My husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary at the Andaz San Diego on April 7 and it did not disappoint. From the minute we stepped out of our car to the minute Mike the Host escorted us into our room and began unloading our suitcases we were treated like VIP guests. Very cool. In honor of our anniversary they sent up a complimentary bottle of wine, which was a nice, very much appreciated, touch. We reserved the "Large King" room and it was beautiful. We LOVED the deep glass-enclosed bathtub/shower combo. Very chic. Very contemporary. Not necessarily appropriate if you're travelling as a family or with someone you're not comfortable being naked with though. But as a married couple we certainly enjoyed it! The beds were very comfortable and we appreciated the nice array of complimentary sodas, water, and snacks that were en suite.
I'm giving this hotel a 4-star rating instead of a 5-star one for two reasons.
One, at $35 I think the valet parking fee is pretty expensive, especially since there are no self-parking options that I could see in the immediate vicinity. I understand it isn't uncommon to pay such a hefty fee for valet parking in the Gaslamp (at Hotel Solamar it's $40!) but still...it seems a little piggish to demand such a high fee when that's our only parking option.
Two, there's a rooftop nightclub that has a view of the San Diego skyline that wiIl knock you silly. That was beautiful. What we didn't like was the CIA-level security that began once the club opened at 8:30pm. There were tall, manly bouncers donning black suits and headsets looming in every nook and cranny. Once we returned to the hotel around 9:30pm after enjoying a nice dinner at Pannevinos, we were asked to show our room key several times during our incredibly short journey from the hotel lobby to our 5th floor room. Really? Were we staying at the Andaz or the White House? That just seemed a bit excessive. I was half expecting to get an assigned escort for the evening.
Overall, the Andaz is a trendy, chic hotel that we thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to those wanting a weekend getaway. We followed the recommendations of fellow travellers and requested a quiet room away from the nightclub noise. That was a great decision! I highly recommend doing that! While we still like to enjoy a good club scene we don't like to "enjoy" it in the wee hours of the night.
One another thing..if you like to enjoy a more expensive, traditional Tuscan dinner I would recommend Pannevinos. But to be honest, the food was good but not for the price. We ended up having a late night snack at Brian's 24 across the street from the Andaz around 1:30am and boy was it AMAZING! A nice variety, breakfast served 24 hours a day, reasonable prices, and great service and staff. We went there the following morning for breakfast and it was positively delicious! We'd highly recommend it if you're looking for great food at a great price!
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