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Historical Traveler Reviews Andaz San Diego
Top Notch and Cool!!
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.
When I finally arrived the next day, the woman at the front desk greeted me warmly and took me up to my room! Once there, she made sure the room was to my liking and explained that every floor had a butler who would press up to 2 items of clothing per day at no charge. She explained the hotel offered a complimentary drink and asked what I would like. I opted for the bottle of Voss water. I asked her to get a taxi for me so I could quickly get to the convention center. She suggested that I take advantage of the complimentary hotel Escalade, which of course I did. As the hostess left, the bell girl came in immediately with my bag and let me know that my water would be there promptly. The room had a complimentary plate of fresh fruit, which was very tasty.
The restaurant and bar are both first rate. I had to seat a party of 10 that night and the hostesses and wait staff were all warm, professional and very accomodating. The food and drinks were all excellent. My party made up of jaded New Yorkers and San Franciscans were very impressed as well.
Physically, the hotel is magnificent. I would call the interior a warm modern. Surfaces tend towards dark wood and light stone in public spaces. (The double-height lobby featured columns wrapped in wide woven leather strips.) My somewhat small room featured dark wood and glass, lots of light, a beautiful modern bathroom and huge 42" Sony HD tv. Very comfy bed, good water pressure. I didn't like the doorless shower, but I'm not the one who has to clean up the half gallon of water on the floor...
The morning of my checkout I was looking for a good place for breakfast. Chris the concierge recommended a cafe a few blocks from the hotel, Cafe Chloe. It was excellent.
The hotel wasn't cheap but they never treated me or my party like anything else than a highly valued customer, which is exactly what I expect from high-end hotels. As I've travelled the world, I've stayed in some very nice hotels for much more money. The Ivy Hotel's service is as good as any of the others, if not better. I will definitely be staying here the next time I visit San Diego.
An Amazing Evening
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.
The room itself was very well done with plenty of mirrors to make the large room look bigger then it already was. The escort showed us the amenities of the room and asked if we would like a sparkling wine compliments of the hotel. She asked for our IDs for the wristbands for the clubs that evening and took down a credit card number for any incidential charges.
Within a few minutes the sparkling wine came and we quickly downed those and hopped in the shower to get ready for a night on the town. Before we were ready we decided that we wanted to have a toast of champagne before we left and this was the only dissapointment on the trip in that it took nearly 30 minutes to get two clean glasses of champagne? Isn't the whole point of a butler service to make things quite speedy?
We went out to dinner around 9pm and upon return the clubs were starting to get into full action, however with the hotel wristbands we went straight to the hotel room elevators without any issue. We prepared to go out to the clubs and decided to go down to Envy the first foor basement club. There is a private entrance behind the elevators for guests of the hotel to get into the club and we were able to walk in and out of the club throughout the evening without any hassle. Previous people mentioned the high price of drinks at the club which is true, 15 dollars for a mojito and 13 for a margareita but I found the service to be that of any upscale club, you take care of the bartender and the bartender will take care of you. After the second time of being a bit generous with the tip, even though I'm a guy and not the best looking one in the club I always had someone willing to help me within a minute of getting up to the bar to get a drink even passing by drop dead gorgeous girls.
We never made it up to the upstairs rooftop Eden, however we had a spectacular time in the downstairs club for the 2.5 hours that we were in there. There was quite a bit of outside noise and we went to refesh ourselves at 2am in the room before once again heading out to an after-party which I would imagine be bothersome to hotel guests as all of the club patriants were trying to get their cars fetched or a taxi or two.
In the morning, checkout was smooth with the bellman quite quick to come upstairs to pick up our things and hold them for us while we went out to lunch in the gaslamp district. Upon return we had our car fetched which arrived faster then the bags we had on hold but they arrived shorty thereafter.
In conclusion, I think that this is an excellent choice if you are a younger individual looking for a fun night on the town. I wouldn't recommend it for families, but if you're intention is for easy access to two very hot clubs in San Diego and want to indulge yourself for the weekend then this a place I would not be afraid to return to again!
Luxurious but small
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.
Its a very luxurious hotel, they had this Escalade pick up from the airport and had rental rolls royces parked out front.
The property is new and so it IS hard for taxi's to know what you are talking about and the sign for it is very small so make sure you have the exact address with you. Or the hotel's number atleast.
Upon checking in, everyone was friendly, i was expecting some snottyness but there was none, everyone was very accomidating and i had booked a double bed room and was given a single but i was able to get it changed with no trouble and they gave me a free mojito while i waited to get relocated.
The bar up on the rooftop pool is beautiful at night definately romantic, albeit expensive way to get drunk. You do get top shelf liquor though and i dont believe i had one badly mixed drink. Being a former bartender i can spot one a mile away.
The rooms are SMALL, i found the single bed room to be smaller, so if you can get it switched to a double bed do so, youll get a little more room. If you can pay for the larger rooms I suppose do so. The standard room i got has an uneventful view but the furnishings are pretty high end, and they give you plenty of towels and pillows which is rare.
I think for the amount of money you pay the rooms should be bigger, with two people in a room you definately feel like you are a little bit cramped.
Would I stay here again, probably not. As nice as it is I just cant get over how small the room is, also if you stay over the weekend expect a huge hassle getting into the hotel as the basement doubles as a club and its heavily guarded by suits at the door.
