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“Given the location, staff hospitality and appointments for the price, they are 5 star material” 5 of 5 stars
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Sommerset Suites Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   606 Washington St., San Diego, CA 92103   |  
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Ranked #20 of 271 Hotels in San Diego
San Diego, California
1 review
“Given the location, staff hospitality and appointments for the price, they are 5 star material”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Our apartment in the Downtown area was undergoing renovations and we had to quickly find an extended-stay solution for the duration of the construction. Downtown hotels were prohibitively expensive for long-term stays; the very cheapest being $170/night + tax, but most were far more expensive. We needed about a month until our apartment was ready. A major concern was for the well being of our two small pets, and so there weren't a lot of attractive options available. I'm sure we could have found something relatively inexpensive in the industrial abyss of Downtown Circle, and motels in SD are abundant; but we're not staying in a motel.

I found Sommerset on an online search and contacted Jen Cruz, a booking agent for the hotel. She was able to set us up with an attractive price, and went the extra mile to knock off fees wherever possible. She was very empathetic about our situation with our animals. Highly recommend using Jen for your booking (I have no affiliation). She was able to get the best deals, and her professionalism and promptness to everything is first class.

Given its location just off the main drag of Washington Street a few hundred yards from the 163 S offramp, I was honestly expecting a hooker hangout. Once inside, we were pleasantly surprised by a tastefully appointed lobby that gave the feeling of an old European hotel. The one concierge at the desk, Taylor, was very professional, and it was clear that the staff was trained in hospitality etiquette. It's not a modern or fancy place, but they gave it a homey sort of feel that belies the rather bleak exterior. I would call it "tasteful."

We stayed in a studio suite, which was quite cute. Nicer in certain ways than the rooms I've found in many 4 star hotels. Again, not modern, but tasteful. Small kitchen and cooking area, cabinet space, office desk & chair, dresser and Queen sized bed. My wife checked the cleanliness of the mattress and bedding, and I was surprised that she gave it the writ of approval. There was a small porch with a small coffee table and a few chairs. The bathroom was nice, the shower had plenty of pressure and heat, and of course there was AC/heat in the room.

My only complaint would be that we could hear a visitor above us stomping around. The walls seemed a bit thin, but when I look at the big picture and take into account all of the amenities and the price point vs. this one particular, then it becomes somewhat negligible.

The view was nothing to write home about. We looked East on Washington, and it's a rather bleak view of roads and traffic. However, the hotel could not be better positioned for access to all of Hillcrest's hottest cafes and boutiques. While the location of the hotel may seem a bit bleak at first, once you cross the street and pass the hospital, at the very first corner heading South you are smack in the shopping hub of Hillcrest. So the Sommerset gives up some views for perfect access to Hillcrest exploration. Restaurants, cafes, you name it.

The pool is small and raised above the deck, around which there are umbrella tables and chairs for lounging. There are two soda machines on one end, and the little dining room looks out to the pool area. The design of the outter parts of the hotel looks decidedly dated -- maybe 70s-80s, but it's all well cared for and comfortable. Our pets had plenty of grass to do their business on in the block around the hotel, and there were two easy access points for entering and leaving the hotel.

There's a cute dining room and a basic breakfast available; there's a nice lady who will make you waffles or pancakes (just give her a dollar or two in the tip jar).

The covered parking garage below was adequate although sometimes it was a slightly tight fit given the narrow parking lines. On certain days, there were few available spots, but the fact is that we never had a day where we couldn't find parking for both our vehicles.

Most of the people at the hotel were older, some with animals. No hooligans or bottom dwellers that we could detect. This made our stay very pleasant and event-free. We never had any security issues, or problems of that sort.

The staff was professional and courteous and made every effort to ensure we were taken care of. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again for an extended stay.

For me, it's a pragmatic solution. It's not a honeymoon paradise or a Hard Rock Hotel, 4 Seasons, Mondrian, etc. Rather, if you're in town for a while and you're willing to compromise "views" and luxury for convenience - you'll likely be very happy with the Sommerset. It's a great, practical little hotel in a super location despite the drab immediate surroundings. Good for extended stays, pet owners, those seeking treatment at the local hospitals next door, et al.

Room Tip: I would have to believe that rooms facing the courtyard with the pool will be a tad less private. We...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

What a great place. I'm so glad we know it. We've stayed there the last three years. We love the staff without exception. The place is bright and friendly and super clean. We can cook, eat breakfast with new friends, go out into one of the best neighborhoods in the city, go to the restaurants, the movies, have family over for dinner, do laundry. We stay a month at a time. It is harder to leave every year. Thanks

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Large spacious rooms and kitchenette make for real convenience and comfort. Some street noise realted to hospitals nearby was tolerable and did not impare sleep. Great staff! Newer bathrooms would be great but are quite adequate.

Room Tip: Rooms on the back side of the hotel are likely to be quieter. However,I had a corner studio room on...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Brooklyn, NY
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This hotel combines courtesy, warmth, caring, location and a great facility all in one at a very fair price. The grounds are meticulously cared for, the interior of the hotel is immaculate, the breakfast is delicious and and very complete. You can tell how much I love this place since I have come here every year for 20 years and 2x we came twice in one year, 2 quick suggestions are a) the furniture, while clean needs updating and b) some fitness equipment should be added and would go well in the lovely laundry room (just a thought)

Room Tip: I prefer a room overlooking the garden and pool for no other reason than I like looking out and seei...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Palm Springs, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I love my experience staying at Sommerset Suites Hotel in San Diego. Loved the LOCATION pretty much in the heart of the Hillcrest Area where I like to hang out. Also loved friendly staff and the suite. Did not use the pool area, but it sure looked inviting.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

My wife and I have traveled quite a bit and stayed in expensive hotels and not so expensive hotels. Sommerset is a perfectly priced hotel close to everything in San Diego. Walking distance to any kind of food and entertainment and very clean and comfortable rooms. The staff is extremely nice and friendly from the gardeners to the management. Not once in the week we stayed did we encounter anyone that did not greet us with a pleasant smile and a "Hello". We would stay there in a heart beat.

Room Tip: If you are planning a trip to the Scripps Hospital and need a place to stay for a while this is the...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We stayed for four nights in a one bedroom suite on the third floor. Very roomy and well equipped. The location of the hotel is great for accessing almost anywhere in San Diego with and within minutes of the wonderful Balboa Park. Restaurants abound within walking distance in the neighborhood Big plus is that it is not in the "tourist" district. Staff was exceptional in helpfulness and courtesy. Highly recommend this gem.

Room Tip: Best rooms are in the rear away from Washington Street.
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  • Stayed February 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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Address: 606 Washington St., San Diego, CA 92103
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#37 Family Hotel in San Diego
#43 Business Hotel in San Diego
#47 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sommerset Suites Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
While here, enjoy a variety of complimentary services and amenities, like Wi-Fi, deluxe continental breakfast each morning and access to our refreshing outdoor pool and spa with BBQ pits. ... more   less 
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