Overall I had read the reviews and was expecting some noise, and even asked for a quieter room! First the positives, the lobby is nice and contemporary, the check in was quick although I was not greeted as a Hilton Honors member. Parking was easy, if a little expensive but it is downtown and I knew there was a charge. The room was clean and tidy and the bathroom was up to standard. The other major positive is location. It is close to little Italy and downtown.
On the negative side, my main complaint is the noise. The hotel is directly in next to the railway crossing and in addition to the large number of noisy trains that grind past the hotel all night, you are entertained with the ding-ding-ding of the crossing. Unfortunately that is not the only source of noise pollution. The hotel is very close to the airport with the attendant jet noise and right next to a busy road (Pacific Highway) that has a good selection of noisy motorbikes, trucks, 18 wheelers and idiots deafening themselves and everyone around them.
To add to the misery, on the other side of the street is a major construction project and they get started early with the diggers, backhoes, jackhammers and anything else that makes a noise. I really felt like I did not get more than 20 minutes of uninterrupted sleep the whole night.
This could all be solved by installing decent triple glazed windows.
Also the breakfast was not one to linger over. The usual Hampton Inn plastic eggs, carton juice, unidentified coffee and plastic utensils/plates.
Overall I suspect this review could be of just about any hotel in the locale, noise comes with the territory but in this case, it is the perfect storm of location and cheap windows that let's the whole thing down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Right in the heart of the Embarcadero San Diego downtown, the award-winning Hampton Inn San Diego-Downtown hotel represents the best in California hospitality. We're a 177 guest room hotel dedicated to providing the finest level of hotel comfort. Experience fun and adventure as you sail around the cruise terminal. Savor delicious Italian food in Little Italy and the Gaslamp District. Get close to wildlife at SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo. Catch a big league game at nearby Petco Park and Qualcomm Stadium. The possibilities are endless when you visit our friendly hotel in downtown San Diego, CA. We're conveniently located just off of I-5 - only a mile from San Diego Airport and the San Diego Convention Center. Two blocks from the beauty of the San Diego Bay, we're less than half a mile from the cruise terminal. ... more less
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