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The Bristol Hotel in San Diego, CA

Specialties

Our unique boutique hotel is an ideal choice for hotel accommodations, meetings, receptions and banquets.  You'll find that we offer a perfect balance of comfort, value and style with a prime downtown location adjacent to the Gaslamp Quarter and within walking distance to all downtown San Diego has to offer.

History

Established in 1967.

The Bristol Hotel is owned and managed by Greystone Hotels.  Corporate Headquarters are located in San Francisco.  Greystone Hotels completed a multi-million dollar renovation in 2008 to upgrade guest rooms, room amenities, public areas and banquet facilities of the Bristol Hotel.  
Please go to www.greystonehotels.com for additional information about Greystone Hotels and other hotels operated under this chain.

 

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Rating: 3.91

Address: 1055 First Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92101
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Comments (221):

1. Diana T.
We had our highschool mini reunion here and we all thought the newly renovated Bristol was great.  Valet was the only downside as it charged $22/day but we only stayed the weekend so not horrible.  Front desk ppl were courteous and the room itself was spacious and very clean.  Flat screen tv, two double beds, and a clean bathroom painted in a dramatic red.  The view wasn't great but we weren't really expecting one.  Housekeeping brought up towels promptly and the lobby downstairs was vibrant and pleasant to be in.  They also had a special rate which was pretty decent for the pricey downtown SD area.

03/04/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Lula Mae W.
The color palette seems an homage to Liechtenstein, so should you choose to stay be prepared for bold primary colors.  The walls display prints and a few actual signed pieces from Peter Max, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, etc.  The whole thing is perhaps a bit too Z-Gallerie, but I'll take it over the generic hotel room anyday.   Location is convenient to the emerging downtown Gaslamp Quarter, which means lots of restaurants at which to tempt fate.  The trolley to Tijuana is on the corner, but if your sights are set on Bakersfield, the Greyhound depot is across the street.

05/10/05 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Linda R.
dont get a room on the street side. super noisy! all i heard were the grey hounds coming and going. lol. other than that, its a really nice hotel. nicely decorated. very nice staff!

02/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
4. V C.
Perfectly good hotel for lower prices than the fancy chains. Staff was friendly, they have lots of little conveniences that other hotels love to charge an arm and a leg for (free wireless in the rooms, free computer with printer in the lobby, no charge when I had a package delivered). Maybe the rooms are a bit small, and the sliding bathroom door is a little odd, but I can't  imagine anyone having a serious complaint. Decor make it feel a bit unique. Would recommend to anyone.

07/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Christina H.
This is a great deal if you want to stay downtown, relatively close to what's happening there.  So the positives are the location (within a mile of anything downtown), price (about 50+ less than any comparable hotel in the area, and decent appearance (the pics are pretty accurate).  The negatives would be the service....one/two people at the desk who ignore you for a little bit before asking what you need and their poor attempt to be helpful (I complained about several issues...no computer paper in the one computer/printer available to print out your boarding pass, a non-working elevator, and a locked stairs door on the 1st floor...and got a "sorry about that" instead of actually acting like they cared), and the unreliable one elevator they had "working".

07/10/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
6. deb W.
Charming little boutique hotel with a very friendly & accommodating staff.    Many attractions within walking distance, ie seaport villiage, USS midway, star of india as well as the water taxies that take you to Coronado island.  I had a pleasant  breakfast in the hotel dining room & was not disappointed.  Overall a very enjoyable experience & one that would not have taken place at a Marriott or one of the other generic hotel chains.  I would certainly return to The Bristol.

20/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Eric G.
I can throw in another plus-one for this hotel.  Last year I stayed the around same dates at the Sofia, which was also quite nice, but this year I went for the significant savings at the Bristol.  My room was clean, had a decent piece of blue sky for a view, and everything worked.  I don't ask for much more than that for a hundred-dollar room.

24/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Mira K.
this is a review for daisy's, the hotel's restaurant. i used to enjoy the sherry mushroom soup and cobb salad, until i got food poisoning. to add insult to injury, during that same WEEK i had an appointment with their catering manager to host an event there. upon arrival at the hotel and waiting for nearly 20 minutes after my appointment time, i was told she was on the phone. i never even received a courtesy email or phone apology. what a disgrace.

