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“Close to Gaslamp and Convention center” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hilton San Diego Bayfront

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Hilton San Diego Bayfront
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101   |  
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Ranked #72 of 271 Hotels in San Diego
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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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“Close to Gaslamp and Convention center”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

The hotel itself is very close to the water and just a 5-10 min walk to Gaslamp depending on where you want to go. Bars are right across the street. We walked out to the bars Friday night wearing heels and didn't kill our feet. Definitely a party atmosphere. If you are coming for a girls weekend/bachelorette type deal then this is definitely the place to be. Lots of younger people who are partying but also lots of people there for conventions during the day. We happened to be going during SDSU graduation, so it was very crowded. It does get pretty loud because you hear people partying all night and during the day we could hear people clapping and cheering from their business meetings. There is a pool downstairs, but come early if its a nice weekend because the chairs fill up quickly. Overall if you get a good price its a great place to stay. The one negative is the parking. Self parking 28/night, but in SD it seems like no matter where you go you have to pay.

Room Tip: Higher floors are probably better. You won't hear the meetings and people partying as much.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I Was there in jannuary. Great room .,great conference area,easy to arrive in downtown in few minutes.the view from the Room is very nice. The lobby is nice and ever Full of people.It's very easy to Go everywhere from there in San Diego walking

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Beginning with Matt, our Guest Services Agent, to the pool side assistants, to the Vela Restaurant greeters and servers, everyone really met our needs for a recent staycation my wife and I needed. The corner room was very roomy and a good size for the two of us. The bay views helped relax us at night before going to bed. We normally stay here when we need to get away for the weekend, with the Gas Lamp District a short walk away. We are looking forward to our next stay!

Room Tip: Corner rooms are very roomy.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Katie E, Manager at Hilton San Diego Bayfront, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review and for choosing us as your staycation destination. I am pleased to hear that you and your wife had such a relaxing and memorable experience and that all of the staff was extremely helpful and friendly throughout your stay, especially Matt. I will be sure to give him special recognition for his outstanding customer service. Thank you for your feedback and we look forward to seeing you both again soon!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

"The Hotel By The Banana Boat." Clean and restful with helpful staff. Basically a business hotel adjacent to Convention Center with a modern-sterile decor. Floor to ceiling windows offer spectacular views. We're accustomed to "larger city" hotel rooms being on the small side, and these were no exception. Rooms are somewhat snug. Our four night stay as Diamond Members afforded us free access to Spa with steam room and reading room. Complimentary breakfast was a Starbucks voucher for one beverage and one food item. Yogurt was gone by the time we arrived. Very disappointing as Diamond Members. Usually we have access to continental section of buffet. Also received coupon for nightly appetizers and soft drink. Overall, the pool did it for us. Will probably not return. My lap top would not fit in the in room safe due to a poor placement in a credenza- the door does not fully swing out. Walk to Gaslamp District. Trolley outside door. Walk to Seaport Village and the water taxi to Coronado.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is very nice and modern. We stayed during the week and there were a lot of business people staying and some functions going on. The atmosphere is good if you like classy and sort of snooty type. I wouldn't recommend this for a family or young couple if you are looking for a laid back party atmosphere. Disappointed that the WiFi was not free. The hotel is within walking distance of the Gas Lamp District and Petco Park. The Zoo is a short drive or car ride away. There are a couple of places to choose to eat and drink at the hotel. Overall no complaints but the atmosphere is not what we expected. We had a standard room and had a view of the bay.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We booked a hotel on Expedia at a 40% discount, but the name of the hotel is only revealed after booking. Unfortunately the hotel we booked was the Hilton. Yes we got the discounted rate, but on arrival we found additional charges and a substandard room: $33.00 a day for parking, a room virtually in the parking lot with minimal lighting. They then offered us upgrades at substantial price increases. Many hotels use this feature fairly, and offer the same rooms and conditions as regular customers, but Hilton is abusing the Expedia discount system to entrap customers.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Katie E, Manager at Hilton San Diego Bayfront, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Thank you for your candid feedback. I am sincerely sorry that you were unhappy with your accommodations and that you would have preferred a different guest room during your stay. I am also very sorry that our parking rates are higher than you would like liked, but our parking rates are comparable to other hotels and parking facilities in the downtown area. I thank you for taking the time to share your experience and I am sorry that it was not what you were expecting. I do hope you reconsider returning for another visit. Thank you.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

This hotel was very pretty inside and it's less than a half mile from all the fun of downtown. But I think there are better deals for the money. The rooms are tiny. They give you two towels per room (inconvenient). The wedge salad in the bar was ok but for $15 I thought it would have been better. I waited in line to ask the concierge about steakhouses, then noticed a tiny sign saying they were out for the night and to see the front desk. The front desk didn't know where any restaurants that served prime rib and handed me a map with names of restaurants (with no phone numbers or addresses) Which was not very helpful. When I asked the front desk where my event was for the next morning he said "they don't tell us what rooms are assigned to what until 5am the morning of" this was a college graduation. How do you not know?! Overall not bad. But I think I will find elsewhere for our next trip.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#23 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#32 Business Hotel in San Diego
#48 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#61 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton San Diego Bayfront 4*
Number of rooms: 1190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Step in. From the moment you arrive you instantly feel the difference. All of the vitalizing elements of the sea and sun are embraced on this spectacular waterfront setting. Rising 30 stories above San Diego Bay, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel is a spirited blend of San Diego’s coastal influences, style, innovation and of course the unmistakable vibe. Steps from downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Convention Center, and PETCO Park, this beautiful hotel offers the amenities and lays the best of the city at your doorstep. Now guests have easy access from the hotel by way of the pedestrian bridge, directly to PETCO Park, downtown’s vibrant Gaslamp district, and up-in-coming East Village. Luxury and comfort have no boundaries here. Enjoy magnificent San Diego Bay and city views from our lobby, restaurants and guest rooms. Each one of the 1,190 spacious guest rooms including 30 suites at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront has a Bay view and features Hilton's Serenity Collection® bed and linens, the finest amenities such as Peter Thomas Roth® products, and the latest technology. And true to Hilton tradition, exceptional service comes as effortlessly here as the tides ebb and flow. For a San Diego business trip, family weekend, or a romantic getaway, Hilton San Diego Bayfront accommodations offer something for everyone. ... more   less 
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