For the first night in San Diego, I stayed at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter. Starwood does have a lot of properties to choose from in San Diego but the Westin Gaslamp Quarter was showing one of the lowest rates at US$119 per night (SPG Hot Escapes rate) which was very reasonable in my opinion since the hotel is in the middle of downtown, located right in the Horton Plaza shopping mall at the corner of the entertainment district of Gaslamp Quarter. I arrived at the hotel via taxi from the airport and it costs around $12-15 which again is very affordable and perhaps only slightly more expensive than the Shuttle bus so this was another thing I enjoyed about visiting San Diego.
On arrival, the bellboy assisted me with the luggage. Inside, the lobby is a pleasant space with lots of lobby seating space and there was no wait at all in the reception area which meant I was served to immediately. Having booked a Traditional King room, I was assigned a Deluxe King room but the hotel was fully occupied due to some meeting that week so no suite upgrades were available. Having requested for the bonus points, I also skipped on the breakfast since I could easily get that on the eateries in Gaslamp QUarter.
Room No: 1528 Category: Deluxe King Room
Upon entering the room I was pleased with how spacious it was. There was a spacious and clean bathroom on the left with the usual bathtub/shower combination. But it seems to be more spacious than the usual hotel bathrooms so that was a plus.
The room itself is furnished similar to Westin standards with clean lines and the signature ‘Heavenly’ bed. Thus it is actually my third favourite brand within the Starwood family of hotels, after the St Regis and The Luxury Collection. Besides the King bed occupying the center of the room, there was 2 armchairs by the window and a lot of space between the chairs and the bed.
One additional feature in the room was the long bench underneath the TV console. My guess is that this bench can be used as a luggage stand as well. Overall the room was standard but comfortable and cosy enough for a night. The room I was assigned also features a partial bay view with the surrounding skyscrapers of the city.
At night, I was able to get some burgers from this place called the ‘Burger Lounge’ in the Gaslamp Quarter which is probably a 5-10 minutes walk away from the hotel. I totally recommend anyone who is staying here to head down to Burger Lounge since they do serve some tasty burgers and onion rings.
I did not really utilize much of the hotel facilities or experience much interaction with the staff during the one night stay so I do not really have anything bad or extremely good things to say of the hotel. However, for the low rate and the location, I would probably recommend this hotel to anyone seeking accommodation within San Diego. But at higher rates, I would choose to stay at other properties in the area. Because for those with more demanding expectations, the Andaz in San Diego would definitely create a much better stay experience!