04/10/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
9. Mar S.
Trying to book 2 rooms you would think these people would be happy to get customers in with so many vacancies. I got trannsfered from the hotel to their main reservations dept to the hotel again and then to be told because it is a special rate I will need to talk to another person that is not in but will call me tomorrow (if I'm lucky).  Looks like this (ESPB) special is a teaser afterall. I have never talked to so many incompetent people.  I'd fire them in a second if they worked for me. These people I talked to handles reservations?  Wow, with so many unemployed educated people out there you would think they would be more careful with who handles their reservations and front desk.

08/03/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
10. Dawn B.
We recently stayed at The Bristol for a high school reunion being held in their ball room.  Not only was it my reunion, but also the first night away from our precious newborn son, we were looking forward to a night away and sleeping in for the first time in four months! :)   Both the ball room and our hotel room were nice enough, but the customer service was appalling.  As it was our 20th reunion and we were seeing friends we had not seen in years we were told about the hotels "no party policy", but told we would be able to socialize as late as we like in the hotel lobby as it was two floors below the nearest hotel room.  And just to clarify "socialize", I was giggling with old girlfriends while sitting on a couch in the lobby, not yelling, screaming and running up and down the halls.  After following these guidelines, and catching up with friends in the lobby as requested, I returned to my hotel room (where my husband was sound asleep) to a party being broken up by security across the hall.  I entered my room only to receive a knock on the door moments later by a security guard saying we were being evicted.  When I asked why, she said she had received complaints about a party in our room. When I invited her in to see that my husband was sleeping and had been for hours and that I was just returning from the lobby, she said it didn't matter and left.  Within an hour two police were knocking on our door to evict us!!!  When we asked for an explanation we were told they could evict whomever they chose for any reason and they did not need to give an explanation.  Really?!?!?!  

We chose to wait a day to contact administration to cool off a bit, as we were understandably upset.  The way the situation was handled by the management was equally, if not more appalling.  We were hung up upon by management on our first call, the administrative assistant at the main office refused to give us the email of the president, as the one online was no longer valid, and when we finally received a response by those in upper management, we were threatened not to post a review in travel blogs.  So....I am taking a risk by writing this review, but advise potential guests to stay at their own risk.....you, too may receive a knock on your door to be evicted for no reason.

01/08/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
11. Andrea S.
It's a cute, reasonably priced, boutique hotel with friendly staff located in the Gaslamp Quarter. Extra bonus is they allow dogs for free (could be a con if you don't like dogs though). I would go back.

15/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Emily Z.
Stayed here for a week while attending a convention (8 blocks away). The other reviewers hit the major points already, but I loved this boutique hotel...  Nice change from all of the nice but sterile feeling Hyatts and Westins.  It seemed like alot of thought was put into decor + functionality, everything was clean and professional, and they seem to have a really sweet staff.

17/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. shaun l.
A comfortable stay at a clean hotel.

Rooms are definitely on the smaller side.

The concierge though is where they really messed up.  They gave us the wrong fricken bags!  Fortunately, as we were loading, one of the girls in the van pointed that these weren't our bags!  Concierge apologized... a few minutes later, came back with the correct bags... uh... well almost.

Our group got our bags, and then as we were unloading at the car rental return, my gf was like... uh oh... they gave us an extra bag!!!

Can you imagine the chaos that must be happening in the back room of that concierge office?

If you stay here... be careful!!

15/08/06 | Link | Rating: 2.0
14. Elisabeth R.
My daughter's wedding reception was held at the Bristol.  The Starlight Room was great, as was the food, but the catering company, Festivities, was  disorganized, unresponsive and unprofessional.  They  charged me 4 different prices for drinks, none of which matched the contracted price, didn't keep track of how much wine i brought for corkage purposes, and never gave me a straight answer for anything until I appealed to the company president.  Too bad they switched catering companies.  The old person obviously had my interests at heart.  These guys were useless.  If you have an event at the Bristol, hire your own person to be your advocate!!

