Pendry Hotel Takes Form in the Gaslamp

On a stroll through the Gaslamp Quarter this week, we checked on the latest progress at the new Pendry Hotel currently under construction at Fifth and J.

Developed by the Robert Green Company, the 12-story, 317-room hotel will be managed by Montage Hotels & Resorts. Montage currently operates five luxury hotels in destinations like Beverly Hills and Laguna Beach. This will be the first of the company’s new Pendry brand, which promises first-class amenities and unique nightlife under one roof.

Pendry Hotel San Diego

When construction began more than a year ago on the property, it was expected to be completed by August 2016. At this rate, we think it’ll take a little longer than that. Nonetheless, it’s great to see a high-end project rising on what mostly used to be a surface parking lot.

Pendry Hotel San Diego

A rooftop pool deck along Fifth Avenue will offer views of the vibrant Gaslamp below. Plans also include two “uniquely-designed” restaurants, a beer hall featuring local brews, and an underground nightclub. Yeah, you’ve got our attention.

Pendry Hotel San Diego

In addition to the surrounding Gaslamp Quarter, area beaches, and Petco Park, we find it interesting that the hotel’s website features North Park as a nearby destination:

“Minutes from the Gaslamp Quarter, North Park is a trendy pocket blending vintage San Diego character, urban grit, and eclectic charm. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon perusing independently owned boutiques and enjoying artisanal eats and cocktails.”

That blurb may have been about Hillcrest if this were a few years ago (it’s closer, after all), but times have changed.

On a related note, developer Robert Green announced a proposal on Friday for a much larger, 831-room hotel on the bay-side of the San Diego Convention Center. The San Diego Union-Tribune has more details on that 45-story, $270 million project.