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San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina in San Diego, CA

San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina in San Diego, CA

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The centerpiece of the inspiring San Diego Bay, the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is Southern California's premier downtown hotel, with 1,360 guest rooms, 75,000 square feet of meeting space, a 446-slip marina, and an environment that easily transitions from dynamic meetings to resort-style relaxation. Adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and steps from the Gaslamp Quarter, the Marquis hotel provides convenient access to championship golf, world-class entertainment and popular attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Sea World San Diego and LEGOLAND California. Experience a grand sense of arrival in our new lobby & personalized service from our dedicated staff. Unwind in a renovated guest room with sweeping bay views. And discover everything you need for an unforgettable event. From a state-of-the-art fitness center, to an enticing new pool area, to top-notch cuisine at our waterfront restaurants, it all comes together for an authentic San Diego experience.

 

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Rating: 3.91

Address: 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, 92101
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Comments (470):

1. Mary M.
Just stayed four days here. Beautiful hotel, but the beds suck big time, linens are good, but the bed was an old lumpy thing. I read that someone got turn down service - I never got it once. What I did get every morning at 3am was the sound of the bloody train that seemed to be running right threw my room! Horrible! You just can't imagine how loud the trains were and how many times they blew that damn horn!!! It'll wake you right up and you can't get back to sleep. The staff is nice, but they make some serious errors, no waitress or bartender is ever supposed to ask your room number and last name out loud when you are opening a tab. This happend to me at the Marriott in Park City, Utah and some freaks from the bar were banging on my room all night. Security came, but the freaks were staying in the hotel and they were just asked to go back to their rooms - unsafe and creepy. The pool is beautiful, Roy's restaurant is ok, they have a Starbucks on site and the breakfast place was pretty good - at least the service was fast. I'd be mad if I was on the concierge level and got nothing over the weekend I'd be crazy mad - who's the idiot that wants to piss off their best customers? Wake up Marriott!

26/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
2. Amanda C.
This was one of the worst Marriotts. I have stayed a several Marriots and this was the worst. The sheets hadn't been changed, neither the pillow cases, cups, or comforter. That's gross. I found this out becaus ethe housekeeper, was in my room and all she did was vacuum and did not pick up any dirty towels off the ground. I had to ask her to change the sheets and pick up dirty towels. It's kind of common sense! But I typically give people that are struggling as it is  an easier time, I would have reported this but I didn't want the poor woman to loose her job. The reason of why this hotel is getting three stars is for its helpful concierge, they were simply wonderful! I advise you not to upgrade to the concierge level food, it was terrible! Beware of DW's  pub. bleh, made me sick to my stomach! Valet was expensive, but eh, where is it not? Take this as a warning and stay at the Hyatt down the block, so much better!

21/08/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
3. Marlin P.
The San Diego Marriott and Marina is a great hotel.  I was pleasantly surprised how comfortable the bed was with goose down linens that I typically only see in high scale hotels.  Views can be great if you get a room that overlooks Coronado.  I've stayed both here and the Hyatt Manchester and would pick the Marriott over it if looking to stay on Harbor.

28/01/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Van P.
The hotel is rather nice, and our city view rooms in the north tower still offered a snatch of the marina.  The interior is a tad outdated with a nautical motif-- cheesy.  I appreciated some of the little touches like the cucumber water offered in the lobby in the afternoons.  The valets were efficient, but at $26/day, I expected nothing less.  Concierge and front desk were attentive and helpful.  The pool was a madhouse; finding space in the sun anywhere close to the water was a lost cause until after 5:00.  The drinks served pool-side from the tiki bar were mediocre.  All in all, it was worth the money we paid.

13/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Sherry N.
San Diego is a beautiful city, and this hotel capitalizes on much that the city has to offer ... expansive views of the water and harbor, walking distance to the Convention Center and the Gas Lamp district, a large outdoor pool.  Everything here is clean, new, and modern.  They also have one of the best hotel fitness centers I've seen (it's almost the same size as a regular gym).  The mattresses were a bit soft, but that's just my personal opinion.  They have a Starbuck's in the lobby (very convenient) and a decent pub, but you won't want for good eats with the Gas Lamp restaurants within a 5-10 minute walk away.

07/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. james l.
this is not a 4-star hotel. we went for the july 4th weekend and there was some old foaggies navy reunion which led to us being put in an office suite. we slept on a pull down bed which was worse than sleeping on the floor. the hotel suite was very dated from the early 80's.  the view was right over they bay which was nice... but that is about it. oh yea, fux0rz charged me twice and had to place a credit card dispute. u suck marriott!

25/07/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
7. Tiffani C.
I have stayed here 3 times now, and recommeded it to friends.  As long as you ask for a high floor with the view you want when you reserve your room you will be very happy here.  The pool and views are amazing, the bed is soooo comfortable, and the staff is friendly.  Its like $18 a day to park so be prepared for that.  But you are just a block or two away from everything downtown so that part is really nice.

06/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Teena S.
all we wanted was a nice relaxing room with an ocean breeze - we got so much more! amazing service ! i was greeted instantly as soon as I arrived - and requested a ocean bay view room and when i got up to my 20th floor - was greeted with a breathtaking view of the marina and all its glory!

it is conveniently located so its walking distance to everything: seaport village, gaslamp, and the hyatt next door.

other than the location and amentities of this hotel, what really was impressive was their quick and friendly service and follow through. roll away was at the room within 5 minutes of check in brought in with extra towels without even having to have requested it! the rooms are spacious and the staff is so friendly and pleasureable!!

will definitely be back!

the only turn off was $22 nightly parking for guests. =(

13/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. S S.
Super convinenat to everything in downtown and about 3 miles from the airport. I loved their little bar in the lobby area. Oh and the awesome salt water pool. I got a massage downstairs by the pool. Very nice. The rooms have a good view of San Diego Downtown or the seaport, depending on your location. Great concierge service -very helpful! Highly recommended

12/11/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Wais M.
Pretty good hotel. Probably better for business than pleasure. The rooms should probably get renovated in the next few years. I'd stay again if on a budget.

13/10/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
11. Sal A.
nice pool, nice new rooms, great view. perfect location (walking distance from Gaslamp)

07/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
12. melanie h.
Rooftop view on Friday & Saturday night is gorgeous!! it is an outdoor lounge type of atmosphere with music and 2 bars. LOVE LOVED IT! The drinks are kind of pricey, but the mojitos are totally worth it.  If you order your drinks before 9, i believe you get like half off! Also, the rooftop is open daily if you want a nice view of petco park, seaport, and coronado.  The rooms are pretty nice, but typical of a hotel..nothing spectacular.  Customer service was excellent, but be careful, they charge a grip for bottle water and soda!

22/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Jessica I.
Nice room with a nice view. Great pool.

26/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
14. Ro T.
very comfortable and clean rooms. very friendly, knowledgeable and amenable staff. great lounge. delicious infusions of water and vodka. wonderful cheese selection at the bar. gorgeous views on the bayview side. fast and friendly room service. i couldn't have asked for a better experience.

02/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Glen T.
The view was magnificent.   I had a room on the 23rd floor overlooking the bay.   The balcony was a little small but there was enough room to sit and have a cup of coffee and enjoy the view.
 The swimming pool was wonderful.  Once in the water I didn't want to come out.   The setting was awesome.  It had a nice little tropical feel and at night sitting by the pool on the lounge chairs can be very romantic.
  When you step out of the back end by the pool you're dockside and right by Seaport Village.  
  When booking the room I got the free breakfast for 2.   :)
  They have a coffee maker in the room and I usually pack some Sumatra with my own filters little International Delight creamers.  A lot times when ordering coffee through room service you never know if you're going to like the coffee and you hope it arrives hot.
  Oh, here's a tip for those of you who don't want to pay for the overpriced bottled water.  The  ice machine is filtered and sometimes double filtered.  Get a bucket of ice and let the water melt.   Carrying bottles of water is too much baggage.

                                                          :)

26/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Sharon W.
I do a lot of travelling and having a hotel that makes the little things easier is wonderful.  Of course, the room was beautiful, spacious, and luxurious and they even hooked me up with a ocean-view room at no additional charge (which I was told costs more when I booked my reservation).

The truly great part was after we left the hotel, we realized we'd left our swimsuits in our room.  I called the hotel and the FedEx'ed them to me!  That's pretty great customer service!

04/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. l c.
big corporate style hotel "adjacent" to the convention center. had a very nice room in the south tower which was convenient to walk next door to the convention.  double bedded room on the city side that looked across to the downtown.  loved the natural light. would have opened the windows except that it was 90 degrees out and the noise from the conv. center rooftop machinery was pretty noisy.  while i did hear the famous train noise - the latest i heard it was around 10:45 pm.  the A/C worked just great. the beds pretty comfy although they did kinda sink in the middle of the bed and it was a bit odd as it felt kinda crunchy under the sheets and soft top.  pillows, as stated by others, were lovely.  housekeeping was excellent and very pleasant. so were the bell staff, pub staff and, actually, everyone i came across!  

got to the pool once and was somewhat disappointed. there are two pools, one supposed to be for adults and one for kiddies. the adult pool was full of screaming kids. also, water looked pretty murky
( yuck), so i did one quick swim back and forth and that was it.  i did like that there were shady places to hang out on the pool patio at all hours since it was really super hot.  would have loved to try out roy's but ran out of time!

there is a ralphs just down the street and horton plaza a 3 block walk. i also loved that the hotel is along the waterfront walking trail and 5 minutes from seaport village which mostly has schlocky shops that i don't know how they stay in business!  forgot how wonerful san diego is. will have to go back soon. so much to see and do.

31/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Israeli Soldier Z.
This hotel is very nice from the outside and the lobby is very fancy as well.

The standard rooms are a little too simple and very... Standard.
Very much a regular Vegas room, just in San Diego.

The best part of this hotel is the ocean view! it is really priceless!

Other than that, service is hit & miss.

Food at the downstairs restaurant was great and they even secured my suitcase while eating.

Valet parking were nice, let me keep my car at the front for 2 hours against all rules.
Although parking lot is confusing.

Did not try the pool or spa b/c lack of time

Price: I would not know, I stayed for free.

Random: 3 Big glass water dispensers with ice lemon water, cucumber water & plain water, all placed in the front of the lobby.
Very refreshing and a great idea.

Bottom line:
If you're in SD for convention, business or travel (and you have the budget) you can't go wrong with this hotel.

Yalla Bye.

20/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Jillian M.
When I arrived around 5PM check in was busy but we didn't wait long to be checked in.  The woman at the desk was helpful with all of our questions about the bars, pool, parking, etc. We got to our room which was a nice size, clean, didn't smell weird or anything.  The restroom was clean although the towels were really rough (esp for a 4 star hotel!)  The view from the balcony was amazing.  It was a "city view" but since the building curves we also had a great view of the marina off to the side.  We were on the 22nd floor of the North tower.  I am not sure why people have been complaining about slow elevators or things being really far away.  I was expecting the worst after reading some reviews about how the hugeness of the hotel was a detriment, but I didn't experience any of that.  The only thing is the trains are REALLY loud in the middle of the night.  We left our balcony door open because it was so nice out, so it may have been better if we had closed it... but not that big of a deal. The pool was beautiful and clean and we had a waitress to bring us food and drinks poolside.  We self parked for the 2 nights we stayed and paid $22 per 24 hours.  People complaining about it being far away are obviously very high maintenance and should just suck it up and valet for about $10 more.  

We left our car at the hotel all day and walked everywhere since the location was so great.  We were right on the marina docks and just next to the Gaslamp district which was great for restaurants.  Seaport village is also just next door but was a big let-down, very touristy and full of junky shops and terrible food.  We grabbed a bike taxi to take us back to the Gaslamp where we got sushi and drinks.

Hotel bars and shops are super overpriced so avoid them if you can.  There's a Ralph's grocery store a few blocks away to get snacks and drinks.  Ask for a map at check in, it was a life saver. The Starbucks has $1 coffee refills and if you keep your receipt you can get a medium drink for just $3 after 2:00PM.

I would totally stay here again with another Priceline $99/night.  This hotel is definitely 3.5 stars, not 4 though.

15/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Aaron M.
Once you get over the exterior, its just OK.

I must say that pool grounds are immaculate and they look like a tropical paradise.  Also, I really love the design of the building...very modern, even though it was built in the 80s.

When I lived in SD, I always thought that the hotel was great.  However, when I came back to visit and stayed here once, I thought it was just ok.  They are right that the views are great, but the insulation leaves something to be desired.  We had a city view room and you could hear all the sounds of the busy street outside, which made it tough to sleep.  I think that they can do something to modernize the rooms.

29/03/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
21. Paula R.
Stayed one night during the Wine & Food Festival at the Embarcadero in November 2010.  By laughing & having fun, we were evicted from the hotel for making too much noise.  Let me tell you, we 6 to 8 people, are local San Diegans, all above the age of 50, had a glass of wine & pizza, no music, sliding door closed to the balcony, and our neighbors...at 7:30 PM!...complained multiple times that we were making too much noise.  So, the head of security doesn't like the fact that we don't agree.  He comes back a 2nd time at 8 PM or so and asks everyone to leave this room and evicts the people who booked it.  These people own 2 timeshares in Maui and are platinum members of the Marriott's points system.  When the 3 couples sent letters to management, we each received a letter in return saying they investigated and that we were in the wrong...(not directly stating, "Too bad," but definitely indicating it).  The Marriott chain has lost my buiness;  I don't care where they are located.

25/01/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
22. L M.
We stayed here 4 nights while my husband attended a conference. The carpets needed cleaning and the bed need replacing. The mattress is quite old, and has been topped with a thick matress topper, which seemed rather broken down. The thickness meant that the sheets did not stay on very well.

They asked us if we wanted foam pillows when we arrived - for the allergic. Nice touch, but the room exacerbated by allergies anyway. I then discovered that they allow animals in the rooms, so I am guessing there was a dog here recently.

Internet was $13 a night. If you want to use a printer, they dont have a complimentary computer like every other hotel I have stayed in recently. You have to pay $7 for 15 minutes.

I feel like this hotel knows it will always have a steady stream of people coming for conventions and doesnt work too hard for the repeat customer.

We stayed 2 nights before hand at the Hilton across the street. It was much nicer.

05/08/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
23. Albert C.
We just had our IMSH conference here and most of the attendees, including myself, stayed in-house.

Overall, I thought it was ok, but I think I've been spoiled by going on vacation in China (as part of a tour group), where the hotels are typically nicer and cheaper (in terms of USD).

It was a quick shuttle ride from the airport ($8+tip for Super Shuttle, ~$12 for a cab) and the lobby was really nice. I arrived late Sunday evening and because the hotel was pretty much booked, they offered to give me a Hospitality Suite instead of a regular room. I said why not...

The North tower is shaped like an ellipse and my suite was an end unit on the 17th floor. It was definitely spacious... typical bathroom but there was a small kitchenette with fridge, microwave and sink, plus a large sitting/sleeping area. In addition to the standard desk with chair and TV-in-a-cabinet, they managed to pack in 2 arm chairs, a sofa and  a four-person circular dining table. The bed was a fold-down Murphy bed, which is how they managed to pack in so much into the room. The overall setup made me think of somebody's downtown studio and was a good use of space. The bed was fairly comfortable but the upholstery on the sofa and arm chairs was looking a little old.

The pool area seemed nice, but since I was there for a conference, I didn't get a chance to test it out. The bar area on the first floor was cool-looking as well, though the in-house restaurants were not terribly exciting in terms of food or value. Cable TV was a little limited (somewhere between 14 and 20 channels) but the USA Today every morning was a nice touch.

As a conference, it was also just ok. The various conference rooms are split up amongst the South Tower, the North Tower and then a small conference center that's a separate building. It works if you have a small conference but we took up all rooms and there was a lot of walking back and forth. My main complaint is that the thermostat was set at 50 degrees (or thereabouts) for all the rooms. C'mon, just up it a little and pay for the extra heating! I felt frozen the entire time.

Unlikely to come again on my own, as I stayed here mainly for convenience and proximity to the conference and because my department is going to foot the bill.

16/01/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
24. Judy H.
This is a standard Marriott Hotel.  They are all pretty nice, what you would expect from any Marriott.  Clean, pleasant interior decorating, decent food.

But the location SUCKS.  The freight train passes right in front of the hotel and it blares its horn at all hours of the EARLY morning.  What a frichen disaster.  Hearing a train pass by at 5AM is no treat!

Marriott - seriously - invest in some triple-pane windows...GEESH!

28/06/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
25. Bubba G.
I am being generous here.  But first some observations.  The Marriott hotel chain is a good, decent hotel chain.  If I am not looking for anything special, the Marriott hotel chain is one of my standards.  

This Marriott is right next to the water and the convention center.  It has an ideal location.  Petco Park, gas lamp quarters, and the marina and shopping are all within walking distance.  We did all of the above on our trip and were very pleased.  

Breakfast at the hotel is convienent and good at the LC cafe.  The pool is nice and warm.  We also road the surrey bicycles that were available to rent.

The downside to the whole trip was the extremely large cockroach that I found in the towel to dry my daughter's hair.  I had to jump back in fear and surprise when I saw that thing fly out of the towel.  I caught the bugger in the hotel glass (you're probably gonna think twice about drinking water from a hotel glass now, aren't you?) and my wife took it down to the front desk.  The front desk attendant said that she would have the manager call us the next morning.  The only call we got was from the Marriott time share salesperson.  How disappointing.  

We will probably stay at another Marriott hotel chain, but the service attention at the San Diego Marriott has much to be desired.

09/07/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
26. Allan L.
I have to admit I'm a big fan of Marriott hotels.  I've stayed at regular Marriotts, Courtyards, and Residence Inn... and overall, I'ver had positive experiences.

This place looks pretty awsome from the outside, but the interior is normal standard Marriott room (which is much better than most).  High expectations since it's located next to marina and had water views.

OK... the review.  It's pretty good... but expensive.   Typical rack room rate is close to $400 night for a regular room (not that I paid that much)... parking is available, but $20 night (however, I would note that several other locations charged similar amounts)... internet in room was $11.00 (incl tax) for noon-to-noon service (but the lobby level internet was $7 per 15 mins).  Yeah... I've been a lot of places, and never seen internet access $0.50 per minute.

Room was clean... got a 20th floor view... bathroom nice and fresh... service people seemed nice.  Five running elevators.  Located next door to the convention center... problem was they had some "Mastermind" conference going on, and these folks just swarmed basically everyting in sight.  They are some type of real estate seminar/investor group... one person said "its was more of a religion".

Hits:  Clean rooms, good service, great location (marina/water, Gaslamp, Petco Park), close to airport, large pool, close to convention center (could be a miss if you aren't attending a conference).

Misses:  Expensive (in general), not walking distance to the beach

23/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Krissy N.
This place has the potential to be great but they really need to do something about the noise!  The hotel is nice and clean.  The pool is great.  The staff is helpful but the NOISE....

We were on the 25th floor facing the city and I got woken by a freight train 3 or 4 times on Friday night.  Saturday night I managed to score some earplugs (and had a few cocktails) so either it didn't go by or the cocktail induced sleep + earplugs drowned it out.  

In addition to the train there was a squeaking in the air vent in our room.  Drove me crazy!  Whether the fan was on or off the squeaking continued.  The earplugs didn't really help but earplugs + pillow over my head = the right combination to block that noise.  Luckily, we had points because if we paid $450/night (rate for top floor room) and heard all that noise I would have been one angry guest!

25/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
28. Barbara C.
I stayed here during a convention, and my roommate then is a Marriott preferred member (or whatever the heck they call it) so she was able to get priority service if we needed it (which we didn't, really).

Rooms are clean enough. Fairly roomy. Beds are comfortable, but a little too soft for my liking. My roommate felt like she was going to slide off her bed at one point. The view is nice if you get a room facing the marina. Our room was on the 6th floor, right over the pool, so we got the fairly loud music played at the pool all afternoon.

My main complaint was the with the hotel booked up for the convention and insufficient elevator capacity, it always seemed like the elevators were stopping on every floor EXCEPT yours. I stopped trying to wait 20 minutes for th elevator because I got to my destination faster by taking the stairs.

My other complaint is the ridiculous parking fees. $22+ per day? And if you can't find self-parking, you're forced to valet for a slightly higher price. They were speedy and efficient, though, I must say. Excellent service all around, actually. Check-in and check-out was easy.

20/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Geomar R.
I stayed here with my best friend when the Giants came into town to play the Chargers. My eyes lit up with enthusiasm as we pulled into the parking lot.  This place impresses both on the inside and out.  You will notice how breathtaking the two glass towers are; it's something that I haven't seen before.  The inside is equally as nice.  The front desk was prompt with the check in process, and they were nice enough to give us a high floor room view facing the marina and Coronado Island.  The balcony was spacious enough to sit and relax and take in the view.  The room was bigger and nicer than the average Marriott room.

My best friend and I ate at DW's Irish Pub.  This place is OK.  I got the fish and chips, but it's not worth doing cartwheels.  However, the room service was surprisingly satisfying.  I ordered the chuck angus burger with bacon and buffalo wings on the side. This is the best burger you'll experience for room service.  You have to trust me on this one.

Overall, the San Diego Marriott and Marina is the place to stay at when you are in town. It is located near the convention center and a Westfield shopping center.  The hotel as a whole was an unforgettable experience.  From the breathtaking views of the marina, to the surprising room service, I will definitely stay here again.

Highly Recommended

02/06/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Doreen E.
Here's the difficulty. This is a very well maintained hotel for it's size. It's gigantic. I guess that's part of my problem with the hotel. But I will say this - the rooms are a great size, not small at all. The beds were comfy, and if you can get a room in the tower that has the balconies, you are SET. Gorgeous views of the bay. There were just too many people there. I think it's a constant convention. It's very close to the gaslamp, the ballpark and seaport village. We rented some bikes with the kids (2 adults pedal - 2 kids can sit in the back). Very fun. $20 for an hour.

05/06/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Maribelle D.
I have never had a bad experience at a Marriott until last weekend 5/14-5/16. 3 of us arrive late at night after a concert and came to check in when we were told that marriott was full and we will send you to another hotel for the night instead. They comped the room so it wasn't so bad.
The next day the rest of our party shows up, now 9 of us in total. The first car of 4 cars goes to self parking and since it was full was told to go to valet, but don't worry they will honor the self parking price. Well they tell the next car who tells the next car etc and we head for valet where the rude manager Grisella gives us attitude and doesn't honor the price for all of us.
Upset and a little surprised by the attitude we go to check in where we had reservations for 2 adjoining rooms and of course they were so full that they could only give us a room on the 5th floor and one on the 9th. They were all treating us like dirt because my cousin has a friend who gave us their associate friends and family discount. So i guess we are not considered paying guests in this hotel since we know someone.
Now its my cousin's birthday weekend and I decide to handle at least the crazy parking issue for her. Fine you screwed us with the room last night, today with the separate rooms, but at least take off the ten bucks from the parking. (24 self 34 valet) I spoke with grisella again and then called front desk manager James who after 2 minutes calls me back and says no we can't help you. Its not like I'm asking for ten bucks out from your pocket people! So I tell him "but its not our fault your parking lot was full." he responds "DON'T PUSH IT. YOU DON'T WANT THIS TO REFLECT BADLY ON THE ASSOCIATE ." Thanks James, you have inspired me to write this review. Not only was I being threatened, but they made us feel guilty for the associate.

What the heck is the point of making Reservations if your hotel is constantly full? Not our problem. I will never stay there again. The whole management team were rude and unaccommodating to us. As for the rest of the staff -the cool valet guys, bell hops, and concierge people were very friendly and tried to makeup for the bad time we were having. I'd like to score them better, but why "Push It" right?

21/05/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
32. Josh R.
4 stars this place is not, but it's not horrible. The room I stayed in was adequate, and the view of the marina with the balcony was more than nice, but I can't help but not overlook the dated bathroom tiles and porcelain sink. Add to that a tv that is not lcd, the lack of bath robes in the room, and the mistake the front desk made when it came to double charging me valet parking, it's hard for me to fathom the 4 stars this place is rated.

Overall service though is good. The bell men were very nice and easy to talk to, and the night valet walked with me to my car when I needed to get something I forgot. And when I needed toothpaste, the service was quick to get to my room.

You also can't beat the location of the hotel, as it's only a few blocks away from gaslamp and downtown. I am definitely staying here again when I'm in San Diego. I just hope they remodel the rooms.

31/12/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
33. JC K.
The hotel is grand to say the least. It's in a convenient location overlooking the Marina and the view from our room was awesome. We had the luxury of coming here over Memorial Day weekend and we even got a fireworks show.

The service was a little slow at times. Since my dad was an Elite member of the Marriott, we had certain perks like free ice cream and soda for our room. It would have been nice if it didn't take them 2 hours to bring it up. Housekeeping was nice though even when I asked them for extra bottles of their cute little shampoo and conditioner.

They have complimentary breakfast, appetizers, and desserts at certain hours in the lounge. Chocolate covered strawberries. Assorted cheeses! Yum! Not to mention the bottles of wine that you can take and their unattended bar (seriously.. No ID check?!).

I do have a couple quips with this hotel though starting with the parking. What the hell are they thinking?! You have two choices - Valet or Self Park. Valet is $26 a day. Self Park is even weirder. You pull into the lot and take a ticket - if you stay under 30 minutes its free. If you stay over it charges you by hour or $20 for a full day. Is it me or why do I need to pay for housing for my car? There's also too little parking which forces to you valet. Oh and watch out for the old guy that sits in the middle of the lot. If you go to the left of him, he'll snap at you "$5 extra!".

The gym was nice though scary for a lady at 10pm at night. You have to trek across the rooftop of the convention center with minimal light. THAT was a workout in itself.

29/05/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Val G.
I was given this hotel thru a Priceline bid at an unbelievable price.  The hotel was immaculate.  Beautiful hotel, gorgeous room with a balcony and awesome view of pool and bay.  The staff was so friendly and quick to expedite the line so you were waiting long to check in.  The hotel has a fantastic pool area with an outdoor grill/bar with a ton of seating.  Its comparable to a smaller version of a Vegas style pool area with a ton of amenities, including an adults only whirlpool and a children's water feature area.  They also have a full size gym with a ton of equipment. The hotel is walking distance to Seaport Village, cruise terminals, Gaslamp area, Convention Center and Petco field.  The parking fee is about $25, but you have 24 hour in and out privileges and that price is very comparable to other lots in Gaslamp area and this is secure hotel parking.  There is also a Roy's Hawaiian Fusion restaurant on site and a walking/jogging trail at back of hotel thru Seaport Village.  The hotel sits right at the back of the marina, and I believe has reserved slips for guests.  GREAT hotel!!! Well worth money!!

19/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Brandon L.
Wow, I traveled quite often on business trip and have stayed at many hotels, but I have to tell you that this is one of the best hotels I ever stayed at. The location is almost perfect. It's a short walk to Gaslamp district, a few steps to the marina, and the room has a great view into the ocean. I think they just renovated the room, because everything looks new and very modern. The bathroom is huge and so is the sleeping area. Luv Luv Luv Luv this place. I was there last week on a conference so I didn't have to pay for the room. But if you're okay with spending between $150 to $200 for the room, I would definitely recommend this place. By the way, the pool is pretty nice too. =)

14/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Jennifer L.
A lovely hotel down on the marina, convention center adjacent.  I liked the decor much less than the Hyatt Regency, and the lobby smelled icky.  Luckily the guest room floors smelled delightful.  Ample meeting space - Trader Joe's was here with all their fun set ups and yummy food when we did our site visit.  It was all I could do not to run through their space eating all the samples.
Again, the staff were swell and the rooms pretty spiffy.  I recommend the suites (duh) - balconies rock.  They look out onto the marina and pool area (with tiki bar!  San Diego loves its tikis).  Really nice and tropical feeling pool area with waterfalls and coi ponds around the perimeter.  I also liked the tile mosaics on the floor, but that's just because I'm into that sort of thing.

05/09/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
37. Samantha E.
I just came back from a night at the hotel. The rooms are hit and miss - the hotel has a strange shape to it, so we were in a corner room with great views and a little balcony, but it was small and oddly shaped. The bed was really comfortable and the bathroom was clean. My biggest issue with the hotel was the valet service. It was a busy weekend and the valets had no idea how to handle it. We called down for my car with 10 minutes notice (as recommended). 40 minutes later, still no car. Even worse, they had no idea where my car or my keys were - my car was lost! They blamed it on new guys parking it offsite. Whatever the reason - they DID NOT KNOW WHERE MY CAR WAS. We had tickets for an event that we were now late for, so they paid for our cabs to and from. When I called them a couple of hours later, they'd found the car. Instead of being appropriately apologetic, they kept mentioning that it wasn't really a big deal, and it happens every once in a while.  They promised that my car would be easy to find in the morning, and I still had to wait 25 mins to get my car. The hotel itself is fine, but no way would I trust my cars to the valets there ever again.

03/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
38. KC S.
Got to be one of my favs because of the awsome and breath taking view we got of coronado island and the bay harbor!!  it was calming to open the patio door and hear the breeze and ocean sounds!!

30/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
39. Won L.
Paper thin walls.. I could almost make out the words from the room next to me. They were chatting for hours (even at 6 in the morning christ) and I just couldn't sleep. This hotel should be downgraded to a three star. The room felt really outdated. The old school tv in our room would keep turning off by itself.  I should've listened to the reviews on TripAdvisor but I made the mistake of using Priceline. Never staying here again. I'm still giving it 2 stars because of the friendly staff.

16/02/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
40. Bill P.
I live in San Diego and was given a night's stay as a reward from my company. The staff is friendly and aims to please. The rooms are spacious and the harbor view was good as is expected when you face the bay. The TV wasn't as big as some other places I've stayed, but was adequate. For the price of the room, having internet (even enough to check email) in the room rather than only in the lobby detracts from getting a perfect score. $12.95 for a night is not a fair price at all, so I didn't bother. The breakfast is pricey at $25 for the buffet, but the food is excellent. In reality it's not that far of a walk into the gaslamp to get a more reasonable price. If you're looking for a memorable stay, I would recommend this as a place to stay. Be ready to open the wallet up though as it's on the high end. There are places for half the price a few minutes drive away, but they don't have the amenities or the view.

08/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Gonzalez S.
Stayed here during a conference and had a great time, clean rooms, friendly staff, great customer service and near nice restaurants and night clubs. Highly recommend it.

06/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Alex C.
Amazing service.  Typical world class excellence.  Renovations are shaping up nicely.  Have not been here in 11 years but the core excellence is unchanged.  The new renovations will be stunning.  Lobby re-opened the morning we checked out.  Beautiful.

28/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. brassica b.
I stayed here for a conference earlier this month. The hotel is a behemoth in the middle of the most touristy part of San Diego. It's the nicest Marriott I have visited. Plusses included a huge shower, firm bed, very nice staff, and a 24-hour gym. If you want a decent, if somewhat generic hotel experience, and you're willing to pay for it (or at least your company is willing to pay for it), this is a good choice if you're in San Diego.

Minuses: No free wireless

26/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Denise P.
I would of given 4 stars but the customer service and knowledge of what was going on by staff was a bit lack luster. I just got back Memorial weekend and they were a bit understaffed for the holiday. It wasn't major crazy but even with the fast pace of people the staff never caught up. Asking what activities that were taking place always was answered by a, "I'm not sure." or if wanting to order something pool side.. well it was just better to walk to the bar and just wait like every other person.
I was pleased with our room as it was very clean and the view was amazing. The pool area was great and very kid friendly. The fire pits were a perfect plus to lounge around in the evening even if the bar closes at 11:00 pm. The jacuzzi's were small and only one being dedicated to families and one to adults.. well you were elbow to elbow on the family side. Overall, the friends and family had a good time and will come back when it's not over a holiday and most likely I'll give it 4 stars.

30/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
45. Courtney D.
Stayed for 3 nights with my two kids while the hubs attended a conference.  I thought the property was beautiful, but we ate at all of the restaurants at least once and the food was really only ok.  I would expect higher quality from a Marriott property.  The restaurant / dining options section was torn out of our guest services book in the room so we had to try each one without knowing what to expect.  Ordered room service one night and found out that everything I ordered off the room service menu in my room was no longer offered by their hotel, no one had ever bothered to update the room service menu either.  Because of the two kids, we stayed on property most of the time, ate at the hotel and bought things in the gift shop.  We spent more on food and other items than we did on the room itself.  After that, I was disappointed to discover that my request for a late checkout was denied.  I was told that I would have to pay extra if I wanted to stay until my husband's conference was over.  Thanks Marriott, I packed up the kids and headed to the mall for several hours.  I don't mind paying extra for a nice hotel, but I don't care to be nickel and dimed once I get there.  I did enjoy the breakfast at the Marina Kitchen, but that was the only meal that we felt was worth the cost they charged.

01/06/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
46. Farakh Z.
Pool was awesome...service at the pool was great too.  Hotel is right on the water and easy to access everything from this place.  Rooms are very comfortable, and hotel is very modern and up-to-date.  I don't think getting a room here would be very difficult, as it has two huge towers of rooms.

07/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. Chris S.
I stayed here while taking the bar exam and I passed so my review might be influenced slightly, I feel I owe some credit to the Marriott 2 years ago.

I enjoyed the hotel for several reasons:

1. I'm a Marriott junkie - courtyard with the breakfast buffet is heaven, those spicy potatoes are out of control, I like the J-dubs, and Marriott on a whole is a great experience.

2. I love boats - having it's own harbor and being able to stroll alongside all the boats is very relaxing to me. There is a lot of cheddar tied up outside the Marriott if ya know what I mean.

3. I love great views - The Marriott delivers on this no question

4. I like comfortable beds - who the hell doesn't?

5. I like food - some pretty good restaurants here as well as tasty adult beverages!

6. The pool is great - Little fire pits with sofas tucked away in moderately discreet areas, nice soothing jazz music playing, coffee carts, hot tubs with water falls, fine looking ladies, can't go wrong.

I'd live at this place if I could. It is easy to get lost in and sure it isn't brand new, but for all the above stated reasons, 5 stars!

09/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Kara S.
My boyfriend and I went down for the weekend. Decent service starting with Tyrus the valet guy. He was great. The check in girl had a little attitude when she couldn't find our reservation (they spelled our last name wrong). But after that the service was amazing including having a cheapy plastic wine opener delivered to our room within 2 mins. We had the north tower with views of the city and the harbor. Room was small but had a balcony.

01/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Lazy W.
Beautiful property... great service especially the valet guys. So friendly and helpful!!

22/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Omid M.
If you get a room with a balcony it has amazing bay views. It has a great pools and gym. Walking distance to the Glass Lamp district and ball park its also connected to the convention center. The hotel staff was very nice and accommodating.  Yes parking sucks because you have to pay $$$ but that's common now with most moderate to high-end hotels.

28/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. Lucian M.
Excellent hotel. Friendly staff. Perfect if your attending a convention next door. Great views of downtown or the bay.

09/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
52. Keith H.
Very nice hotel though parts of it look like it is under renovation. The rooms are nice and the beds are reasonably comfortable. The view on the bayside was gorgeous. We live in San Diego and stayed overnight for our anniversary. Got a great rate on hotels.com . Would stay here again.

14/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Dee N.
I stayed here for a weekend with some girls for a bachelorette party and it was awesome. The rooms were a decent size. We got a room on the North Tower and got the view of the harbor and downtown.  It was beautiful.

The staff was very helpful and friendly.  They went above and beyond to make our stay here pleasant.  Of course we went down to Gaslamp and had too many drinks!  We got back to the hotel and one of the girls could not make it back upstairs so they brought a wheelchair out to assist us!!  What more can I say!  Great hotel, great location, great service!  Will definitely stay here again!

18/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. Lucy L.
The rooms pretty much all have great views of downtown and/or the bay.  The pool is great place to lounge and enjoy a cocktail before you hit downtown for a night out. Jacuzzi though was bit small (5 or 6 person:(), but they also have a sauna.  We were on the 19th floor, corner rooms.  The beds were pretty comfortable.  I was a bit perplexed as to why such a nice hotel would not have a flat screen tv or mini fridge in the rooms.   No free parking either.

11/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
55. Petunia The P.
Went here for a conference. One disaster after another.

Let's see...where to begin? How about the elevators. Room on the 20th floor, with LONG waits for the few elevators working (5-10 minutes), which are then crammed. Have to stop at every floor because of all the desperate people waiting for elevators there, too. And THEN... forced to watch the Weather Channel in the elevator, commercials and all. Have the managers of this hotel ever actually watched this station??? Because it is all about extreme weather in other states far away (duh... summer in San Diego... it ain't gonna rain) and people nearly, or successfully, dying. Moms leaving kids to perish in hot cars while they go shopping (oh yes, kids in elevator watching this). Drowning in floods. Being sucked up by tornadoes. Although, after I'd been in that crowded elevator for a while, being sucked up by a tornado was beginning to sound good.

Next topic: food. If you are there for a conference, and are actually planning to attend the conference, bring a cooler and camp stove with you. Because you are trapped with no where to eat. First option: Starbucks. There is only one, and it is conveniently located at the opposite end of the far-flung hotel. Oh, and there will be a line of 20+ people waiting to order, with only 2 disgruntled employees to take and make your orders, so you will not get to the lecture on time. You might think that the hotel is just short staffed, until you see the 8 idle employees outside waiting to valet park your car. Then you realize that it is instead a dastardly plot. So, you venture into the second option: the hotel's restaurants. Here you will be treated to horribly overpriced horrible food, which makes Mickey D's quality look envious by comparison. Caeser salad? Plate of lettuce with a few packaged croutons, that will be $13 thankyouverymuch. Hamburger? Flat cut-out tasteless meat they obviously just defrosted, ew. That'll be $16. Even the free apples they give you in the lobby taste nasty. What is up with that? This is supposed to be a nice hotel.

Oh, and WiFi. They charge for it. Their website says that they have free WiFi in the public areas, but this is a lie. It will cost you $12.95 a day, and for that you will get a maddeningly slow connection. Just leave the laptop at home.

Then there is the ever present long line, if you need to check in, or check out, or ask a question such as, why are there only 2 people at the front desk which always has a long line, when there are 8 idling outside hoping to park your car? Or, why did some man with a deep voice give me a heart attack this morning at 5am when he unlocked my door and came inside the room? Hasn't anyone trained him to SLIDE the bill under the door?

Speaking of which, don't forget to check your bill. Mine had some interesting tidbits, like that hamburger I ordered suddenly now cost $33. And the discounted conference rate for WiFi just didn't happen.

So, you are thinking... why one star, instead of zero? Well, I will tell you. The bed was, indeed, comfortable.

09/08/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
56. Gracie C.
My husband and I just had our wedding celebration @ the Marriott Marquis on 8/27/11. What a wonderful venue for all of our of town guests!! The hotel is just 3 miles away from the airport, across the Gas Lamp District and right there on the San Diego Harbor. The pool is just fantastic for all those who would like to soak in the San Diego sun. Kudos to Kelly Hath and Alisha Wilson in the Banquet Department for making our wedding an exceptional one! One only kink from our guests,  if you get a city view room just know that you will hear the trains overnight. I would definitely recommend you opt fo the harbor view because it is just breathtaking!!!

01/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
57. Mary K.
I enjoyed this hotel because of the location on the Marina. There is an excellent waterfront to exercise on during your visit and they have fireworks you can see almost every night from Sea World if you are on a boat in the marina. The amphatheatre is close and we saw Jewel and Rob Thomas for free, cruised over and watched from the water on the boat.

The fireworks display on the fourth of July at the Marriott was really good and the pool was really peaceful, even though it was way too packed during the holiday weekend when we visited. The poolside service was great too. If you are a lover of the water and generally love the marina lifestyle like I do, you should check out this Marriott.

17/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. scott p.
One of the convention center area monster hotels in downtown san diego.  I garner from the other reviews that this at one point was an "intercontinental" and that might account for the above average design.  Has it's own convention center inside.  Also has a pretty decent looking pool area and a Roy's attached to the back.  Also has a Starbucks that is literally bonkers in the morning when there is a convention in progress- I saw someone wait in line for a half hour plus.

Probably the easiest hotel to find in San Diego coming from La "exit front street and drive to the end" you will be in the valet lane of this Marriott. That's pretty cool, actually.

08/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
59. Ines S.
Beautiful hotel. Friendly and prompt service from start to finish.

