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“Gem in San Diego”
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Keating House
Ranked #7 of 33 San Diego B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ventura, California
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85 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Gem in San Diego”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We have stayed at the Keating House several times and will return. This is a nicely restored 1888 Victorian mansion furnished with eclectic antiques and decorations, but is not overdone or "cute." Our favorite room is the music room--great bathroom with a big tub, and the bed is very comfortable. Hosts Ben and Doug are very friendly and helpful, and know everything about San Diego. The breakfast is always nice, especially the fresh fruit and homemade bread. There are always interesting guests at breakfast. We enjoy sitting on the porch or in the garden. The B&B is within easy walking distance of Balboa Park, Little Italy, the Gaslamp District, and many good restaurants. We go once or twice a year to attend the excellent theater at the Old Globe in Balboa Park, and particularly like the summer Shakespeare festival.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Staines, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

We stayed at Keating House for a couple of nights at the end of August and we loved it!
The owners are lovely and made sure we had all the info to make the most of our time in town. It was a pleasure spending time with them and the other guests over breakfast in the morning.
We stayed in the blue room and, although small, it was nice and clean (very high bed but comfortable, maybe a tiny small and short as we are used to a king size at home, but overall excellent). We loved the victorian features in the house.
Yes, the planes are litterally over your head and it was both scary when outside and noisiy inside, but this cannot be changed anywhere in San Diego.
Breakfast was really good too: fresh fruit, homemade frittatas, everything very yummy.
The location is in a safe and quiet neighborhood: we walked everywhere downtown and to the marina/port. There is a great diner around the corner and a couple of other excellents restaurants close to the park.
I would stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2013

Positives:
Great breakfast (fresh/stewed fruit, home baked bread, home made jams, cereals, tea (big selection!), coffee, and a cooked entrée (usually eggs/frittata of some sort). Great start to the day.

The most comfortable beds we've slept in. Firm but soft. Feather pillows, what a luxury!

Ben and Doug provide a welcome orientation, taking out maps, suggesting places to see, how to get anywhere you want, the ups and downs of San Diego.

Negatives:
We stayed in the Lilac room. It was on the small side.
Planes in San Diego fly very low and it was hard to sleep with this noise, especially on the first night.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Redlands, California
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

Ben and Doug at The Keating House helped make this a wonderful experience. The Keating house is a charming B&B with the perfect location for people that like to walk. It is perfectly located so that my wife and I could walk to places like Balboa Park, Little Italy and the Harbor. We also appreciated their being so accommodating, helpful, friendly and for cooking such a great breakfast. This was a cozy & pleasant experience for my wife and I to enjoy some time together.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newport Beach, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2013

Me and my girlfriend decided to try something different for memorial weekend. We had never stayed at a bed and breakfast and this was the most nostalgic way to experience San Diego. The inn keepers Ben & Doug are the reason this house is so inviting. The house itself is a vintage 1800's home extremely cozy and well maintained. Ben and Doug have mastered the details when it comes to making you feel as if you have been living here forever. The breakfasts are prepared fresh and the absence of tv's and computers invited great conversations with other guests and the inn-keepers. If you are looking to getaway and experience San Diego in a new way I would not stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2013 via mobile

Ben and Doug really made the trip worthwhile. Not only are they great guys who are easy to talk to and personable, but their advice for restaurants and things to do was right on the money every time! Near san diego zoo, balboa park - within walking distance. Even changed plans at the end of the trip to go back to Keating House. Would go back without question.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Israel
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2013 via mobile

One of the best B&B we experienced. The house is well kept and with its Vintage design you feel very cosy. Rooms are very clean and designed with real soul up to the most little details. Everything with the taste of an artist. Even the breakfast is unique and delicious. The two guys in charge are friendly and so helpful with getting around in SD. Keating House is a place to come back and enjoy the good taste again.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Keating House
Address: 2331 Second Ave., Between Juniper and Kalmia Sts., San Diego, CA 92101
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic victorian B&B located within walking distance of downtown, Balboa Park, Zoo, little Italy, and harbor. All rooms have a private bath and come with a full breakfast ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Keating House Hotel San Diego

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