The appeal of San Diego has always purportedly been sun-filled days and beaches for miles. While these perks aren’t likely to diminish any time soon, lately it’s San Diego’s nightlife that’s shining thanks to the presence of boutique hotels like the Ivy. Both a luxury accommodation and nightclub, 600 F Street is a destination spot itself; in particular, our destination for today.
Start Saturday surrendering to Eden. The Eden sundeck and lounge crowns the building and boasts the largest rooftop space in San Diego’s downtown. Enjoy the weekend rooftop breakfast created by the in-house Quarter Kitchen Restaurant. Run by Chef Damon Gordon: the man responsible for all food and drinks served throughout the hotel and club. Soak in the casual atmosphere of the space and enjoy breakfasts’ incredible tastes that are also reasonable on your wallet. My favorite? The Stuffed Vanilla French Toast. Or keep it simple with Irish Oatmeal with an option of berries or caramelized bananas.
Be ready to indulge your health next with a perfectly aligned noon Yoga class. Bring your asanas over to the west end of Eden. And no need to burden yourself–yoga mat, towel and waters are provided. (Saturday Yoga is just one of what are known as Ivy Enticements.)
Once you’ve limbered up for the day linger poolside with a mimosa and catch some of the famous San Diego rays of sunshine. Or head to your room-with 159 guest rooms, deluxe suites and three specialty suites-every room is equipped with a 42″ plasma screen TV, an mp3 docking station, fine linens and ample space. It’s a perfect place to lounge and relax or even get a bit wild.
Considering that certain suites are equipped with stripper poles, these are not run-of-the-mill accommodations even by Four Star standards. If hotels had city soul mates Ivy would be torn between two-Las Vegas and Miami.
If you’ve opted for the Star Suite, inhibition must be stripped at the airport terminal. While the open shower in this suite can become opaque with a touch, one more undoes it all. So, if your sharing with friends and not a lover, make sure they are very, very good friends.
Catnap in the afternoon if you can, because this is not a place to stay and sleep the night away. It is much more appropriate to party the night away. Envy-the nightclub at the corner of 6th Avenue and F Street- is part of what makes the Ivy a destination escape of its own. Consequently, Envy is also the heart of the sole complaint the hotel has faced: noise.
Stepping from the street through the door into Envy you will arrive angled perfectly to take in the space. A long, dark bar lies in wait at the other side of the room and balconied walkways hang above. The interior reflects the philosophy that the brains behind this property do not take your enjoyment lightly. Here, your senses are fed eyes first.
The next logical step is to tantalize your tongue in the best way possible-drinks first.
The bartenders here know how to mix it up. If you are staying at the hotel, arrive as an automatic VIP to the club, so come at your leisure. In the private seating area you’ll have your own cocktail server and premium liquor of your choice-all part of the VIP bottle service.
After a cocktail or two, explore the four level night spot. Wind your way downstairs where the focus is the dance floor and if you are more of an observer plush seating can still be found. People watch as parties and individuals enter the club one by one. Or ascend. All the way up to Eden. Three to four DJs keep different beats in the various areas of the club. Once night hits you’ll find Eden has a different vibe all together.
Surrounded by a lounge atmosphere and well stocked bar a few feet away the lit waters of Eden’s pool are sometimes too much to be denied for some individuals. By the time 2:30 (closing time) rolls around you may get the quickest of shows, and hopefully don’t end up all wet. Sharply dressed security guards are standing by, so while inhibition is out the door a little order keeps things pretty. And it is very pretty from up here.
With the spectacular Gas Lamp district below and the rest of downtown San Diego surrounding, including the ball park, Eden is a scene of its own. The uncluttered rooftop is a prime dance floor just waiting to happen, and Eden is usually kept relatively less crowded than the rest. So have another mojito or recline at your chosen rooftop VIP area, just watch your step around the pool. Everywhere is an opportunity to make conversation, dance without being crowded or sit and enjoy the night.
While the club has a closing, your Star Suite is open 24/7, but make sure to watch your step as you swing around the pole.
Local’s Tips: Ivy Enticements are open to everyone. You don’t have to be staying at the hotel to experience the privileges. To view all Ivy Enticements, including Video Game Night, and Pole Dancing class visit their website.
VIP bottle service: Saturday night has a three bottle minimum; Thursday is two.
WHAT & WHERE:
Ivy Hotel (600 F St; 619-814-1000)
Envy Nightclub (619-814-2055)
Quarter Kitchen/ Weekend Rooftop Breakfast (619-814-2000)