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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.
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 . Rooms are extremely spacious and clean, and offer either harbor or city views, though the decor is hit or miss -- not necessarily 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 and 24-hour concierge. Not to mention, the "resort fee" can be a major pain on top of the pricey parking fees.