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Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown
Ranked #14 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

When in SD this is a great location
East walk to ocean and cheaper that most good hotels
It is on eastern side and offers parking
Great shopping and restaurants nearby
Easy walk to Petco park and baseball
We like hotel and find staff extremely helpful

Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Really cool hotel in a nice location. Spacious rooms, little bit of wasted space though, however it is a restored bank. The decor was nice, wish we could have opened the window. Staff was friendly, valet guys were prompt and gave excellent directions.

Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for 6 nights during a 3week west coast adventure. We had never been to San Diego before so were unsure of what to expect! The location of the hotel is good for access to the lively Gaslamp district, the trolleys and Balboa park. There was a bus stop right outside that went direct to the zoo which was convenient! The hotel itself is a lovely historical building and we had a huge room with good views of the ball park& the water. The service throughout the stay was really good, one helpful young man 'Dennis' even gave us his personal transit card to use to get around! I would most definitely stay here again if ever in town!

Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

I stayed here for 2 nights during a recent trip down the California coast with my husband, sister and her boyfriend. We were quite impressed with the building. The lobby and meeting room area are perfectly preserved with 1930's-era detailing and slight modern touches. The upper floors are very office-like, but the rooms are modern and beautifully decorated. The beds were very comfortable, the mini fridge was great to have, and the shower head was adjustable. The only issue we had was the room temperature seemed quite inconsistent, even with the A/C running. The first night we had the A/C on all night, set at about 67 and we woke up a few times thinking it was too warm, plus the A/C unit is quite loud when it turns on. But the second night we set it lower and just let the fan run which helped a lot. I also would have thought being in the downtown area that it would be loud with street noise but we were on the 9th floor and hardly heard a thing. Plus, it's an easy walk to the great restaurants and bars of the Gaslamp district.

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

The hotel is housed in the former offices of a bank. This has some magnificent original features including the bank's vault and the main banking hall. But this impressive interior is not matched by the quality of the accommodation.

We stayed five nights in a Deluxe King room. I had not realised at the time of booking that this is not a 'full service' hotel. So it was surprising at first to find: no room service after 11.00pm (we arrived in the early hours of the morning after a 6-hour flight and nothing to eat); no bottled water in the room; no bathrobes; no shaving mirror; no bar-staff until after 3.00pm on a Sunday. In short, very little that could be considered 'luxury'. The room had a very corporate feel and the fact that they were once a bank's offices does not help. I disliked the room, with its repulsive picture of a marauding octopus, though my wife was more positive. But it did have both a fridge and microwave oven.

The hotel is well-situated on the Northern edge of the Gas Lamp Quarter. We walked to Balboa Park and back, no problem. The staff were generally friendly and helpful. There is a laundry and exercise room. What it does, it does reasonably well. But if you are looking for something special this is probably not it.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thea T, Front Office Manager at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2014

n0rbr8ck, Thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear that you were not impressed with our property. I am glad to hear you were able to enjoy our convenient location as well as our friendly staff. As you mentioned, we are not a full service property and due to this we are not able to have 24 hour room service or the other amenities you mentioned. We do what we can to make all of our guests comfortable despite not having these available. We do try recommending several 24 hr or delivery restaurants in the area for our late night travelers. Being in San Diego there are many great local restaurants open late. I apologize we were not able to meet all of your needs on this trip, but I am glad that you enjoyed what we had to offer. Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback and I hope you choose to visit us again in the future.

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Reviewed August 10, 2014

The hotel is in an old bank building with coffered ceilings and a lot of original marble. Once inside the rooms they are modern and well appointed with a desk, small microwave and fridge. It was within walking distance of the Gaslamp district and about 15 minutes to the Seaport village. The rooms seemed somewhat small but were spotless and decorated in a contemporary style. I had an inside room and heard not a sound.
The front desk staff was pleasant to me but were not to a colleague who left her gov't ID at home. We were traveling as a group for a job with the Navy. I think she could have been more considerate.

Room Tip: Inside rooms were very quiet away from the street, however you have no view of anything except the r...
  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

This building used to be a bank in early 1900's. The lobby is beautiful and they've kept a few of the old bank features too. Check out the lower lever to see the old vault which they converted into a meeting room.
The rooms were clean and quiet and the staff was curtious.
Only a few blocks to walk to gaslamp bars and restaurants

Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Tim S
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Additional Information about Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown

Address: 530 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Green Hotel in San Diego
#20 Family Hotel in San Diego
#23 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#34 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: $135 - $369 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 245
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come experience the perfect San Diego hotel for your business or leisure stay. Housed in a 1920's historic landmark building, the reinvented Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown welcomes guests with the sophisticated comfort of modern accommodations, while embracing the character of the distinguished former financial institution. From the moment you step through the revolving front doors, you will be whisked away to an inviting and intimate space to unwind, gather your thoughts, or share a laugh and a beverage with friends. Exquisite remnants of the former bank grace the interior of our hotel and mix with a fresh, contemporary style. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, you can expect impeccable service and an unbeatable location in the Gaslamp Quarter, offering hundreds of dining and entertainment options. We are conveniently located in the heart of the business district, walking distance to the waterfront and San Diego Convention Center, and minutes away from the San Diego International Airport. We are also just steps away from the San Diego Trolley which connects downtown to Mission Valley, Chula Vista, and the International Border. Reinvented with fresh decor and design, our guest rooms and suites provide superior accommodations for individual travelers, business groups, event groups and families. Each of our rooms offers luxury bedding, free high-speed Internet and microwaves, refrigerators and safes in every room. After sightseeing or a day of meetings, enjoy delicious California cuisine at THE LOBBY or grab a snack at our 24-hour market. At the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown, we're ready to serve up what you want - where you want. ... more   less 
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