My wife and I stayed here from September 1-5 for an extended weekend in San Diego. I had the Wild @ Work Package which included breakfast, bayview room, free parking, and a discount on restaurants (which we didn't use)
We arrived late from the East Coast on the 1st and were given a balcony room on a high floor in the North Tower, as I requested. We were very hungry, but no restaurants were open (it was about 10 pm), so we had to order room service. It was pricey, but not ridiculous for room service.
The room was clean and nicely decorated. However, as we went to bed I noted that it had a pass through door to the next room, and the person next door was clearly watching TV. It was very loud. The elevator was also close by and you could hear a 'whooshing' sound.
The next morning, I went to the front and desk and asked for a quieter room. They mentioned that about half the rooms had pass throughs, but found me one on the 16th floor that did not and was slightly further away from the elevator. We set up there and that room was much quieter. I also liked that the beds faced the open balcony, so you could actually see the Harbor while lying down. The rooms have refridgerators which is a nice touch, also--there is a grocery store (Ralph's) two blocks from the Convention Center to buy soda/water at.
I also announced a few minor cleanliness issues--some dust accumulate, etc. Nothing major. The decor in the rooms is modern and fresh and looks fairly new, as does the North Tower lobby (where there is a fairly bad lounge singer on weekend nights).
Two problems areas: Elevators and parking. I'm not sure if all the elevators were working, but in peak times the waits could be bothersome...10 minutes or so and very crowded. Self parking was also a problem. I'm not a fan of valet parking and my wife and I like to go out and back a lot (plus self park was included), but space was pretty tight and at times we had to fight with other cars for spaces (like at the mall during Thanksgiving shopping week). Perhaps when the hotel is less busy, it isn't a problem. Also, you have to give your room number and name to the attendant and wait while they look it up (problematic if you change rooms like we did the first night)--I wish they would install a device where you can just insert your room key and go. That would be much simpler and faster.
Breakfast each morning was very high quality. The package included the full buffet which featured the standard Marriott omelette and waffle bars, among other goodies. However, since it was Labor Day weekend it was very crowded. Servers were friendly and trying hard, but I don't there were enough to handle the crowd. Wait time was around 15 mins for 2 people, plus a decent sized wait up at the buffet. Still, I'm a picky eater but the food was excellent and I would recommend this, especially if you have a package. We didn't eat at the other restaurants because of all the options around San Diego.
The location of the hotel is fanstastic...adjacent to a board walk that includes the Hyatt and Seaport village. Its an easy walk down to the USS Midway, which by the way was an outstanding attraction. Its also just a short stroll over to the Gaslamp Quarter, but the setting is nicer than the hotels there because its a little more sedate and relaxed setting. The grounds of the hotel are quite nice and tropical. There is a large pool, but as another reviewer noted it was quite busy with kids during the day. At night it was very nice (though San Deigo weather makes it a little chilly). The jacuzzi was crowded at night (they could use a larger one) and a bit too hot for my tastes, but my wife liked it.
Overall, this is a very nice hotel. We did look around the city at other hotels and ended up being very happy we went with the Marriott Marina. We were also considering the Gaslamp Marriott which is only a few blocks away, but that new property is very 'chic' and didn't strike us as anything special. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel despite a few minor flaws. The staff is attentive and friendly, location is fantastic, and rooms have great views and are nicely decorated in the North Tower. Hopefully, we will be back.
- 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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