Detailed Guide to Pendry San Diego

Our top pick for downtown San Diego hotels

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Pendry San Diego consistently ranks among the top San Diego luxury hotels and is also our top pick for downtown San Diego hotels.

Its prime location at the southern tip of the Gaslamp Quarter puts it a short walk from Petco Park (where the Padres play) and the San Diego Convention Center in addition to some of the city’s best restaurants and nightlife.

The posh 12-story newcomer, praised for its stunning decor, opened in 2017 as the first of the Pendry luxury lifestyle boutique hotel collection imagined and built by legendary Montage Hotels & Resorts. Pendry San Diego is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts member, a global collection of independent high-end hotels. Guests can expect to have a swanky, cosmopolitan experience with impeccable service. Premium amenities include a rooftop pool, full-service spa, and six onsite restaurants and bars.

The Bottom Line

What We Like

  • Rooftop pool with cabanas, a whirlpool, a bar, and great city/bay views
  • Six distinct restaurants and bars onsite
  • Enviable Gaslamp Quarter location (three blocks to the Convention Center, two blocks to Petco Park)
  • Moët & Chandon champagne vending machine in the lobby
  • Complimentary French macarons at nightly turndown service
  • Spa Pendry’s full-service spa treatments
  • Courteous, over-the-top customer service consistently reported by other guests
  • Value-added Virtuoso amenities

Good to Know

  • It can be kid-friendly (see below)
  • Adjoining rooms are available
  • One dog per room stays free
  • Rooms have in-room glass-enclosed showers, bathtubs only in some suites
  • OMNI nightclub on the corner behind the hotel (6th Avenue); light sleepers choose accommodations on upper floors facing J Street, or 5th Avenue
  • While the Pendry brand is geared toward Millennials, readers of all ages and travel styles have enjoyed their stays

Pendry San Diego Hotel Lobby
Pendry San Diego Lobby

Rooms & Suites at Pendry San Diego

The 317 guestrooms and suites at Pendry San Diego all share an upscale urban flair. Their California coastal design features an ocean-inspired color palette, custom furniture, vintage accessories, and modern amenities. Each accommodation is tailor-made for comfort and style, and has been elevated by thoughtful partnerships with both artisans and premium brands. The results are classic sophistication with a cosmopolitan edge.

All accommodations have Fili D’oro luxury bedding, a unique custom amenity program with the legendary MiN New York parfumerie, custom furnishings that include an oversized vintage desk, and a fully-stocked minibar. Walls are adorned with California coastal and heritage surf photography. Media amenities include a 50-inch flat screen TV, Bluetooth-enabled JBL speakers for music streaming, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Luxury bathrooms feature marble countertops and Waterworks spa products.

Pendry San Diego offers a variety of rooms and suites that cater to business and leisure travelers, couples, families, and pet owners.

Superior, Deluxe, and Premier Rooms

At 350 square feet, Superior, Deluxe, and Premier Rooms are in line with the average room size of many urban hotels. These rooms make up for their petite size with designer details, cityscape views of downtown San Diego, and unique showers.

You can choose a room with one king bed or two queen beds. If you opt for a king bed room, it also has a chic plaid chaise lounge.

The easiest way to differentiate between these three room categories, because amenities and size are pretty much the same, is by their location in the hotel and view.

Pendry San Diego Superior Double Queen room
Superior Double Queen Room

To give you an idea, Superior Rooms are typically on lower floors and do not overlook the city as nicely as the Deluxe or Premier rooms do.

Pendry San Diego Deluxe King Room
Deluxe King Room

Upgrading to a Deluxe Room offers higher downtown San Diego views and may also include floor to ceiling windows.

Pendry San Diego Premier Room
Premier Room

The view from Premier Rooms is city skyline with a better hotel location than Superior or Deluxe rooms.

Grand Rooms

Grand Rooms also have bay views

Like the other guestrooms, Grand Rooms are also 350 square feet. They feature the same high fashion details but provide views of beautiful San Diego Bay.

