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Sommerset Suites Hotel in San Diego, CA

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Situated in the lively Uptown District, Sommerset Suites is a boutique San Diego suite hotel ideal for extended stay guests, corporate travelers and families. Suites contain full kitchens, private balconies, flat screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests can also appreciate our onsite laundry facility, business center, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast every morning and our sunny courtyard with its year-round heated pool, spa tub and BBQs.

 

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Rating: 3.84

Address: 606 Washington St, San Diego, CA, 92103

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    1. leipikake a.
    I give this hotel 4 stars because of its location. The hotel is in the Hillcrest neighborhood and walking distance to eateries and bars. I LOVED the Hillcrest charm. The hotel itself is OK. It is definitely starting to show its age but each room comes with a kitchenette and living room and is fairly large. The bathroom is pretty depressing though. When we first checked in, our bathroom smelled like sewer water. I had to flush the toilet 5x times to get the stench out. Our shower also took forever to drain. We were so tired from our travel that we didn't  bother asking for another room.  Our room had 2 tv's with one of them with a blur (felt like you were drunk watching tv). The Scripps Hospital is next door and occasionally you would hear an ambulance passing by. The front desk is really helpful and nice. They were able to give us an early check-in. I didn't like the fact that you have to pay $6/day to park. I think that should already be included in the room rate. They do offer a continental breakfast in the morning with hot waffles, sausage, and boiled eggs. I only got up early enough to do that  one day out of my 4 night stay. The beds are very comfortable and the housekeepers do a great job cleaning the rooms and replenishing items or requests. Overall, it is a good hotel in a wonderful location.

    15/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Rod S.
    I have been staying at the Sommerset Suites for years. The prices are great, there is parking, all rooms are spacious suites and it is in central San Diego. Perfect for those wanting to be near the action in Hillcrest, North Park, Kensington, Mission Hills, Downtown, Balboa Park, Bankers Hill areas.

    07/08/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    3. Annie C.
    This is a hotel you get when you want to stay somewhere safe but cheap, clean but cheap, have lots of amenities but cheap, close to main attractions but cheap. That being said, don't complain if the decor is out-dated and not hip.

    for about 89-99 bucks a night ( hotels.com ) you can get a really nice LARGE room with a mini kitchen, your own bathroom, a rocking chair (if you get one bed), and TV, not to mention the FREE breakfast everyday which includes about 3 kinds of muffins, 3 kinds of cereal, 3 kinds of bagels and toast, AND make-it-yourself waffels. Think about it, yummy hot waffles when you wake up! Great coffee and juices, all kinds of spreads for the bagels and toast. This is so not your ordinary 'continental breakfast' of disgustingly sweet pastries.

    The room itself is nice, if somewhat old, LOTS of room to move around in, bathroom is even decent sized for two people to be at once. (okay so we had a problem with the toilet, but the maintenance people came pretty quick to fix it, all in all about 20 mins including him going to get the replacement piece). Bed was a bit too soft for me, but the bf liked it.
    Room service changes it regularly, and will even come back if you're the kind of person that leaves in the morning and forgets to take down the do not disturbe sign til you get back at 6 at night, they're still willing to come back and change your sheets.
    I don't know about you, but i like the fact that the hotel was surrounded by about 4 different hospitals, sure there's sirens, but just in case anything happens you're less than 1 min walk of help. 'sides you can't really hear the sirens unless you're listening for them anyway.
    Oh and the hotel is about a 5 mins drive to the gaslamp quarter and other bay activities. Zoo and Seaworld are about a 10 min or less drive, same goes for the beach.

    i really liked this place despite some drabness of the interior, hey you're not there to look at the hotel, only the bed and bathroom is all that counts..oh and the do-it-yourself waffel maker!

    02/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. jessie m.
    We've been staying here while looking for an apartment, and it's been a really pleasant experience. While it's not the fanciest place in the world, the location and great service makes up for a low-key breakfast and decor. Its walkability and the willingness of the staff to go above and beyond have made it a great stay while I got to know the area.

    05/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Dan N.
    We were very pleasantly surprised by the service and quality of Sommerset Suites on Washington St.  The location was almost as perfect as the staff.  We particularly liked Bonita who provided excellent customer service.  We'd highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is seeking a nice, clean, reasonably priced hotel in Hillcrest.

    23/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. L W.
    We stayed at the hotel for five nights and were unable to get much sleep due to the frequent sirens from the ambulances arriving at the hospital next door -- unbelievably loud. From the frequency, you would think that a good portion of the San Diego population is hitching an ambulance ride to the hospital during the night!   While the hotel cannot control this, it is the reason we will not return to this hotel in the future.

    07/01/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    7. Kay T.
    Where do I begin:  Room 207 - mold on the bathroom ceiling, broken iron, both phones didn't work, a/c ancient and finally quit altogether - I think it had been jury-rigged, bathroom ceiling vent thick with dust, all sliding doors broken including both closets and screen door onto the deck, no fans were available for guest's use, tiny coffee pot (2 cups) in the "suite".  The good news, both tvs worked.

