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“so grim.”
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Hotel Occidental
Ranked #230 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Seattle
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“so grim.”
Reviewed 18 October 2009

I have stayed at places like this before, and thought they were fine--this one is just a little too cheerless for me. The tiny cubicle of a room, the airplane flight path directly overhead, the street noise and light that the miniblind just could not deal with, the lack of anywhere to eat right around the hotel, no bathtubs (showers only)--I just couldn't do it. I had reserved 7 nights there, left after one. The staff, esp. Ecaterina on the swing shift, were very pleasant and helpful, and if you are totally prepared and aware of what you're getting, it would be fine. I realized for me, it was not enough.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled solo
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Tijuana
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2009

Location is perfect for easy access to downtown nightlife. The rooms are clean and quiet with a few small amenities that make it a comfortable stay.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled solo
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1 Thank TheGmanTijuana
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Turnhout, Belgium
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2009

Well, my sister needed to go to San Diego for her job and I tagged along for fun. Being a thorough kind of person I researched all possible hotels beforehand on the internet, and I picked this one. And I wasn't wrong! It's in a very good location, close to downtown and even better: close to Balboa Park. The hotel is relaxed and the staff very, very friendly and helpful. Being European we thought the breakfast was a bit too sweet (pastries), but there was bread to be toasted, cream cheese and fruit in this complimentary breakfast too, and we bought a loaf of darker bread, tomatoes and hard cheese ourselves which we took to breakfast without a problem. So breakfast became a lot of fun. The selection of tea was nice as well. The breakfast room is a bit small, but you can take breakfast to your room if you want. The free bikes were wonderful. We ride bikes in our country (Belgium) all the time, so it was great to try it in San Diego. The slopes are a bit steeper, though! My sister took her laptop to work on her presentation and she could use the free internet connection. We loved having a kitchenette in the room, so we could use the microwave to prepare some food and the crockery and cutlery provided to eat it. The small fridge was great to put in the food and drink we bought. The showers were across the hallway and always spotlessly clean (and available; we never had to wait one minute). We could do the laundry at the hotel too, which was lovely because you don't have to walk the streets with your dirty clothes in tow! And then there were complimentary apples and newspapers at the reception desk; what more could you want?
And now for a comparison: colleagues of my sister were staying at one of the very expensive hotels close to the convention center (I've forgotten the name, but it had two tower blocks). They had a swimming pool, yes, but if they wanted to rent a bike they had to pay something like 10 dollars an hour or 30 dollars a day. Breakfast was not even included in the high price and after having delivered 1 (one!) message the reception desk complained this should not be a regular occurence! We were so pleased that we had chosen this hotel when we heard my sister's colleagues describe their hotel!
I've never written a review for a hotel before, although I've travelled a lot all over the world, but I really, really liked this charming and not-too-expensive hotel in the wonderful city of San Diego.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled on business
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astrosrgr8
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 October 2009

This hotel is great! I was by myself and wanted an affordable safe place to stay in a good location and this was definitely it. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet stayed open late and the free bikes were a tremendous plus.
I highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
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1 Thank astrosrgr8
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San Diego
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2009

First of all I want to thank Lisa and her amazing staff for making our friends and family feel so at home. My husband and I recommended our guests to stay at this hotel. Not only was the price unbeatable but the location was perfect as our wedding was in Balboa Park and no one had a car. So with all of this in mind it was the perfect place!
The hotel also did a wonderful event for us the Friday before our wedding. We had our rehearsal dinner here and it was absolutely perfect! The decor, set up and food was just wonderful. Rose, one of the managers created a delicious menu full of apps and hors d'oeuvres. We couldn't have asked for a better event!
The rooms themselves are fully equipped with sink, refrigerator, TV/DVD player and microwave. You also, had free access to their beach cruisers to go explore the town!
I am not sure what the person below is talking about 'run down' neighborhood. He clearly doesn't know the area. My husband and I live in Hillcrest which is about 10 minutes by bike from the hotel. The Occidental is perfectly situated in Bankers Hill one of the BEST neighborhoods in San Diego!
The comment about 'feeling unsafe' blows my mind! Located on 4th and Elm is perfect and a short walk into the gaslamp district, little Italy AND Balboa Park where you are bombarded with excellent cuisine and nightlife.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to visit San Diego. I can't stress enough how wonderful the staff were, attentive, helpful and kind and the hotel itself is immaculate. Of course the price is just unbeatable. I and my husband have done extensive travel around the world. We have stayed in every imaginable form of accommodation and this definitely goes down in our book for a wonderful place to stay.
If you want to pay 100 or more a night to stay in a 5 star hotel, go for it. There are plenty in downtown, but nothing compares to the Occidental in terms of price and standards!
Thanks again Lisa, Catarina and Rose. You are amazing!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank cdiaz128
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London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 September 2009

...with a risk of making this hotel even more popular, on balance, taking into account location, value, experience, comfort, cleanliness,friendliness of staff, this hotel score high in all and overall i felt a good choice. Good location near park and downtown.

I have stayed at many hotels and this one is a real treasure for the price conscious. I plan to stay again when next in san Diego.

Thanks, Andrew

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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1 Thank Sojournmaster
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2009

I came for a wedding in San Diego and at the bride's behest was told to stay at this hotel due to the "rehearsal" dinner being held at this hotel.

And I must say the staff was courteous and helpful. I wished they worked at a better venue.

For one thing the hotel is located in a rather rundown area. The place itself had no ATM. Was told there was one at the corner liquor store, which made feel unsafe to say the least. And eventhough you couldnt get into this hotel without a room card they had this rule that you couldnt have guests after 10 PM.

The cable channel selection was the barest I'ever seen in any hotel. I've gone to smaller hotels that had better. They had videos yes, but not that many.

The "kitchenette" sink doubled as the bathroom sink, which to me, is a little gross - there was no sink in the bathroom.

Then the A/C kicked in. The rooms do not have individual A/C control - it's centrally controlled for all rooms at the front desk. My mom got sick because the whole time we stayed there the A/C was running constantly and we had to call the front desk to turn it off. In the morning, they turned it on again and it ran constantly, and i had to call the desk at 7 am again to turn it off, because there weren't enough blankets on the bed to keep us warm.

The continental breakfast was typically mediocre. Their pastries were stale.

This is a hostel, not a "European style boutique hotel." Furnishings were the absolute cheapest - the least they could have done was to go with colorful, cheap IKEA furnishings to make it look more bright and cheerful like some European hostels do. IKEA mattresses certainly would have been a higher quality. Many kids rooms have better furnishings than this.

The actual reception held by this hotel was also mediocre, but i was told it was a good price...Im sure considering the amount of money this hotel got from all the guests that stayed there...I started noticing hotels nearby. There was a Holiday Inn and a Motel Six that offered better value. BTW even at the cheapest hotels I got a receipt showing my charges.

Like I said the only reason I got this hotel was due to the wedding bride's insistence. Next time im in Dego im going somewhere else.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled solo
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Thank latinles1
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Property: Hotel Occidental
Address: 410 Elm St, San Diego, CA 92101-2613
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #230 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Occidental 3*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our beautiful garden patio is a lovely place to enjoy a cup a coffee, our free yummy breakfast before taking out one of our free bikes to tour the city, Balboa Park and the Zoo. ... more   less 
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