The Perfect Girls’ Weekend in San Diego

Stay in These West Coast Hotels for a Perfectly Relaxing Getaway

The Perfect Girls’ Weekend in San Diego

Planning a girls trip is easy: Pick a date, gather your gals and prepare for a weekend of laughter, adventure and some serious bonding time. Oh, wait—then you have to think about all of the pesky details that go into pulling off the ultimate getaway. Planning the perfect girls weekend requires selecting a fabulous destination, for one, and then there’s the task of exploring options for lodging and crafting the perfect itinerary. And that’s where things get tricky. Especially because when it comes to planning a girls weekend, the West Coast truly has it all; there are myriad options for every type of girls group, from desert to ocean, city to mountains. With so many choices and incredible destinations—all of which are easily accessible whether you’re driving, flying or taking the train—how is it even possible to decide where you’ll go, let alone how you’ll tailor your weekend specifically for you and your friends?

Well, rest assured: It is possible to plan the most memorable, epic girls’ weekend because we did the legwork for you, scouring some pretty impressive luxury hotels from north to south, and east to west. As a result, we’re confident that we’ve found something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to pop champagne at a downtown rooftop, paddleboard on the Pacific, get pampered like A-listers at a top-notch spa, party poolside all day or book a private outdoor yoga class, we’ve got you covered. Check out the second installment, in our guide to the six best West Coast girls weekend getaways (we’re pretty certain you’ll want to do them all), which are sure to keep you and your girls smiling from check-in to checkout.

Andaz San Diego

Written By: Elizabeth Nutt and Jordan Ligons
Photographed By: Michael Wesley
Styled By: Candace Verdone
Models: Bree Randall, Lauren Ryan & Allie Meixner of Brand Model & Talent

The Andaz, true to its name, which means (personal style) in Hindi, is a hotel that will allow you and your girlfriends to create the perfect weekend that, well, matches your style. And if your style gravitates toward an epic weekend party scene, then you’re in the right place. Upon check-in to the Andaz, you’ll be greeted with a complimentary beverage of your choice, which will send you straight into that weekend-getaway mindset.

As you’re sipping your cocktails or wine, you can flag one of the hotel’s hosts, who are available 24/7 in the hotel, and equipped with iPads and ample local knowledge, ready to assist you with weekend planning, restaurant recommendations, directions or whatever else you may need. And you might consider just staying put in the lobby lounge for a few more hours, as there’s a complimentary wine tasting that occurs from 5-8 p.m. every night—the perfect way to ease into Friday evening.

Three Must-Do Activities:

1. Browse the Little Italy Farmers Market

2. Take a brewery tour at one of San Diego’s many craft breweries

3. Stroll through Balboa Park

600 F St
San Diego, CA 92101


The Empress Hotel La Jolla


Location, location, location! This seaside themed boutique hotel is in the heart of the La Jolla Village—right where you and your fave gal pals want to be. The Empress just went under a $1.9 million remodel, making it the perfect staycation or seamless getaway. Everything from the local art work featuring 360 individual photos by local photographer Aaron Goulding to redone second floor breakfast patio are so La Jolla—beachy vibes all day long.

Inside, spacious suites await you with comfy beds and even comfier robes for you to snuggle up, relax and gossip the night away. Top notch staff and customer service is at your fingertips—literally! Each room comes with a personalized tablet with all of your needs readily available. Want to plan ahead? Just tap the valet service on your tablet; it will sync with your room number and by the time you and your squad makes it downtown, your chariot will be waiting for you. Bonus: valet shuttle service to the beach is handy so you can skip the hassle of finding a parking spot, and go straight to having endless fun in the sun.

Walking distance to local shops, restaurants and attractions in downtown La Jolla like The Lot and Puesto, the amazingly delicious gourmet Mexican-style food. Opt for the three taco plate, and you have to order the Tamarindo Shrimp Tacos for heaven-like juicy seafood in every bite. If you want to mix and match, order the three tacos for $15 special with options like Chicken Al Pastor, Filet Mignon and the taco of the month so you and your girlfriends can share!

Three Must-Do Activities:

  1. Grab a jar of local favorite Pacific Beach Peanut Butter available in the hotel’s lobby.
  2. Dine from the comfort of your bed with in-room dining through in-house restaurant, Manhattan.
  3. Get artsy by browsing local art galleries in and around La Jolla.

S Q U A D /// Goals. Prepare for an Epic, Fun-filled Girls’ Weekend at the Andaz San Diego.

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