Sè San Diego

The Sè, which was the Setai San Diego until a deal with the Setai Group went awry, changed its name five days before opening in 2008. It's on a site known to generations of San Diegans as J. Jessop & Sons Jewelers, in the financial district at the gateway to the touristy Gaslamp Quarter. Part of the old façade is intact, but the building is now 20 stories of glass and steel. This is a hotel that announces itself. Guests enter through a double-wide, 1,000-pound pivoting bronze door that, surprisingly, can be opened with the slightest touch. Look to the right in the lobby and there's a see-through fireplace with the bar/lounge beyond. Look up through the two-story opening and there's the mezzanine restaurant, Suite & Tender. A chandelier of many pleated-silk-covered lanterns moves slightly, like an Alexander Calder mobile. Look straight ahead and there's a deep red wall, a jolt of color among earth tones. A floating staircase leads to the restaurant. -- Beverly Beyette Read more: San Diego's Sè hotel puts a premium on luxury Planning your trip: Sè San Diego 1047 5th Ave. (619) 515-3000 www.sesandiego.com
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