My mother, brother, and I surprised my sister this past weekend with an overnight stay here for her birthday. I'm very glad I chose here, because the overall stay was very nice.
Before I begin, I want to mention that when you first drive up to the front of the hotel on Jefferson, park in the typically-empty loading zone. Don't try to go into the underground parking structure, expecting someone to be there to help you or a button to call for someone, and then try to reverse out of there cursing yourself quietly (this was not me at all). Park on the curb, check in, then use your room key to get into the structure.
The hotel itself is unique and wonderfully located, as it's nuzzled right between Jefferson and San Diego Ave. It's close enough to the action of Old Town (walking distance), without all the noise. The rooms have a different layout than I've seen in a hotel before. There's a stretch of hallway, and then an opening to the outside with about 2 rooms, before going to another stretch of hallway. It's different, and struck me as a mix of a hotel and motel. It was pretty neat, but I'm glad we got a room in a hallway (because of the rain).
It should be mentioned that my sister is in a wheelchair at the moment from surgery late March. The doorways were all wide enough to accommodate, though I'm not sure how well one would be able to move about inside the hotel room/bathroom with strictly a wheelchair, and no use of crutches. It was roomy enough for her to easily get around in the crutches. With the bathroom being so small, however, I don't think someone solely in a wheelchair will get by as easily. Though we did not have a handicap accessible room, so it may be unfair to judge the bathroom.
We were on the second floor, so had a balcony overlooking the courtyard. It was very nice to hear the fountain below with the doors open. I also want to mention real quick that the A/C unit works very well and actually makes the room cold! Due to rain, we couldn't keep the balcony doors open (which a nice breeze had been coming from). We didn't use the pool/jacuzzi, but I will mention the jacuzzi looked well heated (we could see the steam lol) and the pool is small and doesn't look to go any deeper than 4.5 feet.
The money-winner for us was, believe it or not, the desk. It was an incredibly welcome surprise when we noticed the desk was on wheels and could actually be moved in between the beds! My sister loves playing board games and we had brought some along with us to play, and that little cherry on top made game-play so convenient and comfortable for all! While playing games, we got the munchies. Turns out, there's a liquor store directly across the street from the second floor - talk about convenient. We were there and back in ten minutes flat. Again, excellent location.
Sleep quality here was not an issue of noise, but comfort. The bed is good, the sheets are comfy, but the pillows suck. They seemed like they would be really nice, but when it came to actually sleeping on them... One pillow is not enough, two is overkill and strains the neck. In hindsight, I would bring my own pillow, or a baby pillow to combine with one of the hotel pillows. Pillows really effect how well one sleeps, but other than the pillows, everything was great.
With all the great things I read about breakfast, I will say I did go in with some level of expectations. They were not met in the slightest. At the very, very best, it was ok. And that's only if you find something you actually want to, or can, eat. Granted, it's complimentary (thank God), but it's not really breakfast... just yogurt, fruit, microwave jimmy dean sandwiches, and make-your-own waffles that no one was interested in eating. It was a bit of a let down that my sister's birthday breakfast was a banana and cup of grapefruit :| Had I known, I wouldn't have told her that I heard great things about the complimentary breakfast here, and have her be let down as well.
Overall, the stay was great and my sister had a great weekend. The goal was met in that regard! Had the breakfast been breakfast, I would have given 5/5 in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the culture and history of San Diego's Old Town, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego Old Town provides travelers with a relaxing escape. Set away from the bustle of the city, and located minutes from San Diego's top beaches, our accommodations are perfect for those who want to be near it all yet revel in the slow pace that comes with a removed place. Old Town, with its charm and stories, delights and there is no shortage of museums and authentic shops to explore here. If you are looking for hotel suites in San Diego that let you completely unwind as you visit Old Town, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego Old Town is ideal. We offer excellent value for travelers desiring more space, modern amenities, and an exceptional San Diego location. Our hotel provides a free daily breakfast and easy access to the Gaslamp District, Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium and more. ... more less
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