02/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
15. Jason B.
3.5 stars.

i stayed in this hotel on a recent trip to san diego.  it is downtown. right near the court house (good for me because i had to lug 80 pound exhibit bags to and fro).

it is also conveniently close to sushi deli 2 which is one of my favorite places to dine in sd when i am down there (srsly the deals are soooooo good).

the lobby is cute. there is a grand piano that plays music--although not piano music. that was kind of odd. it is also heavily perfumed/potpourried-to the point where it was obnoxious.  

the rooms are boutiquey. nothing really stuck out as amazing or substantially below par.  if i had to complain about something i would say that the view out the window was of the off white building next door. weak.

the people that ran the hotel were kind. although they yelled at my party for using adult language in the lobby when no one was around. understandable but it could have been dealt with better.

the work station was a complete failure. i tried to print stuff out but the computer would not open my word documents. the woman at the front counter said it was for security purposes--i asked what is the point of having a work station with a printer then? must be for show.  the problem was remedied when they printed my stuff in the back room. success.

we also got a good deal because we needed 6 rooms

so yea 3.5 stars. nice but definitely not the best i have stayed at.

wow that was an extremely boring review... sorry folks.

25/10/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
16. Teju P.
The location is excellent - right near the Gaslamp District. We were able to walk everywhere. The rooms are excellent and the staff is friendly. Had a really nice time in SD!

06/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. RJ A.
We were a little worried about the elevator and restroom based on other reviews. Elevator worked fine. Bathroom was clean, a little small, but with a quirky square tub that made it okay. Huge rooms, big windows, and excellent rates.

12/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Sean B.
Nice modern looking hotel with awesome rooms.  My room was actually quite large with a big tv and a good sized work area.  Great location also.  They even followed up with me after my stay.

21/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Steve G.
Stayed here for Thanksgiving weekend and I was just completely enchanted with the place.  They took a run down property and made it luxurious and comfortable, but retained an incredibly down to earth and friendly attitude among all of the staff.  We almost extended our stay by another day just because of the bed!  Two minor nits: the elevator was being a little flaky, and though we were on the third floor, a recent knee surgery precluded use of the stairs; and, the reception on the TV (a huge LCD flatscreen) was a little dodgy on some stations.  However, I didn't plan on spending much time watching TV anyway.  Check for deals on Hotels.com and all the other travel sites, this is truly a hidden gem!

02/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Julie M.
I loved this hotel.  It is super cute and full of color.  You actually enjoy spending time in your hotel room.  I had a high floor with a great view.  It is great if you want to be right in the heart of things--downtown shops, food, bars, etc.  You might hear a little hustle and bustle from the street, but your in downtown!  It didn't bother me.  You have to valet your car, which runs a little steep, but the valet drivers were friendly and on top of it.  I got a great deal and would definitely recommend!

07/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Natasha S.
This hotel is cute and in a great location near the Gaslamp. The decor is tasteful, the rooms were clean, and the front desk & valet were very helpful. It's walking distance to most major attractions and the rates are super reasonable. We will definitely stay here again.

14/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Arela R.
I really disliked this hotel. All Ikea style furniture, but the cheap uncomfortable stuff, not functional things. Check in was ok, the desk staff was cold. Got to our room realized that we couldn't stay there. The room was tiny, smelled like vomit and the bathroom didn't have a door. Just a cover like you would have on a pantry. Awesome for a  voyeristic couple, but I need my privacy.

The view offered us a straight shot to a bus station across the street. To top it off the window wasn't working so we couldn't get the smell of vomit out of the room. Unfortunately it was late and we couldn't change hotels.

After a horrible sleep in a really uncomfortable bed with terrible linens, we were woken up at around 4:30-5:00 am to the sounds of the bus station across the street warming up. It vibrated the entire hotel; there was no way we were going back to sleep.

Hubby had to get up and attend a meeting and left me to deal with the room. Since we were only there for one more night, I didn't think it would be worth it to change hotels. I called the concierge to see what I could do to salvage the mess.

They made no attempt to apologize, or fix the problem. Only after threatening to leave the hotel did they offer another room on the other side of the hotel, but it was even smaller, didn't have doors on the bathroom either and was looking over a construction site. Fun, that didn't help. So then I asked them to come and fix the window and at least get rid of the vomit smell.

After about 3 hours, a very lecherous handy man came up and started spraying the room with some really strong and stinky air freshener. Which made the room smell like rotten oranges and vomit. I had him fix the widow so I could at least have a bit of fresh air. Still didn't help. I smelled around the room and found the source. The guest service book had puke all over it, in the pockets, soaked into the paper, everywhere. It helped somewhat but still didn't make the stay a better one.

I'd avoid this hotel like the plague.

