Westin San Diego

1050 Columbia San Diego, CA 92103
(4.5 star hotel)
#13 of 393 hotels in San Diego
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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Hope you like to pay for EVERYTHING.

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 22, 2010

The Westin San Diego has a great location. It is close to PETCO park, the Midway museum and the harbor. It is a short drive to La Jolla, the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Seaworld, etc. The problem with the hotel is that the high room price is just the start to the a la carte expenditures. You will pay 30+ dollars A NIGHT for parking, another high fee for Internet, crazy food prices, and so forth. The experience gets worse: there is no self parking on the grounds. There is, however, a parking garage across the street. The hotel staff lied outright about the fees and procedures for this facility (I did worry about car safety because the hotel is next to the bus station, the YMCA and everything that comes with that eg block after block of homeless and drug users (we saw countless dealings and usings every time we approached the hotel). Yet, after I saw the valet park my car in this very garage, I went over and checked things out myself and got the truth that saved me $17 per night. The concierge had tickets to many places, but no combination tickets (zoo + wild animal park; see world and both parks; and so forth) and none to the wild animal park or Midway museum. This is not good if you have children or expect to go to several attractions. The food prices were 6 and 7 times what you would pay just by walking a block down the road for the very same food (though we didn't really want to eat in the hotel anyway). The pool was nothing to write home about, and there were fees just to use the phone, even if the call was local or 800.
In short, the hotel had a nice bed and the staff were friendly enough. But, if your company is not footing the bill I would not stay here. Even if you were able to get a good internet rate, by the time they get done adding fees on the cost will not be worth it. There are plenty of better hotels in better locations with better deals.

Unique Quality: Unique, but not in a good way - no self parking on the premises. You are going to pay to park and pay a lot. Don't pay for the valet, you can go right across the street to a very nice, clean modern garage for less than half the price. It is the same place the valet will park your car.

Directions: Pier near the airport and walking distance to PETCO.

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Serious Hotel.

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 10, 2006

I've stayed in San Diego, only once before. In comparing last minute rates, we found the Emerald Plaza to be a great bargain.

The Gaslamp Suites, where I'd decamped, previously, was a mere $20 less, per night. The Wyndham is the Taj Mahal, by comparison. Much bigger and better rooms, great views, better on-site amenities and a comparable location.

Valet park if you intend to use the car during your stay. Self-parking does not provide in and out privileges, and is $15 bucks a pop! $25 to Valet, per day.

Unique Quality: For consideration: The W Hotel(incredibly trendy) is next door to The Wyndham and was a full $100 more, per night. I stayed at the Wyndham, then walked to The W for a cocktail. Better plan, I think.

There are downsides: Though the room had incredible views, I found the A/C underperformed and the bathroom was a bit dated. The odd shape of the hotel itself lent an odd shape to the actual room, though I could look past that. And, I felt the pool was a bit of an embarassment - tiny and uninteresting.

Though the Gaslamp Quarter is a short walk, I would recommend being somewhat careful late at night, as the Wyndham is near the bus station and everything that entails.

All that considered, we had a pretty great room for an online booking. I'd recommend the Wyndham Emerald Plaza!

Directions: Broadway and Columbia, West of the Gaslamp Quarter.

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A must is the Windham Emerald...

by written on August 25, 2002

A must is the Windham Emerald Plaza. It is a very beatuiful hotel with all accommodations
The price we normally pay is $89.00 - $99.00 per night.

Unique Quality: It has a great view of San Diego. Very good hospitality. It is a four star hotel. There is a business section with all the hookups. It may seem a little expensive to some but it is well worth it.

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We've stayed at many places in...

by written on August 24, 2002

We've stayed at many places in the Gaslamp area, but the best was Wyndham which is about 2 or 3 blocks from the main strip in the Gaslamp. They can be kind of pricy, but we lucked out and got a room with them through priceline for about $50.

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Address: 1050 Columbia San Diego, CA 92103

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