Traveled here for yet another cheer competition being held at the SD convention center. Chose to stay a the Omni because of it's close proximity to the Convention Center.
Check-in was seamless, lobby is small but line wasn't too long to check in. Thankfully, I had read previous reviews about parking so knew to not utilize the hotel parking at $38 a night and parked directly across the street in the Parking garage and for 3 DAYS of parking I only spent $38 (About $17 a night I think they said?)
Room faced the convention center, we were on the 7th floor so really didn't have much of a view except for the train tracks and the convention center. A higher floor would have allowed for a view of the water and marina area behind the convention center.
Room was nicely appointed and clean upon arrival. Beds are just doubles, not queens. There is a mini bar and a small desk with 2 chairs and a sitting chair by the window. There are only 2 small drawers in the TV stand for clothing and 2 even small drawers in the single nightand beween the beds. Definitely need a bit more storage for clothing that doesn't need to be hung. (We came with a LOT of clothes for the 4 days we were here.)
I read about the bathrooms having shutters for doors but our bathroom had a modern privacy glasses sliding door. Not exactly idea, but it provided much more privacy than shuttered doors would have so I was glad to see that. Bathroom is modern looking and clean but the shelving situation (as noted in previous reviews as well) is not ideal. LOOKS nice...not very practical for storing things. My hairdryer barely fit on the shelf. By the time you try to fit anything on the little glass shelves you run out of room quickly. I prefer a counter top with much more room for bathroom toiletries. But that is a small complaint, I did like the modern and open layout. Walls are VERY thin...you hear EVERYTHING...from people coughing, sneezing and...other noises. I'll just leave it at that.
Let me address the NOISE issue: I hadn't really read much about noise being a problem but the first night we were there, oh my goodness was it noisy. The FREIGHT TRAINS that came through all night long on Friday night were HORRIBLE! So loud, at first I got up wondering if we were having an earthquake or something. LOUD! The red metro train wasn't loud at all, although you still have to listen to the clanging noise and horns of the RR gates but it was the freight trains that really took me almost over the edge on Friday night. I have now read that others have complained of this and saw that there are even EAR PLUGS in the night stands. So I look in the nightstands and SURE ENOUGH THERE ARE TWO SETS OF EAR PLUGS!! So they have obviously received enough complaints about the train noise that they try to make it bearable with the earplugs. Thankfully, that was only Friday night. Oddly, there were no freight trains on Saturday night at all and it was MUCH quieter!! The only thing I can guess is, they don't allow freight trains on the weekends, maybe because the know the hotels will be filled with vacationers? Who knows, either way I was VERY grateful that the freight trains did not run the second night because I got VERY LITTLE SLEEP the first night because of them. Saturday night the club across the street at the Hard Rock Hotel was hopping but it didn't really bother me at all. I'd rather listen to the noise of far away music ANY day compared to the FREIGHT TRAIN noise we had the first night! If all else fails and you can't sleep-- try the provided ear plugs. I still can't believe they actually provide ear plugs! I guess that's thinking ahead on their part. :)
We didn't eat at the restaraunt on the premise simply because there are so many other options available in the gas lamp district. The hotel is within walking distance to many different areas, we walked all up and down the marina area, ending up at the U.S.S. Midway and took all 3 of our kids on a tour of the aircraft carrier, etc. Then walked back.
We would stay at an OMNI hotel again, although the freight train noise from the first night MIGHT be enough to make me seek a different location in San Diego but ONLY because of the noise. Everything else was spot on for the most part.
- 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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