A Perfect Weekend in San Diego with Designer Alessandro Munge

As seen in Architectural Digest, the designer behind the city's newest hip hotel shares his favorite places around town—from Balboa Park to La Jolla's Madison Gallery

Opened this February, the 317-room Pendry San Diego—the first location for the hip new hospitality brand from Montage Hotels & Resorts—is a dynamic urban hub located in the city’s bustling Gaslamp Quarter. Toronto-based talent Alessandro Munge created interiors for three of the property’s main attractions: Lionfish, a seafood-centric restaurant; Oxford Social Club, the hotel’s nightlife lounge; and Nason’s Beer Hall. “We wanted to offer the guests and locals a range of very distinct yet complementary experiences that had a strong personality of their own while always being representative of the city,” Munge says of the designs. “San Diego is warm and inviting. Its people are sophisticated yet unpretentious and always fun. Through our very residential and layered interiors, we made sure to reflect that energy.” From $320/night; pendryhotels.com



Alessandro Munge’s favorite local spots

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

“I loved discovering this museum. It showcases some really inspiring emerging artists and under-recognized talents.” 1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard; mcasd.org

Balboa Park

“This is a classic San Diego destination with its Spanish colonial architecture. I especially love getting lost in its Botanical Building. The proportions are fantastic, and the control of natural light within its permeable walls is extremely emotive.” 1549 El Prado; balboapark.org

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá

“This is an amazingly well-preserved example of religious colonial architecture. I love wandering around the landscaped cloister before entering the simply decorated chapel. It makes for a perfect introspective walk and a great time to reflect on life.” 10818 San Diego Mission Road; missionsandiego.org

Heritage County Park

“A marvel of Victorian architecture preservation, it is such a unique experience being able to freely walk around these exceptionally restored houses. Each estate is so singular with tremendous personality. Tall or wide, colorful or neutral, I love debating which one I would call home.” 2454 Heritage Park Row; sdparks.org

Madison Gallery

“If you are looking for the perfect art piece, be sure to check out Madison Gallery in La Jolla. They showcase an amazingly well-curated selection of artists.” 1055 Wall Street, #100, La Jolla