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The Bristol Hotel San Diego

1055 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-4890
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#53 of 295 hotels in San Diego
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The Bristol Hotel is a boutique hotel located near San Diego's Gaslamp District, Little Italy and the Waterfront. The Bristol Hotel features a variety of amenities for business and leisure travelers, including in-room coffee maker and fridge for convenience and large flat screen television and complimentary WiFi for entertainment. The Bristol has event and meeting venues for up to 50 people. Valet Parking is available and a Lobby Market features snacks and drinks.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Bicycle rental
Bowling offsite
Business Center with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Valet parking
Paid private parking on-site
Complimentary tea
Vending machine
Evening entertainment
Walking tours
24-hour security
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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apbernie wrote a review Jan 3
3 contributions
Hotel has a lot of character and is recently renovated The beds are very comfortable The hotel is adjacent to many great restaurants and grocery stores The hotel has valet parking The rates are great for all there is to offer…will definitely return!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
PayPat wrote a review Jan 3
Arlington, Virginia16 contributions2 helpful votes
During our stay in San Diego we stayed at the Bristol hotel. It was a very nicely decorated hotel with good amenities. I appreciated that there was a mini fridge and coffee machine in the room. It is also walking distance to lots of restaurants. One of my fav restaurants (breakfast republic) is just few blocks away. Staff was limited but friendly. The only con was that the valet parking took a little longer than I expected (probably also due to limited staff during the holidays). Overall good price, good rooms and more importantly great location. Definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
AlohaVet wrote a review Oct 2021
Aloha, Oregon58 contributions21 helpful votes
First the towels and paper towels currently provided are barely usable - Im 5’ tall and petite and the towels didnt wrap around me or cover what they should! There was also a major fire / electrocution hazard with a broken plug sticking out of an outlet on the floor (see photo). But most offensive is that my first night here I had an allergic reaction to the down pillows and brought them downstairs at 10 pm asking for foam. The two staff seemed uncaring that I had a reaction and told me they contacted a supervisor but they have no alternatives, and I am welcome to go buy my own pillows at Ross the next day when they reopen. WHAT?!? I problem solved and had them give us two blankets which we balled up (see photo) to sleep, earning sore necks. Surprisingly the day staff were able to find four foam pillows when I asked again the next day and then had them delivered in less than half-an-hour. But I still contacted the front desk manager and general manager to inform them and make a friendly complaint because there should be some apology for a night without pillows. Three emails later and they have continued to ignore me. Im disgusted so I warn you that it might look nice here, but it is also severely lacking in service and the standard amenities.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Robert F wrote a review Sep 2021
1 contribution
All aspects of the stay were excellent. Location is close to everything. The rooms are well done and spacious. Beds were very comfortable. The vibe in the hotel is cool with a retro feel, colorful and inviting. Value was also very good. You are steps from Horton Plaza and Gaslamp.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Lisa1700 wrote a review Aug 2021
Danville, California21 contributions18 helpful votes
I don't know where to start with this. After not being on a vacation for 2 years we decided to take our child on a couple days vacation before he starts school. We booked last minute and The Bristol was one of the very few hotels not sold out and after staying there I knew why. Our check in was ok except we were informed that parking was a $39...We decided to find street parking every night but we had to to go down every morning plung the meter by 8 am. When we check in the bathroom wasn't properly clean but hari was till on the sink countertop. We were never told that cleaning of the room will not be offered during this stay. After spending a long day sighseeing we came back to our room to find that it wasn't done. Same story everyday we stayed in a dirty room for 4 days. There was no blankets on the beds but only sheets. The first 2 nights I woke up sick due to how cold it was. One morning we got in the elevator and it appears that someone threw up and it wasn't cleaned. Coming back in the afternoon we see poop not too far from the main entrance!!! Homeless peple are everywhere in downtown and the smell of urine is overwhelming in downtown. Not to mention that this hotel is located very cloe to the jail. So you will hear police siren all night. We decided to lcheck out one day earlier because our experience at this hotel was not something we could take anymore. That day we walked to the lobby to find a flooding and a smell very much like sewage. At check out I was very frustrated with the manager and couldn't wait to pay my bill and leave. As soon as i got in my car I realized they charged me for parking which we never used. I called them and the woman who answered said that she will adjust it and email me a revised invoice. 4 days later it's not done but called again and was told the same thing. I will be waiting to see if it gets done. This definately was one of the worst hotel stays I ever had!!!!
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Date of stay: July 2021
$122 - $258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bristol Hotel San Diego
Which popular attractions are close to The Bristol Hotel San Diego?
Nearby attractions include Enigma HQ Escape Room - Little Italy (0.3 miles), San Diego Civic Theatre (0.09 miles), and World Crawl San Diego (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bristol Hotel San Diego?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a fitness center, and a business center.
Which room amenities are available at The Bristol Hotel San Diego?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Bristol Hotel San Diego?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bristol Hotel San Diego?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Bristol Hotel San Diego?
Conveniently located restaurants include Donut Bar, Karl Strauss Brewery & Restaurant, and Grant Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Bristol Hotel San Diego?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is The Bristol Hotel San Diego located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of San Diego.
Does The Bristol Hotel San Diego offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Bristol Hotel San Diego?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Bristol Hotel San Diego?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Mormon Battalion Historic Site (3.2 miles), Whaley House Museum (3.1 miles), and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House (0.4 miles).