I was very disappointed! Maybe I did not read the description right, or maybe they expect you to read between the lines and I missed the point. I have stayed in older 'downtown' hotels several times and was always intrigued by their unique charm, I expected to hear noises such as water running through the pipes, creaking wood floors, and thin walls. I expected the looks of a once booming hotel of the 40's and 50's but not fitting in with today's modern styles. What I did not expect was dorm rooms with community bathrooms and showers. My immediate thought was that this hotel has the looks and feel of an old bordello.
The doors in the hall were painted over dozens of times, dark carpet (it might have been red but really cant remember) and when you enter the room you saw a twin size bed(s) on stilts - the kind you might find at a youth camp made out of 2 by 4's - with a mattress on top. The mattress was thicker and the thin bedspread and cover was clean. Overall the room was clean and included a little 20 inch TV.
The shower/bathroom was another experience. Now if you do not mind showering with hair on the floor and toilets wet from the previous user you might give this hotel a higher rating, unfortunately personally it's not my thing. Also, you open a shower with your key card but there is no way of telling if the shower/bathroom is occupied (other than hearing the water run), you need to make sure you lock the door from from the inside otherwise any person can walk in on you at any time. I would recommend this hotel for young people that are used to live in dorms but not so much for families or people with a little more expectation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to 500 West, an affordable, upscale hostel in downtown San Diego, California. Enjoy comfortable, contemporary lodging, first-class service and a wide of array of amenities designed to please both convention travelers and budget vacationers. The hotel's ideally located in the heart of downtown San Diego. That puts the finest shopping, dining and entertainment options all within walking distance. ... more less
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