When you arrive at its boutique property in the Gaslamp Quarter, Andaz makes you feel like you’re coming home. Rather than being greeted with a line and a check-in desk, you’ll take a seat in the lounge, get all the information you need from a host, and receive a complimentary drink. Spacious, loft-inspired rooms and suites reinforce the hotel’s homey vibe. Designed in the spirit of Southern California, the modern spaces prominently feature warm woods and clean lines. And just like at home, you can help yourself to a selection of free in-room snacks, drinks, and Keurig coffee—a nice change of pace from overpriced minibars.
Go for a dip in the rooftop pool by day, and sip craft cocktails at RoofTop600 by night. Between your room and the roof, you could easily never leave the property, but don’t forget that you’re in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Definitely explore the neighborhood between swim sessions.
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With its abundance of restaurants, bars, galleries, and shops, the Gaslamp Quarter has no shortage of dining and entertainment options. For a sweet treat, stop by Heavenly Cupcake, where unique flavors like snickerdoodle and banana cream stand along such favorites as red velvet and salted caramel. More substantial fare can be found at Bice Ristorante, where an award-winning cheese bar and housemade pasta steal the show. For some local culture, check out contemporary work by San Diego artists at Sparks Gallery. At night head to Fluxx, a club that mesmerizes with its changing themes and custom lighting and sound. Recharge and repeat.
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Rooms: 142 rooms, 17 suites. From $229. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: RoofTop600 serves weekday breakfast and lunch and weekend brunch. Try the SoCal Benedict (smoked turkey, avocado, chili hollandaise, and poached eggs on an English muffin) or the seared local halibut. At night, the lounge comes alive and offers bottle service and private cabanas. Cocktails like the sustainably sourced La Isla Bonita (eight-year Bacardi, basil, cucumber, and honey) are made by the glass and pitcher, and small plates such as maple-roasted Brussels sprouts and wild mushroom pizza will give you a new appreciation for bar food. Spa and gym details:A 24-hour fitness center has elliptical machines and free weights. Andaz works with local spas to offer poolside massages and other body treatments.
Who's it for: Hip couples who appreciate a contemporary aesthetic, and business travelers who plan to explore the Gaslamp Quarter by night. Our favorite rooms: The 400-square-foot deluxe rooms come with skyline views and windows that open onto the city below. They’re also uniquely designed with a modern, glass-enclosed shower in the middle of the room. Don’t forget: Happy hour at RoofTop600—Monday to Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.— means $7 cocktails and half-price small plates and pizzas. Go on a Thursday or Friday so you can also catch a DJ spinning.