We were pretty lucky to have a North tower high floor marina room with a balcony, so we had a very nice view of the bay and skyline.  The bed was HEAVENLY. and the pillows... oh don't even get me started on the pillows. I'm browsing through shopmarriott.com as we speak to get some Euro pillows.

Parking was a little bit pricey (@ $22/day) but most if not all of the hotels around the marina were charging the same.

A couple of downsides include noise level in the room. We could hear people close their doors and the housekeeping staff talking, so we were awaken often during the night. Another is the elevators are a little wacky. The lights would turn on but the doors wouldn't open, so we had to wait a long time just to get to our room and/or lobby.

Other than those little details, it's a great hotel. We'd definitely stay here again when we're in SD.

24/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
60. Michele R.
Very nice hotel...gorgeous views, wonderful service. Had an executive suite in south tower. Will definitely go back.

12/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Kai and Lauren P.
The hotel itself was pretty nice. A great pool, nice rooms, great location. The service was very poor. We made a request 3 days prior to have a room with 2 queen beds. We got to the hotel and they said they only had rooms with one king bed. When I told them we had called on specifically to reserve it they said "oh sorry, that was just a request, not a guarantee." They could tell I was very unsatisfied and did nothing to help. Also we had to pay $20 a day to park and spent one night driving around for 30 minutes trying to find a spot but it was all full-- this is after we paid for it!

22/08/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
62. Traci F.
Every detail of our stay was perfect. Plenty of staff manning the front desk for check-in as well as bellmen at the door to receive guests. Very streamlined and friendly. Absolutely beautiful building and grounds - the pool is resort-quality. Very good view of the marina as well as downtown.
Close to the airport, the marina, U.S.S. Midway museum, the Gaslamp District, dining, walking/biking/running paths. No need to rent a car. Cab from airport was only $11. Trolley and Grayline stop right out front - conceirge has all the information regarding pricing and is very helpful. 24-hour business center access, UPS mail/copy center on-site, adjacent to convention center. And of course, the Marriott beds are spectacular. Extra perks for us as well because we are "Marriott Elite" (thanks to my husband's business travel). We had access to a 24th floor lounge and 10-50% discounts on several services. I can't imagine a better experience.

30/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. Lance H.
The Marriott Hotel & Marina is located at the south end of the Gaslamp district in San Diego, directly adjacent to the San Diego Convention center. It is a very large hotel with two towers of guestrooms. You are within walking distance to the convention center, Petco Park (where the San Diego Padres play), and the Gaslamp district.

Overall, this place is huge. There are seating areas with a lounge and Starbucks off of the main lobby area. There is a huge pool area with an outdoor bar. Several shops selling necessities, nick knacks, and limited boutique type stuff.

The standard guest room was nothing special in my option. It seemed outdated so if you are looking for a new room, a standard here may not be it. The linens were decent here.

I cannot comment about the staff since I did not interact with them. The valet area for this size of hotel is small but the staff work as efficient as possible.

One caveat about this place is that it gets really crowded. There was not a moment when the pool was not packed or when the valet was not packed. The elevators were very slow from the lobby and from your floor so prepare to wait.

The Marriott Hotel & Marina is a decent hotel but just know you will be sharing it with a ton of other people.

20/07/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
64. Meredith M.
This was our destination for a "mini-fake-vacation" as our belated Valentine's Day celebratory activities, and I was blown away!  Walking in the doors, I gasped and smiled at the spawling lobby/front desk area.  Gorgeous frosted lighting!  Also, the girl at the Front Desk (I can't remember her name, but she was from Ireland) was extremely friendly and gave suggestions as for the best time to check out the views, the pool, etc.  Also, bonus points for the Bath and Body Works Energizing Aromatherapy lotion at the desk as well as in the rooms (the soap, lotions, shampoo and conditioner were all courtesy of BBW).

Our room in the corner on the 19th floor was beautiful, spacious and the balcony gave us a gorgeous view of the bay.  It was very relaxing to just sit there and watch the sun glistening off the water.  Our bed was huge, with a feather pad on top of the mattress, and complete with 6 comfy pillows.

I did not experience any of the noise issues that other reviewers have mentioned.  We could hear the door closing of the room next door, but that's common in ANY hotel.  The cable TV channels could stand to be updated - while Eric was snoring, I was stuck with my choice of Colon Cleansing informercials to watch.

The staff - from front desk, to the bar, to room service, was extremely friendly and helpful.  No complaints in the least.  We hit up the bar on the lobby floor - it was packed due to a convention in town, but were still served quickly.  At one point, it smelled VERY bad in that area - I think that one of the convention-goers may have partied a bit too hard.

The outside is beautiful - pools and waterfalls, lots of greenery.  It made for a very relaxing ambiance in the evening.  Great for sitting and having a drink.

Our breakfast the next morning (room service) - was excellent!  I remembered getting the Corn-Flake Crusted French Toast at a Marriott years ago, and was hoping that it still existed - lo and behold, it did!  Between my French Toast and Eric's All American Breakfast - we had a feast.  It was pricy, but then again, it was room service, so that is to be expected.

Overall, an amazing experience.  A few glitches here and there, but nothing that was out of the ordinary - no hotel is perfect.  Yes, it's pricey, but if you are planning on a mini-getaway, it's worth it.

02/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
65. G R.
My family and I had a fantastic experience at the San Diego Marriott Marquis. Service was excellent, we were close to everything we wanted and needed. Our view from the balcony was amazing and worth every single penny. Pool was great and we didn't even have to leave the grounds for an excellent special occasion dinner with the family..Roy's Hawaiian Fusion was a few steps away from the pool area.

02/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Keith M.
Great experience. I am a Gold Member and was given extra attention during check in. My room on the concierge level was excellent while accommodating an early check in and offered free internet. This hotel honored a very good gov't rate which was great for this property. The concierge desk was very helpful when we asked about things to do and where to go. I was in the south tower and it looked like the North was better b/c of balconies and views. The food in the restaurant was not cheap, but was a good quality. As for parking we took a short cab ride from the airport and entertainment is within walking distance or $5 cab ride in the Gaslamp Dist.  WARNING don't take the bike cabs at night, they don't disclose the rates until your almost there, then it is 20-60 bucks per person.

16/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
67. LK W.
Amazing panoramic views from corner room.  Beware, the hotel elevators are extremely slow...

12/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
68. avalon e.
Your run of the mill conference hotel that you should be staying at ONLY if the company pays for it and you are there for a conference.
Expedia pricing is outrageously high, this is ranked a 4 star by priceline but IMO its right there with any Embassay Suites or Courtyard Marriott.
We got a very spacious room with a view to the city but the train that runs along the road in front would blow its horn for a full minute everytime it passes by all the way past 2 in the morning.  Earplugs and Ambien are a must if you get a room on that side.  Showers are pathetically drippy.

11/09/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
69. Mike D.
We had an opportunity to have a couple's get away a few weekends ago and we decided to stay in downtown San Diego.  It was a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful city we live in from the "tourist" side of view.  The start of our perfect weekend began while checking in to the Marriott Grand Marque & Marina.   As noted on our reservation we were celebrating our anniversary and Marriott made sure we felt welcomed to their exquisite property.  Among other things they unexpectedly upgraded our room to an ocean view with balcony on the 24th floor and provided extra pillows and a complementary chocolate covered strawberries.   I know availability will not always allow for this extra attentiveness but its sure is nice to know Team Marriott is willing to go the extra mile when they can.   Extra thanks to Adam for car service, Rolland for helping with luggage, city map, ice and advice and finally extra special thanks to the young lady who checked us in (I'm sorry I forgot your name) and who took the extra time to provide the setting for  a perfect weekend.

20/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
70. Angelique Q.
This is the hotel that I stayed at while in San Diego. It's a very nice hotel and it's beautiful because it overlooks the marina!

However, no more ordering food/room service to the hotel because that's how our wallet got raped. But that's what happens when we were too lazy to drive out and find a place to eat. So we were asking for it ;P

Front desk service was great and I had no problems checking in and the room itself was nice, clean, big, and with an amazing view! (love love the view!) What I also liked is that they have cab service in the front/entrance of the hotel. We didn't drive around town (at night) so it was convenient to step out to the front and have a cab ready for us.

It's kind of pricey but you get what you pay for. Plus the location is pretty snazzy.

09/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
71. Ryan Y.
One of the larger properties of the Marriott chain that I have stayed at in the past.  An uneventful stay and the same ok service that I have come to expect from this hotel chain.

30/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
72. Kimberly A.
This hotel is an absolute delight, where the staff aims to please. Rooms overlook the marina. Outstanding view! Rooms are all a decent size. The King bedroom has two night stands, a "real" king size bed with a wonderful mattress and lots of pillows (which Marriott is known for), a desk, flat screen TV, nice spacious walk-in shower, decent size bathroom (especially compared to San Diego sized hotel rooms), a Starbucks on the lobby floor, a tropical paradise pool area (two pools and two Jacuzzi with pool side bar/restaurant ), outdoor tequila bar (outstanding drinks!), fire pits, torches, lights hanging in trees, towel bar, lots of seating, two restaurants, room-service, and free wifi downstair (even reaches out to the large pool area). We left this place with the original intention of going to a different area of CA, then returned because we couldn't find a comparable hotel with all of these amenities. We will definitely be back!

05/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Jordan O.
Stayed here because I wanted to take the Trolley to the Chargers game, plus I had extra Marriott points available.  I have to say I was impressed with this hotel which is situated directly next to the San Diego Convention Center.  Self parking is $22 and not easily accessible from the rooms so I would suggest utilizing valet for $32.

They were letting people checkin early.  I checked in at 11am.  If possible, request a corner room with two balconies.  I had a room with a balcony facing the harbor and the other facing the city.  Rooms aren't that spacious and the decor is a bit outdated but the location is great.  

The pool/waterfall area is plush and great to sit around and have a cocktail; and, the area is connected to the marina and Roy's restaurant.

Take a walk down to Richard Walker's Pancake house and grab a breakfast - they end breakfast at 2:30pm.

11/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
74. Tina P.
Very convenient located next to convention center and a few blocks to Gaslamp. Hotel is new and clean. Pool area is nice. We got a good harbor view from the north tower. If you're attending any events at the Convention Center I would highly recommend this hotel.

19/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
75. Venus L.
During Comic-Con International, my sisters love to get a hotel room over the weekend in order to spare the pain of driving around downtown and finding parking during the event (kind of like a mini-vacation of some sort).  The idea came a few years ago and it's been our own little tradition for the last six years.  And the one hotel we will fight to get a room is the Marriott.

The rooms are always nice and comfortable and you can either get a room with the marina view or the city view (I can go for either... both are nice).  Room service is always fast and just plain great.  But my favorite thing about the Marriott are the restaurants.. the one we go to is LC's for breakfast.. delicious!  

I don't remember ever experiencing noise issues when in the rooms... the fluffy pillows (and being really tired from walking everywhere) are more than enough to knock me out.  Just as long as you don't open that $4 bottle of water in your room, you'll have a great experience.

26/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
76. Benjamin W.
You're paying for the location. You're paying for the brand name.

A long time ago there probably was a real nice mom and pops hotel right on San Diego Harbor. It probably wasn't too expensive and probably promised exactly what it deliver. But alas, mom and pops sold out to the million dollar offer of any name major hotel corporation and here we are today. Force to pay top dollar to stay at a place with a view, which don't get me wrong its a beautiful view, which this company has successfully put a price on.
've written that same intro on every hotel I've stayed at within view of the water in SD.
So if you don't mind paying about $215 a night (average) lets get on with it:

Lobby is nice, modern, and the staff is friendly.
The valet service is prompt and organized.
The bars conveniently located and as expected, expensive.
The rooms lack any luster that you feel you should be getting from what the lobby looked like and for what you're paying.
The ball rooms are rather large and well staffed.

Tips:
During reserving, request to be on south corner of the south tower, the rooms there are half windows and offer an INCREDIBLE of the harbor and marina.

25/12/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
77. David P.
Extremely well appointed hotel from the lobby to the North Tower bar on the way to the elevators. Rooms on the spacious side, well appointed and comfortable.

My only complaint is that the fitness center totally sucks. What makes it even suckier is its incongruity with the rest of the place. I was so looking forward to a well appointed gym with great views. Instead, its this rather makeshift room only accessible by going out of the hotel at the 4th floor of the South Tower on the way to the Convention Center. I was so looking forward to my workout after a long day of work and ended up being so disappointed. Arrrgh!

10/11/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
78. Hannah Z.
My momma always told me to be nice and especially nice to secretaries, receptionists, waiters/waitresses, etc. etc.

So me and my boyfriend checked into this hotel and were friendly and cordial with our check-in lady. Tell me why we got a huge room with the best view of  DT San Diego!?

His co-workers checked-in before us and had this dinky room at the same rate. We had a corner room and huge windows.

So be nice people! Don't walk up at check-in looking like you're pissed off, say thank you and please, don't have too many requests. You'll get the room you want the first time around.

Other than that the hotel was fine. It's huge! lots of walking, different towers and such. The room itself wasn't like a modern, minimalist type room but it was clean and well-taken care of.

26/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Theresa H.
I really enjoyed staying at this Marriott.

Pros:
The location is excellent. It is next to the marina and within walking distance to the convention center, Seaport village, restaurants, Gas lamp Dist, shopping mall, supermarkets, banks, transportation, etc.

Behind the Marriott is a biking/ walking path along the seawall.

Marriott provides a shuttle( for a fee) to Coronado Island.

Pool area has a lovely tropical themed setting. Waterfalls, salt water pools, koi ponds, tiki huts, rock sauna, and fire pits, are some of the goodies guests enjoy during their stay.

Rooms are clean and well sized

Rooms have amazing views of the city, the marina and bay, or both.

Staff is friendly and helpful.

Feather beds...soft and comfy.

Good water pressure.

Cigar bar

bike rentals

Cons:
A train stop in front of this Marriott causes guests to awaken in the middle of the night...bring ear plugs if given a city view room. If you face the marina, no worry, no noise.

The location is so easily accessible that sometimes strange homeless people make use of the pool area. None of the gates lock.
The Marriott needs to step up their security. My roommate was enjoying the spa alone when a homeless guy ( and his odd possession's) joined her. He was aggressive enough to startle her. She let management know of the incident. Be very careful if you are alone or have kids.

Hotel is really large so be prepared for crowded facilities.

30/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
80. Connie N.
This was a great place for a conference.  We had lunch al fresco overlooking the marina under tents...and also cocktail receptions...the food catered was really good (a few people teased me some about the enormous amount of food I eat in one sitting; but I get that all the time)...it was nice to get out to the fresh air and sunshine between meetings in dark rooms with PowerPoint presentations.  I just love watching sailboats...as I did all the time in my San Francisco flat with my view of the GG bridge, mountains, and bay...

They also served something very interesting on one of the days...fresh watermelon with a Mexican spicy salty powder....I'd never seen it before...but I was thrilled in discovering that another culture eats it this way too as Vietnamese do.  The things you learn by going to meetings (other than the meeting topic)!  hehe...

12/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
81. Ai M.
I didn't hear the hallway or room next door.  I think I spent most of my time watching cable.  I'm sure this looked better when it was an Intercontinental.  Its a great location if you're going to a convention.  My parents spent most of the time on the small balcony, looking out towards the bay.  

The Gaslamp Quarter is within waking distance.  The pillows are always fluffy.  The room was clean and comfortable.  We didn't use the fitness canter or pool.  When was walked around the perimeter, we got lost by the convention center.

13/04/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
82. Rami H.
I've been attending San Diego Comic Con for two years now and each year my group and I have stayed at this hotel. Prices are definitely on the higher end but for an event like Comic Con it's worth it to spend a little extra and be literally right next door to the convention center. Plus if you go with a big group it becomes less costly. The staff at the hotel are extremely friendly at all hours, which I wasn't quite expecting given the number of people they deal with during this event. You'd think they'd be sick of guests after the first day of Comic Con, but nope! Still as friendly as when you check-in. Rooms are quite nice and you can fall asleep for centuries on those comfy pillows. The room service pizza and buffalo wings are also quite good, even if they're horribly overpriced. So if you're lucky to snag a room at this hotel for Comic Con, be happy, because it's a great place to stay.

27/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. Marlene B.
I booked my room 6 months in advance and used my Marriott reward points.  I requested a room with a harbor view, feather free, 2 queen beds and got it.  15th floor north tower. We had golf clubs and the bell man were very attentive at check-in and were at the room within 10 minutes of our request for help at check-out.  Everyone was friendly and helpful.  Overall we had a great experience.
Here are some points to consider, which caused me to deduct a point:
- Live entertainment at the pool bar- you can hear it if you have a room overlooking the harbor and could keep you awake if you wish to go to sleep before 10pm.
- UPS Store near lobby.  you can print your airline boarding pass for free but will need to buy a $6.95 card (minimum fee) to print anything else on the computer.  The card is only good at that location.  Not like the Fedex where you can load it with funds and use it at any Fedex or Kinkos.  Not a good business proposition for travelers or someone who needs to print 1 page.
- ATMs.  My credit union indicated there were service charge free ATMs in the lobby.  I inquired.  They were removed a month ago and replaced with ATMs that charge a $2 fee plus another $2 bank fee.
- Self parking is $26 per day.
- Free wifi in to lobby but you have to pay ~$11.95 per day in the room.  For the room charge price charge, it should be free.  I stayed at the Marriott Residence in Arlington, VA a few months ago and it was free.  Marriott needs to be consistent on their wifi rates.

11/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
84. Rosanne C.
Not the greatest place, but decent.

Stayed here back in July when my bf Geo R. and I went to Comic-Con for the first time. The location was literally across the airport, but since we arrived pretty late, we got the free shuttle to get us. There are two towers within this hotel and some parking, but luckily we did not have to worry about parking. Got dropped off at the main tower and we were told that we were actually staying at the other tower. The lady told us that we can either walk for a couple of minutes or wait and take the shuttle to get there.  Mind you, I was tired, hot, cranky, and it was pretty late. But we decided to walk anyway. It wasn't that bad, but still. The tower could have been a little bit more closer to the main tower, or at least right next to it.

You can tell that they put more work into the main tower. They had free internet with several nice computers along with a flat screen tv in the main lobby and the overall ambiance was inviting. When we got to our tower, it was not as fancy, no free computers, and not as nice. Our room was simple, with all the amenities we needed. King size bed, television, closet space, and a decently sized bathroom just for the two of us. There was even a balcony that looked over the water with two patio chairs, which was nice. I definitely double checked how clean our room was BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT COULD BE BUILDING UP OR LIVING IN YOUR ROOM, but it was decent for a three day stay.

Now your probably wondering why I didn't rate the hotel a bit higher since the review sounds pretty good so far. During our stay, WE HEARD PEOPLE HAVING SEX. And it wasn't like a mumbling moaning sound that was being blocked by thick walls. It was like HD clear because the walls were so damn thin! And they weren't just going at it for a couple of minutes. Pretty much half an hour to 45 minutes of loud, crazy sex. I'm pretty much sure the entire tower heard them lol.

Other than that, the hotel is pretty decent. Maybe if they worked on getting thicker walls or if we upgraded to the main tower because their walls are probably thicker, then I would have given this place at least 4 stars.

25/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
85. Klein N.
This hotel was beyond my expectation. I didnt think the Marriot could be luxorious but this met my standards. I was on the 12th floor with the view of the marina and it was breathtaking. The room was very clean and contempory and the bathroom was to die foor. The pool side and bar was also a hot spot for many of us there even in the evening. I was there for about 3 nights and it was excellent. Oh and the starbucks inside the htoel is the best. They are fast and I mean fast at your service!!! Highly recommend this hotel. Great location and walking distance to downtown gaslamp and seaport village!

02/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
86. Amy K.
This hotel was in a great location, overlooking the marina and just blocks from the gaslamp quarter.  Many restaurants/shops/pubs were just in walking distance.

The lobby of the hotel was nice.  The rooms were nice and clean, but a bit small and oddly shaped.  The walls were also PAPER THIN.  You could basically hear everything from inside the room and in the hallway.  I think during our last night in all I could hear coming from outside was, "Wooo, CHUG CHUG CHUG CHUG!"  It was 2 am on a Saturday night.  There's also a train or trolley that goes by about every half hour that is also LOUD.

The hotel also has a Starbucks located in the South Tower, but they're only open until 11 am!  WHY?

23/03/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
87. Gina C.
to add to what JS said...this place was exactly what we were looking for: an ocean front hotel, not too pretentious, with good views, and decent prices. granted, we got an employee discount for about $115/night, this place was so worth it.

parking was too expensive - shouldn't it be FREE for guests? the hotel is huge - it's used for conventions, large meetings, so a lot of walking is involved.

i loved how quick the service was - we got a comfortable roll-away bed (super-firm mattress: korean hardwood floor style), and toothbrushes (how could we forget those?). we just chilled in the room w/ 5 bottles of wine (only 1.5 of which were consumed: fail!). the bathroom was large and brightly lit, and the room itself was nicely sized w/ huge picture windows. the hotel was so close to Seaport Village, where we walked to for dinner and breakfast.

next time i will definitely stay here. the views (see my photos) were breathtaking, especially on Sunday when the bright sun came out. this place i believe is close enough to go to the gaslamp district, so we'll do that next time.

25/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
88. Laureen S.
Really enjoyed this hotel. The location is perfect (walking distance to the gaslamp district and other SD attractions) , the staff was helpful and the bed was comfy.  Down one star for a few housekeeping imperfections relating more to amenities than actual cleanliness. I would stay here again.

19/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
89. David M.
A nice Marriot!

Stayed in an ocean view room on a high floor, so I had no issues with noise some guests complained of.  The room was clean and comfortable with a large spacious balcony.  Note: not all of the rooms have balcony's, so ask in advance if this is important to you.  

The pool bar is wonderful, as is the lounge in the north tower.  They have a bar and mini cigar shop that sells some nice cigars, including Opus X's @ 100.00 a pop.  I did partake in a nice Opus, and added a 20 year tawny port to the mix.  Talk about relaxing.

The hotel is laid out very odd.  It is easy to get lost.  The signage is terrible and I wasted a lot of time just trying to get somewhere in the resort.  Ultimately, I would come back here in a heartbeat.

07/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
90. Marie P.
The best place to stay for Comicon!!!  How convenient to walk downstairs and straight into the convention center.  Love the bar at the pool and you walk directly to the Marina.  Wish there were balconies but location makes up for it.

29/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
91. Lyle A.
Great location, nice accommodations.

Parking: Pricey, but for motorcycles it's free! The parking service monitors are also sticklers to time limits, I think I exceeded the one-hour minimum by 2 minutes and was charged for the next hour!

Atmosphere: Clean, Starbucks is downstairs adjacent to the lobby. Roy's is also here for some great cuisine!  Elevators can also be a pain for waiting time (sometimes as long as 5 minutes), especially during peak usage hours and these long waits contribute to full cars fringing on the peak of weight limitations (i.e. Sunday before check-out time), excitement like this isn't needed especially when the car shakes uncontrollably like an old lady with Parkinson's prior to hitting each floor!  Bottom line: Five elevators are not sufficient to serve 25 floors!  Business conference?  Plan accordingly for the long elevator waits!

Service: Friendly and over-accommodating. Bellhop ignored the fact that we're SD natives and continued to carry on about the local hot spots. Next time: tip less!

Accommodations: Previous guests' hairs should not be found in a clean bathroom. Great view from the harbor side room! AC unit was finicky, but at least the beds were comfy. Sheets on full-size bed were  undersized and kept slipping off the mattress which was annoying.  Easy access to the Convention Center though! No free wi-fi in the rooms!  A coworker of ours was also staying during a business convention and was riddled with bites after he found out his bed was infested with bed-bugs.  Marriott stepped in and switched his room, called an exterminator, and also gave him a gift basket full of alcohol, hopefully Cortisone was included too!  Hotel seems to be falling apart, the escalator to the meeting rooms was broken and not working upon check-in, walls in room were also in rough shape.

29/07/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
92. John L.
They charged me for 2 days of internet by accident when I used it for less than 24 hours. When I asked them to correct it they gave me took both charges off the bill. Pushes them up to 4 stars for me.

11/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
93. Jaclyn S.
I stayed at this hotel for 6 nights for a conference and didn't want to leave.  The location is great and the staff are amazing.  The pool area looked awesome (unfortunately didn't get to spend much time there due to work).  Definitely try to get a room overlooking the water.  The bed was really comfy.  My only negative was the slow wireless internet.  The noise from the train didn't bother me, but it may if you're a light sleeper.  Overall great hotel and hope to go back again soon!

07/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
94. Jessica C.
Pretty nice hotel near the gas lamp and marina.  The pool area is really nice and they have Roy's in the hotel along with STARBUCKS!  That gets an extra star by itself!  Now, we stayed in the older tower and at night there were loud trains going by, which woke us up each time.  Try and ask for the newer tower.  

The hotel has a decent breakfast buffet and an Irish Pub with killer Fish and Chips.  At night on Saturday, they set up a screen overlooking the pool that plays movies for kids.  Very kid friendly hotel.  

Parking is expensive and far here.  $22 self and $32 for Valet.  Wifi is also 13/day.  It all adds up!  Overall, I'd stay here again just because it's close to the marina (summers they have concerts and fireworks off the water) and near gaslamp district.  Walk up towards 5th and you're right there.  Also, check out the SunDay party at Hard Rock!

20/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
95. Michael G.
Okay, so this is a Marriott in one of the greatest cities in the world so it's got to be awesome right?  Not so fast.  

Pros:  Friendly attentive staff, great pool area, nice clean rooms.  My view was awesome overlooking downtown and Coronado bridge. the location was killer but so is everything in the gaslamp.

Cons:  The room was a little small for the amount of furniture they put in there, the air conditioning was set up so that it couldn't be programmed lower than 70.5 degrees.  The pipes rumbled throughout the night.

Since I got the room through Priceline and got a killer deal, none of  the cons really upset me.  However I would never pay full price for a room there.

20/04/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
96. Amy B.
I just spent 3 nights here for a conference and overall, I think it's a very nice hotel. I had a room on the 11th floor of the north tower with a balcony and beautiful view of the marina. There are certain things, however, that force me to remove 2 full stars. First, the rooms are a bit outdated. I understand that some of the rooms have been renovated, but most have not been yet. So the TV was really old and made a terrible electronic hissing sound that old TVs make when turned on. Also, there's no wireless internet!! What kind of business class hotel doesn't offer wireless internet? There was an ethernet wire attached to the desk, but that didn't help me if I wanted to move away from the desk. (In addition, the water pressure in both the shower and sink was nonexistent. In a big-name, Western hotel chain, I also expect a certain level of cleanliness. I noticed spots and stains on nearly every towel as well as on the sheets and the blanket. Simply unacceptable at a hotel of this caliber. Finally, the elevators were just horrendous. I was not expecting to have a 10 minute commute just to go 11 floors. There were 6 elevators in my tower; however, it seemed as though only 1 or 2 were working at a time. It took FOREVER to wait for an elevator going in either direction, then the elevator stopped on every single floor. It ranged from simply annoying to unbearable when running late for meetings.

As far as conference services, it was a superior place to have a conference. The food was fabulous (which is very rare) and the service was excellent on all levels.

Again, overall a very nice hotel. But to get to 5 stars, Mr. Marriott will have to pay more attention to more details.

04/06/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
97. Carly L.
This is the first time I stayed at this hotel with my boyfriend. He used to work at Marriot so he knows how it's like.

The hotel was beautiful and I loved how the buildings curved rather than go straight up. The staff was extremely helpful. The only funny part was when we were checking in and the lady go, "Christina?" And my boyfriend has to say, "No, it's Christian." It's a mistake he's extremely familiar with.
I love how it's right next to the bay and the Seaport village is within walking distance and so is gas lamp. We reserved a room for a bay view and the lady gave us a balcony room on the 15th floor. Oh my gosh, it was AMAZING. The view was so nice. The room was clean and everything was set up nicely. I absolutely loved it.
We didn't use the wifi or anything. We just stayed the weekend here. Check out was extremely quick. My boyfriend called a number, said his name and room number, and then checked out! If you are staying over night and leaving your car there, they bill it to your room and you just have to tell them your name and room number as you leave the self-parking lot. Or you can always go valet.
It wasn't crowded and everything was so nice, elegant, and nothing short of amazing. I love this hotel. Next time we come back, I do hope we get to stay at this hotel again :)

26/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
98. Shannon L.
Great room with a great view.  Very noisy at night with the train and when trucks are loading a show out from the convention area.

12/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
99. Laura V.
Boo.  This place sucked.  Seriously, do not be drawn in by the swanky outside or the sleek interior of the check in area.  Once you are in your room, you will regret it.

I was here for a recent convention and was stuck for 6 nights - not ONE of them a good night sleep.  The walls were like paper.  I could hear normal conversations in the rooms across the hall from me.  I was also awakened about once an hour by the freight trains running by right across the street blaring their horns.  Now I understand you can't control the trains, but honestly, some kind of soundproofing would be helpful.

My toilet broke twice.  It was only fixed once.  Broke as in the handle that flushes the toilet came falling out of the hole it's supposed to be in.  That and the toilet ran non-stop 24-7.  The deadbolt lock to my room was broken and even though I reported it, it was never fixed.

Also, when you've got a sold out hotel, and 2000 people trying to come and go, you probably shouldn't shut down 3 of the 5 elevators in the south tower and 2 of the 5 elevators in the north tower.  It took me longer to get down to the lobby than it did to walk to the convention center.

The lobby bars were a joke, with overpriced crappy food and drink selections.  I guess Roy's would be considered the one bright spot in those offerings.

If you're coming to San Diego for a meeting or for personal travel or for whatever, I encourage you to try the Manchester Hyatt or the brand new Hilton next door.  You'll be in the same exact location, but you'll have a much nicer experience.

18/11/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
100. Jen T.
Alright so a cool story about this place. I decided to do a 1 day getaway and i booked a room here thru priceline... i actually got the room for $66, i heard the original price of the room was $260. It's a four star hotel so... it was super nice... to my standards. The staff were friendly and our view was gorgeous, the only downfall? We had to pay $24 for parking at the hotel... and this is self park people... that's where they get you. Other than that this place is in walking distance to gaslamp... which is very convenient. Anyways.. i would not pay full price for this place... but i would definitely priceline it again. =)

24/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
101. Laura H.
I don't typically associate Marriott hotels with luxury, but the Marriot Hotel & Marina is plenty luxurious.

I was here to attend an international conference of pretty big proportions, and since I'm local, I didn't get to stay overnight, but if the rooms are anything like the common areas, this hotel has definitely become one of my favorites.

The hotel is massive with chic furniture, sparkling tile floors and lots of large windows (so important when you're there learning for eight hours straight!). The conference rooms are comfortable and complete with little touches, like water and drinking glasses, not plastic cups, in each room. Even the ballroom is lovely (I say "even" because I have a weird aversion to hotel ballrooms - too many weddings probably). I'll have to go back when it's not all business and hang out by the pool as it's big, has a waterfall and is absolutely stunning. Most importantly, every hotel staff member was extremely nice and accommodating.

I wasn't thrilled to learn that parking was $24 for a day, but the polite parking attendant informed me that the Convention Center is only $10, so I parked there the next day. So nice of him to clue me in.

14/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
102. Jaime Patricio M.
This Marriott has a prime location on San Diego's waterfront.  The architecture is post-Miami vice.  The interior lobby's where there was carpet was in desperate need of update.  The lift (elevator) banks had a hideous and outmoded marble design and the wood paneling was cheap; the lift indicators were round and looked clumsily placed over the paneling.  The furnishings were behind their time when they were placed on the floor.  The lobby felt so temporary and the rooms seemed to be so in need of a re-design and the introduction of modern creature comforts.  I would not stay at this hotel again.  I heard neighbors on both sides; giggling girls who stayed up all night; and a super deep voice Johnny Cash-like voice.  I heard everything through the paper-thin walls.  

The concierge service didn't feel confident in their choices and I didn't find all staff even in service level.

19/11/07 | Link | Rating: 1.0
103. Catherine D.
Clean, friendly,etc., and close to PetCo Park, downtown, Convention Center. BUT--and this ruined the weekend for us--they somehow scrambled our wireless internet so we couldn't get internet on our IPhone, our IPads, or our Kindle Fire. HUGE deal--these come with internet access, yet Marriott had IBAHN and wanted us to PAY for their access. NONONO. When we called the desk to ask/complain, they said they'd get back to us--and they didn't. And I won't stay there again simply because of this--and we stay here about 6 times a year.

10/06/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
104. T T.
Staff was very nice and helpful.  Valet met us everyday upon arrival and departure with a great smile and an offer to help with directions or recommendations.  Room service was fast and not too overpriced.  North tower with a balcony on the 11th floor provided an awesome view of the bay and the swimming area.  Pool was very clean.
Only complaint was that the towels were cheap and scratchy, not of the quality you would expect at a hotel like this.

20/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
105. Dan V.
Word of warning. If you plan on going to this (or I guess ANY) hotel and you plan on shipping packages call ahead and as what they charge to handle them. I sent one box, roughly 20 lbs, with some promotional material in it for a conference I was attending at the adjacent convention center and got a serious case of sticker shock when they charged me a $25 handling charge for receiving the box.

They never even delivered it to the bell desk as I had requested and as the front desk told me they would, so what the hell was I getting charged for exactly? Signing for a box, handing it to me when I showed up?

Anyway, the charge is nowhere on their website (although I have to admit to not checking before anyway) but now I have learned an expensive lesson. The other guy who was picking up boxes at the same time nearly had a heart attack as he was picking up 24 boxes and was going to get dinged $600 which he was going to now need to expense.

Yes, I realize this is not a review of the hotel itself, but this colored my entire experience. The hotel itself is nice enough, rooms are clean and the staff is efficient, but so are most of the hotels and their staffs near the convention center in SD. I will give props to the gift shop which has a lot of toiletries at a very reasonable price. Everything in the hotel is closed by 10:00 so if you plan on hanging out there plan on either going into the Gaslamp or on just going to bed early.

Would be three stars if not for the box thing.

09/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
106. melanie p.
Fun experience! Lovely hotel room, with a view and Balcony.  The pool is narrow, but has a couple "deep" areas, and it seems clean. It was salty, I wonder if they switched over to saline? Room service was super good and HUGE portions. Which they should be, because it's a lot of dollar bills.
The bell boys were so friendly and fast. They stored our things before our room was ready so we could enjoy the pool early. Thank goodness, or we would have never gotten lounge chairs! There are many positive things about my short term stay at the hotel... let's get down to business.
The negatives.
The front desk lady tried to check us into a city view room, after we already paid for the most expensive bayside room. So don't let them fool you, and speak up! It's an expensive place to stay, so get your money's worth!
The room with two full beds, is a good sized room, I don't understand why they couldn't put 2 queen sized beds??? All four of us are normal sized people, but we all had trouble sleeping crammed against each other.
This hotel is popular for conventions and meetings etc.  It would be awesome if they switched their elevator service to the key card swiping, floor direct, kinds. So you don't have to stop 15 times getting to the 21st floor. While in your bathing suit, riding  with corporate suits. Awkwarddddd.
The side pool bar... They do NOT like handing out cups of ice. If we're a guest, and purchasing drinks, I think extra ice should be OK.  It was seriously hot, and they gave us a hard time. I can see it being an issue if you didn't have a wrist band, or proof of a room. Because who knows what you're doing with that extra ice ;)  And later that night at the tequila bar, we needed a pitcher of water. And the bartender gave us HUGE attitude. So we felt forced to buy a beer just so his prissy ass could get a "tip." Seriously? we drank all day... you can hook it up with some ice water for crying out loud. This is a marriott, not ritz.
While enjoying the evening out by the fire pits... we noticed a lot of cock roaches crawling around behind our heads. I guess there is only so much you can do being by the beach? But it was still pretty gross, and I am glad we were not eating.

It was a wonderful stay otherwise. I'm not picky... just sharing details for those of you that are! Wi-Fi is expensive. But who needs to pay for that these days anyways? Oh and parking is VERY ridiculous. I had a guest meet us at the pool and they charged him for an entire hour even though he was only 7 minutes into the hour when he left.

30/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
107. Allison H.
We've been coming here for at LEAST the last 5 years for Comic - Con. This year it seemed everything changed. The menu was different. The same vegetable medley was served with many of the dishes and even on your hot sandwiches.

Cars are brought about with regular and consistent efficiency.

A/C was too quite. A/C did not push the air around enough. I awoke several times far too hot or freezing once out from underneath my covers. The walls did not keep out the racket my loud drunken neighbors made. I decided not to call because 1) I asked them to quiet down myself and 2) Last time I had a complaint like that years ago the management does what they can ... listen in the hall. My neighbors were out on the balcony so I knew the hotel would never take any action. Thank goodness I live in town, I called for my car and drove back home and brought back a box fan. MUCH better on all fronts.

Can I go ONE STAY with OUT smelling marijuana?!?!?!?! It's bad enough with my neighbors at home puffing it into my children's bedroom window.

We were not given adjoining rooms as was asked for. LAME.

Save for Monday morning the food was always there with in 30 or less minutes. Monday morning took over an hour. I accidentally pushed the button for "at your service" the lady connected me once then twice and when the kitchen did not pick up she said in an authoritative and frustrated voice she'd walk over there "physically" herself and have them call me immediately. My food arrive about 3 minutes alter and my return phone call arrive FORTY minutes later from a guy who'd no idea why he was calling me but sounded scared.

Pool service is sparse to say the most.

THE TRAIN AND TROLLY BELLS ARE TOO LOUD TO SLEEP THROUGH on the 12th floor. In other years we stayed around the 24th floor region, far better sound proofing due to air space.

Aside from all that I enjoy the A/C, the pool and hot tub temperature are nice, staff is friendly enough if false, rooms are well maintained from arrival to day to day and upon leaving by house keeping, love the beds as not too firm or soft, once a day the cable connection goes out for 45 seconds or so ... weird, bay breeze is strong and welcoming especially when you open your patio door and suit door at the same time.

17/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
108. Jenna M.
My fave hotel in downtown SD.  I always get bay view rooms and have lately been getting the balcony rooms on the north side.  Unfortunately, these haven't been redecorated yet, so the bathroom is a tiny bit dingy and the room is dated.

However, my overall experience at this Marriott has always been positive and I stay here whenever I get the chance.  Love the location on the bay - it's so scenic and a short walk to all the Gaslamp restaurants.  

I've had one or two sleepless nights here due to the music from Joe's crabshack being so dang loud...and it only bothered me because I needed to be up way before dawn so I could get into work.

The super huge newly remodeled gym is just awesome.  Lots of great equipment, nice area for non-equiment related working out and it looks like they have a group fitness room too.  

The concierge lounge is just great - super friendly staff up there and love the remodel.

01/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
109. Leo V.
I recently stayed here for Comic-con.

I think this is a great hotel, good location.

Unfortunately I got a room in the north tower which seems to have not been renovated like the south tower has from what I hear. The elevators were also in the middle of being upgraded so they were short a couple. Overall, not a bad experience, but Marriott should have been better prepared for Comic-Con

07/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
110. Jin C.
I needed a hotel for the night in San Diego and I went to trusty priceline to find one. I entered in 75 bucks and this was the hotel I got.

I then came here to yelp to read the reviews just in case.

We checked in and the lobby is pretty nice. At checkin I asked the person if we could please have a room on the opposite side of the tracks. I was told because I booked on priceline I would only be allowed a room on the city view side of the hotel, however was told that he would do his best.

I told him that another user of yelp had also booked on priceline and was provided with a bayview room with a balcony in the north tower.

We were given a city view room on the 11th floor with a partial bay view which was great! I couldn't hear the trains which was wonderful and the room was one that had been recently renovated.  

The only complaint was that I was woken up by someone screaming in the room next door followed by doors slamming at 2 am.  Honestly that isnt really the hotels fault now is it?  

Other than that the stay was great! I don't know that I would want to stay at 299 a night though. But for the money I paid it was a great deal!!!!

20/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
111. R P.
Excellent Customer Service! Breathtaking views from their glass windows. You feel like your in a resort here. Outside the pool and whirlpool were great. At night, there are bonfires and a nice bar. It is very elegant.

03/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
112. Curtis L.
Stayed here a couple times in the South Tower. One of the nicest Marriott that I've been to. The greeters in the front seemed a little snooty (I'm not trying to hit on you, I'm trying to get some information), but the rest of the staff were very friendly. Even when I got stuck in the elevator for a few minutes (lots of small issues at the hotel that they were still trying to work out), they made it right.

