500 West

500 West Broadway, (formerly Inn at YMCA), San Diego, California, 92101, United States
#173 of 342 hotels in San Diego
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 6 reviews
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Stay at Reasonable Hostel in Downtown

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 11, 2015

500 West is suitable only if you are a hostel kind of traveller. You'll know that it is hostel by the rate for a daily stay- which is about $40 for a basic room. What's not right is this accommodation mixed with other San Diego "hotels" of websites. Let it be clear: there is no grand nor mid-range hotel luxury here. Not even private bathroom, plush carpet, no blanket and no A/C.The elevator is ragged, slow and noisy (maybe like your grandparent), but it didn't get stuck on me. It may be the toughest thing to not have the A/C in a room. especially during the summer. Knowing this in advance, make sure to bring water and if you can manage, a personal fan. Packing a blanket and personal pillow would be advisable.

While the rooms seem more like dorms or even mental house chambers, most are equipped with TVS, wifi , mirror, writing desk and enough room for luggagefor a typical guest or two in a room.

My experience here was very good, so hence the comparable rating. For a hostel, I very much appreciated the low pricing rate, high rise city view outside the window and super convenience of the location (just a few minutes from the train station and about a 10-15 walk to Gaslamp District).

Now, about the hostel staff. From my experience, the receptionists were very efficient, friendly and approachable for travel suggestions. More warm hospitality is at the on-site cafe, serving decent breakfast and lunch food.

Ultimately, if you are a thrifty solo traveller seeking San Diego adventure and not caring about luxury whatsoever, don't hesistate to stay at 500 West. It may be worth it to stay just for a night to have an indoor adventure, sacrifing the luxury in favor of simplicity.

Unique Quality: Cafe on site
Just a few minutes away from the train station
Great view of downtown outside window for many rooms

Directions: Downtown S.D.

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The Old YMCA

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 21, 2013

I took a walk up Broadway the other day. Haven't walked around there for some time and wanted to see what was new and what was still there. As I came up to the YMCA building I saw little flags hanging that read 500 West Hotel. That surprised me so I wanted to check it out.

To Be Continued...

Unique Quality: The term, "European" style hotel just means that the rooms are small, minimal amenities, there are no in-room toilets or showers and there is no air conditioning. Think Youth Hostel/dorm rooms and you'll have a better idea what to expect.

The price of a room is about a third of the other hotels in the area so if it's just a bed to sleep on that you need this might be the place for you. They have an in-house café Grand Central Café and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer table service or you can order to go. They charge $5.00 a day to use the Gym but Wi-Fi is free.

What is really good about this place is that it is at the gateway to the Gaslamp Quarter and the bus stop is just at the same corner.

To Be Continued...

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Spartan Hostel... NOT a hotel

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 27, 2008

It's a odd place really... it has so much potential to be really cool. This "Hotel" is located right in the heart of the city. Not too far from the Gaslamp and not too far from the bay. It is in a neighborhood that's pretty much dead at night. It's right in the financial center of downtown... So plan on walking at least 3 or 4 blocks to get food. The lobby is clean and the staff are very pleasant and professional looking. I stayed on the 6th floor. A floor they "just opened up again". What does that mean? I expected it to be redone or something. But it was a little drab. Nothing to write home about. The details in the place need some polish. The floor numbers near the elevators are stickers from a hardware store. The paint makes it look like a government institution. The rooms have old 90's floral bed coverings and a tiny TV in the corner. If the establishment went to IKEA and made the furniture modern.. put maybe a modern color pallet to the place and hung a flat screen on the wall the place would be great. The carpet is a bit old to... not gross but... industrial. But here's the real difference to this place. The rooms are really small. No big deal if you're just planning to sleep there. They're private with a either a twin or a full size bed. But be prepared to walk down the hall to use the bathrooms. It seems that on each floor there are 4 areas that have 4 private bathrooms. A key accessed and locked room with a sink, toilet and shower. This is why I said it was a hostel. You get a private room and a bathroom that while you're in it... it's all yours. But earlier that day someone else may have been there. Very old school European.

Unique Quality: As stated above, be prepared to walk down the hall to use the bathrooms. It seems that on each floor there are 4 areas that have 4 private bathrooms. A key accessed and locked room with a sink, toilet and shower. This is why I said it was a hostel. You get a private room and a bathroom that while you're in it... it's all yours. But earlier that day someone else may have been there. Very old school European. For the price ($49-59) you should know what your getting for your money. For a hostel it may be expensive to average... for a hotel (which it's not) it's a cheap alternative.

Directions: Near the San Diego County Buildings on Broadway.

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YMCA: Budget Travel

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 27, 2005

This is a rather austere place to stay. Nothing fancy. The bathrooms are down the hall; you don't get your own. But if you're staying downtown, on a tight budget, it's fine.

Unique Quality: This is the cheapest place that I could find which is located in the heart of downtown San Diego. It's near the Gaslamp Quarter, the Maritime Museum, Seaport Village, Balboa Park, and other attractions.

Directions: Downtown San Diego, just a few blocks east of the Maritime Museum.

Inn at YWCA is no more, It's 500 West!

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 31, 2004

I stayed at 500 West for 3 days and 2 nights. The staff is very friendly and eager to help. The hotel was being remodeled when I stayed there so some things will change in the future, especially the construction noise during the day hours. 500 West does share a lobby with the YMCA (which guests can use for $8 a day), the lobby smells like chlorine from the Y's pool; you can see people working out as you check in. The elevators have keys that you turn to get to your floor, hopefully that will be changing. The standard rooms are about 7'x10' and are white with a green door. The room was clean and had a small desk, a trashcan, a phone, a small flat screen TV with cable, a ceiling lamp, a small wardrobe closet, and a twin bed with 2 large pillows. There is no air-conditioning and the window has no screen but you can request a mini-fan when you check in. There are 2 half baths and 2 full baths per floor, they are clean (flip-flops are never a bad idea when sharing a shower) and lock from the inside; there are towels and washcloths in each guest room. The halls are well lit even at nighttime and there is a security guard on duty. Vending machines and a few tables can be found on the 2nd floor to the right of the elevators and there is a restaurant adjacent to the lobby. Parking is $10 a day for hotel guests and is just around the block in a privately owned parking garage.

Unique Quality: The hotel is very close to major bus routes, the trolley station, the Coaster, Amtrak, the Greyhound bus station, and several shopping areas.

Directions: Downtown, on West Broadway between India Street and Columbia Street.

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Clean, cheap place to stay

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 29, 2004

The Ymca on Broadway in downtown SD is very clean and there are no bugs!! I have stayed here twice, both times i was moving here and needed a place while apartment hunting. They have very reasonable daily and weekly rates. Each room has a TV and the front desk people are very friendly. You do have to share bathrooms, so bring some thongs to wear in the shower. These rooms are very simple and are not for everybody. But if you are on a budget and are easily pleased this is where to stay in SD. Besides, with this beautiful city, you will spend very little time in your hotel room.

Unique Quality: There is a great place to have breakfast connected to the YMCA. The pancakes are fabulous! There is also laundry facilities and you can use the pool and workout areas as well.

Directions: Very close to the Santa Fe Depot train station

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