Grand Rooms have a king bed only, a chaise lounge, vintage work desk and chair, and a gorgeous glass, in-room rain shower that opens into a luxurious bathroom.

Executive Suite

Pendry San Diego Executive Suite

Executive Suites have picturesque views of the downtown skyline. This expansive, open studio offers 548 square feet of space with a relaxing sitting area and king size bed. It also includes a wet bar and a spacious bathroom with a soaking tub and a dual sink vanity.

Deluxe Suite

With 650 square feet of space, these one-bedroom suites feature a separate living room with a four-seat dining area and a luxurious wet bar. In the living room, the grand flat-screen TV is the focal point with a gorgeous L-shaped couch and cozy cream-colored chair. Space is made even better with gorgeous views of the downtown cityscape. In the bedroom, you’ll find a king bed, chaise lounge, and a large bathroom with a triple-head shower and a single-sink marble-top vanity.

Note that this suite is much like the one-bedroom Grand Suite below, but on a lower floor.

Corner Suite

Pendry San Diego Corner Suite
Pendry San Diego Corner Suite

The Corner Suite provides 650 square feet of space with separate bedroom and living spaces. In the bedroom, you’ll enjoy a king bed, spacious bathroom with dual-head shower, and dual-sink marble vanity.

The suite also features unparalleled views of the San Diego skyline. The living space features a small wet bar, couch, sofa bed, and a gorgeous shelving unit with a large flat-screen TV taking center stage.

Grand Suite

Pendry San Diego Grand One Bedroom Suite Living Room

At 670 square feet of space, the Grand Suite provides a separate bedroom with king bed and impressive views of both the San Diego Bay and the downtown cityscape.

The bedroom includes a chic bathroom with a triple-head shower and single-sink marble vanity. There is also a beautifully decorated living room with a posh wet bar area.

Cabana Pool Suite

Pendry San Diego Pool Cabana Suite

If you’re planning to spend lots of time at the pool, the Cabana Pool suite is an ideal choice.

From this 1,082-square-foot accommodation, you’ll get direct access to the stunning pool including the use of a 220-square-foot private cabana. Inside, the suite features a separate bedroom, a six-seat dining room that’s great for family meals, and a wet bar.

An oversized bathroom has a dual-head shower, soaking tub, and marble dual sink vanity. You’ll enjoy incredible 180-degree views of the Gaslamp Quarter from your bedroom, too.

Gaslamp Quarter Suite

Gaslamp Quarter Suite at Pendry San Diego

In this 1,452-square-foot suite, you’ll find a separate bedroom, a lavish living room, dining area with an elegant 15-foot dining table, pool table, and a chic wet bar. This is the ideal accommodation for entertaining. It also includes two full bathrooms with triple-head showers. A beautiful 370-square-foot outdoor patio overlooks the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

Pendry Suite

Pendry San Diego Pendry Suite

The largest and most lavish suite at the hotel is The Pendry Suite. It features a whopping 1,497 square feet of space and provides astounding 360-degree views. You’ll enjoy scenic vistas of the Gaslamp Quarter from the living area, and gorgeous views of the downtown skyline from the bedroom.

Space includes oversized dining and living rooms, an opulent wet bar, pool table, and a graciously appointed bathroom outfitted with a soaking tub, dual-head shower, and double sink vanity.

Hotel Amenities at Pendry San Diego

Spa Pendry

Spa Pendry inside Pendry San Diego hotel

Spa Pendry provides guests with a full menu of spa services in a peaceful sanctuary. Their holistic approach to wellness means treatments cater to the needs of each. Spa therapists strive to restore balance to your mind, body, and spirit with an array of options best suited to your needs. You can even create your own personalized aromatherapy scent at the spa’s aroma bar.

Rejuvenating treatments at Spa Pendry include seven kinds of therapeutic massages, eleven full-body wraps and treatments, and your choice of six facials that draw from ancient practices and modern biotechnologies. Beauty services include manicures, pedicures, and waxes.

