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This Hotel Got a Makeover You’ll Want to See

Written By: Keana McGrath Andaz San Diego 

San Diego’s downtown hotel, The Andaz, has recently unveiled their vibrant and locally inspired $4 million renovations, comprising of a chic new event space, all new locally created artwork, and amenity upgrades to all 159 rooms and suites. In celebration of their renovation, Andaz held their own “Urban Exposition,” on March 29, giving guests a chance to mingle and meet the local artists whose work are featured in the new renovations, as well as take a guided tour through the new entertainment space, now called “The Gallery,” the four lifestyle suites (including a suite with bunk beds and mirrored ceilings!), and regular guest rooms. Andaz San Diego 

Each room features unique artwork from a San Diego local, giving each and every room in the hotel its own individualistic feel. Speaking of local and unique style, the word “Andaz,” is Hindi for “personal style,” and that is exactly what has been captured in its new space. Andaz San Diego 

The renovation was inspired by the renowned Gensler firm, whose leading ladies gave the inside scoop on the inspiration behind the artistically inspired remodel. “The remodel was inspired by the Balboa Park California-Panama World exposition in 1915. We wanted to capture the spirit of the oddities and artistic feel of the fair,” said designer Ellie Combs. Gensler’s goal was to create Andaz as a place to call home for “the instigators of then and now,” according to Jamie Salve, another key designer for Gensler. Gensler created a space where influence could inspire experience through the use of juxtaposed art, locally and historically influenced architecture, as well as art created by eccentric San Diego local artists. Andaz San Diego 

One of the artists, whose work is featured throughout the hotel, is actually the front desk supervisor, Tyson King. When asked what inspired his work for the hotel, King stated, “I want to show what this new kind of energy looks like; I want to capture what it is that we don’t see, but that we know is there.” King’s work is bright, textured, and unique in all of its complexity and style, giving the hotel a contemporary edge. Robert Glick, another artist whose artwork is featured throughout the hallways of the hotel, uses a special mixture of Indian ink to create passionate patterns and dark textures, drawing the viewer deep into his paintings. “I am so inspired by the creative process…I want my work to mirror the human condition,” said Glick. Other artists featured throughout the hotel art Matt Forderer, known for his collages, Brittney Segal, an artist with a knack for abstract patterns, and Christine Finkelson, whose in-depth photography covers an entire wall of the new event space. Andaz San Diego 

Andaz celebrated their new look as San Diegans do best-with rooftop cocktails at sunset, exotic hors d’oeuvres, such as edible flowers and seared Ahi tuna from their rooftop restaurant The Rooftop by STK, a live DJ playing upbeat music, and live art, giving Andaz a living and breathing feeling of the place on the brink of something exciting. Andaz San Diego 

Andaz San Diego
600 F St
San Diego, CA 92101
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