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September 9, 2002
The Bristol Hotel is located conveniently in midtown, just a few blocks walk from the train station, and directly across the street from the local Greyhound station. Even though I came in on a busy Sunday night, there was still some street parking, as well as the hotel's valet underground garage for guest cars.
My first impressions of the hotel were of the warm reception by the staff, and the modern boutique style in bright primary colors and palms. I actually enjoyed the time I spent waiting in the spacious lobby for my friends.
Once up in my room I was pleased to find generous size beds, and space to move around them, too. The bath was a bit small, but newly renovated in the EURO Hotel granite & chrome decor with great water pressure and massage showerhead. Love that plush white terry robe.
Other extras included: IT connection with keyboard workstation on a roomy desk, voicemail, webTV, salon style hairdryers, in-room coffee (byo tea bags...) and minibar. Spa quality bath products, but this was one area I found a bit scant: no conditioner, lotion, or shower cap, and just one small shampoo bottle and soap.
Since the Hotel is just a few blocks away from the lively GasLamp Quarter and the live jazz music coming from the street lured me out for the evening, I didn't try either the room service or the Bristol's own lounge and restaurant.
During the day one can hop on
conveniently located two blocks from the Bristol's front door and be off to just about any part of the county. We took the line to Tijuana for a day jaunt.
My stay at the Bristol was a refreshing way to begin my vacation and get in a little nightlife before heading up to LaJolla.
Oh, a few other notables:I give the Bristol a thumbs up for families:The Hotel's website often features special rates.
Children under sixteen stay for free, and the Bristol has joined the ranks of fashionable PET FRIENDLY hotels. Both lobby and elevators sported quite the parade of chic pups!
From journal La Jolla Like a Local
Bayside, New York
March 19, 2002
I found my way to the eighth floor where Chuck had already checked in some hours earlier. A plush bathrobe had been laid on my side of he bed, and though I did not turn on the lights, I could see beautiful reds, oranges and fuchsias vying for attention in the bedroom. It was very roomy and there were 2 large windows from where you could see the Greyhound Bus Terminal across the street.
The next morning, Sunday, afforded me more time to appreciate my surroundings. The daisy is honored at the Bristol; not only is it the name of the in-house bistro/restaurant, it is also the logo on the stationery and business cards of the hotel. Glass orbs are filled with transparent rocks and sport a red daisy just about everywhere you turn. The two armchairs by the window were upholstered in pure white and adorned with red pillows! The TV was placed in a 3 drawer armoire which abutted a desk that appeared to be set up for work. IT connection, telephone, super comfortable, fabric covered desk chair, large mirrored closet and bedside stool to accommodate luggage or whatever gets in your way.
The bathroom was small but tastefully decorated; two wall hooks provided support for the very plush white bathrobes; the shower had a small, squarish tub with a built in seat. The shower head had 3 settings, one which delivered a wonderful massage. Soaps and shampoo by Freeman , a California based company which specializes in skin and bath care products with fruits and vegetable scents. Hair dryer and extra towels could be found under the sink’s built-in light wood shelving. Two drawbacks: no ventilation and no conditioner, which is murder for someone with curly hair like mine.
There is also an in-room coffee maker; tea drinkers, you’re out of luck. We enjoyed room service once, and it was quite prompt and the food was great.
The Bristol is strategically located, as we were 2 blocks away from the trolley which takes you just about anywhere, and is a few blocks from the famed Gas Lamp District, where we had dinner one night.
From journal San Diego with IgoUgo
New York City, New York
March 15, 2002
The location of the hotel is excellent if you want to be smack in the middle of downtown; it's just 3 blocks' walk to the Gaslamp District which is filled with restaurants, bars and nightlife... and also just a 10-minute drive from the hipper Hillcrest neighborhood, also filled with fantastic restaurants and bars.
My room was bigger that I thought it would be, with a huge bed, enough space to spread out with my laptop and get some work done, and also a separate area with some cozy armchairs in which to lounge around and relax. The only down side of the room was the less than stellar view of the parking garage across the street, but beyond that I could catch glimpses of the bay.
The one thing lacking in this hotel is a decent fitness room; I did have a good laugh when I saw the closet-sized space with one treadmill and one bike, which passes for a gym. Luckily, there is a great YMCA only 4 blocks away for which you can get a $7 day-pass and work out using their top-notch facilities.
From journal A Sun-Drenched San Diego Weekend
July 16, 2002
In the lobby they have an automatic piano which is my opinion does not fit the otherwise trendy hotel. Ambient music or smooth jazz would be a far better choice.
The service of the front desk is kind and everybody seems very willing to help with advice.
The valet parking of $17 is resonable compared to other large cities.
As far as I could tell, the hotel did not have a fitness center, but otherwise there were all the expected facilities.
In general I can recommend the hotel if you prefer a very modern trendy style rather that older more historic hotels.
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