The rooms
Fridge is in the room under the tv. Not a mini bar but a fridge... though they stated that they weren't sure which rooms had fidges at that point so if it was missing, I should call and get one brought up. Soaps/shampoo's were standards. Views were nice from most rooms in the hotel which was nice.
South tower was nicely renovated. Nice looking rooms and shower. The only issue I had was that I could hear my neighbor watching tv through the vents in the bathroom and there is no balcony unless you get the suites. Nice large flat screen and small couch helped.
North tower is not yet renovated, so you have some older decor and carpeting, but if you want a soak in the tub or want a balcony for the regular room price, it's were you want to go. I think the rooms are a little larger too.

Parking was $24/night for self park and a bit of a hassle. I hate when you can't just use your room card or another card to get in and out (Where's that damn paper ticket I got when I came in here!). Valet looked a lot faster.

2 Pools, a hidden jacuzzi that was packed at night (shoulder to shoulder), DRY sauna (just couldn't last in here), huge gym where you have to check-in before going to the machines (2 benches for free weights, lots of cardio and other machines, even a separate room for private sessions).

Trolley picked up right in front ($5 for a full day) and the location is walking distance from gas lamp district and next to the convention center. Great location.

Golds+... concierge room is in the North Tower on the 24th floor.

12/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
113. John A.
LOCATION = Perfect!! It is bay front and also in very close proximity to the famous Gaslamp Quarter.

CLEANLINESS = Perfect!! The inside and the outside are very clean...even for those germaphobes, this one is a reliable place.

FOOD = they have a tequilla bar by the pool, which serves not only great local craft beers, but also serves some delicious and healthy meals (salads, fries, fish tacos, etc.)

SERVICE = very friendly and quick.

Unless you are by the lobby and I think the floor below it...you have to purchase your own wi-fi, but at least it works...was able to stream movies at a pretty decent speed from the room.

17/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
114. vic f.
All of the staff was super friendly and helpful, room was clean and up to date, incredible view w/ balcony on bay side, uncrowded pool, the only thing that keeps the property from being truly 5 star is the excessive $26 self parking, really?

15/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
115. Dave C.
This place is HUGE!

When I stayed here, it was absolutely pouring rain, so I really didn't get to play in the pool or enjoy walking by the marina. That being said, I really enjoyed my stay at this Marriott. I know that smaller hotels have their appeal, but sometimes, you just want to be a body in a gargantuan hotel so that you can wander the wide hallways and come in and out anonymously (walking, so you don't have to pay for parking). This place is so big that it is that kind of place. During our weekend here, there was a big cheerleading conference of some kind and while we saw them when we checked in, we never saw a single cheerleader after that, not because we were avoiding them, but just because this is a big place.

Outside of the view, which would have been really nice had it not been raining so hard, the best part about this hotel is that it is legitimately walking distance to the Gaslamp area of SD. When it's raining and you want to run through the puddles with your lady under a huge umbrella, it's nice to know that you can actually walk to civilization, then come back to your huge hotel bed at the end of the night. Yes, parking can be expensive, but at least you're staying in a place where you don't really have to drive in order to find food, fun, and meet up with friends.

We got a deal on our room with Priceline and I hope it comes up again because I'd love to stay at this Marriott again.

31/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
116. Michael y.
View and location five stars.  No fridge has to ask for one. The towels stiff and the water pressure was a drip. Tv was dated no flt screen. $24 per day for parking. sucks!!! And the front desk,didn't upgrade me. Bitches!!!
My colleagues had  superior rooms and we were booked as a biz group meeting, where R my marriott rewards!!!!!
oh the good thing was i slept well, the bed was a 4

27/05/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
117. Bradford G.
Stay at the Hard Rock across the street. You won't get the views but it's much more nice.

14/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
118. Dawn R.
Staff is great, hotel is super clean. Right next to Gaslamp but far enough away from the noise and foot traffic. Great views!

20/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
119. Annette G.
Stayed here over Memorial Weekend for a little staycation to take advantage of their awesome pool!  We ended up with a bay view room on the 16th floor of the South Tower.  Our room was spacious and newly renovated.

We spent 2 full days out at the pool, the 2nd day we took advantage of their luggage hold service since their checkout time is noon.  Each day we were able to get 2 seats together with a bit of work and moving chairs around.  They have an amazing pool so we were expecting it to be packed since the weather was great.  We were able to see the pool from our room and people were already saving lounge chairs at 8am!

My only complaint is the elevators.  We only used the South Tower elevators and only 3 of the 5 elevators were working.  They were very, very slow and because of that were always crowded.  I had to run up to the room from the pool and was gone for about 45 minutes.  I spent 5 minutes in the room and the rest of the time waiting for an elevator that had room for me to get on!  Normally I'd just take the stairs but not from the 16th floor!

01/06/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
120. R B.
Excellent location and nice room.  Great view.  Expensive if you pay full price.  The parking minus 1 star.  They really have an issue with the elevators.  I expect to wait a little for an elevator, but lines every time.  Even though it was 4th of July I think their elevators should be able to accomodate a full hotel.  Ever heard of express elevators?   Don't eat at the hotel restaurants.  Way overpriced and not very good food.  Go to Gaslamp area for food.  Try Saigon on 5th.

15/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
121. Tiffany M.
Beautiful property, most of the staff was really nice, however I did have a bad experience with someone at the front desk.

We checked in and our room smelled like smoke (even though it is a non-smoking property) that was not the issue though. I called down and they offered to change our room, so I had to go back down to the lobby to get new keys. There was a line at the front desk so I went over to the congierge desk and asked for the keys because I didn't want to be rude and cut in line, he told me to swoop over and talk to the lady that was open. I went over explained my situation and she looked at me and said in a snappy voice "Well there is a line"   Wow.

16/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
122. John S.
We checked in the night the power went out in San Diego. My wife insisted that we get to the room, so  Rodolpho, the ultimate bell guy and me carried bags up 19 flights.

We got to the room and it was fantastic. Make sure that you ask for a bay view with a balcony. The other side of the hotel does not have balconies.

Location. This hotel is the most centrally located hotel in san Diego. We were on the bay, 2 blocks from the gaslamp, and essentially walking distance to the Coronado bridge - which we could see from our balcony.

Food and drinks. The tequila bar was awesome, and there is a roy's hawaiian fusion restaurant on site. In the mornings, I would get Starbucks (in the hotel) and food at the extravagant breakfast buffet...to go. I brought it up to my wife and we had breakfast on the balcony every morning.

Attractions. We could walk almost everywhere we wanted to go from the hotel. I'd recommend following the walkway all the way to the pirate ships/maritime attractions.

Review. I would give this hotel 6 stars if I could. We rarely stay in a hotel twice, but we will definitely be staying here every trip we take to san Diego.

13/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
123. M M.
Recently stayed at the Marriott for the SD Padres vs SF Giants game from 07/15-07-17 and the hotel is great. Great location, walking distance to the ball park, clubs, food area, shopping. San Diego Marriott knows how to treat their customers well. Never had a problem and if we needed additional items ex: towels, shampoo, soap, they are able to provide with no long wait.

The place is a little pricy but its the Marriott. Very attentative to the needs of the customer. We also requested for a microwave and they brought it up to our room while we were at the game.

Thank you Marriott.

20/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
124. V T.
kinda expensive, but you get every cent you pay for.  staff is extremely courteous, location is perfect, and the rooms are nice.

the hotel is located in downtown and i walked to everything that was in the immediate area.  if i was going somewhere else, the freeway was very easy to get to from the hotel.

i had a ocean view room with a balcony, so the view was great.  i didnt realize that the pool is on the same side of the hotel when i booked the room, but the sliding door keeps almost all of the noise out, and there really is no noise at night.  the room i had was the nearest to the elevators, but to my surprise i never heard any noise from the hallway or elevator area.

the shower drain was clogged the first time i used it.  staff took care of it, but it was getting clogged again towards the end of my 4 night stay.

21/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
125. Jean L.
Pretty party space out in the patio behind the bar, with fire pits and cabanas. The cheese, grilled vegetables and appetizers were a satisfying spread for the reception.

The wedding party was held in an event room across the lobby. After the speeches, the portable bar was moved in...but I didn't have to get up -- my server doubled the wine in my glass. hehe

Big dance floor, good DJ, and buffet-style dining. The food was actually pretty good: butter lettuce salad w/ goat cheese and cranberries; shrimp salad; coconut curry; basil topped whitefish; stuffed chicken; prime rib station; cheesebread; chocolate covered strawberries.

Also very close to the 5 freeway.

27/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
126. Bruce G.
Stayed here occasionally on business and sometimes pleasure over the years. First off understand that this place is GINORMOUS. Two separate buildings big big corporate hotel that attempts to double as a resort. Overall they pull it off - especially in the equally huge pool area where there,s always lots of kids having fun.  

There are tons of "downtown" and "gaslamp" hotels in San Diego, but this one scores for me due to the fact that it is actually on the bay, whereas many downtown San Diego hotels are just that - downtown on the avenues with limited (if any) views and of course no water access.

Couple of things to consider -
(1) There are two separate buildings, but only one of them has balconies. Ask for a room in that building with a bayview and you will be a happier camper.
(2) Rates are amazingly variable (I've seen $109 through $329) ... so shop ahead.
(3) This place can get jammed - especially around Summer holidays, and whenever a convention is in town.
(4) Annoying things : the elevators are ridiculously slow - worse when the place is full and people have to line up waiting for an elevator - seriously ?
(5) Parking is a rip @ $26 compounded by the fact that it's a hike to get to your car. Valet costs a few more $$ but  is definitely worth it, all things considered.

So, overall okay place that is handy if you need to be downtown for business. The restaurants are abundant and within easy walking distance, great views out of many rooms, front desk staff is always professional and friendly, and of course earning Marriott Rewards points is an incentive to me too.  

Would I pick this spot for an extended vacation stay - no because I like quieter settings. But - for a couple of nights at a time with a convenient  downtown location that is actually on the water - it's fine.

05/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
127. Bill I.
This is by far my favorite hotel to stay at that I have been to thus far, and I am a very frequent traveler.  The ambiance of this place overlooking the harbor and marina is amazing.  The south tower now that it's been remodeled has very modern interior design to it, and the Marriott beds are comfy as hell to sleep in and make you not want to get up in the AM.

If you're gold or platinum with Marriott, then you will love the concierge lounge on the 24th floor, it has great food/drink options, friendly service, and the bayside view.  I mean, who can complain about free Pelligirino, right?

Also, their fitness center is probably the most thorough fitness center that any hotel in the US has (I say this because hotel gyms in the middle east are insane).  And if you don't like running in place, then fine, go run on the marina and seaport village.  Or run through the gaslamp.   There is no lack of scenic runs around this hotel.

When you enter the hotel you feel like you're coming into a resort. The strawberry water and lemonade at the front hits the spot on hot San Diego days.  Also, I'm a huge fan of the lotion bottles at the reception desk.  Probably the best smelling lotion ever.  Also, yay for free internet for Platinum members!!! That makes my day :)

Here are my only two gripes with this hotel: Parking at $24/day is expensive (yes i know it's downtown sd, but WTF!!).  Also, I can't get the hotel when I would really want to stay there because of all the damn conventions that come to SD and book the Marina.  Granted the hotel can't fix that, and good for them for bringing in so much business, but screw the convention people, I want my Marina room!!!

12/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
128. Erin M.
I have attended a conference every year at the San Diego Convention Center for the past five years.  Each year I stay five nights at this Marriott (next door to the SDCC) and always have a great time.  Some think points:

Ask for a room in the North Tower (South Tower doesn't have balconies)

If possible ask for a room facing the harbor and avoid the rooms right over the pool area (gets a little noisy)

Bedding is super cozy.

Train tracks are right by here so if you are a light sleeper bring ear plugs- Otherwise you will be awaken by the Amtrak and freight trains all night long.

The bars here are pricey so you probably want to save most of your drinking for the Gaslamp area.  If you do decide to drink @ the hotel I recommend the pool bar over the indoors bar.  

Food at DWs is meh.  Take the land bridge to Roy's or walk to the Gaslamp for meals.

The Starbucks in this hotel is awesome.  Great Customer Service.

Rooms with 2 Queens seem to all have old school bathtubs.  The last time I had a King bed we had a sweet walk in shower.

OH - And Security is no joke at this hotel.  If you have a collection of friends in your room and luck out with crabby neighbors they will threaten to kick you out and they will clear your room of guests ;)  

All in all though this is a class act Hotel.  I would totally stay here even if my company weren't picking up the tab!

19/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
129. Mickey M.
It was my first time visiting Gaslamp and this hotel really made this visit one to remember.  Just came for a weekend getaway and this hotel didn't disappoint from the moment I checked in.  The service was awesome and the room was beautiful.  Will definitely be coming back soon!

23/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
130. Katey S.
Loved my stay here.

My room in the North tower had a balcony with a water view, and the walk to the convention center was almost non-existent.

Gaslamp district is walkable, as is Harbor Drive.

The pool area is beautiful and featured lots of seating, something that's usually at a premium. There is an outdoor restaurant and bar, and lots of cozy-looking seating with space heaters for those cold SD nights!

Only downside: The trains and trolleys run a bit too loudly, too frequently. Even from the 19th floor the sound was audible. As for an ocean view room when booking, that will help.

08/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
131. Emily H.
Love this Marriott!!!  I suggest you try to get a room in the North Tower because there are more rooms with balconies over there but even if you don't I can't imagine a bad view in that hotel.  Gorgeous.  

Great location to walk downtown as well.  The staff was friendly and accommodating and helped when it was apparent they needed overflow parking for the event we were there for.  Its good when a company prepares and has a plan so guests aren't wandering all over the place.

29/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
132. Noreen R.
I just returned from a five night stay in the South Tower of the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina. Right from the get go the staff was very attentive but not too pushy. They didn't make it awkward when I declined to have them assist me with my carry-on luggage. Check in was breeze and I scored a corner room on the 19th floor with a views on both sides that overlooked the bay. The room itself was spacious, comfortable and clean. There were more than enough pillows, a pet peeve of mine, and the bed was super comfortable.

There were only two things that annoyed me. 1) The bathroom door is built so it automatically shuts. I resorted to using a shoe as a door stopper because I like to listen to the news while getting ready in the morning. 2) Housekeeping left a few of the dirty plates/glasses in my room. They may have been cautious about removing them because they weren't super dirty and they may have though I'd want to use them again but I thought they were dirty enough to be removed.

I sampled the food from the Lobby Lounge and the breakfast restaurant. I had a chicken sandwich at the Lobby Lounge but it was just ok. The breakfast restaurant was nice. You could get a buffet or a plated meal. The buffet had a good selection. I also checked out the menu at the Tequila bar but didn't see anything that I was excited about. I'd describe the food selection as limited, which is pretty typical for hotels. The ambiance for the Tequila bar was pretty awesome since they had fire pits with comfy lounge chairs. Definitely enjoyed a beer or two while getting toasty by the fire.

From a layout perspective, it was kind of annoying having the two separate towers since the majority of our meetings were in the North Tower and our staff was in the South Tower. Everytime we had to run up to our rooms we'd have to sprint clear across the hotel. I think they're building some ballrooms in the South Tower so hopefully that'll be less of an annoyance in the future. The same is true for the gym since it's located in the ground level of the North Tower.

Overall, it's a very nice place to stay and I'd have a hard time finding any major complaints with the service, location and comfort of this hotel.

11/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
133. Tanya M.
This is great hotel in an excellent location.  We have stayed many times and everything has always been great.

18/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
134. Rides T.
I give them credit for trying to address issues at the end of the stay, but the service, room, and noise were just not up to marriott marquis standards.

27/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
135. Emily R.
Came in last Thursday evening to check out the new dining area at the Marriot called Marina Kitchen. Love the way the bar was set up and the hospitality was excellent! you get a great view of the pool area, that includes a nice wrap around bar and bonfire spots to lounge at, which will be visited on a Sunday Funday for sure. Private Cabanas are also an option, not to sure if that is first come first lounge all day. Another good thing to know is, there is parking which was  kind of hard to figure out, parking is $8 dollars, which I found out you can pay cash or credit, good to know since I never carry cash. They do have an ATM inside, that charges you 4 extra dollars to use, so I recommend Plastic or have cash on you already. All in all, great new place to check out here in San Diego = )

23/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
136. Amber C.
The location is great! Right in downtown, near the convention center.  This Marriott is fancy shmancy :)  I loved the view over the pool.  The room was clean.  I base hotels off of clean-looking bedsheets and a decent to great decor; this hotel is a top choice :)  

The only reason why I didn't give it a full 5 stars is because of a few guests.  We JUST arrived at the pool, and noticed a couple getting their freak on.  Mind you, there were families with kids around.  Pretty disgusting.  There weren't any staff on site outside, so we decided to yell at them (the couple).

05/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
137. Glen C.
Nice rooms; extremely poor Internet service. Extremely slow service in the bars and restaurants, and extremely unhelpful people on the staff. I couldn't even have a pizza delivered to the room (which I've done at dozens of hotels before) because they don't allow it. I would not willingly stay here again.

18/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
138. Ngoc V.
Great view from room.  Awesome, spacious pool.  Hotel is close by everything in San Diego. Would definitely stay here the next time I go to San Diego.

06/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
139. Kristen W.
Very nice hotel. It's huge but easy to get around. Stayed for the ADA Conference, and it was very convenient to the conference center. The only bad part was the line for the elevator when the conference was over for the day. Otherwise, no complaints.

We checked in early (~10:30am) and I was put in a handicapped room on the 20th floor in the South tower. It was quirky, but nothing bad. Beautiful water view.

Clean room. Walkable to a lot of great places. I'd stay again!

30/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
140. Alex H.
I needed a pet friendly hotel for my yorkipoo and this place was perfect.  Although they charge a $75 pet fee, its well worth it since I can take my pup everywhere.  Everyone in the hotel was very nice and accommodating.   Even the valets carry dog biscuits.

The bars are decent and this place is very business friendly.

16/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
141. Larry F.
Stayed over the weekend went to Priceline and got a 400 $ room for 120, great location walk to gaslamp and sea forth, parking though was hard to spend 28$ a night so park at park it on market for 15 $ a night

21/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
142. Jason P.
Great service, great concierge lounge, nice rooms.
This will become a regular stopping place for me.

21/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
143. Courtney M.
I would stay here again. I stayed here for a week. It's a bit expensive for what it is, but most hotels in SD are. It was close to a lot of things. It was close to the green line trolley, gas lamp and the marina, the water taxi to Coronado, convention center and walking distance to Joe's Crab Shack. Inside there is a handy, yet over priced gift shop, a Starbucks, a quick cafe, a ups business center and the marina kitchen restaurant. Now, about Marina Kitchen. They have the best Eggs Benedict I've ever had. Creamy, had thick ham and huge, crunchy muffins. I was in love. Ate it twice for room service. The overall service staff is wonderful, but the Internet in room is very expensive. 12.95 per 24 hours.

27/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
144. Andy N.
Really great value. Got an awesome rate online. It's a huge place but also has a very good pool and spa area. Best thing is location and views. I will definitely stay there again.

02/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
145. Henan J.
I have to say I was expecting more from a hotel of this stature.
Its also one of the high end hotels right on the harbor....the down side goes as follows:
-No wifi
-No fridge
-Expensive parking
The upsides were the :
-Amazing views
-Comfy bed
-proximity to the Gaslamp district

I only stayed for one night so i didnt get a chance to visit the pool and restaurants. I'll give it another shot on my next visit !

20/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
146. Joanne C.
Nice modern room with a balcony, sitting area with couch and refrigerator. Great lounge areas. Very spacious Hotel. Our only complaint would be that our room faced the city, and the train bells rang every 5 minutes. Next time, we'll have to request a marina view room.

18/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
147. Jacqueline W.
4.5 stars if someone else is paying for it.

Great rooms that overlook the marina, great complimentary toiletries, great service (housekeeping and flagginf taxis), great towels, and convenient food and coffee options within the hotel. There are good eating options a short walk away, including Roy's, which is on the hotel property.

It irritates me to pay for wireless. It also irritates me when a bar in your hotel, which is already overpriced, closes at midnight on a Thursday. Those things aside, it was a great hotel experience.

The gym is exceptional. Nice equipment, individual TVs on the cardio machines, big flatscreen by the weights (decent amount of free weight options), open 24 hours a day witha key card, water machine, fresh towels, stretching/abs mat area... just an awesome hotel gym.

And there are jogging trails right from the hotel, along the marina.

23/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
148. Bill O.
as a regular at Marriott's, I was looking forward to a weekend at this particular Marriott.  AWESOME location on the harbor, RIGHT in the midst of Gaslamp action.

And I SOOOOOOO wanted this to be a five star.  The ambiance, a five.  The pool?  Hell...a ten.  The breakfast?  Expensive as hell, but a five.

BUT....as has been pointed out again and again (and going back a few years, so Marriott at this point knows and just isn't reacting):

- paper thin walls.  Expected in Japan.  Not in San Diego.  I SO enjoyed listening to my neighbor snore, fart, piss, shower, sing, etc for two days in a row.

- south elevators.  Sure, the down button works.  And sure, the elevators will show they're coming by illuminating their down lights.  But...that does NOT mean they stop.  Noooooo....it means that after a few seconds, the light goes off, and your elevator call is canceled.  After the second time this happened,  fifteen minutes into a wait with a large group, we walked downstairs and went to the front counter to make a note of this.  "first we've heard of a problem" was the response.  (cough)

GREAT pricing on Orbitz.....so if you go in knowing the above problems, maybe it's worth it.  Certainly truly is a great location and setup.   Me?  I kinda like that whole "sound sleep" thing, so I doubt I'll be back.

04/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
149. Jason N.
Great hotel with a nice lobby, friendly staff, quick and efficient bell staff, and fast valet workers.  The rooms were well kept and cleaned well.  The beds were comfortable and spacious.

The hotel is well located and nearby to lots of great restaurants.

Major problem with the hotel though is the nearby train tracks.  In addition to the trolley and commuter trains the cargo train also passes through.  Unfortunately the train has to blow its whistle as it passes through the area (at 4 in the morning).

Except for the train the hotel is great.

10/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
150. Tara B.
I usually stay at a Marriott! I love them! Plus my roommate gets a discount! The rooms are always clean, beds are comfy n I love the balconies! So nice unwinding with a drink watching the city go by! Love it! N the pool area is really nice here too!!

05/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
151. Leyna V.
I heart Marriott...I heart the down feather pillows, the white linens and the I heart that most Marriott smells the same. Most of my great vacation memories happens at Marriott so THANKIE YOU Marriott for being a big part o fmy life!

I booked this hotel as a day-vacation back in May to get away for the weekend with my boyfriend. Upon arrival, of course i had to do my "hotel ritual"...research the hell out this hotel and the surrounding areas. This hotel reallie impressed me, with their grand lobby, beautiful pools and great views of downtown SD and the Marina.

Our room was on a higher level and had a private balcony that overlooks downtown SD and part of the Marina....just beautiful at night! Our king sized bed was out of this world comfortable =). The hotel had a water taxi to takes their guests to Coronado Island for a small fee.

My only complain about this hotel is not the hotel itself but the noise from the streets below....the train is so close to this hotel that you can hear it all hours of the day and night....that to me is supser annoying when i am trying to sleep or just relax. Good thing I was only there for one night! I can't take any points away from the Marriott because of the train. Its just a great location and great hotel both for leisure and for business. I would stay here again.

30/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
152. Lisa G.
Beautiful hotel.  Everything you'd expect from a Marriott property.  Nice location in walking distance of the Gaslamp Quarter.  Earthquakes, apparently are free.

15/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
153. Dani D.
I came to this location for a cheer competition. i was very impressed. We had a beautiful view of the San Diego bay and from the moment we arrived the service was on point. We stay at Marriott properties all the time this by far had some of the best service and employee attitude I've come across in a very long time. There was genuine happiness from the staff. Thank you so much for making our visit so enjoyable I would come back again and again. What a great location. Right on the water front, Seaport village, gaslamp it is a perfect location! Loved it.

24/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
154. Jenny C.
Stayed here for a business meeting. The rooms were nice, the staff was super helpful. The only negatives were that the wifi in the rooms was horrible, and unfortunately the IT help was worthless. Also, I left a sweater in a conference room, and hoped that the staff would turn it in to lost and found, but it was not. I don't know for sure that a staff member took it, so this is really me being bummed out, and not a comment about the hotel.

Another note...being right on the bay means being right there where cargo shipments are transported via train. A train that goes by every 5 seconds and is required by law to sound the horn when passing through intersections. So, all night and day, a train horn and crossing bells. The most boring song ever.

21/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
155. Bacong F.
This hotel is beautiful!  We had a room facing the pool and marina (north tower, 2023.  Parking is $28 for self parking and $40 for valet.  Starbucks and Roy's is on the grounds of the hotel.  The pool looks amazing even though we did not get a chance to use it.  The fire pits with chairs all around it was sweet.   There are a few of them spread out by the pool area so it is not too crowded.

09/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
156. Carol L.
Absolutely love this hotel, it's one of my favorites in the convention area!! Situated on the marina and next to Seaport Village you can take a water taxi to Coronado and its 2 block walk to Petco stadium to catch a game or enjoy one of the 100+ restaurants in the Gaslamp District. I've eaten at several of them and they've all been good. Ask for a room facing the water otherwise you will hear the trolley and train all night. Marina Bar and Kitchen is better than average for hotel food, fitness center is good sized w fresh fruit and water available. Service is 5 stars here!

28/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
157. E M.
Overall wonderful hotel. Very helpful and accommodating staff. Told them we were celebrating our anniversary and they put us up on the 24th floor with a beautiful view!  Only problem for us was parking. Checking in and out was quick and painless. Beautiful hotel with a great pool, jacuzzi, and water sprinklers for kids.

27/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
158. Eduardo C.
This is my first written review and to be fair it is about the valet. I forked out $48 for parking on 4th of July, which wasn't the bad part. the sub par service started when I picked up my vehicle around 10pm, and what was supposed to take 10mins was actually 25min. After about  1.5 hour drive in traffic I get home and am shocked to see one of my rims is curbed. I immediately call Marriott  and after 3 calls finally get a person, Mr. Jamar Jordan. He took down some info and said he would get back at me. Two days later I receive no calls or emails and left  him 2 voice mails I drive down there. After waiting almost 30minutes I meet him. He inspects it and then says "its not that bad", I reply "I bet if this was your car you wouldn't be saying that." He said that it boils down to the drivers honesty, they will find out who drove it and ask him. If he was honest, he would have told me at the time of pick up. He claims he will submit a claim, and after a full week I still receive nothing. I call and call and find out Jamar Jordan has passed my claim to Erickson Williams. I guess they didn't want to touch this one and I got passed around(great manager skills). Erickson told me the news that it did not happen at their parking structure  and was not done by any of their employees. Saying there are no curbs at which it could've happened (the building is surrounded by a curb. All I wanted was somebody to be held for their actions. What gets me the most is 48 for a damaged rim and a weeks worth of headaches. I have told many coworkers and hope they suffer greatly financially.
The vehicle was a 2007 crew cab Silverado on 22s with low pros. I'm sure they don't drive many like those around
You have been warned. If you choose to use their valet, INSPECT your vehicle carefully and hope they cover you for your losses.

Pissed of Customer
Eduardo

Wish I could negative or no stars

17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
159. Delaine Z.
Ok, only the first of 3 nights here, so I may change my tune...they charge for internet!  This must be a SoCal thing because you get free wifi in SF and surrounding areas.  $10 a day for internet on top of $20 a day for parking--highway robbery.  Also, could not find how to get from the parking to our room.  We do have a nice view of downtown, however.

The train stopped outside our building at midnight and blew its horn for about 15 minutes.  Did they want everyone to come out and get onboard.  More insanity.

The Starbucks in the lobby closes at 6 p.m.  I get the feeling the whole town rolls up the sidewalks about this time.

23/03/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
160. Jennifer L.
Comfortable beds, clean room, prompt room service, good room service food, very close to San Diego convention center and tchotchkes at Seaport Village. Tequila Bar had good service and albacore tacos were great (Baja style). My only complaint is paying for internet. I would be happier if they just rolled that into the price. Would stay here again.

30/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
161. Dana G.
I stayed here for a psych conference and was extremely pleased with my experience. The rooms were really nice and reasonably priced - comfy beds and we had a great view! The concierge and bell desk staff were extremely nice and helpful. Beautiful pool bar with good Mexican snacks (we had fish tacos and shrimp quesadillas), lots of great places to sit around various fire pits in lush landscaping to enjoy some cocktails. Conveniently located next to the conference center (I guess obviously) and easy to get around. It's a big property but doesn't feel overwhelming. I have nothing but good things to say about the lobby bar - pleasant ambiance with an attentive staff who sold me some bottles of beer after they had finished cleaning the bar (thanks!). If you are staying here for a conference this is a great area for networking and running into colleagues who are also staying at the conference hotel.

We got security called on us for noise complaints when we came home from the bar, so I guess that could be viewed as a positive if you want a quiet sleeping environment. I think if we would have stayed off the patio we would have been less annoying to our neighbors, so I would recommend that option for your late night drinking. Also, the staff at the pool bar was a little curt, but one of my pet peeves with wining and dining is waitstaff that acts like they are doing you a HUGE favor by serving you, so if that doesn't bother you I'm sure you will have zero problem with this place.

Definitely worth any extra money to stay here compared to other hotels in the area if you are at the San Diego Convention Center!

01/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
162. Rhonda G.
Really nice rooms! The service staff was awesome, especially the women assigned to my room each day. They exceeded my expectations and I returned to what appeared to be a new room each night.

Location is awesome and close to the bay, gas lamp district, etc.

Definitely a convention and business travel hotel for the most part so keep this in mind when planning your wild vacation :)

20/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
163. Michelle K.
We stayed from 5/23-5/27 for a convention.  We had a beautiful view overlooking the Harbor and pool.  Beautiful hotel.  Great staff - all very professional, courteous, and polite.  

Only negatives- 1)We arrived late and the front desk was understaffed so we had to wait for awhile to check in 2) You have to pay $12.95 a day for Wi-fi.  If Starbucks can provide free Wi-fi for buying a coffee, why can't the Marriott offer it for spending much more on a room? 3) On the mornings of the convention the line at the Starbucks in the lobby was out of control.  I found no one in line at the Starbucks in the convention center!

30/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
164. Bradley N.
Birds of paradise simply get to me. The first time I saw one, probably in a botanical garden, I was hooked for life. How can a flower look so amazing and bird-like? What complex process of evolution or spark of divine inspiration had to transpire to combine the colors lime-green, yellow-orange, blue-purple, and reddish-pink in such harmonious, sensual, and aesthetically perfect of forms?

Strelitzia, as they are officially called, or "crane flowers" in their native South Africa, can be found in blooming abundance here all around the superb, grotto-like waterfall and swimming pool complex at the SD Marriott Hotel & Marina, right next to Roy's Hawaiian fusion restaurant. The North Tower, glittering in the winter sun and 70s temperatures, is a metallic gem of a modernist building that has some lovely rooms with balconies overlooking the bay and boats down below. From my 16th floor room, I can look down upon  the amoeba-shaped heated pools, glowing blue in the night, beckoning me to slip into them for a winter swim when they open in the early morning (it's Southern California, after all). The San Diego - Coronado Bay Bridge strings its amber streetlights like glimmering pearls across the horizon, while ships move up and down the dark ribbon of calm water that passes underneath.

It's a lovely tableau, one that makes this twin-towered, sleek-looking hotel stand out from the run-of-the-mill, corporate-owned, cookie-cutter places that Marriott also runs in the U.S. and around the world. To be sure, paying a discounted, conference rate makes my stay here possible, but I appreciate the exquisite landscaping and detailed architectural planning that went into this example of higher-end hotel design.

Inside, the rooms are comfortable, clean, and outfitted as you might expect. Bath & Body Works aromatherapy products (Orange Ginger, Citrus Aloe), Bigelow tea and Pure Elevation coffee pods, good Internet access (for $13/day). And it's very quiet, save for road noise if the balcony door is open to get fresh air and breezes.

Honestly, though, this place is all about the "crane flowers," the waterfall grotto, and the easy access to the marina. For me at least, sitting on a wooden bench underneath the waterfall, rereading a conference paper that I was to present an hour or so later, was all the zen that I needed to get me through the next few days of meetings and professional networking.

Well, that and an early morning swim in those pale, azure-colored "free form" pools down below ...

08/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
165. JW U.
Great location and good hotel - mostly a business hotel for conventions.

25/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
166. Angie A.
Wonderful Hotel!  It seems as though the front desk is always busy checking in, but they did their best to get through the line quickly and politely.  The first room we checked into was not to par.  It was a tiny room with two full beds.  They thought that would work for two adults and two teens?  Owell.  We ended up in a room with a King bed, couch pull out, and a roll away bed.  Worked just fine.  The Room was very clean and quiet.  The breakfast included (with added room cost) was phenomenal!  The elevators are always busy, so we used the stairs a lot.  The activities available during the Fourth of July were great.  Centrally Located.  The tram is just across the street.  Pool and Hot tub very nice.

08/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
167. Edelisa C.
After countless back to back shifts at work, I really needed a "Staycation". After my shift ended and on a whim, I went on priceline.com and bidded. For the low, low price of $65/night,  this hotel accepted my bid. Upon arrival,  the hotel front desk was very gracious to give me a room with a balcony on the 5th Floor North Tower overlooking the marina and The Coronado Bay Bridge that easily would've cost me over $250/night.

Having never been here before, I came into this hotel with an open mind. The customer service from the front desk staff, valet staff, and to whomever I had the opportunity to speak to were very friendly and cordial. The customer service here is excellent and that alone would be a big factor for me to become a repeat patron let alone recommend this hotel to out of town visitors.

The room I had was very clean and spacious and the view from where I stayed is beautiful even in the rain. I was able to capture a rainbow on my camera after the rain subsided from the balcony.  Very nice. =D
The bed I had was super comfortable and oh, I wish I could've brought the pillows home with me! Quality was not skimped in this area my yelpers.

Hmmm....I did not have any "paper thin" wall issues or noise issues with outside trains and so forth nor did I have any problems with noise within the hotel other than the occasional closing of the doors from the other rooms. What hotel doesn't?  I guess the noise complaints depends on what tower or room level perhaps? I don't know.  The toiletries used are Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy products that is "gender" friendly.

Since I'm a local, I didn't get suckered into ordering room service ( I was soo tempted though!) or trying out the tourist trap restaurants. I was able to drive to my fave restaurants and bring in food for the later part of the evening. But for you out of towners, here's a useful tip for you all: Go to the front desk and ask the staff member for their personal nearby restaurant and/or bar recommendations. The staff member will give you a very USEFUL map with local restaurants on it. (I kept mine as a helpful souvenir) Besides, you're in SAN DIEGO. It'll give you a good reason to go out and explore what the area has to offer.  If you're nice enough, the hotel staff member may clue you in on some really great deals.

Because it rained on 2-27-10 when I checked in, I took full advantage of paying valet parking vs. self parking. You do have in and out privileges.  Self parking is $22 and valet parking $32. It sounds steep but it was worth it knowing that my car is ready for me w/in a set time frame and you don't have to drag your butt to the lot every time you need to go out. Definitely worth the money spent on that luxury.

What else...what else.....Call me crazy, but I even brought my husband and kiddos along too and I still slept like a baby. That says a lot.

01/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
168. Ryan C.
This Marriott is a great looking hotel with an excellent location, it's unfortunate the housekeeping staff's lack of work ethic dragged it down a star. First and foremost, the bay views are really good and the majority of the hotel is very clean and well maintained with friendly and generally helpful staff. The crux of the issues were about how clean my room was or in this case was not. The sink in my room was coated with some kind of black grime, the carpets look like they had not been cleaned except for the area just near the entry door, missing coffee, and one of the glasses looked dirty. Leaving a note for housekeeping got things slightly tidy but it's obvious that the housekeeping staff is not up to snuff. At over $300 per night, it's completely unacceptable.

25/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
169. Jessica L.
This is a gorgeous property!  The lobby is fantastic and very open.  Valet's are VERY friendly and helpful.  The room was clean and spacious.  Great for work and business trips.  Adjacent to the convention center, making it a short walk away for events there.  Steps away from the Gaslamp District and Petco Park.  I'd love to come back and stay again.  Staff was very friendly.

21/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
170. Christine K.
Beautiful hotel with a gorgeous pool.  Didn't actually stay here but its a very convenient location for those of you yelpers who want to stay in hotel near downtown.  You can walk to the main downtown attractions from here.  

I came to visit a friend that was staying here and we sat the bar for a couple of hours- great service.

20/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
171. Steve V.
This place was great. I have stayed in both the North Tower and the South Tower and there is a huge difference. I would recommend requesting a room in the South Tower if possible.

North Tower:
Rooms are not renovated.
Decor is older style.
Old TV
Tub
Balcony

South Tower:
Rooms are new
New decor
Flat Screen TV
Stand-up shower only (large though)
No Balcony

As for the amenities, this hotel has the nicest gym I have ever seen at a hotel. New, clean and plenty of high quality equipment. There is even a group exercise room!

The pool area is large and lovely. The jacuzzi is nice but small and it can get crowded. There is also a sauna that is small.

Getting to your car is a hassle but is expected in a downtown area. That said, most things are walkable including the Gaslamp District and the Marina. The Concierge Lounge here is also very nice and offers great service and food!

26/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
172. Cindy W.
I can't really write about my overnight stay since I didn't stay overnight but I am going to write based on decor and service for my client. First off, I'm going to explain that I was a photographer for a wedding here a few weeks ago and I didn't want to write a review until I knew the Bride was happy with the photos, how it came out and how I captured the moment. Since she is very pleased, I can now go on and write my review.

The exterior of this building is very nice and gives a wonderful background setting to photos. Having it be by the harbor, i was able to get tons of good candid photos of the Bride and Groom and their families with the beautiful water behind them. The Bridal suite was very organized with tons of natural lighting, which allowed my photos to come out that much better. I noticed that everything the Bride requested from the concierge showed up in no time and the place was spotless, fit for a Bride.

The Ballroom was big and had plenty of space to move around, it fit over 200 people, even though the wedding was for 150. This allowed people to wander freely, dance, mingle without worrying about space. The food was delish and service was phenomenal. I have to admit that it was one of the best weddings I've been to in awhile due to the service and the location itself.

The Bride was very happy and therefore, I am very happy. I would recommend anyone who is interested in marrying here, to do so. My only scuff with this place was that the Bride wanted to see some photos immediately and send some with friends right away during her off time and I wasn't able to do that since WiFi wasn't free. The Bride paid so much money for the SUITE she was in, we would expect that she'd get free internet. That wasn't the case at all.

08/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
173. Scott P.
Since Comic-Con was in town, I was really expecting this to be a lot harder to get in since this hotel is right next door to the Convention Center. I was wrong. The valets were courteous and quick.

We went inside so the hotel could hold our luggage in since it was 8am and we weren't supposed to be able to get our room until later that day. Guest relations was great. We got our room early, let us check in and we were able to get our stuff unpacked and just relax. Our key cards were comic book themed as it was the first day of Comic-Con.  

The room was very clean, spacious, had a desk and a patio with a great view of downtown. You could sort of see the bay as well, so that was a nice surprise. Our location in the hotel was great too, since we weren't too close to the elevators and not too far from the soda and ice machines. The beds were extremely comfortable, and we didn't hear any noise from outside or other rooms through the night.  Always a bonus in my book.

The pool looked amazing with waterfalls and plenty of seating as well as a hot tub. I think that's about all anyone needs for a good vacation.

They had a few bars, and a restaurant as well as access to Roy's Hawaiian restaurant too. There was a gift shop in case you forgot anything you might need for your vacation.

I would definitely recommend staying here as it's close to restaurants, Seaport Village, Petco Park and the Gaslamp. A good place for a stay-cation or if you're not from the area, a vacation.

24/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
174. Jill J.
This is a beautiful hotel and grounds.  But the crowd on July 4th was insane. There was some kind of youth group there and it literally took 30 minutes of waiting EVERY SINGLE TIME to use the elevator to get to your room.  Unacceptable.  Took another 35 plus minutes to get our car from the valet.  And forget about Starbucks for your morning joe.  I expected it to be busy, but when you pay $300 a night to stay there, someone needs to get a handle on these types of issues.  Have elevator resources to direct the kids so the other guests are not put out.  Hire more valets!  

