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Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Ranked #40 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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“My favorite Marriott branded property”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

An initial caveat on my rating--this is not a 5 star hotel, it is a 5 star 4 star hotel. In other words, for a 4 star hotel, this property deserves 5 stars. It is not a Four Seasons type of property (nor does it charge Four Seasons prices--just don't have that expectation).

With that out of the way, this IS my favorite Marriott branded property in the system. It is an example of what happens with an owner (Host Hotels) continues to invest in a property. The hotel itself was built around 1987. Fortunately, at the time it was cutting edge architecture that has withstood the test of time.

Location: The location is excellent, right on the water but within an easy walk to the Gaslamp Quarter. Better situated than the Hilton Bayview--on the waterfront walkway to Seaport village. I also prefer the location to the Marriott and Hilton Gaslamp properties, because you are still close to the "action," but get an outstanding view at the Marquis that you don't have at the Gaslamp hotels.

Public/Outdoor Spaces: The hotel has undergone a significant renovation of the lobby and it shows. There is also a new restaurant, Marina Kitchen. The restaurant used to be on the bottom floor and was pleasant. Now it is at the lobby level and very visually appealing (and huge). There's even outdoor seating. The pool area has always been very nice, but they've added some fire pits and seating areas that are quite pleasant on cool evenings. Overall, the vibe is relaxed, but modern. There is a good sized store, a full service Starbucks, and a takeout food option called the Exchange.

Dining: Had breakfast and several lunch entrees. There is a takeout service at Marina Kitchen which works well (pickup at the bar). Breakfast is excellent. The brioche French toast is remarkable and one of the best I've ever had. Food portions are large across the board--for instance, one piece of cheesecake easily serves two if you want to bring some dessert back to the room. It isn't cheap, but in line with what hotels generally charge.

Rooms: Probably the weakest point, but by no means weak. First of all, its worth paying for the bayview balcony rooms. The balcony isn't huge, but there is two chairs and a table. Ask for a high room, which we had. The view across the bay of the bridge and Coronado is great. The rooms themselves are an average size but well designed. The furniture is in good condition--no obvious scrapes or dents. The sink is outside of the bathroom which I always like. Shower was fine, nothing fancy but perfectly adequate. There is a nice couch/sitting area near the balcony. Beds were comfortable. The HVAC system is old and a negative. At low, the fan in our room made an annoying sound--for some reason at high it was actually quieter. However, otherwise we actually found the room to be quiet and weren't bothered by any noise.

Staff: A plus. Eager to please and friendly. Front desk was well run, and the clerk went out of his way to be helpful.

Parking: The only issue we had was inadequate parking on a Saturday night. We had chosen self parking but were forced to valet. Not only where we still charged for valet, but the line to get the car was ridiculous--25 minutes. They were clearly overwhelmed. I'm not sure what they could do about it as they had a lot of people working hard, I think it was just a capacity issue. The front desk did adjust the charge at checkout without an argument.

Overall, I wouldn't stay anyplace else in San Diego. Other Marriott franchisers should emulate what Host has done with this property. It is very versatile--its a convention hotel, but great for getaways, families, etc.

Room Tip: High floor, bay view, balcony.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

This is a hotel in the middle of a major city that feels like you are at a resort in the island. I loved the view, the hotels and the service that you get while here. I was here for a convention and loved this place. Right next to the convention center but in the courtyard you with the water view if feels like you are away in a beach resort.

When I come back to San Diego I will stay here again. Marriott did a great job with this hotel.

Room Tip: get a water view hotel. the north tower has balconies the south tower does not.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and would definitely stay again! The pool area is amazing. The staff at check-in were very helpful and friendly. The valet staff were always right there to assist us with anything we needed. The bar was busy and had a nice atmosphere. They have Roy's - a Hawaiin Fusion restaurant on-site and we really enjoyed dinner our final night in San Diego there. overall a great hotel with an amazing view of the Bay!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We recently stayed the Marriott Marquis on the water in San Diego. Excellent location and we were lucky to get a room on floor 22 with view of harbor and sunset over Point Loma....the room was top notch, and walking distance to Gas Lamp district or other attractions on the water was very convinient. Only drawback was self parking... I had a great weekend rate of $133/nite.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

I had a great stay at this Marriott, just like I have at all of the other Marriott properties where I have stayed. The staff was extremely friendly. Check-in and check-out were handled promptly and it was very easy to get a cab at the front door. The cab ride from the airport to the hotel is short and cheap (about $20). The hotel was quiet and I was not woken up by guests early in the morning. Housekeeping was also prompt and thorough. I had clean towels, sheets, and new packs of coffee every day.

The view from the hotel is amazing on the Marina side. If you get a room on that side (which I recommend), you will be treated to an amazing sunset every night. The hotel is also a short walk to the Gas Lamp district as well as to the light rail station. Overall, I highly recommend this hotel. I'm not sure when I'll be in San Diego again, but if I am, I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: The view on the marina side is amazing.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Belton, South Carolina
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

This was the first time I had traveled to California, and I loved this city. There is so much to see and do. We walked to the gas lamp district and shopping district, then took Amtrak up the Ca coast (beautiful), took trolley rides, and went into Mexico. It was awesome. The hotel concierge was very very helpful. The room was decorated nicely and very comfortable. We were on the 17th floor and we never waited long on an elevator. Great place to stay, and would love to stay here again!!

Room Tip: We had a marina side room, but the city view rooms had a great view as well.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

I just want to say thank you to all the wonderful people that I came across at the Marriott Marquis. Especially to a lady named Carlene!!! Thank you so much Carlene for giving me the information on the Gaslamp area and all the great resturants. My wife and I enjoyed The Top Of the Market so much, it was a beautiful day, great view and the food was great!! Thnk you again Carlene!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Address: 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-7709
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#16 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#17 Green Hotel in San Diego
#24 Business Hotel in San Diego
#29 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#29 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 1305
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Soak up the sun in style at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Unique to other downtown San Diego hotels, Marriott provides an environment that easily transitions from dynamic meetings to resort-style relaxation with luxury guest rooms, 280,000 square feet of meeting space and a 446-slip marina. Adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and steps from the Gaslamp Quarter, our San Diego hotel in downtown is at the center of many popular attractions including Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village, SeaWorld(R) San Diego & LEGOLAND(R) California. Experience grand service and thoughtful amenities during your stay with exceptional dining options, a resort-style pool with cabanas and a bar, spa and state-of-the-art fitness center. Relax at the end of the day in well-appointed guest rooms featuring plush bedding, the latest technology and breathtaking views of San Diego Bay. No matter what kind of getaway you're craving, our luxury hotel in downtown San Diego delivers. ... more   less 
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