The hotel itself is very close to the water and just a 5-10 min walk to Gaslamp depending on where you want to go. Bars are right across the street. We walked out to the bars Friday night wearing heels and didn't kill our feet. Definitely a party atmosphere. If you are coming for a girls weekend/bachelorette type deal then this is definitely the place to be. Lots of younger people who are partying but also lots of people there for conventions during the day. We happened to be going during SDSU graduation, so it was very crowded. It does get pretty loud because you hear people partying all night and during the day we could hear people clapping and cheering from their business meetings. There is a pool downstairs, but come early if its a nice weekend because the chairs fill up quickly. Overall if you get a good price its a great place to stay. The one negative is the parking. Self parking 28/night, but in SD it seems like no matter where you go you have to pay.