    Room 209 appeared to have been renovated, but I don't know that I'd chance it again.

    03/11/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    8. Maureen B.
    Great place to stay for a short weekend or a longer one. Aron the manager couldn't be nicer. He even helped me download some photos for my notebook. Nice breakfast and there is no one like Martha. She is one In a million. The laundry room has dryers that really dry your clothes without gouging you each time. Great location in Hillcrest with great restaurants. Oh did I mention there's an ER in the back. Wonderful when you wake up  screaming in pain at 2AM (just a tear in the retina) but it really, really hurt.  Cocktails on Wednesdays and Fridays too!

    26/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Ethan H.
    Nice place. I always have my parents stay here when they visit. Free Wi-Fi throughout the place, although I haven't gone there to try it out when my parents WEREN'T staying there ... perhaps I should. Nice looking pool, too -- and all within easy walking distance of the center of Hillcrest.

    24/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Gayle O.
    Good place to go with kids.  We had a nice kitchen with a little balcony.  The rooms were clean.  The continental breakfast was just ok.  But the location was great, close to the zoo and sea world in a nice area of town.  Lots of shops and markets very close.  Again, great if you have a family.  Staff was quite helpful.  I would go there again.

    08/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. Rodrick B.
    OK so this is the only place that I stay when I visit San Diego. You get yourown 1 bedroom apartment with a full sized fridge that is perfect for storing left overs or ice, or beer or whatever. There is a stove and a living room and a balcony, The list goes on. Not to mention out by the pool there are bbq grills and a jacuzzi. Its in the Hillcrest area which has some cool shops and restaurants in the vicinity. On my last visit they had upgraded one of the 2-tvs in the suite to an LCD. But I must say this place has the most comfortable beds.

    23/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Jessica L.
    I am so torn about this place - it has a lot going for it...

    PROS:
    $5 parking
    free breakfast
    free wifi internet
    Large Studio room with recliner, kitchen and good sized bathroom - great for a stay of 3 days +
    Nice pool and jacuzzi area
    a happy hour lounge with snacks
    walking distance to lots of Hillcrest bars and restuarants (5th)

    but then it is kinda of lame too...
    CONS:
    Super old and a little beat up... the rooms are brown, yellow and orange.
    Its a little loud - not much noise insulation
    It is between 3 hospitals!!!! SIRENS

    Overall I slept ok and I think this is a great alternative to the expensive downtown hotels. It is also centrally located to all major SD freeways.

    06/06/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    13. Vince L.
    Every time I come to San Diego, I stay at the Sommerset Suites.  The last time I was here, I was going to stay downtown to be close to the convention center where my convention was.   I was in the Radisson or Marriott or something. But paying that price (over 150) for just one room, when I could have a suite at Sommerset, made no sense at all to me.   Sure I was farther away from the Convention Center and downtown, but it's worth it to me.  

    I like the area that Sommerset Suites is in.  Walk out to the right and go to the grocery store and fast food spots. Go to the left and nightlife is just down the street.  Everything is in walking distance. You don't even need your car there.  It's close to the Zoo and Balboa park as well.

    14/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Maximus V.
    Second stay.  We paid approx $121 per night for the two queen bed suite.

    Rooms clean, good location close to Balboa Park, restaurants, downtown, beaches, Mission Valley, Petco Park, USS Midway, etc.

    You can pay more and stay on the beach, but why bother, the beach is 10 minutes away.

    Ate at three local restaurants.  The Fig Tree Cafe was the best.

    Parking is tight, but manageable.  Be careful backing up.

    Grocery stores a few blocks down Washington Street for snacks and such.

    I'd stay here again and plan to on our next San Diego adventure.  You should stay there too.

    29/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    15. Susan K.
    We had 4 adults in a 1 bedroom 2 bed suite. The beds were comfy except for the sleeper sofa and we had a nice full kitchen and balcony. We thought our room was quiet and the staff was very nice and helpful. Parking is $6/night. Had no problems with the free high speed Internet service.

    The VERY BEST thing about this place though, is the location. It is in Hillcrest just blocks from great restaurants and clubs. Love Jimmy Wongs and it is open until 3am. Area is safe so walking even after midnight is okay. Will definitely stay again.

    02/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Barry B.
    The Sommerset Suites is very convenient to the Hillcrest neighborhood. The rooms are clean but unremarkable. I received a pretty good deal for a four night stay so it was a lot more worth it to me.

    The staff is stellar. Bridget and Bonita were very friendly and helpful during my stay and they are great representatives for their company.

    08/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. Bridget E.
    This place was just renovated back in January and before this, these rooms were bad. Since then I have stayed here numerous times and say that the changes are very very good. The staff are very friendly and do give their own little personalities to your checking in process which is not something you come by too often anymore.

