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“Great location in downtown San Diego plus some” 4 of 5 stars
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Gaslamp Plaza Suites
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   520 E St., San Diego, CA 92101   |  
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Ranked #92 of 271 Hotels in San Diego
Melbourne, Australia
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44 hotel reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Great location in downtown San Diego plus some”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

For us the best part of the hotel was definitely the location, right in the buzzing downtown. also loved the lobby, reminded me of the disney "hollywood tower hotel" with the elevators. the breakfast was ok, the best part is the view for sure. the hotel itself is quite european style, a very unique hallway set up and the room (we stayed in the mini suite) was very big with a very comfy bed. we went to the restaurant downstairs, which we really enjoyed! everything was clean, but could do with a few renovations, but in saying that it's obvious they do make touch ups every so often. and the all the guys who helped us out around the hotel were lovely. the stay wasnt cheap, but it was the weekend and we had a good time.

Room Tip: mini suites were quite large and liked their set up
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brea, California
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11 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

these rooms are unique, clean, and comfy. In the middle of downtown, prime location. To add this hotel is haunted!!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

The hotel is stylish and good in location. Just blocks around you can take either buses or trolleys to tour around San Diego. There are a lot of pubs and nice restaurant around which you easily find a place for a good meal. I have stayed here for 4 days. The room was huge for a solo traveler. It's clean and nicely maintained. The bed was comfortable and I have 4 good night sleep. But it will be perfect if the hotel offers free wifi instead of charging for it. The breakfast at the rooftop was nice. The view was spectacular. But one minor point for staying at the lower floor. I have my room at the 2nd floor. With the pubs around, there were people chatting and laughing until around midnight and at the 2nd floor, I heard those quite clear and have to bear with these noise.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richfield
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Nice historic hotel. I HIGHLY suggest the mini suite which is what I had. Beautiful room, VERY comfortable bed. I had one on the 6th floor that had a great veiw of the city, looked right over the Gaslamp districy and the baseball stadium. The rooftop deck if beautiful, don't miss free continental breakfast up there.

As everyone says, it's noisy at night. If you're a heavy sleeper, no wories then. I'm a light sleeper so I did hear it. Luckily I didn't have anything else to do the next day so I figured, what the heck, join the fun! :)

In the end... beautiful historic hotel with great service right in the middle of the action.

Room Tip: Choose a mini suite as high up as you can get, I'm guessing higher = quieter
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

We wanted for nothing in this hotel. We were greeted and made to feel welcome immediately. Merry was especially helpful and friendly and loved that we were from England! The room was really cute, with a huge bathroom and a wall full of mirrors which was great for getting ready of evening. The location of the hotel was right in the heart of Gaslamp Quarter which was great at night for bars and gorgeous choice of restaurants, and saved a fortune in taxi fairs. Just a short walk from Little Italy and also the Marina. A great shopping centre just across the road too. The breakfast was a tad disappointing so we gave this a miss, but not a problem.
I would recommend this hotel to everybody, and would definately return. Thanks for a great stay at the Gaslamp!!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, New Zealand
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9 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

This is an older style hotel. The good points is a location close to the restaurants, to public transport and a front desk that was really helpful, and importantly was able to give good tips on where to go and when. The down side was the rooms. We were initially put in room 1008 then 908. This is at one end of the building directly under the cooling plant. The plant produced a loud humming sound which would drive someone to despair. We ended up lower down which was ok. We were also surprised at the number of homeless people in this area. This took the shine off the restaurants. The ones we went to were great with the best value for money being Los Panchos across the road. This was our 1st Mexican restaurant and the food and drink was both excellent and really well priced. Overall loved San Diego and the people we met

Room Tip: If allocated an upper floor room ask to check it (for the chill plant noise)
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toowoomba, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Very handy to everywhere, nice old style rooms, good full breakfast but Merry at the front desk was awesome. She entertained and helped us every time we saw her in and out of the building. Would stay again for sure.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gaslamp Plaza Suites

Address: 520 E St., San Diego, CA 92101
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#57 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#82 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Gaslamp Plaza Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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