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“A perfect hotel stay undone by a ridiculous bed” 3 of 5 stars
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San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101   |  
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San Anselmo, CA
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“A perfect hotel stay undone by a ridiculous bed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

It's a bit difficult to write this review. I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights to attend a convention, and Marriott got just about everything right. Check-in was quick and cheerful. My room was spacious and had a nice balcony. The bathroom was spotless and in pristine shape - no cracks in the tile, a perfect shower curtain. Rugs were spotless. I had a pretty view of the bay. Air conditioning was responsive. The hotel also has an outstanding fitness center.

I had a room with two double beds, and when I laid down the first night, I was stunned - the bed was completely broken down and wobbly. Every time I turned over, it wobbled and squeaked. It was much too soft. I actually don't mind a soft bed, but this one just seemed to be well past its prime. By this time, it was late and I had already unpacked, so I didn't request another room.

The second night I tried the other bed, which was better, but barely. What happened? My college dorm room bed in 1984 was better than this.

I have to take two stars off of this review for that very basic issue.

More forgivable issues: The bathroom wasn't terribly well-appointed. I've gotten used to things like q-tips and cotton balls being provided. The bath towels were small. These were minor issues and, with a comfortable bed, I would have rated this stay 5 stars.

Room Tip: Make sure that the bed is in good condition before you get settled in - my bed was old and worn out!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This is a beautiful hotel. The room was a little small. I enjoy finer Hotels and I failed to ask for a balcony, my bad. The fitness center was very nice. Across the street from Gas Lamp... Only issue was the walls are very thin. You can hear the conversations from the room next door and there are always the idiots that cram their bratty kids into these rooms...

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I was visiting Sqan Diego on business for the first time and decided to extend my trip over the weekend. The front desk clerk (Sarah) provided me with one of the most welcoming check inns i can remember...She was extremely friendly and cheerful and I knew at that moment that my stay would be enjoyable. The Lobby Concierge (Chris) was extremely helpful and made us reservations for dinner at 1500 Ocean in Corando. All in all a very nice hotel with stunning views of Coronado from the balcony.

Room Tip: the pool area can be quite noicy so upper floors may be a better bet.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brookfield, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Our group of four was traveling to San Diego for an annual conference, and the hotel of-choice was this Marriott. The executive committee could not have made a better decision.

From the front desk to the spacious room to the great food in the restaurant, this place exudes class and style.

There are two towers that house nice rooms, but the North tower, which is newer, had the better (and larger rooms). The standard room was comparable to many hotel's small suites. Balconies in every room, and mine had a walk-in shower. Since some of our party stayed in the South tower, I know that I had much nicer accommodations than they did.

The MK Restaurant had excellent food, although we only ate there once. (The MK burger was a very good choice for two of us.) The lounge had a very attentive staff of bartenders that were not skimpy when it came to pouring cocktails. They also had a very good selection of local and other in-state beers and ales available. All at "San Diego" prices, of course. Live music each night we were there made for a very good party atmosphere.

The pools were also very nice and clean. There are two hot tubs, one of which is ages 21+. On one occasion, a man and his teenaged son was in it and a pool attendant pointed out the sign and asked them to move to the other spa. There is a towel station and a bar poolside, as well.

Adjacent to the pools area are several seating areas that had natural gas "fire pits" that took some of the night chills away for anyone who wanted to sit outside. The areas are listed as closing at 11:00pm, but an attendant allowed us to stay out one of the nights, as long as we kept our conversation at a low volume.

Overall, this hotel was an excellent venue, not only for the ambiance of the common areas, but for the rooms and conference facilities, too.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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West Paterson, New Jersey, USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

What a disaster. I stayed here for a conference and paid almost $200 a night. I had a room facing the city (ie away from the bay) on 9th floor. All night long trains passed the hotel, loudly, every 20-30 minutes. There was no reprieve. I was here for a conference and am totally exhausted because it is impossible to sleep. Add to that the paper thin walls (I could hear all of neighbors' activities). I will never stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Redwood City, CA
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130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

I'd read about North tower and balconies here on TA, so I requested one. As a Platinum member, they usually try to accommodate. I arrived very early and they didn't have any of the requested rooms available. But they very nicely upgraded me to a suite in the south tower. There are only 2 suites per floor and they're the only rooms that have balconies in that tower. It was a great room with phenomenal views.

The room and furnishings are standard Marriott, which is fine. The food was ok, nothing special special.
The pool is lovely and the Tequila bar was a fun place.

Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Dublin, Ohio
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Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Located next door to the Convention center on one side, Seaport Village on the other side, and walking distance to the Gaslamp Quarter, this Marriott is ideally located for business travelers coming to San Diego for a convention and a little fun in the sun.
Great outdoor pool area with numerous seating areas surrounding fire pits. The gym at this hotel is great. Everything you could want from a gym away from home. Parking was reasonable at $28 a night for self park with in & out privileges. Room was comfortable although we were unable to have a king room due to convention occupancy, but in exchange the front desk upgraded us to two doubles with a harbor view.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

Address: 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Green Hotel in San Diego
#16 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#23 Business Hotel in San Diego
#30 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#30 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 1305
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The centerpiece of the inspiring San Diego Bay, the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is a premier San Diego, CA hotel. With 1,360 guest rooms, 75,000 sq ft of meeting space, a 446-slip marina & an environment that easily transitions from dynamic meetings to resort-style relaxation, the San Diego hotel is a welcome escape. Adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and steps from the Gaslamp Quarter, our downtown San Diego, CA hotel’s location provides convenient access to championship golf and popular attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Sea World San Diego and LEGOLAND California. Experience a grand sense of arrival in the new lobby our San Diego hotel & personalized service from our dedicated staff. Unwind in a renovated guest room with sweeping bay views. From a state-of-the-art fitness center, to an enticing new pool area, to top-notch cuisine at our waterfront restaurants, it all comes together for an authentic downtown San Diego experience, only at the San Diego Marquis & Marina. ... more   less 
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