Andaz San Diego (Ivy Hotel) - San Diego, California - Boutique Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter

Formerly known as the Ivy Hotel, the 159-room Andaz San Diego is now part of the new line-up of Andaz boutique-style lodgings owned by Hyatt Hotels Corporation. It has been a fixture in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter for years, perhaps best known for its four-level "Ivy Rooftop, Nightclub, and Wine Bar,'' a popular nightspot that towers above the entertainment district below.

The Andaz San Diego's accommodations come in ten different configurations. Standard studio-style guestrooms include Queen, King, Double, Large Double, Executive King, and Loft King, as well as the 450-square-foot Corner King with exceptional cityscape views. All rooms are provided with a plasma/LCD television, an iPod docking station, a mini-bar, a coffee/tea maker, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, an in-room safe, terry bathrobes, and complimentary wireless Internet access. The entire hotel is smoke-free.

Among suites available is the 750-square-foot Cabana Suite, connected to the rooftop pool area and a private cabana by a spiral staircase from its balcony patio. It features its own fully stocked wet bar and 50-inch plasma television in the living area, which is separated from the sleeping quarters.

The penthouse-level Sweet Suite covers 800 square feet. With a dining table that can seat up to eight persons, it has a lavish soaking tub, a "party-size'' shower, couture furnishings, a workspace, and a living area with a large sectional sofa. Meanwhile, the adjacent Star Suite occupies 1,275 square feet and features plush king-sized bunk beds.

Guests are invited to make use of the hotel's rooftop pool and 24-hour gym. The Andaz Lounge is a unique communal space for guests requiring a simple work area with power outlets and complimentary WiFi. Also on the premises is the Ivy Boutique, a chic and elegant gift shop and newsstand that is open from 9am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and from 10am to 7pm on Sundays. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available, too, upon request.

The Quarter Kitchen serves modern, regional cuisine using locally grown produce and healthy organic ingredients. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7am till 10pm daily. For cocktails and a fine selection of 88 wines by the glass, the Ivy Wine Bar is open from 3pm till late, seven days a week. Room service may also be accessed 24/7.

Including the rooftop deck, up to 20,000 square feet of flexible function space is available at the Andaz San Diego for meetings and other gathering. Catering, computer hookups, audio-video equipment, and other business services can be provided for groups of ten persons or more by the experienced event planners on staff.

The Andaz San Diego is located at 600 F Street, San Diego, California 92101. To get to the hotel via Interstate 5 South, take the Front Street/Civic Center exit and follow Front Street to Broadway. Turn left here, and continue to Eighth Avenue. Take a right onto Eighth and then another right on F Street. The hotel is between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Valet parking is available at the entrance.

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