As I shared recently, Jordan and I took a long weekend trip to San Diego last month. San Diego is one of my favorite cities to visit. I love the laid back vibe, how easily accessible the beach is, the perfect weather, how close to downtown the airport is…I could go on.
While in San Diego, Jordan and I stayed at the Andaz downtown, in the Gaslamp district. We stayed Monday and Tuesday nights and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t recommend staying on the weekend since there’s a night club on the top floor of the hotel (unless you’re a party animal).
I had a couple expiring Diamond suite uprades to use, so I paid for the first night and used my suite upgrade. Then I made a booking the following night for 18,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points, since it’s a category 5 Hyatt. I transferred over some Ultimate Rewards points to top off my Hyatt balance to complete the booking. You must have an Ink Bold® Business Card, Ink Plus® Business Card, or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card card to transfer Ultimate Rewards points out to travel partners.
We arrived a little before 2pm, so I knew there was a risk that our room wouldn’t be ready. Well, I was right. We ended up having to wait 10 minutes (*gasp*) for our room to be prepared. The good news is, I didn’t even have to ask for our two reservations to be combined so we could spend two nights in a suite. They already took care of that. Score.
The Andaz employees were very accommodating and apologized for our wait numerous times. I found the staff exceptionally willing to help out during our stay. We received multiple restaurant tips that were all spot on.
We were given the standard Andaz Loft suite. Although it wasn’t the most spacious suite, it was more than enough for us. I was very pleased, as I always am with Andaz properties.
I just love the modern design and layout of the rooms. Jordan does as well, which is more important.
I loved this leather piece of furniture, even though it looked more comfortable than it actually was. There’s just something about tan leather that calls out to me.
Not the best Andaz shower I’ve seen, but it did the job.
The complimentary goodies. Gotta love the free snacks Andaz provides.
I always enjoy making a mid-day Keurig coffee after walking around a city for a few hours. If we didn’t have breakfast at the restaurant, it would’ve been a nice way to start the day, too.
This caught me off guard, but I guess the clubbers on the weekend appreciate this option. Jordan and I had a good laugh over it.
I loved the roof top patio and it’s view of the city!
We loved starting our day with breakfast here each morning.
I’m a pancake guy, and these Ricotta pancakes stacked up really nicely against some of the other Andaz selections I have had. I also enjoyed the waffle with candied orange and sweet cream butter. Can’t beat that.
The pool would’ve been a great spot if the weather had been a tad bit warmer.
The San Diego Andaz was a great location in the Gaslamp district downtown. It was 5-7 minutes from the airport, the world famous San Diego zoo, and a quick walk to several great eating options.
We decided to eat at Brian Malarkey’s Searsucker the first night, recommended by the Andaz staff. We absolutely loved it! It’s American cuisine with a little twist. The setting is casual and not pretentious, even though it’s moderately priced. I highly recommend checking them out to see if it’s your style. I just found out that Austin is getting their own!
Another restaurant we really enjoyed was Neighborhood, only a couple blocks away from the Andaz. This burger joint was a no thrills place which seemed very popular with the locals downtown. It prides itself on not having any hostesses, ketchup, Red Bull, Budweiser, or Grey Goose. The burgers were great, and they had a wide array of local brews. That’s all a man needs.
Jordan and I killed it in San Diego. It was one of those trips where everything went well. We didn’t fight (not that we do), none of the restaurants were a bust, and we got to catch up with some family. That’s always a perk!
We both enjoyed our stay at the Hyatt Andaz. Our favorite part was the breakfast on the roof top. It was delicious and the view was awesome. If the weather had been warmer, we would have loved the pool, too.
I wouldn’t stay here during the weekend, though, as I’m told things could get a little cray cray and it’s hard to fall asleep before 2am because of all the noise. The parking situation is a con, too. It was valet only and that cost $35 a day! The hotel ended up comping us one day of valet service since they were late getting our car, so it only ended up costing us $35 for two days (still not fun to pay, I know). I suppose you could find public parking behind the hotel or along the streets. Kinda messy.
Overall, we had a great two days at the San Diego Andaz, and besides the parking fiasco, it’s a place I highly recommend and would stay at again.
— Geoff Whitmore