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Fodor's Expert Review Omni San Diego Hotel

675 L St., San Diego, California, 92101, United States See on Map

Luxury and convenience are hallmarks of this upscale high-rise that occupies the first 21 floors of a 32-story high-rise overlooking the Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel features chic modern rooms, a huge pool terrace with a tanning deck, and Omni’s signature Les Clefs d’Or concierge service, on hand to help you create or finetune your itinerary. A sky bridge connects the hotel to neighboring Petco Park, where the San Diego Padres play -- a real treat for baseball lovers -- and the Omni even has an on-site art gallery that exclusively showcases local artists. It’s also a five-minute walk to the Convention Center Trolley Station and close to more than 100 restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Valet parking is $50 per night at Omni. If you don’t mind a five-minute walk, the 24/7 Park it on Market charges $1 per hour with a maximum of $15 per day.

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room

The Omni’s comfortable 360-square-foot Deluxe rooms, located on floors 5 through 21, have king beds, warm contemporary decor, and floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the Gaslamp and Downtown. Premier rooms, on floors 8 through 21, boast better views, overlooking the bay and city skyline.

Pint-size guests get the VIP treatment at check-in. The hotel offers a complimentary Omni Kid Crew backpack filled with goodies like activity books with stickers, crayons, card games, binoculars, and a small tabletop game. The hotel also delivers milk and warm cookies on the first night of your stay.

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bathroom

Bathrooms feature wood-shutter doors, contemporary fixtures, and either a shower-tub combo or a tub and walk-in shower.

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lobby

The tasteful, understated lobby has marble floors, walls clad in stone or wood, and comfortable seating areas with modern furniture in shades of taupe, mouse gray, and soft yellow.

Look for the hotel’s Clefs d’Or concierges (pronounced “lay clay door” -- it means “keys of gold), who are on hand to help guests, from the simplest of requests to serious asks. Don't forget to tip!

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pool

The Omni’s 8,000-square-foot outdoor terrace on the sixth floor features a pool heated to 83 degrees, a Jacuzzi, a fireplace, and a tanning deck with sun shades that nod to the convention center across the street. Get your drink on when the sun is shining at the seasonal Palm Terrace and Pool Bar.

We don’t want to sound like a mom, but put on some sunscreen!

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gym

A spacious state-of-the-art gym will keep your workout schedule on track, with a good selection of cardio equipment, strength-training machines, and free weights.

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dining

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks is a chain, but a solid choice if you don’t want to leave the hotel. There are so many better options in the Gaslamp Quarter though.

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drinking

Omni’s Zumbido serves cafe, wine, and craft beer.

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LOCATION

Getting Around

With the Convention Center trolley station a mere 5-minute walk away, guests can see a lot of sights without a car. The trolley’s Green Line services the Gaslamp Quarter, the Santa Fe Depot (home to Amtrak and the Coaster, which services coastal communities to the north), Little Italy, Old Town, and the world-class Fashion Valley shopping center. Interstate 5, a major north-south freeway, is about a mile from the hotel; I-5 connects to other highways that cover the sprawling region.


Restaurants

The Gaslamp Quarter is home to more than 100 restaurants and bars, so good luck if you’re indecisive. For breakfast, The Mission (10-minute walk) is a San Diego classic, the kind of place locals stand in line for on weekends. Go on a weekday (you’re on vacation!) and you’ll get right in. The large menu includes items like eggs and rosemary potatoes, breakfast chilaquiles, strawberry banana pancakes, and surprisingly delicious soy-chorizo dishes, as well as excellent drip and frou-frou coffee drinks (the Mission also serves lunch). On your way there, pop inside the dome-topped Central Library -- the views from the top are unparalleled in downtown San Diego. Right across from Petco Park, Basic (7-minute walk) is anything but. Housed in a former 1912 warehouse replete with roll-up garage doors, brick walls, and exposed ceilings, Basic serves delicious thin-crust pizza straight from the brick oven and also has a good bar scene. Don’t even think about going before or after a Padres game.

Bars

Surrounded by sleek urban high-rises, Half Door Brewing Company (7-minute walk) is hard to miss. Tucked inside an old two-story house with a wraparound porch, the bar looks like it’s been there forever, with herringbone wood floors, inset hex tile, and a gleaming carved wood bar with brass footrests, but it actually was built just a few years ago with salvaged goods from as far as Ireland. The beer is brewed on-site in a high-tech, compact 10-barrel system. Cafe Sevilla (5-minute walk), a longtime Spanish restaurant and bar with tons of character, is known for its delicious sangria, flamenco shows, and nightly live music. On the 22nd floor of the Gaslamp Marriott, the swanky rooftop Altitude Sky Lounge (2-minute walk) overlooks Petco Park and the Gaslamp and features lounge seating, fire pits, and DJs. Drinks aren’t cheap, but with such epic views, you get what you pay for. The nearby Hard Rock Hotel (3-minute walk) is also known for its summertime ragers at the Float rooftop bar.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Sometimes all you need is dependable quality, a convenient location, and luxurious amenities. The high-rise Omni has all that plus epic views. Located next to Petco Park at the edge of the happening Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel features stylish, comfortable rooms, top-notch concierge services, and a spacious terrace with a pool. Tourists, business travelers, and families will all feel right at home.

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 619-231–6664;800-843–6664

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