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Botanical gardens at Balboa Park.

Where to stay on your next trip to San Diego

Before booking your next weekend getaway or business trip to San Diego, read through these four wildly different lodging options — from resort-style chic to downtown ritz, here are four of Az Business’ favorites!

Rooftop track and pool at The Westgate

Rooftop track and pool at The Westgate

1. The Westgate
1055 2nd Ave., San Diego
westgatehotel.com
Ocean and silhouettes of the harbor peak out between the slivers of buildings in downtown San Diego, while a sunrise cuts through warehouse windows and outlines of neon signage is framed by sunbursts oozing from behind. The spongy surface of the Westgate Hotel’s rooftop track has my running rhythm feeling a bit more springy than usual, but it’s hard to think about much else when there are views like this stealing the show. Some kind of horn blares off in the distance, maybe bus or boat, and I feel at once displaced in a moment, suspended in the apex of one bouncing stride after another ― likewise, the Westgate has a captivating way of bridging modern expectations of luxury with the grit and gauche of a boutique hotel. Its infamous Sunday buffet brunch is served with champagne and sushi while a pianist plays classicized pop songs. The rooms are furnished with plush, oversized chairs, golden faucets, floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking downtown views and a Marlock* key system.

Champagne brunch at The Westgate

Champagne brunch at The Westgate

Harlem sour at Westgate

Harlem sour at Westgate

The last time I was in San Diego was to report on the craft beer industry. This trip is a bit different where the libations were concerned. Arizona is on course to being snobbish about its craft cocktails, and that’s something I was interested in comparing while in San Diego. The Westgate Hotel has an intimate Plaza Bar, where, every Saturday, singer Jonathan Karrant croons out Frank Sinatra and Van Morrison records. The room feels like a ritzy speakeasy with the bar tucked into the corner and the grand piano front and center. The bartender on deck has owned a bartending school for nearly two decades (and making drinks five times longer than I’ve been able to enjoy them). I decide, despite the intrigue of a house-infused chai vodka, to partake in two wintertime seasonals ― a cherry scotch-based Winter Solstice and the dangerously delicious citric-and-almond Harlem Sour. If there had been enough reason to order another drink, I would have gone for the Maple Bourbon Cider. These cocktails will run you about $12 a pop.

Jonathan Karrant singing at The Westgate's Plaza Bar

Jonathan Karrant singing at The Westgate’s Plaza Bar

* The Marlock System uses a key consisting of a piece of metal with holes bored in it, and then covered up with strips of infrared-invisible plastic. Thus, you can’t see anything in the plastic, but IR in the keyhole reader can see thru just fine. It decodes this, sends it to a controller interface box, which sends it to a controller PC, which says “cool or uncool”, and if cool, then the interface box sends power to the strike on the door, and turns the LED on the reader green. Source 

 

Orchids at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

Orchids at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

2. The Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego
lajolla.hyatt.com
While boutiques are perfect for someone traveling in style, the business traveler may need a bit more elbow room for a comfortable stay. The AAA Four Diamond Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine (http://lajolla.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html) recently spent $12 million to renovate its 417 guest rooms and suites ― and we recommend exploring them. The rooms adopted a “coastal chic” aesthetic, according to the hotel, which translates to minimalist, modern with pops of orchids in every room of the suite.

Its personality is inviting but not overpowering. The suites are perfect for an extended business trip. They have a fully equipped kitchen (microwave, oven, utensils, a K-cup machine, stove top, dish washer and double-basin sink), conference table (or kitchen table), a spare office and a surround-sound equipped entertainment system ― speaking of, the cabinets also provide cocktail and bar equipment.

Santorini Suite at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

Santorini Suite at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

For nearby food, the Regency Club serves meals during select hours of the day, and the hotel’s lobby opens up into an intimate plaza with restaurant mainstays such as Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and The Melting Pot. The hotel also has a bar of its own, Michael’s Lounge, which has a high-end neighborhood watering hole feel with 12 flat screens, Wii and billiards and a place to light up a cigar on its renovated patio. Though only minutes from a run on the La Jolla shore, the Hyatt’s hotel has received some recognition for its gym by travel blogs and fitness magazine, Self. If running oceanside isn’t your thing, the Sporting Club & Spa has free weights, cycles, stair steppers, stair climbers, rowers, Nautilus, Cybex, Nordic Track, personal trainers, a full-size basketball court, two lighted tennis courts, swimming, Jacuzzi, steam room, aerobics, spinning classes and dressing rooms.

 

View of the bay from Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. Photo: Amanda Ventura

View of the bay from Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. Photo: Amanda Ventura

3. Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
2000 2nd St., Coronado
marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanci-coronado-island-marriott-resort-and-spa/
From the moment you walk or drive by the flamingo lagoon outside the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, there’s a sense of stepping away from the bustle of work or even a jam-packed vacation schedule. While Coronado (and former island, turned peninsula as water levels change) is known for being a bit more about the indulgent side of travel than its sister city across the bay.

