The first thing I will say about the Harborview Inn & Suites is that it is perfectly adequate for a stay in San Diego. It's situated in Little Italy and about a 20 minute walk to Downtown depending on your pace. The price is good, but you get what you pay for. Room is a little dated, linens have that pilled effect like they have been washed too many times, and there was a bit of a stale smell to my room which I couldn't air out since the windows don't have screens. The family that owns the property were friendly enough.
The good: Location is good for anywhere in San Diego, there was free, limited onsite parking, not a lot of noise between rooms, tv worked. AC worked and wasn't noisy. Mini-fridge and microwave worked, though the microwave door was broken.
The bad: It is located right near the freeway and on a busy street (Grape St.) so very loud at night. Also directly under a flight path, but that is most of San Diego anyway, so planes going overhead every 10 minutes or so. The elevator is tiny and very old.
The REAL bad: I don't think the hotel is very secure. There are two unmanned entrances into the hotel. The hotel has a lobby, but you do not go through the lobby to get into your room. You leave the lobby, return to the street, and enter through the next door. This door was not secure, even though there was a keycard slot. There were guest rooms directly off this door. It seemed unsafe. There is also an entrance off Grape St. that was not always secure even though it also had a keycard slot. I think some of this had to do with guest improperly securing the door, but the door should close of its own weight. Also, there were two guest rooms accessible directly from Grape St. You didn't even have to enter the hotel proper to access these doors. Given the amount of homeless and mentally ill people in San Diego, I think safety should be any hotels utmost concern.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hotel is located in the Downtown district of San Diego on the corner of Columbia and Grape street next to "Little Italy". We are a limited service hotel. This hotel has an older look to it as the building itself was built in 1901 however it has been renovated, the rooms are updated and cozy as the bulding offers 42 rooms. We have Singles, Double and Suites. This hotel is undergoing a complete management change. You will enjoy the location as well as the price come stay with us at the Harborview Inn & Suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Harborview Hotel San Diego