05/12/06 | Link | Rating: 1.0
23. Marie T.
This is my go-to hotel when I want to get completely shit faced downtown but don't want to spend a shit-ton of cash on a room that I'll only sleep in (and probably vomit in) for one night.  Bristol has never let me down.  It's clearly a renovated hotel, but i LOVES it. Its walking distance to my favorite clubs in the gaslamp.  It's around the corner from a 711 if i need anything.  And there's hella choices for food late night downtown anyways... Why do people always need to be so bougie?  WHY!?  I mean a hotel is meant to be slept in.  Why do they want their hotel to come with some many amenities that you're probably not going to use?  I don't need a full snack bar, i won't eat those $4 snickers NO WAY!  I don't need the room to look like it's made for a space ship.  I don't care for your stainless steel sink or 17000 inch tv.  I get hotel rooms to sleep.  Not to basque in awe about how modern or high tech it is.  Give me a hotel that doesn't look like I'll get gang raped in the middle of the night and I'M ALL IN!

13/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Sabrina G.
I Loved the Bristol!

Such a cute, quaint, boutique hotel that was central to everything; the Westfield Mall, fast transportation ( bus, train) to get to the Zoo or Balboa park, the Gaslamp district ( with great eateries and nightlife), and the harbor is just a few blocks walk away.

I recommend staying at this hotel. The service was very friendly and rooms were modern.The only problem we had were some people next door being too loud, but I called the front desk and they took care of it immediately.

I will definitely stay here again and so should you!

30/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Aria A.
I ate here a few months ago. I like the ambiance and the service is great. Love the avocado, shrimp sandwich that comes in huge sizes. I would eat here again if I have a big appetite.

13/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Margi T.
The rooms were brightly decorated in modern artist themes. But the hotel itself is a bit old--I vaguely remember our bathroom door didn't lock or wasn't a real door (which wouldn't normally be an issue, but we were sharing a room with my husband's friend). The worst is it's across the street from the Greyhound Station (bus noise + homeless). The homeless in SD seem agressive, too, and they're everywhere (like sleeping on the sidewalk outside the lobby). But the hotel is at a great location otherwise, easy walking distance to malls, restaurants, and bars. The restaurant downstairs is usually pretty empty. Decent breakfast menu. The small bar is good, but it closes pretty early.

27/09/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
27. Lilani E.
My friend had her wedding reception here and so all of us from college booked hotel rooms for the big event.

The place was very modern and pretty 'groovy' interior but nothing spectacular.  

They offered crisp red delicious apples in the lobby which were fun...

The reception was really nice and that was the most important thing and they were able to remove the roof for a moonlight dance floor which was pretty awesome.

26/08/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
28. Scott W.
We stayed at this hotel for a week and it was a great experience. The location could not be better if you don't have a car... right next to the Transit store where you can buy bus/trolley passes. as well as to bus and trolley stops. There are 250 restaurants within walking distance, as well as a shopping mall and cinema.  The hotel itself is elegant and clean, and the staff are very helpful and kind. The front desk was very helpful several times. The only downsides would be that the Gaslamp quarter (where it is located) is full of drug addicts and one should be on their toes when traveling through it. Some have complained about the street noise outside, but I am a light sleeper and slept like a baby there in a room facing the street and bus station. Very comfortable bed!

02/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Veronica H.
Overall I liked this hotel and enjoyed my stay there.  The staff was very friendly and the service was great.  It was in very convenient location.  My boyfriend and I walked from the hotel to the Gaslamp District a few nights and really enjoyed it.

My only complaint was that when we went to our room after checking in I found that the bedspread had stains on it.  I immediately brought it to the attention of the front desk and they alerted the housekeeping staff so they could change the linen.  So I wasn't 100% comfortable with the cleanliness after that.  

I also did not care for the sliding door over the bathroom.  There was a good inch of space between the door and the wall because the door was on tracks outside the opening for the bathroom.  

I did like the fact that they were an environmentally-friendly hotel.  For example, the bathroom had a toilet half and full flush functions and their valet parking rate is $13 (rather than $26 per day) if you have a hybrid vehicle.

11/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
30. Kim P.
Stayed here for one night during the weekdays. I'll start with the positive: price was good for where it was. I know you have to pay 150 and up for some nice hotel in the downtown area. Service seemed pretty nice and everything was clean enough. Only complaints, some of their rooms face the back and its pretty much just a wall.... so no view, internet is slow as hell, sliding door for the bathroom?, they had so much mini bar stuff (4 buck water bottles! and I hate the temptation), The website makes it look so slick and modern but the age of the building really shows once you look pass the nice curtains and bedsheets. Overall, I think i'll try somewhere else next time. Maybe.

