego
What We Love
- The German-inspired beer hall onsite
- An outdoor pool that’s open year-round
- 50-inch TVs in all rooms
What To Know
- Looking to stay awhile? The Cabana Pool Suite comes equipped with a full kitchen
- There’s a pop-up art gallery curated by publisher Tom Adler that's open to guests and visitors
- Guests can create a signature scent (then take it home) at The Spa Pendry
- Provisional Kitchen, the hotel’s café, features a well-curated retail marketplace hawking ceramics, jewelry, and assorted home goods
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Presiding over San Diego’s entertainment epicenter, this 317-room, 12-story hotel faces tough competition from its surrounding bar and restaurant scene—which is precisely why the first property in the Pendry portfolio, one that caters to the jet-setting millennial, decided to introduce a formidable drinking and dining program of its own. From contemporary seafood and sushi at Lionfish, steered by a chef that Eater singled out as one of the country’s up-and-coming “young guns,” to a Vittoria Coffee espresso bar (don’t miss their decadent breakfast pizza, topped with lardons, béchamel, and an over-easy egg), each trailblazing dining venue doesn’t play it safe. The nightlife options are just as alluring: the hotel’s watering hole serves up retro cocktails on tables gilded with fresh roses while its buzzy basement nightclub is a whimsical spin on a Gatsby-era lounge. When you’re totally spent, snooze in your calming digs, whose ocean-accented palettes and chaise lounges help you recharge for another day of debauchery.
In the Area
Downtown San Diego is somewhat of a unicorn: that rare, pedestrian-friendly sliver of California. You’re in the center of the Gaslamp Quarter, a 16-and-a-half-block historical district lined with classic Victorians and skyscrapers (read: rooftop bars galore) that’s also within biking distance of Little Italy, the former home for the city’s prolific tuna fishing industry that’s now brimming with wineries, craft breweries, and patio cafés. Further afield are Petco Park and the eclectic North Park neighborhood, known for its edgy collection of art galleries. If it’s the city’s reputable surf you’re seeking, you’re just minutes from some of the area’s best beaches, including Pacific and Mission.
How to Get There
We had a relaxing stay. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Bummed that we had to pay $49 for overnight valet. That should be included with the stay as the hotel rate is already up there and we assume the full experience is included.
I have stayed here several times being a local in San Diego. I’ve had the standard room, junior suite and the nicest room in the house which is a large 1 bedroom suite with private deck, living room, hot tub and direct pool access. There is always a fun time to be had at this hotel. The restaurant is popular, nightclub downstairs and of course the rooftop pool which is a flat out party on sundays with DJ and bottle service.
The hotel is nice and relatively new construction. If I had to pick it apart I would only knock the decor. They went with a through back 50’s decor and I think it just missed a bit for this price point. The lobby is underwhelming, you don’t feel like you have arrived at a high end hotel. There are to many walls and partitions so it lacks a good flow on the ground floor. The room interiors are nice but the couches and plaid feel cheap.
All and all if your looking to have a good time in San Diego and walk to everything you can’t go wrong. It just feels like you don’t quite get enough bang for your buck.
We enjoyed our stay very much. The hotel staff was excellent and we enjoyed special treatment for our anniversary. The room decor was contemporary meets classic. Fun details. The pool area is lovely. We dined at Lionfish and ordered room service. Prices for food/drink are a little too high. Street noise could be an issue if you require total silence to sleep. Bring earplugs or white noise with you and you'll be fine.