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“Perfect Position” 4 of 5 stars
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Wyndham Harbour Lights
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   911 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (Formerly Fairfield) (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #73 of 271 Hotels in San Diego
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Brighton, Michigan
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“Perfect Position”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

What can I add that others haven't said? We chose this hotel because of its apparent central position and we got it right! No complaints at all. We requested a room at the back of the hotel and, although the view was non-existent, it was much quieter. The concierge was very helpful even to the point of joking with us, which started the day on the right note. Because we didn't have a car, there were no extra payments and we took the bus everywhere. The bus stop was about a block away. If only we could find a hotel like this in the center of each city!

Room Tip: As all the rooms seem to be the same size, then request a back room as it is quieter.
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Green Features: Have to say that I didn't notice. Not washing the towels and changing the beds every day saves water.
  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Regina L, Manager at Wyndham Harbour Lights, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
You did get it right we are in the heart of downtown San Diego with so much to see and do! The views from our rooms are of the downtown area due to our location. I’m glad to hear that our guest guides were helpful and fun. I’m also happy that you were able to use the public transportation with ease. Parking is limited in the downtown area so sometimes it’s much easier and cost effective to use the public transportation systems. Hope to see you again soon!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This resort is not an hotel but an apartment hotel. The room is very clean but nobody will do the cleaning during you stay and there will be no change of towel as well. I got room at the back of the hotel with a view on big sexshop :). It was very clean. The location is excellent on the 5th avenue. Very close to a shopping center, restaurants, Starbucks.. I recommend without any hesitation.

Stayed July 2014
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Regina L, Manager at Wyndham Harbour Lights, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
I’m so glad that you enjoyed staying at Harbour Lights in downtown San Diego. You are right we are not a hotel but a time share resort and we do not offer daily maid service. We do offer towel exchange and additional amenities. Our location is so convenient to restaurants, boutiques, Petco Park, lounges, movie theaters and more. All within walking distance. Thank you for your recommendation and hope that you stay with us again in the near future.
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Sarasota, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The Wyndham Harbor Lights is located a block away from Horton Plaza and in the middle of the Gaslamp Quarter, so it has a great location for visiting San Diego.

The rooms are spacious, the staff is pretty good and the concierge was very helpful.

The only downside I can see is that they charge $30 a day for parking. That seems excessive.

All in all, it is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Regina L, Manager at Wyndham Harbour Lights, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
You are right Harbour Lights is in the middle of the Gaslamp! It is such a great location with over 100 restaurants, 40 lounges, multiple boutiques, two movie theatres and Petco Park home of the San Diego Padres all within walking distance. Our concierge staff has excellent suggestions for many adventures and great food. We are challenged being in the downtown area and limited parking. We do offer a valet service for our guests which is at a very competitive price for the downtown area. Thank you for the time that you took to write this review and hope to see you soon!
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Centerville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I almost hesitate to say how much I love this place because I don't want anyone else there! This is a hotel in the heart of the gaslamp district of San Diego. While there are some amenities, expect only what you would find at a hotel. However, every room has a kitchenette so that's helpful. The downside is that almost EVERY room sleeps just a bed for two and a pull-out couch--not so good if you are traveling with kids. Beautiful setting, wonderful location within walking distance to the pier and to the bus stops. ALL kinds of stores and restaurants surround the property--and there is a genuine grocery store within a half-mile's walk.

