On this newest trip to San Diego we first checked into the new Pendry Hotel located in the famed Gaslamp Quarter. The Pendry is a new brand for Montage Hotels and designed to offer contemporary luxury with all amenities, decor and cuisine to fit perfectly with the often quaint Victorian styled buildings of the Gaslamp Quarter.
From moment of arrival with valets removing our luggage and taking our car for storage, the greeting from the doorman and the people at the front desk all told us that we were at a five star hostelry.
Pendry is located at 550 J Street where it meets bustling 5th Avenue that is in the heart of the Gaslamp sixteen block district. We were soon settled in a bright room on the eleventh floor with one wall complete of glass and offering a sweeping view of the Bay and Pacific Ocean beyond. Also a king size bed and large walk in shower completed the look of luxury.
Our first exploration was to Old Town where San Diego began centuries before. Here there is a State Historic Park and local businesses that have retained the atmosphere and decor of an earlier era.
Back at the Pendry Hotel we visited the Fifth & Rose bar and lounge which has its own entrance and offers both inside and patio sidewalk seating and service. Adjacent is the Provisional restaurant which offers a casual comfortable decor and a California contemporary cuisine.
We had dinner that evening at Provisional and found that Chef Christopher Osborne made use of local produce in most appetizers and entrees and displayed artistic flair with spices, herbs and sauces.
There was a short walk to explore the Gaslamp street scene and then to our luxurious room to ready for a full day ahead.