I lucked out and got the upper floors but i was on the elevator with someone and they said they had a hard time sleeping with the music thumping, they were on the second floor.
Didnt try the dining area, as i was on vacation and not prepared to dress to the 9's to not stand out.
Great new hotel
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.
Under done and over priced
This is a copy of my letter to the owner regarding our experience at their restaurant/clubs last night:
Why on opentable.com did you have listed that reservations were only available at 6 or 10? We walked into an almost empty restaurant at 7:30. Our food took over an hour to arrive and the restaurant was only ¼ full. Getting comped a martini was like a slap in the face. Either both starters (Caesar and French fries) should have been free or our drinks and dessert (2 martinis and fondue.) The Caesar salad was disgusting- soft boiled eggs went out in the 80s with the salmonella scare. And you cut off the leafy green part of the lettuce to leave us with the white stalk? Who got the greens? Not to mention that at $13, we paid $2 for each lettuce stalk. That's not a good way to start a meal after waiting for an hour. The steak and sea bass were cooked well. But the sea bass on risotto is SO boring both in color and in taste. The entire plate was beige except the sprig of parsley on top (parsley is something only Denny's should use.)
Having to pay a $20 cover each on top of a $200 dinner is a little frustrating. But we did it to get the whole experience. The roof top bar is a great space with good music and accessible heat. The number of VIP areas is a little obnoxious. By midnight only 1 of the couch areas on the west side of the roof was being used.
The lounge is beautiful. But the dancer set-up is horrific! Dancers can add a lot to the aesthetics of a club. They should be beautiful, pleasing to the eye and inspire the atmosphere. Your dancers are more like circus freaks. The only inspiration they could provide was for eating disorders and Michael Jackson moves. Congratulations on choosing beautiful women. But even the prettiest was flawed last night. We saw a girl on the roof who looked like an anorexic, epileptic belly dancer. And all three girls we watched in the lounge had horrible jerky moves and costume/hair malfunctions. The fact that they are so close to me and my drink made me weary of a health hazard. Having them dance on the table is an interesting concept, but they should be properly dressed for such a close encounter. They need to be in closed toe shoes with stockings- keeping the beads of sweat on their legs and their feet away from me. Every single costume was misfit except the one on the epileptic belly dancer- from the sandals to the belts flipping around on the tops to the top bunching up under their breasts. They all need lessons in proper dancing for your environment. Instead of aesthetic enhancement, they provided an uncomfortable distraction.
The downstairs club was the worst of the environments. The dry ice gas coming down in front of the back stairs made me choke. It's reminiscent of the old Bitter End that used that regularly through out the night to cool off the dungeon. What are you covering up? It's not an ugly area, so why cause a dry throat and irritated eyes upon my entrance? The thought of spending a portion of our evening in a gas chamber was scary. The lighting is a disaster. Every single light on the ceiling is positioned to hit me right in the eyes. I definitely get the feeling like you invested in the roof and first floor and then the basement was an afterthought. Get rid of the powdery clouds and fix the lights and it will be a great match in the trio of environments you are creating.
The look and feel of everything on the first floor is great. You've out done any other restaurant/club downtown. Unfortunately you've missed the mark in making your establishment a place we'd go regularly for a one-stop-shop for dinner and an evening out with friends. I feel the same way now the way I felt after 1 night at On Broadway- it's OK when a large group of out-of-town visitors comes to Del Mar for a taste of San Diego (at OB I decided it's best only for a bachelorette party.) But you've made it so over priced and the environments a little too uncomfortable for us to want to meet local friends there for a nice evening downtown. I'm sure you'll continue to lure the conference attendees and bachelorette/bachelor parties. Probably Hollywood's finest from time to time. Clearly those are your target markets.
Easiest fix for you- put purse hooks in the bathroom stalls! That's a no-brainer feature that should not have been overlooked.
Not all it's hyped up to be
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.
as aforementioned, i have had the opportunity to stay at many fine hotels around the world and it felt like the ivy merely recycled old ideas/concepts from other very well known properties -- this is one hotel that needs to find its own style and lose the wanna-be vegas/la/new york attitude.
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!
The hotel has a beautiful retaurant (The Quarter Kitchen)with amazing service. Also a cool lounge complete with bottle service. The rooftop bar was not my scene but pretty none the less. If you are looking for ultimate hip in SD this is your place. We will be back!
Just another awful experience at San Diego night club
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.
For some bizarre reason i had high hopes for the IVY. From the looks of it i really was hoping that the people putting it together would have a clue on how to handle it...But my hopes turned to dust after my experience at the IVY this saturday night.
The manager at the door ordering the bouncers around was in panic, it took us for ever to get our drinks and when we did they were all mixed up, too many freakining policies and roles....I mean come on it's a night club for god's sake. & of course what i failed to mention is their lack of competency to 'GET' who they need to take care of at the door and who to make wait in the line. When you have two hot classy girls walk up to the line while you have 100 guys in line, you don't make the girls wait in line. BASIC RULE OF CLUB MANAGEMENT! but then again it's San diego and the people opening the clubs just have the money to open it up No clue on what to do with it...anyway it'll die down in a few months once the hype goes down! WHAT A SHAME! Go figure that out Mr. Kelly!
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