11/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
31. Joey H.
this is a nice boutique hotel located next to the gaslamp. perfect location, because you can walk to places yet its far enough from all the noise. the rooms are average in size and its decorated nicely. the room and bed are comfortable. the employees are very friendly and helpful. what more can we ask for? we would stay here again.

23/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Josh R.
Very nice place. Comfy bed, nice decor, plenty of room, and most importantly: clean. Nice staff, friendly people. You should bring some dvds and a laptop or something along those lines since there is limited channel selection, but there is plenty to do around here you shouldn't be in the room much anyway.

29/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Mike M.
I'm currently sitting in my hotel room here at 7am writing this review and wanted to share the pros and cons that I've experienced in my 5 nights here so far. Due to situational circumstances I've stayed in 3 different rooms and can speak confidently that my opinions weren't due to 1 good/bad room. PS....Come in December before Christmas....the hotel is empty!!...this helped me get a great rate.

PROS: ***1) Location is a few short blocks away from the Gaslamp bars and restaurants ***2) The staff could not be nicer. They're very accomodating and super nice. ***3) Ipod docks in most rooms ***4) Nice sized (37 inch maybe?) LCD TV ***5) Excellent water pressure in shower ***6) Comfortable bed and nice linens (although pillows are a bit on the firm side and a mix of a few soft ones to choose from out of the 4 they give you would've been nice) ***7) Ample closet space, especially for single traveler, including safe and iron/board ***8) Free WiFi (not the fastest but certainly adequate) ***9) Nice common areas (hallways, lobby) ***10) Nice large dresser ***11) All rooms non-smoking

CONS: ***1) Noise! I stayed in room 711 and the noise was present but not overwhelming. I got "upgraded" to a deluxe king in room 707 which is closer to C street and further from Broadway. The room has many more windows which are pretty bad at keeping noise out. The room is basically on top of the trolley line and both nights in this room I've been woken up around 5:45-6am by the trolley and the garbage trucks at the adjacent building. As almost all rooms face First street, it might be wise to request one closer to Broadway and further from C, and don't get a deluxe king unless you absolutely need the room because the increase in windows = much more noise. ***2) No full length mirror in rooms ***3) Lighting in bathrooms (in shower is fine) is terrible. ex...can't see properly while shaving/doing hair. ***4) Room lighting is poor as it all comes from lamps, no overhead lighting ***5) No fridge ***6) Coffee pot old ***7) No fan in bathroom, only some old wooden boards used as a cheap ceiling ***8) Bathroom doors are sliding doors that don't completely close, which might be uncomfortable is staying with someone else. ***9) Strange.....sometimes the water from sink faucet was only hot no matter what handle you turned on

Neutral - ***1) Not sure if a pro or con, but there is a small gym with 3 cardio pieces and a small weight machine....no free weights. ***2) $26/night parking

Overall - For the price I paid it was more than worth it and if I was staying longer I would request to get out of this particularly loud room. Nice people, nice location, free internet in my room, and a comfortable bed all made my stay worthwhile.

25/12/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
34. Glen T.
The hotel is nice.  The room was okay.  The location is decent but the service was a little slow.  
 I stayed here one night and they charged me twice on my credit card.  When I called and complained they saw their mistake and said they'd take off the second charge.    They didn't.  I had to call again and complain and the charge eventually came off.   I'll never stay here again.

26/08/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
35. Ryan K.
I LOVE THIS HOTEL. Its not the Condessa DF in Mexico city but its pretty rocking great deal. The staff was wonderful, the location is perfect, the deals are the bomb (complimentary parking, Late checkout), the hotel is clean & quite, the bed was comfy, and finally its the the perfect local to hit up all the great gaslamp bars.

12/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Kat N.
My friend had her wedding reception here and we all booked rooms there. I really liked the boutique hotel's modern decor of red, black and white.

The rooms were well-appointed, with flatscreen TVs and pretty comfy big beds. The bar or rather bartenders, in the reception hall deserve kudos. I had asked for a French cosmo and the bartender said he didn't know it but would look it up for me. Even with the rush of guests, about 20 minutes later, the drink was delivered straight to me. Awesome. He even sent over another one when I proceeded to spill the first drink all over myself, ha.

