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Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Ranked #71 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

This is a smallish Hilton that feels much more like an independent boutique hotel. It is not the usual huge, multi-towered property, which I have to say I typically do not enjoy. The Hilton Gaslamp is the anti-dote to that.

Check in was quick, friendly and painless. The elevator is easy to find and accessible. Bellmen were friendly and helpful. The rooms are quite nice and well maintained, as were the common areas. We got lucky and enjoyed a corner room, which was bright and just perfect. Everything was in good order and we felt right at home in the well sized space.

The front desk staff are very helpful and friendly, but I did overhear them more than a few times apologize to guests for issues they felt were unsatisfactory. One was that there were additional fees for certain things (wifi, the workout room?). I cannot speak to that, as we booked our trip thru a conference related travel agent and not via an internet discount site. "Read the fine print" is the moral of the story, I suspect.

We had breakfast one morning at the Hilton, and due to being in a hurry we chose the buffet. I am never one to complain about prices, but I did feel the rate was excessive for the offerings which were not as extensive as they should have been. Still, my egg white omelette with fresh vegetables was quite good and the fruit very fresh.

The property is well located to the Convention Center, and there are great restaurants within walking distance. PETCO Field is just around the corner, and two movie theaters also fairly close by. There's a World Market if you need some fun, speciality snacks and beverages, as well as a drug store a few blocks away for emergency supplies. And, again, so many restaurants to choose from in The Gaslamp!

We very much enjoyed the location, the room and the easy service. As there are typically few hotel offered airport shuttles in San Diego, you can either take a taxi or public transportation just outside of the airport terminal. It was so easy with just a few blocks to walk to the hotel, we took the bus both to and from the airport. Only those with minimal luggage will probably appreciate the short bus ride, though.

All in all, a very pleasant stay at a very nice smaller big city hotel.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

This was the worst ever Hilton property that I have stayed at in my 12 years of weekly traveling. The breakfast buffet and restaurant service were horrible. It's like the chef doesn't really understand decent, healthy cooking. No newspapers were delivered to the room. We had to call in for free waters every day. And, the worst was, the night screams/singing/howling from young crowds on the street next to our room until 2:00 or 3:00 AM every night of our stay!! We couldn't get any sleep throughout our 3-day stay!

The only saving grace was the Bell Captain, Tom, who provided excellent guidance for our daily tours. Thanks Tom!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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GMHiltonGaslamp, General Manager at Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2013

First of all, thank you for your review of your past stay at our hotel. We always appreciate hearing from our guests - including when comments help identify ways we can improve. I understand that the noise was an issue during your stay; while we do have additional security and overnight managers available during high traffic periods - we regret that noise was disruptive to you. I apologize that you're comfort was interrupted by other guests and I have shared your review with our security team. I do hope the next time you return to the area you consider staying with us again.

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Got a great rate through hotels.com over the Thanksgiving and enjoyed the Gaslamp attractions within walking distance. Service was ok and the rooms very typical Hilton look with limited choice of toiletries though. Comfortable beds and spacious rooms. We had a view towards convention center on fifth floor and didn't hear any traffic noise from outside. No minibar but a little coffee maker in the room.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Attended a conference at the San Diego convention center. The location is superb. The rooms are comfortable and a good value. The front desk and restaurant staff are very friendly and helpful. Enjoyed the convenience of the variety of very good Gaslamp restaurants and shops. Its a safe location for a single traveler. Previously stayed at the Hilton Bayside and Marriott but would definitely chose the Gaslamp for future conferences.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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GMHiltonGaslamp, General Manager at Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to post a review of the hotel. The hotel does enjoy a great location and is very convenient to the Gaslamp district as well as the convention center. We appreciate your comments on our friendly front desk and restaurant staff. We look forward to your next visit to San Diego.

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Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

Highly recommend this hotel for access to Convention Center and GasLamp district. I was staying in the Loft rooms which are very spacious and well equipped. Breakfast buffet was great and complimentary for HHonors gold and above, as is water and wifi. One complaint is $40 valet parking!

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GMHiltonGaslamp, General Manager at Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of the hotel. I am happy that you had a great stay at the hotel and enjoyed our Loft room accommodations. The hotel does enjoy a great location and is very convenient to the Gaslamp district as well as Petco park and several area attractions. Regarding the parking, our parking costs include the Valet service, as well as unlimited 'In and Out' meaning you can take your car whenever you want without additional fees. Your car will always remain secure and accessible in our covered parking. That said, we do want to make sure we remain competitive, so we do regular parking rate surveys on the area and other hotels. We've found that we're competitive to the other hotels in our area. There certainly are less expensive options in the area, but they won't necessarily come with the security and convenience with 24 hour access to your vehicle.
Thank you again for your feedback and we look forward to your next visit to San Diego.

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Reviewed December 4, 2012

This Hotel is well located and I found it very comfortable. There are two minuses that guests should know about. There are no Bar fridges in the rooms. Guests are provided with ear plugs in their rooms as the Hotel is located next to a busy train line and trains do sound their horn during the night. Also trams run alongside the same train line and can be heard. I must say using the ear plugs I had no sleeping worries.
The bar service down stairs in the lobby was excellent and I would recommend this hotel. Plenty of restaurants nearby and lovely gardens outside.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Very nice hotel in a great location. Entire staff was friendly and the valet crew was great. The hotel put me on a top floor and noise was not a factor. It is a bit expensive in the restaurant and for valet parking but for the location it isn't out of line. There are plenty restaurants and activities as the hotel is in a prime Gaslamp Quarter location. The only detractor is no airport shuttle or I'd give it 5 stars. I'll definitely choose this hotel in the future.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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GMHiltonGaslamp, General Manager at Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

Thank you for your four star review of the hotel and high recommendation. I am happy that you had a great stay at the hotel and we truly appreciate your kind comments regarding our friendly staff. We look forward to your next visit to the San Diego area and serving you again in the near future.

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Additional Information about Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Address: 401 K St, San Diego, CA 92101-6929
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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 ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#72 Family Hotel in San Diego
#78 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: $152 - $506 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter 4*
Number of rooms: 286
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stylish 12-story Hotel situated in downtown's historic Gaslamp Quarter, adjacent to the bay. ... more   less 
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