We stayed at the Palomar for Comic-Con this year. It was JUST close enough to the convention center to be able to walk there every day - a straight shot down 5th about 8 or 10 blocks. Unless you are an avid walker, though, I wouldn't recommend staying any farther north than Broadway if you are making the trip several times a day like we did.
As noted in some of the other reviews, there were quite a few homeless people in the area, but maybe they just congregated where there were a couple hundred thousand extra people in one place at one time with disposable income. If you have experienced Comic-Con you understand.
The room was small but adequate for my husband and me. The glass sliding door separating the bathroom was interesting, but you would need to be very comfortable with your traveling companion since it's like being in the same room with someone using the bathroom or taking a shower. The location was good if you want to be near the restaurants in the Gaslamp District - close enough to walk, but far enough away to be out of the main crowds on the street. It's right next door to House of Blues. The staff were all cordial and friendly. There was a wine tasting every night but we never made it back from the convention in time to try it. We didn't object to the $36 daily parking fee because it was worth our sanity not to look for a parking space. Did I mention the 200,000 extra people in town - all trying to find a parking space?
The only reason I would not give the Palomar a full 5 stars is little things that may only matter to me. I have come to expect no coffemaker in hotel rooms but no water glasses? Not even plastic ones? We bought some cheap glasses at the 7-11 next door and just left them in the room when we checked out. There were a couple of lightbulbs that were burned out, a TV that would only get a few channels without static, and we had to use one tiny bar of soap between us for the whole 6 days and 5 nights that we stayed there. The other toiletries (shampoo, etc) were not replaced, either, after being used, but luckily I had brought my own supply. We finally asked for toilet paper and tissues when we saw the housekeeping staff because the roll was almost empty and there wasn't a spare and the tissues were gone. That's not something you want to have to call the front desk for in the middle of the night. They were very friendly and apologized for not having the supplies in the room already, but I didn't like having to ask. We never got another bar of soap, so we made do. The one thing that my husband was most concerned about was blood spots on the sheets. Granted, they were small stains, but still stains from someone else's blood. We asked that the sheets be changed and they were, but it was still disconcerting.
I'm willing to cut them some slack since Comic-Con is pure madness, but it's those little things that make a difference.
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