Then there was the outdoor steak and lobster grill.  The food was just okay - $22 for a mediocre steak, corn and beans, but $3.50 for a can of Pepsi made me so angry that I will never stay there again.

12/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
175. Laura D.
Okay, so if you're not looking for luxury, and want to be in a convenient and beautiful location in San Diego, try the Marriott Marina.  There are walking paths right on the ocean, and lots of the rooms have a sweeping ocean and bay view.

It's located within walking distance of the Gaslamp district, and lots of restaurants, including Salvatore's (best Italian restaurant in San Diego, see separate review).  Also be sure to try the funky funky funky breakfast place, Cafe 222, a couple blocks away.

The only downer about this hotel is that there are lots of conventions there, and then you wait for the elevators, and they stop on every floor.
It's an older hotel and sometimes there are issues (such as air conditioning needing adjustment) but the service is relatively good.  I needed to call the engineer at 8 pm when I got there because I couldn't get the wired connection to work, and he was there within 10 minutes.

The valet is very convenient with three lanes for cars and  very efficient service.

13/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
176. Marthie D.
A hotel in Gaslamp District, right off the bay with views of Coronado, a walkway leading to Seaport Village and the navy ships..

Well, first things first, the gloomy weather didn't allow me to get the tan I needed in their pretty, tropical pool area: two pools + a jacuzzi + a waterfall +lotsa palm trees. I so badly wanted to soak the sun but SD's gloomy clouds had to visit during MY visit. Their pools were heated so at least I got to go in for a short bit. I know if I ever come back I HAVE to hit the pool if weather permits.

I took full advantage that the hotel was right off the Seaport Village walkway and had my morning run to the US Navy ships to the Hilton and back to the hotel. I was even able to work out some more at the next door SD Convention Center and made my own stair master. Plus this hotel is about a 5-10 minute walk to Gas lamp!

The rooms themselves were quite average. Luckily our group had a Bay View Guest room with two double beds, which I must say were quite comfy. After having some fun in the district, I slept like a baby in that bad. The bathroom itself was kind of small, but I did like the complimentary Bath and Body Works shampoo, conditioner and body soap.

Service and Parking.. hmmm this is probably why I give this place a 3 and not a 4. When you drive up to the hotel you have options: Self parking or Valet. And you self park either at the north or south parking lots. I went to the south and yanno what.. it's ALL outdoors. Considering I HAVE to pay $24/night for SELF parking outdoors seems kind of outrageous to me. While I drive around there is NO parking available. So after driving around 3 or 4 times, I go to the kiosk parking guy and he told me to go to valet and they'd give me a discounted valet rate. Awesome. so I drive up and the lady, wish I got her name, gave me this attitude about I should have went to the North parking lot after looking through the South lot. FIRST OF ALL, I drove around a billion times in that lot lady. And there's NO signs telling me drive to the NORTH lot if I can't find parking at a hotel that I'M staying at. Plus I shouldn't have to have such a difficult time finding parking in the first place. Any way, she gave me the self parking price at the end of it. Just wish she didn't have to give me so much attitude.

Other than that, Marco P, a service guy in the lobby, was nice enough to try to get us hookups for a some club/lounges we wanted to hit up in Gas Lamp. And the concierge lady, (I wish I remember her name!) was nice enough to find some Mexican restaurants to hit up for lunch on Sunday and gave us a map and all.

Food: The hotel had their own small store with souvenirs and overpriced snacks just like any other hotel. I grabbed some yogurt and fruit from their Starbucks, which had a small sitting area looking over the pool. For a late night snack I had some Chicken Sliders ($12 for 3 with french fries) at their Lobby Lounge. The sliders had lettuce and spicy mayo and fried chicken breast. Unfortunately they forgot to put in the dill pickle. The food was only a 3 to me. It tasted pretty bland and the spicy mayo wasn't even spicy. The fries were alright and I did like their crunchy again. Was it worth $12? No.

So would I ever come back? The location is pretty awesome and I guess I would... just on a sunnier day.

17/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
177. Conor B.
My family used to bring our boat down to the Marina every President's Day weekend. It was sad to hear that they are now down to only 3 available slips which makes the hotel basically just a standard Marriott. However, the hotel is very well maintained, located so close to everything downtown SD has to offer, and the resort like pool area was (and I'm sure still is) a kid's paradise.

07/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
178. Squirrel C.
We stayed here last Saturday night.  Our friend got a good hookup through a cousin-employee of Marriott. The property is top notch and we had a excellent view from our balcony on the 17th floor of the north tower.  Staff was courteous and everything was clean. The rooms are a bit dated with the "old-school tube t.v." and I wish Marriott would stop using that line of soaps, lotions and shampoo. It smells like lemon Pledge.

What was cool about this location is that it's walking distance to the gaslamp, Petco Park, etc. No need to get your car out of valet.  

It's also really easy to find once exiting the freeway since the road dead ends at this hotel.

We spent some time at the pool even though it wasn't very hot outside the pool felt like it was heated and may be salt water?

17/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
179. Ryan R.
We had booked at the Manchester Grand Hyatt next door a month before our arrival and got "bumped" to the Marriott for our first night. Marriott seems to be hit or miss so I was a bit concerned.

I LOVED this hotel. After spending a night there I actually wanted to cancel my reservation with the Hyatt. The grounds are beautiful. I love anything tropical, and the grounds made me feel like I was in Hawaii. The hotel itself is huge. There is ample seating for visiting with friends or getting work done on a laptop. This is a hotel where you feel like you are on vacation. There is also a Starbucks which is always a plus for me.

Marina Kitchen has a nice lounge atmosphere with good food, but a bit pricey. I wasn't impressed with Roy's Hawaiian Fusion, but the Tequila Bar and Grille had the perfect vibe for a friend and I.

The room was small but comfortable. There is a small patio which is a plus in San Diego, and our room had a great view. We faced north towards Downtown San Diego, not over the water. Still, the view was beautiful. The location is great for conferences because the A wing of the Convention Center is directly next to the hotel and just a short walk from the south tower. The grounds are so big though that it might be tempting not to leave. Seaport Village is about a 10 minute walk, but if you are not familiar with the area, you wouldn't even know it was there. The Hyatt definitely wins in that respect.

There was only one annoying problem... the trolley. Most of the rooms in the north tower that face north are right in front of the train tracks. During the day, this means hearing bells for about 60 seconds every 5 minutes as the trolley arrives. Then at night  there are the trains... not only do the bells chime for them as well for several minutes, there is also the LOUD horn. This went ALL... NIGHT... LONG. We did not get a good night sleep. This isn't the hotel's fault, but I feel like we should have gotten some kind of warning to lock the door a certain way. Make sure the door is well sealed shut and locked before going to bed. We closed it but left it unlocked and suffered for it.

-0.5 star for train noise and automatic -1 star for any hotel that charges for Internet, +1 for grounds.

04/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
180. Marisol B.
****This review is specifically for VALET parking****

Last night I attended my command's holiday party at the Marriott and Charles handled my valet needs like a champ ie.

-pushed my car when it didn't start after I left
-jump started it after I tried rolling it down the hill to get it to start (which obviously didn't work)
-did it all with a SMILE and didn't act inconvenienced whatsoever

I really DO need to get my car checked today...*sigh*

Thank you Charles, for making my visit to the Marriott a relatively painless one :)

03/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
181. Marcus O.
nice hotel. i really enjoy a room with a lot of power outlets so i don't have to try to smash my phone alarm off from across the room with a slingshot. some rooms have amazing views. mine was the view of ... another building.

everything about this place says expensive -- and it is! wifi, parking, coffee, etc. it's in a great location though -- right next to the conference and at the edge of the gaslamp. beds are super comfortable.

14/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
182. Betty B.
DO NOT STAY HERE!!!!  I would give negative stars if I could.  The hotel room was fine - no complaints with that, but ACE Parking (the service that Marriott has contracted with for valet parking) damaged our car, would not give us a copy of the proof they "said" they had that it was damaged when they took it into their possession (which it was not and that is why they couldn't produce any such thing).  The hotel manager told us that if Ace denied the claim that Marriott would take care of it (obviously just telling us that as a false promise to get us to leave).  Chased these people for 11 days to get any kind of response, got them the quote they wanted, and guess what.......Marriott did not take care of it.  I used to work for Marriott at 2 different locations, always thought it was a good company that stood by their word - not any longer.  Ace Parking - horrible treatment, disrespectful, and dishonest.  San Diego is full of hotels; pick somewhere else to stay - where you and your property will be respected.  And if you must park anywhere and use valet (which, by the way, we only HAD to do because the self-parking was full) ask the name of the valet company, and if it is Ace..................LEAVE IMMEDIATELY OR AT THE VERY LEAST TAKE A PICTURE OF EVERY INCH OF YOUR CAR WITH THE VALET PARKER IN THE PHOTO AND INSERT A TIME STAMP.  ACE PARKING HAS DAMAGED MY OPINION OF SAN DIEGO, USED TO BE ONE OF MY FAVORITE GETAWAY SPOTS......SAD!

18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
183. Megan M.
The views from this hotel are amazing, we had a view of both the city and the by which was nice and our friends had a view of the bay and the pool which was even nicer.  The staff at this hotel are extremely polite and helpful, they go out of their way to help you and make sure your stay is comfortable.  Our room was clean and nice and had a mini fridge which was nice to have.  The pools were beautiful, as were the hot tubs (and bonus they had a salt water pool!).  My only complaint with the pool was you had to sign out your pool towels, that seemed kinda stingy to me.  They also had a coffee shop across from the starbucks in the South building that had reasonable coffee and bagel prices in the morning for breakfast.

07/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
184. Yolanda Y.
I stayed here wed-sun for a conference and found the grounds well kept and easy to get around.  There's a couple-minute walk to the conference center, but it's the closest hotel to it.  The folks who work here are friendly, and the person who stood out to me the most was the gentleman working the bar at breakfast time in the Marina Kitchen.  The food was great, but the service made it all the more special.  There's a pool as you can see in the photos, but it was a little chilly to go swimming when I was here, though I don't know if it's heated.  Rooms aren't super spacious, but having a little useable balcony is convenient.

09/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
185. Heath P.
Very nice place.  Great view.  Warning, make sure you valet only if it's not busy.  If it's busy and you do, tip up front.  You get VIP marked on your ticket and car comes much faster than the others.

18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
186. Rob W.
Very nice hotel with an unbelievable staff. My room was very spaceous and impecabbly clean. Its in walking distance to great restauraunts serving awesomely fresh seafood.

Very close to family tourist destinations and social night life.

They'll definitely see me again.

30/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
187. Richard L.
If your room faces the "skyline view" then you will be treated to the chimes of the railroad crossing gates outside every 5-10 minutes.  Can you sleep with bells going off frequently?  I sure can't...  Driving me nuts

15/05/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
188. D E.
We checked into this hotel to celebrate our 12th anniversary. The check-in couldn't have been more pleasant and welcoming; it was a great start for our stay. We were given a room at the marina end of the hotel on the 19th floor with an amazing view of Point Loma, the marina, San Diego bay, Coronado Island, Coronado bridge, and the San Diego Skyline. We couldn't have been more pleased.

We left briefly for lunch and on our return, were totally surprised by being treated to HUGE chocolate covered strawberries in our room, with an anniversary card that was (here's the amazing part) signed by about 10 members of the hotel staff with personal good wishes for our anniversary! No pre-printed card from a hotel chain... PERSONAL greetings! We were so very touched and deeply impressed by the staff of the hotel. We are already planning our next trip back. We will highly recommend this hotel to everyone we know that is going to San Diego and needs a place to stay.

Thank you San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, you helped to make our anniversary stay wonderful~!

09/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
189. Rich P.
Heads up: there is a serious internet connectivity and speed issue at this hotel. The speed is not the only thing that is at issue. The extended problem is that it took me four days to get to someone who said it was a known problem. Not the front desk. Not Bahn. None of those folks I talked to over the first few days know that this is an issue. They are receiving calls from guests. But are not putting it together with something they need to fix. If you are in need of a good connection, do not stay here. This problem has cost me valuable time. The convenient thing for this Marriott is - my rate includes connectivity. So I don't even have a choice, and they did not offer a credit.

20/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
190. Megan S.
Beautiful hotel, prime location in the gas lamp.  The staff was extremely helpful and friendly.  If you can afford it pay extra for a balcony room, high up overlooking the bay, do it, beautiful view.  The only reason they aren't getting 5 stars is that the Marina Kitchen restaurant was lovely to look at but its effect was only skin deep.  The service at the restaurant was awful and the food was very expensive for the portions.

19/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
191. Leo C.
My military ball was held here so my wife and i decided to stay here and enjoy the evening. this would be the first night that my wife and i had been away from our five month old twins so i wanted to enjoy our stay. The hotel was more than amazing from the awesome location (mind you we live in north park) to the views. the staff was incredible! my wife noticed that there was no robes in the room so i called to ask if they had them and they did provide them upon request and we had them in less than five minutes.
     The room was beautiful and the view made for an awesome sunset. the ball itself was put together nicely. the servers were polite, efficient   and almost went unnoticed in a good way. i would love to stay here again!

07/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
192. Mandi S.
This is a great hotel!  I stayed for a conference next door - if you're in the north tower it's only a 5 minute walk to the Manchester Hyatt. The lobby bar (something kitchen) had a great selection and wifi.  Unfortunately you have to pay for wifi in your room...lame.  But at least I could have a good cocktail while I returned emails.  

I had a king room - nice and large with great amenities.  It was nice and quiet, and the service was good, even though I had to return to the desk to iron out an issue with an Amex travel voucher. The room service menu isn't huge, but the breakfast was very good.  

Loved having a Starbucks in the hotel, but it closed at noon...what?!  How bizarre.  Great gym - really juicy equipment, lots of space and light. THe parking was a little bizarre too - kind of all over the place. I really don't have anything bad to say about this hotel!  Worth a stay, and we'll be back.

18/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
193. Chevelle A.
I've stayed here last year and this year for Comic Con, and it's been a great experience both times.  The service is friendly and fast, the rooms are always clean and we always have a great view.  I actually love the sound of the crowds and the trolley below and have never had a problem sleeping when Comic Con is going on.

We even asked to be in the same exact room as last year (which was a street view, and was much cheaper than a water view room) and we had no problem getting what we requested.  Check out is also fast, as we just call from the room, so it's super easy!  

The new hotel restaurant, Marina Kitchen, is really good as well.  And there's a Starbucks here for convenience.  Some areas of the lobby (like the one right above the 24 hr gym) has nice ambient music playing, which is great for hanging around and drawing or chilling with friends.  The pool is open until 11 and is super nice and relaxing and night.  There's also fire pits and you can roast some marshmallows and make smores (which is what we did) that you bring yourself (Ralphs is a few blocks away, I recommend buying them there).

I only have two gripes about this hotel.  1) no free wi-fi in the rooms.  It's $12.95 per 24 hours.  I really wish they'd offer free wifi, but it's only available in the lobby, and isn't a reliable connection during Comic Con. 2) No jacuzzi/hot tub, you have to reserve it in advance and most of the time it's already taken.

This will always be our go-to hotel when we're staying for Comic Con (or even if we go to visit San Diego!)

29/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
194. Joe Q.
I just attended an Ameritrade/Thinkorswim seminar here so all I can really review is the Marriott Foyer Halls 3-4.  Other than costing $10 to park here, it otherwise isn't too hard.  You just enter in garage and the elevators aren't too far away.  They lead to a door but the front desk is still upstairs.  After that, the place feels so palatial because it took quite a while just to walk to these conference rooms, but they are pretty spectacular.  The rooms are huge with great screen projections.  The setting feels pretty elegant and upscale with nice attitudes from the workers to match.  They have quite a tasty variety of appetizers - my favorite was the beef wellington.  Didn't really like the Asian foods as much such as egg rolls and pot stickers.

I would assume that the rooms would be just as nice.  However, it feels that many businesses use this hotel to send their employees for work related functions or to hold conferences and other activities.  Saw many suits there with name tags representing other companies for other conference rooms.  It's a very convenient location right next to the convention center.  Probably already sold out for Comic Con

13/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
195. Tiffany L.
On 3/14/14, I had an extremely disappointing stay at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.

1.) When checking in, I received no map of the property or any information on the amenities available on location.  I was not pointed to where the nearest elevators were. I was simply given my room keys with no hospitality. Further, when I checked out, I saw a stack of maps sitting right next to the computers.

2.) After I settled in to the room I went to the Marina Bar Kitchen to get dinner. I sat down at the bar with my boyfriend and received no greeting nor menu. We had to ask for menus and to take orders for food which was a long process. Once we finally received our food, we were never checked on again until the check came. We did however, receive an earful about how the bartender could not wait to get out of there and how they have been completely understaffed during the morning shift and he was likely to be by himself the next morning.

3.) I invited six friends over to my room for a few drinks to celebrate my birthday. At 9:40 we received a knock on the door. A nice security guard politely explained to us that there had been a complaint and asked that we kept our noise levels down. We obliged. Around 10:20, a second security guard came. This security guard identified himself as the head security guard. He reiterated that there was a noise complaint. He then explained to me that if we did not cease all noise we would be "evicted" and "thrown out on the streets." I explained to him that I had been attempting to gather everybody up so we could go out downtown and that we would be leaving before 10:30. His voice level started to rise and he asked me if he needed to come into the room and explain to my group of friends what being evicted meant. I explained to him that that would be very embarrassing and I would not like for him to enter my room and do so. He said this was our last warning and left. We left within ten minutes.

4.) When we got back to the room my boyfriend and I ordered room service. When the food came, it was delivered in a brown paper bag. I opened the door and was handed the bag. Before I could ask if I could pay with a separate card, and how to tip, the man who brought the food was already half way down the hall. The order ended up being wrong and the same man came back to bring the corrected order. This order, too, came in a brown bag. I have never stayed at a Marriott, let alone any other comparable hotel, that has delivered room service like that. I have always received the food on a tray with utensils, condiments, and glasses of water. He did not ask to come in and was extremely unfriendly.

5.) When checking out, I was asked how my stay was. I responded that I had a poor experience and I requested corporates phone number. The gentlemen said he would be back to get the phone number. Five minutes later, he came back with his manager. She started going into hotel policy and was extremely argumentative and evasive, even after I explained that I preferred to discuss this matter with corporate. I believe her name was Jeanine S.

17/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
196. Jo C.
We stayed at the Marriot Marina for a short weeked trip to San Diego. The hotel is situated on the marina near Seaport Village. We stayed in a room with a balcony that had amazing views of the marina, Coronado and downtown San Diego. The room itself was very pretty and tastefully decorated... we felt very comfortable during our stay. Hotel staff was very helpful, especially Roland. He went above and beyond to help my boyfriend and I plan our first night out in the gaslamp district. We went to Croce's, which was great, followed by Vin de Syrah. The hotel is in a great location. It is less than a five minute walk to get from the hotel to Seaport Village and the Gaslamp District is also within walking distance.

The only issue we came across was when we rented bikes from the hotel to ride to Balboa Park. The chain and pins on my boyfriend's bike came off halfway through a busy intersection. Luckily, he was able to put it back together for the rest of the ride, but it could have been dangerous. When we returned to the hotel we complained about the bikes and found out that the hotel does not handle any of the maintenance. The bikes are provided and maintained by a third-party so riders beware. I would also recommend checking the tire pressure on your bike. The bike rental stand does not provide a pump so we had to test a few before finding two bikes that were OK to ride. The hotel did comp the bike rental fee, which was appreciated.

17/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
197. Julia S.
I prefer this specific location because of its perfect location and well-analyzed architectural structure. Each room is classicly furnished in balance and contains all you might need while staying in the hotel. Restaurants and a coffee shop is conveniently located on the first floor. Parking is easily accessible throughout. But my main compliments are going to be writtenly expressed to their gorgeous pool area. Big pool, greenish landscape, open bar, attentive service, lots of seats, everything is clean and organized for the relaxation. Just imagine how gorgeous it is to lay under the sun, breath in fresh breezy oceanic air, enjoy sparkling icy drink. I love it.

18/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
198. Shannon R.
First and foremost, I am very picky about hotels and I look at everything for cleanliness and this one mostly passes the test.  I've stayed here twice now.  Beds are clean, bathrooms clean, balcony views are amazing if you can get one.  Room service is obviously very expensive but sometimes worth it if you are tired after a busy day and the food is impeccable.  We also ate at the Marina Kitchen one morning and it was very good.  I can't vouch for the breakfast buffet but the menu is great.  

I really went back and forth over giving this place a five star rating, but a poor experience in the hotel gift shop/ store caused me to keep one star.  I have stayed in this hotel twice now and it was because I wanted to stay here and not because I was attending a convention or my company was paying for it.  So-- the rudeness of the store employees is really not appreciated and will be remembered.  It's too bad because otherwise this hotel is 5 stars all the way.  Hotel staff and housekeeping is wonderful.

18/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
199. Anne K.
Great fast service all around.  Very nice hotel.   Clean, comfortable beds, fantastic views, close to everything worthy of a visit

Valet is $40 a day.  
Self park a few steps away overnight is $28 a day.  
Convention parking which is even closer than self parking is $15 a day and an elevator to the hotel which the $28 parking didn't have...NO overnight though.  You have to move your car out and park it elsewhere at night.  

Roy's Hawaiian fusion restaurant had great seafood dishes.  tables with ocean views.  Great service.

18/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
200. Theresa N.
If you enjoy hearing a blaring train horn.. and I mean blaaaring... at 2am.. 3am.. and other random times.. then make sure to request a room in the North Tower.

We found a good rate (thank goodness!) on Priceline. The rooms we had normally go for $300-400 per night. We lucked out with about $1 something each night.  The views are beautiful, but a few really low marks.

Minus 1 star for the odd wet floor beneath the bathroom sink. I didn't see a leak from the above sink, so unless it was a lot of pee, very sketchy.

Minus 1 star for the horrible train at night!  Seriously.. the conductor must hate people who stay at this hotel. He would literally lay on this horn as if a was stopped in front of him. We were also 20 floors up and it felt like we were on the 1st floor and the window was open.

Parking overnight is $22.  Seems pricey, but it's a good location. Everything is walkable. Petco Park is about 2 blocks, Gas Lamp District/Downtown is right across the street, the Marina Green and some cool restaurants are located just behind the hotel.

Another disturbing minus: my friend's room had some urine and other items left on the toilet for their discovery.

Our room wasn't bad at all minus the weird wet floor outside the bathroom.

The hotel has a great little store on the lobby level that serves up some essential travel items in case you forget to pack them.  It's also connected to the convention center, so lots of hustle and bustle throughout the day and night.

If you need to stay here, get a room in the South Tower facing completely towards the marina if possible.. It doesn't appear this place has double pane windows no matter how high up you are.

26/05/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
201. J G.
Traveled here with my boyfriend and from the moment of checking I was happy because of the strawberry water you get upon checking in. It is a resort style hotel so the pool 7 outside bar is fantastic! The rooms are clean & BED IS COMFORTABLE!
If you book here, make sure you request to have a balcony and have your room with a harbor view(makes it worth it)

would have given a 5 if they gave us instructions on how to find our tower/elevator.

P.S. Valet are helpful/nice. They did offer my bf lotion when noticed his face was dry(luckily he has humor or he might have been offended)

17/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
202. H D.
This hotel looks like a 'Leaving Las Vegas' depressing glass facade, but inside it's great.  Super clean rooms, very nice big gym, nice food and interior starbucks, great hotel bar and the POOL is great for kids.  I went here for a work conference, but I'm coming back with kids.  Only a few minutes walk from the Gaslamp, 10 minutes from Airport, and a step away from a nice trail along the Marina.  

Tip to hotel... Please give us FREE Wi-Fi.  Motel 6 gives people free wi-fi, it won't kill you; damn greedy bastards.    $300 for room, then an arm for parking, then pay for wi-fi is crazy.   You are lucky I liked the damn bar.

04/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
203. Kathryn K.
CHOOSE THIS HOTEL! Trust me on this one! If you cannot afford the Omni or anything that is considered "better", then Marriott is the way to go on any vacation.

This location in particular is SO BEAUTIFUL AND CLEAN! I cannot even tell you how inviting the staff here is, from valet to concierge to bellhops; they treat you like you are someone special. This location in particular reminds me of the RIVIERA in PALM SPRINGS - also very nice and happening, but this location has a better mix of guests.

There is a good balance between older couples with children and younger crowds of people. Food is great - whether by the pool or for room service. Overall - it is such an accommodating and welcoming environment - you will not want to leave! :)

*** Did I mention they have TWO POOLS? *** :)

06/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
204. Gerg P.
Recently refurb. Were here 2 yrs ago.  Upgraded lobby and rooms. Clean rooms,    Beds suck!! Feel like a hammock, sway in the middle, hard to roll over, cheap sheets feel like flannel. Train noise not too bad, BUT THE ELEVATORS ARE THE WORST!! Granted we were here for Memorial Day weekend, but a 30 min. wait for a elevator to go down?  Packed, slow, faster to take stairs. And all the dumb people who push strollers and take up soo much room, there must have been a convention of stupid people. Stupid parents who can't control their tax deductions running and screaming all over.   It's not the Ritz-C or a JW.

28/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
205. Sarah G.
What a big hotel. Multiple towers?? And on the marina?? Pretty impressive. You don't always feel like you are walking into a fancy hotel when entering all Marriott's, but this one definitely has that welcome to fancy town feel when you walk into the lobby.

But, they messed up our reservations. True we were there for a conference, and they claim that their  system with our conference  organizers messed things up, but we ended up with a one bed room with a pull out bed couch for 4 people! We had requested 2 beds since there were four of us, but they couldn't give that to us for some reason. Then they had the nerve to try and charge us for a roll away bed! I was pretty angry, so eventually they agreed to comp the charge for the  rollaway, so at least they eventually tried helping however they could. I  would have liked free internet  given to us in our room instead personally, but at least they have free wifi in the lobby areas, which honestly wasn't as slow as you would think it would be for how  many people were staying here. The room itself was nice though and their shower in particular was awesome! (I know weird I  love showers, but this one was a classy one for sure ha  ha)

And they have a pool (I mean what hotel in sunny amazing San Diego wouldn't!!) but it isn't the biggest in the world, and for more than half of the day to giant giant towers of the hotel shade almost the entire area. Jenni S. and I wanted to get tan, but that proved to be a little difficult with the shade situation. But it was a nice  pool, and they gave you separate pool towels there plus free water in a dispenser, which we definitely appreciated.

01/04/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
206. Mark N.
Beautiful view of the San Diego bay.  If you can afford the cost, it's absolutely worth it!

10/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
207. Eric H.
This is a very nice hotel.  I couldn't give them a 5 start rating due to the expensive $16 per hour/$28 per night parking fee.  Room service for a turkey sandwich, icr cream, cranberry juice, and brownie was about $60.  Wifi isn't free either.  This is a very nice place.  However, you can rack up a lot of charges for things that are offered at other hotels for free or a discounted fee.  Of course this hotel is linked with the San Diego Convention Center so this is something to be expected.  I had a great time and would stay again.

31/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
208. Nadja B.
This is a really nice Marriott. I've been to a few and so far this is one of my favorites. The location is awesome, super close to the Gas Lamp Quarter and Petco Park. The staff here is very helpful and friendly. I had a great clean room overlooking Coronado Island. I also enjoyed the pool area, and liked that there are two separate hot tubs. I thought it was great that they keep it open till 10PM.

12/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
209. Roxana L.
Nice view

14/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
210. Kristine C.
*Review for Tequila Bar & Grille Only*

During SDCC 2012, we ended up eating here twice. We were surprised & delighted to find that the food here was awesome. I tried their chips & salsa and Albacore Ceviche.. so good.

Not to mention that you're outdoors in their beautifully landscaped pool area. It was a great place to take a load off during and/or after the con. It's practically connected to one side of the convention center. All the staff are really accommodating to attendees who aren't even guests. And if that pool area isn't gorgeous enough for you, you can exit through the back and you're right on the Marina.

I would love to be able to update this review in the future so that I can comment on how my experience would be as a hotel guest.

17/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
211. Justin W.
What does Motel 6 and SD Marriott have in common? The same level of customer service! The difference is I don't have to pay almost $400.00/per night to be treated like crap at Motel 6. The saving grace here is the house keeping staff; at least they were welcoming, offered a "hello" and a smile...Hence the reason why I even bothered to give them 2 stars; a star for the housekeeping staff(not operator) and a star for the long holiday weekend so I expected the Hotel to be at full capacity with assistance from staff at a minimal. I am not a demanding guest and can fetch for my own ice cubes just fine thank you.  

I made two very big mistakes; first mistake was not just clicking on their hotel website to book a room; second was not reading the confirmation email that was sent to me after the room was booked. I do not know why I called the hotel reservation desk to finalize this booking; that was so 1980s of me. Long story short I had asked for a balcony room with bay view. What I got booked for was a South Tower room with no balcony but with bay view. I did not bother to actually read the confirmation email thinking since I received the email everything was good to go. Boy was I wrong. Of course checking in at the front desk turned to a he said she said. I was not going to win this battle...it's take it or leave it. Thank you so much front desk gal...she asked me where was my proof?  Oh how I wished I could have called NSA at that very moment to retrieve the phone conversation during booking to "PROOF" I had indeed ask for a balcony room. That would have been fun asking BIG BROTHER/US Govt for help. Pipe dream I know.  

***Word of advice...double check your confirmation email to make sure they booked you into the correct type of room.***

From housekeeping (operator) to valet desk staff...thank you for reminding me how much I over paid for staying at your hotel. For a little more I will just stay at the Omni or Hotel Del next time I'm in town. I am still so steamed I don't want to get into anymore details of how the rest of their staff treat their guests.

Thank goodness Big Bay Boom went off without a hitch...5 stars for the fireworks show.

06/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
212. John L.
Nice place. Nice location. I liked the food and I liked the prices.

DID I MENTION THE LOCATION? YES. GOOD.  This hotel is adjacent to the convention center and right across the street from the Gaslamp so you are not hostage to hotel catering.  You can walk over there without being stabbed.  

WORKER BEE ALERT.  There are a lot of naturally lit places downstairs with decent furniture, power outlets, free lobby wifi and tables/counters to check email, have coffee and chill. Colors and materials work well and they enhance rather than distract from the experience. Well done, design team. I endorse Marriott Marina's public space design. Certificate is in the mail.

LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT THE ELEVATOR(S). There are six in the core. I think five are faux-vators. This is a very very busy location. The hotel is in  two 24-story towers connected by a common ground-level lobby, meeting rooms, shops, restaurants.  So, during morning rush and dinner rush, the (yes, THE) elevator is 1960s Warsaw Pact slow, and I am certain this is the result of yet another misguided me-too corporate green initiative. You can blow dinner reservations this way (well, I can). My lovely, well-turned-out  traveling companions had to wait 15  minutes for me, a normal guy, to change for dinner. I can't believe I made them wait like that.  I changed in three but spent the other twelve trying to get downstairs. That's 0.2 billable hours I'll never get back.  I work in a so-called green building, and it's a dimly lit dystopic future we all face, I tell you.  Other than that one little service hiccup, great experience.

ROOMS - PERFECTLY FINE FOR YOUR PURPOSES: The room appointments are just like any other Marriott tower property. I was at the tower property  in Memphis four weeks ago, and rooms are  comparable to that one  So don't go expecting five-star in-room accommodations.  This is not  Torrey Pines. But, everything is clean, up to date, and the rooms are therefore fine for the price.

INTERNET - YES THIS IS IMPORTANT:  The wired internet is the way to go here.  My VPN was as fast as it could be, with instant response.  Yes, I don't like paying $12 per day for that, but it worked well. A lot of higher-end resorts don't deliver that essential service. Thanks, Marriott.

LANAIS: North tower has lanais. South tower has windows that open four inches. If you need breeze, go north.

NOISE NOTE: The complaints about noise in some of the other reviews are easily solved with a high-floor ocean view room. It's the location and orientation of the tower. The trolley is right across the street. Don't settle for less. The 18th or higher should be fine..

N.B., the grounds and the public areas are  upgraded; very similar to a nice Waikiki hotel, and the restaurants, bars and cafe services are well above normal.  Roy's is on-site if you want that. Another nice surprise.

STAFF. Yes, their high-service corporate culture seems to reach all their properties.  \Lobby concierge staff were outgoing and friendly and easily as good as five-star resort staff; really, thanks to all of them.  Mike the bellman was great, and the valet service was fast and got it right the first time.

NOTE TO DRIVERS OF CARS AND SUCH: valet is $40/day. and self-park is $28/day so take Aretha's advice: ya better think!.  But, having previously lived in the SD and having been victimized during that time (even in La Jolla) several times by auto thuggery, I was not going to abandon my tight, tight new whip in any self-park lot, yo, said the middle-aged lawyer.

AND, I  would stay here again, and I would be happy about it.  The ready access to convention center,  restaurants and clubs makes this one a win. Yes. Yes it does.

08/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
213. Jared S.
Just because i check out you have the right to steal my personal belongings?

I left a $275 toothbrush, called back 4 hours later to get it back, low and behold, no record of it.  I'm tired of this.....Its called stealing;  Its not right and it should not be tolerated by a company.

Thanks Marriott , I enjoyed my stay .....F*&^%$ thieves!

20/10/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
214. Pierre D.
I stayed at this hotel for 6 nights while vacationing with family in San Diego.  It was a convenience 3 miles to the airport which is nice, and it's in the harbor area and in walking distance to a lot of cool things.  It's close to the historic glass-lamp district as well as the military air craft tour things and harbor activities (like boating, etc)...

Pool - Good, however there's a lil bit too many children for my taste and a lack of beverage service on Monday to Thursday equates to a unhappy Pierre.  Even when the wait staff was there for Friday to Sunday it was "lacking" as in it took 15 minutes to get a beer - only saving grace here is they had STONE micro brews and Lost Abbey Devotion...

Rooms are clean, the South tower is where we stayed and the view of the harbor was defiantly worth the extra dollars.  Hotel balcony option seemed like a rip off IMO as they're rather small...

You can avoid the loud trains if you get a harbor view also so that's my tip to you lucky people wishing to visit this property.  

Overall good property!

22/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
215. David C.
I enjoyed my recent stay at this Marriott hotel. I was in San Diego for a conference that was in the hotel. The room  was great and on the 9th Floor because I asked to be located away from hearing the trains due to my research before getting there. I was very busy and did not get to do my usual photos of the room since my stuff was all over the place and I was not going to put that online.

Great view from the balcony. There are lots of outlets in the room: bedside lamp, near the desk and next to the other lamp in the room. I was able to charge all my accessories without having to unplug.

There is paid Wi-Fi Service at $12.95/24 hours from the rooms and free access in the lobby/pool areas.

The TV is a nice LCD HDTV but did not allow me to checkout via the TV option. The fridge is small and located under the TV so do not get large items from the nearby Ralph's grocery store or from leftovers from eating off-site.

There is chilled water available 24/7  in the lobby often infused with lemons, or strawberries or other fruit.

Microwave is available upon request. If you need one, I suggest reserving one online before you get there so it can be brought up to your room after you check-in

Housekeeping will leave you  a message offering amenities if they do not get to service your room which I found to be a nice touch.

Very helpful staff at the Front desk, Luggage, concierge and valet Services. I was very impressed with them.

Minus the busy train tracks right outside the hotel, it is in a great location with easy access to the GasLamp District, The San Diego Convention Center, Seaport Village, the Midway Museum and the Port of San Diego.

There is a $8 shuttle at the hotel that can take you to the San Diego airport as early as 4:15 am.

There was a mounted safe/lockbox in the closet that you could secure valuables in with your own personal code.

The Starbucks and Hertz Rental Service on-site are expensive. I would stay away from them. There are many other Starbucks within walking distance. The airport has more affordable car rental services. Self-Parking at the hotel is $26/day and Valet Parking is $36/day. I would suggest parking at the meters nearby or one of the other lots because I would hope if you have a car you would not be stuck at the Marriott all day long.

Overall it was great and I would stay here again. There were other simultaneous conferences while I was there but it was managed and segmented very well. I did not know if the conference food was catered by Marriott or brought it by an outside company but that was great.

18/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
216. Annie M.
I cannot say enough positive things about my stay at this hotel.  Blew me away.  I've stayed in plenty of nice hotels, but this one has got it all - from the friendliest hotel staff to beautiful rooms with the best views of downtown San Diego and the bay to their amazing pool area and excellent location.  It really cannot be beat.  The pool bar/restaurant has a great menu.  Laying by the pool felt like I was on a tropical island.  And I loved that Seaport Village was right out the door, and only a 5 minute walk to Gaslamp Quarter, the trolley stop, etc.  We walked to Petco Park to see a Padres Game, so convenient!  I would recommend asking for a room in the North Tower because all of those rooms have balconies with excellent views.  I seriously did not want to leave!  Will try to only stay here whenever I visit San Diego next.

23/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
217. Jen Y.
LOCATION: 5
Awesome views of the marina, pool area and the sunset.
Size of hotel: Huge, north and south towers, about 20-some floors each
Highlights: Pool area, jacuzzi and gym

CUSTOMER SERVICE: 4.5
Upon checking in, the blonde 20 or 30-something woman provided terrible customer service and did not mention parking/valet rates as a guest.  However, after checking in a second time with someone else at the front desk, customer service was great and efficient.

CLEANLINESS: 5
The first room we booked had two doubles.  The size of those beds felt smaller than true-sized doubles to us.  The sink was detached from the standard sized shower/bath tub and toilet area.  An unstocked mini fridge and flatscreen was available.  We had a balcony looking over the pool, marina and the sunset.

The second room booked was a single king sized bed.  We were given a spacious corner room at the end of the hall which and had two balconies facing different directions.  The bathroom this time had a sink, toilet and a large shower.  Of course it also had an unstocked mini fridge and flatscreen too.  

From what it seemed, this was a popular hotel for conventions and meetings.  A fairly large bar area is available with TVs on the northside of the tower.  Since I had no reason to stop by the southside, I'm not sure what's on that end of the main lobby floor.  

VALET SERVICE: 4.5
This Marriott location has a texting feature which was quite convenient.  When you're requesting for your vehicle, you can text your ticket number to Marriott rather than bringing your ticket down to the valet and having to wait for your car out front.  

I would definitely stay at this hotel again the next time I visit San Diego!  Rates are quite high but for all that you get at this hotel, it's well worth a pretty penny.  Don't forget to bring your workout gear and swimsuit!!!

31/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
218. Adam R.
Very nice staff, very nice hotel.

We were in the North tower with a double bed bay view balcony. The view was amazing from the 24th floor.

Much nicer than the anti-gay Manchester Hyatt next door.

Short walk to Petco for the Padres game.

Only complaint was that the wi-fi was $12.95 per day, which is preposterous and archaic.

19/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
219. Daniel S.
Wonderful establishment!
Felt at ease when checking in and was given a complimentary upgrade due to it being an off/slow weekend..
What a view from the balcony!!

I will definitely stay at this hotel again!!

09/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
220. Ralph T.
This place is in a great location and a great city.

It is adjacent to the convention center if you need to attend a meeting.

But the best part is the great view of the bay and all the ships, navy and others, going by.  It is definitely worth the extra money to get an ocean view room in the north tower
since they have balconies.

Check in was quick.  All the staff was friendly throughout our five day stay.

The rooms were up  to date.  A little on the small side, but our king room had a couch, large walk in shower, desk and flat screen TV.  Our room overlooked the pool and had a wonderful view of the bay and Coronado bridge.

You can walk to the Gas Lamp area with all its great restaurants and nightlife.

You can walk to Petco park for a Padres game.  Take the trolley to old town or countless other places.

You can walk along the bay to the Midway, shopping etc.

If you like the gas lamp area they stay at a hotel in that area.  Depending on what your plans are you may not need a car.

Think about it-The airport is close, you can walk most anywhere. But if you factor in parking, 36.00 per day at the Marriott, plus the price of a rental car and gas, you can take a lot of taxi rides for 60.00 per day.

Have fun. San Diego is a great city.

28/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
221. Tim C.
Perfect!

15/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
222. Rob L.
We stayed at this hotel during Comic-Con week, where rooms were in very short supply. While Comic-Con is still in San Diego, book your rooms at least 4 months ahead (no joke). This hotel is very close to the San Diego Convention Center that hosts the annual Comic-Con during July.

