One morning on an emergency trip to San Diego I suddenly found myself in immediate need of a hotel. All I knew was that I wanted to stay downtown, in or near the Gaslamp Quarter, if possible, and at a hotel with a pool. I trolled all my hotel apps for bargains. None were to be found. Downtown San Diego -- with its hip clubs, fine dining, a beautiful ballpark and even some centuries-old charm -- is a popular spot, I discovered. Through Marriott, however, I did find that this hotel was offering 40,000 bonus points to Marriott cardholders on stays of three or more nights. Since the website also said the hotel had a pool, I went ahead and splurged.
It was mostly a good choice. Very close to the ballpark, the Gaslamp Quarter nightlife, some really cool restaurants, a trolley station and the convention center. Sounds noisy, huh? But the rooms are well insulated from the street hubbub. I couldn't hear a thing from the outside.
From the next room over, though, I could hear the TV blaring as if it were in my own room. I mean REALLY BLARING. It was extremely annoying, especially for $230 a night. The hotel badly needs to insulate the inside walls from one room to another.
Also, the pool area turned out to be nothing more than a glorified kiddy pool with little deck on which to lay out to catch any rays. The gym, too, was a cramped corridor with a few cardio machines. Nothing that would allow for a serious workout.
Near the pool, however, there is a barbecue set up, and in the evening some guests would avail themselves to that.
As for the good, the rooms themselves are extremely comfortable. Nice carpeting, nice furnishings, a firm, comfortable mattress on the bed. Plenty of ambient light during the day. Blockout curtains that keep the place pitch dark while you're sleeping.
It was also nice to have a full kitchen, though I didn't take advantage of it except to warm up some leftovers in the microwave.
The reception clerks were warm and friendly and eager to give advice. But once I got home and logged into my Marriott account, I found that no bonus points had been added. I actually had to send a couple emails to get them.
This is a good long-stay hotel if your company is picking up the bill. But with so many other hotels in the area that charge around the same rates, I think I'll try a different one on my next trip to San Diego.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Embodies the urban and eclectic styles of the modern-day Gaslamp Quarter. Guests enjoy the residential feel and strong sense of space in a comfortable and progressive setting. Start your day with complimentary hot breakfast, stay connected with complimentary high-speed-internet-access and step out into the vibrancy of downtown. Conveniently located just 2 blocks from the Convention Center and PETCO Park. Relax by the lobby fireplace and rooftop pool, rejuvenate in the fitness center and full-service lounge. ... more less
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