I stayed here for five nights for a convention in July '12. I wasn't sure what to expect -- some of my experiences with Hiltons have been kind of mixed -- but the Hilton Bayside turned out to be a really excellent place. I highly recommend it. Guest rooms and bathrooms are nicely furnished and in impeccable shape -- modern but comfortable, with big windows. And no scuffs on the walls or furniture, or stains on the bathroom grout -- the place really looks like new. Rooms are very well soundproofed; there are no weird sounds from the building systems; and the A/C is effective and quiet.
The common spaces are good. The lobby is spacious, airy and busy; the lobby bar has great views of the harbor. There's a Starbucks with lots of outdoor seating on the hotel's ground level, and a yogurt shop, and a decent restaurant, and a sports bar. The hotel has a lot of elevators -- two banks of six or eight apiece -- so you're never waiting long for one. Service staff -- reception desk, restaurant, cleaning staff -- was friendly and professional throughout. I didn't have chance to use the (bayfront) pool or gym, but both seemed to attract a good crowd.
The location is unique and kind of great. The Hilton is the only hotel on the far end of San Diego's huge convention center, along the bayfront, so every room has a clear, open view, even on the low floors. When I first pulled up, I thought the hotel seemed a little isolated, but it's actually a great location. It's right along the bayfront park, just out the hotel's front door -- a beautiful waterfront walk at any time of day, past the marina and up to Seaport Village. And the Hilton is just across (wide) Harbor Drive from Petco Park stadium and the Gaslamp Quarter and its dozens of restaurants and bars. But unlike the other hotels that are literally right in the middle of the Gaslamp Quater, if you're staying at the Hilton you can walk back across the street to your hotel and quickly get away from all the noise and crowds and traffic. The Hilton has a huge hotel garage, with in-and-out self-parking for $27 a day, which seems reasonable for SD and is pretty much a worthwhile investment since you'll want a car to get around the city, irrespective of where you stay.
Rooms looking out the front ("bay/city view") seem to cost about $30 p/n more than comparable rooms looking out back ("bridge view"). All the rooms have bright open views, and the cheaper bridge view is actually kind of interesting -- you can see part of the bay, and the bridge to Coronado, and the mountains off in the distance, and the train tracks for the light rail in the foreground. I was perfectly happy with the back view, but if seeing palms and yachts is a must for you, then splurge on the bay view rooms.
So, this is a city Hilton, which means it's big (30 storeys with about 50 rooms per floor), and pretty busy, and you see a mix of business travellers and romantic getaways and family vacationers all passing through the lobby. There's no minibar in the room, and the linens probably aren't thousand-thread-count, and the only store in the hotel is a sundries shop, not a Gucci boutique. But for what it is -- a big, lively upper-end hotel in a great location on the water, that doesn't cost an arm and a leg -- this is about as good as it gets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step in. From the moment you arrive you instantly feel the difference. All of the vitalizing elements of the sea and sun are embraced on this spectacular waterfront setting. Rising 30 stories above San Diego Bay, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel is a spirited blend of San Diego’s coastal influences, style, innovation and of course the unmistakable vibe. Steps from downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Convention Center, and PETCO Park, this beautiful hotel offers the amenities and lays the best of the city at your doorstep. Now guests have easy access from the hotel by way of the pedestrian bridge, directly to PETCO Park, downtown’s vibrant Gaslamp district, and up-in-coming East Village. Luxury and comfort have no boundaries here. Enjoy magnificent San Diego Bay and city views from our lobby, restaurants and guest rooms. Each one of the 1,190 spacious guest rooms including 30 suites at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront has a Bay view and features Hilton's Serenity Collection® bed and linens, the finest amenities such as Peter Thomas Roth® products, and the latest technology. And true to Hilton tradition, exceptional service comes as effortlessly here as the tides ebb and flow. For a San Diego business trip, family weekend, or a romantic getaway, Hilton San Diego Bayfront accommodations offer something for everyone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel San Diego
- Hilton Hotel San Diego