We were bummed it was raining and the roof couldn't open up in the reception hall, that would have been cool. I also had breakfast downstairs and it was actually quite tasty (eggs done just right and the breakfast potatoes were super crispy and delicious) and service was super fast. I'll admit that the service at the front desk could be a bit more polished and professional -- we were given the wrong room upon check-in and walked into an already occupied room! But that was smoothed over and all was OK.

09/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Ethan H.
I liked the Bristol. The first thing that struck me about it was the lobby. Somewhat chic and tastefully decorated, it made me want to find a reason to hang out there. A piano is always a nice touch, though I would've like hearing someone play it.

The room itself was pretty cool too. Decorated in a contemporary style with lots of blacks and whites, with some red highlights. I particularly liked the drapes, which were bordered at the bottom with winter tree outlines that looked really neat when the sun played through them. The king size bed was super comfy and the flatscreen TV was of ample size.

The view could have been better, but I wasn't expecting anything spectacular, considering the location. The shower could have been a bit larger too, particularly width-wise. Maybe then my girlfriend wouldn't have accidentally nudged me backwards, causing me to fall out, taking the shower curtain with me. Lying naked on the bathroom floor, wrapped in shower curtain, water pouring everywhere as we both laughed ourselves stupid was a pretty memorable moment though. :)

21/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Ted H.
We had a nice stay.  Nice hotel, great service and great location.  We'll be back!

29/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Jessica L.
A nice hotel. Staff was kind and friendly. Everything seemed clean and new-ish. I have to say the red, black and white theme is cool at first but slightly frightening after awhile in the room.

Great location but expensive overnight valet parking (as expected).

10/06/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
40. Ellyn n.
My wedding reception took place at this lovely, boutique hotel in downtown. The one thing that sold my husband and I on this place was its chic decor, non-Hilton feel and retractable rooftop. Right in the heart of downtown, it's a walk away from Broadway, Horton Plaza and tons of restaurants/shops. The food wasn't fancy-schmancy but it got the job done -- our guests' stomachs were happily filled. It poured during our reception and we couldn't open up the roof... damn rain ... but we still had a great time.

I must say, though, that the front desk needs some help. Some of the receptionists were rude to my wedding guests (though, some of my guests reciprocated) and accidentally gave my brother the bridal room before I had a chance to check in. Major oops. Valet folks were courteous and prompt, however.

23/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. jay d.
Got the dealbase deal on this one = $70/night + free valet parking. What what!

Had a great time here during Valentine's Day weekend. The staff was super helpful.  The rooms were quiet and comfortable.  Got a free upgrade.  I like that the rooms had a little character. Wish they would get HD cable but there wasn't much TV watching going on that weekend.

27/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Jacinto P.
This hotel has a great location, a Lichtenstein behind the check-in counter and let us take our bikes to our rooms.  What's not to love?  If you're in Little Rock, Arkansas then maybe you should be reviewing the comfort level of your chairs in the room but if you're in Downtown SD, how much time are you going to be spending in your room?  We had a clean room, the view sucked, but that doesn't matter cause we were only in our room while we changed clothes, took showers and slept.  Staff was helpful in suggesting to just park on the street for free since it was a holiday weekend.  Front desk was helpful in helping us figure out what to do with our bikes and had a trouble free experience checking bags before our check-in.  

I recommend "The Bristol hotel, room 515!" (c) LL Cool J

28/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Kelly C.
Back in my sorority days, we'd rush home from class on a special Friday, pull out our black dresses, and board a bus for a mystery location with our dates. If we were lucky, we were taken to the Bristol, which boasted an amazing dance floor with a ceiling that opened up so we could see the stars. One particularly rambunctious formal, the Bristol decided no more Greek events. Sad. But that was one seriously fun night.

Little did they know 2 of those sorority girls are grown up and checked in for their reunion this weekend! The hotel underwent a big renovation, and has been redecorated to have this mod-chic meets old school molding thing going on. They had cute little touches like a jar of hard candy on the desk. The rooms were super cute, but a little small. Our shower had two temperatures - hot and scalding, the "spa quality" toiletries were really not, and the sliding door to the bathroom kept sticking, leaving one of us stuck in the bathroom!

I was disappointed that our neighbors next door were seriously noisy not once, but twice after 2am. I like bumping club music at 2am too, but at the club, not at my hotel room! Second time we called down the front desk said that they were kicking them out, but the music was back at 8am. Since it's across the street from the Greyhound station I would ask for a high up room or pack some ear plugs. I also wish they had mentioned they charged $22 a night for parking.

