Unfortunately we didn't get a good night's sleep at all here. Our room was noisy and got no light, which ruined the experience for us, despite a few nice touches from the hotel.
The bad: The noise. We could hear the noise from the street (not too loud at night) and got woken up in the morning by stomping overhead. Worst of all, our room shared an interior door with the room next door and we could hear everything. Our neighbors played an audio book all night long the first night, and we could hear the whole thing. When we mentioned it to the staff the next morning, they told us our neighbors were checking out that day. The next night? Same exact audio book, just as loud. We had requested a quiet room when we booked, so we were super-disappointed that our room was so noisy. And when we brought it up, the staff misled us and didn't address the problem at all.
Our first floor room also looked directly at the next-door building, meaning our room had no natural light and no air. It made it unpleasant to spend any time there.
Just OK: The shared bathrooms were fine. They were clean as everyone says, though we didn't have a sink in our room as others have mentioned. Other places I've stayed with shared bathrooms have had multiple bathrooms for multiple rooms. Vyvant just had one bathroom that we shared with another room, which was fine, but if the other people were showering, we couldn't brush our teeth or anything, which was an inconvenience (the front desk let us into another bathroom in this case). Weirdly, the shared bathroom has no towel racks or anything, which meant there was nowhere to put your clothes or hang your towel while showering.
The good: The staff was very nice and helpful (except for the incident with the noise). It's obvious a lot of care has been put into the place and the rooms are nicely decorated. Breakfast was minimal, but good quality stuff (good granola, croissants). It's a nice location, close to the Little Italy restaurants and about a 25-minute walk from downtown.
The bottom line: I wanted to like this place more, but a good night's sleep is one of the most important things for me, and we didn't get that here. And the staff's indifference (resulting in a second night of bad sleep) really ruined it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Vyvant is a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel located in downtown San Diego. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with genuine hospitality and an authentic San Diego experience. We are located in the hip and vibrant neighborhood of Little Italy where you will find some of the local’s favorite restaurants, bars and shops; and within minutes of the San Diego Airport, Convention Center, the World-Famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter and the San Diego Harbor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Little Italy Hotel San Diego