I consider several factors in choosing a hotel, then rating it afterwards. I also try and get hotels that have character or a feel for where we are, or the type of trip I am on. In other words, when in Prague, I don't want the Hilton.
Reviews by others are very important, and we do our homework. Also considered are location, price, breakfast, communication.
Comfort, lighting, bathroom space, water pressure...all things that make a stay or can ruin it.
This was our 4th overnight trip to San Diego (pretty much a day trip for us anyway). We had stayed in an expensive "free" gas lamp hotel (but still paid a lot for parking), The convention center Marriott on business (parking paid for), and a delightful B&B for a past anniversary.
This was our 31st anniversary trip and we were flexible to enjoy the area. I had a few conditions. Not expensive, free parking and walkable to the docks (location), and some sort of breakfast.
After spending countless hours trying to find a place in the higher end hotels unsuccessfully, I stumbled onto this place. The reviews sounded good (except for a few), and the reservation gal was so sweet and helpful I just decided to go for it. Fingers crossed.
I was not disappointed. The room had a slight smoke smell but we opened the windows and let the fresh air do its thing. The room was pretty typical although we did ask for the fridge and m/w (saved leftover dinner for lunch the next day). We didn't use the safe (or get charged for it as a previous post said, but I am mailing back the kidnapped key). A bit more light in bathroom would have been nice, the water pressure was great. Counter space was ok. I have had far less. The typical little items on the counter. Towels were a bit small and thin, but I just asked for extras. The room had a nice 'redone' feel, so not outdated. Clean. Bed was harder than we like, but OK. TV was a box with few channels but who goes on vacation to watch TV? Iron/board. A hairdryer from the office. The weather report said 60's and possible drizzle so we didn't plan on using the pool, but it looked inviting with the warm weather we had. The front clerks were all friendly and helpful. I didn't see the BF, hubby ran and brought it back to the room to save time to get to the Midway. Cereal, boiled egg, toast, OJ. More than I usually eat.
Yes, we heard the trolley and planes but that didn't bother us. An advantage is a close trolley we may use next trip. The entire are of SD here is under construction. That was a surprise, but it will be beautiful when it is done and this location even better.
THe only real negative was the noise from ice machine by the pool. I don't know if it dumps automatically or if someone liked getting ice but it woke me up repeatedly all night. We were on the 2nd floor (212) overlooking the pool with our window open. I was just too tired to think about closing the window and didn't realize what the recurring noise was until almost morning. Machine problem or Noisy Guest?
Because we anticipated crowds, traffic and parking issues, we walked to the Saturday AM Memorial Day wreath ceremony on the Midway. (highly recommend this potentially LONG tour). No need to walk as there were no crowds, but that was OK. Morning exercise.
Little Italy is just up the hill a few blocks. Filippis...more food than you can eat. Plan on a wait unless you go early.
Greek islands Cafe- Seaport Village validates parking. Old Town is a short drive, or trolly ride. Same with Balboa.
Jack in the box is next door.
I got what I was looking for, and saved money.
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Greetings! Happy Anniversary!
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We are so delighted to hear about your stay at our hotel, and to be frank your review is spot on. Your review attests to most of our responses to past reviews, and we would like to sincerely thank you.
As I was reading your review, the portion about the "kidnapped safe key" caught my attention as I remember answering the phone that day, in awe by the fact that someone would be kind enough to send us back our safe key.
We are very appreciative for your comments, and glad to hear that our hotel met all of your determining factors to booking a hotel, and that our reservation agent's friendly demeanor is what confirmed your decision to stay with us. We understand you have many options, while visiting San Diego, and would love to offer you our Jacuzzi Suite at a great price the next time you are in town!
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