Great boutique hotel - need to understand environment though Posted May 26, 2010
I live in Newport Beach CA and when I go to San Diego for fun I stay at the Andaz (formerly Ivy Hotel). I have stayed there about 6-7 times. I love the modern decor and the overall environment. This hotel is for guests that want a lively environment with bar/club access. This is not the place for total peace at 10pm or for children (my opinion). The staff has always treated me well and welcomed me immediately. I wouldn't continue to stay at the Andaz if the experience as a whole wasn't a good one. I saw some of the reviews and its obvious they didn't adequately research hotels enough to understand what is offered and what they're looking for. Hotels and their overall appeal are very different unless you stay at a typical chain or lower end chain hotel. And in terms of charging for parking - I was shocked that someone expects free parking. I travel alot for business and I can't remember not having to pay for overnight parking. All high end hotels - especially downtown/busy areas - charge for parking. If you're looking for a hip, contempoary, fun, lively, very clean, good service, great location boutique hotel then I highly recommend the Andaz.