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Located two blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter on the corner of 9th Avenue and Island Avenue, the trendy Hotel Indigo makes an ideal base from which to explore this most vibrant area of downtown San Diego. The newly built hotel (open summer 2009) features stylish decor, high quality furnishings, attentive customer service and very comfortable rooms - 210 of them, on 12 floors, so many have far reaching views across the city and San Diego Bay. Special amenities include a reflective pool and fire pits on the 9th floor terrace, an open air streetside bar/bistro, and a floor to ceiling water wall in the lobby. Pets are welcome, for no extra fee. Also available are a fitness center, business center and meeting/event space.
On the corner of Ash St and 7th Ave towards the northeast edge of San Diego's downtown area, the Holiday Inn Express is a very well regarded hotel on account of its convenient location, good facilities, clean rooms, and reasonable rates. Sites within a mile include the bayfront promenade, Horton Plaza, the Gaslamp Quarter and Balboa Park; for those not walking there is a trolley stop two blocks west. The hotel has 136 rooms, on just 3 floors though as it is built on a hill many of the rooms have views across town towards the bay. Features include a rooftop swimming pool, beauty salon, complimentary airport/train station shuttle, and free continental breakfast.
With a privileged location right on the edge of San Diego Bay overlooking the marina, and a spectacular design featuring twin semi-circular 25 storey towers, the Marriott Marina San Diego is one of the most distinctive hotels in the city. It is also the largest, containing 1,362 luxurious rooms & suites - amongst the top ten biggest Marriott hotels in the USA. The property sits between Harbor Drive and the waterfront; adjacent to both the Convention Center and Seaport Village, a few blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter and 3 miles from San Diego International Airport (no shuttle service, however). Highlights of the Marriott include two concierge levels, four dining outlets, 60 meeting rooms (maximum seating capacity 4,000), a huge pool/garden complex, several shops, and the marina - a center for water sports and boat rentals.
The smaller of two luxury Marriott hotels in downtown San Diego is situated just a few blocks east of its larger sister property, along K St between 5th and 6th Avenues - adjacent to PETCO Park and right at the edge of the historic Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel rises 22 storeys above the busy city streets, so most of the 306 rooms and suites have wonderful views across San Diego and the Bay. There are several restaurants on site, most spectacular being ALTITUDE Sky Lounge on the 22nd floor, open for dinner and cocktails. Meetings and events are catered for by ten rooms totaling 8,375 sq ft of space. The hotel also has a concierge level, business center, gift shop and fitness center, though no pool. Like most city center hotels, the Marriott has valet-only parking.
Occupying an elegant, 1920s building (formerly the San Diego Trust & Savings Bank, and retaining many of the original fixtures), the full service Courtyard San Diego Downtown is one of the more distinctive hotels in the city, and has a very central location on the corner of Broadway and 6th Avenue, right at the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter and two blocks from Horton Plaza. It is also a large hotel, containing 245 rooms & suites on 15 floors, a restaurant/bar (Lincoln's - open for breakfast & dinner), 24 hour food market, modern fitness center, and 4,500 sq ft of meeting space. One of the event rooms is in the original bank vault, surely one of the most unusual locations to hold a business meeting.
Towards the northwest edge of downtown San Diego at 1747 Pacific Highway (one mile from the Gaslamp Quarter), the Residence Inn is one of the best places in the city for long stay accommodation, containing 121 spacious, modern suites in a handsome 4 floor building just one block from the waterfront; some of the rooms have views over San Diego Bay. A complimentary shuttle is provided to the nearest bus station and to the international airport, which is just 1.8 miles away. The suites have a full kitchen, a separate living area, extra sofa bed, and either one or two bedrooms, while the other main amenities at the hotel are free hot breakfast, free evening reception (Mon-Thu), guest laundry, fitness center, hot tub and outdoor heated pool.
Towards the south edge of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, the Residence Inn by Marriott is an upscale, all-suite/long stay hotel that combines modern amenities with traditional, Victorian-influenced design. Free hot breakfast is served each morning, while other food is available at the on-site Bar Vie, open for dinner & evening drinks; for more choice there are upwards of 100 restaurants within walking distance. Other sites within a few blocks include PETCO park, San Diego Conference Center, Children's Park and the Promenade. For leisure the Residence Inn offers a rooftop pool and a well-equipped fitness center. Meetings facilities comprise three rooms, 1,334 sq ft of space, maximum capacity 140.
Near the very center of downtown San Diego, Best Western Bayside Inn is a compact 14 floor building of 122 rooms, many with a private balcony affording views over the bay (just 4 blocks west), the city, and east towards Balboa Park, home of San Diego Zoo. This is not the most luxurious hotel in town but service and amenities are perfectly adequate, with free continental breakfast, a restaurant on site, a smallish outdoor pool and a free shuttle to/from the airport. The hotel is located on the corner of Ash & Columbia streets, a 0.6 mile walk from the many restaurants, shops and bars of the Gaslamp Quarter.
In contrast to the large, concrete facades of most other hotels in downtown San Diego, the Best Western Cabrillo Garden Inn is a charming, 2 floor, Spanish style lodge lined by palm trees and decorated with many flowers. The inn is small, with just 31 rooms, and is dwarfed by many of the surrounding skyscraper buildings, but it offers clean, comfortable, homely accommodation with attentive service and rather lower rates than the bigger places with more facilities. Complimentary full breakfast is served and there are plenty of restaurants within a few blocks. The location is 840 A St, on the corner of 8th Ave - a mile or less from most of the major sites in San Diego downtown.
The Comfort Inn hotel in downtown San Diego is a square, 4 storey building of 114 small to medium sized rooms all with microwave & refrigerator, and provides some of the closest lodging to the Gaslamp Quarter, which begins just one block west. Horton Plaza, Petco Park and the San Diego Convention Center are all less than half a mile away. Free continental breakfast is served and there are dozens of restaurants close by. A complimentary airport shuttle is also available.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront is one of several large hotels right on San Diego Bay, bordered by an industrial area to the east and San Diego Convention Center to the west, with Embarcadero Marina just beyond and PETCO Park a little way north. The building rises 30 storeys above the surroundings and all the guest rooms have fantastic views over the city and the ocean. Amenities include four dining outlets: Bay Breeze Cafe, Fox Sports Grill, Odysea (a waterfront bar), and Vela, the signature restaurant. Meeting/event facilities are some of the best in the city, with a total of 165,000 sq ft of space including the largest open plan ballroom in San Diego.