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... Eric while Jake worked. Nice walking tour of Mapleton Historic District. Dinner at Dark Horse Bar for burgers and first half of NCAA championship game between Kentucky and Duke. Jake, Griffin, Ryan Bruno.... Tuesday am hike myself on Flatiron One trail; incomplete due to residual ice towards the top. Breakfast at The Egg and I then surprise goodby visit from Jake at the RTD bus stop. Then onto Denver airport for flight to San Diego. Note to self: ...
... waved their flippers, balanced balls on their noses and did the tango. It was a lovely show.
After lunch we saw our second show featuring the dolphins. They swam about, splashed people, waved their fins, jumped high in the air, allowed trainers to ride them and raced through the water. The trainers also included circus people who did high dives, flew on guide ropes and did acrobatics in the air and in the water. It was quite a ...
... about to deploy in the navy. They sat with us a drank and talked, it was good to talk to some nice Americans, Reece was a little full on at times and liked to talk about himself but for the most part he was a good guy. Once we got hungry we freshened up and headed into Gaslamp district for dinner. Chips drove us in, we found an Italian restaurant that seemed to be good and sat outside as it was a nice night. The food ...
... full size we saw darth vader, chewbacca, R2D2 and an X-wing fighter jet. It was amazing with R2D2 in the top and a Luke Skywalker next to it. We insisted on making the boys stand next to it for obligatory photos and then it was time for the Lego shop on leaving. Non Star Wars fans may continue from here: The Lego shop - every kids and a lot of adults dream place. The boys were told they could choose one box, so Sebastian picked 3 huge ones, whilst Ewan picked the ...
... the day at the zoo with a piņa colada and a beer watching a magician. He was very good and I even helped him with his card tricks. Good fun. Back to the hotel and ordered pizza to be delivered. It was while I was waiting for it to arrive that I did the unthinkable. Was so upset at the loss of the photos which I did after I found out the iPad reckoned it couldn't accept any more photos. It was a lesson that I have learnt very quickly. ...
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I've just returned from a single night stay at the brand new Ivy Hotel and had a nearly perfect experience. I originally was going to stay Tuesday night but my flight was cancelled due to mechanical problems. I called up the hotel worried that I would be unable to move my reservation. My fears were unfounded: They happily moved the reservation back 24 hours.
I was a bit skeptical after reading the previous reviews upon staying at the Ivy Hotel, but I figured to give it a try. Both me and my girlfriend arrived early on a Saturday evening and were quickly greeted with two people opening the car doors for us and asking if we were checking in and quickly got our bags and asked for our last name. Upon entering the lobby they had a file for us and escorted us to our room. We booked the premium guestroom with the 360 glass shower and it was everything one could expect.
This is a brand new hotel and so I was excited to stay there because everyone seems to always stay at the overbooked Omni which has alot of heavy construction atm with the Hard Rock Hotel. I didnt want to risk that construction noise so i booked at the Ivy bout 5 blocks up.
I went last weekend to check out "Ivy Hotel" as I saw the article in the LA Times and was curious about a "communal shower". While the price of that suite was a little steep for me, I booked what I thought to be just as special of a room. It had a glass enclosed tub and shower. That could be considered communal! The room was beautiful and the tub amazing. I had my own bath butler draw a bath for my boyfriend and I. I dined in the Quarter Kitchen and had the treat of meeting their celebrity Chef Damon Gordon. The food was beyond compare. The flavor and texture of the Kobe beef surpassed what had previously been my favorite Kobe beef experience at Tao in Manhattan. We headed to the roof to their Eden nightclub and found it to be a cornucopia of sights and sounds. We reserved a bed as our table. How cool is that? And the view of San Diego was amazing. Every place we touched at the Ivy was unique and one of a kind. The staff bent over backwards to accommodate our every whim, including fetching black socks at Nordstrom's for my fashion conscious boyfriend. This hotel not only looks gorgeous from staff to the property, but it delivers the unique experience it promotes.
This is a copy of my letter to the owner regarding our experience at their restaurant/clubs last night:
as a frequent traveler and guest of luxury hotels around the world, i gave the ivy a chance--despite many warnings of a vegas like scene from friends and san diego residents. i liked their service and found the staff very helpful (minus the club/lounge staff who think they're working in new york). the decor in the lobby and rooms is well executed, but the rest of the hotel leaves a bad taste in my mouth...scantily cald women and the middle aged men who pursue them does not exactly convey class and luxury to me.
Never on Thurs-Sat unless you don't sleep
This new luxury property was an anniversary getaway for two nights - unfortunately they were Thursday and
Fri nights, when the downtown San Diego Club scene is in action. The techno-music from a club across the street(Martini Ranch) was non-stop until 2 am. The desk clerk on checkout admitted they are aware of the issue(a minor rate concession was given) and not sure what they are going to do about it. The room was luxurious - hotel amenities great, but we would only go back on Sun-Wed nights. The clear glass, wrap around tub/shower without curtains or screens will likely present some issues for some guests.
We stayed here as a last minute decision. We live in San Diego close to downtown and thought this would be a fun get away. As soon as you enter the property you are surrounded by luxury. The hotel lobby is full on interesting organic type features. We were kindly greeted and escorted to our room. The room is on the small size but it makes up for that with all the luxuious features. A personal butler came a few minutes later with a complimentary champagne and the has left a fruit plate with a kind welcome note. We did not have a tradional view from our room but looked out to a light filled corridor that looks right toward other rooms. Cool but you bettter remember to pull the shades when dressing!
Ok...so with every hotel that's been opening up lately comes the night club and the rooftop entertainment....and for San Diego it's a big deal. Everyone wants to checkout the new place in hopes that it'll be better than the last one that opened up and died down after couple months.