The hotel was easy to get to from the Airport using the Metro Bus 992 (~8-10 min ride). Though, the hotel does offer free shuttle to/from the airport. We only used the shuttle service when we headed back to the airport. If you want to use their shuttle, remember to give them 24-hour advance notice.
It was extremely convenient to have the Trolley right behind the hotel (fyi: it is the "County Center/Little Italy" station stop). We used it everyday. Especially coming home at night, it was a savior knowing that we just had to walk down the block and we were 'home'!
It isn't the Trolley that's loud, more like the Amtrak that passes by (I do believe) that makes the most sound when it blows it's horn upon passing. Honestly, with the tv and a/c on in the room and being exhausted, you really end up not caring for the noise. It really isn't a big deal. I mean, you do hear it but it's only temporary for a brief moment. At one point, it was so loud (horn) it startled me, but I gruntled a bit and that was it. It passed. No big deal.
Since everyone mentioned about the noise since the railroad and Trolley is right behind, I did try to request for a room opposite of the railroad! I got a room on the inner side of the building on the top floor (6th floor).
I must say, what I loved most about the room was the nice soft/comfortable King-size bed and the comforter. I slept comfortably. So this makes up for the negative (i.e. noise) for me.
What I didn't enjoy so much were the bath amenities. The towels were hard to the touch - really, they should consider using fabric softner! Though, luckily, the bath tissue was soft which was a good thing (Angel Soft brand).
The other bathroom amenities I didn't enjoy. Using the shampoo made my hair rough. Bar soap as well. The next day I went and bought my own trial size shampoo and bar soap as a consequence. Again, this is no big deal, minor sacrifice!
It was great to wake up in the morning to complimentary breakfast. That fueled me well for the day. Free newspaper on the weekdays. Courteous and helpful front desk employees. To me, there are more pros than con staying here so I would definitely return again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Right in the heart of the Embarcadero San Diego downtown, the award-winning Hampton Inn San Diego-Downtown hotel represents the best in California hospitality. We're a 177 guest room hotel dedicated to providing the finest level of hotel comfort. Experience fun and adventure as you sail around the cruise terminal. Savor delicious Italian food in Little Italy and the Gaslamp District. Get close to wildlife at SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo. Catch a big league game at nearby Petco Park and Qualcomm Stadium. The possibilities are endless when you visit our friendly hotel in downtown San Diego, CA. We're conveniently located just off of I-5 - only a mile from San Diego Airport and the San Diego Convention Center. Two blocks from the beauty of the San Diego Bay, we're less than half a mile from the cruise terminal. ... more less
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