Booked two rooms for 2 seniors, 2 adults child & baby. Arrived w/o a car on Amtrak. Shuttle p/u us up within minutes. Daniel, the driver, is first class. Upon arrival to the hotel, we were greeted by a lovely staff, including the manager, Sylvia. She made us feel right at home. We arrived earlier than the recommended check in time, but they had our room ready. , and grandparents adjoining room was ready in 30 minutes. Wonderful, since we had a tired and cranky baby on our hands. The crib was clean and good to go. It's one of those portable playpen types, and baby jumped right on in. Ok, I just chucked her into it but she loves it. The room seemed tidy and spacious. We had a balcony facing the bay including Midway and the Star of India. Boy the view was breathtaking. It was worth the extra few bucks.
Breakfast - This is coming from a guy who is a buffet afficionado. There wasn't a complete selection like some other complainers were expecting, but hey, what was offered, I'd call it the "basics plus", was sufficient. The restaurant / eating area is next door to the hotel and is staffed by helpful employees. They quickly set us up with a high chair and family styled seating. The offerings were plentiful, and varied somewhat from day to day. If your a light eater, you had your yogurts, cereals, fruits, danishes. For the hungry jacks there was scrambled eggs and ham, and depending on the day, pancakes, sausages, spicy potatoes, etc. Heck, they even had miso soup and rice! Everyone looked at me strangely for having miso for breakfast but you know what, that stuff is delish! My starving little 12 year old tried to keep up with her pops but gave up early on. Only baby hung in there as she fed the hungry floor by hurling cereal and fruits all over the place. Fresh orange juice, milk, toast and oatmeal rounded off the meals.
The room - WiFi was a must and yep, all our devices connected instantly. None of that security code mumbo jumbo you encounter everywhere else. It just worked. The flatscreen and remote also worked perfectly. But darn those beds were a little too cozy! We chose the double queens, and looking over noticed my DW (I just found out that DW means Dear Wife so I feel cool using it) and daughter were fast asleep. I usually stay up late watching T.V. or youtubing nonsense on a tablet, but nope, not here at the "Bay". I felt like I was resting on a fluffy cloud, and after checking to see that it wasn't baby underneath, I dozed off instantly. Come on, when and where else can you get 6 plush pillows all to yourself?
Never once smelled any smoke, can't complain about the parking fee (no car). For those reviewers mentioning the noise, it was a non issue for us. Hearing the faint trolley rings from the 10th floor was actually fun, but all noises were drowned out by closing the sliding door and activating our travel size fan. Fridge good size, microwave clean and working. Ironing board, big tub and shower. No lotion, minus half a point. No toothbrush. minus another point. Oh wait, that was my dumb fault. Pool and spa were working but none of us wanted to go outside since it was really cold and windy. My card key stopped working one time and before I yelled, AHA, something to whine about like all the other yelpers, I realized my DW had locked it from inside to keep intruders from waking up baby since the door makes a loud thump. No prob, just went in to grandpa's room next door and used the connecting door.
The location is probably one of the key features we chose this inn. Two blocks from the Trolley station helped the familia reach Old Town in a flash. A few more blocks gets you to the Harbor walk. And it's a few blocks from Little Italy, which was jumping in a safe, classy way. There were bars and restaurants filled by locals, who for some reason all look happy, well off, and fit. Hmm, don't see that much happiness here in LA but oh well, the food was delicious. Oh wait, back to the Hotel review. Did I mention there was a Rite Aid diagonal from the hotel? Get your water bottles, baby food, cup o' noodles, beef jerky, whatever knick knacks you need at any time. Everyone was so friendly down there in SD. Must be the weather or something. There were some homeless here and there but in no way threatening. It's too nice down here, clean streets, air, water. Oh they say the hotel was undergoing renovation. We saw no signs of that, everything looked done.
Anyways, since checkout is at noon. We decided to checkout early on our last day and visit the Midway Museum before our return train ride at 4pm. Since baby had no interest in visiting the amazing war ship, the hotel was accomodating and let my DW and DB (darling baby) stay an extra hour. Upon checkout, Daniel was nice enough to shuttle both of them to meet us at Midway. That is first class service.
To sum it up, I've been to standard BWesterns. But this one stands up to it's Plus designation. I heard there are BW Premiers, which are even more upscale. I wonder what they have there, maybe Sushi? If so, I am so there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Downtown San Diego, at the south end of the Little Italy the Best Western Plus Bayside Inn is a convenient location for leisure or business travel. We have 122 rooms, all with Balconies and many with views of the San Diego Big Bay or Downtown Skyline. Amenities include a Restaurant serving complimentary breakfast daily and dinner Monday thru Friday. Our Lounge is open daily, Monday to Friday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Room Service is available. We have an outdoor heated pook and whirlpool, FREE WI-FI in rooms, pool area, lobby and restaurant for you to stay connected. ... more less
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