Expansions & Renovations

Andaz San Diego Debuts

Newly Renovated Art-Centric Private Party, Meeting & Events Space Now Open

SAN DIEGO, CA. December 26, 2016 – Andaz San Diego has unveiled a newly remodeled event space, “The Gallery.” The intimate social area with local flair, located on the lobby level of the Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, further elevates the hotel’s 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

“The Gallery” is the latest space to undergo a sleek renovation that accentuate the hotel’s modern style and ambiance. The enhanced area features a refined interior juxtaposed with contemporary masterpieces by locally renowned artists, making it a creative venue for special events, corporate meetings and holiday celebrations. “We wanted to create a residential studio-inspired space fit for soirées and our own Andaz Salons, making this the perfect place to have the ultimate Andaz experience and meet, socialize and celebrate,” said Chris Wingerberg, Director of Sales, Events and Marketing. “The Gallery’s design vision highlights the artistic and modern feel of the hotel and our appreciation for the local artists here in San Diego.”

The centerpiece of the 2,209 square foot space is a mural designed by celebrated local photographer Christine Finkelson, whose work has been exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Art Artist’s Guild and at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA). An original piece by local artist and art gallery owner Alexander Salazar is also on display along with two 12-foot mesh giraffes that will live in “The Gallery’s” atrium. The room, which features complimentary Wi-Fi, can accommodate groups as small as ten people and as large as 200. The reimagined venue, a former wine bar, was designed by Gensler, the acclaimed architecture and design firm that helmed Andaz San Diego’s recent $250,000 meeting space renovation.

To book a meeting or event at The Gallery, contact the sales and events office at (619) 849-1234 or email SANAS-RFP@hyatt.com.

About Andaz San Diego

Andaz San Diego is an urban escape known for friendly and uncomplicated service, sophisticated design and unpretentious style. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, the cornerstone of the property is a 159 room hotel with 17 suites, each with custom fixtures and amenities, 46” flat panel televisions and generously sized glass-enclosed bathrooms. Guests can enjoy complimentary welcome beverages while being checked in via iPads® as well as complimentary amenities such as WiFi, local phone calls and a mini-bar with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. The hotel also includes 18,000 square feet of flexible meeting and function space. A center for nightlife, Andaz San Diego features a sultry rooftop with stunning skyline views, pool and private cabanas. Coming this fall, the ultra-sophisticated STK San Diego, a restaurant by The ONE Group, will offer a night life dining experience like no other. For more information about Andaz San Diego, please visit www.andazsandiego.com or call 619-849-1234.

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