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Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter
Ranked #45 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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London, England
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“Pleasantly surprised!”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

First time at a residence inn but very pleasantly surprised. Very good value, breakfast was very good. Excellent location only there two nights didn't use kitchen but was impressed by the facilities. Staff all very helpful and friendly. Would recommend and will stay there again next time in San Diego.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

In the past when visiting San Diego for conventions I have stayed at the Marriott Marquis or the Hyatt Manchester, but that practice has now come to an end. The Residence Inn Gaslamp has the feel of a boutique hotel, and the friendly service one would expect at a boutique hotel. The room was perfection, quality of the appointments, cleanliness and size are fantastic. The location is two blocks from the convention center, one block off the main drag of the Gaslamp district which actually makes it a quiter option. All this along with breakfast, evening reception and free wifi included what exactly more could you ask for.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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San Diego
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

We spent one night here and it was a great spot for us. You can walk to Convention Center, Petco Park, Horton Plaza, Gaslamp district shops and restaurants. Rooms are done well with
great space planning to include all that you would expect from a Residence Inn Marriott. We had no street noise or other sleep problems. Great water pressure in shower. Nice atmosphere in the bar area with fireplace downstairs for good food and drink. Breakfast room was a bit crazy on the week end with lots of folks staying here, but service people kept up with cleaning tables and supplies of food. This hotel is a great value for staying downtown right in the heart of things. We would stay again. Be prepared for high parking rate overnight if you arrive by car, but that comes with the territory when you stay in most downtown hotels.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

This is WAY overdue but my fiancé and I stayed at this property for 32 nights while on relocation from NH to CA. We wanted to commend Ibet in housekeeping for her extremely attentive service. Ibet was the most consistently thorough, considerate, and thoughtful employee that we encountered. I really feel as though the hospitality industry needs more associates like her.
The front desk staff was amazing. Really sweet to myself and my puppy (who was only 7 months old at the time and extremely scared of the city) I often had to carry him through the lobby, and although I was a little embarrassed about this, the Front Office staff and the Valet employees always were encouraging since they all knew he was a rescue dog. Trevor and Emanuel were always so super helpful with having our car available exactly when we needed it. Come to think of it, I believe that management needs to know that they went above and beyond for us, giving me directions for nice walks, and they all went out of their way for recommendations for great places to eat.
Kenny and Ashley are the best bartenders in the gaslamp. Thank you for a great extended stay!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

I had a great time here. The hotel is great! Right in the heart of the gaslamp. The breakfast is really great and it's included with your stay!! Blanca was very nice to me and my girlfriend even though it was six thirty in the morning. The whole staff was great for being so early in the morning. I will definitely be coming back.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Ramon
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

Oh, so disappointing. I have a “jones” for Marriott brand hotels (having a “jones is a positive feeling). Especially traveling with my family, the Residence Inn and Courtyards are my favorites. The plus on this particular hotel include the service (from front desk to doormen) and location. But the downside was the room size and some of the features in that room. We had a one bedroom suite. This turns out to be a little larger-than-average single room with a sliding opaque door that temporarily separates the rooms. So the area on both sides of the wall/sliding door are small – much much tighter than the size of a residence in that you might get in the suburbs. So that was a big letdown since the three of us (parents and one daughter) were negotiating the small tables, empty luggage, and each other. Also, those sliding doors are not a good substitute for swinging doors. I imagine the sliding doors make this room size possible because a swinging door would go well into the room. The slider is solid, but loud when it rolls. So when you try to let your family sleep and you have to take a leak, the sliding door has a good chance of waking them. In fact, the bathroom also has a sliding door (probably for the same reason), so that is two noise tests that you have to try and mitigate with slow sliding of the doors. Certainly, fooling around with your spouse is out! Unless you ask your daughter to leave and I imagine place a dock on the door handle. Internet connection was light, which was an additional “this sucks” experience. This room (room 1112 to be exact) sucked as a one bedroom. We called down for a few more towels, and they needed to track how many we had. No ice machines to get ice – they send you in your pajamas to the bar downstairs. The ice maker in the room is too small. I guess you can park your open mouth underneath the ice dispenser and wait. At least the refrigerator has a swinging door! The hand soap disintegrated within one day (we are not soap hogs, so it was just cheap soap), and valet parking was $38 the first night. The second and third nights I parked kitty corner at 5th and K Street for just $15 a day. All these experiences were a little pedestrian, but a reminder that we are not at a 3.5+ hotel. So, I like the Marriott brand. But I would not stay here again. We were glad to leave.

Green Features: I did not notice this was an initiative of the hotel, except maybe the disintegrating soap.
  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Colleen M, Property Coordinator at Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter, responded to this review, December 6, 2013
Hello CARainmaker,
Thank you for taking the time to review our beautiful hotel. I'm so glad that you were impressed with our level of customer service. The Residence Inn Gaslamp is not like a standard Residence Inn in many ways. Since we are in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, we embraced the local culture by being 14 stories high, and having all custom designs. This building is only 4 years old, this space used to be a parking lot if you can believe it! Our guest suites are 30% larger than other hotel rooms in the Gaslamp Quarter. We are also the only all-suite property in the Gaslamp Quarter. If you ever find yourself in the San Diego area again we would love to have you stay with us again. We do offer some connecting rooms that would give you the privacy you need.

Thanks again!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Centrally located, clean, staff exceptionally polite - a very pleasant stay.
The Gas Lamp district is such a fun place to go get away from everything.
Lots of bars, restaurants and people watching.
This hotel is pretty much in the middle of the district. If you opt to not eat breakfast at the hotel, there is a very good option across the street.
Only con: the bathroom sink in our room was not actually in the bathroom...it was outside the bathroom....

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter
Address: 356 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7186
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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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