There are separate facilities for men and women that include steam rooms and saunas. Both indoor and outdoor treatment options are available.

Fitness Center

Overlooking Pendry San Diego’s rooftop pool and whirlpool, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center offers a range of workout activities 24/7. Guests can use cardiovascular equipment outfitted with personal entertainment monitors, weight training machines, and free weights to get moving and feel invigorated.

Rooftop Pool and Whirlpool

The pool at Pendry San Diego

Hotels in the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village love a good rooftop entertainment area. At Pendry San Diego, they go all out. The centerpiece is a beautiful pool and whirlpool surrounded by plush chaise lounges. Private cabanas with luxurious seating line one wall of the outdoor patio.

The Pool House restaurant opens onto the patio and provides casual fare and cocktails that can be enjoyed poolside, in a cabana or at the al fresco dining area. This little bit of paradise offers guests incredible views of the downtown cityscape and sparkling San Diego Bay.

While The Pool House restaurant is open to the public for lunch, the pool area is for hotel guests only with two exceptions. The first is during seasonal Pool House Sundays, a happening afternoon event usually between Memorial Day and the end of September where outside guests can reserve a cabana, grand cabana, or daybed with bottle service for the day. The second exception is for Spa Pendry guests who may enjoy day use of the pool area.

The Champagne Vending Machine

Pendry San Diego Moet & Chandon champagne vending machine

A special treat at Pendry San Diego is the champagne vending machine in the lobby where hotel guests can get single-serving bottles of Moët & Chandon champagnes on demand.

It’s one of only four champagne vending machines in the world, thus far. If you’re worried about the kids, don’t be. The machine only accepts Moët branded coins that you purchase from the front desk. The machine dispenses your champagne selection gently, so no worries about disturbing the bubbles either.

Pendry San Diego for Kids

Pendry San Diego for families

One of the questions I receive most has to do with whether Pendry San Diego is a kid-friendly San Diego hotel. While you won’t see a ton of kids running around, families who usually stay in upscale boutique properties do love it.

Pendry San Diego works with UPPAbaby to provide complimentary stroller rentals for guests that can be reserved through the Concierge. Guests may also check-out Taylor guitars through the Concierge — a hit with kids and adults. Cribs are complimentary. Spa Pendry also recently launched a Pendry Kids Manicure and Pedicure for parent-child spa days.

Nason’s Beer Hall offers games that are kid-friendly such as shuffleboard, PacMac video game, corn hole, Jenga, and Connect Four. Here the outdoor patio is also fenced to keep active kids secure. Kids won’t have an issue dining throughout the hotel as the restaurants can accommodate special requests.

If traveling with a baby, be sure to choose a suite with a bathtub if this is important to you. If traveling when Pool House Sundays are happening, slot in morning pool time to avoid the afternoon party-goers. If you absolutely have to have connecting rooms, this is one San Diego hotel that can make it happen (at many hotels it’s a request but not a guarantee).

Pendry San Diego Restaurants

This is where the hotel sets itself apart from the rest. You’ll find an astounding six onsite restaurants and bars at Pendry Hotel.

Provisional is a magical space incorporating a casual restaurant, shopping boutique, and coffeehouse in one. Lionfish is the hotel’s signature fine dining restaurant. Nason’s Beer Hall is the place for craft brews and shareables. And Fifth & Rose is where it’s at for craft cocktails, wine, and upscale snacks. The Pool House is the hotel’s rooftop bar serving cocktails, beer, and light fare with a side of epic views, and Oxford Social Club is the hotel’s luxurious underground nightclub.

Provisional

Provisional Kitchen at Pendry San Diego

Gorgeous, light-filled Provisional is bright and airy with an open kitchen concept and trendy, modern design. It’s on the Fifth Avenue side of the hotel.

Geometric gray and white floor tiles, long wooden communal tables, soaring ceilings with gold chandeliers, cozy booths, and modern bistro tables set the stage for casual-chic dining.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Breakfast is served alongside a Vittoria Coffee espresso bar. For lunch, expect unique light bites, and dinner features shareable dishes. They also have a kids’ menu.

