Fodor's Expert Review
Chic, modern, and filled with cool local art, this boutique property from the Hyatt is conveniently located in the city’s bustling Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel’s rooftop features a beautiful pool as well as a bar that’s seriously bumping on weekend nights (Prince Harry even partied here during a San Diego visit).
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On-trend rooms feature bright white walls, sleek contemporary furniture, warm wood accents, pops of teal and orange, and eye-catching artwork, much of it local. Deluxe rooms offer skyline views.
Tip Feeling flush? Spring for the ultra-premium 1,275-square-foot Star Suite, which features two bedrooms – one with king-size bunk beds and mirrored ceilings.
Modern bathrooms feature walnut floors, striking gray stone subway tile, a generously sized walk-in shower (some with enclosed baths), and a separate water closet.
The contemporary lobby makes a statement with columns wrapped in strips of leather woven in a herringbone pattern, stone-clad walls, wood floors, clean-lined furnishings, and atomic light fixtures.
This is San Diego, so a pool is a must-have for many visitors. The Andaz’s doesn’t disappoint. The long, rectangular rooftop pool looks out on a panorama of San Diego’s high-rises and Petco Park and features sleek chaises, clusters of seating, and a fire pit. You can even rent a private cabana with a flatscreen TV.
You Should Know The hotel’s summer daytime pool parties, replete with pool toys and DJs, might be a bit much for the self-conscious or those looking for a chill afternoon poolside. At night the scene really goes off.
The hotel’s fitness center has the usual cardio equipment as well as free weights and core-training machines.
The Rooftop by STK, which has the hotel’s best city views, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring American dishes with a SoCal twist.
At night, The Rooftop by STK features a clubby vibe, with music and weekend crowds. There’s a happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. every day except Saturday.
San Diego is easiest explored by car, but public transit is still a great option. You can catch the San Diego Trolley at the Gaslamp Quarter Station, a 15-minute walk from the Andaz. The trolley’s Green Line services Seaport Village, Little Italy, and Old Town. Buses also service San Diego’s attractions; visit Metropolitan Transit System for up-to-date schedules and maps, as well as real-time arrival info. To explore the coastal communities to the north of Downtown, hop off the trolley at the historic Santa Fe Depot and catch the commuter Coaster train, which stops in Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Oceanside. You can usually catch a cab for shorter rides in the Downtown area; car services like Lyft are also a popular choice.
Carne is king at the Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse (2-minute walk), an upscale churrascaria that dishes up exquisite cuts of meat. The ample buffet salad bar is also a draw (no, really!). Café 21 (2-minute walk) has a distinctly California vibe, dishing up healthy, organic fare and farm-to-bar cocktails. Check out the gorgeous living wall behind the bar.
Four words: Trailer Park After Dark (3-minute walk). It’s ridiculously kitschy--think vintage trailers, barstools made out of shopping carts, plastic-covered armchairs, TV trays, and lawn furniture. It’s also ridiculously fun. Custom cocktails have names like ‘Murica Mule and Dickle My Pickle. If that’s too lowbrow for your taste, head back to an even earlier era at Prohibition (5-minute walk). The speakeasy-style bar makes you work for it: Look for the door to Eddie O’Hare’s Law Office and the bar will flip a light switch to let you in. It’s a unique spot to enjoy cocktails and the occasional live performance.