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This upscale San Diego property attracts both well-heeled tourists and business travelers who appreciate the quiet, refined vibe and the convenient location just outside the Gaslamp Quarter. Families with young children are welcome, but they may consider staying elsewhere as the hotel lacks a pool and the overall look is classic, bordering on stuffy to some. From the lobby replete with massive chandeliers to the well-regarded restaurant paneled walls and richly-colored furniture, the style here is old-world charm.
Just outside of the Gaslamp Quarter, and a short walk from various restaurants, bars, and attractions
The hotel is just outside of the Gaslamp Quarter and steps away from various parks, restaurants, and other San Diego attractions. Just around the corner is the Balboa Theatre, as well as the Hall of Justice. The light rail stops at the Civic Center Station, just in front of the hotel, which takes riders all the way from Tijuana to north of the airport, which is conveniently close to the hotel.
The historical Gaslamp Quarter, located between 4th and 6th avenues, and between Broadway to the north and Harbor Drive to the south, is a hip, young neighborhood that's home to some of downtown San Diego's best restaurants, shopping, nightlife, boutiques, and art galleries. It's also where some of the city's most popular outdoor celebrations -- Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, and the Street Scene music festival -- take place.
Elegantly styled rooms are spacious and updated with helpful technology.
Even standard rooms here are quite massive, and come complete with large flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Wi-Fi (which is "free" since it's covered in the facility fee). But after that, the modern look stops. Rooms are fresh and nothing is worn, but the look is old-world charm: Picture plush, floral comforters, gilded work desks, needlepoint settees, and large marble vanities.
An average gym, beloved restaurant, and numerous meeting spaces -- but no pool
Unlike the nearby W San Diego and Palomar, the Westgate lacks a pool -- which, coupled with the elegant, somewhat stuffy vibe -- often steers away families. Instead, it boasts a plethora of meeting spaces as well as several beloved dining options that include afternoon tea and a Sunday brunch buffet which has received many awards over the years. The gym is okay; it's spacious enough, but lacks many machines.
The 223-room Westgate Hotel offers plenty old-world European luxury -- common spaces feature high ceilings with crown molding and large chandeliers, wide, carpeted staircases, and elegant curtains draping the floor-to-ceiling windows. Rooms are extremely spacious and clean, and offer either harbor or city views, though the decor is classic, perhaps to a fault; this hotel may not be the best pick for visitors with modern tastes. Although the hotel is undeniably luxurious, with a modern fitness center, spa, old-school barber shop, and on-site flower boutique, it lacks a pool. Not to mention, the "facility fee" can be a major pain on top of the pricey parking fees.