I found a great rate for The Keating and stayed here while attending a conference. I guess the feel is supposed to be ultra hip and modern, but it was a terrible place for me to stay. Although many of the reviews mention it, the street noise is horrible and comes at all times (it was too much for even me who has lived in NYC for many years). I was staying on the Penthouse level, and the entire floor reeked of cigarette smoke at night - it filtered into my room, which was disgusting. The floors in the room are cement - no clue why the hallways are carpeted yet the rooms are not? The plugs are extremely difficult to find and get to - I had to move furniture to be able to access them for my laptop. I also did not realize that the shower and sink area would be open to the entire room (toilet area is separated), so that's important to know.
To be fair, they do leave earplugs on the bed, which were a godsend for me. The location is a short 10-minute walk to the Convention Center and Marina. The room was fairly clean (although a few mystery stains on the bed, eww). I think this hotel would be good for a younger client or for those who plan on going out late at night. However, for a business traveler it was less than ideal - had I been booked for longer than 2 nights I would have switched hotels.
Pros: Clean room, comfortable bed, super friendly staff, free wi-fi.
Cons: Loud street noise most of the night, cigarette smoke smell throughout hallway and in room, uncomfortable feel to the room, plugs are difficult to find/access.
- 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