This place is huge with a friendly staff. However, their small beds weren't as welcoming as other hotels in the area. No free Wi-Fi along with pricey hotel food didn't help much either, as we had to upload our photos and videos via our mobile devices. Although it has nice views, clean bathrooms, clean areas in general, and easy access to and from the convention center, we were expecting more from here.

04/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
223. Carrie R.
This is an excellent hotel in an excellent location!  We got away for a special weekend and stayed here. The rooms are beautiful and we had a nice view out our balcony (half city and half bay).  The pool was beautiful and at night there were fire pits and comfortable lounges.  We were able to walk to Seaport Village, Embarcadaro, Gaslamp and to the trolley.  It was just enough out of the way so you weren't right in the craziness of Gaslamp, but close enough to explore a lot of the city on foot.

The down side....it was extremely expensive for food.  Hotels always are, but this one was way over priced.  $28 for self parking seemed like a lot until we researched other hotels and they were charging $40 to $50 a night for parking.  We ate 1 time at the hotel for breakfast and it cost us $40 (each of us had the special: 2 eggs, toast, hashbrowns and 2 pcs of bacon + my husband had a cup of coffee).  Should of went somewhere else.  They do have a very large buffet breakfast for $26 per person.  To be honest, that is a very good price for everything that you get...we just didn't want a huge breakfast.

For location, service, rooms and pool...this is a 5+ stars.  For expensive foods, I would give it a 3 but it is so close to everything else that I really can't complain about it.

07/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
224. Michele S.
Amazing venue: have been there during a 3 days conference and enjoyed it very much! Everything that you can ask from an hotel, amazing view, friendly staff.

Didn't get 5 stars because for most of the time wifi Internet didn't work (even though it's 13$/24h). But the fact that they answered within minutes when I posted about the issue on twitter shows that they care about the customers. They also tried to fix the issue quickly, so credit for that.

Will come back next time I'm in San Diego.

09/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
225. Michelle I.
Thanks to Willy Shatner and Priceline, I was able to secure a pretty phat (yes, I just used the word 'phat') deal at this Marriott for my San Diego getaway.  Husband and I were in town for a wedding and a belated mini-moon, all wrapped into one.  

From the first moment, the experience was great.  Check-in was smooth and pleasant.  We even scored an upgrade to a room facing the bay.  Concierge was fantastic as well....always helpful with directions/suggestions and very accommodating when we need a spur-of-the-moment tailoring service.  Actually, every staff member we ran into here was absolutely fantastic - friendly and helpful -- a total breath of fresh air.  The room was comfy and clean.  Classic and luxurious Marriott beds that you just want to sink into.  They also offered a nice (large sized) gym and swimming galore.  This Marriott has two pools and two hot tubs --- all for your swimming pleasure.  And they didn't say boo when friends, husband, and I used hot-tub and pool very late into the night.  

If you are in for a convention, this is definitely the place to stay since its connected to the SD Convention Center.  We were just happy that we were walking distance to the Gaslamp and the the trolleys for when it was time to check out other neighborhoods.  This is a definite option for when staying in San Diego!

27/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
226. Donna W.
I was a bit intimidated when I first drove up because the hotel and property is huge. But, as I entered, I was warmly greeted and the reception staff was very welcoming.  Kathy V helped me and she was so warm and friendly. When I was checking in, I asked for a ocean view and was told very nicely  that  actually I had prepaid for a city view, which was fine with me. Anyway, when I got up to my room, she had given me an ocean view room, it was gorgeous. What a great surprise and wonderful start to my stay. This is a great place to stay, the property, lobbies and pool area is lovely and you  can easily walk to the gaslamp area and downtown.  There is a walking/running area right in front of the hotel at the waterfront. Also, there is a starbuks in the lobby.

10/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
227. Barb K.
The food is awful and the service is lacking. Rooms are mediocre at best. Category 7 is beyond aggressive. Sure, the view is nice. However, if you want crappy Mexican food and salt on the rim of your lemon drop, maybe just head to Iowa.

28/10/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
228. Kelly O.
AMAZING hotel!!! The beds were comfy, the view was amazing, the staff was helpful! I think all the other reviews can sum it up for you! Will be coming back :)

14/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
229. Bill H.
I was nice impressed with this hotel or service that I received. It started when i went to check in on a Friday afternoon, it took 45-60 just to see someone to check me in. I felt sorry for the people behind me in line checking in, they waited more then 1 hour. The self parking is a BIG jock. We took the car out Friday night,  when we came back there was no self parking and were told we would not be charged for valet service. Well lets just say we were charge for self parking and valet parking, I had to go to the front desk to get that corrected. I've had much better experiences at other hotels, I would look some place else before staying here.

16/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
230. Mark G.
Went on a business trip at the convention center.  Real nice location.  Everything was in walking distance even Petco park.  Took a boat taxi across the bay.
One of the hot tubs outside didn't work and had some weird looking foam in it.
Taxi ride from the zoo wasn't took expensive.

17/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
231. Chris A.
All in all, Marriott's never disappoint for great beds and excellent service. I booked two rooms here for a bachelorette party in he San Diego Gaslamp area. AAA rates made parking very affordable, customer service that listened to our requests for adjoining rooms away from children with extra towels were happily honored and the view for our balcony double bed rooms (balcony just a gift!) was spectacular. Plus this hotel has the mot relaxing, tropical pool in the area. Check-in was a bit of a straggley, delayed mess but check-out a breeze. Will definitely stay here again.

03/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
232. Liz O.
This Marriott, while very beautifully designed, gets most of its points for service! Every employee that I worked with was incredibly helpful, and voluntarily so.  

The hotel has its own taxi service that you can use - it's more expensive, but you get what you pay for in this case.  Mercedes SUV and a nice driver for an extra few dollars... totally worth it to me!

Parking here, like everywhere else in downtown San Diego, is pretty costly.  10 bucks for the first hour, 5 bucks every hour after that.  Or I think it was 36 bucks overnight (call to confirm).  The timestamp that they had on my Valet ticket was wrong, and it would have caused an overcharge but the employee trusted me (thankfully!) when I let her know I arrived later than the stamp on the ticket. Granted it was only 1 hour/5 bucks, but it's the principle :)

Rooms are gorgeous... a little compact but nice. And I love the layout of the balcony within the rooms of the north tower (can't speak for south).

31/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
233. Steve N.
The room was nice. They need an outside window cleaner. The pool area was being worked on and a couple of vans had their pumps screaming the entire couple days we were there right next to the jacuzzi.

$28 to park outside? $40 valet? seriously? Most hotels comp parking if you stay there.

The thing about that is that anyone can walk up to your car from the harbor area and even right into the hotel. No card needed to gain access late at night into the hotel and up to any room.

Nothing really special for the approx. $200 a night and then add on parking.
Definately not the quality I expected by Marriott's standards

23/12/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
234. Racheal M.
Gorgeous place. Exceptionally nice people. Everyone we talked to was friendly and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Stay here!

25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
235. Brandi P.
Ive stayed at  a lot of hotels...and aside from the mandarin oriental hotel in nyc...this property exceeded every expectation!   Talk about stellar service.  I made a few requests before we arrived and every single one was honored with no problem.  Specifically...we requested the 23rd floor of the north tower...a balcony...we were told at checkin...youll love ur room and we sure did!!  We had both a city and marina view.  Ashley...our csr at checkin was awesome!! Never experienced a 60 second check in process...ever!  The bellmen were exceptional.  My bff and I were only staying here for 2 nites and yet we had 7 pieces of bags/luggage (lol) coats and our makeup train case.  Ty (I cant recall his full name..but he was a handsome black guy) hung all our jackets...put our makeup case in the bathroom...asked if we needed any ice...went and got it for us...promptly had a corkscrew delivered to us.  Wow.  Seriously...every associate we encountered treated us with SUPERB service. Even the maid on our floor was over accomodating.  Its properties like the marriott marquios that have u feeling royal!  Oh...and the pool was awesome.  My only and tiny comment would be the kids running everywhere.  I thought I read there was an adults only pool...turns out...theres an adults only jacuzzi not pool.

Close to everything...

We hate having to check-out....

Hands down... 5 STARS!!!!

20/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
236. Nicki M.
So our stay here was not planned. We had booked another location but unfortunately they had over booked that hotel. When I arrived with my 4 young children who were exhausted and just wanted to sleep I was notified of the over booking. The young lady at the front desk was very kind, told me the room was on them for the mistake and even printed me out directions to the new location. It wasn't a fun 15 min drive with the kids having a meltdown but we made it. Again the young lady that checked us in was quite friendly, she even comp'd my parking. We finally made it to our room. The kids were in the state between awake and zombie. While playing on the chair that was in the room the cushion came off and a bag of marijuana fell out. Of course they wanted to know what it was, I said it was just something yucky that someone forgot to take with them. I called the front desk right away and they said they'd send someone it took a 2nd phone call 15 mins later to get it removed from my room. The Manager on Duty as his card reads, took 2 pictures and said he would comp me a night, I thought well considering this night already free thanks for nothing. That should never happen and my kids should never have been exposed to it. I stay at Marriotts quite often when we travel because they are very family friendly, this however was not one of our better stays! I am a silver elite member so it's not like we haven't put in our stays. I would have hoped for better. Oh and the kicker, my daughter forgot her favorite stuffed animal and they want me to pay to ship it to our house. Thanks a lot for that one.

29/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
237. Mark E.
I came here for a convention and was blown away by the location and the view of the bay from my room. But that was just the beginning. The property was immaculate, very attractive, and had some of the best service and employee attitude I've come across in a very long time. Marriots can be a little spotty, but this hotel was first class in every respect.

The meeting rooms and convention facilities were spacious, well lit (always a concern) and easy to get to. Some of the events took place in the main building, some in the adjacent Marriott Hall, which was nice for meeting space but not as lavish as the hotel.

It's rare that I go to a hotel and find service and a cheerful attitude from everyone I come into contact with, but that happened here. From the person who checked me in to the wait staff to the shoe shine man, everyone at this property was truly impressive.

13/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
238. Vivian D.
I've stayed at this hotel twice now.  Both times were just to go party in Gaslamp.  I'm not going to get into details of the first trip but I do want to mention something to showcase how friendly the staff is.  A friend got a little too drunk and when we got into the hotel, the friend fell asleep on a chair.  A staff member was kind enough to come wheelchair the friend back to the room and didn't give us a hard time at all.  I was a little scared he might have called the cops or make us take the friend to the hospital or something but he was totally accommodating.  

On another note, the hotel is beautiful and is really big.  The rooms are typical of a standard room.  I really like how it's close enough to walk to the bars.  The one downer is that the parking is so expensive.  You have to pay for both self-park and valet.  We tried to do self-parking but by 10:30pm the lot was full.  So we decided to just valet the car and since we were there for more than 5 hours, we had to pay the maximum price of $42.  I thought that was a little unreasonable but parking in any downtown is always expensive I guess.  I'd be willing to come back if an occasion comes up and we need somewhere convenient to start the night off and crash afterwards!

24/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
239. Steve G.
Great hotel.  No complaints.  Comfy bed, nicely appointed room with a view of the pool and bay beyond.  Bartender was nice and friendly and the staff at check-in couldn't have been nicer.  If I didn't live in San Diego and was visiting I don't see why I wouldn't stay here.  It's close to everything downtown and would be pretty easy to get anywhere from here.  The price is probably pretty steep but you're in downtown San Diego... what did you expect?

11/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
240. D M.
The big take away from this hotel is a location, location, location.

The hotel is set right next to the marina and is in a gorgeous, central location, next the convention center as well as the gaslamp. Some of the hotel features, like the big, nearly fully equipped gym, gorgeous pool area, and really tasty food were big winners for me.

This definitely is a big, corporate hotel but  a well done hotel. I do dock it a star as the rooms are kind of old, the walls thin, and the bathroom cramped, and although ubiquitous, the lack of  free Wi-Fi in this day and age is pretty annoying..

22/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
241. A L.
Pros: the POOL!! It's gorgeous and huge. I'm not usually a pool type but we spent loads of time laying on the lounge chairs and reading or relaxing. It was the best part of the hotel. The Exchange food area was very good with reasonably priced food and drinks. The cinnamon rolls were from butter heaven! The Location is fabulous. The hotel is within walking distance to several places to visit. We walked to the water ferry to go to Coronado island. We walked to a bus stop to go to the zoo. We walked down to the USS Midway as well as several restaurants.
Cons: the BEDS. I don't know if we were in a "cheap" room because we were there for a convention or what, but our bed was crummy. They only have 2 double size beds in a room instead of 2 queens. We could feel the springs of the mattress when we laid down and every time you rolled over it was noisy. The other problem was the noise outside. We had requested a view of the bay but none was available so we got the view of the city. Which was a good view but, the trolley goes by regularly and... Clang, clang, clang went the trolley. Ding, ding, ding went the bell. All day and all NIGHT long. The inside of the hotel was quiet it's just that dang clang that drove us nuts and kept us up all night. Would I stay here again? You bet but on the bay side.

27/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
242. Jade H.
Crazy beautiful. Crazy expensive.

If you want to go to a tropical resort in the United States without leaving the country? Here is a small taste of it. Smaller than a resort but more beautiful than any other local hotel.

25/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
243. Paul B.
We (me, my wife and two kids) stayed here this past week Thursday through Saturday and it was a very nice stay and a great place to wind down after a few days at Disneyland. The pools are nice, staff is friendly, the rooms are above average in decor and comfortable. We stayed in the north tower above the 18th floor and it was quiet. Our room had a nice view of the Bay and marina.

The hotel is a business hotel and has a mix of conference/convention goers and vacationers. I think we were there before the vacation season really kicks in. We had no issues with parking, the elevators and getting around town. Everything was easy.

There is a Starbucks just off of the lobby and that was convenient.

The hotel is close to everything. I forgot my swim trunks at home (go figure) and Nordstrom is a 10 minute walk up First Ave to G Street. Easy. Wife and kids hit the pool and I was in the pool within 30 minutes.

We used our AAA card when booking and it turned out in addition to the member discount the self parking was free.

The only thing I found a bit unusual was the bar that serviced the pool area was very attentive to the bar area itself and did not get to the pool area to take drink or food orders. We had to order, pick up our food and drinks and bus our area when finished. I brought back our dirty plates because it was attracting pigeons the bartender gave me a weird look. And I said, "It's attracting birds." I am guessing we were early in the season and staffing was low. Maybe they don't serve the pool area. Who knows. Had this aspect been dialed-in not only would they have made more sales, I likely would have given this hotel 5 stars.

The Marina Kitchen was good. A bit pricey. The hamburger was really good and the waitress was attentive without being annoying.

All-in-all it was a nice place and we will be back.

12/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
244. Mercedes I.
One of my favorite hotels!  Comfy soft beds! Starbucks inside.  Walk along the Marina outside.  Gas Lamp district and shopping is walking distance.  The pools are amazing here with tiki lamps lit at night.  Fitness center is nice.  Hawaiian Fusion restaurant is beautiful!

Be aware of the resort fees of under 15.00
Parking is 28 for self 40 for valet
Internet you must pay for (I brought my own mifi)

18/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
245. Laura M.
I just left the Marriott this morning. I gave  this hotel one star due to customer service. The grounds, and rooms are nice and that is the only reason I gave it one star. Unfortunetly the service was so awful it out weighed the rest. Upon check in we were given a free upgrade which we didn't ask for but were happy/excited to take. We  were upgraded to a hospitality suite. Which was basically two rooms, it was Very nice,an very nice views. Everything was going great until 1030pm when one of the staff tried to enter one of the rooms. After realizing someone was in here she apologized and shut the door. Then about five minutes later we received a phone call to confirm who we were. Thinking it was over another person tries to get in the other room and we received another phone call. The front desk lady ( Leann) was very rude and said that we were occupying two rooms and that we needed to choose on or the other, or move to a completely different room. By this point it's 11:00pm and we are trying to sleep, since we had a big day planned ahead and had to get up early. Leann also said if we didn't move she was going to charge us double. Needless to say we are very upset, it's not our fault the lady at the front desk put us is this room.

10/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
246. Pat A.
Just came back form a 2 night stay at this Hotel.  We had a beautiful  view of the Marina and the Ocean beyond.  We were Extremely  disappointed that there was NO room service.  The Go Express idea would be great for Motel 6 but not for a Hotel like this.  We did need a room with handicap accommodations and found this disappointing  with a sink way to high to reach from a wheelchair and a door with no ability to independently get ones wheelchair through. Also doors on 1st floor going out to pool area also not able to be opened by disabled person.  I will alert ADA group in San Diego concerning this.

10/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
247. Beverly A.
This review is based on meeting/event services ONLY!

I got to work with Michael's amazing event team to plan a private work meeting at the Marriott 2 months in advance.  We worked together on almost what seemed like a daily basis whether it was via phone or email!  Michael and Samantha are GREAT!  There was always one or the other available whenever I called and/or emailed.  We went through tons of revisions for catering, and diagram layouts - in the end, they had everything down to a 'T' and our meeting went off without a hitch!  

Their red carpet team really made me feel like I received 'red carpet' service!  Dwayne and Diane are UHH-MAZING!  They really know how to make someone feel special!  They were there and on point an hour before the meeting, ensuring everything was in place (everything from food/bev, room set-up, down to A/V set-up and recordings). Dwayne helped troubleshoot with a few last minute things that came up (finding a solution for name cards, etc) and is by far one of the most enjoyable people I've had to work with yet!  

Cost proposals/estimates were provided 2 days after the meeting. This was really nice as opposed to seeing a charge on my credit card bill - so they gave me the opportunity to review it first before running the charges through.  

The location here is ideal if you're staying downtown.  Everything from food to shopping is within walking distance.  Our meeting was pretty small (20 ppl at most) - but I would HIGHLY recommend the Marriott Hotel & Marina for any/all events/meetings!  If I could use the Marriott for all my meeting needs my job would be a breeze!

14/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
248. Thomas S.
The Marriott Marquis is, first and foremost, a convention hotel.  A really BIG convention hotel.  If you want an intimate, boutique-style experience where the staff address you by name, this is not the place.  If that is what you expect, you will be disappointed.  

So while there may not be a butler hovering outside your door, a well-run convention hotel is can still offer a great guest experience, and that is exactly what I got.  The arrival and check-in process was fast, friendly and professional.  The hotel public areas and my room in the North tower were both spotless.  The rooms were furnished in typical bland Marriott style, but everything was in excellent shape.  This hotel has been around for years, but the overall condition and maintenance is really exceptional.  Clearly the staff and management take great pride in their work, and it shows.  

I was attending an event at a neighboring property, but I did have breakfast twice at the Marina Kitchen, as well as drinks in the main bar.  Marina Kitchen served up one of the best omlettes I've ever had.  It was so good I ordered the same thing the next day, and enjoyed every bite.  Wait staff in both the restuarant and bar were excellent.

The waterfront location is another big plus.  You are only ten minutes from the airport, adjacent to the convention center, and walking distance to the Gaslamp, Seaport Village and Petco Park.  The hotel is on the boardwalk, with excellent views of the bay and Coronado Island from my room.  

I must say that I really liked this property. Overall it may be the best conventional hotel I have ever stayed at.  I suppose you can complain about the cost of parking, but show me a central city full-service hotel that doesn't gouge you for parking.  You may ask, "If it is so good, why not five stars?"  For me, the fifth star requires that one element the Marriott Marquis (or any other 1000-room hotel) simply cannot deliver, and that is the type of personalized attention that is only possible in a much smaller hotel with a high staff-to-guest ratio.    But in every other aspect, the Marriott Marquis gets a BIG thumbs-up from me.

16/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
249. Grant T.
This hotel has comfortable beds, nice bathrooms, and it's got great views of the ocean and located near the gas lamp district.

I stayed here 12 days in June, in a number of different rooms, so I could get a feeling of the amenities they have here. Here's some of what I found.

They have two towers. The north tower rooms seem a little smaller, but they have balconies that I loved. The north tower was also the most recent to be renovated. If you want a walk-in shower in your bathroom, you'll need to request a king size bed with the pull out twin bed. If you want a tub in the bathroom, you'll need to request two queen size beds.

Getting a room with a view of the ocean is not only great for the view, but since the train tracks run along the main street past the hotels, in the middle of the night the freight train comes through and blasts it's horn. It's not as noticeable from the ocean view side.

I used a AAA rate which to my surprise got me free self parking. Normally it's expensive to park in down town San Diego, and it's no different here, but it is one of the least expensive self parking at a hotel around, at $26 a night. Sometimes the two lots do fill up, but the one time that happened to me, they told me to go to valet and they would valet my care at no charge, which they did.

I think the only complaint I would have was the family activities they offer are I believe on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. My last time there I arrived Friday too late for any of the activities, was out at the Zoo Saturday, and nothing was going on Sunday. It would be nice if they offered he activities at more times during the day and on more days.

By far the thing I liked most was the staff. I tend to be quite annoying as a hotel guest because of all my questions and requests, but they were very accommodating. On my first visit there I changed rooms 3 times and not once did they seem annoyed.

17/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
250. Ann K.
I am happily writing this review based on my unbelievably positive experience planning and having my wedding ceremony and reception at The Marriott Marquis and Marina in downtown San Diego.

Alisha was my event sales manager and she was a part of the process from beginning to end. She went above and beyond many times giving me more than what was to expected every step of the way. A prime example was my fiancé was worried about decorating the Coronado Terrace to make it feel warmer. She was able to give us a free tent that was already up from an event the day before. This completely shocked us and was a huge part of the cocktail hour's backdrop. Tents are expensive to rent and the fact that she did this for us for no reason at all just goes to show how invested they are in their clients' happiness.

Christine was our event manager and she had just moved to this property from Palm Springs. She was learning the tricks of the hotel along with me since her first days started in the beginning of our planning. She got up to speed quickly, teaming with Alisha and her coworkers, to make sure every detail was fully thought out and perfect for the big weekend.

The day of the wedding, Kiira my event coordinator and the servers, managers and staff were instrumental in going way above their job descriptions to ensure a seamless event. For example, my flowers were not delivered ready to be put out, and there was some assembly that was missing for the final product. Kiira did a great job of forcing the florist to fix the problem on my behalf since I was tied up with the photographer. Another great example is my father's button popped off his jacket minutes before he was walking me down the aisle. The waiter saw this happened and whipped out a sew kit he had in his pocket, and quickly sewed the button back on in minutes! What unbelievable attention to detail this hotel has! One more example was we had cigars stored under the table for after dinner treats and they went missing when it was time to enjoy them. The banquet manager sent out a staff member to get us cigars on the house!

These are just a few reasons of why you should have your event here. I will never forget the contribution this hotel made to one of the most memorable weekends of my family's lives!

05/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
251. Diana W.
Totally cool!  It pays to be an "elite" with the chain.  Our room was upgraded for a 15th floor corner, we had a panoramic view of both the city and  Coronado!  Amazing!  Service was outstanding, we even had them remove the giant TV because it was blocking one part of the view.  They were happy to oblige.

Valet service was outstanding as well, super friendly and quick.  Every staff member we had contact with was on their A game, and we appreciated it.  Wlll definitely be back!  Thanks for a wonderful stay!

02/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
252. Kevin D.
Fantastic stay at the Marriott Marquis!!
We stayed in he North tower overlooking the pool and Marina.... Great view with a balcony.  It didn't look like the South tower had balconies, so if you want one ask for North.
Great central location.... Quick walk to Seaport Village which has some nice restaurants and cool shops.
The Old Town Trolley tour stops right at the hotel and is great way to tour San Diego.... You can get on and off the tour at multiple locations for one price.
There is a ferry to Coronado island about 1/2 a mile down the waterfront.
Bike rentals right outside the hotel too..... Just a fantastic location all the way around.
Rooms are nice and comfortable with a pullout sofa for extra sleeping space.
Pool is awesome!  2 hot tubs, adult pool and kiddie pool..... And there are lots of kids, at least when we were there.
Only complaint was that they closed the pool for repairs on our last day in mid-July??
No forewarning!

Be prepared for pricy drinks at the tiki bar.... But the mojitos were pretty tasty!

27/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
253. Wanda C.
Loved the Yoga class taught by Hella!

05/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
254. Neal E.
First time in San Diego - spent three nights here for a conference. Had a room on the 12th floor facing the Bay!

Bed and room was reasonably comfortable. Pillows were substantial. TV was still the older CRT-based analog style set.

AC was a problem. When I arrived the HVAC was blowing hot air and set to 72 degrees. I set it to cool the room off - which never occurred. I called the front desk and they sent someone up - who turned the temp down even farther. It finally started to cool off. The next day - it's blowing hot air again. I called the front desk again. They sent a different Building Engineer this time. He got up in the ceiling and made some changes - huge difference in the AC output after that - finally cold air.

Unlike Laura V. stay - I never experienced the trains waking me up - I heard them a couple of times earlier in the day though.

Room had a desk with an ethernet connection - $12.95 a day for high speed internet connection. Bathroom was clean.

16/06/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
255. Ernie M.
This hotel is great it's very clean and the staff is very nice and courteous, I would stay here again.

20/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
256. Andy H.
i'm slightly disappointed by the experience that i had here...

i came here for a conference and stayed here overnight.

i come with mixed emotions about this place, on several occasions i've attended gala dinners here where i walked within the corridors of this area and almost got mugged and stabbed (no joke). lighting is one of those areas they need to improve upon.

the best part i'd say, having a view of the coronado bridge. but where do i even begin?

the room: the beds were uncomfortable and i found it particularly difficult to rest easy. the pillows, small and i'm pretty sure i found dust on some of the pillows. it was nice for what it was in terms of the bathroom and the furniture but it was disappointing.

service - slow at times but accommodating when i needed necessities i left at home

hotel - beautiful location and nice interiors. a bit on the confusing side in terms of layout.

food - varies at times in terms of quality. i had some vary delicious meals here and some not so delicious meals. staff at times can be a bit on the rude side but i can only image how long their shifts have been.

parking is in serious need of improvement. the day rate is extremely expensive so hopefully you're coming here for an event that pays for it.

18/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
257. Kailyn G.
I thought this was a very nice hotel. Right by the water and so close to the Gaslamp District. You can walk to tons of restaurants. And it has great views of the bay (if you're on the right side, otherwise you get the city). Checking in was quick and easy - surprising since there was a conference going on and it was quite busy. They have valet parking, but you can self park as well.

Room was standard for any Marriott. Wonderful shower stall - the fancy kind with glass door/wall and no tub.

I didn't try the restaurant or bar, but was happy there was a Starbucks in the lobby. Only used the pool area at night. They have a nice set up with fires and seating. During the day, they give out pool towels - very handy.

Things that I felt could be better: shampoo/soap was the same kind as you get in all lower category Marriotts (I usually see better stuff in the higher categories), towels seemed a little thin, and the toilet paper is terrible.

10/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
258. Mike B.
I'm glad my friends from Colorado got this hotel when we were in San Diego. Since they were elite members, we got free hors d'oeuvres, dessert and breakfast. The room has a nice view and very convenient location. We walked near the bay and enjoyed the stay there. It's also walking distance from the Gas Lamp. Now I need to prepare to get into Comic Con and see if I can stay here again. LOL

04/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
259. Arlene S.
This is my new favorite hotel. Abdolutely the best I've been to in a long time. We even paid an extra $55 to have a late check out so we could hang out by the resort style pool area. Beautiful palm trees, cool firepits by the eating area tables for chilly nights or cloudy mornings, great poolside service, on Saterday evening they even had a mini bonfire and complimentary smores forr kids to make and they also served them complimentary hot chocolate. Very family freindly hotel. I also wouldn't mind staying at this hotel even if it was just my husband and I. They have a pool area bar/restaraunt and 2 jacuzzi s; one for families and the other for 21 and over. The views from the rooms are amazing and I recommend requesting a corner room so you could enjoy the panoramic view of the city skyline as well as the marina. We ate at the marina kitchen for the breakfast buffet and it was an incredible spread. The chefs prepare your eggs right in front of you at  your personal request and all the food was delicious.  The hotel itself was very big and beautiful decor. The staff was very nice and friendly.  Ohh, I can't wait to go back!

04/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
260. Samantha-Jo P.
So, we came here for one night this past weekend because of my cousins wedding.

First thing first.. They charge you $40 for valet parking for 24 hours. This gives you access in and out. but really 40 dollars?? I kept thinking in my head this better be good and quick service then. We realized once we went upstairs we should have just parked in the garage as we took taxis around downtown.

Checking in was ok.. they only had 2 people working. They had a VIP line and then just a regular line.. It took a little longer then we would like but once we checked in we went up and enjoyed the room.

it was a nice hotel but for a nice hotel I don't think its great that WIFI is free in the lobby but once you go into your room it is $16.00 a day for wifi?? Come on Marriott.

So remember that $40 we spent for Valet.. well it was charged to out room once we did express check out and then we realized we could call our car down before we left the room so the hubby did that.... we went downstairs and looked for the car then asked one of the guys where our car was and said it was still in the garage??? we called our car down at 11:40 and were downstairs by 12:10.. so 30 mins passed and nothing?? awesome.... the valet then proceeded to let us know the car would be another 10 mins..alright thats fine.. 10 mins turned into another 30 minutes....... we left the room at 12:05 and did not leave the valet area till about 1:15!!!!  There was family that had been waiting for another 40 minutes...they kept telling customers that it would be 20 minutes and then the customers would say..WE ALREADY HAVE WAITED THE 20 MINUTES.. the moment I complained these blue shirt dbags kept telling me I needed to check in on the other side... Hello dummy.. Do you see my ticket in my hand already! get your crap straight Marriott Valet.. you were what ruined our stay! That $40 bucks I spent on valet could have been better used as toilet paper to wipe our butts with! They not only lost our keys but 4 other keys to cars and one was a porsche! HAHAHA will never stay here again. So annoyed about our $40 bucks going to waste.

30/09/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
261. Josh B.
I have to remember never to stay here again. Very noisy rooms with train going by all night. No room service. Restaurant is noisy and low quality. Not up to marriott standards.

13/05/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
262. Sean S.
Big fan. The rooms aren't the nicest in the world but definitely decent. The hotel is centrally located next to Petco and gas lamp. The pool is great, gives you the whole Hawaii feel with the trees and structure. 2 pools and a big jacuzzi for adults only. The restaurant next to the pool has decent prices for being at a hotel as well!

04/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
263. TRACY R.
The girlfriends and I stayed here from 6/15-6/18 for our annual girl's trip.  We wanted to party like we were in Vegas and relax as if we were in Hawaii so we picked San Diego as a happy compromise.  

Our hotel room had a fridge that we stocked with alcohol and water, a flat screen TV that we never turned on, big bathroom, clean, and with the view of downtown.  Cleaning service came in once a day to change our towels and clean our room with no problems.  We stayed under the Family and Friends discount; which at this hotel did not give us complimentary breakfast because of that discount.  All Marriots I have stayed at gave me complimentary breakfast.  When we checked in at the front desk, they even pointed the way where breakfast would be held so we assumed it was part of our package.  So when we came down we were excited to try the fancy breakfast they served.  Come to find out later (from our waiter) that we didn't get complimentary breakfast and had to pay $25 each.  Ouch!

Other than that our experience was great.  This hotel usually hosts families and business people.  We were a little rowdy and were warned for the noise in our room.  Thank God for the lobby!

Staff here were really friendly and helpful.  Had a great time!!

19/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
264. Kelly B.
I am currently staying here for Comic Con.  I wish I would have listened to friends and found a different hotel. It does have a beautiful view and beautiful pool. It is also located right next door to the convention center but it is not worth the outrageous price tag. This is my first Comic Con and I am here to scout the convention as well as the location. I work for an Entertainment magazine that would benefit from the Comic Con events. I will be requesting a different location for us to stay next year. At $650 a night, I expected more. I certainly didn't expect the lack of self-parking and being forced into $45 a day Valet parking. I am leaving the convention a day early and I am still trying to conserve cash due to the hefty added and unwelcome expense. To be honest, I feel raped by the prices. On a walk off site today, I noticed a parking lot that was $12 a day. I should have parked there. In addition, we thought we had booked a room with two double beds but wound up with one King sized bed and the world's most uncomfortable pull out couch. We have four people in our party and I actually think I would be more comfortable camping out in a sleeping bag with the attendees waiting for the ballroom 20 panels tomorrow. So if you are going to Comic Con and you are a newbie like me, save  your money by staying somewhere else and utilize the shuttles or trolleys.

26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
265. Eric S.
GREAT HOTEL! Staff are absolutely wonderful! Pool area is great! Very central too all downtown waterfront attractions. I definitely recommend this place.

One little issue... although Wi-Fi was free in the lobby and pool area, it was not in the rooms. For an out of country traveller with a teenager, this would have been alot cheaper! :)

15/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
266. Steve A.
I would normally give the hotel 4 stars, as the public areas and grounds, plus location are top notch.  I'm taking off a star, as the hotel just did not seem to be ready for the crowd that showed up on Memorial Day weekend.

We got there Thursday, before the onslaught, and it was quiet and easy to navigate the hotel.  No problem getting your car if you wanted to go our, or a seat in a restaurant or a place by the pool...

But as soon as the 3 Day weekend started Friday night - 30-45 minute waits to get your car...30-45 minute waits for an elevator - always jam packed with so many frustrated guests that they just would pile on in hopes of getting to their floor.

There was some spooky tween girl with black horn-rimmed glasses on the 7th Floor that I don't think ever got on an elevator...every time we stopped on the floor there she was...or was she?????

Pool area is really sweet - they have an "adults only" section, which means for some people that the heck with you - we're crashing with our screaming kids...thanks Marriott for enforcing that rule... Nice to know the Marriott did want to enforce only ONE towel per guest at the pool...I went to the front desk and threw a fit and got a second towel, but, seriously, you don't have enough towels for two gigantic twin towers at a convention center hotel for your guests to have more than one towel?  Seriously - buy another dryer JW Marriott and keep the towels coming.

Elevators - everyone assumed they were broke, as you couldn't get up to your room - we were on floor 25 so had to stop on EVERY FLOOR - took almost an hour one night to get down.

Valet - they boys were a running, but they couldn't keep up with the demand.  Hello JW!  It's Memorial Day weekend...is this the first time you've had guests?  They had a PhD in excuses on what happened, but seriously, they need to regroup after that weekend and make sure they are prepared.

Food - decent restaurants and they have the Roy's Hawaiian Fusion restaurant connected to the hotel - so that is a treat.

The non-Startbucks coffee shop has juice on the menu - but it's only some weird carrot goop that no one in their right mind would drink.  Hello!  Orange juice would be nice.

Pool - Bartender didn't know he had wait staff servicing the pool area.  The two boys serving, I guess weren't in on it either as most guests had to get their own food and drinks.  They allowed some guests to bring glass to the pool area, which is NEVER a good idea.

All in all - a really lovely hotel - I'd consider it again, as it has everything you would want, except enough staff to cover a busy holiday weekend, so keep that in mind if you are staying there...

09/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
267. Terri D.
My Aunt has a boat on the marina we use as a hotel room.  One night after some fun in the Gaslamp, we were hungry and asked the concierge at the Marriott if they have room service for the marina.  They don't any longer, but directed us to the bar.  We ordered a burger and headed toward bed.  BEST burger I've had in a long time....the fries were worth writing home about too.  Fast easy service, and a martini while you wait.  Will do that again!

14/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
268. Pamela M.
You can walk to everything from this prime location. Onsite there is also a great lobby bar and a really nice outdoor lounge, restaurant and bar complete with fire pits and heat lamps for those cool evenings.

The rooms were spacious enough. My room had a small balcony with a couple chairs which was nice for a little fresh air. The balance of the room was spacious enough and very comfortable. Great guest services and a Starbuck's off the lobby. Extensive meeting and convention spaces as well. What more could you ask for?

Beautiful hip hotel!

11/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
269. Tim G.
Love this hotel.  Amazing staff.  Great service.  Killer views.  Feels just like home!

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
270. Georgia W.
Friendly accommodating service and a great pool. That combined with excellent location, makes the SD Marriot a solid choice.

20 girls and one crazy weekend required some high maintenance requests. Even tape and scissors for decorating the rooms.  All requests were eagerly met.

Per my usual standards...I ALWAYS rate hotels on the quality of the gym. And Marriot does not disappoint:
- new equipment
- clean
- free weights and standard weight equipment
-  views of the pool deck serve as fun motivation/ distractions from the monotonous treadmill.

The only let down was the Marina Kitchen and poolside service. It was both expensive and unusually slow.

And also, they charge for WiFi.

Short walk to Nordstrom. **bonus!** Stumbling distance to trendy Gaslamp bars and cafes. ( bottomless mimosas nearby!)

Directly next door to the convention center.

About  a $11-13 Cab fare to the airport.

26/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
271. Rick A.
In hotel as I write this....utilizing my 4g
Internet service dropped....called desk...they gave me an off site number to rectify internet.  Nice.. Was told that it's a hotel issue.
Ordered a rollaway bed when checking in earlier in the day... Had to call to get done hours later... Received said bed without pillows or blanket... Had to ask for blanket and pillows...
Ordered room service... Simple pizza, cheese burger order..
Arrives at door without pizza...
Burger was raw inside, not rare... raw.
Pizza arrives a few minutes later.... Uncut, a whole pizza not cut into slices, crust not cook all the way through.
Call to front desk without a solution...they didn't care.
Front desk person was unapologetic and didn't care.
Horrible service.. I wish I didn't have to give a 1 star rating

30/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
272. Peggy J.
Stayed here recently for a vacation.  The property is beautiful!  The hotel has two towers (North and South).  Ask for the North Tower and on the higher floors when booking the room, you won't be disappointed with the views.  We had a balcony with a view of the marina and could see the Coronado Bridge.  The sunrise and sunset views were gorgeous.  The hotel was located conveniently close to Seaport Village and Gaslamp Quarters (all within walking distance).  The service was excellent and the pools and firepits were amazing in the San Diego landscape.  The rooms had nice furnishings but my only complaint is that my bed was on the soft side.  I did not try their on-site sit-down restaurants but did appreciate the Starbucks and Exchange Bar where you could grab-and-go some quick items.  I definitely would come back and stay here again!

13/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
273. Isra G.
Great hotel, great service customer - they put us an amazing room even when it was full and we had no reservation.

The facilities are thrilling, gym , pool, jacuzzi... rooms are bigger and also very familiar and comfortable. The beds are, well you just fall sleep as soon as you laid on.

The restaurant is ridiculously expensive - and so the breakfast too, $26-28 it's too much. Wifi is not included and you have to pay $13 for 24h, it's not good for an impressive hotel like this.

07/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
274. Lynn V.
I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel. Everything about it was contemporary and clean. Service was excellent. We got a corner room with amazing views of the waterfront. The bed was very comfortable and the room was spacious. The closet, however, was small =( A small complaint compared to the other wonderful things about Marriot Marquis.

Their pool and fitness center was incredible...especially the pool! Heated water, spacious, plenty of lounge chairs, and even had had fire pits along the side. I loved loved LOVED the pool. It was open late too!

Conveniently located just a short walk from the Gaslamp, we didn't have to take our car anywhere. We walked to the bars and restaurants within minutes.

07/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
275. Connie C.
Great place to vacation with the kids.
At the very last second we booked this place on Labor Day weekend.
I was extremely worried the craziness and while it was crazy insane there, the staff managed it perfectly!!!
Everywhere you walk, there was a friendly person waiting t help.

Check in was at 4 pm but we managed to get a room at 10 am which is awesome.
The pool is wonderful because there's a section for the kids and another section for the adults so depending on your situation, it still works out fine.
The only thing I didn't like was their lack of available chairs.  Granted it was Labor Day weekend so I completely understand.
Other than that...our family love it!

06/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
276. Mallory R.
Absolutely LOVE this hotel. Impeccable hospitality here.

The view is amazing!  You get a glimpse of Gaslamp Quarter and the marina!  Battleships and skyline is an amazing combo.

Food choices are perfect. Room service, the quick "Exchange" place downstairs and the main restaurant all provide to with options.  

Price..amazing for what all you get.

For events...you're right next to the convention center. Perfect for SDCC to avoid the busy Gaslamp but still be right in the heart of the hotel.

The pool is also amazing. Fire pits, spas, and the perfect temperature water add the finishing touch to this already great spot.

14/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
277. P C.
We were here for a conference in the Convention Center. It is really not the closest. Hubby has to hike a solid 10+ minutes between the hotel and the conference venue. Holiday Inn would have been closer.

Parking is $28/day for guests. Ambience of a high end city hotel, lots of hustle and bustle, felt a little rushed and impersonal here. Air conditioning is very cold that I wish I brought a cardigan.

