This is a quite small "footprint" property, upon checking in, this becomes very apparent. Once the valet/bell boy hurdle (and accompanying fees) is put behind those checking in, things do pick up a bit. This is a 5 star property (so say the reviewers) and it is indeed a very nice property. We do have very high standards and our gold-standard for Marriott properties is the Marriott in Paris near the Arc de Triomphe. By our standards, this San Diego Omni is close but (sadly) not the same 5 stars rating for us. "Heaven" has a very high standard.
The room is nicely appointed, quite spacious for a hotel room, bathroom is bigger than most, nice variety of "necessities" (including threaded needles and thread! You know you need this from time to time). Although the room includes a mini-frig, it is just barely usable. We did an experiment: a container of ice was waaay more effective than this mini-frig-wanna-be. Major disappointment (not cold by any standards). The coffee maker is included. No microwave (just in case anyone was wondering). The mini-wanna-be-frig is available for your use if you re-arrange things a bit inside this sub-adequate "box." The items inside the frig are not set on metered sensors (like so many in Europe) so re-arranging things will not cost you anything at the end of a visit.
This is prime" gas lamp quarter real estate. Appreciate that for all it has to offer: walk-ability to the marina, Sea Port village, all points up and down the touristy sights, and appreciate that the hotel is so close to Horton Shopping center, Little Italy, and so many sights, sounds, and experiences hard to find anywhere else is such as close proximity.
Personal highlights for us were to meet "Kenny" at the local Ralph's grocery store and become acquainted with the store's service of "steam or fry your choice of fish for free" (Kenny highly recommended the Cajun breading on fried rock cod) Thank you Kenny! It was the perfect way to finish that off your fish recommendation! Pair that with any number of deli side choices (hot or cold) and you have a wonderful dinner to be eaten there on the outdoor patio or in one's hotel room. (Ralph's is on 1st and Market).
Another super-dooper find was gelato store at 509 5th Avenue (www.chocolatsanddiego.com) and, as hard as we looked, this was the ONLY gelato establishment we found! Oh so good! So worth the search! It was very hard to find gelato in this area and this worth the search.
Back to the room: the Omni property is pretty much tucked into a corner that backs upon the trolley and coaster train ends of the line. Noise is not an issue but the rooms in the Omni do come with ear plug aids in the nightstand drawers (how thoughtful).
This location is just about as good as it gets here in San Diego. We would come back in a heart beat but plan for the $38 a day "parking fee" and the $10.00 a day internet fee and the other service appreciation fees for coming and going. If you decide to use public parking, it is near by and costs about $25 a day (PetCo baseball parking area). This location is adjacent to PetCo Park, like really, really adjacent.
If you stay there during a Padres game, you can actually watch the game from the windows near the stairwells on each of the floors. Stroll around after the games for the great post-game shows and excitement.
The hotel complex is newer and has well-insulated windows and walls. Our travel experience was restful in every respect.
Oh, do take the duck tour of the harbor! So worth the $38 per person charge!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Omni San Diego