This hotel was built in the 1900's, and that may be why some of the reviews are not very high. Personally, we loved this place. We vacation approximately 4 times a year but this was our first time in San Diego. I would definitely stay here again, just for the added charm due to the hotels age. The elevators, although slow, were part of the charm. They are old school, just as the photos show, but I giggled every time I went into them. The rooms are small (similar to those in Europe) but clean, with very comfortable beds. If you are a large person, you will find this hotel very tight, including the shower. There is a 24 hour restaurant right beside with an amazing California burrito that can feed two! 1 block to the main strip of restaurants and bars. The only downfall is the added cost of the parking, which is valet only. $20 a day, but it offers in and out privileges and there is not any parking cheaper. San Diego has some of the worst parking we have ever seen (much like downtown Vancouver).
So if you were worried about this place, don't mind heritage style rooms, friendly customer service and comfortable beds that is within walking distance to great places, look no further. We plan on going back! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This boutique style hotel is centrally located in San Diego's exciting Gaslamp Quarter. We invite you to step back in time to the elegant comforts, friendly hospitality and impeccable service of a bygone era. Opened in 1913 as the St. James Hotel, San Diego's original high-rise luxury hotel, our beautifully restored property is an oasis of historic style for leisure and business travelers. We are 6 1/2 blocks from San Diego's waterfront convention center. It's a pleasant 7 minute walk from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Inn & Suites Gaslamp/ Hotel San Diego
- Ramada Inn And Suites Gaslamp/Convention Center
- Ramada Inn San Diego
- Ramada San Diego