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"After my brief exposure to American coach travel I'm happy to be in an airport again, starting this blog whilst waiting for flight number 8 to take me to Austin." That was how I began last Thursday and, well, have written very little since. The reason I'm cracking on now, despite no further inspiration or motivation having come, is that the longer I wait the less likely I am to remember all the fun things that I've done this week. So here goes.
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... of the country is so COLD! Oh well, we have decided to bite the bullet and go. Our rather casual plan is to be in Oregon this weekend for Gene's 50th high school reunion, then visit some family and friends and then who knows...........
... making my way, as quickly as I could carrying all my gear, to the correct terminal, worried that my girls would be in a panic. I was three quarters of the way there and there I see a grumpy looking Wendy and Danielle heading towards me. We had our big reunion hugs and kisses followed by some moaning on both our parts about how we missed our big arrival moment. We were both pretty ******. Still, we were now back together as a family so our grizzles soon ...
Again 5:30am awake but tried to stay in bed for bit. Finally time for breakfast and finish repacking everything. Holland sent out a notice to some (we did not get it) that embarkation would be delayed until 2:00 pm due to 2 Holland ships in port and construction at the Port. They asked that people arrive later in the day to avoid long lines. Being the good rule followers we are, our taxi arrived at 10:15 am and we were at the port by 10:30 ...
... pointed out landmarks of interest. This gave us a good insight to the city and left us with no doubts as to the importance of the defence force presence here. In the northern section of the harbour we were also lucky enough to encounter some of the marine and bird life which San Diego is famous for. Along with the many sea lions and dolphins we saw we also spotted some cormorants and egrets. At the end of the cruise we took a walk around ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Andaz San Diego
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.