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.