Andaz San Diego Review: The Right Way to Lounge

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This is part of the Trip Report: The Greatest Diamond Challenge of All Time. Check out how I planned my Hyatt Diamond Challenge and how it cost next to nothing here.

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Getting There: Uber is authorized to pickup at the airport. I Ubered the two block walk from the US Grant.


After the white glove service of the US Grant, it was time to return to the chic lifestyle. In San Diego, this means staying at one of two hotels: The W or the Andaz. Even though I love SPG, I’m not a big fan of the W brand. Stays at the W Hollywood and W Scottsdale were memorable for the wrong reasons.

The Andaz, on the other hand, has the same cool factor as the W without the pompous arrogance. I booked a standard room at the Andaz and informed the front desk that I was participating in the Hyatt Diamond Challenge. Unlike challenges of old (see Diamond Challenge Argentina) participants aren’t given temporary diamond status, making suite upgrades a thing of the past, or so I thought.

To my surprise, I was upgraded to a suite on the sixth floor, the top floor. During check-in I was offered red wine and told of the open wine bar happy hour during the evenings. Since my room was not ready, I was also given two free drink tickets to be used at the rooftop pool bar.

The Pool

The pool had a DJ spinning chillout tracks and a good man grilling delicious tacos, 3 tacos for $5. The clientele that day featured a popular member of the adult entertainment industry among other interesting characters. Maybe because it was San Diego not Scottsdale or West Hollywood or maybe because it wasn’t the W but the people were a lot more friendly.

After finishing a locally brewed, commendably made saison, I went back to the lobby to get my room key.

The chillout area
The chillout area
I like tacos.
I like tacos.
The pool
The pool
The view
The view
More pool
More pool
The bed
The bed

The Lobby

The lobby is cool, man. It has great ambiance, funky art, and interesting decorations. The mobile front desk featured in the Andaz where laptops are all over the place is a silly idea as I was paraded from one computer to the next until we found one that worked.

The lobby
The lobby
The lobby ceiling
The lobby ceiling
The lobby lamp
The lobby lamp
The lobby chair
The lobby chair
The lobby front desk
The lobby front desk

The Room

The Andaz Suite is a perfect room most notably comparable to the suite at Le Parker Meridien NYC. There is a great king size bed, large TVs, and plenty of space to make a mess.

The entrance
The entrance
The living room
The living room
TV 2
TV 2
TV 1
TV 1

The Bath

The only necessities in life are a great bed and shower. This has now come to include reliable Wi-Fi. Still, the original two features are why it is worthwhile to graduate from hostels to the points good life. The Andaz Suite had an infinity shower and bathtub for unwinding.

A sink
A sink
The Tub
The Tub
More bathroom
The bathroom
The room of bath
The room of bath
The bath
More bath

The Treats 

Nothing is worse than hotels that don’t include a free bottle of water. I will never pay for the Evian no matter how thirsty I am. The Andaz takes it a step further and offers free refreshments and snacks including Coke, Diet Coke, orange juice, and candy. After a day at the pool and a night out on the town, these treats come in handy.

The refreshments
The refreshments
I meant Pepsi & Diet Pepsi
I meant Pepsi & Diet Pepsi

The Price 

Paying cash instead of points is advisable for this hotel. I paid the full rate of $180 for a Sunday night because spending 20,000 GoldPassport points is better saved for the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Even there, I’d use the cash n points option.

I will be back.
I will be back.
andaz san diego review
With a better camera, hopefully.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. This location was really great when it first opened several years ago, since then it has declined. If noticed the locked doors off the lobby to the vacant restaurant. The I understand are now on their third attempt at opening one this fall. Top floor is not advisable at this hotel especially weekends as the crow noise and walking about transmits through. The rooms are declining as well. Since I am in SD twice a month I only stay when others are booked. ( I use to be a regular)

  2. Not a fan of W Scottsdale?? You used to live there!

    “I always keep a spare W room card so I can go use ogle the pool crowd on the weekends! Best way” -Alex 2 years ago

      • a friendly woman, no idea her name but she tweeted she was going to the pool and some assyrian guy shows up just for that lol. he pointed her out

    • Should I respond to you with patience or as myself since I know you? I’ll go with the latter. 1. Read the damn post about STAYING at the W hotel.
      2. When have I ever used the word ogle?
      3. 2 years ago? that’s how you quote someone? nice journalistic integrity.

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