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Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter
Ranked #26 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
2 reviews
“Location, Location, LOCATION”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

We liked the hotel; staff, rooms, everything. We have stayed at Residence Inns before, but this one was the best. We liked the location. It had the best location by far, the absolute, absolute best. Location, location, LOCATION.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

We had a group of six people traveling to San Diego to see a long weekend of baseball games and wanted someplace close to Petco Ballpark. The location was incredibly convenient for our group which included an elderly couple who have some difficulty walking distances. The staff were wonderfully friendly and very helpful with all of our needs.We love the variety and convenience of the breakfast with both hot and cold tasty choices. The room was clean and very spacious and we liked having the sink outside of the bathroom. What a great, fun place to stay!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CLsquared
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Los Angeles, California
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215 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

My wife and I chose to visit the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego for the first time a few weeks ago. We live in Los Angeles, about 130 miles north and have visited San Diego many times over the years, but we've never stayed in the downtown area, so this was our first. We have frequently stayed in Residence Inns, primarily for the free breakfasts and the convenience of eating in if we wished. The staff was super friendly, starting with the people handling valet parking. The hotel is conveniently located with the Baseball stadium about 4 blocks away, light rail about 3 blocks away and a myriad of restaurants within easy walking distance in any direction. The only negative is parking fees. Valet parking is $45 per night at the hotel with few less expensive alternatives if you plan to use your car during your stay (cheaper parking nearby provide no "in and out" privileges. Parking fees in areas outside of downtown (i.e. Mission Bay, Hotel Circle, etc.) are not so steep. As it turned out, I used the light rail system or walked to most sites we visited and didn't really need a car. I will visit the Gaslamp District again and stay at this hotel again, but I will park my car somewhere else for the duration of our stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colleen M, Property Coordinator at Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our beautiful hotel. As you described, we are located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, just 2 blocks away from Petco Park. Our valet parking is competitively priced with other hotels in the Gaslamp at $38 per night with in and out privileges. Thank you again for your review! We hope you stay with us again the next time you are in town!
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

First and foremost, staff at this Residence Inn are super-friendly and attentive. The free breakfast was good; and the location could not be more convenient. Room was a good size, but the TV placement was odd, and the bathroom sink was outside the bathroom, sort of jutting out, which we found weird. Along with another recent reviewer, I was disappointed that there was no room safe, nor a bathroom exhaust fan. On the other had, it was nice having a regular sized refrigerator and microwave. So, would we stay here again, you betcha!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colleen M, Property Coordinator at Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our beautiful hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us. When our hotel was built in 2009, we opted for an ultra-quiet bathroom exhaust system that runs whenever the bathroom light is turned on. This ensures that our guests will have a quiet stay with us, without hearing the constant hum of a bathroom fan. Residence Inns also typically do not have room safes. For your convenience, we do offer complimentary safety deposit boxes located at the Front Desk that you can access 24/7. Once again, thank you for your great review and we look forward to your next stay with us!
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Anaheim, California
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

My family and I were in town for a soccer tournament and stayed at Residence Inn Downtown primarily because of location. Tournament was in Coronado and location provided easy access to bridge crossing over to island. Gaslamp District, Petco Field (enjoyed great game between Padres & Yankees plus had lots of pre-game fun @ Dick's Last Resort restaurant) all within walking distance. Only negative I could think of was very small pool & fitness area, but we didn't really have time to utilize anyway. Daily valet pricing a bit high, but parking is expensive in the area. Free daily breakfast made up for it though. Other than that, good value for the location.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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51 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

The location of this hotel is brilliant, right in the heart of everything from the USS Midway (20 minutes along the harbour) to bars, clubs and restaurants (1 minutes) so you really cannot find a better location. The front desk are amazingly helpful and there was nothing that we could not ask that they did not help with. The rooms are very clean and everyone is friendly, nice and really try hard to make sure you have a nice time. At breakfast we needed some help and when one of the team could not help not only did they get someone that could but went above and beyond with additional information.

While it may be argued that the rooms and the hotel from the lifts up is a little dated and could do with a refurb this is probably a bit harsh on the hotel. It is acceptable within the expectations of the price and there is nothing to really complain about.

The only negative is the valet/concierge at the hotel. They are contracted rather than hotel staff and could not care about anything except parking the car and getting your cash. They have no intention of assisting with bags, providing directions or answering questions. One actually told me to us the computers inside to look up directions...not acceptable. I hope the Marriott/Residence Inn realise that first impressions count...and they are not a good first impression!

Would return and stay here again so give it a try...

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank TJV_Sydney
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New Jersey
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

Marriott Residence Inns are consistently great, and the service at this very well located hotel is as good as can be but the rooms are not up to Residence Inn standards.
We had a King Size bed studio. There was one small kitchen table and no separate table or desk to work on. There was no personal safe in the closet. There was no exhaust in the bathroom (how do they explain that??). The TV was mounted on the same wall alongside the sofa so you can't sit on the sofa and watch T.V.
The bed was good, the room spacious, the facilities were clean and the breakfast was great.
The location is fantastic. In the Gaslamp district, near Petco Park, the Convention Center, and the shore.
Overall, very good, but the design of the room and the missing table and safe (and no exhaust in the bathroom) was puzzling.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank billsays
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Property: Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter
Address: 356 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7186
Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , Gaslamp
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in San Diego
#15 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#33 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter 3*
Number of rooms: 240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Embodies the urban and eclectic styles of the modern-day Gaslamp Quarter. Guests enjoy the residential feel and strong sense of space in a comfortable and progressive setting. Start your day with complimentary hot breakfast, stay connected with complimentary high-speed-internet-access and step out into the vibrancy of downtown. Conveniently located just 2 blocks from the Convention Center and PETCO Park. Relax by the lobby fireplace and rooftop pool, rejuvenate in the fitness center and full-service lounge. ... more   less 
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