For about $150 a night you can't beat the location, but there are some serious annoyances we had to put up with.

06/04/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
44. SomeRandom C.
I hate long reviews so I'll try 2 keep it simple. After doing extensive research on this hotel & reading the rave reviews, I decided this was the place 4 me. I'm giving 1 star ONLY because I was given a complimentary drink for myself and my guest. Heres my list of why this place sucked:
26 Dollar Valet. Really?
Not accommodating even a little w/ early check n
Ice machine only on 2 floors
Loud ass party above us all night
Room smelled like cigarettes n non smoking room
The halls look like the movie "Room 1408"
I was expecting Jack Nicholson 2 appear n the hall w/ an ax
Internet hardly worked
Ipod deck is 4 a mini
The tv was nice but the remote didnt work
The heater kept cutting off & getting cold
The bathroom had boards on the ceiling
& the coffee maker was n the restroom w/
No cream or sugar
Dont even think about walking around here
After sunset. Its a San Diego MacArthur Park.
They added xtra money on my credit card
At check out I couldnt wait to get out of here
& had 2 restrain myself when the lady asked
"How was your stay? How can we improve?"
By tearing this mf down
So much 4 the short review

16/05/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
45. Christine D.
I LOVE Bristol and will be back.  Rooms are cute and funky. Beds are SOOOO comfortable that I went online and found the brand of pillows they use and ordered them for myself. Robes in the closet are a nice touch.  Lobby is pretty and staff are friendly.  I would have loved a pool or jacuzzi, but the location, price and style was perfect for the Isagenix Convention I went to.  Tram is right there or if you don't mind walking it's a straight shot to the convention center.  Night life just a block or two away.  Will stay there again for sure.

30/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
46. T D.
Just returned from a weekend in San Diego at the Bristol.  First, and most importantly, the location of this hotel is OUTSTANDING.  It is very well situated near the gaslamp district, & less than 4 blocks from I-5.  There are multiple routes from the airport to the hotel, all of which should take less than 10 minutes (each).  The railcar runs directly adjacent to the hotel for those who don't have a rental car.

The hotel itself is very quaint, clean, & functional.  It is modernly decorated & offers no outrageously priced overrated amenities.  The valet parking (with unlimited ins & outs) is priced at $22/night, which is high...but typical.  The only negative part of the weekend was the $14 room service pot of coffee (a shocker at checkout).  

All in all, this is a great hotel.  The staff is very friendly & helpful, the clientele was diverse & well-behaved.

24/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Farrah W.
I was leery as I always am booking a hotel online site unseen. Hotels always make the place look fab online and when you get there it just looks drab. I have had some pretty bad experiences with that. I must say though I was really impressed with this hotel. It was everything good people had to say about it and more.

First of all the location is fantastic, close to a shopping mall, Gas-lamp District, restaurants and it's only a few minutes drive to a ton of freeways that can take you anywhere in the city you may need to go.

The hotel its self is very clean and modern. It looks just like the website says it does. We stayed on the street side which I saw some people complain that it was super noisy. I didn't notice much noise at all on that side, but the back side is very quiet and the desk staff will ask which side you prefer when checking in. There was free internet in the room that worked perfectly. If you stay longer than three days you need to get a new code to access the internet as the codes run out after the three day mark, but just ask at the front desk and they will give you another one.

Because it's downtown and people work down there parking is at a premium. They have full valet parking with is $26 bucks a night, you can come and go all day for the price. We actually got a half price discount on parking for driving a hybrid so we only paid $13 a day. All hotels down and around that area of San Diego charge for parking though and it's usually more.

All of the staff were fantastic. They made us feel welcome and were very friendly and helpful. We asked about places to eat near by and the guy at the from desk gave us coupons for some discounts.

Price wise you can't beat this place. I searched every hotel in this area and you will not find a better deal for what you get than the Bristol. I can not say enough good things about this hotel. I am heading back to San Diego in May and won't even consider staying anywhere else. It suited everything I was looking for perfectly. Location, quality, service and price.

