This was an enjoyable and pleasant stay. I had a conference to attend at another Marriott a few blocks away, but their rates were prohibitive. So this Marriott was a relatively convenient, manageable alternative. Room was good size, comfortable and well equipped (one minor flaw--no mini bar or in-room snack service). Starbucks coffee in the room and in the lobby (free) was a nice touch (though the maid did not remove my old coffee bag from the coffee maker the next day). I supposedly had a view of the PETCO baseball stadium, but really all I could see was a small slice of left-field and (I think) the bullpen. I imagine higher floors have better stadium views, a nice perk when games are on. It also appeared that some rooms had balconies--but mine didn't (even though I am Marriottt Silver). One of my recurring complaints about Marriotts as compared with Sheratons and Hiltons is that Marriott seems to almost always be stingy with late check outs for their premium member guests, whereas at other hotels it seems virtually guaranteed. Here all I could get was a 1:30, which caused me a stressful post-conference rush back to the hotel, but otherwise ended up being OK. Leisure travellers should also know that this Marriott has no pool, unlike the pricey (and resort-like) Marriott down the street (known as the "Marriott Marina"). My lunch at the hotel was fine, though the cost of a diet coke was equivalent to a glass of wine elsewhere. I went to the "hip" rooftop lounge one evening. Big views (and even bigger attitude--I went looking for that missing pool and a staff member curtly told me "Hey man--you can't go there.") Man? It appears more geared to an outside--non-guest--crowd, a number of whom had clearly sampled more than a few of the pricey drinks. One evening there was a 'block party/carnival" on one of the adjoining blocks, which meant you had to do a little detour to get to the hotel--a minor annoyance for which the hotel wasn't responsible. Still, on principle I object to public streets being blocked off for private events and I would have wished the hotel could have arranged "safe passage." Parking for this downtown hotel is expensive, so budget for that (or seek out a cheaper public lot nearby). Bottom line: for the business traveller, the baseball fan, or someone who wants to be near the Gas Lamp action (and doesn't mind the lack of a mini-bar or a pool), this place more than does the trick.
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September 12, 2013
Dear Kenat 323,
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Thank you for staying at the Marriott Gaslamp Quarter. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and found your room comfortable. Many guests stay at our hotel for the Padres games and for business as you recommend. Our central location within the Gaslamp Quarter also makes it a great hotel for guests looking to explore popular San Diego attractions around the downtown area. We hope we can welcome you back soon.
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