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... prices in America are at least half of what we pay) we ventured back to the hotel as Ellie is watching the Golden Globes live on the TV, Robyn and I decided to explore what was left of the bank and happened across the old vaults which have been turned into meeting rooms and the vast steel doors have been left in position.
Tomorrow it is off to our last destination on this trip, Los ...
... notice me with camera in hand framing my shot here??" One of the advantages of being my size is that unless the person is either armed or combat-trained, I can usually verbally "win" this sort of confrontation, and sure enough, he said nothing and did move the heck out of my way. I generally try to be a polite and friendly person (and even more so in the overall good mood I'm in during this road trip adventure), ...
... porch looking at the activities and watching the ocean waves. We saw our favorite regular on the boardwalk - "SloMo" - the gentleman who skates on one leg in slow motion down the sidewalk while blaring music from around his neck. Everyone seems to know who he is and he always has a smile when you greet him. It was so great to finally relax and enjoy the cool temperature of 72º. Coming from Ahwatukee where it was 108º, this is a very ...
... Mickey Mouse.
Next stop we see lots of birds and parrots at the San Diego bird rescue stand. The volunteers are walking around with the birds talking about them to the passers by. At the end of the walkway is a huge fountain with loads of children playing in it. Dylan runs over and starts taking his t shirt off. We explain he is more than welcome to go in, but we don't have a towel or a change of clothes for afterwards. He thankfully decides against it. Further ...
... we would go to Cardiff on our Honeymoon! Lunch was awesome, a lovely up market seaside bistro, where Tom and I indulged in Starters, but of course Tom had to have an additional Appetiser.. Oyster-Sake Shot.. gross! Tom had the "Bag-O-Bones" and I had the Mixed Sliders.. very very tasty! My Wonderful Dad's Brother Trev and his wife Debbie gave us a great gift and we used this today for our day out on the beach and lunch overlooking the sea.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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.