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San Diego Hotel Gift Shop Guide for Vacationers

  • Video of the Andaz San Diego hotel
  • Hotel Del Coronado
  • Loews Coronado Bay Resort
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Trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes, no matter what they’re called, souvenir items are the bread-and-butter of hotel gift shops. Unbeknownst to most people, the majority of these retail stores are independently owned and operated. Buyers are shying away from logo mugs and magnets, opting for more subtle mementoes of a blissful San Diego vacation… a local wine, history books on the hotel or resident artists wares. Following is a sample of such shops.

Andaz San Diego
600 F Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 849-1234

Tucked away in an unobtrusive corner of Andaz’s lobby is their boutique. Kristen Hypes has been running the show for over four years. She has her finger on the pulse of new trends for her upscale clientele. Uber-local designer “Maceoo“- as in lived at the hotel for two years local - custom designs and manufactures men’s Turkish cotton dress shirts for the shop. Take a gander at his masterpieces in the above video. Adult toys by JimmyJane keep romance alive in the 159 guestrooms. Fallbrook and Temecula wines spur on amour, as does the feather ticklers. The hotel’s signature scent throughout the public spaces has been bottled and sells at the shop due to popular demand. One sniff of the home fragrance will remind vacationers of their blissful holiday. (Room rates start at $199 per night.)

Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
(800) 468-3533

The Del’s lobby bar has been reinvented as a 2,500 square foot Signature Shop, with their tell-tale red roof logo adorning ball caps, polos, sweatshirts and spa products. Golfer Greg Norman lent his savvy style to a few tees. Collectors eagerly await the newly designed annual Christmas ornament, which is in its 19th year. Approximately 5,500 are produced. When sold out, eBay becomes the alternative source. Across the hallway boutique “1888” showcases authentic items of historical importance - books on the hotels architecture, history and even a ghost story. Paintings of the iconic structure come in all sizes as does memorabilia of the movie “Some Like It Hot”, which was filmed at the hotel. (Room rates start at $325 per night.)

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Road
San Diego, CA 92118
(619) 424-4000

The July 22nd opening of Sandy’s resurrected Loews gift shop selections. A hip buying team knows Sports Illustrated “Luli Fama” swimsuits appeal to tan beach babes…and their men. Hawaiian “Olukai” footwear flies off the shelves. Local “Beach Girl” star-fish necklaces hold their own against the national companies. But, out of all the inventory, PAW Active wear thermal sweatshirts are the hottest commodity. The marine lawyer may play a roll in those sales. (Room rates start at $199 per night.)

The Dana On Mission Bay
1710 West Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 222-6440

Owner Kathleen Culora travels the world finding treasures for her 12 foot by 13 foot space. Zebra and animal print purses pander to the younger clientele, as does the $10 flower and seashell crystal jewelry. Her number one seller by far are “Corky’s” rhinestone flip-flops, made in Arkansas. She hocks ten pairs a day at $50 a pop. Determining customers tastes becomes second nature after 30 years in the business. Culora’s allegiance to her vendors is dictated by quality, uniqueness and helping smaller as well as women run companies. (Room rates start at $159 per night.)

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 448-1234
Like a child at Christmas, guests are eagerly awaiting the September grand opening of Hyatt’s new gift shop - Travel Traders - who runs 190 stores in 30 states. A large company translates into deep-pockets ($80 million in annual sales), which means a budget to stock racks with Ralph Lauren clothing , Brighton accessories, Gucci purses, and Tommy Bahamas casual wear. Visual merchandisers will give the boutique its own aesthetic identity. Snacks, daily newspapers, logo items, and postcards will not be overlooked. (Room rates start at $425 per night.)