    Parking is $5 a night but you can walk to almost everything in the hillcrest area within reason.

    This place is great.

    18/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Jessica T.
    Sommerset Suites is quaint, has a homey feel about it, and is safe, and centrally located. Overall -definitely not bad for 100 dollars a night.  We stayed in a big suite with a well equipped kitchen and two queen size beds.  The decor was old and out of date, retro browns and yellows everyhwere, but when it came down to it - for location, price, and facilities; Sommerset Suites was an unmistakable bargain.  

    The main drawbacks were scratchy cheap sheets, and once again - thin walls that sounded like half the hotel were entering your room and that pipes were breaking, as people took showers and ran the faucets in the above rooms. I didn't get great sleep here, largely due to the thin ceilings and walls, but the accessibility to the shops and restaurants in the area, more than made up for it. Each morning they they served a basic continental breakfastin a decent sized room, overlooking the pool area . And who doesn't love a pool?! Sommrset has a small pool and jacuzzi. I wish we had been smarter and actually used them, but  we instead preferred to numb our minds with unhealthy doses of  do it yourself cooking and home-improvement .shows. All while lounging on the coarse sheets.


    Right before we left, my sister thought it would be a good idea to put the dishwasher on, to save room service some trouble.  As we gathered up the rest of our stuff to check out,- we noticed a thick layer of four inch bubbles oozing out of the clanking dishwasher, coating the entire kitchen area in foam.  Frantic, she called the front desk to report the problem. They assured her it would be fine and they would take care of it. In fact everything was well taken care of the entire time. Room service was great, the front desk (when we got the right person) - really helpful. The Sommerset Suites shuttle if you catch it before nine at night is the third star frosting for this hotel.

    09/10/06 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    19. Eric A.
    I am conflicted between giving this hotel 2 - 4 stars.  On the plus side, the location, the friendly staff, and the price all made it worthwhile.  The room was ok - the tv in the bedroom didn't work and my bf and I were stuck in a room with two double beds (since the room we had booked was "not in good shape" according to the front desk.)  I should pause and say that even though we ended up with double beds and can pretend to be on the Dick Van Dyke show - the front desk staff did upgrade us to a pool view which had a huge balcony.  Really nice.  

    The upkeep of the room is alright.  There are major renovations needed though - the closet doors could stand some painting and the bathtub had cracks all along the wall.  

    Noise is a huge factor here.  Some sort of hospital is located across the street, there was a pretty noisy group down by the pool last night and a dog was left barking in a room on our floor for at least an hour.  

    The worst part of the stay was the fire alarm going off at 2:30 AM.  Someone pulled an alarm, which although not the hotel's fault, does tend to indicate some of the clientele that the hotel attracts.  No matter how great the hotel could be, I'll still end up remembering the fact that I was jolted awake by the alarm AND that there was no system in place to notify people as to whether there was a real danger OR when everything was all clear (the intermittent pauses in the alarm made us sit there wondering if it was finally off.)

    I'd still stay here if the price continued to be reasonable.  If the price was higher I'd take a pass and find a better option.

    15/02/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    20. Corey R.
    I stayed here in late April 2010 with a friend. He had stayed at Sommerset several years ago and was pleasantly surprised to see that the rooms had been renovated since his last visit. The changes, according to him, were granite counter tops in the kitchen, new appliances and a "fresher" look. While this hotel is nothing to gush about, it was quite comfortable and served its purpose as a hotel.

    The breakfast was good, the cookies at the front desk were exceptional and the location in Hillcrest was unbeatable. I accidentally deactivated my room key several times throughout my stay and every time I walked up the front desk I was greeted with a kind smile. My only complaints were that the phone in our room didn't work and the internet was kind of laggy and had a tendency to go in and out throughout the day. I thought the noise from the nearby hospitals would be an issue, but I hardly noticed.

    If you can get a decent deal, I wouldn't think twice about booking this hotel.

    16/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Lonnie S.
    Great place that needs to advertise its attributes better. Let everyone know that you have a hot tub and a social happy hour with free drinks and snacks on Wednesdays and Fridays.  I will definitely stay here again when I come back.  The maids need to be a little more  mindful when replenishing the stocks of popcorn, sugar, creamer, and cups.  This hotel could help itself greatly by adding a little store that sells toothbrushes, medicine, newspapers, etc.

    21/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Eddie C.
    very nice place, they take care of you when your hear. im here for almost a month and they give you a gift basket with beer in it, pretty cool i think. i cant wait for 2marrrow for the free bbq on fridays. they just put in HDTV's in their rooms so i can watch tv now in style.

    the only negative thing i have is the wifi kinda sucks. (im the on the 3rd floor so that might be the problem) im on the internet now and it seems to be working fine right now but maybe in the next hour or so it seems to quit on me

    i think their pool is a salt water so its all good. pool is also kinda small but im not really picky

    rooms are up to date they are pretty damn big and the service is great.
    recommend staying here again

    04/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Marilyn P.
    Location: 5 stars- I love Hillcrest!