Room Tip: You have no choice but to make your reservation as far in advance as you can!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Regina L, Manager at Wyndham Harbour Lights, responded to this review, July 11, 2014
Thank you for the time that you took to write this review. I’m so glad that you enjoyed your time Harbour Lights in beautiful San Diego. The Gaslamp offers over 100 restaurants, 40+ bars, unique boutiques and more! You are right all of our studios offer a king size bed with a sofa sleeper. Kitchenettes are equipped with a full size refrigerator, two stove top burners, full size coffee maker, full size microwave, silverware, dishes, pots and pans, toaster and blender. Again, I’m happy that you had a wonderful time and we look forward to your next visit!
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Guelph
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We stayed here as a family in May and it was great. We had a rental car but rarely needed it as we were walking distance of almost everything. The room was large, clean and spacious. Staff was very friendly. The beds were super comfy. The only downside was valet parking was our only option and it was expensive.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Raymond S, General Manager at Wyndham Harbour Lights, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
I am very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We do have an abundance of places to visit within Walking distance or a short ride on public transit. Parking is a challenge downtown; feel free to reach out to our concierge prior to your next trip to determine if you can get by without the convenience of a car. I will gladly share the rest of your comments with our team as they are very proud everytime a guest has an enjoyable stay.
Thanks,
Raymond
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The Wyndham Harbour Lights building was formerly a boutique hotel, and can possibly be classified as one today. Calling it Harbour Lights is a stretch....it doesn't actually imply you're looking at the harbor. It is located in the middle of the San Diego party district, also known as the Gas Lamp District. We have room 704 which faced 5th Street. It had a large oval balcony but the evening sun really beat hard against the glass doors to the room. Next to the bed ws a couple sets of earplugs. I was told it was to aid in drowning out the street noise from the late night revelers. The room insulation was deficient for shielding you from the neighboring rooms. You could hear the phone ring in the adjacent rooms as well as someone peeling off toilet paper in the bathroom. The laundry facility is located int he basement, 2 washers, 2 dryers....quite a backup of folks wanting to do their laundry. No pool or jacuzzi. There is a workout room in the basement.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Regina L, Manager at Wyndham Harbour Lights, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. You are right Harbour Lights is in the heart of the Gaslamp district and does not have a direct view over the San Diego Harbor. The Harbor is a 5 min drive, 20 min walk or 15 min by public transportation. There are some fantastic restaurants located on the Harbour which offer an amazing view of the night lights. Due our limited space we offer a modest guest laundry. We have a sauna, steam room, and state of the art workout room on premises. We do hope you enjoyed your visit to our beautiful city and hope that you will visit us again!
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This location is the center of everything. No car needed! There is only one suite that has a bedroom and living room, all the rest are studio's. Room 708 is the 'penthouse suite'! A balcony over looking Gas Lamp district. Service is outstanding. They have everything youd need for a great vacation. Tons of restaurants. Bars if you are into that. Close to the ferry over to Catalina take the Trolly city tour, get off whenever you want and get back on..
On weekends. . It can get noisy. They even provide ear plugs!
We also had rooms 309 and 709. They we perfect! End of hallway, noone next to you and on the back of the building so a little quieter.

Room Tip: 708 for 2 rooms or 709 for studio
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Green Features: Motion sensors on lighting and Air conditioning, at night I had to get up to restart the air conditioning because it shut off
  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Regina L, Manager at Wyndham Harbour Lights, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
I’m pleased that you enjoyed your visit to downtown San Diego. The gaslamp district offers countless boutiques, over 200 restaurants, bars, nightclubs and lounges and art galleries. You are right downtown can get a little noisy. In the future we will be installing new windows in order to reduce some of the outside noise. There is plenty of public transportation to get you to all the fun! Thank you for the time that you took to write this review and we look forward to your next visit.
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Additional Information about Wyndham Harbour Lights

Address: 911 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (Formerly Fairfield)
Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , Gaslamp
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#30 Green Hotel in San Diego
#62 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#89 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Wyndham Harbour Lights 3*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Wyndham Harbour Lights in beautiful San Diego, CA. Our resort offers stylish downtown loft accommodations with retro furnishings, flat screen TV’s, CD/DVD/Stereo, pull out sofa, mini kitchenettes, and high end bathroom amenities from Bath & Body Works. Our resort has a gym, steam room, and sauna in the lower level for all your fitness needs. We are also pleased to announce the arrival of one of the most requested amenities, complimentary in-room wireless internet! To get connected using your wireless accessible laptop, just follow the simple instructions on the card next to your phone. A list of grocery services, channel listings, and other downtown gyms are provided for you in the front of the guest directory located in your room. If you would like to know more about these services please dial “0” on your phone to reach a member of the front office team. ... more   less 
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