Al fresco dining is available on a lovely sidewalk patio. You’ll find curated ceramics, housewares, pantry items, and jewelry in the restaurant’s retail space.

Lionfish

Lionfish Restaurant at Pendry San Diego hotel

Lionfish is Pendry Hotel’s signature fine dining restaurant serving coastal cuisine in an upscale two-story dining space next door to Provisional.

The elegant design offers an urban ambience with natural wood floors, beautifully woven rugs, a long bar, high top tables, and leather booths at the street level. Upstairs you’ll enjoy a cozy mezzanine with leather seating and a vintage copper wagon wheel chandelier.

The restaurant serves modern coastal cuisine, daily fresh catch, sushi, premier meats, and upscale seasonal small plates. The executive chef sources his ingredients from a network of local growers and fishermen. Professional mixologists add a dose of spirit-forward cocktails to your dining experience.

The Pool House

The Pool House at Pendry San Diego

The Pool House is Pendry San Diego’s rooftop outdoor oasis where guests can indulge in the SoCal lifestyle that made San Diego an in-demand travel destination. The indoor/outdoor contemporary space provides dramatic views of the urban cityscape.

Eat at the bar that opens onto the pool area, in a private cabana, on your poolside chaise lounge, or at the al fresco dining area at one end of the rooftop. You can order light bites, sandwiches, salads, and sides from The Pool House menu prepared by the Lionfish team.

Seasonal Pool House Sundays (Memorial Day through usually the end of September) kick the energy up a notch with lavish bottle service, champagne, specialty cocktails, and DJ curated music.

Nason’s Beer Hall

Nason's at Pendry San Diego

Nason’s Beer Hall is a modern take on the American sports bar. Located on the street level at the corner of J Street and Sixth Avenue, the bar is across the street from East Village – home of the Padres MLB Park.

The bar serves 24 local beers on tap, plus another 22 bottled beers. There’s a simple menu of shareable plates, sandwiches, and snacks.

Exposed brick walls, painted floors, black-and-white framed prints, and a central bar create an edgy urban ambience. Folding glass doors open onto a sidewalk patio. Fun amenities include a popcorn cart, beer pong table, vintage bar games, and of course lots of TVs tuned to every sport.

Fifth & Rose

Fifth & Rose at Pendry San Diego

Fifth & Rose is Pendry San Diego’s sophisticated cocktail bar just off the lobby at the corner of J Street and Fifth Avenue.

This is the place to go for a quiet nightcap and conversation after a night out on the town. This classic bar exudes elegance with a black and white color palette, dramatic centerpiece over the bar, exquisitely patterned ceiling, dark tile floor, and tiered chandelier. Plush chairs, marble tabletops, tropical plants and flowers, and candles add a layer of intimacy and romance.

Expect craft beer, an extensive wine list, hand-crafted cocktails, and elevated bar fare.

Oxford Social Club

Pendry San Diego Oxford Social Club

If you’re looking for an exclusive velvet rope experience, it’s here at the Pendry San Diego’s vintage underground nightclub, the Oxford Social Club. This boutique nightclub provides the ultimate in VIP treatment.

You’ll find plush couches, leather club chairs, intimate seating areas, richly designed rugs, subdued lighting, and an unforgettable modern chandelier, all in a sophisticated ambience. Dance the night away to the sounds of San Diego’s most talented DJs. Indulge in imaginative cocktails or private bottle service. If you’re lucky, you may even catch an impromptu pop-up performance by a celebrity entertainer.

Tip: Hotel guests use the VIP entrance into Oxford Social Club

The Neighborhood

Pendry San Diego happens to sit right along the edge of two of San Diego’s most popular urban neighborhoods – the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village.

Though firmly planted in the Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel is across the street on the Sixth Avenue side from revitalized East Village. Both neighborhoods are worthy of exploration.