    Service: 4 stars

    Cleanliness: 4 stars

    Parking: 5 stars (only $6/night)

    Added bonus: They even had an appreciation night and offered free happy hour with a bbq.

    24/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Robyn W.
    I'll admit that I wasn't expecting much from this hotel when my husband and I checked in - we booked it more for the Hillcrest neighbourhood than for the hotel itself - but the Sommerset Suites surpassed our expectations.
    The room wasn't fancy, but it had a kitchen and a balcony.
    There were cookies at check in, and the room had a basket of complimentary bottled water, microwave popcorn and granola bars.  We popped in for the continental breakfast, and though we weren't really hungry enough to take advantage of it, it looked more than respectable.
    The pool and hot tub were nice, and the parking was cheap enough.
    The hotel is right across the street from the hospital, so there was a fair bit of siren noise to deal with, but other than that, it was fairly quiet.
    Definitely a good value for the money.

    15/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    25. Marcia W.
    Stayed here for a recent fitness competition and it was perfect. We had a full, complete kitchen with stove, dishwasher, full fridge and cutlery and plates. Our 2 room suite with King bed was comfy and spacious. Easily found off the freeway and near everything plus a cute walking district. The bonus for my companion was the complimentary BBQ on Friday night with Beer and Wine. I couldn't enjoy it but I'm glad my guest did. The staff was pleasant too. I will be back the next time I'm in SD. Thanks Sommerset!

    11/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Marty M.
    Very nice hotel, Bonita at check in very friendly and helpful. All employees polite and professional. Free summer Fridays BBQ  and daily breakfast. Rooms are updated with everything you will need. full kitchen, including full size refrigerator. Flat screen in front room and very cozy beds. Showers are a little strong and don't rinse you off very good. Iron, hair dryer, plenty of towels and pillows. Very plush bedding.
    Family member at local hospital, this is the place to stay, Scrips right next door! Everything
    walking distance, forgot to add that thing about the sirens due to the hospitals next door. ..I discussed it with my wife...It did not bother either one of us.

    21/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Bonnie D.
    This was my first stay at the Sommerset Suites Hotel.  It really is a lovely, little hotel but the location didn't work for me.  The traffic and noise during the day was overwhelming but if you're going to be out all day that won't matter.

    Pros:

    Recent renovations make this a boutique hotel rather than what must have been a motel in the past.
    Free breakfast.
    Hillcrest location.
    Great, free Wifi
    Pool & Jacuzzi
    Quiet enough at night
    Plus beds and linens
    Clean room and lots of towels
    Kitchen

    Cons:  

    Sandwiched between two hospitals you hear sirens all day, every day.  Not so much at night.
    Pictures on the website don't match the rooms.  My king suite didn't have the chaise lounge or a desk.
    Paid parking
    Unbelievable traffic especially when you try to leave the hotel.

    All in all I believe this hotel offers real value but for me the location sucked so I probably won't be back.

    05/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    28. Janet D.
    I've stayed several times at Sommerset because it's a deal...and, it's not a chain (or a monster one anyways). First of all...the location is great. You can walk to many good coffeehouses, restaurants and shops in Hillcrest...and, Landmark Theaters are only a 1/2 block away. If you don't mind a long walk, you can make it to Balboa Park.

    The rooms are more like small very basic apartments with a compact kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom. All the little extras - like a blowdryer and iron - are included in the rooms. Service here is great...they even give you free BBQ'd food on Fridays. Their free breakfast is better than the typical continental (waffle maker!) and is self-served up in a cute room by the pool. Pool area is small, but well kept.

    06/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    29. Jody S.
    Good location, large amount of space for families or groups.  Reminds me of a timeshare in the set up of all the amenities of home.  The perks of the place are spacious suites, clean, nice fluffy pillows, free wi-fi in room, swimming pool, jacuzzi, late check-out, covered parking for a small fee ($7/nt) and the continental breakfast and good for those on a budget as it's reasonably priced.  I like the fact that they provide a map of the surrounding area with all the stores and eateries in walking distance.  It's not the Ritz but definitely comfortable enough when you're away from home =)

    21/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    30. Keoni G.
    I was surprised how clean and nice it was from looking from the outside and the reviews it got previously.

    PRO's-perfect location to the hillcrest, check in fast, room is very large, full kitchen, fridge, dishwasher, stove, felt like a studio apartment, comfy beds, comfy couches, big bathroom, big dining table, big closets, flat screen big tv, free wifi, big balcony with moderate view, reasonably priced for the amenities and how much people you can fit in the room, staff in attentive, really good free breakfast.

    CON's-no restaurant, no room service, no elevator was working at the time, hallway smelled like piss, bathroom sink was dripping, and hot water took a long time.

