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Wyndham Harbour Lights
Ranked #130 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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Perth, Australia
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85 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Great Hotel, Great Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

An awesome hotel situated in the Gaslamp Qtr. Lots of great places We travelled with our 14 month so requested a portacot and it was brought up in minutes. Nothing was to much trouble for the staff. Hot water for bottles was readily available in the lobby. Sure there was a little bit of noise after hours but nothing to stop you sleeping. Earplugs were available but not used. Washing machines etc downstairs were easily accessible. A lot of people on here were whinging about being pressured to sit down and do a time share talk with the reps but we werent hassled once. A full kitchen was also in our room with a full size fridge which made it easy to go to the local market and stock up. Westfield is right around the corner. A short walk to the main attractions and a bus stop to get to the zoo is very close. (100m).

We intend on coming back to San Deigo in a few yrs time and will definately stay here once again.

Room Tip: We stayed facing the back car park on level 6 from memory.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

First off, I have to commend the public transportation system in San Diego, the MTS. All the buses we rode were on time, very clean, the drivers helpful and patient. The moment you go outside of the SAN airport, the #992 picks you up right at the sidewalk every 15 min Monday thru Friday, under 30 min Sat and Sun. Fare is $2.25 one way or with multiple transfers get the $5 day pass for the duration of your stay. Seniors (60+) is only $1.10. Exact change only. Within 15-20 minutes depending on traffic we were deposited at 5th and Broadway, just a few steps away from Harbour Lights. From that corner we could take #7 to get to the Zoo and Balboa Park. (Must visit!) or #901 to Coronado Island driving across their beautiful bridge (Loved the Hotel Del Coronado and the pristine white beaches there! For a bit of adventure for the return trip back, ride the #904 across the street from the Hotel Del -comes five min after the hour Mon thru Sat only from 10am to 6pm to the Ferry Landing and ride the ferry to the Embarcadero for $4.25 and then have lunch or dinner at the nearby Fish Market Restaurant-Lower Level cheaper) The concierge has a flyer on what trolley lines or bus routes for the city's major attractions. You don't really need a car. Besides, daily parking at the hotel is $30.
The hotel's location is perfect, near so many restaurants and stores. Ralph's is a couple of blocks away to stock on food and snacks. Harbor Lights has over 60 studios and just one bedrm unit. Our studio was in the back, very clean and quiet, spacious with a king bed and sleeper sofa, Housekeeping had formed a cute doggie from their generous towels (We had six sets of white, thick towels.) and decorated it for Valentine's Day with red, over-sized glasses and heart candies which they placed on the bed. What a nice touch; truly set the tone for the rest of our stay. There were even ear plugs available for the city noises outside or for snoring guests. Hotel Staff was excellent and friendly and very helpful. They baked chocolate cookies for guests in the afternoon at the front desk and had popped popcorn nearby in the lobby. The concierge had recommendations galore and discount coupons for restaurants and for most of the major attractions. The owners update was short and sweet. We were given lunch and afterwards, two day passes to the zoo, a $88 value - well worth the 45 minutes. What more could you ask for. We loved Harbour Lights and plan to return soon!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

There were four of us traveling, 2 adults and 2 kids (12 and 9). The one bedroom was not available for the week we stayed, but the studio worked. After the first night, we asked for a roll away bed and had it in our room within minutes of requesting it. The kitchen had everything that we needed. We ate breakfast and snacks in the room every day. The location was very convenient and we were able to easily find bus routes everywhere. The staff at the hotel was excellent, the concierge was extremely helpful and was very knowledgeable about activities for adults and children. We didn't use the gym as we were able to run to Balboa Park from the hotel which was beautiful. We would definitely stay at this hotel again. It is in an urban area and you can hear some noises at night, but again, you are in the middle of a busy city.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Granbury, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

The staff at the Wyndham Harbour Lights were the greatest. We flew in to John Wayne Airport and then rode the train to San Diego. The train station was a medium walk to the Wyndham. There were plenty of things to keep us occupied while there and if we wanted to do anything else we just had to ask the staff. Told them it was my husband's birthday and before we knew it and had unpacked, they had brought up a card and a surprise. The resort manager, Sarah, was the best and talked to us whenever we saw her.

Room Tip: Higher rooms have less noise
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

I enjoyed staying at this hotel. It was very comfortable, clean, safe and very century located. Staff was very friendly, helpful. I arrived early at 10am, and they already had a room for me, it was nice after a flight. I could walk at all restaurants and bars in downtown. I had 2nd floor - did not have a view, but I went there to enjoy San Diego life, so I was happy.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

My husband and I are timeshare owners and chose to spend 5 nights at the Wyndham in San Diego. Getting away from the East coast just after Hurricane Sandy blew through was wonderful. San Diego was as wonderful as ever, and as it was my husband's first visit, I was so glad it didn't disappoint. The location of the Wyndham is perfect. Half a block walk to Broadway, where we caught a bus to the Zoo and Balboa Park. We were able to walk easily to the Amtrak station downtown, just a few blocks, and took a train to Disneyland for a day, meeting up with relatives. Beautiful trip, along the ocean and beach nearly all the way. Many good restaurants were within a short walk from the Wyndham, making a car unnecessary for us. I would recommend a room on the back of the hotel, as it is much quieter at night. And take a cab, not a shuttle, from the airport, as it is much less expensive, too. The hotel staff went out of their way to make us feel at home, and greeted us each evening like we were family coming home. They have a guest laundry, and will provide soap and supplies for you at the desk. I definitely would return.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised at the top quality & size of my accommodation. Even though the room was facing 5th Ave, the noise was not pronounced enough to concern me. I guess weekend nights or a sport event night might be different.
Reception Staff were very helpful & friendly, especially Jessica Martinez.
Wyndham is a time share, it's well known. At the outset why can't people just politely advise they are not interested in attending an information session & they'd rather not be disturbed.Those guys are just doing their job.
Enjoy your holiday!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Wyndham Harbour Lights
Address: 911 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6101 (Formerly Fairfield)
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , Gaslamp
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#31 Green Hotel in San Diego
#61 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#87 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Wyndham Harbour Lights 3.5*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Wyndham Harbour Lights in beautiful San Diego, CA. Our resort offers stylish downtown loft accommodations with retro furnishings, flat screen TV’s, CD/DVD/Stereo, pull out sofa, mini kitchenettes, and high end bathroom amenities from Bath & Body Works. Our resort has a gym, steam room, and sauna in the lower level for all your fitness needs. We are also pleased to announce the arrival of one of the most requested amenities, complimentary in-room wireless internet! To get connected using your wireless accessible laptop, just follow the simple instructions on the card next to your phone. A list of grocery services, channel listings, and other downtown gyms are provided for you in the front of the guest directory located in your room. If you would like to know more about these services please dial “0” on your phone to reach a member of the front office team. ... more   less 
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