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Pros

  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Three blocks from the San Diego Concourse
  • Free shuttle to and from airport
  • Free morning newspaper delivery
  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the hotel

Cons

  • Small pool and fitness center
  • Noisy area near airport and highway
  • Poor self-parking area
  • Few attractions within walking distance

Bottom Line

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.

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Location

Convenient (although noisy) highway access to major sites

Map of Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown

The Holiday Inn Downtown is conveniently located off of highway I-5, making for easy access from the airport and to many of the city’s attractions. While not much is in walking distance, you can walk to the San Diego Concourse or to nearby Little Italy. The free shuttle will take you to Sea World and the San Diego Zoo in 10 minutes, it's a five-minute drive to the coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries of the Gaslamp Quarter.

  • 7-minute walk to the San Diego Concourse
  • 8-minute walk or 6-minute drive to San Diego’s Little Italy
  • 4-minute drive to Balboa Park
  • 6-minute drive to San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter
  • 8-minute drive to Sea World
  • 8-minute drive to AMTRAK station
  • 9-minute drive to Seaport Village
  • 10-minute drive to the San Diego Zoo
  • 10-minute drive to San Diego International Airport
  • 30-minute drive to Legoland

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Rooms

Contemporary decor and flat-screen TVs

Bay View King Room

The hotel completed a $7 million renovation in 2008, and its rooms are up-to-date, with 32-inch flat screen TVs and contemporary (if generic) decor. In 2012, when the hotel was purchased by Sheraton, most of the in-room amenities (such as mattresses and linens) were replaced. The hotel plans to renovate public spaces further beginning in fall 2012.

All rooms include:

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV with HBO, and Showtime
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Room service available

Room types:

  • Traditional Room: King bed or two double beds
  • Deluxe: King bed or two double beds; view of the bay
  • Suites: King bed; full wall of windows

Rooms and Rates

Features

Great freebies: Free Wi-Fi, free morning newspaper delivery, and a free shuttle to the airport and nearby attractions

The fitness center

The highlight of the Holiday Inn is the free shuttle, which takes guests to and from the San Diego Airport as well as to any attraction within a three-mile radius.

  • Free shuttle to and from San Diego International Airport
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Self-parking available for a daily fee
  • Business center: Free use of computers across from the front desk; faxing, printing, and copying services
  • Fitness center: Free weights, treadmill and elliptical with personal TVs and iPod hook ups; Stairmaster
  • Self laundry; dry cleaning
  • Two meeting rooms totaling 1,400 square feet; audio visual equipment
  • First Avenue Grill: serves basic American fare
  • Room service available

Amenities

Key Features
Pool
Fitness Center
Internet
Cribs
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Concierge
Dry Cleaning
Laundry
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Family Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Pool
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Television
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
1617 First Avenue, San Diego 92101, United States
Phone (619) 239-9600
Room Types
  • Bay View Room
  • Standard Room
  • Top Floor Room

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