Andaz San Diego

San Diego, California

Andaz San Diego

San Diego, California

SB Architects transformed a historic hotel (formerly The Ivy) in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter into an ultrachic boutique hotel that has become a major destination. Now one of the downtown’s hottest properties, the existing six-story structure was completely redesigned, with the goal of creating not only a hip downtown hotel but a social destination for local visitors.



Project Type

Urban Resorts


  • 166 Guest Rooms
  • Ballroom/Meeting Rooms
  • Spa
  • Roof Deck/Pool
  • Restaurant/Lounge

The Design


The design team took the six-story structure down to the shell to create a completely new experience on the interior, while the exterior received a respectful renovation that enhanced the historic façade with minimalistic details.


This destination hotel is defined by its dramatic public spaces, from the basement nightclub and lounge, to the rooftop bar outdoor restaurant, and pool with panoramic views of downtown San Diego. At every turn, the architecture and interiors work together to create the unexpected – sleek, modern architectural forms combined with dramatic, over-the-top interiors, all within a restrained historic envelope.

Photographer – Ciro Coelho

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