If you've already selected the Gaslamp Quarter as home base for your San Diego trip then you've already made one great decision. The area is chalk full of great restaurants, shopping, the Padres, and the Convention Center. Public transportation is readily available as well.
Within the Gaslamp the Westin is in a prime location. During our stay we didn't utilize our car as single time. Six days, no car. That was quite nice.
The hotel itself clearly underwent a recent renovation to move it into the same realm as the other modern and sleek properties in the area. Overall the feel is nice. The bar area is open late and surprisingly well populated. I ate breakfast at the restaurant twice and the food was fine and the prices reasonable for a hotel.
The rooms are well appointed and pleasant. We stayed in an upgraded room on the 16th floor, which was about 20% larger than our friend's room on the 8th floor. The bed is extraordinarily comfortable. Every room has a small fridge, which is always useful, a decent amount of closet space, and a great bathroom. The shower has a rain showerhead, so even those tall folks will be pleased. We found the towels to be plush.
The hotel had a couple faults. They only give you a single robe. I've always just felt that they should either get rid of the robe completely or shell out and give you two. Not a big deal, but worth noting. Like most Starwood properties the Westin has WiFi internet, but you've got to pay for it. $10 per day. Even in the lobby. I've been to a lot of hotels and even those that charge for inroom internet usually lay off in the lobby. Not here. They'll generously give you 30 minutes free, but again, that's ONLY in the lobby. Weird. They do have a couple of Apple desktops you can use with your room key, but those give you 15 minutes only. All said, it's not a huge deal, but could be better. The parking is expensive at $36/day. There are plenty of parking garages nearby, so I recommend looking around.
The single most bizarre thing about the entire place is that the lobby has a faint sewage smell. It goes away quickly, but still off putting. And I was not the only one who noticed.
In summary, the hotel is nice, the rooms are nice, the staff is nice, the amenities are nice, but they will nitpick your dollars away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarteris ideally located in the heart of downtown San Diego's historic and vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. Your unparalleled San Diego Accommodations include every imaginable amenity as well as proximity to all a Gaslamp Quarter Hotel offers: the very best of San Diego shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural activities. With striking bay and cityscape views, The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel features 450 guestrooms and suites, all tastefully remodeled to create a sense of calm and balance—a sanctuary of soothing color palettes, natural wood and stone accents and stylish décor. It’s a Downtown San Diego hotel without compare. Here you will enjoy incomparable San Diego accommodations like a Heavenly Bed®, flat-screen TV and spa-inspired bath amenities. You will leave feeling rested, energized and renewed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Hotel San Diego