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The Bristol Hotel

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Bristol is centrally located in downtown San Diego, 5 minute walk to the Gadlamp district and 15 minutes walk to Little Italy. The hotel is a gem. It is an older building that has been very nicely renovated. Free WiFi that actually works! They even give you a tablet to use. There's even an option to request service from... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I stayed here for 4nights recently and it was good average hotel which was a bus ride away from the waterfront. The hotel was very comfortable for sleeping great beds, we didn't have any issues with noise .

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SO. Cal.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We last visited The Bristol for an overnight stay last fall. This is a smaller boutique hotel located just off the Gas lamp district. As usual the room was roomy, clean and well appointed. The bed was a dream. Everyone we encountered was very friendly and made us feel very welcome. The bar was closed for remodeling and due to... More 

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Deborah S, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Baja Mike, Wow! Thank you so very much for your 5-star review and great comments! It's really wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and that you returned and had another good experience during your most recent visit. Our bar has re-opened, with wonderful new bartenders who can't wait to make you some amazing cocktails! We... More 

West Hills, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff were all very friendly and helpful, couldn't ask for a more attentive team. The Hotel itself is a little dated and tends to be on the noisy side. We were on the 7th floor and you could still hear the traffic let alone what was going on in the bedroom opposite! In fact there were ear plugs by... More 

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Deborah S, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Nigel, Thank you so much for your recent stay and for your valued feedback. We are so pleased to hear that our associates were helpful, friendly and attentive during your recent stay with us! We have exciting changes coming soon to the Bristol, which we think our guests will really enjoy. Being a downtown location, we find that city... More 

Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel is very nice and extremely comfortable. The beds were very comfortable, a/c worked well, and the showers were hot. All my top priorities for a hotel. Normally I would have rated it excellent but there were a couple draw backs. There is no longer a restaurant on site. I arrived late on my first night only to discover... More 

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Deborah S, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and for taking the time to provide your comments and feedaback about your recent stay with us. We are very glad to hear that you had a comfortable stay with us. Please accept my sincere apologies for both the restaurant closure and the in-room safe issues. Although our website reflects changes immediately, unfortunately... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I consider myself a boutique hotel expert and this is the first time that the TripAdvisor reviews burned me on a hotel choice. The hotel is about a 5 minutes walk from the northern most end of the Gaslamp District and maybe 18 minutes from Petco Park or the convention center. It is pet friendly if that is important to... More 

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Deborah S, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear that your visit did not provide the exceptional stay that we strive to deliver to each and every one of our guests. We understand that downtown San Diego can certainly get a bit noisy with the hustle and bustle of the city. Our rooms on the back side of the building, although without a... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at the Bristol Hotel for 2 nights over Labor Day weekend and had a great experience! I brought my dog along for a weekend in San Diego, and was impressed how pet-friendly the Bristol is. The location was PERFECT for a first-timer in SD! I could easily walk all through the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy. Petco Park... More 

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Deborah S, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review, with so much terrific feedback and great advice for other travellers! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and that your fluffy family member did, too! We hope you might consider making the Bristol Hotel your boutique hotel of choice when visiting downtown San Diego. We'd... More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great stay. Amazing location. Concierge is super helpful if you want advice on any activity (anything from restaurants to where it's best to surf). The valet parking was also great. Everything smooth and no hassle.

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Deborah S, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your recent stay with us, and that our associates were helpful in making sure you had a fun visit! I will be sure to pass along your kind comments about the staff. We sure hope you will consider returning again for another stay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great helpful employees. I was worried to stay in an unknown hotel but price was helpful making a decision. The minute I walked in I felt safer they had a security guard in the hotel. Staff was excellent. Most definitely stay again.

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Thank chanel e
Deborah S, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Chanel, Thank you so much for your 5-star review!! We are so happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us, and the best part is hearing that our staff were helpful and and that you would consider another stay with us. We hope you will return again soon; we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Clean, convenient location to lots of sights, sounds, shopping, dining and public transportation. Close to airport. Friendly staff with wonderful service. Has a Thursday night Prime Rib Dinner special in the Bristol's charming dining room.

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Deborah S, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Whang, Thank you very much for your 5-star review!! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay with us, and that you found our location to be convenient and our staff to be friendly and helpful. We hope you will consider another stay again sometime soon; we can't wait to welcome you back! Warmest... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
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  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Conference Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Bristol Hotel, a premier boutique hotel in downtown San Diego, offers extreme comfort and friendly service whether your travel is for business or leisure. The Bristol Hotel is a fresh take on modern style - our sophisticated atmosphere awaits you in our contemporary lobby and throughout our eclectically styled San Diego hotel rooms. This modern flair continues throughout the lounge and banquet facilities and is sure to be a perfect choice for business, leisure, group functions, meetings and special events. This downtown hotel’s superb location is within blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter, fine dining, world-class shopping at Horton Plaza, the Cruise Ship Terminal, the Convention Center, Petco Park, Theatre District, East Village, Little Italy, San Diego Concourse and the San Diego Bay. This pet-friendly San Diego hotel is only a short drive to any of the many sunny beaches, the San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld. The Bristol Hotel is one of only seven hotels in San Diego to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating and is also a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Bristol Hotel

Address: 1055 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-4890
Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown
Price Range: $155 - $261 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Bristol Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 102
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Also Known As:
Bristol San Diego
Hotel Style:
#20 Green Hotel in San Diego
#27 Business Hotel in San Diego
#42 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#54 Family Hotel in San Diego
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