We just spent 4 nights at this Category 6 hotel-2 nights on the way to Maui and 2 nights on the way home. We checked in after midnight on both occasions and were warmly welcomed as loyal members each time. Huge bowls of salt water taffy, mini tootsie rolls, and Nesco mints were set out on the counter. Our room faced the city for our first stay and faced San Diego Bay/PETCO Park for our second stay. I felt like I was sitting in the right field bleachers we were so close to the ball park. Both rooms had plenty of room including a nice lounge chair. The safe was in the closet and was large enough to hold a small child . The refrigerator was located in a drawer in the console that housed the flat screen television. The bathroom was small with a beautiful tile floor and had lots of Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy products. The towels were large and high quality with one tied with twine hanging on a hook near the tub. Two bathrobes hanging in the closet were available for use.
A roof top bar, Altitude Skylounge, offers a beautiful view of the city.
The hotel is located on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter and is convenient to just about everything in the city. It is adjacent to PETCO Park, 2 blocks from the Convention Center, and within a block of the trolley ($5 all day pass takes you to most parts of the city). We decided to take a taxi to the zoo to save time and it cost about $15 including tip. We took the trolley to the Navy Harbor to go on a whale watching trip.
The concierge lounge is open on Saturday and Sunday morning from 7 AM to 10 AM for self-service breakfast pastries. Donuts, cereal, and instant oatmeal (you add the hot water) were provided. The lounge is not staffed on the week-ends. It is open from 6:30 AM to 9 AM during the week for continental breakfast and from 5:30 PM to 10 PM for hors d'oeuvres and spirits and desserts and cordials from Sunday thru Thursday. The view of PETCO Park and the San Diego Bay is beautiful.
We will stay at this hotel in the future when we are in the area.
Yes, we took a Hornblower Whale Watching trip and saw gray whales. The boat goes outside of San Diego Bay into the open ocean to look for the whales. They do not use any whale detecting devices, so you have to watch for blows. Once we found blows, the captain would manuever the boat for the best view, 100 yards away from the whale, with our backs to the glare so that pictures would be better. Four naturalists were aboard the boat to show pictures and answer questions. Our trip was on Sunday and there were quite a few private boats in the area who would gather near the whales once they see the whale watching boat stop. This impedes or alters the progress of the whales, but according to our captain, it happens all the time. It may not be as much of a problem during the week. The captain also has to make sure the boat stays out of Mexican waters, because the Mexican government wants part of the $$$ that the boat charges. Some day we want to go back when the blue whales are migrating. They are the largest whales.
Nice to see this hotel is a keeper. We will not stay at the Marina property again as it was a rat hole last time and is always packed with conventions being next to the convention center helps I'm sure. Last time in San Diego we went over to Coronado which is great when you get a villa, but then have to deal with getting over to downtown either by ferry or car so I'm very happy to see your post. Will certainly book this property next time in San Diego.
One caution! The Gaslamp district is in a borderline high crime area. They patrol it heavily but you need to stay within that area. If you do stay there ask where it is safe to walk and where to stay away from. I stayed at the CY and it is located close to that border and was told that I should not walk in one direction from it the other was fine.