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San Diego Hotels

W Hotel

  • 421 W. B St. Map It
  • Clubby Atmosphere


  • Large lobby that's fun for people watching
  • Modern rooms
  • Nice spa


  • Expensive parking
  • Not centrally located

Updated 05/16/2014

Fodor's Review

Come here for the trendy decor, upscale rooms, and central location between Gaslamp and Little Italy. The W chain's urban finesse adapts to San Diego with nautical blue-and-white rooms with beach-ball pillows and goose-down comforters. The swanky rooftop bar has firepits and well-crafted cocktails, but the pool is tiny by San Diego standards. There's always something happening at the lobby-level Living Room lounge, where drinks flow and DJs spin. Be sure to ask for an

upper-floor room—the scantily clad crowd parties into the night. The on-site restaurant Kelvin serves three meals daily.

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Hotel Information


421 W. B St., San Diego, California, 92101, United States

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 253 rooms, 5 suites
  • No meals

Updated 05/16/2014

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By AimeeS5

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Sep 24, 2012

Not impressed

My husband and I stayed here when we came to town for the San Diego Marathon. I was super excited as I heard a lot about it and it was the host hotel for Team in Training that we were running with. Well, I was disappointed. First off, they were doing construction in one lobby or something so we had to take a long route with our luggage to get to the elevators and our room and there was no offer of a bellman or even one in sight to assist us. The room

was just okay, nothing to fancy. The worst part of it was the showers though as they were not functional at all in its design! The shower had glass only covering half of it so the other half was open/exposed. The part with the glass had a giant hole to hang your hand towel from. Yes, it was cool looking, but we had such a mess on the floor with water that we had to use extra towels just to dry the floor. In booking there, we were advised that they would have light food and drinks the morning of the marathon (37000 runners partaking and in town), and when we got there and asked they looked at us like we were idiots. So, we had to find our own food the morning of and there were so many people milling about their lobby as the run started at 7. It just would have been nice when paying $230/night. The only positive I had was that the beds were quite comfortable and they had extra pillows on each so we got a good night's sleep before the race. Overall though, I would not return.

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By David

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Nov 5, 2006

Stay away!!!!!

Considering the rates this place is a dump. It appears to be run a totally incompetent management team that needs to be fired. I showed up at 6pm Saturday and had to wait 90 minuters while my room was prepared. Later that night there were big ugly bouncers at the front door making sure you showed your key in order to enter. Some welcome! I've never seen that in asia, europe or anywhere else. No free newspaper arrived Sunday morning as promised. I

got back at 3:30 pm Sunday after a long meeting and the room hadn't been been touched by housekeeping. If you travel and work, there is no proper work space and/or chair. The desk "chair" looks like some kind of retro 70's plastic kitchen chair with zero adjustment. I travel about 150 days per year or more and this is by far the poorest run hotel I have ever seen anywhere in the world. Stay away and save your money. W Hotels has a major problem in need of serious work.

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By Frank

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Apr 10, 2006

After Hours Cinemax Movie Scene

Stay here if you want to be a part of a hip scene, with plenty of peeople-watching, and access to lobby-area bar, and rooftop sandbar (great scene on weekends). However, don't stay here if you have a family with kids, or want great service. The staff is friendly, but totally So Cal, so there is no sense of urgency to appease you or intense work ethic (except for valet guys). The pool deck is embarrassing. Your bath-tub at home is larger than the pool,

while the building blocks the sun most of the day. And unless you are on fire, you will not see a poolside attendant. Is this W San Diego or W Omaha? Rooms are typical "W", tight and trendy, but comfortable and clean. Limit how much luggage you bring, otherwise you might want to sleep with your suitcase to ensure walking space. The restaurant is ok, but nothing special. For $300 (including tax) a night, you would expect more. You are better off hitting the Hyatt, or thr new Omni by the ballpark, both are much closer to water and the Gaslamp district for bars/eats.

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By Brian

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Dec 7, 2004

Excellent Stay

A very pleasant stay, with exceptional service. Although my room was on the small side, the service was excellent, from the front desk to housekeeping. None of the "attitude" that ocassionally creeps into W service. Employees greeted me on the elevator and asked how my stay was going. Room service was prompt. The location in downtown is a little remote, but this is a very well run hotel and the best of the three W hotels at which I've stayed.

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