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Bristol Hotel

#57 of 271 Hotels in San Diego
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1055 First Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-4890
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Jakarta
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

The hotel is not really new but quite affordable and not too expensive compared to the surrounding areas, Good service and clean room. Within walking distance to the Gaslamp quarter and downtown location. The bustop to the airport is just around the corner, which is very helpful to catch an early morning flight.

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great Staff. It is so important to have friendly staff at a hotels. I had the longest day at work, booked this hotel super last minute, and the staff was just great. They can really turn your mood around. Noise- You can hear things. I was there when there was a prom going on. But, they were actually pretty respectful... More 

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bristolMGR, General Manager at Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Expertpacker87, Thank you for your Kudo's concerning our friendly staff and I will pass along your comments to them. It is very rewarding to read that our exceptional service had made a " difference" and turned around your busy business day to be a little brighter! Thanks and I will inform our agents of your comments. Yes, it is... More 

Waterloo, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Bristol Hotel! It was our first time at a boutique hotel. I loved the décor. All was very clean, staff was very helpful in setting up our airport taxi, wake-up call and helping us with bus terminal directions (close by!). The only think I would have liked is if there was a... More 

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bristolMGR, General Manager at Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear April S, Thank you for selecting the Bristol Hotel as your "First" Boutique Hotel experience and I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your accommodations, our convenient location and courteous employees. Our employees are "at your service 24/7" and would have been delighted to have brought a mini-refrigerator to your accommodations; we excel in customer service. I appreciate... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We recently stayed at the Bristol hotel because it was free to bring my dog, which is great! They provided a dog bed and dog bowls as well. The location in San Diego is nice and it was convenient for the rock and roll half marathon. Also, their valet parking was actually pretty cheap at $26 per day. All in... More 

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bristolMGR, General Manager at Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Dancingfajitas, Thank you for your most candid review and I am deeply embarrased by the lack of hospitality that was extend to you. I assure you that this type of welcome and service is not acceptable and is not to our level of standards. Please accept my sincerest apologies. I will review you comments with the Department Heads that... More 

Seattle, Washington
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were out for most of the day (out @0730 a.m., back @10 p.m.). Yet, the room was not clean, bed not made, trash not taken out. Therefore, we did not leave any tip. We checked in on 5/17 & left 5/21.

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bristolMGR, General Manager at Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Kim-Thoa, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. First, please let me apologize for the inconvenience you experienced in not having your room thoroughly serviced during your stay. Our housekeeper noted that there was a "do not disturb" door hanger on your door, and perhaps that was unintentional and definitely would... More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were going to San Diego for the Stones Concert, over Memorial weekend. Prices of hotels were overwhelming. We ran across this place and decided to give it a try. It was about 5 min from the Gaslamp District. 10 Minutes to Seaport Village. It was very clean, modern, and the service was exceptional. It has a resturant on premises.... More 

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bristolMGR, General Manager at Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear kittie12015, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! How great that you gave us a try and found our location to be just what you needed, and that our services and guest rooms were to your satisfaction. We are glad you had the opportunity to try the restaurant; be sure to give Happy Hour a try on your... More 

Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently stayed at the Bristol Hotel in the Gaslamp area of San Diego with my pooch and was pleasantly blown away. This older hotel looks like it's aging from the outside, but the interior of the lobby, restaurant and rooms are modern and quite nice. I would stay here again in a heartbeat! Upon checking in I was notified that... More 

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bristolMGR, General Manager at Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Matt, Thank you for your review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at the Bristol! As you noted, we are a pet-friendly hotel, and we hope your furry friend took advantage of the treats available at the Front Desk while staying with us! Our Starlight Room, located on the 9th Floor and offering a venue... More 

Arlington, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice hotel with very lovely room decor. Pillows are soft, linens are comfortable. Curtains are so very pretty! Not like your typical hotel curtains. Had breakfast both mornings. Definately has some spice to the potatoes. Had a little difficulty getting 2 breakfasts out in a timely fashion, and at the same time. Had to re-request items that were already... More 

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bristolMGR, General Manager at Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear 214Greta, Thank you for your review and I will share your comments with our Executive Chef, they were very helpful. Our location is perfect because we are centrally located in the downtown area of San Diego and we are walking distance to many attractions, i.e. the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, waterfront and cruise ship terminals, Convention Center, performing arts,... More 

Berkeley, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Sometimes after you have lived in a town, especially a tourist destination, you are at a loss to recommend a good place for friends to stay or for yourself to stay if you just can't sleep on your old friend's couch anymore for that reunion visit. But I stumbled upon the Bristol Hotel, knowing the good and the bad of... More 

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bristolMGR, General Manager at Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear BerkeleyAsian, Thank you for calling us a "Gem" of a boutique hotel that you would recommend to your friends, this is greatly appreciated! It was great to read that you were pleased with our safe location, our quiet & clean rooms, eco- friendly and green efforts and keep in mind that if you are driving an Hybrid Vehicle you... More 

Riverside, California
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Never stayed here before, we really enjoyed the how nice this Hotel is, it quiet and never had a bad moment, valet was great and very quick. We ate breakfast in the Restaurant,little pricey, we had the best waiter, think his name was Jim, out of the service of 6 years. He was polite and on it with refills. Pleasant... More 

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bristolMGR, General Manager at Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear 951butch111, We are so glad you decided to give The Bristol a try, and that you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for your kind comments; I will be sure to let our parking valet and restaurant staff know you mentioned them. The next time you visit, please give FIRST Avenue Bar a try; our bartenders are the... More 

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