San Diego Journals

12 Months in San Diego

A January 2007 trip to San Diego by awc825

W San Diego Photo, San Diego, California More Photos
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12 Months in San Diego

Overview

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Photo, San Diego, California
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Project work (yes, I'm a consultant who spends more time in hotels than home) took me to San Diego in January 2006, where I stayed in a number of hotels and ate at a number of fine restaurants over 12 months. Here's my account...

Quick Tips:

The location of Westin Horton Plaza and US Grant is probably the best of the chain hotels. These hotels are literally a few steps away from the Gaslamp Quarter (shopping, drinks, and restaurants) and the Horton Plaza mall.

Best Way To Get Around:

A taxi from the airport to downtown is .

W San Diego

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W San Diego Photo, San Diego, California
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The W San Diego is about a 10-minute walk to Horton Plaza mall and the Gaslamp Quarter, located in a quiet area near the county jail and some homeless people. They are quite harmless but it might be a bit disconcerting for families.The staff are generally friendly, but I found some to be snobbish.Standard rooms are on the small side, but the Cool Corner rooms and standard suites offer a lot of space. All room types have DVD players but there is a charge to take out a DVD from the hotel library, so consider bringing your own DVDs. All rooms also provide Bliss toiletries, so leave some room in your luggage!The Cool Corner rooms have a large bath tub complete with bath b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 31, 2007

W San Diego
421 W B Street
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 231-8220

Westin Horton Plaza San Diego Photo, San Diego, California
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From a location standpoint, the Westin cannot be beat for proximity to the Horton Plaza mall (it is right next door) and the Gaslamp Quarter, a 3-minute stroll away.Rooms are practical and have the appearance of a business hotel, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Rooms are clean and have windows that can open to allow in fresh air. The hotel has four bi-level suites, which features dining area and a separate living area with plasma TV, with the bedroom and bathroom/Jacuzzi upstairs. All rooms have the Westin Heavenly Bed which is the best thing about the hotel. You are bound to get a good night's sleep on the bed.The gym has a good range of cardio equipment (bikes and Stairmasters)...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 31, 2007

Westin Horton Plaza San Diego
910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 239-2200

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Photo, San Diego, California
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This hotel is located next to Seaport Village and the marina, and a 15-minute walk to the Gaslamp Quarters. Location-wise, it is a little bit further away to the Gaslamp than W San Diego (extra 5 minutes walk), but is in an area with less shady characters.The hotel has two towers: Harbor and Seaport. Seaport is the newer tower but there is little difference in terms of room decor. The most impressive aspect of the hotel is the large lobby which creates a good impression, however, the rest of hotel (especially the guest rooms) have a somewhat dated feel, from the floral bed sheet to the furniture and TV cabinet. By no means are the rooms unclean, however, they do not have the same modern look a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 31, 2007

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
One Market Place
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 232-1234

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

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Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Photo, San Diego, California
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This hotel is located in Mission Bay, off the 8 Fwy near Seaworld. My initial impression from several stays in 2006 was that it is not deserving of the Hyatt name (more details below), but it is in the middle of a multi-million dollar renovation project and I stayed in one of the renovated rooms in January 2007. The renovated room was a vast improvement and I was told all renovations will be completed by July 4.The hotel is not ideally located as there isn't much to do or eat in Mission Bay. It is a $15 taxi ride to downtown, or $14 for self-parking. In my opinion, the self-parking system is in need of change. The process is you get a parking tag from the front desk during check-in, then you h...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 31, 2007

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
1441 QUIVIRA RD
San Diego, California 92109
619-224-1234

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

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The Hyatt Regency La Jolla is one of my favorite hotels in the San Diego area. It should be noted that it is located in La Jolla rather than San Diego itself, so transportation may be a factor. In terms of driving, it is a 10-minute drive to either San Diego downtown or Prospect Street in La Jolla. Self parking is $16 per night, while there are plenty of street parking right behind the hotel on University Center Lane.The hotel has a Mediterranean feel to its style and architecture, and is quite modern without being chic. The lobby area is welcoming but lacks any "wow" touch in terms of decor. I found the staff (front desk, bell-men, housekeeping) to be professional and friendly, with quick res...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 6, 2007

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, California 92122
(858) 552-1234