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“Made it! Yes...it is possible to stay here 3 nights and it's OK! :)” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Comfort Inn Gaslamp / Convention Center

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Comfort Inn Gaslamp / Convention Center
Ranked #141 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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“Made it! Yes...it is possible to stay here 3 nights and it's OK! :)”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

Just completed my 3-night stay while attending a conference nearby. It started out pretty decent, and finished with a pleasant conclusion. The middle...nothing that I couldn't live through.

As several have mentioned already, this "motel/hotel" is extremely well situated to the famed, historical Gaslamp District. However, being that close and being downtown, you will be exposed to plenty - and I mean PLENTY - of homeless, even less-than-desirable locals. It's a fact of life in a big city - but perhaps that would be the deciding point of whether you stay at this location with children.

Yes, the CI is old - obviously old - but they are doing what they can to maintain and upgrade. You could hear it start early in the morning, and last most of the day. You best look elsewhere if you're going to be concerned about dusty/musty corners of bathtubs where they meet the bathroom walls; you best look elsewhere if you're concerned about window-installed air-conditioners; you best look elsewhere if you're not pleased about the awkward setup of the "sink" being literally beside the beds, completely off-situated from the bathroom.

You DEFINITELY can stay here if you're open-minded, willing to accept age and not-so Pot Purri smelling carpets, noisey ceiling fans, noisey air-conditions (but at least they WORK!), and the occassional less-than-chi-chi local hanging around the front. Keep to yourself, do your thing, enjoy the Gaslamp, a ballgame (within minutes of walking out the front door I might add), catch a movie (literally feet out to the west of the front door), or hit Buca for a fat, sodium and CARBO-infused fill-your-face-a-thon right next door.

Dorine was really pleasant, as were the rest of the front desk staff. Soda machines on 1st (didn't work) and 4th floors (bill slot was jammed/coin slot worked). Just be forwarned...the "20oz bottle" appearing on the front of the machine is NOT what you're paying $1.50 for! :) Snack machine on 3rd, ice on 2nd... Breakfast is ok - I mean, for what you're paying and what's available at other "motels/hotels" in the area, it's probably about as good-as-it-gets (bagged eggs - warmed-up; sausage links, bagels, english muffins, peanut butter, cream cheese, yogurts, 5 cereal dispensers, waffle-maker, and so on.

Finally...upon checkout (contrary to what is currently advertised on their website), I was provided a taxi voucher to get me back to the airport. Nice touch... free round-trip I guess you could say. Oh, and speaking of out-dated website....there isn't any popcorn... :( But you can pick-up a box of microwave popcorn at nearby convenience stores.

I can't say I didn't survive the stay. Will I bring my wife and 11-year-old daughter to my next visit in San Diego...ummm...no, not at all. But if I have to come for business or a conference again? Heck ya! I'm good with it...and even ventured out on my own at most normal hours of the day and night with narry a problem. Lots of Law Enforcement and even Private Security folks on bikes to ensure the Tourist Trap keeps'em comin' back!

Bon Voyage!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

We had not done any research and ended up looking for somewhere to stay as I drove down from LA. We knew that for us being foodies that the Gaslamp district was the area, so we looked at Comfort Inn and booked it. Very easy to get to, parking was additional cost ($15 per night) and across the road out the back and you had to get the latest ticket and display it in your car or it would get towed!!!
Bed was a double so it was the closest we have slept in years, just kidding!!! Air con was noisy and I loved the way the blinds had been cut to suit the air con!!! As someone else said once you finish in the loo, you have to wash your hands in the bedroom, so imagine this, naked 48 year old male goes to loo during het night, with just enough street light to allow me to navigate around the bed, then once finished carefully slid down the wife’s side to the sink where the noise of the water and me knocking over things wakes wife, first thing she sees is a hairy behind 12 inches from her face!!!!!! So to say the room is compact is close. Breakfast is supplied free, but on Tripadvisor it did not say that, it is very close to the places we wanted to visit and very easy to get back to when you have had a few. Adjacent there is a fantastic little café, which we did lunch in. so all in all if you are after somewhere cheap with no frills and in a great location this is for you.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

We spent 2 nights during the week. The location is good, you can walk to Downtown/Gaslamp and not have to worry about driving home if you drink. The beds were comfortable.
The parking was a bit awkward, and I had not seen on the website that they charged for parking - $18 per night, which is a bit less than everyone else.
The employees and guests all stand right outside the front entrance to have their smokes - it was a bit disgusting and I would not risk it if you have any sensitivities to smoke.
The bathroom sink in our room was outside the bathroom. A little awkward and funny, but not a big deal.
I would stay here again. It's not the Ritz, but it is clean and in a good location. Oh - and I like the breakfast they offer.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

Good location in gasp amp. Tiny rooms, with sink next to bed. Staff is friendly, breakfast ok. If you need a clean room and shower, and don't want to pay the NYC prices on the larger fancy places, that's what you get downtown. Ok....

Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

The location was great-- we were easily able to walk to shops and restaurants. The room was nice and clean but the bed was tiny and uncomfortable. Parking was disappointing. $18/nt and it's not even guaranteed. The lot is small and get into and out of a spot is tough unless you have a small car.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bbjen32
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gmcomfortSanDiego, General Manager at Comfort Inn Gaslamp / Convention Center, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
Thank you for your business. I am glad that are rooms were nice and clean. As far as parking goes. The land in the Gaslamp area is very expensive and we actually lease each of the parking spaces behind the hotel. We sell the space for the same price we pay for it. We are proud to offer the LOWEST price for parking at any downtown hotel.
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Portland, Oregon
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53 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

Stayed for 3 nights over the 4th of july holiday.

Hotel is right in the middle of the gaslamp quarter.
Carpark is charged daily and is located at back of hotel with no access back into lobby etc.
Our room view was right onto this carpark. But we werent there for the view so it didnt matter.

Our room while small was clean. Bathroom was a good size with bath but sink was located outside of it beside the fridge/microwave area.

Breakfast was included and well stocked eachday in a very busy (but large)breakfast room.

Staff were friendly and helpful. Liked the central location of this hotel. And have never had any complaints while staying in a comfort Inn.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AndrayaD
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gmcomfortSanDiego, General Manager at Comfort Inn Gaslamp / Convention Center, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
Thank you kindly for your review. We appreciate your business and hope to see you again.
Best,Cris
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

Location/value is the key, as the rooms are cramped (yet they fit in a fridge, important plus). Short walk to Petco Park and Gaslamp attractions is huge. Car-less: free shuttle *from* airport, two blocks to direct bus line *to.*

Room Tip: I was in the back off the street, possibly a little quieter.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Johnny Y
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gmcomfortSanDiego, General Manager at Comfort Inn Gaslamp / Convention Center, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
We appreciate your business. Thank you for your review. We think we have one of the best free breakfast buffets in San Diego!.
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Property: Comfort Inn Gaslamp / Convention Center
Address: 660 G St, San Diego, CA 92101-7029
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#79 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Comfort Inn Gaslamp / Convention Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Items served for breakfast: Regular scrambled eggs, eggs with cheese, hard boiled eggs, sausages, regular waffles,strawberry waffles, fresh strawberries, three types of juices, coffee, tea, SIX types of cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit, Yoplait yogurt, danishes, Thomas English Muffins, bagels and condiments galore. ... more   less 
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