I'm actually surprised at myself for not rating this one tick worse than I did, but overall it wasn't a terrible stay. I'll point out the good before the bad. Free hotel shuttle service is provided and their drivers are very cordial. My experience during my 4 day stay was that every member of the staff (including housekeeping) that I met, was very helpful and friendly. Lobby area, although not huge, was very inviting and gave me a good first impression. I arrived a bit early and the host offerred to store my bags until the room was ready. He said it would be about half an hour so I had a quick lunch next door and when I returned, it was indeed ready.Although this hotel is 100 years old (literally), the hallways and common areas have been updated and kept up very nicely. Rooms (at least mine) are very small but adequately furnished. There is a rooftop terrace that is quite relaxing to go and view the city while relaxing. The large flat screen TV worked well and channels were multiple. Now for the bad. As the hotel advertises, the elevators are original to the early 1900's and as such, are interestingly frustrating. To access, you have to manually open a door, slide the cage screen back and then read a book while it takes you on the slow extended ride to your floor. The beds in the rooms are "extremely" firm. If that is to your liking, you will sleep well. In my case however, my back was less than happy. If you value sleeping in remote solitude, please, please bring earplugs. I have stayed in places with paper thin walls before, but this puts them all to shame. I had the pleasure of being next to a couple that, I'm convinced, their only reason for being in that place in time was to copulate 24/7 while voicing their excitement not in a quiet manner. Needless to say, I had the honor of listening to this as if they were laying next to me. The shower stall (no bathtub) is adequate for someone of approximately 100 pounds or less. But at 6'2" and 300 pounds, it was an experience. Although it was only in the upper 60's while I was there, there were times I needed to turn on the window A/C unit to cool the room down a bit. It made funny noises and didn't appear to be putting out much cool air, so I turned it off and survived. The restaurant next door (Brian's 24, which I will review under a seperate listing) provides room service for the hotel. I utilized room service once during my stay and found the order taker very friendly and the speed of delivery better than average. As my opening statement said, I probably could have rated the place a little lower than I did, but surprisingly I had a decent stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This boutique style hotel is centrally located in San Diego's exciting Gaslamp Quarter. We invite you to step back in time to the elegant comforts, friendly hospitality and impeccable service of a bygone era. Opened in 1913 as the St. James Hotel, San Diego's original high-rise luxury hotel, our beautifully restored property is an oasis of historic style for leisure and business travelers. We are 6 1/2 blocks from San Diego's waterfront convention center. It's a pleasant 7 minute walk from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Inn & Suites Gaslamp/ Hotel San Diego
- Ramada Inn And Suites Gaslamp/Convention Center
- Ramada Inn San Diego
- Ramada San Diego