 

Coronado Island Resort & Spa flamingo lagoon

Coronado Island Resort & Spa flamingo lagoon

The Marriott at Coronado is a resort hotel without sacrificing proximity to major metro features in San Diego. The hotel’s grounds feature hammocks, “corners of comfort,” it has its own aviary and though fire pits weren’t installed at the time of Az Business’ visit last March, those were in the works as well. All the hotel’s rooms face water — there’s a private lake, three pools and the bay — it’s also near a dock where water taxis visit their sister property in San Diego for $6 one-way. “It’s 10 minutes from everywhere,” says Jessica Chang, senior catering sales executive at Marriott International. The average staff tenure is between 10 and 15 years, every room is 500 square feet.

The shipyards light the bay up at night, which is perfect for a romantic stroll on the way to visit Coronado’s “Main Street,” lined with consistently delicious restaurants and breweries. Visitors don’t have to wander far, though, for a good meal. Arizona-based Executive Chef Frank Sanchez mans the Marriott’s in-house restaurant and brings with him a lifelong passion for gardening and fresh, organic ingredients — which is fortuitous given that San Diego County has more farms than any other county in the U.S. Sanchez started gardening when he was a kid, growing food in a hanging burlap sack and in his parents’ 800-square-foot garden. Sanchez is also a huge beer connoisseur and has hosted a few beer pairing dinners in San Diego.
“It’s a hobby as much as a passion,” he says about the artesian food and craft beer scene.

 

Glorietta Bay Inn

Glorietta Bay Inn

4. Glorietta Bay Inn
1630 Glorietta Blvd., Coronado
gloriettabayinn.com
Glorietta Bay Inn, a boutique hotel fashioned out of the former residence of San Diego economic developer John Dietrich Spreckels, is as much about being an homage to history as it is a tribute to preserving the personality of Spreckels himself. From the music room, featuring a grand piano and a buffet-style brunch, to its Italian Renaissance design and decor, visitors who enjoy a cozy, intimate visit with a dash of dapper luxury will fall in love with a place like Glorietta Bay Inn.

Verandah Facing Glorietta Bay

San Diego’s Coronado Island is perfect family getwaway

I was sitting at breakfast when my 15-year-old daughter took a break from watching “Breaking Bad” on her iPhone and said, “Mom, we should take a girls’ vacation.”

After patting myself on my back for doing something right while trying to act like a sane Mom to four daughters, working full-time, and finding time for my spouse, I set my plan into motion.

With the skills only an experienced multi-tasker could possess, I moved into planning mode. I have always been jealous of friends who were better at balancing career and family time, particularly when they would take time to vacation in Coronado Island. I felt like I was missing out on some secret, some exclusive location where only the financially sophisticated and elite were allowed to vacation.

So I decided this was my time to shine, my daughters and I would discover for ourselves what lures so many Arizonans to Coronado Island. After a quick search, I landed at the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website (sandiego.org). I  wanted to explore Coronado, to figure out what makes Coronado such a unique destination. I wanted adventure, to discover things to do that were off the beaten track, and also to learn a thing or two about the island along the way.

We decided to stay at the Glorietta Bay Inn, which was once the home (OK, mansion) of sugar baron John D. Spreckles – also the original owner of the Hotel Del Coronado. The boutique inn, restored to look as it did in the 1920s, has 11 spacious mansion rooms in the main building for adults only, in addition to 89 contemporary rooms and suites.  Our one-bedroom suite came with a full kitchen, separate bedroom off the living room (with a fold-out couch), TV with DVD player.  The Glorietta Bay Inn also provides complimentary snacks each day off the grand music room, with lemonade and gingersnap cookies.  Each morning, they provide a complimentary breakfast, and guests may sit inside in the dining room, or outside on the patio.  The staff is incredibly helpful. The Glorietta Bay Inn is also located across from the beach.

Our first activity was a two-hour Discover Coronado Biking Adventure from Where You Want To Be Tours.  Husband and wife team, Darlynne and Marc Menkin were quick to point out that every house on the island is unique. We rode along the newly opened bike path that parallels the Hotel Del Coronado. We stopped by Spreckles Park and learned how on summer concert evenings, it becomes a large family-like picnic ground. We took in the downtown San Diego skyline from Ferry’s Landing (you may take your bike on the ferry over to San Diego), and rode along the Glorietta Bay. Water and light snacks are provided, along with trivia questions along the way.

The next morning, we met up with Crystal at Tourlands Park for a stand-up paddleboard lesson with SUP Coronado. Tourlands Park was on the other end of the island, (the Glorietta Bay side), and it worked out perfectly that we had done the bike tour the evening before, because the directions made sense, and I knew where I was going. Crystal gave us a brief 5-minute lesson on the basics of paddleboarding, and we were off into Glorietta Bay and out into the water like a gondolier in Venice.  We paddleboarded under the Coronado Bay Bridge, ducked under a catamaran, and learned much more about the culture of Coronado.

Of course, we couldn’t go to Coronado Island, without visiting the infamous Hotel Del Coronado.  A girls’ weekend is not complete without facials, so we went to the Del for spa treatments. The Spa at the Del features 21 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy tubs, steam rooms and its own private beachfront terrace with a vanishing edge pool.

For a vacation that was somewhat impromptu, I am thankful for the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website that easily allowed me to plan an off-the-beaten-track vacation, which turned out perfectly. The best part was the weekend came when my 15 year-old showed me a website she built in computer class. Under “My Favorite Places” she wrote – Coronado Island and the Glorietta Bay Inn. This time, I owe my Mother of the Year Award to Coronado Island.