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W Hotel

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • large lobby that's fun for people watching
  • modern rooms
  • nice spa

    Cons

  • expensive parking
  • not centrally located

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W Hotel 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.

    Hotel Details

  • 253 rooms, 5 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 12-15-2012

Fodorite Reviews

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    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.

    by AimeeS5, 9/24/12

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