    08/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Charity M.
    No hustle, no complications, good service, good price, free breakfast, yummy waffles, clean beds, comfy beds, great shower, two tvs, couch, kitchen, bathrobs all at the same price as a cheap room in an in at the hotel circle.
    Aaaand, free apples at the reception.

    And they kept our bags after check in for hours while we dilly dallied in the cute little town.

    These guys are awesome...pleasant surprise.

    But the vending machines sucked..so four stars. Gotta get those fixed.

    26/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. Georgie D.
    If you're planning on staying at sommerset hotel suites think about it twice. We're welcomed by a sweet young receptionist but when things went wrong and were robbed in the premises (the hallway of our room) management didn't do anything about it. No comfort was offered this place had no security. Beware! Robbers who claimed to be management just may be employees that work there definitely reconsider because this May also happen to you. Call 911 right away

    24/10/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    33. Amber B.
    This place was pretty great.  The location was perfect.  Immediatley off the highway and within walking distance to restaurants and bars.  The zoo was a quick drive.  The guy at the desk gave us a map of the area that had listed all of the businesses in the area.  He gave some recommendations.  He was very helpful. The room was very nice.  It had a pretty large kitchen with a pantry area and oven.  A dining table, a fold out couch.  The bedroom was seperate and large.  It had a little balcony with 2 chairs.  The decor was average and clean.  The bathroom was an ok size.  Not much counter space when you have 5 people in a suite.  The only real complaint we had was that the bathroom was in the bedroom.  But we made it work.  There is a hospital directly across the street, but we did not hear any ambulances at night.  It wasn't too loud considering we were on a busy road.  
    They offered a complimentary breakfast which was a typical continental.  They had waffles, cereal, bagels, etc.  Coffee was pretty bad.  The setup for breakfast was a little chaotic.  It was cramped.  They had an employee making the waffles and she gave them out to whoever was standing closest.  There wasn't much room to stand while others were getting their food, so it was hard to tell who was next for the waffles.  People get a little crazy when they are waiting for food. People were just trying to cut in the waffle line. After the first day, I gave up on the waffles and just had a bagel.  Wish I couldv'e just made my own and wait in front of the machine as is cooks.  Oh well.  Fridays they have burgers, beer and wine. We didn't not try it out.  
    Overall a nice place.  I will def stay here when I'm in San Diego

    04/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    34. Marc E.
    Nice rooms and decent service.

    09/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Jenny S.
    This place was amazing, easy check-in. I was given a map of the neighborhood.
    The room included a full kitchen,two TV's a balcony. I never once felt like I was staying in a hotel. I kept looking for the 'Home Sweet Home' plaque on the wall. I would stay there again and again.
    Thank-you Sommerset Suites for turning a business stay into pleasure trip.

    14/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    36. David K.
    This hotel was in a perfect location for our trip to San Diego. It was walking distance to all of the bars and restaurants we wanted to go to. The first room we checked into smelled like hospice, so we had to get moved to a new room which was fine. The internet that is included wasn't working. I called the front desk and was told to call a help line. After 15 minutes on hold, I pressed the option for them to call you when it was your turn. We checked out before a callback came through. The breakfast was good. I wouldn't recommend staying here if you're looking for great accommodations, but if you want to be close to Hillcrest bars and just need a place to crash, it is a good choice.

    18/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    37. Chris L.
    I recommend this suite hotel fairly strongly, but it definitely has character, this is not one of those anonymously sterile, could-be-anywhere places.  I stayed for two weeks here in August 2012.  Here's the run-down.

    Great stuff:  This hotel is located on the north edge of Hillcrest, a hopping neighborhood packed with restaurants and bars.  You can walk in just a couple of minutes to  a great restaurant for almost every ethnic cuisine: Thai, Mexican, Italian, Mexican, Vietnamese, Mexican, Spanish, Chinese, Mexican, new American, Afghani, you get the idea.  You also might be able to guess my favorite :)

    Good stuff:  Helpful and friendly staff at the front desk.  My huge suite was just like a one-bedroom apartment and boasted a balcony large enough for a party.  The bed was very comfortable and towels were thick.  Every morning they served fruit, yogurt, cereals, fresh waffles and great Santa Barbara coffee at breakfast, no extra charge.  Easy and free to print documents on the computer in the lobby. A big TV in the living room and another big flat-screen TV in the bedroom.  Room rate was a fair price that the GSA per diem covered just perfectly, no arguments back at the ranch with the finance people about staying here. If you bring a crowd to stay here the per-person price is just amazingly low.

    Funky stuff: Located essentially in the parking lot of a hospital campus with medical buildings on three sides, a highway on the fourth side.  Corridors are carpeted and look like any other hotel, yet are open at both ends to the weather, stairwells are outdoors also.  Old painted cabinets in the kitchen sat out the last renovation.  Radar light switches everywhere in the room turn lights off automatically (and annoyingly) after exactly 25 minutes.  Yes I timed it after about the sixth go-around.

