Category Archives: Gaslamp Quarter

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.

Keeping Up with Courtyard by Marriott in the Gaslamp

A new Courtyard by Marriott is in the works near Sixth and Island, on the border of the East Village and the Gaslamp Quarter. The 12-story development is filling a small gap between Ballpark Self Storage and Hotel Solamar.

Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

A development of J Street Hospitality, the hotel will feature 90 guest rooms, a ground-floor restaurant and bar, and rooftop bar and lounge.

Plans for the rooftop bar include some sort of “eco-roof canopy,” a fire pit, and a water feature. It sounds similar to Altitude Sky Lounge at sister property San Diego Marriott Gaslamp, which offers spectacular views of the ballpark.

Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

We’d actually consider this part of the East Village, but J Street Hospitality wants you to know it’s close to all the action in the Gaslamp Quarter. Maybe they’ll eventually catch on and realize the East Village is where all the good stuff is headed, but we don’t blame them for trying to attract tourists looking to stay in the more well-known Gaslamp.

Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

This rendering conveniently removes the adjacent Hotel Solamar, but we’ll let that slide. We would have liked to see a taller tower, but this looks like it will be a pretty nice infill project overall.

Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

The hotel is being built on a tiny 50′ by 100′ lot. This is about as tall as it’s going to get.

Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

If all goes well, the new Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter should open in July 2015.

Work Resumes on Horton Plaza Park

After many months of inactivity, we’ve been pleased to see that work has finally resumed on the new Horton Plaza Park in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Horton Plaza Park

The $17-million project will create a new urban park at Fourth Avenue and Broadway, featuring an interactive fountain, an amphitheater, and a few food pavilions. Westfield will manage the city-owned plaza, where around 200 events will be held each year.

Horton Plaza Park

Originally scheduled to open last spring, the new park is expected to be completed by late 2015. Work began in November 2012, with the demolition of the old Robinsons-May department store building.

Horton Plaza Park

After watching the land sit vacant for so long, it’s great to see signs of life at what will become Downtown’s newest public space.

A Peek Inside Don Chido in the Gaslamp

You’ll soon have a new option for Mexican food in the Gaslamp Quarter. RMD Group is putting the finishing touches on Don Chido at 527 Fifth Avenue, between Island and Market. This will be a bit of a departure from the upscale nightclubs RMD Group is known for, as they’ve partnered with chef Antonio Friscia to bring their most food-focused concept yet.

Don Chido

Friscia will use a Santa Maria-style barbeque grill to prepare the wood-fired meats and seafoods featured on the home-style Mexican menu. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they’ll also offer a selection of local wines and a variety of infused tequilas and mezcals.

Don Chido

The interior was designed by Davis Ink—the same folks behind RMD Group’s Side Bar and Fluxx, also in the Gaslamp. We’re not cool enough to hang at those places, but we can say that Don Chido looks beautiful on the inside. We love the variety of patterns and textures throughout the space.

Don Chido

Don Chido replaces Fred’s Mexican Cafe, a tired chain restaurant that closed earlier this year when RMD Group took over. As part of the same deal, RMD Group also purchased the adjacent space occupied by The Marble Room. Their next project will involve turning that space into another new restaurant concept—but not until Don Chido opens.

Don Chido

Don Chido is scheduled to open by the end of the month, but as that quickly approaches, we won’t hold our breath.

Little Progress at Horton Plaza Park

The upcoming Horton Plaza Park in the Gaslamp Quarter will become Downtown’s prime civic space…if it ever opens. Westfield will manage the city-owned plaza, where around 200 events will be held each year, once construction completes in 2015.

Horton Plaza Park

The park will feature an interactive fountain, an amphitheater, and a few food pavilions. It may not sound like a big deal, but it’s the kind of public space that contributes to a healthy urban neighborhood—where cultures come together, friends run into each other, and celebrations are held.

Horton Plaza Park

Originally set to open this spring, the project is about a year behind schedule. Officials broke ground and began demolishing the old Robinsons-May department store building in November 2012.

Horton Plaza Park

This poster went up during the 15 minutes that QR codes were a thing. Note the “Opening 2015” update they plastered over the original “2014” date.

Horton Plaza Park

We’re hoping the new Horton Plaza Park encourages more cleanup in the area. The Gaslamp Quarter is supposed to be among the top attractions for San Diego visitors, but we think it could use a good scrub down. Not our favorite part of Downtown.

Horton Plaza Park

When it opens, the new plaza should be a vibrant gem in the middle of the Gaslamp. Although it’s taking longer than anticipated, we’re sure this will be a great thing for the area.

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