If we paid full price, I probably would have docked another star. The website we booked through had this room listed as $165 per night over the memorial day weekend. We jumped on it being that most other downtown hotels were upwards of $200 for the holiday. My business partner and I spent Thurs & Fri night there with not too many complaints. However, after reading a few reviews on a couple sites, I still am unsure why they don't install full shower doors. The entire bathroom is tiled. Toilet and shower are separated by a glass partition. The partition doesnt fully stretch the length of the shower, so the water tends to splash out. IMO, if it wasn't possible to install an entire glass door, shower curtains would have sufficed. The switch to the restroom light is to the right of the main door, however the restroom itself is to the left. The bathroom sink is to the right as soon as you walk into the room. My one other complaint is the parking fees. When booking online, it first appeared we would be able to pay an "overnight flat fee" of $10. Once we arrived, we noticed that the $10 flat fee is only good until 2am. If your stay doesn't include cruising downtown streets during the witching hours, you actually have to pay $30 for 24 hours of parking. You can self park to get that rate, or you can use valet--it comes out to the same $30. We opted to self park since we were not too sure how long it would take for valet to retrieve the car. We were in town for business, so there was not a lot of free time to dawdle. There are a good amount of pros to this hotel. The view from the third floor of Downtown San Diego is beautiful both during day and night. The cheapest food options we found within walking distance was Wendy's and a fresh baked large pizza from 7-11. They have 3 different HBO channels. If you don't want to use wifi, they do provide an ethernet cable for internet connection, which I appreciate. They provide 2 water bottles per day as well as coffee, both regular and decaf. Their fitness center is open 24 hrs, although I was not able to use it. Most of the staff was really friendly. The maid came to clean when we were still in the room, so we sent her away. Before she left, she made sure we had all the supplies we needed...toilet paper, water, shampoo, etc. One of the valet guys threw dirty looks, but whatev. If Hotels Tonight has another special on this hotel, we might just stay again. If you do download the hotels tonight app, make sure you use promo code "sSaenz3" to get $25 off your first booking. Every little bit helps! Safe travels everyone... This area is mostly one way streets, so let me offer small tip. When southbound on Front St, look for parking on the left side just as you pass C street. If you pass it, you can still pull over in front of the hotel for valet. If you're determined to self park, turn left on Broadway (Broadway runs both ways), and left again on first. The first parking lot on the left side is for the Sofia. Parking permit machine goes to sleep after inactivity, so if it looks off, just hit a button to wake it up. It accepts both cash and credit.
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Found this hotel on one of the popular travel Web sites after deciding to drive down to SD for the annual Celebrate Dance Festival in Balboa Park. My friend and I were looking for something affordable and convenient, and the Hotel Occidental fit the bill. I'd found and stayed in a similar "European styled" hotel about a year ago and had a great experience there, so I was hoping that this one would not disappoint. These types of hotels usually have smaller rooms with separate toilet and shower facilities which allows them to offer lower rates. We paid just under $200 for two nights for two twin beds plus a kitchenette (dishes, fridge and a microwave) and an in-room toilet, with extras like free wireless access, a combo TV/DVD, a basket of useful goodies (bottled water, microwave popcorn, instant coffee, tea, etc) a stack of fresh towels and plenty of room to put away our clothes for the weekend in an open shelf-closet combo. Many of the furnishings were minimalist Ikea-styled modular, but mostly comfortable. This room was a bit more sterile than others I've stayed in, in that there was no wall art or other touches of "home," but seeing as we didn't spend a heck of a lot of time in the room but for sleeping, I was OK with that. They also made up for that lack of hominess in the room by creating a welcoming atmosphere in the common areas - fresh fruit and a tempting candy bowl were kept full in the lobby, and at night, guests came "home" to a dimly lit lobby accentuated by candlelight - truly a nice touch. The hotel also offered a complementary breakfast which was mostly fresh and included juice, coffee and an assortment of danish and breakfast rolls. Between that and the small kitchenette, we saved a bunch of money on eating out. Also, though small, the shower facilities were quite clean and well maintained. The only cons I have to note is parking - the hotel has a tiny, gated lot that can fit about four cars. However, we were lucky to find non-metered spaces on the street while there, and parking at meters is free on Sundays. Also, the neighborhood is a bit sketchy at night. Still we safely walked down 'G" street to the Gaslamp district and took a cab back. There's a liquor store on an adjacent corner that attracts the usual clientele for that type of establishment, along with a "lounge" next door. However, those elements didn't freak us out as much as the presence of HUGE "water bugs" boldly walking along the street but no where near or in our living quarters, thankfully! All in all a nice stay especially for a quick weekend getaway!
Decent hotel for the rates you get A trip to San Diego had been on the cards for a very long time, but the budget always posed a constraint. Accommodation in a good San Diego hotel costs a fair amount of money and so we were waiting to find the best rates. A friend suggested California Suites Hotel and we checked out the rates. Just the kind we were looking for. Now you can't expect the moon when you are looking for a bargain. But we were pleasantly surprised to see the complimentary breakfast, which was quite fresh, nothing lavish. Besides, they have a pretty big swimming pool, that was definitely a bonus. About the rest, we got decent rooms, nothing fancy, but ok. The staff was a little laid back, but that's not surprising in a budget hotel. One great thing about this hotel is its location, pitched right in the center of the city. So we could simply hop over to the San Diego's best tourist spots without spending a bomb on commute. All said and done, its a nice enough affordable hotel with the best rates, that offers some good discounts too! You get to have a good time well within your budget. Next time we go to San Diego, we plan to stay in this hotel again. I think that says it all!
