W San Diego is unapologetically trendy. The hotel prides itself on providing a versatile space where you can relax and recharge or go all out. Rooms have such self-affirming names as “Wonderful,” “Spectacular,” and “Fabulous,” and most provide large chalkboards so you can draw and doodle to your heart’s content. All accommodations come with Bliss bath products, a signature W bed, and down comforters and pillows. There’s even a media library with DVDs and CDs available for rent.
For those who want to see and be seen, you can start in the Living Room Lounge, where, depending on the day, you might catch film showcases, photography exhibits, and art installations. A DJ booth and bar turn it up in the evenings. Once you’ve gotten your fill of the lounge, head up to the sultry Rooftop Bar for cocktails with a view. A bonfire illuminates the terrace and sets the mood for the night. Check the hotel’s website for upcoming events.
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Located a couple of blocks from the ocean, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Little Italy, W San Diego provides the best of all worlds. Venture into the Italian part of town with happy hour at Enoteca Style Wine Bar. Sidle up with a glass of zinfandel from Sonoma or malbec from Argentina; a generous $5 panini will help you pace yourself. For a taste of New Zealand, walk to nearby Queenstown Public House. A Kiwi couple converted a craftsman home into a restaurant, where they serve a menu that’s heavy on grass-fed beef and, unsurprisingly, New Zealand lamb. End your day with authentic gelato made in a variety of classic flavors at Pappaleco Caffè.
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Rooms: 257 rooms, 1 suite. From $209. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Kelvin—named for the unit of temperature—is trying to heat up San Diego’s dining scene. For breakfast, try the sweet potato pancakes with bourbon-infused syrup. Lunch and dinner call for a starter such as tempura avocado and entrees like the house burger topped with caramelized onions and a fried egg. Don’t skip dessert; the Chocolate Escape comes with a brownie topped with chocolate gelato, salted caramel sauce, and caramel corn. In the evening, party at the Rooftop Bar, where a bonfire theme calls for beach chairs and a nightly sunset ritual. Spa and gym details: Although there isn’t a spa, you can book an in-room individual or couple’s massage. A fitness center overlooking the pool has cardio equipment and weights.
Who's it for: Young couples and business travelers in search of a stylish stay. Our favorite rooms: Cool Corner rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the city. Located on the 16th to 19th floors, the airy Fabulous rooms have window seats that make perfect perches for enjoying the bird’s-eye views of downtown. Sunday indulgence: Kelvin recently launched an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rather than serving yourself from a buffet, you get to choose made-to-order small plates such as ceviche, eggs Benedict, apple fritters, and chicken ’n’ waffles. Start with three per person and then keep ordering until you’re full. Bottomless mimosas made with different juices and purees, including orange and passion fruit, hit the spot. Reservations are recommended; call (619) 398-3082.