San Diego, California Hotel Reviews
Experience lodging at 500 West, a desirable downtown San Diego, California upscale hostel-hotel. Our historical landmark building has been stylishly renovated to provide you with cool modern accommodations and convenient amenities. Enjoy an onsite restaurant, YMCA fitness center, and high-speed wireless Internet access throughout our European-style hotel. We’re also ultra-convenient to the restaurants and clubs of the Gaslamp Quarter, the shops of Horton Plaza and the hitting and pitching exploits of the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, and only a 10 block walk to the San Diego Convention Center. We invite you to read the following reviews of recent guests.
February 21, 2012
“Great location, in the heart of San Diego”
It was our first time in San Diego which always makes it hard, since you don't know where everything is. The hotel is 20 minutes from the airport, in the heart of San Diego, if you don't have a car; there is a bus station just in the front of the hotel. It is also very safe location, safe to walk in the evening. The hotel has a very warm inviting lobby and a gorgeous patio, in the Mediterranean style, and also a nice cafe downstairs, where you can have a breakfast, lunch or dinner. One block from the hotel there is a nice cafe with great sandwiches, coffee and all the snacks for a good price. You are also close to the public transportation, if you want to go San Diego Zoo, or Sea World, or you can walk 10 minutes to the San Diego Harbor where you can catch a ferry or a day cruises. So really great location!! The rooms are small, but they have a fridge! It’s clean and in overall a good place to stay!!
Cheap, No frills stay
I stayed in a 4 bed room with two other friends, the prices were reasonable and the rooms were quite clean. We had a small fridge and on site there is kitchen and washing/drying facilities which were very handy. Located close to the Gaslamp district and a number of shops. Short walk to the Amtrak and trolley services as well
A parking structure is housed around the corner of the hotel's entrance and is $15 (with no "Ins/Outs" privilege) as long as you arrive after 12pm and leave before 12pm. It is payable upon exit with a Visa or MasterCard. The meters all around have two hour limits, which end at 6pm. The meters are free on Sundays. If you plan it right, you can park for much less than $15 a night, especially if you intend to drive around a lot while in town. Another tip: the Horton Plaza, which is about an 8 to 10 minute walk away, allows up to 3 hours of free parking from 7am to 9pm with validation.
You can tell there has been renovation and repainting done throughout the hotel, but it's obviously suffered from lots of wear and foot traffic, so the decor of the halls and carpet have dulled considerably. The elevator was rickety but competent, sometimes jolting abruptly. I found it amusing that every time I went down and the doors opened to the main floor, the elevator was still settling itself to line up correctly. When I arrived to the hotel, it was a little before the scheduled check-in time, so the entire floor smelled heavily of cleaning products, which is better than any other potential smells!
The pictures on the website show these hip and brightly decorated rooms. But my small room looked quite tired and dated and sterile. The TV was indeed a flat-screen, but couldn't have been more than 10 inches. It was always suffering from a poor signal. There is no A/C in the room, and the bulk of the cabinet drawer seemed to take up a lot of space in such a tiny room.
The hotel is quite close to Amtrak, which can be a blessing if you're venturing without your own car, or a curse if you're a light sleeper. The hotel is located on Broadway, which was quite convenient to what I wanted to explore this time out in San Diego. It was less than a 5 minute walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art, and as I said earlier, about an 8 to 10 minute walk to either the Horton Plaza shopping center and the US Grant Hotel. I noticed it was also very convenient to the Speckles Theatre, something I'm definitely keeping in mind for next time.
All in all, the hotel met my expectations, which was a convenient, cheap stay close to downtown San Diego. I'll definitely keep it in mind if I want to see an event at Speckles and don't feel like driving back home.
Great budget option
I stayed at the 500 West and I must say that for the budget traveler it is a great deal-especially in an expensive city like San Diego. San Diego has plenty of fine hotels and if you are comfortable spending $200+ per night then you have plenty of options to choose from. What San Diego lacks though is a true budget accommodation for those of us used to hostel conditions and merely looking for a place to sleep and store luggage. 500 West is one of the few such accommodations, and as such I think is not a bad deal.
500 West Hotel