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Enormous property with modern but corporate decor
First opened in 1987, The Westin Gaslamp Quarter underwent a $25 million property-wide renovation across all 16 of its floors and was relaunched in 2012. Its once garish multi-colored facade and sweeping archway entrance were redone with pristine neutral tones, contemporary sculpture, and a sleek 21st-century steel portico. The lobby is an open and airy space finished in sleek natural woods with tasteful design furnishings, vertical garden walls, and wide-screen iMacs. While the ambience is fresh, stylish, and modern, the vibe doesn't try to be overly hip or edgy, which helps the property draw in vacationers and business travelers in equal measure.
Next to Horton Plaza mall in downtown San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter
The hotel is situated right next to the Westfield Horton Plaza mall in downtown San Diego's historic and vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. There's a wide array of restaurants, shops, and bars within walking distance, as well as some of the city's best known music venues and theaters (San Diego Civic Theatre and House of Blues are both just a couple blocks away). The location also means easy access to public transport links, with numerous bus stops and the Civic Center Station within a few blocks of the property. The San Diego Trolley is a 10-minute walk from the property and the San Diego Airport is a 15-minute drive away.
Particularly calming, scented rooms with neutral tones and natural wood
The Westin has 450 rooms, all of which benefitted from the hotel's 2012 makeover. All units are simply styled in natural wood with calming neutral tones and stone accents, while the Westin's signature "White Tea" scent that's pumped into the rooms creates a particularly relaxing mood. Amenities include mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers, but in-room Wi-Fi is only free to members of Starwoods Preferred Guests (which can be joined for free). While rooms advertise bay or cityscape views, only a few of the higher-level rooms offer a peep of the Pacific, and most just look out on office buildings. Bathrooms have rainfall showers and are finished with stone tiling. All come with hairdryers and robes.
Buffet breakfast (for a fee) in Tuscan restaurant, tiny pool, hot tub, and spa, plus valet parking
The hotel provides a buffet breakfast each morning (for a fee) in the on-site Pinzimini restaurant, which also serves a menu of Tuscan fare at lunch and dinner. While there is a pool terrace with lounge chairs, the pool itself is tiny. The indoor hot tub, although clean and modern, is housed in a small room without much natural light and the spa is limited to just one treatment room. Valet parking is available for those with cars, though the daily rate is steep.
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter is an upscale, 450-room hotel set in the San Diego's bustling Gaslamp Quarter. Subtly scented rooms in this modern property provide a particularly calming environment and some even offer partial views of San Diego bay. However, fees for Wi-Fi and parking can leave guests feeling nickel-and-dimed. It may be worth comparing rates with the nearby and more stylish Palomar or Andaz hotels.