    Could-be-better stuff: No desk and no proper desk chair in my room, altho some rooms have them.  Free wifi service regularly got bogged down, probably too many other guests were streaming netflix.  No digital TV service so all channels were low def on the two very nice hi def sets, and watching fuzzy ESPN stinks.  Parking fee of $7/day is annoying.    Sirens on ambulances transporting poor buggers to the hospital ER are a drag.  Carpet is due for replacement.  Breakfast variety is rather limited, I can only eat waffles so many days in a row.

    I missed the free Friday summer BBQs by a week, ah well. Friday happy hour was bud lite or coors lite, chips, pretzels and cheese chunks.  I know that there are only two kinds of beer (cold beer and free beer), so I just had to keep telling myself that :)

    08/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. Barry A.
    This is not a luxury hotel, but it deserves 4 stars, because:

    The location is walkable to almost everything great in Hillcrest including a major veterinary hospital, major grocery stores (including Whole Foods), pharmacy, major trauma center, and endless options for fantastic inexpensive restaurants and coffee shops - all within a couple blocks.  The hotel is very clean and well maintained.

    The price and value can not be beat - ANYwhere.  Great for extended stays. We stayed in a fourth floor suite with full kitchen, dining room, one bedroom with two queen beds, and a living room with a balcony and sliders.  

    This is classic vintage mid-century southern California.  If you are looking for a Madison Avenue cookie cutter hotel, this is not for you.  But if you appreciate value, cleanliness, convenience and mid-century California, this is the one.

    27/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    39. Terry S.
    Booked on Kayak but was apparently already sold out. Ian at the front desk went above and beyond called other hotels for us and even guests that had yet to check in to see if they were going to cancel.  Eventually found a cancelation and had us checked in super fast. Room was nice as well.

    25/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    40. John H.
    Decent breakfast offerings, this is nicer than most

    11/11/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    41. Moni K.
    Nice place except too much smoking, stinky pillows with BO even after many replacements. Very very small pool at 3ft deep. Very friendly staff. Surrounded by hospitals in all directions. Very close to lots of good eateries.

    12/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    42. Jackie L.
    Great location if you are looking to check out Hillcrest. Be careful when you look at your bill, I received a few phony charges.  Rooms are okay but some of my friends had flea problems and disgusting carpets. You are across the street from the hospital so be prepared for an array of characters to enter your world. My car was hit twice in the carport and my friend was stalked by numerous creeps. This place is in a great location and super cheap. Staff is friendly and as helpful as this corporate giant allows them to be. Oh, the Breakfast isn't good. The pool is two feet deep but the jacuzzi is very nice.  They allow pets which is fantastic.

    19/11/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    43. Gwyn I.
    I travel a lot for business, and this visit was a business trip.  Great place to stay, and I will stay here again on my next visit to the area.  Pros: cost, location (trendy neighborhood with great restaurants within walking distance), quiet, good bed and pillows, clean, good shower, robes, nice and helpful staff.  Cons: paid parking which is extremely tight (parking is under the building and it is an older building so this is to be expected), some wear and tear here and there, and the toilet paper could be upgraded to a better quality.  Overall, this place is much nicer and a better cost than nearby big chain hotels.

    26/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. D M.
    Awesome little sanitary, in the middle of city.  I stayed, last minute, and the rate was not that bad.  Many people I know, who live in apartments, in the SD area, fled to hotel and motels to escape the heat.  

    The is more than shelter from the elements.  Security.  Comfort, I love the pool area .Very friendly, front desk.  Thank you, Ian..  Think drapes for total sun block out.  A vampires dream, of for those of us that just want to get some sleep in the day timer.

    Complimentary breakfast, too  Parking was only $10 and I always was able to find a place to park with ease.

    I would definitely recommend this place1

    17/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    45. Maureen W.
    Thanks to a friend, I was pointed towards the Sommerset Suites (SSH) as a great place for a family of four to stay.  I always look for a suite with a bedroom since I have two young ankle biters.  It's hard to find one that has two queens as opposed to a king, but SSH does.  Yay.  I have found my new go-to spot to stay when heading to SD for a weekend away.

    The first encounter I had was in making the reservation.  I checked Hotels.com and also the SSH website.  The prices were different so I called up and asked if I could get the Hotels.com rate without going through their website.  Much to my delight, she said yes.  She also gave me a tip--always call for the best rate.  The consolidation websites take a hefty cut of the rate so the hotels will most always give you a good deal if you call them and quote the hotels.com rate.  BONUS!  Friendly AND helpful.

    When we pulled up we were delighted at how close it was (one block) to all the great unique shops and eateries of Hillcrest.  We checked in and were pleased by our room.  Little kitchen, living room, bedroom.  Four person eat in table. Two flat screens.  The only downsides were that the bathroom, although good size, needed a new tub (the finish was peeling and it looked really old) and there were no DVDs.  Most suite hotels or family hotels do have DVD players.  But otherwise, there is a little pool and a spa (my kids love swimming!), free WiFi, and a complementary continental breakfast.  Parking is extra, $9 per day but I'm sure that's because it's still considered the city.

