Posts Tagged ‘San Diego’

Rock star suites at Hard Rock San Diego

March 29, 2010

Sign on San Diego interviewed Matt Greene, general manager of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego:

QUESTION: Give us an idea of what one of your 17 Rock Star Suites is like, and who are the types of well-heeled folks who stay there?

ANSWER: Our largest Rock Star Suite is on the 12th floor, and it’s 2,000 square feet. There are two bedrooms, with a wraparound bathroom in one bedroom, and from the tub there’s a cool plasma TV you can see. There’s also a really large parlor area with a wet bar and hip seating area with a Bose sound system and dining room table. The master bedroom has a patio with a huge Jacuzzi tub overlooking the skyline and the harbor and the pool area. It ranges from $2,000 to $5,000 a night.

We’ve had a lot of celebrities and athletes who’ve stayed there and businesspeople who will entertain clients or just people with a lot of cash who want to impress their wife or girlfriend.

QUESTION: Who are some of the more well-known celebrities who have stayed at the hotel? What are some of the more interesting special requests they’ve made?

ANSWER: We get the Black Eyed Peas, and we have the Black Eyed Peas Rock Star Suite, where a portion of the revenue generated goes to their foundation. David Beckham came with his two sons, ate at Nobu, went to SeaWorld and the zoo and had such a good time that (his wife) Victoria came back with the boys. We’ve also had Kristen Stewart, Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt, Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush, Gene Simmons and Wesley Snipes. We once had a celebrity who loved the color pink and requested all the towels and bed linens be replaced with pink ones as well as fresh pink flowers be delivered to her room daily. Some celebrities request very little. All Adam Lambert asked for, when asked what we could provide, was water and 5-Hour Energy drinks.

It’s very cool to have these people, but I don’t like my staff to be star-struck because they just want to be themselves.

QUESTION: The still-battered economy has had a major effect on the hotel industry, but especially so on luxury properties. In San Diego, your hotel is competing with several boutique hotels, including the W, the former Ivy and the Se San Diego. What have you done to adjust to the downturn?

ANSWER: Our goal is to not be a commodity where people are just looking at prices. That’s why we’re so focused on creating a great experience. That said, we’ve done a lot of value-added packages, like the one where we packaged a guest room at a very reasonable rate with one day’s complimentary rental of a Harley-Davidson. There’s another one with a $50 spa credit. So instead of just lowering your rate dramatically, we’re still going to give you value.

We’ve also tried to exceed people’s expectations by creating unexpected delights. For instance, on Elvis’ birthday, we had an Elvis impersonator come in and spend all day in the lobby serving a cake in the shape of Elvis, and in the lobby we have a video wall, where we had Elvis images and videos playing. We get paid to be creative and have fun with our guests. What a cool thing.

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Send me to San Diego and the Ivy Hotel

March 11, 2009

Ivy Hotel

I’ve already blogged here about the sexy-sounding Ivy Hotel in San Diego, but here’s a little more about it courtesy of TravelWIRE, all of which is making me want to go there. Perhaps a reading down the road for Do Not Disturb needs to happen…

With 159 guestrooms, including 14 deluxe suites and 3 specialty suites this cutting-edge hotel offers modern luxuries with a seductive twist. You don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy the VIP treatment at the Ivy Hotel, “Your every wish is our command” touts the hotel as each room comes complete with a suave personal butler to cater to your every need. In addition, VIP access to Envy Club, Escalade service, 42″ HDTV Plasma, In-room bottle service, Korres bath products.

My suggestion is to, at the very least, request the premium guestroom which features the signature butler-drawn luxury molten bath, where the glass-enclosed bathtub is exposed to the entire guestroom. How’s that for sexy. Or leave your inhibitions at the door and check in to the Star Suite, which includes a group shower, stripper pole, king size bunk beds, fully stocked wet bar. Are we at the Playboy Mansion, Las Vegas? Nope, right here in “the finest city in the world” San Diego. Better yet, if you are a true member of the Ivy league try one of their two Suite packages:

The “Get Wet” package for $3500 per night which includes your own private rooftop cabana, Swarovski Havaianas flip-flops for the ladies, waterproof digital camera, Beluga caviar, Ultimat Vodka or Veuve Clicquot champagne all the while relaxing under the sun.

Or choose the “Arouse” package at $4000 for two nights which includes ViP access to Envy nightclub, his & hers 80 GB iPods, Chef’s bed dinner for two in the Quarter Kitchen, breakfast in bed, monogrammed robes and much more are included in this ultimate pampering experience.

Sexed up hotel The Ivy opens in San Diego

December 16, 2008

The Ivy Hotel, San Diego

From an article in The LA Times (via Luxist) comes news of a very sexed up hotel in San Diego:

But the only thing strait-laced about the Ivy Hotel (www.ivyhotel.com) is the leather-covered, corseted columns in the lobby.

The 159-room, $90-million property could pass as Playboy Mansion South, from the skin-baring cocktail waitresses to the $3,000-a-night specialty suite with king-size bunk beds, a group shower and, ahem, a fireman’s pole.

“We wanted something a little voyeuristic, a little seductive,” said Michael Kelly, the Ivy’s co-owner who has made his fortune buying and selling depressed assets. “It’s an adult playground, but it’s not cheap.”

It used to be that only managers of by-the-hour motels were happy to have their properties mistaken for bordellos. But with soccer moms taking erotic dancing classes at the local community college and Carl’s Jr. using Paris Hilton (read: sex) to sell hamburgers, some hotels aren’t afraid to offer guests more than X-rated pay-per-view movies.

Julie Albright, who teaches classes on human sexuality and social psychology at USC, says easy access to sexual messages and images has shifted the bounds of what’s considered socially acceptable.

“It’s the pornification of mainstream society,” she said. “There’s more overt sexuality in our media, on television. More people have cable TV. More people are on the Internet.”