Ivy League - 2006-11-01

San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter will see a new resort hotel this fall called The Ivy. The $75-million property will include a fine-dining restaurant, a four-level nightclub, the largest rooftop entertainment space in the city, and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

"We have envisioned an indulgent, design-forward urban destination resort beyond compare locally," said Michael Kelly, chairman and CEO of Kelly Capital, the firm investing in the property. "The Ivy will occupy a unique niche in the high-end hotel market. We are creating an adult playground where the guest experience will be 100 percent focused on luxury, pleasure, and decadent surprises."

The property will have 159 luxury rooms, including 16 suites, two presidential suites, and one signature suite with two levels and a spiral staircase leading to a private poolside cabana. The hotel's restaurant will seat 225, and the 17,000-square-foot rooftop will have a pool.

The Ivy will attempt to rival some upscale properties in New York and Los Angeles, said a hotel spokesperson. MTM Luxury Lodging will manage the property, and it will be a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide collection, a global brand of independent luxury hotels and resorts.

"We are proud to welcome The Ivy to our family," said John Ueberroth, chairman/CEO of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. "The owners and management of The Ivy share our philosophy of top-shelf amenities and service, while the resort promises a singular personality and charm."

The hotel will have a "classic but sophisticated" exterior design. Interior spaces will have upscale, contemporary designs, with an eye towards balancing modern/classic and masculine/feminine elements. Guest rooms will feature custom fixtures and amenities, flat-panel televisions, as well as large, glass-enclosed bathrooms.