For a motel room, it was more comfortable than many I've used. My room could stand to have some repairs, but these were all relatively small concerns. And the staff were very friendly and accommodating. The bed was comfortable, the room was clean and quite, and having a microwave and fridge in the room was a wonderful addition. The biggest plus for me was how close this motel is to everything! It's right by the stadium, very near the conference center and 5 minutes from Sea World. Several buses run past taking you just about anywhere you need to go. I only realized this the last day of my trip...I wasted so much money on cab fare! Side note: the hotel is near some amazing eateries. Du-Par's restaurant, which is literally next door, has THE most amazing breakfasts, for a very reasonable price. And their bakery items are to die for. Take some pis back to your room, you won't regret it. There's also a killer BBQ joint across the street, as well as several smaller shops in the strip mall and a Red Lobsters. All very convenient to the motel's location. In short, it could use some repairs and some beautification and I never could get the wi-fi to work right, but I'd 100% stay here again.
Basic budget hotel I had gone with a bunch of my friends to San Diego. As recommended by one of my pals, we decided to stay at the California Suites Hotel. As this was a budget hotel, we weren't expecting much. Our room was very basic but well-furnished with microwave, refrigerator and stuff you need. Major reason for choosing this hotel was its prices which suited our budget. In fact, you can safely say this hotel provides the best rates among all the hotels we checked especially the hotels in Gaslamp Quarter (Gaslamp topped our things-to-do itinerary). Other good point about the hotel which we figured later was its location. Its very well placed from where Little Italy, beaches and of course my favorite Gaslamp Quarter were nearby. But yes, I want to warn visitors who are thinking of going to this hotel- staff is not very hospitable and rooms are very basic. So if you are comfortable with this and want to have good time on a limited budget then I think this hotel is the best price you can get.
First things first.. the staff is amazing, check in and out were easy and was treated nothing short of great. The location is pretty easy to get in and out on 2 different streets which is good if you miss a turn. The building is decent, could use a little bit of updating, ceiling in bathroom had some rotting and when housekeeping came, they left 2 towels in the room (1 of which I think we left hanging on the shower bar)... we had 5 people, and they made 3 beds..putting away the sofa bed. Common sense was not used when picking 1 towel for a room with 3 beds - clearly there were more people. Good news is.. Front desk to the rescue again, I called and got forgotten towels quickly! :) My only other complaint is that the AC is in the front room of the junior suite with no air moving to the bedroom without freezing out those on the sofa bed. There was a fan in the wall but it didn't ever come on, nor was there a button to do it manually (if that was supposed to be an option) i'd say that needs updated.
Things went pretty well while there. We were there for vacation and found the pricing reasonable. The dual room with bunk beds was greatly appreciated with two daughters who are big enough for their own room. The front staff is exceptional, the cleaning staff not quite as friendly. Only two total negatives in this property. 1. The separated room has NO air-conditioning to the back room. So, the bunk beds are frozen, the king bed is sweltering hot from the humidity from the shower. If you open the door it gets better - but if I wanted to do that, I wouldn't have wanted the privacy. 2. We had 4 people, but not one single day did we get 4 towels. One day we only got 1 new towel. It was slightly humorous having to call daily to ask for 1 to 3 more towels. The location seems secure, and it isn't near as bad as some of the reviews say it is. It is in heart of that area - it has big city people and issues. If you don't want them, then stay outside of the city.
The hotel was great, it was clean, smell clean, and most of all the bathroom was clean. My family enjoyed our stay. We upgraded our room to a junior suite because we are a family of five. To my surprise the room was better than we had expected after reading all the bad reviews. The room and hotel was nothing like the reviews that said the hotel was a motel. On the contrary the hotel is set up like a resort. I stayed at the Wyndham Resort in Florida and this had a similar theme. The area was great as well, it provided a lot of store options. The hotel is located just outside of old town San Diego. The staff was great. We booked the hotel on priceline for (45+tax) $59 dollars a night including tax. The price scared me because it was so cheap I thought oh no this must be a dingy hotel but like I said above it was better than I thought. I was better than most of the 3 star hotels we stay in. No I am not paid by the hotel to write this review
Best low budget rates but there are few hitches My buddies and I had an amazing time in San Diego. I was there in the last week of December and almost first week of January. We had stayed at California Suites Hotel. Now there are some good things and bad things about this hotel. Good thing is that it is very economical. The hotel offered attractive discounts on room rates which suited our limited budget. Plus, my friend had booked the room 10 days in advance, so we got additional discounts. Cable showed HBO channel. Though we hardly watched much of television. Continental breakfast was ok. However our rooms were small, albeit clean. Internet service was slow. And the staff is a bit slow again, don't respond fast to queries. Well, if are looking for a really budget hotel and if you can ignore the non-responsive nature of the staff, I think this hotel will suit you. P.S.- the outdoor swimming pool was really good!
OK.. this is far from being "a dump".... you want a "dump", hit some of the ol' motels down town or down on Broadway. This is actually a nice place to stay generally. I've stayed here 4 or 5 times and never had a really bad experience. Normally clean and pretty comfortable. It is not the Marriott or whatever but, you get what you pay for normally.. My negitive observations are primarilly the following: Prices seem to be all over the place and, yes it is expensive for this hotel (especially the "summer rates"). The in-house "bar" pricing is way high. I don't even go in there any more. And, the pool is treated with salt instead of "other options" and not as comfortabe because of it as most pools in other hotels. Now, one of the best reasons to stay there is "The Waffle House" Cafe..it is really wonderful in my opinion...good food and great atmosphere.