Gaslamp Quarter

Every city has that one enviable neighborhood that travelers flock to when they visit, and in San Diego, it’s the historic Gaslamp Quarter. This buzzy neighborhood stretching from West Broadway to Harbor Drive is downtown’s gastronomic and entertainment epicenter. It’s an eclectic mix of symphony halls, theaters, museums, art galleries, boutique shops, rooftop bars, diverse eateries, and live music venues.

Victorian architecture dominates the Gaslamp Quarter’s cityscape with 94 Victorian-era buildings in the neighborhood’s 16 blocks. The 90-minute San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour is an excellent way to learn about the architecture and history of the area, plus get the inside scoop on local hot spots to explore on your own.

Family-friendly Chuck Jones Gallery specializes in iconic cartoon animations from Loony Tunes. The gallery, about a block south of Pendry Hotel on Fifth Avenue, hosts lots of events, especially during Comic-Con. The Sunday afternoon Gaslamp Artisan Market is one block north of Pendry, also on Fifth Avenue. Among the many artisan booths, several restaurants offer specials. It’s an excellent way to decide which restaurants to visit later.

You’ll want to check out the Gaslamp Quarter’s calendar of events that includes annual favorites like the Mardi Gras Celebration in February, ShamROCK Saint Patrick’s Day music fest in March, wildly popular Comic-Con in July, Fall Back Festival – an old west-themed family event – in November, and the Holiday Pet Parade in December.

East Village

By far the most popular place to visit in East Village is Petco Park. The state-of-the-art Padre’s baseball stadium at 7th Avenue and K Street is conveniently close to Pendry San Diego. Grab your pre-game eats at Nason’s Beer Hall on the hotel’s 6th Avenue side before making the two-block stroll to the game. Another (cheaper) option is to go old school and watch the game from Park at the Park – a grassy lawn outside the outfield fence with a kids’ play area, Little League field, and great view of the game.

Architecture buffs will appreciate the ultra-modern new additions to East Village in contrast to the Gaslamp’s historic architecture. The neighborhood’s new multi-story, domed library offers docent-led architectural tours. If you have children, you’ll love the Dr. Seuss-themed kid’s library, beach-themed teen center, and relaxing Dome Terrace.

The other architectural wonder in the Village is Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, the longest stainless steel pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. The nautically-inspired bridge rises to 130 feet providing fabulous views and photo opportunities. It’s also a safe and quick way to cross Harbor Drive to the Convention Center.

Like the Gaslamp Quarter, East Village is a shopping and dining mecca. Hip urban boutiques abound, and restaurants and brewpubs fill reimagined warehouses. At 13th and Market Streets, you’ll find an urban park and event venue with an unusual collection of eateries in repurposed shipping containers, plus a craft beer garden, dog run, and art space. The most popular neighborhood event is the annual East Village Opening Day Block Party on the first day of Major League Baseball.

Hotel Policies and Additional Services

Pool House at Pendry San Diego

Pendry San Diego charges an amenity fee of $34 per night, per accommodation. It includes access to the pool, business center, and fitness center as well as a daily newspaper, Internet access, local phone calls, and an in-room safe. Charges are subject to change based on which room you occupy, and the length of your stay.

Additional fees include a valet parking fee of $49 per night. Self-parking is available at various lots around the area but expect to pay no less than $25 per day.

The hotel provides adjoining rooms by request. All spa services require a reservation. Additional services include daily housekeeping, dry cleaning, laundry, ironing, suit press, shoeshine services, and an onsite ATM.

The front desk is open 24 hours a day; they provide complimentary baggage storage. The hotel also has first-class concierge services.

One dog (not cats) of any size is allowed in each accommodation without an extra charge.

Pendry San Diego Reservations

Pendry San Diego is a Virtuoso property which means that La Jolla Mom readers have access to value-added amenities that include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Breakfast credit at Provisional Restaurant or In-Room Dining for two daily for the duration of the stay ($30 maximum per person, per day)
  • $100 USD Resort/ Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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Pendry San Diego
550 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 738-7000

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