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“Excellent location, helpful friendly staff” 4 of 5 stars
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The Horton Grand Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   311 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101   |  
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Ranked #84 of 273 Hotels in San Diego
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Colts Neck, NJ
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75 reviews
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“Excellent location, helpful friendly staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My sister and I were very pleased with our stay at the Horton Grand. Its location at the edge of the Gaslamp District provided easy access to restaurants and bars with minimal noise, and the valet parking with in & out privileges made it extremely easy to use the car when we needed it (get the park & stay package for the best deal on parking).

This is a historic building with much charm and character. If you want a sleek, modern hotel this is probably not for you, but for the rest of us that appreciate a boutique hotel I think the Horton is an excellent choice. Below are the main pros and cons.

Pros: location, extremely friendly and accommodating staff, great lobby bar, spacious room with ceiling fan & working gas fireplace, comfortable bed, lots of drawer space, in room coffee machine and iron, decent water pressure, high end toiletries, excellent free wifi throughout the building, business center with computer & printer for guest use

Cons: virtually no hanging space (tiny armoire with 2 hangers), no in room safe, noisy A/C unit, noise on Friday night from Fluxx nightclub across the street (no noise on Wednesday or Thursday)

We had breakfast at a place on the next block that was recommended by the hotel (Cafe 222) which had all the options you could want. There was a small housekeeping issue with our room that I brought to the attention of the front desk: it was immediately taken care of with many apologies (to me that is the true test of good service).

I just read over the last few reviews for this location and was a little surprised by some of the negative comments, but I guess it's all a question of how you look at things: some people call it "scratched furniture" some called it "antique furniture with a patina"!

While this hotel is not perfect in every way, I would definitely stay there again and would not hesitate to recommend it to people who want the convenience of the Gaslamp District without the noise and congestion.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Lombard, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The location is really great. That is the best part about it. If you do not like old then do not stay here. But the old didn't really work for me or bother me. The rooms are very small but it was built a long time ago. The water pressure is terrible. On the plus side, the staff is friendly. I think it was a totally average hotel stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The rooms are clear and tidy but the funature is old fashion one which has some scraches. The only drawback is that no breakfast offered with thins hotel.
The internet was good as well.
The staff were cooperative

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Travis H, Front Office Manager at The Horton Grand Hotel, responded to this review, July 6, 2014
Dear Yahya,

We want to thank you for your feedback and kind words in regards to the attentiveness of our staff. You will be happy to know that we just opened our Ida Bailey's restaurant serving a grand breakfast buffet and will soon open for a decadent lunch and dinner hour as well. We are so delighted you chose to come and spend your time with us and we will hope to welcome you back when you return to the San Diego area.
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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

It's a trip to attend a conference in San Diego. my travel agent recommend and book this hotel for me to stay. I have told the frontdesk if they can find a room that it's not noisy and quite when I check in. However, the staff assign the room in the corner for me, in which a huge background noise like an engine keep makeing nosie all the day. I informed the front desk staffs and they are not pelased to provide assiatnce.......Gee......I have paied the price the hotel asked for, but it failed to reward you the minimal quality that a 3-4 star hotel can do.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Travis H, Front Office Manager at The Horton Grand Hotel, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
We apologize greatly for the less than perfect stay you experienced with us. We have certainly paid close attention to your comments and have followed up with our Management team in regards to them. We do our utmost best here at The Horton Grand to provide a very distinctive luxury experience and tend to all of our guests with close attention to detail. It sounds like we may have fallen short of that during your time here, but we truly hope to have the chance to welcome you back and exemplify that plush service so many of our guests have come to know and love.
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I recently stayed at the Horton Grand for four nights while attending a conference at the San Diego Convention Center, which is located just a few blocks away.

The hotel has a Victorian charm that will definitely appeal to guests who crave an alternative to the bland chain-type hotels. My "Grand Room" was extremely spacious and equipped with a gas fireplace (not terribly useful in San Diego's climate) and two ceiling fans (definitely useful). The room also had a very small balcony, which was not even large enough for sitting. The room was very clean.

While the location and the Victorian ambiance were pluses, there were several noteworthy drawbacks:
1) There was no restaurant on site or minibar in the room. There are certainly many restaurants in the local vicinity, but it's nice to have option of getting an in-room snack or onsite breakfast.
2) Noise. As mentioned by other reviewers, the neighborhood can be rather noisy, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Outside noise was not a major problem in my room, which faced the quieter 3rd Ave. side. However, internal noise was an issue, as my ceiling creaked when the guests in the room above me moved around.
3) There was no safe in the room.
4) My room was strangely lacking in some small things that one expects to find in a hotel room. I had no hangers in the closet (these were eventually supplied by housekeeping, after two requests), there was no pen or pad of paper, no wastebasket in the bathroom, no hotel information booklet (the thing that describes the hotel amenities, etc.). Most of these things (except the clothes hangars!) aren't exactly critical to the hotel experience, but I found it curious and a bit odd that they were missing.

Overall, not an unpleasant experience, although it won't be at the top of my list when I return to SD.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Travis H, Front Office Manager at The Horton Grand Hotel, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Thank you kindly for your sincere comments and feedback. We are pleased to hear that the hotels charm was one the highlights during your stay. We have now opened our Ida Bailey's restaurant here on property which serves a wonderful breakfast buffet and will soon have a full service breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. We are also in the process of finalizing our room renovations and your observations are surely beneficial. Thank you so much again for choosing to spend your time with us and we hope to host you again in the near future.
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

we stayed there for 4 nights. the hotel itself was a grand old place on exterior. however our room left alot to be desired,the toilet was crackedon inside and outside,drywall cracks everywhere,the bathroom ceiling had mold growing on it. more water came out of tub spout then shower and dripped all night. for the price not a great place.the people were nice but the room poor

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa
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60 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The Grand is in a great spot to explore San Diego. It sits just off 4th Avenue. 4th and 5th Avenues are packed with people in the evening and there is a wide selection of bars and restaurants. We had an inside courtyard room and did not experience any street noice. The room was a good size, very clean and comfortable. The hotel staff were friendly and always helpful.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 311 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#67 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Horton Grand Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Horton Grand Hotel is in the heart of the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego, CA, with over 100 restaurants, bars, and night clubs located within four blocks. Located only four blocks to Convention Center, Petco Park, and Horton Plaza Shopping Mall. Old Town trolley stop in front of hotel. Every Guest and Grand room have gas-burning fireplace, complimentary WiFi, coffee/tea maker HD TV and welcome bottle water. Valet parking available for charge. Palace Bar open daily at 5:00 pm and Ida Bailey's open for breakfast. ... more   less 
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