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Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Don't let the chain name fool you -- this 230-room Courtyard by Marriott is decidedly upscale. It is housed in a 1920s bank building, and historical elements have been preserved throughout (particularly in the grand lobby). Rooms are stylish and contemporary, and some have bay views. The location in San Diego's happening Gaslamp Quarter is near some of the city's best nightlife. The lobby restaurant, aptly called The Lobby, serves California cuisine for three meals a day, and there's even a Starbucks on-site. Just note that valet parking is a bit pricey, and the elevators can be slow during busy check-in times. It's a great value for the area -- the nearby San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter is similarly priced, but not nearly as nice.
Bristol Hotel

Bristol Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls

This upper-middle-range boutique hotel in the center of downtown San Diego offers modern, sophisticated accommodations with fairly reasonable rates. Guests are within an easy walk of the city’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter and the convention center. A romantic on-site restaurant and bar serves three meals and has happy hour specials, while the ninth-floor has an event space with the city’s only retractible roof. The 102 guest rooms have coffeemakers and stylish black, white, and red decor; pets are welcome without a deposit, with fun perks including pet beds and a nightly turndown service. Drawbacks include the tiny gym, lack of a pool, and thin walls. The nearby Best Western Plus Bayside Inn has a pool and similar rates, but lacks the sophistication of the Bristol.
The Sofia Hotel Downtown

The Sofia Hotel Downtown Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The 211-room Sofia Hotel in Downtown San Diego features small, but stylish rooms, with mini-fridges, microwaves, and tiny flat-screen TVs. Use of the fitness center, yoga and pilates studio, Wi-Fi, business center, and even loaner bicycles is included in the $8 daily fee, and the American brasserie gets solid reviews. It's more charming than the often similarly priced Holiday Inn, and the location is more convenient -- but parking will cost you.
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley Rating: 3.5 Pearls

This 317-room hotel in Mission Valley is a pretty typical chain, with all the San Diego mid-range basics (24-hour fitness center, outdoor pool). Comfortable (if not particularly stylish) rooms have iPod docks and flat-screens, but some face a wall. It's near the University of San Diego, but far from downtown -- you'll have to drive to see any tourist sites.
San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter Rating: 3.5 Pearls

A sleek lobby, a quality restaurant, a popular rooftop lounge with views of Petco Park, and the street-level Latitude Lounge make this 291-room Marriott in the hip Gaslamp Quarter quite a bit more happening than your average chain hotel. But the rooms, while comfortable, feel somewhat bland and generic. The Hard Rock Hotel around the corner offers more stylish rooms at a slightly higher price point.
Dolphin Motel

Dolphin Motel Rating: 3.0 Pearls

The Dolphin Motel is a solid pick for tourists looking for a clean, affordable place to stay near some of San Diego's top attractions. Given its comfy beds and convenient location across from San Diego Bay, the property is a great home base for sleeping and cleaning up in between visiting the sights. It offers a few nice touches, including free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and free water and canned soda anytime day or night. However, the motel doesn't offer much in the way of amenities and rooms are small and sparse. There are a few restaurant options -- from seafood spots to popular chains -- within walking distance of the motel. The trolley to Old Town stops nearby, making it easy for guests to reach attractions via pubic transit.
Days Hotel - Hotel Circle by SeaWorld

Days Hotel - Hotel Circle by SeaWorld Rating: 3.0 Pearls

The Days Hotel - Hotel Circle is a mid-range, motel-style property located just off the freeway in San Diego's Mission Valley district. While the immediate surroundings are unattractive, its central position makes for an easy drive to most San Diego attractions. Rooms are well-maintained, but they do get some noise from the freeway. There are a swimming pool and a hot tub on-site, and Wi-Fi and parking are free. While there are plenty of similar lodgings on this stretch of road, the Days Hotel is one of the better values.
The Pearl Hotel

The Pearl Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Don’t let the motel-style, unassuming exterior fool you. The 23-room Pearl Hotel is a hip, fun boutique with quite a bit of character. Cool touches, such as free poolside movie nights; a fun, chill vibe; and free loaner bikes set this property apart. Rooms are contemporary and stylish, with vintage-inspired furnishings and platform beds, iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. There’s a great restaurant serving California cuisine, and on-site parking with electric car charging stations -- but the highlight here is the pool, complete with lounge music and open cabanas. Just note that Gem Rooms are tiny, and that it is a 10-minute drive from the city center.
Holiday Inn San Diego-Bayside

Holiday Inn San Diego-Bayside Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Split between an older building with a pool and restaurant and a newer addition with hipper decor, this Holiday Inn has a layout that's confusing for some to navigate. Although it's within walking distance of America's Cup Harbor, the hotel doesn't have the most idyllic views either, being tucked between a major boulevard and a giant parking lot. Some of the mid-range rooms have better views of the pool area. Family-friendly recreation options can be found here as well. Business travelers appreciate the property’s proximity to the airport, and the hotel offers a free shuttle.
Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown

Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This cylindrical, 220-room hotel became a Sheraton in May 2012 and received several upgrades as a result. A full-scale renovation of the property is planned to begin in fall 2012 and be completed by early 2013. This will include a larger lobby area and restaurant, as well as new hallways. Most amenities in the rooms themselves (mattresses, linens, etc) were changed as part of the transition as well. A few blocks north of the San Diego Concourse, the hotel is located right before a freeway on-ramp, conveniently close to the airport and major attractions. It still has some great freebies — free Wi-Fi, free morning newspaper, and a free shuttle to take you to the airport, for example. But the small pool and fitness center and out-of-the-way location near the highway are downsides. tag:revisit 7/1/2013

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