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“Great Boutique Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Bristol Hotel

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The Bristol Hotel
Ranked #64 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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“Great Boutique Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

We stay at The Bristol each year when we attend San Diego Opera. It is a very short walk from the Opera House in downtown San Diego and close to the Gaslamp District, Horton Plaza and a breezy walk to the ocean. A charming boutique hotel with a lovely atmosphere. Very friendly staff, you will be guaranteed a warm, helpful welcome. Comfy beds, interesting decor, we love this place. We travel a great deal and have many options but in San Diego, the Bristol wins hands down. Highly recommended from the valet parking on arrival to the smiling goodbye on departure.

Room Tip: This is noisy downtown San Diego so a room on an upper floor for quietness is a good idea.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Dear Brynette,

You are one of our most valued guests. We love having you and our staff is always sorry to see you leave! Thank you for such nice accolades and I will share them with my staff; a great reinforcement that a job well done does not go unnoticed. We sure hope that you enjoyed the Opera and are happy to hear that you were able to take advantage of our location.

On behalf of the Bristol team, thank you for staying with us.

Kind Regards and Safe Travels,

Gregory T. Rizzi
General Manager
The Bristol San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

I cannot wait to check back in to this hotel. The pricing was very reasonable. The position was absolutely perfect. I was using public transport, and this hotel was central to everything. The beds were very comfortable. Bathroom was clean and tidy. Staff were polite and helpful. A truly fantastic experience.

Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Dear Rach D,

Thank you for a great review and we can’t wait for your next visit!!

We pride ourselves in offering excellent guest service, clean and comfortable accommodations at reasonable room rates in a centralized location. Public transportation is located directly out front and around the corner from the hotel and all of the sights and sounds of San Diego are nearby.

On behalf of the Bristol Team, thank you for staying at the Bristol Hotel.

Kind Regards and Safe Travels,

Gregory T. Rizzi
General Manager
The Bristol San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

Quiet boutique hotel with updated, classy decor with helpful amazing staff.
Great beds, well appointed bathroom. Incredible location for four nights. We walked everywhere, terrific access to all modes of transportation. Will come back and do highly recommend, a jewel in downtown San Diego.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

Very nice hotel and reasonably priced. The staff was very friendly, our room was clean, the bed was comfortable - what more could you want? The cleaning staff actually made our bed differently every day, which I thought was a very nice touch. We ate breakfast one morning in the hotel restaurant (First Avenue Bar & Grille) and I was very surprised by how yummy my oatmeal and eggs were. $5 mimosas all day are also a plus. When we come back to visit San Diego, we will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear MissGolden,

Thank you for your kind words.

Yes, the Bristol Hotel offers very comfortable rooms at reasonably priced room rates and our staff does an exceptional job in making sure that the Bristol is spotless. The First Avenue Bar and Grille Management Staff will be pleased to learn that you enjoyed your morning breakfast - the Oatmeal, Eggs and most of all (our morning eye opener) our Mimosas!

Most of all, thank you for selecting the Bristol Hotel and we look forward to your return visit.

Kind Regards and Safe Travels,

Gregory T. Rizzi
General Manager
The Bristol San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Check in staff extremely polite and efficient. The room is well appointed. All the essentials: robes, dryer, coffee maker w/comp coffee, plenty of lights & pillows. The bed was extremely comfortable. The overall room has a very easy eye on the contemporary feel. Location is awesome. You can just park your car at the hotel and walk everywhere. Would definately go back and would recommend to others!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Dear SuziBrandts,
Thank you for your kind words! Yes indeed, we are a very nice, boutique hotel offering all of the amenities that you would expect! Our rooms are spotless, comfortable and nicely decorated at affordable room rates. And, if you are driving, our valet garage offers complimentary in and out privileges and our parking rates are usually $8 to $10 less expensive per day than our competing hotels. Most of all, I want to thank you for acknowledging our staff. They strive to provide exceptional service and I will pass along your comments.

On behalf of the Bristol Team, thank you for residing at our hotel and we look forward to your return.

Kind Regards and Safe Travels,
Gregory T. Rizzi
General Manager
Bristol Hotel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

We loved this place! Out of many downtown hotels I've checked out, this is by far the best one. Not only was the price unbeatable ($167 for Deluxe King Room), but the quality of this hotel really impressed us. It's very nicely decorated, the rooms are spotless and beautiful, and most amazing of all, they were quiet! -- this is a big plus, especially for San Diego downtown area. The staff was very accommodating and responded very quickly to our requests. We found our first room (Room 606) very cold in temperature (they even had the engineer check the heater, but after over an hour of running the heater at 90degF, it still felt like 60degF in the room!). So they let us check out other rooms (which we loved) before we settled into room 712, which was smaller (Superior King), but was still very quiet, beautiful and best of all warm! We'll definitely return to this hotel!

Room Tip: Corner rooms are large, but heater may not be effective (e.g., room 606). High floors (6th floor or...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

Very reasonably priced (on the internet), friendly staff, good location, the transport information and booking office is right around the corner. The hotel restaurant was heavily discounted for guests and even at full price it was value for money.
The hotel valet parking was pricey but little safe alternatives nearby.
A great place for a short break in San Diego

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank MWLSW18
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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Dear MWLSW18,

Thank you for your great comments, we really appreciate being recognized for our efforts. The Bristol Hotel offers great value and wee can afford to do this because we are a small, independent boutique hotel that does not have franchise fees and additional expenses associated with some of the larger hotel brands. The parking garage is sublet to an operator, which is a fairly common practice. Our pricing is actually $8 to $10 less than some of our competing hotels and we offer complimentary in and out privileges.

On your next visit to San Diego, we look forward to having you as our guest.

Kind Regards and Safe Travels,

Gregory T. Rizzi
General Manager
The Bristol San Diego
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Property: The Bristol Hotel
Address: 1055 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-4890
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Green Hotel in San Diego
#27 Business Hotel in San Diego
#42 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#53 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Bristol Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bristol Hotel, a premier boutique hotel in downtown San Diego, offers extreme comfort and friendly service whether your travel is for business or leisure. The Bristol Hotel is a fresh take on modern style - our sophisticated atmosphere awaits you in our contemporary lobby and throughout our eclectically styled San Diego hotel rooms. This modern flair continues throughout the lounge and banquet facilities and is sure to be a perfect choice for business, leisure, group functions, meetings and special events. This downtown hotel’s superb location is within blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter, fine dining, world-class shopping at Horton Plaza, the Cruise Ship Terminal, the Convention Center, Petco Park, Theatre District, East Village, Little Italy, San Diego Concourse and the San Diego Bay. This pet-friendly San Diego hotel is only a short drive to any of the many sunny beaches, the San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld. The Bristol Hotel is one of only seven hotels in San Diego to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating and is also a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program. ... more   less 
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