I go to an annual conference that meets in a different city each year. Often, the conference is at a Westin Hotel, which it was this year. I have to say, the hotel is excellently situated, although you pay more for staying in the "tourist" area (Gaslamp Quarter). In addition to a modestly (about $10-$20 higher) per night rate, you are assessed an additional $4 (approx) by the city. Still, in my opinion, the money was worth it, and the hotel gave us a conference rate that placed the cost on par with other, non-Gaslamp-Quarter San Diego hotels.
Enough about money. The rooms are large, and I had a water view. The beds are exceptionally plush and comfortable, and there are ample pillows. You definitely get that luxury feel. The shower has a "rain" head along with an attachment if you prefer to direct the spray yourself. It's a nice addition. I also took advantage of the jacuzzi tub in the gym area. (At first I thought each room had one. Not so, although I think you can pay for a room that does.) The jacuzzi is adjacent to the outdoor pool and is open to the air on one wall (covered overhead). It made for nice early-morning and late-night relaxation.
I spent a fair amount of time at the bar at the hotel, both for "happy hour" appetizers between 5 and 7 pm as well as for hard libations later. The bar provides ample room for socializing, and it offers a range of bar stools, tables, and couches for relaxation. I did a lot of networking there.
I don't recommend choosing the hotel restaurant when there are so many other, specialized restaurants in the area. The hotel seems to anticipate this, and so their Pinzimini restaurant is just ordinary. Still, the $6 happy hour appetizers can't be beat.
In spirit, I appreciate the environmentally-conscious hotel philosophy, which encourages you to forego housekeeping and earn $5 per night (in the form of a voucher). I also LOVED the concept of renting workout clothes and shoes for a nominal $5 PER STAY. I could do without the policy of not replacing each flimsy bar of soap every day, though. In fact, in five nights I only got one replacement bar, and that was only after I flushed the small, soggy piece I had left over.
In fact, I found the housekeeping staff to be fairly inattentive. They routinely forgot to replace small items (e.g., a second creamer in the coffee bar), or to remove other small pieces of trash (e.g. a bottle cap on the floor). Trivial though that seems, it left a bad impression. I should add that I left a generous tip at the START of my stay, which usually leads to better service. Not in this case! Wish I had not bothered.
I deducted 1/2 star for the housekeeping, and for the lack of mini-bars in the room or vending machines in the hotel. Sure, they will cheerfully bring you sodas and other snacks, but it comes at a hefty cost!
All in all, it was a very pleasant stay. I would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarteris ideally located in the heart of downtown San Diego's historic and vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. Your unparalleled San Diego Accommodations include every imaginable amenity as well as proximity to all a Gaslamp Quarter Hotel offers: the very best of San Diego shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural activities. With striking bay and cityscape views, The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel features 450 guestrooms and suites, all tastefully remodeled to create a sense of calm and balance—a sanctuary of soothing color palettes, natural wood and stone accents and stylish décor. It’s a Downtown San Diego hotel without compare. Here you will enjoy incomparable San Diego accommodations like a Heavenly Bed®, flat-screen TV and spa-inspired bath amenities. You will leave feeling rested, energized and renewed. ... more less
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