    Balboa Park and the zoo is very close, the beaches are 15 minutes away as is Old Town. It's close to the football stadium and downtown is a heartbeat away.  All in all the location is perfect.  There are great eats around walking distance, a movie theater across the street, and all that SD has to offer right there.  Enjoy!

    02/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. Michelle G.
    I'd give it 5 stars but the tiny parking garage gave me anxiety. If you drive anything bigger than a compact car, be warned. Parking my suv was not too easy, very tight spaces.
    In all other regards, we had a great stay. The staff was helpful & professional, and the property was clean and well maintained. Free breakfast was good, had a waffle maker which my kids enjoyed in addition to the usual continental breakfast spread. The woman who was in charge of the breakfast area was awesome, she kept things clean & stocked perfectly with a smile.
    The Friday BBQ by the pool was a nice touch as well. My kids enjoyed the shallow pool, we felt the place was very family friendly.
    I would return, but with a smaller car.

    13/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    47. Rick C.
    We stayed at the Sommerset Suites Hotel for two weeks because our kitchen was being remodeled. The hotel staff was great at accommodating our request during the stay. The room was clean and comes with a dishwasher, refrigerator, and microwave, stove, pots and pans, cooking utensils, dishes, dinnerware, etc. The continental breakfast had a decent selection and the food was good. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone needing a place to stay.

    04/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    48. Geno P.
    Sommerset Suites has to be the absolute best-kept lodging secret in San Diego. It offers a killer rate for long-term stays, and makes that long-term stay enjoyable with surprises around every corner.

    Many of the amenities you expect at any hotel, but often have to purchase, are complimentary here. Wi Fi is free, parking is free, breakfast is free, and the list goes on - although I think the free parking depends on your length of stay. Some reviewers last year complained about the Internet. Personally, I have been able to stream hockey games on my laptop and HDMI it to the flat-screen TVs. I haven't had a single issue getting good quality HD from that Internet connection. Additionally, my wife works online all day and has not complained once. And her work requires a high-speed connection.

    Also, with the review below me about the timed lights and old carpet - I don't know what that guy is talking about. Our rooms have lamps.

    Here's a list of other aspects we love about Sommerset:
    Full kitchen and full-size fridge / Two flat-screen TVs (in the living room and bedroom) / Sweet balcony with furniture looking into downtown Hillcrest: yelp.com/biz_photos/somm…

    Also, comfortable king beds with lots of pillows and curtains that actually keep the sun blocked / Easy to use room climate control / Cheap, on-site laundry facility and they can give you change at the front desk / Clean, quiet, heated pool and hot tub / Daily breakfast with waffles, fruit, coffee, bagels, cereal / great location close to dozens of restaurants, nightlife, and a 24-Hour Fitness Center / Close to Balboa Park and 5-minute drives to Padres and Chargers games.

    Additionally, the staff here is friendly without being intrusive. Any request we've had has been too easy for the desk to handle. Rated 4 stars because it is the best available without being the 5-star penthouse on the waterfront.

    Oh, and they have free cookies.

    02/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    49. Brandon J.
    Had a nice a valentines day getaway with my girlfriend and I have to say, this place is great. Friendly staff and the clerks in the lobby are nice too. They give you complementary cookies at the front which are pretty good.

    The Room- very clean and spacious. The studio suite we stayed in was amazing. It came with a full kitchen. It comes in handy for a homemade dinner.

    The bed was was the only downfall, as good as this place is you would think the beds would be a bit more comfortable but good enough to sleep in.

    There are a lot of nice restaurants that are close by but they get packed really quick so if your a breakfast person and want to go out, get up early. But they do have a free breakfast at the hotel which I didn't get try sadly. Overall it was a great stay and I may be back again if I'm ever in town again.

    14/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    50. Demon E.
    We chose the Sommerset Hotel because of its close proximity to Scripps Mercy hospital. A family member was a patient so we wanted a place close by to the hospital. Sommerset facility was clean. The staff was friendly and very helpful. The room we got has a kitchen, stove, refrigerator, coffee maker, dining table w/ chairs, living room, couch, two televisions, two twin beds, a balcony. Free continental breakfast every morning. A Happy Hour every Tuesday and Thursday p.m.: FREE BEER! I would recommend this hotel to others.

    01/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    51. Rick B.
    This is my second visit to Sommerset Suites.  Excellent service as the first time.
    Super friendly staff....thanks Ian, Bonita, Santiago and the best hostess for breakfast Martha.

    Can't wait for my next trip to San Diego!

    16/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    52. Mark R.
    Sommerset Suites is a great alternative to staying along hotel row on interstate 8 or the convention center area downtown. The rates are very reasonable and the place is very clean with extremely friendly staff members.