Our North tower room near the tip of the convex was small and they skipped the nice puffy big pillows which are usually offered with the sleeping pillows (I have been to many Marriotts and I know their standard furnishings, well, almost.)

The pool and spa is nice. The trolley and Amtrack has a station right nearby. I tried to like it more but ...

11/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
278. Mr. Critic X.
Loved this place. Went for a night and loved the pool area/ bar. The interior is clean and classy and located right on the harbor. The only downside was parking was pricey, should have been included in the nightly rate.
Overall, I am going back to this place.

21/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
279. Trevor W.
I've tried other hotels in the area, but there is no better place to be! Location, Location, view, service, view, Location.

This hotel is literally dead center of the Marina, adjacent to both SeaPort Village and the San Diego Convention Center. Only a couple blocks away from the Gaslamp District, Petco Park, Horton Shopping plaza, and a ferry away from Coronado. The trolley stops here and its a perfect home base for all things in the San Diego area.

I've spent roughly 30 days in this hotel the past couple years and every trip is a pleasure. It is immaculately maintained, the rooms have tiled bathrooms, rain showers, and gorgeous views of the Bay or the City. Pools are gorgeous and its the largest fitness center Ive ever seen in a hotel. Multiple dining options, stellar service, and the whole nine make this hotel a truly magnificent experience. You can also find routine deals at this hotel that put in on par price wise with many non-resort hotels. Do your homework and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

I wouldnt want to stay anywhere else in San Diego...

17/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
280. Sue N.
I was just there for a couple of days.  It's a beautiful hotel.  Checking in was a breeze.  The room was very nice.  I judge a room on the comfy-ness of the bed.  This bed was yummy!  Housekeeping was very accommodating...as was the rest of the staff!
I loved being in the heart of the Marina.  A stones throw from the Gaslamp district, Petco Park, Sea Port Village, the Midway... etc   Also, the bike rental stand was right outside the gate!
The only thing I marked down for was the price of the cocktails at the bar and also the seeming lack of alcohol in the drinks.  For a $15 Margarita I expect a wee little buzz.  Otherwise, my stay was great!

02/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
281. North OC Bathroom Reviews Z.
Wow. I wish I could give these bathrooms six stars. I have never actually stayed in in this hotel, so I can't speak to the individual room's bathrooms, but this Marriot provides a number of activities for Comic-Con attending, non guests, so I have used a number of the lobby bathrooms. If the bathrooms in the rooms are half as good as these, you're in for a treat.

First of all, the stall doors go all the way down to the ground! Each one is like your own private rest room! It's fantastic! I understand that this is not an option for a lot of public facilities, but it is such a great feeling knowing you'll have that extra bit of privacy.

Next, let me tell you about the hand drying experience. You're not going to see some crappy air dryer that doesn't get the job done. You're not even going to see cheap, flimsy paper towels, which might be considered ideal in lesser bathrooms. Next to each sink is a box of Kleenex brand hand towels. These things are super strong, super soft, and super absorbent. This is the absolute peak in disposable hand drying technology.

On top of all that, I have never seen these bathrooms in a condition that could be described as anything but "spotless". I cannot recommend these bathrooms enough.

24/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
282. Miles E.
Absolutely loved staying at this hotel!  The hotel room was large and comfortable and we had a beautiful view of the marina and the city in the north tower.  The pools are wonderful for adults and kids alike.
The restaurant on the property is good.  I added daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children daily when I booked the hotel.  I think it was worth it, considering that daily cost of the breakfast buffet.
The pancakes at the restaurant were some of the best I've ever had.
The location is great, too.  Seaport village is just a short walk from the hotel as is the Midway Museum.
We've stayed at several hotels in the area and this is by far the best.  We definitely will be back, soon!

12/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
283. Donna P.
I made a reservation more than 9 months in advance for a room with 2 beds. Of course this hotel can't hold that reservation and I ended up with a room with one bed for 3 people. So now I'm relegated to the crappy sofa bed that's extremely uncomfortable with a down comforter from which the feathers have flown away. I will definitely be going back to the Hilton! And on top of all this, the stupid trolley bells ring constantly. And no wifi??!!

30/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
284. Kristie H.
This hotel is beautiful! Great accommodations and could not be happier with the service we received by the staff. Special shout outs to Chris at the Concierge- who recommended great restaurants, bars and attractions in the area, and Cesar at the Tequila bar who made great drinks and conversation.
We thoroughly enjoyed the pool and hot tub and met a lot of fun people at the hotel!
I would definitely stay at this resort again.

28/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
285. Krystal C.
I really enjoyed staying at this hotel. True to Marriott standards everything was on point. Staff was beyond friendly and went above any beyond to make sure we had everything we needed.

We had a high level room facing the Marina. AMAZING to wake up to every morning. The hotel is right on the Marina so it was nice to just walk down the Marina and enjoy the gorgeous weather! The pool area is also really nice. It was a bit cold during our stay but we still spent a little time at the pool. Another perk is the Happy Hour on weekdays - $5 Sangria:)

Great location and extremely close to the Gaslamp area without being right smack in the middle of all the madness. Overall we had a great stay and will definitely be back!

08/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
286. Erika M.
PROS:
*Centrally located (close to downtown, airport, Gaslamp Quarter, Convention Center & Seaport Village)
*Beautiful rooms
*Comfy beds
*Pool area is pretty sweet
*& amazing views (from the 24th floor)

CONS:
*Not too fond of their catering OR their paninis from Exchange, for that matter (expensive and salty!!!)
*Their conference rooms were either freezing or too warm.
*Super expensive to stay here AND they charge you $26 for parking per diem (REALLY?!)... $36 if you valet.
P.S. your parking structure reeks! Why would you have your guests park in the same place you keep your trash?!

I only stayed here because of a conference I attended...would I stay here on my own accord? Probably not.

09/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
287. Russell H.
This is our favorite hotel in San Diego. We have stayed at probably 30 hotels throughout San Diego county.

New, modern facilities at a great price. The location and views are fantastic. Both the north and south towers have amazing views over the San Diego harbor. The pool/outside bar area is resort like. Fantastic, multi-level, multi-pool set up with tiki torch lights and a great harbor breeze blowing through the whole place. Lots of places to chill out in comfortable chairs with umbrella covers all over the area. From there, you can walk just yards to the walkway/boardwalk that runs down to seaport village and all that it offers.

The interior bar and lounge area is also really cool. Live music in a sprawling main level with lots of nooks and corners and couches to hang out and socialize.

Just a really, really cool hotel to spend time with. There is no negative to this hotel.

15/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
288. Marissa F.
Came here on a recomendation from one of my customers... couldnt be happier!

Incredibly accommodating.

Amazingly manicured and appropriatly decorated.

Perfect proximity to EVERYTHING.

Best choice when staying in the Gaslamp.

Kind of expensive, but worth it in my opinion.

Note: No Smoking allowed on balconies.

30/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
289. Jennifer N.
This is a nice Marriott - there is no denying that.  I have found the service to be great. Everyone is extremely nice.  I love that there are nice restaurant options in the hotel so we don't always have to venture out.  All rooms have a view, they are nicely sized and well appointed.

But these beds.  My back has been in pain since I got here 4 days ago cause these beds are extremely hard!!!! It is uncomfortable. My back is unhappy.  The pillows arent nice either.  And when you are staying at a place mainly to sleep - the sleeping parts are very important!!  

Please get more comfortable beds.  Until then I am not completely satisfied.

14/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
290. Lexie H.
I Absolutely love this hotel! It was beautiful and hopefully I'll be able to go back one day. I would give it 5 stars, but when we checked in our room wasn't available so they put us in a room that had two fulls (when we requested a king) as well as a room that was on the complete opposite end of where our group was staying. However, the hotel staff took good care of us and was able to switch us into a room with an incredible view the next day.

12/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
291. annette t.
I had a great experience! everyone was very helpful and great service!!! too bad I forgot my bathing suit or would have gone in their HEATED pool!

06/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
292. Cynthia G.
I am writing on behalf of the conceirge desk of the Marriot. I lost my phone today in their lobby. I was walking through, not even staying there and they in cooperation with the lost and found located my phone and were so gracious. I am sure a stay here would be a dream!

11/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
293. Marie S.
Like other reviewers said, this place is definitely a convention hotel and thus is quite massive. But with that said, the location is ideal (right by Gaslamp, Seaport Village, Airport, shopping, etc.) and the views were fantastic. The pools are all outdoors, but the grounds were really beautiful. The service was also really good. We got lucky and low-balled priceline and got a cheap rate here, but I honestly don't think I would pay full price for this place.

Why? They get you in the fees and the ridiculous prices of things here, such as wifi and using the business center (although printing boarding passes are free). Starbucks is also more expensive than the Starbucks that is only a few blocks down in the Gaslamp, and it also closes very early. Plus, parking is $26/per night, which is cheaper than other hotels in the area, but still not cheap.

So mixed bag. Probably will try another hotel next time we're in SD.

03/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
294. Bob E.
Great hotel. I'm the bay. Walking distance to Seaport Village, Gaslamp District, Petco Field, convention center. Nice views. Nice pool.

19/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
295. Anthony G.
I would highly recommend this place. Pool is great, atmosphere is awesome. Great food and drink is within walking distance. As a business traveler who travels often, my tip is "you could never go wrong staying here."

20/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
296. Chad G.
The hotel is great right in the heart of downtown San Diego. I still don't understand how in 2013 you have to pay to have wifi in your hotel room.

12/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
297. Flora Z.
Stayed there four nights for a conference.
Pros: great location, walking distance to several nice restaurants, the coast, and Midway Museum. Friendly staff.
Cons: old and small refrigerator with 60 degrees inside so it would be better to leave things out. Avoid the north end (city facing) of the south tower! I can hear the LOUD railway crossing gate bell every few minutes throughout the day and night. Very limited selection of in room meals.

19/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
298. Anna Z.
We've stayed here with my family over the 4th of July weekend. I have to say that I was impressed with every single person who works for the Marriott. John at the front desk welcomed us in at 4 am on Thursday with a smile and best attitude ever! John, you made our stay fantastic. We ended up having the best 4th of July ever!
Rooms are clean and very modern. Location is ideal. 15 minutes to the Zoo 10 minutes to Seaworld. I just want to thank the whole staff for smiling and making the stay so comfortable. It was super busy and crowded, but every single person handled it with so much care and politeness. Shout out to the "Lost and found" and housekeeping department - THANK YOU!!!!!! You guys are amazing at what you do. :0)

07/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
299. Amy C.
Stayed at this Marriott during a holiday weekend and it was very crowded. I prefer the Hilton Harbor Island just down the street over this hotel. There are better choices around The Marina/Harbor Island so I wouldn't stay her again. The hotel is centrally located and the pools and views are amazing but I prefer a hotel that is not so busy and a bit smaller. It was really hard for my toddler to enjoy the pool when there were tons of older kids EVERYWHERE. If you book this hotel, especially around a holiday or an event happening at the convention center, be prepared for how crowded it will be.

23/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
300. Kassy M.
I had the pleasure of babysitting for a large family that were staying here for the weekend. The rooms were clean and attractive (especially the bathrooms) and the view was magnificent. Whether you're looking at the marina or downtown SD, you can't go wrong with the view. It's right next to the Convention Center. I was also impressed with the friendliness and professionalism of the employees here.

Note that parking is $26/day!

14/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
301. Appolonia T.
I had about given up on chain hotels and try to hit the boutique hotels, especially if I'm going to a bigger city, but this place is fabulous. The customer service alone won me over, they absolutely make you feel like a visiting celebrity...this is hotel service the way it used to be. We just came to check out the nightlife for our anniversary but will definitely be coming back with the kids. The place is huuuge.

Tons of things to walk to, a relaxing resort-like pool area with good drinks and poolside massage, the ocean just steps away....plus you can hop a ferry to Coronado, rent a surrey to ride around...that's not even mentioning being able to easily walk (even in heels) back and forth to either Gaslamp restaurants and bars or to Seaport Village. It's a really good area to stay and this Marriot, as opposed to the neighboring Hilton, has a good vibe to it. And a gorgeous view from every room.

You won't be by a beach, just to let you know, but there are tons of beaches in SD to get to. If you're going with kids, I think there may be a grocery store in the Gaslamp for snacks or meds, but it's nowhere near a bigger store like Target. Lots of kid friendly restaurants. This place would work for families with kids of all ages. Teens would probably like to wander over in a group to Seaport Village shops, there's a walkway along the water to get there. Not a huge pool, but it's a good size, and there's lots to do in the area. LOTS. Good for retirees, honeymooners....hey, it's San Diego. It's fun.

A short walk to the convention center and across the street from the coaster. It's a hike to the USS Midway, but you could do it.

We'll be back. BUT a word to the wise? Pass on the valet. It's outrageously expensive.

30/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
302. Aimee R.
Great location and nice property. Close enough to the Gaslamp but far enough from all the commotion. Also you can easily take a short walk down to the Seaport Village.

The rooms were clean and spacious. The Marina Kitchen has good food and drinks. There is also a Starbucks located in the downstairs lobby.

All of the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. They really have their stuff together here, check-in and out was easy and dealing with the valet was a breeze. Even when the place got pretty busy on the weekend.

FYI: Room service does end at 12 midnight. So if you are heading back from the Gaslamp and are hungry plan accordingly. Also, some of the cab drivers were jerks in the Gaslamp and didn't want to drive us to our hotel because they said that it wasn't worth their time to drive to our hotel. After a few tries we did eventually find one to drive us back.

Next time we are in the area I will definitely come back to this hotel.

19/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
303. Cole M.
This was a pretty average resort style hotel- I was expecting more for $300 dollars a night.  It is in a great location- close to the Gas Lamp district and the water front. Has an impressive fitness center and a really nice outside seating area with fire pit, pool, jacuzzi, and bar.

The parking was very expensive and the food service left a lot to be desired. I also found the front desk staff to be discourteous although other hotel staff members were friendly and accommodating.

I will seek out other accommodations on my next visit to San Diego.

26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
304. Emily J.
One of my favorite places to stay every summer! I love the atmosphere and ambience this hotel creates. The poolside is very nice and comfortable and family friendly. The location is very convenient for walking to the most popular restaurants and gorgeous seaport village! Highly recommend to any family wanting to get on a get away and have a fun, but at the same time, relaxing trip.

28/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
305. Shahram M.
Incredible views and awesome location on the waterfront right near the gas lamp district. However the concierge lounge sucks. Went at 9 tonigjt and they only has cookies and coffee.

23/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
306. Bill G.
I stayed here in the off season and got an awesome rate. Rooms are decently sized and comfortably appointed if a bit anonymous looking. Balcony overlooking the marina was amazing. I opened the door and enjoyed fresh breeze for a few hours while relaxing on the couch and catching up on emails from my laptop.

What really gives this hotel the 5th star in my book is excellent service. When I checked in I realized that I had made a mistake in the dates of my reservation. The front desk agent spotted the problem, proposed an ideal solution, and fixed it smoothly. Later, when I got room service, the kitchen ran out of one of the items I ordered. The delivery person brought a substitute but I declined it. "Just take it off the bill," I said. 5 minutes later the manager called me to apologize and comped the whole order.

16/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
307. Sadai L.
By far one of the best Marriott I have been to!!!! Kid friendly too!!!!

28/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
308. Aaron H.
The best hotel in downtown San Diego.  Amazing pool area.  Great spots to hang from the tequila bar in the outdoor pool area to the marina kitchen indoor restaurant and bar (and live music!).  This is the place to stay if you are looking for a great scene and great access to all that downtown San Diego has to offer.  Easy walking distance to gaslamp, even a great restaurant in Roy's fusion right on the property!   We enjoyed the service and the friendly people - including meeting lots of guests there everyone just seemed to be in a good mood and I think the atmosphere created by the Marriott Marquis has a lot to do with it.

03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
309. Steve G.
We stayed here over Memorial Day Weekend and the place was completely sold out.  I managed to get the room through Priceline's Name Your Own Price for $162/night.  The hotel is in a great location, walkable to Seaport Village, Gaslamp Quarter, and right next door to the San Diego Convention Center.  Also, the surrounding area was very clean.

We stayed in Room 1518 in the North Tower which is a corner room with 2 balconies.  One balcony overlooks the city and the other balcony overlooks the bay.  The room was probably smaller than the average king room, but it was worth it because there was less foot traffic being at the end of the hallway.

I would classify this place as a lower level 4 star hotel.  The room was pretty standard and didn't offer some of the amenities you would expect from other 4 star hotels.  

They offer self-parking for $28/night or valet parking for $40/parking.  Be warned that the self-parking lot is not nearly big enough and is very illogically laid out.  There are several paths that lead to dead ends which made it very difficult to find a spot.  We had to circle and follow people for nearly 20 minutes looking for a spot.  In fact, we decided to walk 45 minutes to dinner that night rather than risk losing our parking spot.

Also, the hotel is located across the street from the Convention Center trolley stop.  The trolley comes pretty frequently ringing its bell every time.  This is a big problem for light sleepers like my wife.

Lastly, the housekeeping staff didn't thoroughly clean our bathroom prior to our arrival.  There was a used, stained towel left hanging behind the bathroom door.  Also, the body lotion had been used by a previous guest.  When I complained to the front desk, they were very apologetic and agreed to do a "deep-cleaning" of our bathroom immediately and give us a $50 credit to the hotel.  I was able to get that $50 credit turned into free parking for the 2 nights (a $56 value).

28/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
310. Dea B.
From check-in to next morning, nearly perfect. Our res was made by Marriott toll free and evidently made for wrong night. Or maybe it was my fault. At check-in,
the front desk person made it right immediately.  Drinks and a light snack in the lobby bar were nice. Service from food server was mediocre: got dish of olives and the server forgot to bring picks or little forks so we had to remind him. Bartender was excellent: a master and knew the spirits well. Classy selection of high end libations. Later, ordered room service. Service great but food mediocre at best. "Caesar salad" was just lettuce with oil and vinegar dressing and small. Room nice, facing water. It's only a few more bucks than city view room and I highly recommend the upgrade. Walls not soundproof, because I could hear the guy using the toilet (urinating) next door. Yuck and my only serious complaint.

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
311. Maureen D.
Beautiful clean room with an amazing view overlooking the marina.  Approx $10 more than the "Gaslamp" quarter Marriott, and well worth it.

08/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
312. Efrain V.
I wrote these two names down cause these employees definitely deserve an awesome review... And the Oscar goes to... Natasha and Ashley Morris!
Ive been a platinum member on both the Marriott and Hilton chains so I've been around hotels all over the US and this one sure does deserve the time to write a review! Natasha at the front desk was just AWESOME helping me with my hectic reservation schedule as Im going everywhere at the moment. She got me a nice cozy room, just the way I wanted with one stunning sexy view! One of the best services Ive had while checking in! A few days in, I needed to extend my stay and move around my other reservations from my next destination so Ashley Morris did her magic and clicked and typed at warpspeed till she fixed everything up (I heard theres 3 Ashleys working here so I had to write her last name down as well =P and shes cute by the way so look out for her when you check-in!!).  The guys in the valet, although Im a dude that doesnt like anyone driving my car or carrying my bags, were super insistive on helping out and thats quality service right there! Now to the hotel, its one of the sexiest places to stay in SoCal.  Forget about the hotels in the Gaslamp Quarter, you can easily stumble back to your room from Gaslamp since its close by! Any girl you bring here will be you know... in no time when you take her to this place so take that into consideration if youre doing a getaway couples thing or the occassional one nighter (wink, wink). Its an all around Marriott, fun for the kids with the awesome pool and sorroundings in the bay area and quite sexy for a couples retreat!  Wouldnt recommend anywhere else in San Diego! Again, thanx to Natasha and Ashley for their help with my schedule situation!

20/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
313. Jaime S.
Horrible horrible horrible. Upon parking, at the extremely crowded front area we were harassed by the employees to pull forward when there was cars obviously in front of us. We came in and waited forever to reach the front desk with an extremely long line! Then they tell us that we had the wrong form to check in. We went to the business center to use the computer to print out the right form and they charged us 6.95 for 1 minute of time and two print outs. Horrible horrible horrible.

27/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
314. June W.
Great location nice view of city or of the bay. Rooms are clean nice helpful staff. Hotel has starbucks and other stores to shop at.Nice pool and restaurants. Bar by the pool was fun to hang out at. This hotel has everything u need. Definately staying here again! =)

10/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
315. Colin P.
Had a great stay at this hotel. It is an easy and convenient drive from the airport. And the location is ideal--right next to The Seaport Village and The Gaslamp District--easy walk to both places. And the Convention Center is right next door.
The staff is quite friendly and helpful. The room is nice--I even had a balcony. Great views. Parking can be a far walk--and comes with a fee. The pool is also nice. So many eateries nearby.

23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
316. Christina C.
What a beautiful place to stay!  We stayed here over July 4th weekend and the staff was wonderful, the valets were so nice and professional. Pool is awesome! Our poolside waiter was attentive and even though the kitchen some how lost our order in the fray, our waiter made sure the mistake was remedied and expedited it out to us. Their breakfast buffet was one of the best I've had, and it was nice to have a large Starbucks on the ground floor. The rooms were very clean and had gorgeous views. Located in an ideal area! Would definitely love to stay here again :)

09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
317. Karine B.
Good hotel, friendly staff, rather overpriced however.  We had a nice room with a marina view for 4th of July but the balcony was cramped and technically would comfortably fit only one person.  The room's floor plan felt confining.  The guests next door to us had a big, loud dog that barked from their balcony to ours.  Upon mentioning this to the staff during checkout, we received an apology and a statement stating "we are not a pet-friendly hotel." (Not sure how the dog got passed them)...it just doesn't really feel like a 4-4.5 star hotel.  I didn't mind the stay but probably wouldn't be my first pick amongst others.

09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
318. Amelie F.
Fantastic hotel, spacious and comfortable rooms, friendly and conscious staffs, for enough for stars that I have been fan of. Last Saturday while we were in the hotel a crowd makes the place noisy then friendly staffs trying to handle it.

We experienced good food strong beer; it was a memorable time I passed in my life.

16/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
319. Estephany C.
Had a wonderful stay here! We got a nice high floor with a beautiful view of the marina! Tina from the Conicerge even sent up goodies! Spent most of our time by the pool with excellent service from Danielle! We'll be back next month!

12/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
320. Alicia B.
I have been going to this hotel as a little girl due to my dad working for Marriott, but never stayed until the last couple of years!  I have to say this hotel gets elegant every time I get here, the valet area is beautiful and if the regular parking spaces are all taken there is a reduce rate for the valet, just let the registration know.  There is a North tower and South tower, I have stayed in both but always get the bay view, it will not disappoint!  Everything is walkable, including Seaport Village, trolly system and convention center.  If you are not here for ComicCon, strong suggestion, do not stay here during that week, it is extremly busy, if you are then just enjoy!  There is a full service Starbucks in the North tower and plenty of eating places, but my favorite is the Marina's Kitchen, it has wonderful views while eating excellent food!

08/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
321. Steve R.
Overall this hotel was great. The rooms are very nice with great views from all rooms. The only complaints were the $30-$45 per day for parking and the outrageous prices at shops inside hotel. We paid $12 for two big bottles of  smart water and needless to say we went to Vons the next day and got a case of 12 for $13. Mixed drinks at the pool are also expensive ($11 for a small plastic cup).

Finally, try to request a room in either tower that DOES NOT face the road in any way. The reason for this it the railroad crossing signals sound about every 5-10 minutes 24hrs a day and you hear them loud and clear at all hours of the day or night from inside your room.

26/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
322. David S.
Hotel room is neat and well run. Surprisingly affordable for such a exquisite place, however you get what you pay for so $250 will get you a tiny room in the corner of the building. Location is close to a lot of great attractions and towns. Staff is nice however, valet is super expensive $45 and self parking is $30 otherwise it is nice.

18/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
323. shalene r.
So I booked our trip through priceline.com through the make your own bid and landed this beautiful hotel for the weekend of June 6-8, 2014.  We have previously stayed at the Hyatt next door last year, so I was excited to stay here this time.   The trip was planned for my boyfriends 30th birthday and as a celebratory weekend getaway; as he just got a new full time job as a Radiation Therapist and I finished my teaching credential program.   To my surprise, the Thursday night before we left, we got engaged!

I decided to call the hotel on our way down to share the great news and see if we would be eligible for an upgrade.  They were so accommodating on the phone and said they would take care of us.  When we went to check in, they told us we were all set up in a room with a king bed and couch with a  balcony overlooking the marina, but I had requested two beds earlier in the week because I knew our friends were going to go with us (as this was originally a birthday trip!) So I informed them I needed two beds and they happily rearranged us.  (I felt bad because they had went out of there way to accommodate us but I didn't get a chance to let them know I still needed two beds beforehand)

Upon checking in, the entire staff was so happy and excited for us. It was really great to see that they genuinely care about their guests!

Our room was awesome and our view was phenomenal! We were placed on the 14th floor with an awesome balcony overlooking the pools with a view of Coronado and the marina to our right and the city to our left.  It was amazing.  Then we received a tray with a card signed by the staff and their well wishes, a bottle of champagne, a custard with berries and some berry candies.   It was just the sweetest touch to our trip! The entire staff was so welcoming and nice, the grounds were beautiful, the pool was so much fun and we can't wait to stay here again soon!

Thank you again to everyone at the Marriott Marquis & Marina that made my fiancés 30th birthday and our engagement celebration one to remember!!

Shalene & Brian

09/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
324. Kathryn F.
Nice hotel but I only gave it 3 stars because as a business guest I expect free wifi. This hotel is a nice hotel and not accommodating free wifi is a little cheap on their end. Even the crappiest of hotels around the world offer free wifi. If you're a business person you'd know that's important while traveling :)

12/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
325. Meagan G.
This was one of the venues I narrowed down to when looking for wedding venues. It had a lot of the things I wanted - great view of San Diego, options for guest pricing on hotel rooms, decent location in terms of where our out of town guests may want to stay, onsite ceremony location, and a reception room that comfortably fit 100 without being overwhelming (some spaces are just too big.)

The bayside room is lovely, though it's a curved room which makes envisioning the set up and layout a bit more challenging. I loved the ceremony location - great views, plenty of space to maintain a cocktail hour out there if so chosen. Very beautiful. The Bayside room was very lovely as well, though in the end we decided to go with a more "traditional" looking venue.

The event staff was wonderful and attentive. I could see that they would be easy to work with. In fact, everyone we came in contact with was extra friendly and attentive. That was comforting, especially because we may opt to utilize this location as a suggested stay location for our guests.

26/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
326. Kristy C.
Nice clean hotel in a great location walking distance to gaslamp and seaport village . The views from the room are so great I recommend getting a bay view with a balcony! Pool area is really nice they have a large pool and a smaller kiddie pool great for kids! I loved that there is a Starbucks in hotel and a Roy's restaurant !

20/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
327. Jenna S.
I stayed at the Marriott this weekend to celebrate my friend getting married next week. We originally only planned to stay on Friday night but had such a good time that we extended our stay to Saturday night too. The view was beautiful in the north tower, definitely request one of the higher floors (we were on the 17th). I don't normally write reviews but Emily S. helped register us and find rates for our second night and I had to write one just to say how helpful and great she was! Amazing and outgoing service, couldn't have asked for better. I will 100% be booking another stay here in the future. Also the parking rates were $30 for self-parking and $40 for valet. We found self parking immediately for two cars at 8pm on Friday.

29/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
328. Ellen P.
This review is for the ocean view. It is absolutely gorgeous! It's right in the middle of the marina so our view was beautiful. The pools also looked extremely pretty but I only stayed here for a day so didn't really get to enjoy that. The only complaint I have is for housekeeping.. we called around 1am for some towels and they knocked, more like banged, on our door at 6 in the morning to give us our towels.. Don't know what that was about, but I'd definitely stay here again.

Oh to valet overnight was $40 and to self park was $28. Pretty good compared to other others !

17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
329. Ellen C.
Went out of her way to make the stay as beautiful and pleasant as possible. Hotel was fully booked with several conventions going on. She worked her magic and I ended up with two awesome rooms that made my friend's birthday a blast. Called the next day to extend stay and again Sarah made sure the room was superb. Wonderful wonderful to work with AND made me rethink of abandoning the Marriott brand altogether.

02/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
330. Angela P.
Service: from check in, to hailing taxi's, to concierge, to maid service every experience with staff was smooth, nice, and pleasant.  

Room: Sparkling clean and nice.  What I have come to expect from a top-tier Marriott.  The mattresses were quite comfortable.  The bathroom was spacious with lots of counter space for two people to get ready at the same time.

View: we did not have an ocean side view, but the curve of the hotel allowed us to still see both the bay and the mountains in the south-tower.

Food: the marina kitchen restaurant was very good.  Better than most hotel restaurants.

Pool area: incredibly beautiful! I felt like I was in Hawaii.  We frequently sat outside along the water, listening to the waterfalls and enjoying the many fire pits.

Convention center: a 30 second walk to the convention center could not be beat!  

Location: perfect in between seaport village and gaslamp.  I'd return in a heartbeat.

Internet: why is it still $13 per night when cheaper hotels offer free wifi??

13/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
331. Natalie C.
Absolutely a lovely experience for my first time staying here! Staff was very polite and helpful. Rooms and view were excellent. Love that they had a Starbucks in the hotel. Pool and spa were nice and clean. Overall a great hotel to stay at! No complaints here.

16/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
332. Christina A.
Amazing hotel! I wish I would have known that they have such a beautiful pool area!! Not a typical business style Marriott. At the pool: During the day you feel like you are in Vegas, and at night it feels like Hawaii. This weekend they had this cool live music playing and kept asking for song after song! Fun night! Virgin Pina Colada is $5, and the Nachos are THE BEST!!! You gotta try them!

04/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
333. Monica L.
I love the fact that they have bath and body works products as their hotel toiletries. Very modern, beautiful hotel with equally beautiful restaurant and cafes inside. The room itself is a bit small (we got a King size bed and pull out, though we requested 2 beds...) My only qualm is that I got the pull out bed, but it was very lumpy and the blankets/pillows were equally frumpled and kinda gross. I didn't have a comfortable stay there (more of a 2-3 star experience), but I'm sure the actual bed was good...

Bottom line, it's a 4 star experience if you have an actual bed, but it's gonna suck for you if you get the pull out.

24/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
334. Jessica A.
3.5 stars... but i just can't really say that I'm enough of a fan to rate it a 4. Probably because i'm partial to other hotel chains than Marriott.

But....this property was fine enough for the convention/event that I attended. Service was friendly at the front desk and at the bar...housekeeping did a great job, i just wan't overwhelmed considering how much they charged for the room.

All in all, i did have a comfortable night sleep...and i did get upgraded to a bay view room w/ a balcony (North side tower). But with any future trips to San Diego, I would look at other properties to book first before here.

The valet/taxi system seemed to get congested at times...wasn't completely running the cars efficiently through, but I also think i just happened to be there at the wrong time.

Oh and BTW WiFi was crazy expensive -- $14/night. (Even though I'm Marriott Gold... i am used to getting that comped at other brands.) There was complimentary WiFi in the lobby area...

Location was a short little walk to restaurants in the Gaslamp though.

19/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
335. Bob K.
This hotel is pretty nice. My room was overlooking the water and partial city view in the South Tower.
However, I wasn't impressed by the hotel employees with the exception of valet and registration desk who were very cordial. I was there to direct and produce meetings and the workers pretty much weren't responsive like other hotels. The most disappointing situation was Starbucks. Closing your shop at 5pm is unheard of, specially when people would like their coffee before or after their dinner. During one of the meetings, a worker came in replacing the beverage and food making LOUD noises disrupting the meeting which was extremely annoying. Luckily, my room was paid for by the client as well as valet. Yeah, I guess I would stay here again, since I'm a Elite member of the Marriott hotels. Hopefully, next time, I won't have to deal with some of the hotel workers.

10/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
336. Jennifer S.
I've stayed here several times.  This visit was just to attend Comic Con events that were taking place, but it reminded me about all of the things I love here!

It's a beautiful resort with large very nice rooms... most with great views.  What I always liked when I stayed here is my room always had  my bed in it AND a couch bed.  Great for having guests for a night when you're staying there for a while!  They also have comfy beds and bedding!  I'm a fan of Marriott bedding!

The pool area is awesome with lots of space, although the jacuzzi can get pretty full when the hotel is full.  They also sometimes do movies by the pool at night in the summer!  

The staff is always really friendly.  They have great bell staff and check in has always been a breeze.  The restaurants are handy, with good food.  Not sure if they still have the breakfast buffet, but I LOVED THAT BUFFET!  AMAZING food.  There is also a Roys right there on the property.  Yum!

It's really handy for attending events at the convention center because you are literally connected to the convention center.  Being that close for Comic Con in the past was really nice.

Overall, I totally recommend this location for San Diego vacation... but it definitely comes with a price tag.  

My least favorite part... crazy parking rates.  I HATE THAT!

22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
337. Celeste S.
I have stayed here for every Comic Con except 1. I love it, love it. They have really embraced the Con and have tons of fun with it which means a fun experience for me! Plus you can't beat the views.

The rooms are nice, the customer service is always friendly and fast - from check in, room service, restaurants, housekeeping and any time in between. Even the in-hotel UPS Store was friendly, fast and efficient!

I will continue to stay here for every Con (assuming I continue to win the SDCC hotel lottery!!)

24/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
338. Grace C.
Bf's company conference was being held here for 3 days, so I vacationed in the room while he was out working.  And, with the weather and the awesome views we had, this is a hotel that the bf and I will probably come back to when we go back to San Diego for a vacation.

Parking is a bit of a bummer.  It's around $26 a day to park at the hotel.  We had to park outside, which isn't too bad.  A little surprised that there would even be outdoor parking lots when considering how much space there is along the coast.  Especially since the Marriott is basically right next to the ocean, and not much is blocking it from the waters.  Regardless, parking spaces/areas are a bit small.  I'm pretty sure it's because most people going to the Marriott have business trips and are staying there for only a day or two, and then taxi back to the airport...

Check-in  is pretty easy.  No real trouble there.  We were able to get a room on the 14th floor.  The view was absolutely beautiful.  We could see the Coronado Bridge, the water, the little boats being docked near the hotel, and had a nice view of the inviting pool and hot tub of the Marriott.  I thoroughly enjoyed the hotel room.  Everything was clean, there was no chlorine smell or residue, everything felt very fresh and sanitary, and it almost felt as if the furniture and sheets were brand new.  The bed was very comfortable to the point that we even looked up the available brochure to see how much the bed would cost.  Not going to bring it home, but the bed was really comfortable.  Pillows weren't bad, either.

At night, we had a great view of the lights twinkling, the coast guard patrolling the area on their boats, and enjoying the nice clean, cool breeze from the waters.

Only thing we were a bit iffy about was the food.  The hotel provided all the food for the conference, but sometimes the food didn't taste that great.  Pretty sure it's because the hotel had to accommodate hundreds of guests, so everything was more or less thoroughly cooked and had no real taste.  Like I said, lots of people to accommodate, so it's likely that they had to over prepare the foods so that the pickier ones or the ones with more food restrictions would be okay with the food.  

Most of the guests we've met were polite enough.  Service at the hotel was cordial and had no real problems with any bad service.  

For the most part, great views, the hotel room was awesome with it's small balcony, comfy pillows and bed, amenities of the nice wide-screen TV, mini-cooler/fridge, iron, hairdryer, and everything just felt much more high-quality for the price we paid for.  The Marriott is also positioned so that the Gaslamp District isn't too far, and Seaport Village is a walkable distance.  Temperatures will be constant because of its proximity to the ocean, and the nightlife seems to be vibrant enough near the Marriott.  No real complaints, and we'll be back!

07/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
339. Kobi D.
This is the 2nd time that im staying at this Hotel. This time I came for a quick two night trip with my Family and best friends for a very needed and timely get together and it worked out perfect. The hotel is situated in a location that is walking distance to a lot of restaurants. The pool is great as well. Definitely a Top choice for me when I'm Visiting San Diego.

31/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
340. Audrey C.
LOVE this hotel. Great location that's across the street from the Gaslamp. They have a really nice pool and the rooms are spacious. Staff is also friendly.

08/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
341. Marcus S.
I've stayed at so many hotels in San Diego. This is yet another one.

It's clean. The staff is excellent. The location is great. It's right next door to Roy's, which we typically visit when we stay here.

Of course, it's not perfect, which is why I can't give it five stars -- even in the hotel category. But it's very solid. You'll have a nice stay here for sure.

Is there a five star hotel in San Diego? Glad you asked. Be sure to read through my reviews. You'll find two of them. One is obvious (the Grand Del Mar) but one of them will surprise you.

10/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
342. Mike S.
We have just wrapped up two nights at the Marriott Marquis.  The staff here is efficient and polite.   The gymnasium is well equipped and the machines are modern.  Cold bottles of water are available and it's a professional facility.  We paid an extra $30 per night for an oceanside view and it's worth every dollar.  

What continues to irk me is that top-flight hotels like Hyatt and Marriott to continue to charge $12-$13 per night for an Internet connection, while middle range hotels offer the same services at no-cost.

09/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
343. Jay G.
Love this place.
Comfy rooms, very friendly and knowledgeable staff.
When we were there on a Fri night, man was it crowded! The staff was on the ball and handled it like pros. Those valets and bellmen work like dogs, so tip em good!
The pool area is gorgeous. You are right on marina, so there's great walking and sights all around.
We had drinks and food at the Tequila Grill. Good food, good beer selection, but really disengaged bartenders. They seemed more concerned about talking amongst themselves than serving drinks. There were literally 8 people at the bar and 3 bartenders- we had to wave our arms to get their attention.
Lovely property, I'd stay here again in a minute.

11/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
344. Hanie B.
I love Marriot Marquis since I expected more beauty in this location i didnt find the glamorous view i am looking for from the north tower But has a half nice view of the marina and of course my fav Comfy bed just enough to take a rest from drinkin at the Gaslamp.

Good to stay for business only.

29/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
345. Al J.
Jesse Bautista was the hotel manager on the day I stayed which is today 8/15/2014. At 6:30 the person staying in the room next to me complained about the music coming from the  clock radio provided by the room and sent up security. You can barely here the music if you go into the bathroom and even Jesse Bautista said the music wasn't loud but he walked out instead of talking to me about the complaint. If you're not white do not stay at this hotel!  Jesse is a sell out and doesn't have the skill or training to deal with anything.

15/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
346. Shaun F.
After my recent 1* review I was contacted by hotel staff via Twitter where they asked my room number. Later a manager called up to my room and set to make everything right. Staff were sent up to my room to fix the issues with my bed and bill discounted for the inconvenience. Am apprised how quick they were to react to my Yelp review and the steps taken to address my issues.

25/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
347. Shalini G.
love love love this hotel!
this is the perfect San Diego Staycation!
customer service - 5 star
pool - 5 star (heated and big!)
2 jacuzzi's...1 in tucked into a private adults only area...while i have kids with me at all times...i can appreciate that they have this for those adults that do not want to be around all those cute and screamin kiddos!

they even have a separate pool for the smaller children and it is HUGE!!! 3 ft deep .

starbucks on site!
roys is attached (i made the mistake of eating at the hotel restaurant instead of roys)
pool bar/food menu is pretty nice!

rooms - typical rooms but oh so comfy!

parking...$28 a night...but i booked a package that included my parking

10% off in gift shop for elite members
15% off at starbucks for elite members

can't wait to come back again!

30/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
348. Tuyet V.
Had a wonderful experience here! The staff goes above and beyond.

07/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
349. George J.
Bring your earplugs.  The metro/trains run all night and the beeping announcing arrival at the stops is loud even on the 11th floor several blocks away.

18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
350. vik c.
Very nice hotel w great views and located right next to the convention center and the marina. Great customer service as well. Feels like a resort

22/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
351. Ken C.
Great view come with the price.  Overall service is great.  However, wifi is not free in the room!! I am surprise for a 4 star hotel.

13/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
352. Rudy L.
I was very impressed with this hotel! You really get the 5 star treatment! There's a great pool, bar, and fire pits where you can just sit and talk. Stayed here for 3 nights and I was able to do so much without driving my vehicle. Seat port village is just walking distance a way, Took a water taxi to Coronado, took a walk to the gaslamp center, and enjoyed a nice dinner at the Marina Kitchen! Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because parking is pricy and no free wifi in your room.

