I stayed here for business in late 2012, and enjoyed it quite a bit. When my wife and I decided to do a quick 3-day weekend getaway to San Diego I booked a room at the Hilton again. I spent a few extra bucks ($50/night) for a corner room. My previous standard room had decent views but I wanted a little more. We arrived and valet parked ($45/night). A little pricy but this is prime real estate, and our other option was to take the Amtrak and then the trolley, which worked out to be about the same price vs paying to park. We drove on a whim to Point Loma Saturday so having a car with in and out privileges was a plus for this trip.
We got a corner room on the 18th floor, on the southwest side, so we could look down on the pool, the Dole ship operations, and have a 180-degree view of the Coronado bridge, Coronado, Point Loma, and some of the city. The room was clean, modern, and had all we needed, although the little coffee machine wasn't up to snuff, so one of us went down to wait in line at Starbucks each morning. Also, the wi-fi, maybe because it was a corner room, was spotty ($25 for two days, and we could access it from all our devices).
Day one we walked the 10 minutes or so to the Gas Lamp Trolley stop, bought a Compass card (trolley pass) and took the trolley to Old Town.
We came back, changed, and walked from the hotel to the water ferry ($18 or so for both of us if I remember right, and a 5 minute walk) across to Coronado for happy hour. This hotel, like many in the same vicinity, has nice access to public transport and to Gaslamp district.
We had a drink by the Hilton pool at the lounge, to watch the sunset.
The next day, we went down to have the breakfast buffet around 9am below the lobby, at Vela, and while the wait was only 15 minutes, we wanted to get to the USS Midway as it opened, so we trekked towards the trolley, and had breakfast at a place near the trolley stop (review being written next).
Let me get to the friendly part. Everyone we met, whether it was Tiffany at Fox Sports Grill, who happily gave us advice on Old Town, to the front desk, to the bell hop (wish I remembered his name), to the valet, this was over-the-top friendly.
- 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:
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