    Normally reserve one of the larger Suites with a large bedroom off to the side. All the rooms come with a small kitchen stocked with your basic cooking utensils. They also have a nice pool area with a gas grill that is up for grabs. Saw several families grilling while the kids went swimming in the pool. I love to party on my private patio up on the top floor and then go out for some festivities.

    Several really cool restaurants, bars and unique stores are within walking distance. I really like the Whole Foods store that is just a heartbeat away by foot. Easy access by car to Balboa Park and the Zoo without having to get on the freeway. I usual do the DDD marathon and check some of Guy's favorite SD picks. Then maybe a trip to one of the nearby beaches. OB Dog is my favorite.

    Nice complimentary breakfast to get fueled up in the morning. Free WIFI when it is time to YELP or just goof off. Covered parking on ground level is a treat as well. If you need anything just tell them and they will take care of it.

    Located in the interestingly diverse and hip Hillcrest area which has some really fun synergy. Scripps Hospital is right next door so you may hear an ambulance or two at times on certain sides of the building when you patio door is open.

    This is not a high end resort but a great bang for the buck. Check out their specials to save some money and stay 3 day or more. It's like a small apartment. SCORE!

    11/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    53. Angela B.
    Really loved this hotel.  Hot tub and pool were nice, although it was a bit too cold to swim.  The rooms were suites and really great.  Nice living room & kitchen area.  Free breakfast every morning.  Breakfast options are pastries, hard boiled eggs, waffles, bagels, fruit, cereal, etc.  They have a Mac computer with internet & printer that you can use in the lobby area, and really great ice water with different fruit infused in it (delish & refreshing).  Maid service was good and staff were always helpful.  We always got in too late for the free cookies, but one of the staff would sometimes give me some of his cookies that he had brought from home!  Parking lot beneath the hotel, but spots are pretty tiny.  Good location, not far from downtown, the Zoo, SeaWorld, etc.  Also, close to so many hospitals (this must be San Diego's version of Pill Hill) so many people staying here have a family member at the hospital.

    05/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    54. Alison H.
    I almost don't want to write a glowing review because I don't want this place to get too booked up and lose its low-key, down home appeal! But it's too good to keep all to myself. What's great? Location, cleanliness, service, convenience, affordability...We loved it! Why not 5 stars? Only because it's not a 5-star hotel (no room service, etc), it's not super fancy. But it was perfect for my kids and me for a get-away. Super close to the zoo, walking distance to many fantastic restaurants (don't miss D Bar!), plus you have the convenience of a full kitchen--and they did our dishes! As a mom, I really appreciated that unexpected touch. The sirens, etc. didn't bother us at all and we didn't find it noisy. We will be back, very soon!
    Oh and my kids just reminded me--great wifi!!!

    29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    55. Kelli S.
    I was looking for a hotel to book for my parents' visit to San Diego next month. Ron, the front desk attendant, was the most courteous person I've spoken with through my hotel-shopping. He is the reason I booked with Handlery! I hope my guests will have the same great impression I had at the Handlery!

    25/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    56. Fred W.
    Awesome staff was helpful in the extreme. Extremely quiet and very clean room. There where sirens from the nearby hospitals, but in the room we were in we could barely hear them. Great location. Good price. Only knock was the bed was a queen rather than a king; fine for singles, but a bit tighter than the two of us are used to.

    28/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    57. Mieshia N.
    My family calls this place "The Poopie Hotel" you'll soon understand why.
    We checked into our room and discovered a brown, wet, smelly stain on the floor. When housekeeping was called to clean up the brown, wet, smelly stain, we were told "they are not allowed to use carpet cleaner and the best he could do was spray it with water." Housekeeping told use to throw a towel over the stain. The manager on duty investigated the brown, wet, smelly stain and agreed we should not stay in that room. Unable to accommodate us, the manager on duty found another place for us to stay and the hotel covered all charges. The managers called the next day and apologized for the incident. The management staff seem to be on key but the experience with housekeeping will keep us from returning to this hotel. Is this a nice place to stay? We'll never know.

    19/05/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    58. Keith C.
    We chanced upon Sommerset purely by chance because we wanted to stay someplace in San Diego where stuff was going on.

    We checked in late Christmas night, and check-in was easy and quick. The front desk helped us know where everything in the area was. The king suite room was clean, well-maintained, and the kitchen was well stocked (except dish-cleaning soap). Our room overlooked the pool, and the balcony was nice.

    The complimentary cold breakfast was standard, with nothing gluten-free. Not a knock on that, since they never claimed it was, but just a head's up. Every day was the same, with cold cereal, hard-boiled eggs, muffins, coffee/tea, and yogurt. There was someone keeping it well stocked during breakfast, and nothing was depleted for more than about a minute, as she was restocking it rapidly.

    The room was relatively quiet for being surrounded by hospitals, but not badly so. I brought a noise machine, and that covered almost everything up.

    Check-out was also easy. We would stay here again.

    03/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0