We arrived by Amtrak and took a 5 minute taxi ride to our hotel. Check-in was fast. In our room, we were greeted with some chocolates and a bottle of champagne. This was a nice b-day surprise. Our room also had the over powering smell of room freshener. We turned on air and opened our window as far as it would go. I thought the maid must have been a bit generous with the spray. Our room had 2 double beds with great linens and a comfortable bed. We were traveling with our 2 sons and other than the beds being double(Queens are always better in this situation!) the room was a nice size. We left our room to get dinner. It was a short walk into the gaslamp district. After a couple of hours we returned to our room. We then figured out why the room smelled like it did. Someone had smoked in a non -smoking room. We are always sure to request non-smoking. The smell was VERY strong. I went down to the front desk to ask for a room change. We were told one was not available that nite. There was a convention and they were full. I asked if we could pay the difference and move to a suite. A manager walked up and said the only other room that was open had a murphy bed and would not hold 4. The next nite they could move us, but the room would not have a view or be available until the afternoon. I asked for a fan or something else to help with the smell. They sent up housekeeping with a small glass jar filled with scented oil and bamboo sticks. It didn't do a thing. By the next afternoon, the smell was better, or maybe we were just used to it. We were gone all day shopping and siteseeing. Late that afternoon they said a room was available. It overlooked the pool area where a loud reception was going on. By now we thought we would just stay in our room.
We went to a Padres game. Inside the Padre Logo shop at the back, was a cage area where we watched the teams warming up. A manager on the Padres tossed a ball over the fence to one of my sons. This made his trip! We found an area where Kevin Kouzmanov -3rd base- was signing autograghs. He now has 4 new fans! The stadium has an easy access to the hotel.
The fitness center in the hotel was the best I have ever seen. Lots of modern machines, circuit training, free weights, personal TV's with headphones, towels, shower, etc. Spotless and not crowded.
The pool area was small, crowded, noisy, and had a man smoking a cigar. We couldn't escape the smoke anywhere. (We have gotten spoiled by non smoking areas)
There is a nice happy hour at the hotel resturaunt. Food was great, service was slow. We were sitting outside so that may have been the problem.
Because we did not have a car, we walked everywhere. Even down to the Star of India. Shopping, eating and entertainment were all close by, safe and easy to walk to. I would return to this hotel in spite of our bad luck with the smoking smell.
Hotel staff was great with recommendations. Bell service was especially fast and friendly.
- 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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