500 West

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

500 West Broadway, (formerly Inn at YMCA), San Diego, California, 92101, United States

5 Reviews

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Satisfaction Terrible
Very Good

Value Score Average Value

Costs 29% less but rated 30% lower than other 2 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families50
  • Couples44
  • Solo50
  • Business41
  • lmkluque's Profile Photo

    The Old YMCA


    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...

  • tzech's Profile Photo

    Spartan Hostel... NOT a hotel


    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.

  • Tom_Fields's Profile Photo

    YMCA: Budget Travel


    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!


    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.

  • Aimdogg's Profile Photo

    Clean, cheap place to stay


    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

More about 500 West

A great deal

by A TripAdvisor Member

I read a few of the reviews on tripadvisor before staying here, but in general I found them to be a bit exaggerated about the awfulness of the 500 West Hotel. First of all, if you don't come expecting the Ritz, you're off to a good start. The perks are the cute cafe in the building, the LOCATION (especially for a convention), definetly the price, and the beds are comfortable and clean with a cute little TV that has cable. The cons: there is a weird smell, the obvious shared bathroom issue, and the city noise which could go both ways- my roommate likes the city noise. And the rooms are really small. Overall, I was really happy with the bargain, the location, the jog to the harbor, and the pancakes in the cafe!

Dirty bathrooms, creepy people and no sleep!

by A TripAdvisor Member

I stayed at 500 West to attend a conference at the Convention Center. Although conveniently located, 500 West did not meet my expectations at all. I realize that I only paid $65/ night but I've stayed in cheaper places before and had a much better experience.

The lobby was nice and although the guy working at the counter wasn't the brightest, he was very nice. However, the elevator was very sketchy and so were the people in it. I was a little worried since I was staying there by myself.

My room was tiny but that was ok because I wasn't going to spend much time in it. I wasn't really thrilled about sharing a bathroom but the 500 West website assures you that they are thouroughly cleaned every 20 minutes. NOT TRUE AT ALL! When I got there, I went to the bathroom...no hand towels, bags of garbage on the floor and just plain dirty. Went into the same bathroom 2 hours later, still dirty.

The walls are super thin, rooms on right on the street and I got a total of about 6 hours of sleep in the two nights that I stayed there. I was supposed to stay 3 nights but left early and stayed with a friend elsewhere. They did however, not charge me for the last night so that was appreciated.

The pictures on their website are not accurate (no pretty bedding, no plants, nothing on the walls) and I would not recommend it unless you plan on partying until the wee hours of the morning with everyone else.

Basic hotel with hip furnishings and cigarette smell

by TripAdvisor Member Sairy_Gamp

Disclaimer: I have no idea what "hip" is supposed to be.

Well the furnishings are all new and clean in the room, which was nice. I loved how the huge sash windows opened all the way for fresh air. Interesting idea to convert an old Y to hotel. The elevator controls are nifty and the checkin/out was efficient.

Didn't stay there for the "hip".. stayed there because it was relatively cheap compared to other downtown hotels, only 1 block away from the train station and trolleys, and 4 to the convention center. Great location. Just down the street from everything.

Communal bathrooms were okay but sometimes dirty. I knew what I was getting into when I made the reservation, nonetheless I doubt they were cleaned every 20 minutes as advertised. The large window, when opened, is adjacent to and almost the same level as the bed, so be aware of that if you are planning gymnastics. Noise from buses and car alarms echoing in the street could get pretty loud at times. Rooms doors slam shut with a thud and noise travels through the doors. If you keep the blinds open at night you'll be putting on a show for the guests at the high-rise hotels next door.

Unfortunately a stale cigarette smell permeated the hall on my floor, and that's why this review is only 2 stars. If there's going to be a no-smoking rule, please enforce it. While riding the trolley I overheard a guest at 500 West saying how it's great because the price is right, but they don't like how he smokes in the room. He said as long as he doesn't burn the furniture he didn't care what they think.

Not sure I stayed long enough to meet the 'creepy' guests some reviewers complained about.. but I got the clear impression that the trolley guy had been staying there longer than just a few days. While I paid about $60 a night, a colleage stayed for $30 a night in the same week.

Boot the smokers and it will be a much better place to stay. Find a way to boot the guests with bad attitudes and I bet the noise and toilet problems will go away too.

Check your bill before you leave

by TripAdvisor Member Peaceologist

When I got home I discovered there was a charge over and above the indicated room fee and state tax. I e-mailed the management company twice, (there is no other way to communicate), Barone Galasso & Associates, who have not responded.

As well, without notice, they gave a very loud party in the courtyard directly under my window for about 5 hours. Also, I was not impressed when they did not come into my room to clean or change the sheets for four days. And the bathrooms were often not clean and supplied.

So, check your bill before you leave, ask if they are having any parties or receptions so that you can be away and ask them to keep your room clean.

Its a great deal

by TripAdvisor Member LondonBrixton

Its not the Ritz but it is also quite a few steps above a hostel. I recommend this place for those who will be spending more time out and about - it is very close to the Gaslamp district. By the way, the shared bathrooms are fine.

Disgusting Bathrooms

by TripAdvisor Member mikeWashington_DC

They claim the bathrooms are cleaned every 2 hours, however, their definition of "cleaned" means the facecloths are replenished. The bathroom floors were disgusting and had not been swepted, let alone cleaned in days. A toilet was backed up and several toilets leaked onto the bathroom floors. Rooms are noisy with little soundproofing. Beds are terribly uncomfortable.


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Address: 500 West Broadway, (formerly Inn at YMCA), San Diego, California, 92101, United States