After doing a lot of research we picked the Bristol as our hotel for our 5 night stay during Christmas week. I had booked a private room with private bath at a downtown hostel months in advance, but as December approached (which can be low season for certain cities) hotel prices started to go down, so I booked a hotel instead, also downtown. About a week later and approximately 2 weeks before our trip, I found a great rate on the Bristol’s web site which included parking, so I switched it. Parking comes at a premium downtown San Diego, which is no different than any other big city.
This hotel has an excellent location downtown San Diego and just blocks away from the Gaslamp District, where all the actions happens. I read other reviews where guests thought it was a bit too noisy, but we only heard a truck here and there, after all whenever you stay downtown at any big city in the world, it’s very hard not to hear any street noise. I had requested a room in a quiet area.
The staff was friendly, especially one particular guy at the valet parking, I wish that I could remember his name, he was extremely nice and we made sure to tip him every time!
Free wi-fi but no breakfast was included, but they have a restaurant connected to the hotel.
The room and bathroom looked exactly like the pictures they have on their web site, except that they were a bit smaller, well I know that they usually “enhance” their own pictures, but overall, it was an ok size and the beds were comfortable, we were in room #705. There was a mini-bar in the room and upon check-in we were told that we could remove the items in it (they weren’t time sensed) and use it as a mini-fridge, which was great.
I’d stay at this hotel again if the price is right (there are a lot of options downtown San Diego) and recommend it to others as well.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bristol San Diego