(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Under construction and slated to open spring 2007, the new Hard Rock Hotel San Diego in San Diego, CA will be the city's first branded condo-hotel, with 420 luxury rooms and suites — all for sale to individual buyers.
Located in the Gaslamp Quarter at the corner of 5th Avenue and L Street, arguably one of the best locations in the city's dining and entertainment district, the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego will have the same trademark rock-n-roll attitude, cutting-edge design, 24-7 service and high-octane nightlife for which Hard Rock hotels are famous. The difference here: You can own it.
"San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter is a natural choice for a Hard Rock Hotel; this area has already become one of the nation's most desirable hot spots," said Greg Casserly, president of Tarsadia Hotels, the operator. "It's also the ideal place for a condo-hotel given the thousands of people who visit San Diego regularly and want to own a place but don't want the hassles of a second home that will sit empty for most of the year. And they want to own something cool. Hard Rock is cool."
The condo-hotel suites will range from 320 square foot studios to 1,500 square foot Rock Star suites with prices starting in the $400s. Designed for buyers with a jet set lifestyle and rock star taste, each will feature sleek, modern furniture, the finest state-of-the-art lighting, an ultra-tech entertainment center featuring a LCD television, CD/DVD and iPod connections, a martini bar, plush feather-top bedding, an oversized work station, WiFi Internet access and a laptop safe.
To the guest, the 12-story, 315,000 square foot hotel will be the antidote to the plain vanilla hotel experience. Hard Rock Hotel San Diego will feature 24-hour concierge, a world-class spa and fitness center, a state-of-the-art screening room, a landscaped outdoor pool deck with private cabanas, a 7,000 square foot live music venue, retail boutiques and 40,000 square feet of unique indoor/outdoor banquet and meeting space.
This establishment was created by chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa — a pioneer in nouveau Japanese cuisine. Matsuhisa partnered with Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro to introduce the tastes of Nobu to diners around the globe. Rande Gerber, of Whiskey Bar fame, has partnered with brother Scott Gerber to create After Midnight, a company whose bars have served as a beacon of all that is cool and hip for the past decade.
"We are thrilled to bring Hard Rock Hotels to San Diego," said Trevor Horwell, chief hotels officer of Hard Rock Hotels. "The project will epitomize the ideal of urban luxury and is guaranteed to deliver to the guests and owners an exclusive and dynamic experience … designed for those individuals looking for more than just a room." –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen