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“Dog-friendly elegance”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Bristol Hotel

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The Bristol Hotel
Ranked #64 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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West Hollywood, California
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84 reviews
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“Dog-friendly elegance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

This old hotel has been given a sophisticated but warm make-over. You only know how old it is if you go into the stairwells. I stayed two days with my little dog, who was made to feel very welcome. The front desk staff, while nice enough, really needed a bit more training (I called for directions and the woman who answered the phone had to get someone else to help me). While room service was efficient, the on-site eating facility had limited hours.

Room Tip: Our room was on the street side on the 4th floor but I didn't hear much noise from traffic.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Dear MissTBlu,
I was pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay at our pet friendly hotel! We have just hired several new staff members and they are going through rigorous training as we speak. Thank you for your patience while we make this transition.

On behalf of our Bristol team, thank you for selecting the Bristol Hotel.

Yours truly,
Gregory T. Rizzi
General Manager
The Bristol Hotel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

We booked 7 rooms for a conference near the convention center, and I think everyone was pleased. The Bristol is an older building which has been upgraded to a small boutique hotel. The lobby and rooms are stylish and comfortable, although one will notice some older features of the building itself. The rooms are super stylish and comfortable. There is a gym, albeit, a very small facility, with treadmill, bike, eliptical, and nautilus weight machine. The location is very convenient to the gaslamp district, convention center, shopping, etc. We walked to our conference. I liked the little details like umbrellas to lend on a rainy day, and suggested jogging routes. One might notice sounds from the light rail which travels behind the building, but the noise did not bother me. I'd say the Bristol is a good value for the area, and I wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

Green Features: I really like that they are trying to minimize their impact on the earth.
  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Merris W
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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Dear Merris W.,
Thank you for selecting the Bristol Hotel for you accommodations during your conference at the Convention Center. Thank you for mentioning the Bristol Hotel’s great location, just a 10 minute walk to the Convention Center and the Gaslamp Quarter, which is just 3 blocks away. I am so glad you enjoyed your stylish and spacious guestroom, as well as the personal touches like umbrellas, and suggested jogging routes.

Once again thank you for selecting the Bristol Hotel and we look forward to your next visit.

Yours truly,
Gregory T. Rizzi
General Manager
Bristol Hotel
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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2014

En route to a holiday cruise departing from San Diego, we made a weekend stop at The Bristol. We generally stay at much larger hotels, and were pleasantly surprised by every aspect of this smaller boutique beauty. From check-in to departure, and with everything in between, we were impressed by the staff, the comfort of our room, the location (a bit off-the-beaten-path, but close enough to the action) and especially by the general ambiance of the facility. The front desk staff was eager and helpful in solving a baggage problem and with transportation to our next stop. The IT staff went above and beyond in solving an Internet problem for us. Our next visit to San Diego will certainly include The Bristol again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gilbert R
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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review, 11 February 2014
Dear gillyrich8,
Many thanks for a great review. I will be sure to share it with my team. I was pleased to read that you enjoyed the Bristol Hotel’s charm, comfortable and spacious accommodations and ideal location, which is just a few blocks from the Convention Center, Gaslamp Quarter, and waterfront/cruise ship terminals. We are perfectly situated to all of the sights and sounds of downtown San Diego.

As you had mentioned, our Reception Staff is eager to assist our guests in any way they can and they can also give you great suggestions for restaurants in the immediate area as well as tips for sightseeing and current attractions.

On behalf of the Bristol Team, thank you for selecting the Bristol Hotel and we look forward to your next visit.

Yours truly,
Gregory T. Rizzi
General Manager
Bristol Hotel
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Rowland Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

We just returned from a very wonderful stay at The Bristol. The hotel is beautiful with a wonderful location. Horton plaza is just a short walk away. We stayed in room 716. The room was clean and the decor was modern, but most importantly the beds and pillows were so comfy. The hotel provides complementary ear plugs but we never needed to use them. We stayed for a great price and you can't beat free wifi!!! The staff and valet were so friendly and the restaurant in the lobby was delicious. I recommend the flat iron steak, which also happens to be 50% off for hotel guests. We will definitely be back!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review, 5 February 2014
Dear Grisbella,
I was very pleased that you enjoyed the Bristol Hotel and that you had a comfortable stay in room 716! I greatly appreciate you mentioning many of the wonderful aspects of the Bristol Hotel including our great rates, our centralized location within walking distance to the Gaslamp Quarter and the Convention Center, our delicious food and 50% discount for guests on select dinner entrees, complimentary Wi-Fi and our amazing staff - what more can I ask for? Thank you!

On behalf of the Bristol Team, thank you for selecting the Bristol Hotel and we look forward to your return visit.

Yours truly,
Gregory T. Rizzi
General Manager
Bristol Hotel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

Wanted to stay near the Gaslamp but not directly in it due to the late night noise. Was a five minute walk or less into the heart of the Gaslamp so it worked out great. Smallish hotel but very nice lobby and extremely nice folks at the front desk. Got to the room and was very pleasantly surprised with the "chic" decor; the room furnishings were very cool (unlike your standard Hilton or Marriott). Bed was quite comfy as were the pillows. Hotel seemed relatively quiet as we didn't hear any neighbors or much noise from the hallway. Just a very nice place. FYI, valet parking is $26 a night but that's par for the course in any downtown area.

Didn't have time to check out the lobby bar/restaurant, so no comment there.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review, 30 January 2014
Dear SDFunSun,
Thank you for a great review; it is greatly appreciated. I am so glad you enjoyed our downtown San Diego location within walking distance to the Gaslamp and many other sighs such as PetCo Park and Seaport Village. Thank you for mentioning our chic décor, quiet accommodations and friendly staff. As you noted, our Valet Garage is moderately priced and we intentionally price ourselves between $8-$12 less than the surrounding hotels and surface parking lots. We also offer a 50% discount on overnight parking when driving a Hybrid Vehicle.

On behalf of the Bristol Team, thank you for selecting our hotel and we look forward to your next visit!

Yours truly,
Gregory T. Rizzi
General Manager
Bristol Hotel
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

The Bristol Hotel is my "go to", home away from home, when traveling to San Diego. I have enjoyed the hospitality of this boutique hotel many times. It is a great location and as a woman sometimes traveling alone I feel very safe. The staff is always very accommodating and friendly. My one negative comment is that I sometimes find the water drains slowly in the shower. This is easily fixed by removing the plug, which the ever efficient housekeeping staff always seems to put back into place when left on the side of the tub. Very good all around value.

Room Tip: If you want less noise, ask for higher up or away from the 1st Avenue side.
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Green Features: Excellent. Don't drive a hybrid vehicle. But if I did I would enjoy a 50% discount on the parking. They do ask if you would be willing to use a towel more than once, but are happy to provide fresh towels and linens whenever requested.
  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank vicvegas2014
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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Dear Vicvegas2014,
Thank you for making the Bristol your "go to" hotel when staying in San Diego. This is greatly appreciated, thank you for your loyalty! I will share your review with our staff and they will be pleased to read that you had acknowledged their friendliness and accommodating demeanor as well as our excellent housekeeping staff who not only does a great job in keeping your room spotless, they also look after your shower drain plug, returning it back in place when removed.

As you mention, the Bristol Hotel offers excellent value, safe and comfortable accommodations in a great location, just steps from the convention center, Petco Park, the waterfront, Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter.

On behalf of the Bristol Team, once again a big thank you and we look forward to your return visit.

Yours truly,
Gregory T. Rizzi
General Manager
Bristol Hotel
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

First of all, loved the hotel but the staff was amazing! Efficient and friendly, from the valet to the front desk. We rolled in at 6:30 in the morning and were granted the earliest early check in ever. Helped make our day go smoothly to get out bags up in the room!! Thanks very much....
The rooms at the Bristol are budget boutique. Cool black and white style. We has the king sized room which had a lot of space, comfortable bed/pillows. The bathroom includes a robe and slippers, but the shampoo etc is not the best quality but works if you didn't bring your own. I did notice some staining on the walls of the bathroom / desk area but the room was in good clean, working order overall.
It is about a half mile walk to the gaslamp, so excellent location. There is some street noise due to downtown location, but the hotel kindly provides earplugs in the event you need to block out the noise. A bar and restaurant are located downstairs. Didn't eat but did get a drink with a coupon voucher, another perk. Overall, highly recommend the bristol for value ( get the parking package if you have a car- the valet was always speedy to get our car out), location and comfort.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the street to reduce street noise.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Colorado626
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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review, 23 January 2014
Dear Colorado626,
Thank you for a great review and I was pleased that you enjoyed your “early check-in!" Besides our friendly and accommodating service, when we can, we will also extend late checkouts so that your pleasant stay is not cut short! We aim to please at the Bristol Hotel.

Thank you for mentioning our clean and spacious rooms and comfortable bedding. We are pleased you enjoyed our recently upgraded room decor as well as our many amenities including robes, slippers, eco-friendly bath products, coffee makes, in-room safes and fully stocked, reasonably priced mini-bars.

As you mentioned, the Bristol’s location is a 5 minute walk to the Gaslamp Quarter and an easy stroll to the Convention Center, Petco Park and the waterfront. Besides a great location, we also offer value, from our 50% discount for guests on select dinner entrees at our onsite restaurant to 50% off overnight parking for guests with Hybrid vehicles. Thank you for your acknowledgment!

On behalf of the Bristol Team, thank you for staying at the Bristol Hotel.

Yours truly,
Gregory T. Rizzi
General Manager
Bristol Hotel
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Property: The Bristol Hotel
Address: 1055 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-4890
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Region: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Green Hotel in San Diego
#27 Business Hotel in San Diego
#42 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#53 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Bristol Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bristol Hotel, a premier boutique hotel in downtown San Diego, offers extreme comfort and friendly service whether your travel is for business or leisure. The Bristol Hotel is a fresh take on modern style - our sophisticated atmosphere awaits you in our contemporary lobby and throughout our eclectically styled San Diego hotel rooms. This modern flair continues throughout the lounge and banquet facilities and is sure to be a perfect choice for business, leisure, group functions, meetings and special events. This downtown hotel’s superb location is within blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter, fine dining, world-class shopping at Horton Plaza, the Cruise Ship Terminal, the Convention Center, Petco Park, Theatre District, East Village, Little Italy, San Diego Concourse and the San Diego Bay. This pet-friendly San Diego hotel is only a short drive to any of the many sunny beaches, the San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld. The Bristol Hotel is one of only seven hotels in San Diego to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating and is also a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program. ... more   less 
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