We stayed in the Imperiale suite and the first thing I noticed about the place was the Jacuzzi tub and the Bang & Olufson sound system. The Jacuzzi tub is really nice and the changing lights added a nice touch. It took me a while to understand the working of the sound system and I am a tech capable person. One problem is that they should wire up the entire system - living room and bedroom together, so one can play music throughout the suite. You cannot also play a dvd in the bedroom but the on demand movies make that redundant to a certain extent. One suggestion to the hotel would be to provide a written manual next to the sound system so that guests understand how to operate it!
Front desk was extremely helpful and even showed us to our room and offered to help with everything. They were also quick in addressing any issues. When we mentioned we were celebrating graduation, we were sent a card congratulating us with our complimentary champagne. This was a truly personal touch and I really appreciated that.
The bathroom showers are heavenly but it is open and transparent so might not be appropriate for non-partners. The toilets have one sliding door so that can be uncomfortable to some travelers in groups.
The bed was really comfortable and with the music allowed me to sleep at night. Be warned about the noise though. I was duly informed that the noise can get a bit loud. But blame it on Friday night and the reveling San Diego clubbers, it was a bit too loud.
Had fun going up and down the oldest (and possibly slowest :-)) elevator in town. The decor is rich, the suite nicely spaced out. Expresso machine is good, in room bar is well stocked. The hotel mascot Smudge is such a cutie, had fun playing ball with her. The hotel restaurant Merk lived up to our expectations despite reviews to the contrary. We took the suggestions of the server and were quite satisfied with the food and the decor. Valet parking is expensive but expected, but the Horton parking lot is right across the road so you can say a few bucks on that (I was lazy!)
All in all, this place is a great experience. It is possibly one of the most convenient locations in downtown. Get your ear plugs, a few nice swigs of champagne, hit the Jacuzzi for a while and you should be fine!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Diego’s first true luxury boutique hotel that transformed the Gaslamp District from bland to chic. Situated in a building dated from 1890, The Keating is Pininfarina’s first hotel creation -world-renowned master designer behind Ferrari and Maserati. The result is a rare fusion of past and future. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Keating Hotel San Diego
- Keating San Diego