Let’s just mention before the review that I am a huge fan of the Andaz properties by Hyatt beforehand. And when I had a night layover in San Diego, I instinctively chose the Andaz San Diego for my lodging. The hotel is located right in the Gaslamp Quarter and is very accessible to the sights in downtown as well as a nice walk to the waterfront. The hotel is located in a historical building thus there is no grand hotel porch or the sorts as the shuttle bus dropped me off by the front entrance. As I was arriving on a weekend night, there was a huge clubbing crowd in the hotel since there is several hangout bars and clubs in the property itself. This meant a crowded and noisy lobby. I didn’t mind this at all since I wanted to make the most out of my one night stay in San Diego.
The hotel lobby is very nicely decorated in a similar style to that of SPG’s W Hotels and there is also a Japanese restaurant in the lobby. Check-in at all Andaz hotels is conducted by ‘hosts’ walking around with their iPads, though there is also a conventional check-in desk beside the hotel boutique. One friendly host checked me in and informed me of the clubs opening tonight, while thanking me for the business. In addition she mentioned that guests at the hotel have priority access to the clubs by requesting for an armband. Hyatt Diamond guests also get breakfast which will be served in the rooftop that currently functions as a club at night. After obtaining my key card that adds to my ‘periodic table element’ collection, I headed for the elevator. In order to manage the crowds, there is a bouncer that manages the elevators for club patrons and hotel guests.
My room was on the 3rd floor and faces the main street, thus I was expecting a bit of noise. However the room turned out to be alright in terms of noise level. The room assigned was a Deluxe King room, one level above the standard room type. There was a small seating area as well as a work desk that faces the window in the bedroom. The main attraction, though was the a glass-enclosed walk-in shower that occupies half of the bathroom floor area. And there is nothing to close the glass while showering which means it is definitely not suitable for families or casual friends travelling together. The toilet is placed at the end of the bathroom in a separate enclosure. Bathroom amenities is by a local toiletry brand and has a neutral, though somewhat clinical scent. As far as hotel rooms go, this was one of the best I had in North America as it was very nicely designed and very spacious. In some hotel properties such rooms might even be considered a Junior Suite of sorts!
After settling in the room and lounging for a bit by using the wifi which is complimentary, I decided to check out the rooftop bar and walk around the Gaslamp Quarter on a clubbing night to just soak in the vibe on a weekend night! The club on the rooftop is definitely crowded and there are definitely some guests staying in the hotel taking advantage of the priority access. This could be considered a perk for staying at this property on a weekend night, I suppose. After a short while, I returned to the room for an good night’s rest.
The next morning, I woke up earlier than usual for a nice jog to the waterfront, and the hotel does have a pocket-sized jogging map upon request by guests. After the jog and a shower, I enjoyed a fantastic a-la carte breakfast similar to the one I had in the Hyatt The Pike in Long Beach. I ordered a SoCal style Eggs Benedict which comprised of smoked turkey and avocado over poached eggs topped with chilli-lime hollandaise and served with breakfast potatoes. It was one of the tastiest breakfast I had in a North American hotel stay!
In addition to the breakfast, there was selected snacks and non-alcoholic beverages that are compliments of Andaz in the room minibar as always is the case for Andaz properties worldwide. The selection of drinks and snacks was quite good including a pack of chips, a chocolate bar, several juices and soft drinks as well as iced tea.
Since my flight did not depart until the evening, I was able to get late check-out at 4pm with no problem. I took the time to visit and explore the city after my ‘brunch’ in the rooftop lounge. When I returned to the hotel to check-out, I still had time to explore the rooftop which has nice views of the city and this would be a great place to spend the afternoon in! I could totally imagine a soak in the pool and enjoying an afternoon sipping coffee by the cabanas in the poolside! This means I would have to return here again which is an easy choice really as the Andaz San Diego is perhaps my favourite hotel in the United States at the moment!