26/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
353. Gwyneth J.
So, I'm fortunate to be on the ISTE Board of Directors (the largest Ed-Tech association in the world!) & we have a yearly conference that can bring in up to 15,000 people...and the Marriott Marquis & Marina was our Conference headquarters hotel. WOW...hotel heaven!

*Checking In*
I asked nicely when checking in if it was possible to get a King bay harbour view room with a balcony & gave my cutest earnest sweet smile --Score! I was in the North building - farthest away from the convention center which was not a big deal as it was only a few steps difference - but this building had the balconies!

*View*
Amazing room. Really. Look at the pics! I had a lovely curved balcony overlooking Coronado Island, bridge, & the beautiful San Diego harbour. Ok, I'm an East Coast Annapolis & Baltimore harbour girl so you know I love me a waterfront view! Looking down at the luxury oasis pool below made me gasp! Gorgeous! One night there was fireworks ON THE WATER! WOW!
(see photo above on hotel main page)

*Room*
The amenities were great. Bed comfy, bathroom nice, temperature perfect, and amazing room service. This is one of the few business trips (this conference) where I actually get room service.
(see photo above on hotel main page)

*Room Service*
Waiting for me was a lovely gift basket featuring nuts, cheese, crackers, & a small bottle of wine from our Association. With all the meetings, presentations, appearances, and thousands of people flooding all the local restaurants - honestly room service is a life saver! The California Eggs Benedict at $24 was delish & delivered promptly! Two perfect poached eggs, avocado slices, it came with turkey but I asked to substitute crispy bacon (yes!) hash browns, juice & Starbucks coffee.
(see photo above on hotel main page)

*Bars & Restaurants*
I'm going to review the amazing Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine separately (WOW!) but I did also eat at the Marina Kitchen & poolside Tequila Bar & Grill. Both were great! At Marina I got the "Snooty Cheese Platter" and at the Tequila bar we ordered chips & salsa and grilled shrimp kabobs. Drink prices were resort steep but tasty!

*Shops*
Having such a gorgeous room meant that I HAD to invite a friend or two over for a balcony happy hour! How nice that there was a lobby gift shop that sold reasonably priced bottles of fine CA wine, sodas, and munchies! Having a refrigerator in the room was AWEsome!

All in all this was a great hotel, super friendly staff, gorgeous grounds, outstanding views, & perfect location steps away from the convention center. After a long day conferencing & presenting having an outstanding gorgeous balcony water view to sit, read, re-charge, and relax was heavenly! I only wish I had been able to stay for the legen- wait for it - dary San Diego Comic Con!

Room Tip: North building, bay view room, high floor.  Pricey but OH SO Worth it!

25/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
354. Staci L.
Nice hotel but walls are paper thin! Could hear a couple going at it in one room, and kids bouncing around in the next room. Parking was $30/night... and you pay for everything else as well (WiFi, etc).

30/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
355. Erik G.
Of the big chain hotels, the Marriott Marquis is one of my more favorable ones.  I love big hotels and that "established and grand" feeling.  This hotel doesn't disappoint as it has two huge towers in a seemingly "convex lens" shape towers.  

While stay-cationing -  this is one of my favorites for being near the Gaslamp downtown area.  Having the San Diego Convention center just steps away is a plus (especially during Comic Con) and many restaurant choices in the Gaslamp area is a benefit as well.  

If you don't feel like walking, you catch a pedicab just across the street near the trolley station.   If you want to stock up on grocery items to fill your mini-fridge with snacks, you can take a quick walk to the Ralph's grocery store only 3-4 blocks from the hotel.

The pool isn't too fancy, but it is designed in the tropical setting (palm trees abound).  There is a pool bar and an outside fireplace with big comfy chairs and couches to huddle up around.

Great place, great stay.

23/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
356. Laurent G.
Avoid food at the pool at any cost - the carne asada fries tasted like rotten meat.

Maybe I got a bad batch...

But that was really bad!

20/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
357. Paul H.
I was at this location for a 3 day convention. I was sad that I did not have a room here because it is so much nicer and more modern than the Manchester Grand. My interactions with the staff were all of high quality and friendly service. I would definitely recommend this location. The pool and facilities were amazing.

01/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
358. John T.
this place is one of the most beautiful if not the most beautiful hotels i've been in. Look at the pictures and that just beings to tell you about this place. a great fitness room, beautiful pool, two Jacuzzi, good bar, great restaurants and i can keep on naming things that i thought was done better than most hotels.

 Their service staff is super polite and was a relief after my long travels and the treatment i got from the other hotel. if you're looking for a resort like hotel to stay in this is a great one right by the gas lamp district.

05/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
359. Martha E.
This hotel has decided to experiment with not having room service. So although it's a high-end hotel in a gorgeous location with many amenities, it is behaving as though it's a Days Inn. It packages the "Exchange" area as a convenience to the customer because it's "fast" but the food is packaged and cold.

The inability to get a proper breakfast delivered to the room forced me to completely rearrange my time, sleep, etc. For a business traveler that's unacceptable. Room service as an option has become a given in this type of travel and the absence of it is a huge inconvenience. To allow enough time in the morning to go down to a breakfast buffet and wait in line for an omelet means I can't be working in the room at that time, preparing for the day. Please see Redlands R review, this issue is very clearly expressed in that review. Like that person, I won't be back until they reinstitute room service.

In addition, I had a city-view room and even though I was on the 19th floor, I was waked up multiple times each night by the bells from the trolley. The last night I was there I found an app for my phone that plays white noise (ocean waves actually) and I finally got a good night's sleep.

The hotel staff is friendly and service oriented, and the room is well appointed, bed comfortable, views terrific if you're up high enough - the pool area looked great, although I didn't have time to use it. All in all it's a very nice hotel but the issue around room service is defining for me.

19/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
360. Sue R.
Was there over the weekend with a girlfriend. All I can say is that it was outstanding from the time we got to the hotel until we checked out. The staff is unreal. Very helpful, courteous, etc. I can't say one bad thing about the Marriott.  The grounds, and hotel it's self is absolutely gorgeous. The staff at the tequila bar are super awesome, and everyone at the front desk to the restaurant, to the gift shop, to the bell men. The best experience I have had. Thank you so much Marriott. I will definitely be back!! Your the best!!

11/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
361. Oleg S.
The hotel  is great and pool is big and fun !

The only things I did not like was the bed because the size looks and feels like smaller and  no way it was  king size more like queen size and  the bed is not stable and feels like about to flip over.. the mattresses are pretty old   probably over 10 years old..

29/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
362. redlands r.
Coming back to visit my hometown, I have always thought of this as one of the premier hotels at which to stay.  Great location, nice rooms, upscale hotel, beautiful view of the bay, etc. Everything was very nice for our anniversary weekend until the last day when we decided to order room service for breakfast. I thought that there must be a mistake because the in room dining menu was more limited than what you'll find at a Starbucks. When I checked, it was confirmed that you have just a few prepackaged options and it can be delivered for $8 or you can pick it up yourself.  I didn't care about the $8 so much, but decided to check out 'the exchange' because the limited breakfast menu (sandwiches, quiche and breads) must have been a mistake... This is the top of the line Marriott in America's finest city, not the best Western or truckstop Motel!  When I checked out 'the exhange' counter, I was really surprised because the mislabeled prepackaged breakfast sandwiches were limited to what was on display and could only be reheated. No omelets, no eggs, no light and healthy options (except fruit cups or oatmeal like you'll find in a cafeteria).

It was really pitiful.

I ran into one of the employees in line (I guess that this is also their break room) and asked her if this was a limited service while they came up with something different. she responded that it was being tried out in this hotel because the feedback was that the guests liked the cheaper options and self service.  Yes, if I am staying at a best Western, I expect to have a limited do it yourself breakfast (that is included in the room rate), but not at your top hotel in the area.

This can't be because the guests demanded overpriced prepackaged cafeteria food in lieu of made to order room service... It's because someone in corporate said 'we don't make enough/any money in room service and we need to make a dramatic shift... The people will get used to it'. I'm going to correct that person: If I spend $200+ a night, I won't order food that I could get at a cafeteria or a drive through.  I want to hear that knock at the door while I scramble to get dressed as someone says 'room service' to deliver my breakfast in bed.

Other than that, this hotel was great. But I wouldn't stay here again unless you change it back.

30/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
363. c g.
I have never been treated so well. The room was excellent, spacious, well decorated and clean. The staff were plentiful and on the spot for any of my needs anywhere. Even in the elevator a staff member asked me how my stay was and if I needed anything. But not in a creepy way.

The food, drinks and service in the poolside grill were amazing. The free wifi in the common areas, pool grill and lobbies were greatly appreciated. The housekeeping services were polite and efficient. I particularly liked the later check out time option too.

Going on this trip was a huge treat for me so I am glad my money was well spent.

02/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
364. Steve L.
A great place to call home while we were down in SD.  Close enough to all the fun night life, but not so close by that you hear a bunch of booming music and drunks wandering around.  A great view of the harbour, and VERY nice employees from the moment you pull into the valet area to every single person you see in the hallways.  Great facilities that everyone in our family enjoyed quite a bit!

08/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
365. Lorrie M.
I honestly didn't expect much out of this place. I usually am not a big fan of chain hotels and usually prefer boutiques over chains. However, I had a fatty gift card to the Marriott so I wasn't about to pass up a good deal.

I have to say, even for the price I would have paid sans the gift card, this place really isn't bad. It's location is fantastic. It's on the marina / harbor and you have amazing views from just about every location in the hotel whether it is out into the ocean or far into the city. It also has very close proximity to gas lamp where you can either cab it for a few dollars if you REALLY don't want to walk, or walk about 10-15 minutes to get to everything.

There's also some trams ... which I am not sure where they go ... but seems conveniently within reach?

The beds are comfortable, the rooms are clean, and the showers are good. The amenities are sufficient and accurately defined, and they have a VERY NICE GYM. I know, go me ... gymming on vacation. LOL

I also enjoyed the pool area, and the restaurant serving the pool had some pretty good "street tacos" for a pool side service. I really enjoyed my stay. The only downside is there isn't much parking, and it does fill up quickly at night, and you do pay and arm for it. But at least not the additional leg you would have to pay if you were further inside the Gaslamp.

Recommended!

18/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
366. Atma M.
We stayed in the south tower facing the Coronado island. The view is great. The king bed rooms don't come with balcony but the double bed rooms do.
In room appliances, the bath are of high quality. The room was very clean and well kept. The view from our room was gorgeous. I turned off the tv stayed watching out of the window into the beauty all the time.

The concierge is very helpful, though it can get crowded and overwhelm the staff quickly. So do the elevators. Hence the 4 stars and not 5

16/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
367. Brian K.
Came here for business.  The property is huge. Great views of the city or the bay. Wish I could have enjoyed this place for pleasure rather than work. I did like what an easy walk it was to the gas lamp district and great restaurants.

19/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
368. Heather S.
It was my first time staying at the marriott marquis and I can't wait until I can go back. I got a room for my birthday weekend and it was the best birthday thus far. I had a balcony bayview room and it was gorgous. The hotel itself from the lobby, hallways, restroom, and rooms were clean and very open. The pool area is like a little paradise that makes you feel like you miles away on some island resort. Every employee we talk to was so friendly and helpfull. We got a free upgrade and got the day parking for free. The breakfast buffet was only $22 and it had so many options. I live in San Diego and this was a staycation for my birthday and my girlfriends who stayed with me want to now get a room for their birthdays. It was a great experience that I will be talking about for years!

13/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
369. Samahna S.
We stay here every time we go downtown for the night. The staff is usually friendly, helpful and pleasant. Yesterday we were checked into a room that had not been cleaned. Yuck! But our bellman arraigned a new room for us and got us in the new room and came back to bring us our room keys. Our new room was ok. Only 3 pillows on the bed...there are 2 of us and each need 2 pillows. Also, their new idea of a comforter is just two sheets together with no blanket in between? Not cozy! 3 towels in the bathroom. Strange, for a king bed room everything was in 3's. 4 is better for 2 people. The view from our room was gorgeous, and the balcony was a plus :)

08/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
370. Mamma W.
We stayed here last week and were thrilled with the cleanliness of the rooms and how beautiful was in itself . A bit pricey but you definitely get what you pay for here.

20/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
371. Keon K.
Amazing hotel with every ammentity possible. Walking distance to beach, gaslamp district, restaurants, etc.....

Amazing pool area with a great indoor bar " Marina Bar Kitchen"

Was in town while the Dodgers were playing the Padres, Some of the dodger players were staying at the hotel and got a picture with PUIG.

Starbucks in the lobby as well....Perfect vacation spot..

25/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
372. Mark F.
Review for room 909 in the North Tower with patio.
Loud! If it's not the airport, its the light rail bells. All of which buzz in every few minutes throughout the day ending late and starting early.
The room is good size with a sleeper sofa adding some stretching space. The patio has a partial view of the water and downtown.
The pool is nice and with all the mirrored glass from the towers, sun comes in early and stays late. Plenty of lounging about.
Great location away from the Gaslamp but still near the action.
The hotel is worthy with an upgrade to a room in the North Tower but on the pool side to sleep in without traffic.

25/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
373. Byoung Kyu S.
Love this hotel!  No complaints what so ever.  The staff is super friendly and so accommodating.  Got upgraded to VERY LARGE corner room with giant windows on both walls.  It was so majestic!  Decided to stay another night and the staff moved all my luggage for me into the new room while I was out shopping.  The new room was a deluxe room which was HUGE....again with large windows.  The views were breathtaking from the den, the room, and even the bathroom.  

Pool area gets crowded but it's large with ample space to lay out.  Valet parking is $40 but that's expected.  Free wi-fi for those with status.

No bottled water in the concierge lounge as they are trying to be green and eliminated plastic bottles.  It wasn't that big a deal.  

I would stay here in a heartbeat!  Actually, I'll be returning in a month!

01/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
374. Sabrina K.
Staycation for Mary's Wedding!

Wow, what a beautiful hotel.  The lobby area, the dining areas, everything is new and clean.  Lots of space to lay out by the pool area.  We got a nice corner room with a balcony.

We ended up hanging out by the fire pits Saturday night.  It was super chill, and there is a bar right there.  There are actually lots of areas across the property you can just  lounge out at.

It's on the outskirts of the Gaslamp quarter, right next to the Convention Center.  It's still close enough to walk to places downtown.

Parking is Pricey.. so is everywhere downtown.  You can take a spin around the block and try to find street parking.

03/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
375. Erik T.
Awesome, awesome, awesome. Amazingly.... awesome. The hotel is gorgeous, staff is WONDERFUL. The pool is GREAT! Lots of lounge chairs, two hot tubs, lush palm trees. I had a full agenda of places to go, and ended up lounging by the pool, sipping frozen drinks and getting a dark california tan! Serene, and much needed.

The rooms are nice, we were place in the North tower. Supposedly the rooms are more dated than the south, but we had a balcony 3rd to the top floor overlooking the city and had views of the water.

Beds are comfortable, bathroom was standard. Would have liked an updated bathroom and TV. WiFi is at a PREMIUM, Parking is at a PREMIUM. I probably won't stay hear again for the fact the room price is steep and you're nickel and dimed.  Food selection was ok... but take the short walk to the gas lamp for better selections. Starbucks in the lobby closes around 5???

The hotel sits next to the convention center, you can park cheaper in there but no in and out service. Parking at the hotel is NOT included and is $32.00 A NIGHT! Ridiculous! This is not the hotels choice since they don't own the lots, but the WiFi and other charges are at their control. Would be a five without these issues. Plus, when you pay for a room they should tell you the difference between towers and give you a choice. This, from what we heard, didn't always happen.

All in All, if I had the money to not care about all the up charges, I'd hands down stay here again. The hotel doesn't seem to care about it's consumers value (like most). This is a RESORT hotel though... lots of Mercedes parked... but for a small price more there are two other hotels on the marina worth looking into.

26/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
376. Phil B.
We stayed at the North Tower facing the beach it was really nice to see the Marina from our view including the San Diego Bridge. The Pool was nice and the Gym is really big.

Cons: Paid parking for guests

29/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
377. Stephanie S.
Fav place to stay b/c I think the pool is the best looking among all hotels in the area.

03/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
378. Brian M.
Pros:
- Location.  50ft from the convention center, right on a long path that you can walk/jog along the waterfront, across the street/stupid railroad tracks from Gaslamp.
- Staff.  Super friendly and accommodating.
- Cleanliness.  Room, lobby, restaurants, etc. all great.
Cons
- Monday night and we want to drink outside and the close the outside bar, everywhere but I think one restaurant?  Place was packed and everyone was jammed into one place.
- Paying for room WiFi.  It's free down in the first floor, pool area but you have to pay in your room plus it's way slower there.  Come on.
- Parking was expensive.  Par for the course in this kind of place but parking ended up being as much as the rental car we left there.

Overall it's a well-run, very nice hotel if you're going to a conference next door.

18/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
379. Jennie D.
Alright, so my second family and I were out here for a kayaking trip and needed a place to stay.

This place makes me feel rich! The elegance of the hotel is impeccable. Not a spec of dust, not a sad face on the floor, and if you can believe this, they even have a Starbucks inside! Zounds! If heaven has heated pools and fire pits outside, then this is the place to be when the apocalypse hits.

Onto the rooms! The rooms are very comfortable. We stayed in the South Tower overlooking the bay and the pools. In order to use the pool you have to get a wristband from the front desk. They will provide towels for you down there as well. You can choose to lounge around the pool or by the fire pits where you can enjoy a delicious beverage (you do have to buy it though). VWith the beautiful San Diego weather, this can make for an enchanting experience.

So why didn't I give the hotel 5-stars? For 2 very important reasons. The beds are small. I know that seems a bit odd to say for a hotel of this caliber but the previous night, as we were venturing down to SD, we stayed at a shady place. And I mean shady! I was convinced drug deals had to have gone down at that hotel, but oddly enough, that sketchy hotel had a full size bed that was bigger than the full size bed  here.

The other reason, no vent/exhaust in the bathroom. Kudos for having your very own personal sauna, but for people who hate feeling like they are trapped in an Alabama swamp after showering, please crack open the door to let some steam out.

The Marriott is lovely and if you have the money to blow on a room for sleeping purposes only (because you will be out all night and will check out the next day), then by all means, you need to stay here. But for a family on a tight budget, this is just too expensive even for a non-weekend evenings.

14/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
380. Waikiki S.
I have stayed here 3x both solo and with my family with children.  It is great location.
Get the bay view during 4th of July to see all the firework shows.  $40 per night for parking is a bit high but overall hotel has great gym and pool and located next to the waterfront and a short walk to USS midway museum.

18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
381. Sandro C.
Wow, this place was impressive.  View was the best!  The customer experience was just top notch...from the moment you dive up to the time they wish you a safe trip and offer you a water bottle.  I've stayed in San Diego a few times, but this was, hands down, the most satisfying Hotel experience.

03/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
382. Kristyn M.
The food is amazing I really enjoyed staying at this hotel the drinks at the bar were great as well as there are many appetizers the pool was beautiful

25/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
383. Coyote B.
My friend and I stayed here during San Diego Comic Con for seven days.  They do jack up the prices during Comic Con, but we got the great price of $296 per night (not including taxes), but also had to pay an extra $30 per day for parking.

Staff was extremely helpful, cheerful, and friendly including the receptionists, valets, housekeepers, and concierge.  The housekeeper did a great job every day cleaning our room.  The concierge was extremely helpful in providing valuable advice on whether to drive or take a taxi when dining during Comic Con and printing out my friend's boarding pass.

The rooms are extremely modern with two phones in the bedroom and even a phone in the bathroom!  The lamp by the beds even had electric plugs on both sides to allow us to charge our smartphones.  Air conditioner was somewhat loud, when set on high, but automatic temperature setting kept the room comfortable without the extra noise.

The hotel room was definitely an oasis away from the chaotic Comic Con panels and exhibit floor.

The hotel store can provide anything that you forgot to pack and there is a UPS store inside the hotel to avoid the madness of sending a package from the convention center.

We ate breakfast at the Marina Kitchen Restaurant & Bar almost every day.  Breakfast buffet was expensive at $19.99 per person, when all you want is oatmeal.

Ate many great sandwiches at the Exchange, including roast beef, chicken with mozzarella and pesto, prosciutto, and vegan.

07/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
384. T S.
Just left the hotel. The food service was pretty bad. Let's break it down: I placed an order of short ribs from Exchange restaurant and it took them 20min to tell me they didn't have it anymore. I went downstairs and placed an order of chick pea stew with chicken. I went back to my room and realized there was no chicken. In the morning I ordered hummus with crackers. It was delivered to my room without crackers. Then I ordered grilled chicken sandwich from Marina kitchen, but they brought fried chicken. When the grilled chicken came it was dry and salty. Not to mention house cleaning woke us up every two hours. For me the only nice thing about the hotel was the view from the balcony.

21/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
385. David M.
Great location central to activities and business. Nice pool great food and amenities easy access to the bay and gaslamp with a grwat view to wither the harbor or downtown.

09/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
386. Onel V.
I saw this hotel when I visited San Diego for the 1st time 3 years ago. My ex-fiance & I stayed at a different hotel near LaJolla & he took me to Seaport Village. Of all the massive hotel buildings sprawled all over Downtown area, Marriott Marquis caught my attention & I said to myself, "One day, I'll stay in that shiny, massive, emerald structure," ......I spent 4th of July at the Marriott Marquis the following year & although we booked thru a 3rd-party site with a "Pay when you stay" policy & arriving almost midnight, our reserved room with bay view & balcony was given to another guest (the rate at that time was $279/night with breakfast buffet included). They gave us a City view room without a balcony. I was so disappointed :( But I was impressed with the way the front desk people handled our disappointment. A lady who was a guest relations director called our room the minute we got to it, apologized that the room we reserved was not available anymore & to make it up, they moved us to a bay view room & reduced our room rate to $230/night. My boyfriend and i didn't get a balcony but the view of the fireworks was as fantastic minus the noise from the flock of people who camped over at Seaport Village and at The Embarcadero.
Breakfast buffet.....Heaven!....servers are very friendly & efficient. It would've been embarassing had my boyfriend didn't have cash with him to tip.
The pool area was fun. It was huge! The Marina kitchen makes the best sandwiches & the bartenders at the bar area where I ordered our salads and sandwiches-to-go were even very thoughtful to offer me a drink for free while I wait for my order.
The only thing annoying with the hotel: too many people. The hotel lobby was bustling day in & out with tourists, business people or student participants at the nearby convention center. Other than that, everything about our stay in that hotel was incredibly fun!
I already booked my next hotel stay here for the 2014 4th of July & I made sure I booked directly to the hotel so they won't be giving away my room with bay view and balcony LOL.........I've been an avid Priceline bidder for my hotel stays but most of these stays were in view-less, or crappy rooms(except for that Residence Inn I stayed at in Des Moines, IA but I guess bec the hotel wasn't full)......
The present rate of the room i reserved at the Marriott Marquis for this coming 4th of July was pretty pricey at $404/night with breakfast buffet, but I believe that a good vacation experience is PRICELESS & memories shared with loved ones on these vacations are IRREPLACEABLE so I'm not a bit complaining LOL
I'm therefore looking forward to a much, much better stay with this hotel this time. I know I won't be disappointed :)

Marriott Marquis & Marina, get ready for us in July!!

27/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
387. Stefanie H.
I stayed here during Comic Con 2013 and I couldn't have been more pleased with the hotel. The room itself was about what you'd expect from this class of hotel, and the hotel was able to accommodate a request for an ocean view (including a balcony) at no extra charge. I'm not sure if that was just luck, though, as I've heard of people having to pay for that upgrade.  

The view from the room was gorgeous, and the hotel couldn't have been better located for the convention. The walk from the hotel to the convention only took about 5-10 minutes, depending on crowds. If you intend to spend a lot of time wandering the Gaslamp District, though, there are more convenient locations across the tracks.

My only real complaint was that the hotel wifi was not free (as it so rarely is in nicer hotels) and it totally sucked throughout the entire stay. It was virtually useless, which can most likely be attributed to the fact that the hotel was full of nerds and completely sold out. That made it kind of hard to get any work done (I work for myself online, so that was a major inconvenience).

There aren't many restaurants RIGHT by the hotel, but the main hotel restaurant was above average, as hotel restaurants go. They had a breakfast buffet with plenty of options, and their lunch and dinner menu included quite a few good options for both vegetarians and meat eaters. The dessert menu was a bit weak, though.

The best part of the stay was seeing Stan Lee in the restaurant on the last morning we were there. He almost tripped over a woman's suitcase (she had it sticking out into the path where everyone was walking). Luckily, he's an incredibly spry man for 90-something, and he didn't totally wipe out.

05/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
388. Joshua B.
Loved the hotel, we were on the 25th floor or something.  Awesome views of the harbor and downtown.  The worst part about this hotel is the train that goes by all the time, but being from LA I hear helicopters 100 times a day so whatever.

The pool was great, pool bar was great, I will stay at this hotel again.

03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
389. Sassy Craft S.
$30 a night for parking?! Complete rip off. Internet is not comp'd. At almost $200 a night you'd think it would be. I normally select the Marriott because of their consistency overall with cleanliness and comfort. I may need to rethink. Totally overrated.

05/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
390. Joy R.
Depends on what you like on how to rate this one. If you like big, loud crowds, long lines, packed elevators and a kind of a Vegas, cruise ship feel-this is for you. Big splashy pools, plenty of folks to get acquainted with.
If, like me, you came to get away from the crowds for R&R quiet time, this isn't it. The check in alone was 40+ people deep for hours on end. Rowdy. Seemed like all of LA headed in to SD! Padres vs Dodgers and the stadium is right by this hotel. There were lines at all times for our 2 day stay. Felt just like the LAX terminal. I recommend more check in employees or better training to move these folks into their rooms and let them started using their rooms that they pay $$$ for.
Parking is a nightmare. $40 per day Valet. $28 self park. Gougey. Husband chose the self park and disappeared into the parking lot abyss for 45 minutes! No slots, driving around and around, wound up frazzled.
WiFi is $19.95. Cellular is spotty. They should just give you the WIFI when you are paying $299 a night. Seriously. Feeling gouged here too.
Bay view balcony view was awesome in the North Tower. No bathtub but big shower. One small vanity area. Clean. Comfy bed. Great big splashy pool area.
Assigned a room right outside the elevator and I am thinking noisy! Made a call to switch and they sent me up a noise machine to deal with it. No rooms available unless I stood in line after 6 at check in a counter for cancellations. Nope-never. Enough time wasted standing in line here! Actually, the sound proofing is very good and the noise wasn't an issue.
Maid did a no show by 4:30pm. Front desk sent someone promptly when we called. That was good service.
All in all, depends on what you are looking for in the stay.

22/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
391. Chuck u. F.
My wife and I have stayed at the Marriot Marquis three times, all through a very popular hotel bidding website. The first stay was awesome 3 years ago and my wife and I were impressed with the room on the 3rd floor with the complimentary upgrade to a bay view with balcony overlooking the pool.

When we stayed a year ago we were given a room at the end of the building that was smaller but still had a bay and city view towards Petco Park. However, I cut my foot on a sharp shard of glass at the jacuzzi Sunday morning, which was the last day of our trip. My foot bled quite a bit all over the jacuzzi area and after asking an employee for bandages, he brought pool towels and notified security. I was told by security that they don't allow glassware in the pool area, but late night partiers will show up with bottles which can drop on the concrete, which i'm sure where the shard came from. The hotel should have employees checking and cleaning the area in the morning before they allow their customers to use it. Long story short, security brought bandages to our room and told me to call a number for the main office claims dept. I called and left a message with my name, phone number and explained what happened. I never received a response or call back.  

Now the most recent stay was why I gave this hotel only one star. The hotel now seems to put on a good front at trying to be upscale, but in reality, all they are interested in is the upsell. You pay more and get less. You can try complaining to hotel employees and management the whole time, or try to overlook the downfalls of this hotel. Either way, you most likely won't enjoy your stay.

The number one problem this most recent stay April 3rd and 4th, they wanted to charge forty dollars per night to upgrade from a city view room to a bay view room. I was hesitant, but my wife wanted the bay view so I agreed. I ended up paying for a small room at the end of the bldg that had a 4' wide supporting column going through the room next to the window. Also, my wife almost slipped and fell in the bathroom when water leaked out from under the shower door while I was showering the first night.

Next problem - pool area. It could be very beautiful area if kept up during high usage and if security enforces the rules. I went down to the pool for a relaxing swim and sunning in the afternoon. I found tables full of empty drink glasses stacked high. Hardly any servers came through the area and none of the tables had been bussed/cleaned while I was there. Also, kids were screaming and running around doing cannon balls into the adult pool causing a sea world shamu splash zone. I have nothing against well behaved children and responsible adults, but the parents could have had their kids play in the adjacent kids' pool. Security could have enforced the rules for the kids to play in their area so that everyone could enjoy, but I guess that is too much to ask of the Marriott. Some parents even had babies in diapers in the adult pool. Obviously I did not get in the pool for the above reasons and felt it impossible to relax in or enjoy my time at the pool. Security felt it was more important to check the quiet adults for wristbands at the jacuzzi in the mornings!!

My wife and I tried the tequila bar, which has very limited food selections. After sitting at a table next to other tables where people were being served food, we were passed up by servers several times without being asked if we wanted anything. They almost seemed to be ignoring us. I stopped one and asked if we could be served, but was told she would have to send our sever over to us. After waiting several more minutes, I finally went up to the bar to get menus and asked if they could send a server over. We waited again while all the time watching people around us being served food and drinks and being checked on to see if they needed anything else. I finally went up to the bar again to see if I could order food there. While I was waiting at the bar, I saw the server who had been ignoring us the whole time finally show up at our table. After ordering and spending fifty dollars on 6 street tacos, nachos and one drink, I felt this was not worth the money or time.

Marriott self parking is now mostly in the convention center parking lot. Marriot charges thirty dollars daily for the very crowded lot and very small spaces. Their hotel on premises parking area is always full since the construction on the north side of the hotel has eliminated parking there. The self parking now exits behind the convention center which you have to drive all the way around it to get back to the hotel.

In summary, Marriott needs better management and customer service at this hotel. Their human resources are not being properly distributed.

I felt thoroughly disappointed with the Marriott Marquis experience. I will not be staying there again for any price.

06/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
392. Hanna P.
We stayed here for NYE had a wonderful time!!

If you're self parking, good luck finding your way in because it took us a couple of loops around trying to figure out where we're supposed to enter. I guess the best way of getting in from the parking lot is to park in the inside lot and just walk up the hill and stairs to the lobby. Not the best and efficient structure from parking lot to hotel. Kinda dumb actually.

When we stepped inside the hotel, the lobby is pretty small so if you come during high times, expect to wait in line to check in. At the time, there were only 2 check in tables open and since it was NYE, took us some time waiting in line to check in to our room.

I really liked the layout of the hotel. They have two towers for rooms and right in the middle is the pool and couple of restaurants like Roys. The pool here is spectacular! Too bad it was winter and there's no way I'm swimming in that kind if weather but definitely a great hotel to stay during summer!

We got a room at the South Tower had a partial marina view. I will admit that the Marriott does have some of the best views in the SD area! If you get your room right, you will either have a beautiful view of the ocean or a beautiful view of the pool!

The room itself is ok. You can tell they remodeled their bathroom and so the layout of the shower is a little strange. It's also strange that theirs a towel rack inside the shower as well. Nothing too fancy, but nothing too sketchy.

Overall, this was a pretty good hotel to stay at. We got a great price for a room especially on New Years Eve so I can't complain. You really can't beat the location either. Just blocks away from Gaslamp. A-ok in my book!

12/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
393. Luc L.
My parents always stay here when they come down, great place on the harbor, AWESOME pool and it's such a nice walk along the harbor to Seaport Village.

01/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
394. Denise M.
Beautiful hotel!
Just a short pedicab ride away from the Amtrak station and from the Gaslamp District.
Awesome pool! Big, with tons of lounge chairs to sit out and soak in the sun.
Drinks from the pool bar were weak (take a flask folks!)

Loved the whole vibe of the hotel.  Room smelled fresh and clean the moment we walked in (big plus for me).  We asked for a Bay view but that was more $$ so opted for a partial bay partial city view.... go with this, best of both with beautiful views at night.

Check out the gym if you want to get in an indoors workout.  Biggest gym in a hotel i've seen. Plenty of cardio machines and enough weight machines and free weights to get a nice workout in.

My only complaint about the room was the pillows, not the best. Oh and the blow dryer.... time to upgrade these.
But still giving this a 5 stars & would want to return :)

22/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
395. Shanel S.
This review is solely based on their gym.
It is really nice and up to date. They have TV's on their treadmills and a great room for yoga, stretching, etc.
The only thing they need is some sort of organization to their weights and an attendant posted becaue there wasn't one at the time and it was only 6pm.

04/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
396. T K.
Marriott has done it again... Great hotel and stay. I checked in on Wednesday for a business stay leaving Saturday morning. The staff at check in was great, I used mobile check in and they had my and key ready. I skipped the line. The very nice and attractive female that gave me the run down of the hotel made me feel right at home.

I used the restaurant, gym and room service this stay. The restaurant had a lot of seemingly to me strange dishes. I guess I'm used to streak and potatoes and chick pea sandwich and arugula is not my first choice. I did have the cheese burger from the bar menu and it was awesome, sweet bacon and just plain good burger.

The room service was the same stuff you buy in the store down stairs. I got a salad and it was in a plastic box and had some brown lettuce in it. I won't be getting room service again as the food on that menu kind of stinks.

The gym is huge and awesome. Treadmills and cardio machines at least 30. Also weights and machines and a really friendly lady working the sign in sheet. Great gym one of the best I've seen at a Marriott.

I've stayed at the Omni across the street several times before. The food is extremely better there... But this Marriott beats it in every other comparison....  Almost forgot, the hospitality lounge is nice and has a great view.

18/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
397. Sebastian M.
I had a really great time there! We had a room in the 25th floor, it was awesome! Die Pool is great, too! The whole hotel is very beautiful and clean.

I visited the fitness room. It is full equipped with a lot of cardio machines, free weights and a separate room for classes or for you, if there is no class.

The only thing what a could complain about, is the missing complimentary wifi and breakfast.

08/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
398. Danny O.
Amazing, beautiful hotel with stunning views. The pool area was my favorite part- made me feel like I was on a tropical island. Located right next to downtown, making it easy to walk to shops, restaurants, and Petco park for a Padres game! Beds were very comfy as well! Highly recommended!

17/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
399. Teresa B.
Beware platinum members your upgrade gives you a panoramic view if you could open your curtains. The AC does is not strong enough to accommodate the sun and all the windows, the room is like a furnace and there's nothing anyone can do? I'm so disappointed in Marriott.

14/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
400. Hendrikje M.
Great hotel, fantastic location next to convention center. The lounge area around the pool is super relaxing, the staff is very helpful and friendly. Enjoyed the restaurants, pool, jacuzzi and gym. Also a Starbucks that opens at 5 am, great for jetlagged travellers. I would definitely stay here again.
The only negative is paying for the WiFi in your room, with these prices I would expect that to be included. But overall great hotel!!

25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
401. Janice R.
perfect for spontaneous decisions

I made a last min decision to come to SD for a long deserved day of relaxation, the Marriot Marquis gave a really good room upgrade facing DT and even though I wanted a marina view, I was not disappointed looking in to DTSD when we arrived to our room. 100s of options for food within walking distance from the hotel, walk/bike way for activity, there wasn't that sticky fishy smell trailing around being really close to the ocean. The room was made for every need, the selfie-mirror n good lighting, panaoric views, sports tv for the man, outlets in convenient locAtions of the room for every charger, and an activity guide. I highly recommend

26/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
402. Leon R.
This hotel has the potential to be a great place again but it has deteriorated a significant amount in the past 15 years. The location is great but expensive for the condition of the rooms and the service.

26/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
403. Tiffiny H.
1.Walking distance to the Gaslamp Quarter.
2. Comfy beds.
3. Nice views of harbor/Coronado from your room window.
4. Beautiful pool area.
5. Clean and quiet.

If I was not able to get a discount for a room, I probably would never have been able to experience this hotel. I only stayed for one night, but I had a great night of sleep and was very pleased with the cleanliness. I love that you can literally walk out of the door, and cross the street and you are in the Gaslamp Quarter. Check it out!

09/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
404. Anna W.
I love Marriott Hotels and this is one of the best Marriott hotel I've been. And our room have a balcony with a great Bay View & the View of Coronado island. Since this is located right next to the Convention Center San Diego, it's really accessible every where. A lot of restaurants just walking distance. The poolside is fantastic. When we went last summer, they have outdoor movies for kids which our little ones really enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for a wonderful accommodation!!! *thumbs up*

30/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
405. Timothy L.
I'm a local SD resident so the only reason I stayed here was because my friend on business had a room that his company paid for so why not?

The hotel itself is waterfront with beautiful views of San DIego bay, Coronado, and the Coronado bridge. My room had a balcony so it was very nice to just stand outside and admire the beauty of SD. If you want to get to the gaslamp its a bit of a walk, maybe 10 blocks? Walking there was a bit far but after one too many drinks the walk back to the hotel didn't seem as bad. Being drunk helped.  Our room was nice, with 2 beds. The beds were smaller than beds I am used to in hotels but it was pretty damn comfy.

My only gripe is the lack of parking. I drove around forever thinking there was a structure but I couldn't find any so I had to valet ended up being $42 bucks for overnight parking...this isn't the only hotel downtown that charges this much for parking so can't really do much about it.

13/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
406. Mike B.
Stayed here for a week and had no issues.  The rooms were clean and nice even quite in the rooms.  Some hotels seem to have paper thin walls, this one was nice.  They have lots of places to eat right at the hotel and nice pools.  The location is great and would be a great place to stay if you are in town.

09/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
407. Christina M.
I've stayed here many times and love this hotel. The location is great, right on the water and only a couple blocks to the gaslamp district. There is a Starbucks inside and Roy's seafood adjacent (one of my fav). The service all around was fantastic. I called for extra pillows and towels and the guy came right up and was very friendly. The valet was a bit of a nightmare... Especially for $50 a day. One day we waited over 30 mins for the car, even though I called down 15 mins before from our room. The pool area here is fantastic.. Many chairs avail and pool service. I'll be back here I am certain!

24/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
408. Jamie M.
This place is horrific. Husband and I went there to celebrate his birthday and it was a complete nightmare from the food to the service to the housekeeping. Will never stay here again.

29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
409. Steve E.
The San Diego Marriott Marquis is one of the nicest Marriott's that I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. The hotel is comprised of two towers, about 25 stories a piece, with a dramatic high-ceiling and a bright and airy lobby connecting the towers.

As I checked in I was informed that the Marriott had recently undergone a major overhaul, and re-opened as one of their Marquis properties right on the San Diego waterfront. They offered me a room on an upper floor overlooking downtown San Diego, right next to the San Diego Convention Center, and looking at Petco Park baseball stadium, and the Gaslamp quarter with all of it's restaurants and clubs in walking distance.

I also had a key to the Concierge Suite on the 25th floor which provided a spectacular view of the San Diego Harbor and the military base on Coronado. The Concierge Suite provides free breakfast and cocktail hour reception for the Marriott Elite travelers.

My room featured a king bed with all of the traditional Marriott amenities, as well as a small balcony with two chairs. It was nice to be able to sit on the balcony in the morning and enjoy the lovely weather while sipping a cup of tea and watching the city come to life.

Behind the Marriott sits a gorgeous outdoor pool in a tropical setting, with their fitness club, and a branch of Roy's Hawaiian fusion restaurant. Turns out that they also have a poolside bar named Tequila which was the perfect setting after a long day of meetings.

I like the location of this hotel, and was especially impressed with the elegance of the facility. New restaurants are being built which will also be in walking distance of the Marriott Marquis.

03/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
410. Sean T.
Excellent hotel to "get away from it all." The resort features beautiful views of the bay.

If you want to save some $$$ on parking, park on the street in front of the hotel (check the street signs). We parked here on the weekend and saved $20-40 on the valet and/or self parking.

The hotel is only a $10-15 Uber ride from the downtown Gaslamp area.

Resort offers bike rentals to explore Coronado (go early to get one, as they are popular on the weekends).

Hotel rooms are showing some signs of wear, which is why it receives a 4 star instead of 5.

