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Bristol Hotel

#63 of 272 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
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was my first time visiting San Diego, and this hotel is located in a place that makes it easy to get everywhere. We were walking distance from the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy, and a short drive away from other locales and attractions. The hotel itself is nice, it's an old hotel that's been renovated and isn't the fanciest... More 

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

Dear Edith V., How wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! I'm very glad to know that your room suited your needs, and that our staff was quick to respond and helpful throughout your stay. We also want to thank you for acknowleding our terrific valet staff, who truly do go above and beyond to assist our... More 

Kawasaki, Japan
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The building may be old, but it's been renovated and is clean. The staff is friendly. The only parking available is valet parking and is $24/night. It is conveniently located within a block from a bus stop, a couple from a shopping mall and a few from the Gaslamp Quarter.

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

Dear MountHit, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are very pleased to hear you found our staff to be friendly and our location convenient for your travel plans. We hope you had the opportunity to try First Avenue Bar & Grille during your visit, and perhaps enjoy some time in the lounge. We look forward to welcoming you back... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Last-minute booking. This was one of only a few that had availabilty near the Gaslamp. Nonetheless, it was not a disappointment. Older hotel, sparse lobby, but kept nicely. Staff was friendly and accommodating. (probably easy to reach by streetcar, but had a car and valet parked; $$). Walk to shopping and Gaslamp. Room was comfortable and clean, somewhat modern feel.... More 

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

Dear Loyal2Cubs, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We are so glad that your last minute travel plans brought you to the Bristol! And how wonderful to hear that you found our staff to be welcoming and helpful. We strive to provide our guests with an exceptional experience, and we hope that you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The good: moderately priced hotel that is pet friendly. We brought our small pomchi with us and they had a small sign in the lobby saying his name. $13 overnight parking for hybrid owners so yay for being a Prius owner. Hotel room is small and clean. Nice decor, etc. The bad: the walls in the hotel room are super... More 

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

Dear Mbfelix, We appreciate your feedback and are very glad you brought your dog and enjoyed a pet-friendly welcome at the front desk, and that you were able to take advantage of the 50% off valet parking fee for hybrid vehicles. Please let me apologize to you for the situation with your Hotel Tonight booking; it is true that we... More 

New Jersey
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the Bristol for 3 nights and it was sufficient for our needs. The location was not bad to walk to quick food, the Gaslamp Quarter and Petco Park but we like to walk! It's an older hotel so a little rundown, but the room was clean and nicely decorated. We did not eat in the hotel, so cannot... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't want to give the Bristol a low score because I think overall it's a nice hotel. But we just had a couple of really odd/not super awesome experiences there that, now that I read some others' reviews, reflect similar experiences. First, our room was fine. It felt overall clean. I would have liked a fridge in there but... More 

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

Dear MadisonsTravels07, Thank you for your detailed review of your recent stay with us. I would like to apologize for the inconveniences you experienced during your visit, and I truly appreciate your understanding and patience while you were here. We have all of our arriving guests with pets sign a pet policy agreeing to provide us with a phone number... More 

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at The Bristol for 5 days during a convention in San Diego. The hotel is very well located in the central area of San Diego, near the Gaslamp District and within walking distance from the San Diego Convention Centre (15 minutes). It is not a 5 star hotel, but it is very good value in its category with... More 

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

Dear Marita D., How wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for taking the time to review your visit, and to mention our Concierge and Front Desk (Luisa!) staff as well. We strive to provide exceptional experiences for our guests, and are so pleased to have provided great service to you. Please visit us again... More 

LAS VEGAS
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff was friendly and helpful. Had a tub draining issue, they fixed (best they could, still drained a litle slow). Bed was very soft with big pillows. Hate paying to park, but wasn't as much as other places. Good location for walking around downtown. Only real complaint was no frig or microwave and there was room in the bureau which... More 

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

Dear Robyn P. Thank you for providing feedback about your recent stay with us. We are so glad to hear our staff was friendly and that you found your bed comfy! I'm very sorry you experienced some issues with your tub drain, and I'm glad we were able to resolve that during your stay. If you should return for another... More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ventilation system of my room was making a lot of noise and the front desk person refused to get me another room. 15 minutes after I checked in, I was nearly naked getting ready for a shower and then a young couple entered in my room. Can you believe that? It was one of the most embarrassing situations in... More 

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

Dear Mr. Sheffield, Please accept my sincere apologies for the events your mentioned in your review. I would like to investigate what happened further and would welcome a call from you at your convenience. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime. We strive to provide an exceptional experience for each of our guests. Again, please accept my apologies... More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently stayed at The Bristol Hotel. It was clean and the room and desk staff was very courteous. It is close to many things in downtown San Diego which was a bonus as we did not have a vehicle. Check-in and out was extremely smooth. Two disappointments overall: 1. No Pool 2. The restaurant had terrible service. We decided... More 

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

Dear SD321, Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent stay with us. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that you found our staff to be helpful and our rooms to be clean and comfortable. I am very sorry to hear about your experience at the restaurant, and I assure you that our restaurant... More 

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