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Bristol Hotel

#59 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
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Corona, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From the moment We walked in we received the warmest welcome ever!!! Even our valet greeted us with a smile, he was very helpful. We requested a quite room so Jay suggested room 503 away from the busy street side. I was surprised when we got to our room , great decor, Awesome comfortable bed, lots of pillows, Very clean... More 

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london
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent one night at the Bristol on our way to Los angeles. The hotel is acceptable, although very noisy from traffic and roadworks, hence the free earplugs provided. Pleasant rooms with a lot of amenities, although we thought breakfast was on the expensive side, there was cheaper places across the road. It was convenient for us since we needed to... More 

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82 reviews 82 reviews
10 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We are walkers so the location was ok with us and was close to everything. For some people it might be too far. I was able to get Starbucks regular coffee at 5:00 am. Bristol Hotel restaurant opened at 6:00 AM. We were able to walk to Horton Square, Convention Center, Gas Light, and more. The Old Time Trolley picked... More 

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

Dear Tom M., Thank you for taking the time to write this review about your recent stay with us. You are exactly right; we are located steps away from the many attractions you mentioned, and the trolley line is nearby for adventures a bit further away. I am so pleased to know that our Staff were helpful during your stay,... More 

Irvine, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I booked a room here the morning of a Friday stay for a great price as compared to other hotels nearby. Upon arrival, I was checked in by extremely friendly staff within 2 minutes and was in my room within 5. I've had several different check-in experiences and this, by far, was the most pleasant. Did I mention the staff... More 

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

Dear Hugo_PDJ, Thank you for your terrific review! It is great to hear that you experienced such friendly service from our staff during your recent stay with us. We are committed to providing our guests with exceptional service and are so pleased that we exceeded your expectations. You are correct; our valet parking fee is significantly lower than other hotels... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pleasant small hotel in a reasonably good location. On the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter - a little bit out of the center of things, but walking distance to the harbor, Gaslamp restaurants, etc. Rooms are small by American standards, but adequate, and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful and my room - with a view toward the harbor... More 

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

Dear Bjgr, I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for selecting the Bristol Hotel. As you had noted we are a very reasonably priced, boutique hotel that is centrally located in the heart of downtown San Diego and just a few block, walking distance to the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, the waterfront, Petco... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a nice place. Clean, comfortable rooms and the staff is very accommodating. Great location, you can walk to the waterfront and to the gas light district. The hotel pub was nice and relaxing after a day at the zoo. I would highly recommend to any one staying in San Diego.

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

Dear Jon M, Thank you for a great review and I will share this with my team. I was pleased to read that you enjoyed our location and as you had mentioned we are just a few blocks from the waterfront, converntion center, Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and much more. I will make it a point to let our Housekeepers... More 

Reno
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent location for walking to Little Italy, the Gaslamp District and the waterfront. Nicely decorated, very clean and all amenities relatively new. Great beds and pillows. The restaurant, however, has a very limited breakfast menu and was not prepared for early arrivals (at opening time).

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

Dear RenoTova, Thank you for your review and comments concerning our our excellent location, clean and comfortable rooms. They are greatly appreciated . I will share your review with our Restaurant Partner and let them know of your observations...excellent feedback and we will take immeadiate actions. On behalf of the Bristoil Team, we look forward to your next visit. Yours... More 

Browning, Montana
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I checked in for a conference and what a problem I had with the not so helpful front desk lady. We checked in under our corporation for conference and all my co-workers checked in without a problem I was the last in line and had issues checking in. I asked for a room on a top floor I was finally... More 

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

Dear amorgan1208, Thank you for your review and I apologize to you if you felt that our Reception Agent(s) was not helpful or friendly. During your stay in the month of March, we did experience a turnover in employee staffing and from reading your comments our new employee(s) may have been overwhelmed, not fully trained and may have been experiencing... More 

Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a smaller hotel in an excellent location. Within walking distance of malls, restaurants and the waterfront. Transit route #7 takes you right to the San Diego Zoo. The breakfast buffet for $10.95 was perfect.

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

Dear CaperinCalgary, Thank you for a very nice review!! The Bristol Hotel, is a reasoanbly priced and a very spacious, stylish, comfortable Boutique Hotel located just a few blocks from the Convention Center, Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Petco Park, the Waterfront, several nearby live performance venues that includes theater and music and shopping at Horton Plaza. Our restaurant, the First... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

(This review is more for the staff than the traveler) Let me start off by saying this is a very nice, clean looking boutique hotel. My only issue was being treated like a third class citizen upon my arrival. I don't want to group all the staff in the same category because I only had contact with one female working... More 

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

Dear Josetta H, Thank you for bringing to my attention your "check-in" experience and I assure you that this was the exception and not our rule;I sincerely apologize for our shortcomings. At the Bristol Hotel our motto is "The guest comes first and treat everyone the same way as you would like to be treated",I assure you,that we will address... More 

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