This Hip Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter Is a Major Downtown Destination
If gorgeous suites, a ritzy destination restaurant and a sparkling rooftop pool top your list of amenities when it comes to vacationing, then look no further than the Andaz San Diego. Part of Hyatt’s luxury boutique brand, Andaz (a Hindi word meaning “personal style”) is synonymous with seamless service, immersive experiences and thoughtful extra touches like a complimentary welcome drink during check-in and VIP guest access to one of the the buzziest bars in the city. Here are five reasons to book your next vacay at this hip downtown destination. Best Gaslamp Hotel
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1 | A Design-Lover’s Dream
Andaz hotels and resorts are renowned for their luxe home-away-from-home feel, and the San Diego outpost is no exception. First opened for the World’s Fair in 1913, the six-story building’s historic façade remains. Today, modern architectural accents and dramatic interior spaces have been incorporated throughout to create a hip urban retreat. Tastefully curated with bespoke finishes and fixtures, each of its 159 rooms and suites are more akin to a smart city pied-à-terre than your average hotel room. Heavy on contemporary art, a collection of original paintings, prints, photographs and large-scale murals are featured across the property.
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2 | The Suite Life
With 17 impeccably appointed suites to choose from, the toughest task will be deciding which one to pick. Perhaps the most coveted is the Andaz Cabana Suite, where a spiral staircase affords access to a private poolside cabana—perfect for special occasions or “just because” getaways. The top-floor Andaz Sweet Suite includes a spacious living area complete with a cozy sectional sofa and two bathrooms, one of which is home to an Insta-friendly golden Andaz duck. Traveling with friends? Snag the opulent-meets-rock-’n’-roll Andaz Star Suite, which features king bunk beds and a full bar!
3 | Dive In
From leisurely morning swims to sundowner cocktails framed by city skyline views, the rooftop pool at Andaz San Diego is a show-stealer of a spot to post up day or night. Land in one of the private cabanas (and snag a flamingo floatie) for a fabulous afternoon of rest and relaxation. Or choose to get cozy around the fire pit with a bottle of champagne and small plates from The Rooftop by STK. Weekends are for popping bottles and dancing, and the Andaz is known to host a rotating roster of DJs, spinning everything from hip hop and R&B to house and EDM.
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4 | Stay in San Diego’s Historic Heart
Thanks to its prime location in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, Andaz San Diego guests have access to the best in nightlife, shopping, art and sightseeing. The San Diego Convention Center is just a mile away along Sixth Ave, and the historic Balboa Theater, new-look Horton Plaza Park, Petco Park and Seaport Village are all within easy walking distance too. Lined with Victorian era buildings (and in some places, the original gas lamps that give the district its moniker), a stroll along Fifth Ave to the arched neighborhood sign at its southern end makes for a fun photo op.
5 | Step Aside, Salt Bae!
With its cocktail lounge-meets-modern-steakhouse vibe, dinner reservations are a must at the hotel’s see-and-be-seen restaurant, STK Steakhouse. Executive Chef J.C. Colón oversees the menu, which features 10 cuts of steak; there’s a solid Japanese Wagyu selection, although the 45-day dry-aged Delmonico is a crowd favorite. Keep things classy for date night or happy hour or secure a table for STK’s buzzy weekend brunch, when mimosas flow and a DJ sets the beat. For velvet ropes and VIP bottle service, head upstairs to The Rooftop by STK, managed by Andaz, which boasts views reaching all the way to Coronado from its seventh-floor perch.
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Andaz San Diego
600 F St
San Diego, CA 92101
Keri Bridgwater is a freelance writer covering travel and lifestyle. Her work has been featured in Fodor’s Travel, Marie Claire, Matador Network and InsideHook, among other outlets and publications.