The Westin Gaslamp Quarter is perfectly situated in a downtown San Diego that only gets better and better. Not that long ago, you pretty much went to San Diego for Mission Bay and the Zoo. Now, with a revitalized downtown and Gaslamp Quarter making beautiful use of turn-of-the-century buildings, there are more bars, restaurants, clubs, shopping and small theatre than you could probably pack into a single trip. Along with the harbor, baseball stadium, and other attractions all serviced by the incredible "trolley" light rail system. The Westin's in the middle of it all. The hotel is straightforward, with a design leaning toward the essentials. Not a lot of opulence, but everything you need. The staff is incredibly efficient and warm, from desk staff to concierge to bell staff, valets, and maintenance. Anyone who travels knows that the takeaway from a stay in a hotel is an accumulation of little things, and the Westin does all the little things right.
The rooms are a bit compact, but adequate, the colors relaxing, the bathrooms well designed. And, of course, the Heavenly Bed. The dining is, like the hotel, stripped to the essentials, with a restaurant / buffet and a small snack stand (that closes early). Perhaps because there are so many good restaurants just outside the door, the hotel decided against its own "fine dining" room.
Westin hotels tend to be well managed, extremely clean, and well maintained, and the Gaslamp Quarter hotel is no exception. If you're looking for a fantastic HOTEL experience, with all the bells and whistles, there are probably more glamorous or romantic choices. For comfort, good service, and easy access to all the city proper has to offer, The Westin Gaslamp Quarter covers the bases. I'd recommend an upper floor, for a better view, and that you request a "bay view," as the "city view" tends to be a whole lot of rooftop.