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Omni San Diego Hotel
Ranked #20 of 286 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 April 2011

A group of friends and I decided to take a random trip to San Diego. I booked the hotel using Priceline and got a real good rate, about 50% off. Once we got the hotel we noticed that it was right next to the baseball stadium (Petco Park), and literally a few hundred yards from the Gaslamp district. This was perfect because we did most of our travels there.

We did go to the beach one day but the traffic was pretty bad, and getting out of the hotel was annoying. Even though the hotel and rooms are very well presented, the rooms are a bit smaller than most 4 star hotels.

I would say that if you were looking to hang out in downtown San Diego most of the time, and could afford $150-$200 a night, then this hotel would be a good choice. Otherwise, if you want to hit up the beaches for most of your travels, then maybe downtown San Diego isn't your best choice.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 April 2011

The Omni is a stunning building from the outside, and the blandest thing ever once inside. There's nothing wrong with it, but it lacks personality, style, and sense of place. A banal business property, with poorly designed rooms, very disappointing given the stark contrast with the shiny architecture. Service is competent though, which is good thing in such a busy property. Definitely not my cup of tea, although reasonably priced. Would only recommend it to undemanding business customers looking for a safe place to crash with a swift laundry service, or for attendees at a conference on the other side of the street, you won't get any closer than this to the Convention Center.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 April 2011

This hotel was pretty nice. It is expensive but it is nice. The rooms aren't anything to write home about but they are clean and have pretty good views. The front-desk staff and bellhops were very nice and helpful. The hotel is right next to the Gaslamp District and across the street from the convention center. It is also right next to a trolley stop but the sound of the bell couldn't be heard in the hotel so it didn't disrupt my sleep one bit. But it did allow us to catch the trolley to the harbor to go whale watching. The Hardrock Hotel is right across the street and is very loud with all the music playing but it could not be heard in the hotel.
One weird thing about this hotel is that the bathroom door is a sliding door. I thought it was cool at first but then noticed that when closed there are gaps on either end of the door so if you are rooming with someone they would definitely be able to see into the bathroom.
You also have to pay for the internet but if you sign up for their "club" you can get it for free. Just make sure to check your bill before you leave because although I signed up for the club I was charged for the internet. But, the people at the front desk were more than happy to remove the charge from my bill when I told them that I had signed up for their club.
This hotel has a restaurant in it, which is expensive. If you like paying $16 for a bagel then you will be right at home in this restaurant.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel, and I would definitely recommend it if you can get a great deal on a room. If you aren't planning on spending a lot of time in your room then it would be more cost effective to stay at a less expensive hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 April 2011

I was actually sad when I had to check out after my two nights. This was a beautiful hotel with lots of little perks that made me feel, well, spoiled to get to stay here. The rooms were large and immaculate, looking like they were brand new. I had a great view over to Coronado (if only they would move that Hilton over there) and could get over to the convention center in less than five minutes.

The Gaslight District is just out the front door and the trolley line is also right there. You can hear the whistle from the train at night but I imagine this is an issue for every single hotel in this area. The windows shut pretty tight, so other outside noise was not a problem.

I did want to note that they have a little coffee shop in the hotel, but it's really tucked away. If you head to the left, past the front desk, you'll be able to find it.

It's definitely pricey (I would not have been able to afford this place if work wasn't helping to foot the bill), but then again everything is in this area of San Diego.

The best part? They offer free (!!) wireless if you're a member of their rewards club (which is also free). When you're trying to stand out among the Marriotts and Hiltons, this is the way to do it.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 March 2011

We stayed here as part of a convention and I would highly recommend it to anyone and definitely stay here again. I would also highly recommend enrolling in the omni select guest program on arrival. It's FREE and it allows two free beverages for 2 guests delivered to your room in the morning (the best coffee!) as well as a newspaper, free internet and they even upgraded us to a larger room. The hotel is so convenient to the gaslamp district, convention center, petco park and the transit system. It was an easy walk to everything. ALL of the staff are so freindly and helpful. The pool area and exercise rooms are unbelieveable and there is always fresh lemon water in the lobby and exercise room. My only regret is that I only stayed 5 days!

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed 27 March 2011

Omni's service was extraordinary - both in attitude and response. Any time we needed something it was provided immediately and with a smile. The hotel's location is ideal - steps from the Gaslamp area and Petco Park with the harbor next door. With all this it's unlikely we'll go back. The room was small and inconvenient. There was no counter space in the bathrooms and little space beyond the bed. Closet space was also cramped. It is also loud outside and the windows shut did little to keep the noise out. This is unfortunate given the level of effort by the staff.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2011

We traveled with 3 kids ages 11 -17. We booked a king suite connecting to a double room. We had lots of space and the bathrooms included a tiled shower and tub/shower. That really paid off when getting ready in the morning or for dinner. The first night our kids were impressed with the cookies and milk and we loved the morning drink service. The concierge was fantastic! He suggested a Segway tour that my husband loved and restaurants and directions. We did my husband's birthday dinner in the hotel restaurant and it was lovely. We walked every where and loved the location of the hotel. We thought the staff was very friendly and accommodating.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Omni San Diego Hotel

Address: 675 L Street, San Diego, CA 92101-7022
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Region: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , East Village
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#16 Family Hotel in San Diego
#20 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#22 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: £139 - £301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Omni San Diego Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 511
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Omni San Diego is located in downtown San Diego, just steps from the historic Gaslamp quarter and connected via skybridge to the San Diego Padres ballpark, PETCO Park. This luxury hotel was designed with a cosmopolitan feel to compliment the sunny San Diego setting. The interior is contemporary and comfortable, decorated in warm earth tones and natural materials. Guestrooms are relaxing and well appointed with the finest bedding, upscale bathroom amenities, free wireless internet and unbeatable views. In addition, the hotel houses an extensive collection of rare baseball memorabilia, including a variety of autographed baseballs, jerseys, and a Babe Ruth contract. Whether traveling for business or leisure, a stay at the Omni San Diego Hotel is one you won't soon forget. Culinary offerings include McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, open daily, 6am to midnight. Offering the freshest selection of seafood in San Diego, menus are printed daily based upon local fish market supply and focus on seasonal, locally sourced, farm-to-table creations highlighting organic ingredients. Supplementing the menu is a thoughtful beverage list including progressive wines-by-the-glass and mixologist inspired cocktails with a “house made” approach. The Terrace Bar & Grill, open everyday through September, 11am to 8pm – Poolside, Level 6. In-Room/Remote Dining: 24 hours a day online. Morsel’s Café: Open everyday, 6am to 10pm – Lobby Level. Enjoy a variety of Starbuck’s coffee beverages, grab a snack to go, pick up travel-friendly sundries or a San Diego themed gift on the run. ... more   less 
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