This is my second review of this hotel. I stayed here twice for conventions at the convention center. It could not be more convenient for that. The walk to the convention center is just a minute or two. My last review was lukewarm but this time they stepped it up.
First let me say that this is a busness hotel. It is convenient for downtown and the convention center. It would be OK for vacation travel but for the money there are places on the beach that might be more fun. You can catch the little trains next to the hotel to go up the coastline I suppose. Never tried it. But as a business hotel this one shines. The rooms are not large but they are very nice. Lots of plugs for electronics and a good desk and easy chair for work. Internet is free for club members and you can sign up for the Omni club on arrival if you don't do it from home. It is free. I consider internet as important as running water these days and hotels that charge for it are running off business travelers. It is often not a reimbersable expense. The TV has all of the cable channels we want.
Typical of Omni, the beds are very comfortable and the air conditioning individually controlled. The room was quiet. (I had a view of Petco park.) This would be a great hotel for a game. The amenities are what you would expect from a first-rate hotel. The room was spotless and included evening turn-down service.
Stay away from the mini-bar. You could have a beer FedEx'ed from home for the cost of one. And what is with the $7.00 italian water in the room? Look Omni. There is a fine line between convenience and absurdity. We would like some bottled water in the room but we do not want to pay more for it than we did for our lunch. Kudos on the coffee maker though. The free Wolfgang Puck coffee is a step above the competition. There is a McCormick & Schmick's in the lobby and they are always reliable though fairly expensive. If you really want a treat, go next door to Tin Fish. This is a bar/restaurant with an outside eating area and some of the best fish tacos (and other seafood) you could hope to find. And the prices are very reasonable. The entire Gas Lamp district is right out your door so if you have bad food on your trip it is on you.
In the end though this is a very nice hotel. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. It is convenient for business and just does everything pretty well. It is my goto place for business travel in San Diego.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Omni San Diego is located in downtown San Diego, just steps from the historic Gaslamp quarter and connected via skybridge to the San Diego Padres ballpark, PETCO Park. This luxury hotel was designed with a cosmopolitan feel to compliment the sunny San Diego setting. The interior is contemporary and comfortable, decorated in warm earth tones and natural materials. Guestrooms are relaxing and well appointed with the finest bedding, upscale bathroom amenities, free wireless internet and unbeatable views. In addition, the hotel houses an extensive collection of rare baseball memorabilia, including a variety of autographed baseballs, jerseys, and a Babe Ruth contract. Whether traveling for business or leisure, a stay at the Omni San Diego Hotel is one you won't soon forget. Culinary offerings include McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, open daily, 6am to midnight. Offering the freshest selection of seafood in San Diego, menus are printed daily based upon local fish market supply and focus on seasonal, locally sourced, farm-to-table creations highlighting organic ingredients. Supplementing the menu is a thoughtful beverage list including progressive wines-by-the-glass and mixologist inspired cocktails with a “house made” approach. The Terrace Bar & Grill, open everyday through September, 11am to 8pm – Poolside, Level 6. In-Room/Remote Dining: 24 hours a day online. Morsel’s Café: Open everyday, 6am to 10pm – Lobby Level. Enjoy a variety of Starbuck’s coffee beverages, grab a snack to go, pick up travel-friendly sundries or a San Diego themed gift on the run. ... more less
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