03/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
411. Genevieve A.
Can I live here? I stayed here with a group of girlfriends in March  for Heather S.'s birthday weekend and had a blast. Service is top notch at this hotel. We received a complimentary birthday upgrade to a bay view with balcony room and were right above the resort like pool area. We requested bath robes at the front desk and they were delivered almost immediately.

The rooms were clean and spacious. The general demographic mostly consisted of business people who were attending the convention center and tourist families.

Not only is the view from the hotel fantastic, the location was within walking distance to anything we needed.

Whether you're here on vacation or a staycation, definitely walk the Embarcadero and if you're looking for a good cardio workout head next door and run the convention center stairs.

Living here all my life, I tend to forget how lucky I am to live here. Staying here, reminded me how much I took San Diego for granted.

28/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
412. Christine Q.
Stayed here overnight during a spontaneous trip to San Diego and I had a really excellent experience. Our room had two king beds and a really nice bathroom with a generously-sized bath. Other amenities included the usual coffeemaker and flat screen HDTV with cable. BIG & only con was that you had to pay for wi-fi (I've seen motels/hotels that would be considered "eh..." offer free wi-fi!). We had a view of the marina and boat docks below. What I really liked most about the hotel was how short of a distance it was to the Gaslamp Quarter - we spent most of our time there anyway.

Parking lot was not great - we took advice from some guy (thinking about it now, I'm really not sure if he was an employee....) and parked in the marina lot which seemed alright. Only thing was, there was a huge dead rat right near the back entrance to the hotel.....(due to a traumatic childhood experience, I'm deathly terrified of rodents) and I had to hold in my breath, close my eyes, and try hard not to freak out while passing by, even if it was dead...it was like an episode of "My Extreme Animal Phobia". From the time we checked in to the time we checked out & packed our stuff in the car, it remained in the same place....blegh.

Overall, I would stay here again, especially because I had so much fun in the Gaslamp Quarter - I would love to stay for at least a couple of nights especially at the price of how much our room was.

17/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
413. Kiki K.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

I was blown away all weekend by this hotel! It's basically a gorgeous resort that will make you feel like you're in Hawaii. The staff was so friendly and I was really feeling the 5 star treatment. The pool area was so much fun to hangout in. There's lots of comfy seating with fire pits and a really cool bar to serve you.

The on site Hertz rental service ended up being a huge bonus for us. We were able to return our rental car in the lobby directly and they provided a taxi ride to the airport for us. We were able to avoid the hectic Hertz location near the airport and having to be shuttled by them. Actually, all of the services in the lobby area were incredibly helpful. And everyone was so FRIENDLY! :)

Some helpful tips:
Self parking = $28/ day
Valet Parking = $40/ day
Wifi in Lobby = free for 1 day
Wifi in Rooms = $13/ day

I'm a very happy customer and hope this hotel is offered on Priceline's Express Deals again. :)

23/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
414. Nik E.
This hotel was pretty great and I will most definitely be booking more stays when I'm in SD. The lady at the front desk was extremely helpful and accommodating searching for the best room available which ended up being a half city half bay view and I loved it. The room was big, clean, and had an amazing view. The pool looked great as well. I didn't get a chance to enjoy that or the jacuzzi, but I will with my future stays.

Very much prime location to stay because it's right downtown on the marina within 10-15 minutes of everything. From San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Old Town SD. Everything!!  
Bravo Marriott

04/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
415. Shannon R.
My husband and I recently traveled to San Diego for our wedding, welcoming 115 family and friends from all over the country. We hosted a cocktail reception at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina and our guests enjoyed the pool, great dining and activities over a fantastic long weekend.

The entire staff at the Marriott Marquis were kind, courteous, professional and attentive to us and our guests throughout our entire stay. We simply can't say enough about the exceptional level of service we received from everyone at the hotel -- from Alisha, Christine and Blanca on the Event and Catering teams, Keren, Joey and Kyle poolside at the Tequila Bar & Grille, Tina and Paula in Concierge, to Christianne at the Front Desk, Mike and Davey at the Bell Desk and Andrea at Starbucks. Though we've just returned from our trip, we're already looking for an excuse to return to the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina!

03/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
416. J0 D.
My stayed here was for 3 days on Marriott reward points.  I used an extra 15000 points for a bay/balcony room upgrade.  I thought because it was a free stay my room would be just average.  The room and view were fantastic.  Great job Marriott.

20/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
417. Kong N.
I'm really impress with the staff here in the lobby and dining . they all did the 10'  greeting rule and was very attentive.  Valet is a little over price for still dining here. but i guess it helps with the fund to their new construction project.  great view and clean location.

23/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
418. Rachel W.
The pool is relaxing and gorgeous!!! Definitely my favorite part about my stay here, which has been twice!! Drinks served poolside and sunshine = amazing!!!

16/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
419. Kara B.
This hotel was phenomenal. After we won it on priceline for less than $90/night, I was thinking it may be a massive hotel trying to just fill rooms. I was totally wrong. From the moment we walked in the door the staff members were so friendly and everyone was available to help with any needs. The hotel itself is beautiful and I swear just has this good smell to it. My husband had to go to the office for two days and I absolutely loved laying out at the pool which is huge, spacious, and beautiful.

I ate at the Marina Kitchen bar for lunch and had a great salad. Somewhat pricey but actually REALLY good food. Tequila Kitchen (pool bar) has daily happy hours for margarita and food deals. Starbucks in the lobby. What more could you ask for?!

They have an iPhone app that you can download and request things before you show up on your check in day. I requested a king bed and they gave it to us. I also requested a robe and they brought it right up when we got there! Perfect location in the Gaslamp to be right in the action without being RIGHT IN THE ACTION. It's a 5-10 minute walk to the heart of the Gaslamp,and after the craziness you can go right back to your quiet bay-area hotel. The rooms are huge, and the showers are the size of some hotel rooms.

This hotel was top notch, definitely exceeded my expectations, and I will definitely be staying here again.

22/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
420. P Luly W.
My husband & I used to live in San Diego.  But we currently hopscotch everywhere for work.  We still own a house in SD.  But we've rented it out to a lovely family.  

So when the opportunity came up for me to attend a conference in SD, I of course jumped on it.  Unfortunately, I can't stay in my own house.  But having to hole up at the Marriott Marquis & Marina isn't too bad.  No one had to twist my arm ;)

What do I like about this place?  Oh let's see....
-breathtaking views
-proximity to conference at the Convention Center
-amazing customer service, concierge,
-UPS, Hertz, Starbucks, awarding winning restaurants - all available on site
-within walking distance to Historical Gaslamp District, Seaport Village, Midway Museum, Petco Park, & so much more!!!!

No cons.  All pros here.  Wish I could just move in!

10/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
421. So. C.
Amazing hotel!  Beautiful views of San Diego bay off our 10th story north tower king suite balcony.   Breakfast at marina kitchen in south tower was great.  We did the buffet breakfast.   Took advantage of renting bikes too today which was great fun and last night took the Hornblower sunset dinner and dance cruise.   Highly recommend!

28/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
422. Jessica K.
I've stayed here numerous times when traveling to San Diego ans it's one of my favorite Marriott properties. It's near the water so I suggest the bay view. I agree with some of the other reviews on the city side. The train goes all night and it can be heard from the rooms. I've learned my lesson and always stay on the bay side now.

The hotel somewhat reminds me of vegas in terms of buziness, size, check-in line and general layout. The pool area is one to take notice. Its large with plenty of places to sit and have privacy. There is a nice tiki bar near the pool as well. I've always had good service from this Marriott.

Yes it's pricey but you get what you pay for.

16/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
423. Jayne M.
I do makeup all over this city.
I loooooove this hotel and really enjoy working here.
The guests always have positive things to say about the stay too.
The views are amazing and the valet crew are top notch.

02/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
424. Xandrea G.
The view and location are amazing ! Inside the hotel many places to grab a quick bite or  a nice restaurant to eat. The staff is amazing ready to help at anytime. A few not so fun issues we checked in our tub was dirty : (, we called for extra towels and some of those were dirty. Last but not least the parking is horrific at best. The parking is $30 a day or $45 for Valet for those prices I expect a easy to access parking spot. Sadly too many negatives to give this hotel 5 stars.

09/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
425. Taylor F.
My girlfriend and I recently decided to take a trip down to SD. We decided to stay somewhere pretty nice but not over priced. We got a GREAT deal on expedia with a 2-week non-refundable advanced purchase. Definitely worth it. Hotel was great, clean, and awesome views. Had great outdoor area with pools and fire pits and a tequila bar which closed rather early.. The Marina Kitchen (restaurant inside hotel) was just O.K. Food was priced high for the portions and quality. I would have rather tried Roy's 4 star restaurant near the pool area. Lastly, Valet Parking- No place else to park so yes you are going to have to pay if you stay. I don't know if 100$ was worth parking for 2 nights but we did anyway. Overall we had a great stay. We will go back again one day.

08/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
426. Patrick D.
This is one of the nicest hotels downtown in San Diego, right along the marina and is near the boardwalk and just a short walk from nightlife. The hotel itself is very nice, the staff was for the most part very nice. The pool facilities are amazing, it really looks like a pool that'd you'd find at a Las Vegas hotel! The room we had in the north tower (north tower is the way to go!) had a balcony with an awesome view of downtown San Diego and the waterfront.

The only annoyance is that there is no free wifi in guest rooms. Apparently Marriott feels the need to charge $16 per day. On top of a $300 a night guest room that's pretty ridiculous.

Having said that you're about a 10 minute walk from the nightlife, which is awesome. The airport is about 20 minutes, and costs about $25 in a cab.

24/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
427. Alex G.
I was really hoping for a great place to call homebase while we explored downtown San Diego and the Marina.  We had a booked a somewhat expensive balcony room with a view of the marina with a king size bed for a romantic valentines day getaway.  We arrived and they let us know that they only had double beds with marina balcony views.  We checked out the room and it wasn't facing the marina, instead you had to lean over the balcony and look out past the next room, we were instead facing a dirt lot with lots of construction going on.  During the day, it was non-stop jack-hammering, even on the weekend, and made for a rather agitating stay.  

The room itself was decent and bed was ok, but not what I would expect for a +$340 a night hotel.  We've stayed in numerous places in downtown SD and would not recommend staying here.  The pool and restaurants were pretty cheesy and the overall vibe of the place was pretty disappointing.  I know it's just a marriot, but I was hoping being on the Marina would make it more interesting.  I was wrong.

In the end, the staff were pretty indifferent about their mistakes and didn't seem to take much pride in their work or have an interest in recommending things or helping us.  I knew parking would cost some money and was $30/night but it still was really far away from our room. The whole experience was definitely a waste of money and bummer of a hotel.

09/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
428. A J.
The hotel offers the typical amenities that would be expected from a large Marriott.  The rooms are clean and satisfactory for the price.  The location is conveniently located near downtown and the convention center.

The reason for the low rating is the service was consistently poor.  Examples: Front desk clerk has no ability to assist customers with simple specialized requests.  Valet consistently disorganized and refers to customers as "bro" or "hey man". In room dining requires you to pick up your own food during late night hours and only offers 1 payment option during all hours.  There are other examples as well.

I assume the lack of care for the experience of the customer is due to the volume the hotel accommodates.  Since the numbers are so high and they consistently pump customers through there is no need to focus energy into the customers experience.  Basic level indoctrination and reinforcement of the companies values would be a simple solution.

I will not stay here again if given the choice.

11/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
429. Brian H.
Stayed at this hotel this past weekend. This place was amazing! A nice lady at the front desk named Kathy helped us out and was very accommodating. She was extremely nice and happily answered any questions we had for her. There is a cool pool area with a pool bar that you can hang out at if you don't feel like leaving the hotel. There's also a bar that closes at 1am inside of the south tower of the hotel. There's a Roy's that I believe is part of the hotel as well. Definitely one of the nicer hotels I've been to in downtown.

The only reason why I'm not giving this place 5 stars is because the valet can be a bit unorganized and the drivers can be pretty unprofessional at times. They seemed to not have a very good system while I was there. When they pulled my car up, I had to wait about 10 minutes to finally be able to pull out of the valet area since there were cars parked everywhere. There were valet people standing around talking amongst each other while people were trying to get their cars out of there.

16/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
430. Carmen V.
The more I visit the Marriott Marquis & Marina for different events and reasons, the more I like everything, especially the service, the atmosphere, the pools...and the music they offer every Friday and Saturday. Part of my birthday night was spent listening to Joe Guevara's band, from jazz to blues to classic rock at the Marina's Kitchen lounge while having again awesome food with great service.

21/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
431. Stephanie G.
Service was excellent, room was clean and spacious with a nice view of the marina, the pool is beautiful with relaxing fountains. The highlight was lunch at the Marina Kitchen. So good!

12/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
432. E.R. P.
Stayed here again for another conference.  The fitness center is excellent.  Great selection of equipment in good condition. I was able to get a great leg workout in.  On the downside, their pool area is open to the public.  Not really but since there is no monitoring or security, there were literally bums sleeping in the cabanas and people disregarding posted signs and rules.  Teens in the 21+ section, mothers bringing boys too old into the ladies restroom and shower.  Frankly, the pool feels like a public pool rather than a hotel guest amenity.

02/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
433. Don S.
Definitely ask for a Marina view unless you're on the 15th floor or above.  The trolley goes right in front of the city-side rooms and clangs and dings making these rooms noisy.

This hotel gets a 4 star for location and setting.  Really beautiful grounds.  However, check-in and staff assistance were not so great for me.

09/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
434. Ashley K.
Had an amazing stay here and the front desk, bell stand, kitchen staff and pretty much anyone we encountered were all so friendly and helpful.

We had an amazing room with a view and our friends were staying in the hospitality suite which was huge and modernly equipped. There are several Marriotts in the downtown area of San Diego and I have stayed at all of them. This is definitely in my top two, second only to the Gaslamp Marriott.

Definitely stay in the South Tower (best views). We ordered room service for a quick dinner and the burgers were insanely good for hotel food and reasonably priced.

I will for sure stay here again and recommend to others.

09/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
435. david p.
This by far is the nicest Marriott I have stayed at. Modern outside and very cozy rooms inside with amazing views of the marina.
Self parking  at 30.00 per night and valet at 45.00 is a little steep and 1 star off for that.
Highly recommend if you should find yourself in San Diego

18/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
436. Sherwy X.
PROS
+ Proximity to convention, airport, mall, etc
+ Shower head
+ Massive square footage great for conferences
+ Oceanfront

CONS
- Wi-Fi is not free in the rooms
- Parking is expensive ($30)
- Room doors slams shut
- Noisy dumpster in the middle of the night
- Housekeeping vacuums hallway early in the morning

MY TIPS
* Check out the pool area with fire pits
* Starbucks on-site
* Use Uber, not a taxi (free promo code: mp04d)

06/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
437. Eric And Jennifer R.
It's a beautiful hotel in a great location. Tons of things to do within walking distance.  Great pool, fitness center and rooms.  I had the room with the million dollar view of the bay.  I had a great night sleep!  I can't sleep this well at home!  Wish I had more time here.  Next time I'm bringing my swimsuit and husband.

15/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
438. Nikki R.
International MOMS Club hosted their annual Founder's Day Luncheon this past weekend (3/7/15) here and all I can say is that they were absolutely fantastic.

The entire process from start to finish was smooth. Kelly Carter in Events was a pleasure to works with. Annette Alvarado in Housing took care of our all requests flawlessly. Wayne Honey and his team did a great job making sure everything ran without a hitch the day of the event. Even our Red Coat Team member Quinn was a Pro.

This was by far, one of the best hotels I have worked with in a long time. We will be coming back.

09/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
439. Raymond L.
Yelp 2014 Challenge #96/100

There are two reasons why this hotel is a 4 star and a 5 star.
#1
Self parking is not guaranteed.
There are three lots for self parking, one is covered. The other two are outdoors (where we parked, we were right next to the boardwalk)- you could literally walk to it from the parking spot. That could house probably 30-40 cars. In total, probably about 125-150 cars could do self parking. That is expensive in itself and does not have in/out privileges unless you are a hotel guest. But wait! If you are an AAA member (if not GO GO GO!), you get parking included in a package (depends on how many days you stay) -it turns out to save you some. It is I believe $28 for parking for a day and $40 for valet parking. Can't find parking? You only have to pay the difference if you buy it as a package.

#2
You have to pay for wifi D: It is only free if you are on the main lobby. I don't like this. Since many people are actually here for business and actually NEED the wifi, they shouldn't have to be charged even MORE for that. But oh well.

There are two towers and the main lobby which connects both towers. The North Tower is where we stayed and you could see Hotel Coranado and the bridge as well. You could see the pool as well. The South Tower includes the Starbucks *wink wink*

In the room, you walked in and then to the left was the bathroom and bedroom. The soaps and lotions? ALL AROMATHERAPY! Amazing. YOu can relax so much. And even better, call front desk for a robe and turn on some Enya music and you can just melt all your troubles away. Moving on, they include a refrigerator for you (some units may not include this) and they have a balcony as well.

To the pool- it is always packed during pool hours. They have a pretty big pool and so many people tanning or swimming in there. For the gym (which I frequented), they have machines with PERSONAL TVs in there and you can get your towel AND headphones as well. AND A TIP THAT I DIDN'T SEE: THEY PROVIDE FREE ICED WATER. It's right next to the racks, just gotta turn the corner. If you're a cardio person, you'll miss it (like I did). THey have classes daily and you can do spin classes, etc.

This is RIGHT next to the SD Convention Center, so I would guess a lot of people from Comic Con would stay here. It is also an easy walk to the Gaslamp District and an easier walk to Seaport Village and the USS Midway.
The two days that we stayed, we took the car out once- for Phil's BBQ and the SD Zoo.( those are not walkable distances). This is a great location- walk everywhere and carry a big stick!

Fancy schmancy, stay here if you can! There is a very nice Hyatt right next door as well.

20/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
440. Melissa C.
I was here this morning for a work conference.  The location is great it's convenient to downtown, gas-lamp, petco park, and the marina.   The views are spectacular from the marina side, you can see all the boats on the bay, the Coronado bridge, and the island.    I love living in San Diego!  The event was catered in the morning for breakfast and lunch, both were very fresh and tasty!  It was surprising that the food was good since they were serving such a large group of people.  They had halibut, grilled veggies, chicken curry, salad, and fingerling potatoes.   The ballroom was spacious, clean, and sound was good.  

My work likes it so much we have negotiated several future events at this location.

03/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
441. Eric H.
Seriously, the only good reason to come here is if your meeting is held here or at the convention center. Or you like crowds and noise and feel like it's action packed and you like being overcharged.

And management is trying out all kinds of strange things that to me diminish the guest experience for the business traveller. Like ordering room service from the "Exchange", which can be picked up in the lobby too, saving the delivery fee. If you were to look at all the prepackaged stuff on display that is the menu, you would never order it.   The stuff at the airport looks better and is cheaper.

Next it offers by far the worst spreads I have ever encountered on the Concierge lounge.  And no bottled water available, which is one of the few items I go there to find. You have to go to the front desk to get some. Really?  

It just comes off cheap, though they say it is a green initiative, like getting room service delivered in the same paper bag you can pick it up in from the exchange rather than on a tray.

For me the Gaslamp Marriott is a much nicer experience.

15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
442. Jennifer A.
Stayed here for a company convention and this property is GORGEOUS! You would not believe that it is located downtown! View was great/ Service awesome/ Every meal catered was really good/ Bar was an open great area to relax in after a long day..Unfortunately meetings were an all day and night thing, so didn't really get to enjoy the pool and the gym. The one thing I wasn't too happy about was the rail road tracks rang pretty much ALL day and ALL night long..Ding Ding Ding..
Nonetheless, if you are in SD, you must come and stay here!

29/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
443. Henry F.
This is a great hotel. My kids often call it there home away from home. Location is great. Staff is always friendly. Pool bar food and drinks are excellent. However, a bit pricey. The only con to the location is the Consear lounge. Food and service is less than exciting.

26/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
444. Brittney F.
The hotel itself is beautiful! I love the location and easy access to everything. Easy ferry ride to Coronado island, gas lamp, etc. I'd say it can get pretty pricey, but for the convenience it could be worth it. I don't know what it is, but I just felt like the little touches were cheap and a little disappointing. Lack of pillows, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lock on sliding glass door. It just seemed like such a nice property would have nice touches. The bathroom was average.

21/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
445. Erwin V.
The staff really tried, but the hotel as a whole didn't get it right.

Sigh
Where do i start?

I expected full kitchen room service,  but was surprised to find an incredibly limited food offering.

Here's my short list of what went wrong:
-Tv had to be swapped twice
-Air conditioner didn't work at 4.30am
-Moved to another room
-Was promised a comp night but bill didn't reflect it
-was promised 3 free movies but we were charged for them

The front desk sorted the bill adjustments, but i would have expected it to be taken care of before I checked out.

Nice staff.. just too many issues. I do not recommend this place even if you have marriot points..save them for a different hotel.

The Giant of Ecuador

22/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
446. Akiko I.
- Locale Destination -
It's on W Harbor Dr and Front St in San Diego.

It's conveniently located - if you were here for convention or chilling at the Gaslamp, this place is good. The Gaslamp offers lots of restaurants and cool gastropubs that offer  lots of good craft beers!

The building definitely looks cool and interesting from outside. Inside is just a clean hotel. Not something super cool about it. Marriott offers decent hotels even lower class ones - Courtyard, Fairfield etc. But their "better" ones like Marriott are just ok in general (domestically - they seem to spend more $$$$ abroad) despite of the pricing.

The "bay view" here is kinda mixed feeling. It's like looking at Marina del Ray on harbor side (lots of boats), not beach side. I guess it could be good for some, I felt it was just ok.

Service: Decent

Parking: Parking in SD - especially in this area is pain in the ass. It's not cheap but you get it here. I believe one day is around $20.


- Gluttony Expedition -
Room: clean and modern side decor. The bed was comfy.

Concierge lounge: it's kinda big and plain. I don't drink much but my friends do. They definitely took advantage of it pretty well.

- Conqueror's Deduction -
I used to fix their hotel room inventory database problems long time ago when I worked for Marriott. So I saw Marriott hotels included this one in totally different points of view from you. This hotel was considered as a higher end hotel, which was true in a sense. But I think it was just ok hotel - just location - walking to the Gaslamp and being able to drink beers without worrying about driving is the big plus.

I spend more money on food and drinks than anything else when I travel. Hotel to me is just the place to sleep and take a shower. I'm totally fine so long as it's clean. This hotel isn't cheap but I prefer the one where you cross the bridge... They got a super comfy deep bath tub :p

12/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
447. Pete D.
I really enjoyed my stay at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina! It's probably one of the nicer places I've stayed!. I hope to get back here someday, maybe for a vacation! The pool area was very clean as were the rooms and amenities I used. I highly recommend it!

19/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
448. Emily M.
We came here on a long awaiting vacation with high expectations. It's a beautiful hotel with lots to offer. Unfortunately I was unimpressed with the hotel staff. The front desk was very rude on more than one occasion. The bell boys were the only friendly people on staff.
This hotel caters to mostly traveling business patrons. Men and women in suits fill the lobby and bar throughout the day. I brought my family here on spring break to visit the great things San Diego had to offer and I felt unwelcome. I'm not sure we will visit the hotel again. I gave it 3stars because it's a really nice hotel. But people make the place and the staff have 2 thumbs down from this family

13/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
449. Brad K.
One of the better hotels I've ever stayed in.  

The service was fantastic from the front desk to the bar.  The views are spectacular.  The hotel itself is huge and has every amenity you could possibly want.  

The beds are comfy, the showers were perfect, the rooms were clean.

Only reason for 4 stars is that the temperature control in the room didn't seem to be entirely accurate or wouldn't kick in the A/C right away when you changed the temperature.  Also parking was very expensive but they told me about a secret area I could park for cheaper which was nice.

15/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
450. David K.
Great hotel! We also got a great deal with their price matching. When we arrived we did self parking ($30) which is a bit out of the way but you get to walk through the large hotel area.  The pool area is nice, but too bad we didnt get to really enjoy it as we only stayed a night.  The front desk was friendly and they even gave us a marina view, since it was my birthday.  The room was clean and spacious with small balcony.  The bed was comfy as well :) The gas lamp was walking distance and I would totally stay again.

22/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
451. Morgan H.
I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel and would stay here again. But you're definitely paying a high price. The reason I chose this hotel for my one-night getaway in SD was because I wanted something walking distance to the bars and restaurants in the Gaslamp, but also with a large pool for laying out and relaxing during the day. This one fit my requirements perfectly! But it ran me close to $300 even though I booked a month and a half in advance. It is also literally next to the Convention Center, so super convenient if you are going there. Petco Park is walking distance and there were a lot of people staying at the hotel who were attending the baseball game.

As you can tell by the name, this hotel is on the marina. There are 2 towers, and your view will either be of the marina, downtown, or partial both. I was in the north tower on the 22nd floor and could see both partially. I loved the view because I am really into cityscapes. This hotel is huge! Expect a somewhat long walk from the parking lot, to the lobby, to your room, to the pool. Parking was extremely hard to find in their 2 parking lots late on a Saturday afternoon. It took me about 15 minutes, and both lots. Tip: try the lot on the right first, as it is bigger. Parking is $28/day which really is a lot when you're already paying a hefty price for the room.

The room I booked had 2 queen beds. It was spacious, and the beds were comfortable. I enjoyed being able to go out on the balcony. Each room comes with a fridge; always a perk! The bathroom was nothing special. It consisted of a shower and toilet inside a door, and a sink outside the door. Everything was clean. Wifi is not included. I thought this was 2014?! Why do we still have to pay extra? Good thing we can always rely on our phones, so it wasn't a big deal. Plus we were barely in the room.

At check-in you receive wristbands for the pool. My friends and I didn't want wristband tans (haha) so we didn't wear them and no one cared. You check out towels by writing your room number on a chart. The first day we had no issues. The second day, the girl had an attitude with us and looked up our room number on the computer. There are many lounge chairs by the pool, and depending on the day it might still be hard to find a spot. The pool was clean, and not too cold. It was perfect for a break from the hot sun. Options include a kids pool, adult pool, 21+ jacuzzi, and regular jacuzzi. You have the option of placing food and drink orders from the waitresses walking around, or walking up to the bar called Tequilas. We walked up to the bar and I ordered a Rumchata. It tasted like a Pina Colada mixed with Horchata and it was so delicious and refreshing.

If you are sensitive to sounds this might not be the place for you. We could clearly hear the dinging of the tracks for the trolley almost constantly but it did not bother us. This hotel is perfect for being a little out of the way of the hustle and bustle of downtown but still close enough to walk there.

24/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
452. Dan R.
Wonderful place to stay! Starting from when you drive up to the front the staff is friendly and fast. Not only did they do the things they are suppose too (park the car grab the bags) I had flowers waiting for me and they did a great presentation in giving them to me.

Check in is fast they are attentive and again friendly.

Rooms are large clean and up to date.

The views are beautiful with both sunrise and sunset being fantastic.

Good food choices as well.

I like staying here when I am in San Diego!

17/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
453. Allyn H.
First, I'll list the good things.  The staff was friendly, the hotel is very nice and in a great location.  Now, this is the reason I'm taking time to write a review.  This hotel lacks any amenities that come with Marriott and/or being a platinum member.

I only went to breakfast in the concierge lounge on two out of my 10 days.  The first day was a total turn off.  It was just like a free breakfast at the Fairfield Inn and no where near as good as an Embassy Suites.  The lounge was almost packed to capacity and children were running around everywhere.  The food:  meh.  So, if you don't have access to the lounge, you aren't missing anything.  Although, the view is great.  

There was some sort of Dr convention in town, during my stay.  The hotel was so crowded, you could barely move around.  There were people everywhere and the elevators took a while, in some instances.  

I was forced to have a rental car to park at this hotel, because of my work.  You'd think for $30/day for parking, you'd get a nice, large, luxurious parking space.  The parking situation was the worst I've ever seen.  I was working nights, so I'd get in late.  I'd have to drive around to find a very small space and have to cram into it with the help of one of my co-workers ground guiding me.  YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE TO PARK HERE.  When I complained to one of the girls at the front desk about the parking, she said she understood my frustration.  As I walked away, I turned around and caught her laughing with one of the other girls.  They could care less.

If you plan to eat or drink at this hotel, bring a credit card with a high limit.  The food and drinks are way over-priced, along with everything in the Gaslamp District.

When you sign up for the "free" internet, it says that high speed is free, if you are a gold or platinum member.  Of course, when my bill arrived, I had to call downstairs to get it corrected.  

I would highly recommend finding any other hotel, if you are forced to stay in this area.

19/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
454. N. L.
Beautiful Hotel! Great Experience! All staff were very professional and helpful with everything we needed. Clean and nice rooms. Beautiful Ocean Views! Wonderful walk on the Boardwalk! Our boys loved it and didn't want to leave. Will definitely be back! Love San Diego!

15/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
455. Torsten N.
Amazing hotel. Okay, price is quite high, but you'll get a holiday experience here. Unfortunately no breakfast included with this price, also no free WiFi (which is standard is many hotels).

Was here for business reasons.

Quite a walk to get to the pool, in my opinion too long.
The pool area itself is just amazing, lots of palms, flowers and trees.  One big pool and one small for kid's.

Also a pretty big hot tub for about six people.

The pool bar is nice but slow, if you want a beer you will have to stand in line. Prices much too high.
Very nice outdoor furniture, with a fire place for the evening. Nice!

The indoor bar is good. They work quick and they are very friendly.  Nothing to complain about.
Around the bar is a restaurant where you can eat or have breakfast in the morning(didn't try it)
Next to the bar is a Starbucks and little coffee/snack bar, nice. Very friendly service, nice caffe latte!

The rooms are clean and big enough. There is a fridge and a safe, but I see that as standard.
I was on floor 24, what an incredible view!!!!Love it!
Very nice, in every room is a steam iron, so you can iron your cloth.
Would have liked to see a laundry room , like in other marriots, to be able to wash my cloth.

Reception is friendly and helpful. They get you a taxi in no time (to get within 15minutes to the Pacific beach)

At all very nice hotel, but in my opinion to expensive!

24/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
456. Marcie M.
Overall, I really like this hotel.  As anyone who reads my reviews knows, I really don't think hotels in the US are a good value if they are over $100 especially if they don't INCLUDE wi-fi in the baseline price.  That being said, it's just the way it is these days.  I mean, the overhead they make off guests per night is CRAZY considering we didn't even have maid service (by choice) for three days.  Imagine that!

I have a love/hate relationship with hotels.  I love them b/c I always sleep better...what is it about hotel beds???  Marriott's are no different.  Loved the beds even if I was sharing!  Bathroom are on the smaller side (wish there were two sinks or more space on counters) but LOVED our corner room WITH the incredible view from the 18th floor.

Staff at front desk was good but not great.  Even though they are AWARE of CAbi girls coming, it seems they are NEVER quite prepared, which is odd to me.

Hate the rules at the outdoor pool area -- closed for food after 7 and drinks are shut down at 10.  They "last call" at 9:45.....sad times for those of us who love to enjoy cocktails WELL into the evening OUTSIDE. BOOOOO Marriott.  BOOOO.

Roy's is on property and WAY tourist expensive.  Not much else to choose from at night.  Starbucks in the building is good but they are SO SLOW b/c ....well they are understaffed. They do their best.  

CAbi is coming back EVERY year through 2020 and I'm SOOOO excited and we WILL stay here.  It's the best of what CAbi offers us.  It's great location and easy walking to the convention center.  It's perfect location to downtown and the staff is great.  There are never going to be any perfect hotels.  It's just the way it is....but I am happier than I was two years ago at the Hilton -- like TONS happier, so there's that.

23/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
457. Kristina F.
The hotel rooms are small, very small. There was one size on the website but even the chart on the door shows different rooms. And yes we got theee smallest room ever.
Parking costs $50+ per night.
Plus there is construction next door that i was not warned about (see pics - 5 tractors hammering on at the same time).
Breakfast was included with the room charge, but they still added $35 per person for the crappiest buffet ever.

Will never come back!

15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
458. Leah G.
First off, I love San Diego, but staying at such a beautiful hotel makes the experience even better. It's located right next to the gas lamp district- it's about a 5 min walk, but if you're tired from walking back and forth, day after day, an Uber ride back to the hotel will be just about $5.
The hotel room was spacious. The bed was super comfy- I want to buy one now. I loved the bathroom. Not sure why there is a phone by the toilet, but I guess if there was an emergency, dialing for help is an arms length away. My view from the 4th floor was nice, having partial views of the marina and bridge off in the distance.
My only negative experience is that we had noisy neighbors, but the manager that night slipped a card under our door with a note of apology and gave us a $25 credit to use for room service. We used it to get free breakfast and snacks the next day!
Overall, the staff was friendly, the interior is very classy and I would love coming back to this hotel again very soon.

03/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
459. Stephanie W.
I travel quite a bit, so I always enjoy a room with a beautiful view. this hotel is nicely placed for a quick walk around the marina. Good location, easy access from the airport. the rooms were very clean and the staff were wonderful. Definitely would stay here again.

23/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
460. Mimi C.
Very nice getaway hotel. Stay on the North Towers and request ocean views. North Towers have a balcony and also face away from the construction -- something the South Towers do not offer.

Very spacious and clean. No complaints! We loved their gym - perfect size and even has classes on demand and in person. Their pool is HUGE and reminds of a jungle resort with interspersed fauna and bridges for strolls around the grounds.

Parking is $30 for self parking, $50 for valet. Parking is supppper limited and drawn small so bring your small car.

07/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
461. Genyll Z.
Stayed here for our anniversary and we fell in love with the view. We got the city view. It was fantastic. We didn't get to see the bar and the pool. But definitely next time we will. The price was a bit pricey, but still it was a good experience.

03/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
462. Vira P.
The Marriott Marquis is a great place to stay in San Diego.  It's near Seaport Village, the convention center, and the Gaslamp District.  Because of this, the rates are pricey, especially if there's a convention.  But it's worth it if you don't have a car.

The rooms are clean, and if you have a balcony, you'll have a beautiful view of Coronado and the ocean.

The food options in the hotel are good.  There's a Starbucks, a sandwich place.. the gift shop also has lots of snacks to buy.  For more high-end options, there's the Marina Kitchen and Roy's Hawaiian Fusion.

29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
463. Phil S.
The only knock on this hotel is that it is a tad expensive. The gym is excellent. The Wi-Fi is very good. The staff is courteous. The amenities are excellent as well. The location is very convenient.

20/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
464. Sandra R.
Amazing place! Perfect location. Perfect staff. Amazing view.

My friend works at the Cosmo here in Vegas so he really got a good deal. It was about 90$ for 2 nights, which is a pretty good deal considering this is the Marriott Marquis and its by the water.

When we arrived there was 6 Christmas parties going on so it was pretty darn packed! No room in self parking and valet looked like a mess. We had to self park next door at the museum which was $15 with no re-entry.

Checked in and staff was welcoming and full of energy. Advised us that valet is 45$ a day and self park was 35$ a day. We Las Vegans are very spoiled because paying to park is extremely foreign to us!

Rooms had a great decor, very modern. We got lucky and got a great view of the water and downtown San Diego. The bed was extra comfy and they had extra pillows in the closet. The bathroom was roomy.

They have a Starbucks downstairs that was closed the entire time we were there but if you go next door to the Exchange they can brew you up some Starbucks, but no fraps can be made.

They also have a Tequila bar downstairs with a restaurant. We didn't have the time to go there but it looked very classy.

Overall great place to stay and highly recommended!

18/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
465. M L.
Great location in downtown San Diego, right next door to the convention center and walking distance from Gas Lamp District. The hotel is clean with a modern appearance. I love the beds and pillows at Marriotts!  No resort fee.  Self parking $30 but parking garage is tight so maneuvering a large SUV is tough. I would recommend the North tower over the South tower.  We were in the South and could hear the train bells from the crossing all night long, even from pretty high up.  
I gave 4 stars because lady at check in was a stand offish, otherwise everything else was great.

16/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
466. Mario A.
If you are staying here, definitely get a room with the bay view! It makes your stay much more memorable. Overall the hotel was great with a nice staff and spacious and clean room. They have a nice restaurant/bar down at the lobby which makes it convenient to have a drink or eat if you want to just stay in and relax. They have a Starbucks which is always a plus. The pool also has a bar and is a bit pricey but which hotel's food/beverage menu is not expensive?  

The only one negative thing about this hotel was their daily parking and valet prices which was ridiculous. I think it was something around $30-$40 per day. If you want to save money, you can park in the structures outside of the hotel for $10-$15 per day.

06/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
467. David T.
This is my favorite hotel in San Diego. It's right next to the convention center which is super convenient if you are here for a convention. It's also short walk from the gaslamp district, if you need to grab good food. The rooms are large and well appointed, especially the executive suites.

It's a great hotel, but it's not perfect.

The self parking options are not ideal, they have shared convention center spaces, but it's a long walk if you have bags.

I like the valet parking option here. The valet parking staff always offer you bottled water when you drop your car off. Yes, I know it's just to get a drop off tip but it is a useful touch.

The pool is great and I love the fish taco poolside snacks.

The exercise room is a little small for a hotel of the size but it's well-equipped.

They don't actually have room service here. Instead they have a 24 hour food market they call the exchange and you can order delivery from this market to your room. The food from the market is okay nothing to get excited about.

31/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
468. Kenneth L.
The hotel and amenities are great...  BUT...

This review is of the marina and its staff in particular.  You pay a big premium to moor here.   It is a great location with top notch resort style amenities... fabulous!  However,  I paid on average over $1200 per month to keep my boat here.  For that kind of fee you should expect decent service.  It is the most non-responsive group of people I have ever worked with.  I moved my boat in early February.  They over billed me for March/April even though my boat was gone and proper notice was given.  Now, 75 days after proper notice per the contract and after my moving my boat, I still have not received my deposit back.  I have asked multiple times for a reconciliation and they have refused to provide any form of account reconciliation.  Their standard answer is I will get my check by the 15th of the next month... it never arrives the next month.

Do not trust these people.  There are plenty of equal or better marina's in San Diego.  Why risk your boat or your finances here?

24/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
469. Miri B.
Came here for a weekend trip. We didn't wanna upgrade the room but asked for a higher floor, and we stayed on the 21st floor (or 23rd).

The location was great.

The hotel was super clean, and the view was great too (much better than my expectation). The reason I deducted a star is bc the parking structure was so horrible. We didn't want the valet people to drive our Carrera so we wanted to find park ourselves. It took us about 10 minutes to find a spot, and there were so many cars going in and out in this tiny parking structure. Maybe this is how it is in DTSD? I have no idea bc this is the first time staying at a hotel in DTSD.

Anyway, I would come back though. WHen I return I'll upgrade the room and get a view of the bay!

11/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
470. Becker '.
I completely forgot to do our rating of this very nice hotel  that we stay at on a regular basis each year. We were here for four days/three nights in June/July 2014. As usual, we chose a room in the north tower with a king size bed on the 15th floor that overlooked a part of the city and part of the bay. The Seaport Village view is just below off to our left from our balcony. The hotel is very clean as are the rooms. This is a No Smoking hotel which we love.

In addition to already stated views from our room we can also see some of north Coronado Island and much of the downtown area. The view is amazing from the balcony and the various colored lights that highlight each building creates dazzling beautiful colors.

The Marriott Marquis & Marina is very affordable, especially if you book in advance. I reserved four months ahead. The rooms are accessible from four elevators and the hotel is very lively. We love the trolley that slowly moves along its track throughout the downtown area. I especially love the trolley clanging.

Choosing a king size bed is ideal for us. They have lots of pillows so renting additional pillows are not necessary for us. Our room is spacious since its just my wife and I. The room has a TV, refrigerator, lots of towels, and temperature control in each room. The shower is awesome with the heavy pivot glass doors and plenty of room for two at the same time.

Since I take my laptop I'm in need of Wifi but I do not access the free one since I want a good layer of encryption in addition to my own, so I pay for the service. It was about $12 a day but it's worth it since I do a bit of business on the computer. We always find a good parking spot for our car.

I've always found that the employees are very nice and helpful.

The area surrounding the hotel is very nice since the Marina and convention center are nearby. Seaport Village is near too. A stroll along the Marina and Seaport Village is very romantic as is the pool in the hotel.

We've not eaten in any of the restaurants that are in the hotel but we did get food to go from them and it was very good.

After any visiting in the day time, it's so relaxing to go back to the Hotel, open up the balcony doors, and view the skyline with my wife.

We're already booked for a similar room for this year.

13/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0