04/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. Bea Y.
Went to San Diego for a conference at the Convention Center. This hotel's website offered a fall special and has a coffee maker in the room. The fancier hotels lack this amenity.
Great location..20 mins walk to convention center. At the edge of Gaslamp Quarter, a short walk to all the restaurants and shops at 5th Ave. Around the corner, there are 7-11, Wendy's, Chipotle and Sushi Deli!
The hotel is well decorated, but you can tell that it's an old building...with good remodeling work. Walls are poorly insulated. Was surrounding by women on both sides...u can hear loud conversation and laughter. Hotel does not provide earplugs. I was on the 3rd floor and could hear nighttime and morning traffic. Bathroom door is a bit difficult to maneuver, ventilation of the bathroom was so-so!
The fall special price was great for the area.  I don't think it's worth the regular rate. Not sure if I would stay here again!

01/12/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
49. Patrick H.
Not really a bad thing I can say about this place.  After doing a bit of research for hotels in downtown San Diego I found this to be the cheapest for the time that I was going.  They had an end of summer special which brought rate to about $123 per night.  The hotel was easy to find, the Valet was very convenient (other than the $26 per day charge) and check in was a breeze.  My wife and I were happy to find that the room was very spacious.  During both of the nights I stayed I didn't hear a single peep that woke me up so I was very happy about that.  If the rates are low the next time I visit SD, this will be the hotel I stay at.

15/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
50. Queenie C.
LOVED this hotel and my friend and I really enjoyed our stay. I picked this hotel for its location - being only a few blocks away from Gaslamp, we walked out, partied, and happily stumbled home to crash. It's cute, modern, not smelly, and the staff is super nice and helpful. I purchased the Eat, Sleep, and Park package - my friend and I were expecting the usual continental breakfast but it was actually really nice prepared meal served in the hotel's restaurant. I requested a quiet room and we were so happy and slept to well. I can't think of anything wrong... Hmm, well, the sink in our bathroom drained a little slow but that's about it. I'd definitely love to stay here again.

04/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Amber C.
The Bristol was just lovely. The bed was super comfy and the room was more spacious than I had anticipated. One complaint was the room temp - it was either warm or freezing and we couldn't figure out how to control it by day 4.

It was easy to walk everywhere in the Gaslamp District from this location and we felt safe doing so. Sure, there's no pool, but with so much to do in SD why would you waste your time with one? Stay here and you'll be happy you did. If you're staying for the weekend there's a restaurant right around the corner called Currant with $3 champagne drinks at breakfast!

08/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Alana W.
This was a cute, clean hotel with a very friendly staff. That said, it's not the most professional hotel I've ever stayed at and the walls are VERY thin. Could clearly hear the embarrassing conversation of the women in the next room and the partying going on from the people at the high school reunion definitely permeated the ceiling. There also seemed to be a general state of confusion behind the front desk and at the valet station, and they seemed to be grossly understaffed,  especially in the dining room.

We went in to get some breakfast, stood at the hostess stand for a while, a waitress said she would be right with us and then proceeded to walk past us 8 times (I kid you not, 8 times), purposefully not making eye contact while she served guests that were already seated. We finally grabbed menus and seated ourselves. A lot of the tables were dirty so I figured someone didn't show up for work that day and these women were slammed and doing the best they could. But when we went in the next day it was the same two women working by themselves again, and although it wasn't as bad as the day before, you could see they were still overwhelmed and management was doing nothing to help them.

I would stay there again as the rooms were nice and clean, and like I said everyone was very friendly, but I would hope some improvements would be made between now and then. Seems to me like the problem is on the management and training level rather than with the staff as everyone I met tried hard to be accommodating but seemed overwhelmed.

04/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
53. Deirdre M.
So, I booked a room here the other night for Gaslamps Mardi Gras extravaganza and was super super happy with it. Seriously, $80 for the night with a AAA discount is a crazy good deal! Upon entering the room, the super nice front desk lady called to make sure it was to my liking. Uh totally!
The hotel has a super good location, within walking distance from all of the Gaslamp district. It's lacking a pool, which was a bummer, but they made up for that with the free candies in the room. I was also kind of mad that it was valet parking only, which was $28. The girl at the front desk was super nice and e-mailed me the next day to make sure my stay was enjoyable.
This is definitely my new favorite SD hotel.

20/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Amy A.
The Bristol is just lovely.  The rooms are beautiful and lavish --so comfortable.  Our bed was so comfy that it made it really hard to get going in the mornings.  

All of the staff members from the bar tenders to the desk were out-going and extremely friendly.  

I'd cut out half a star for the flaky elevator.  It seemed to run on it's own timing and we once waited ten minutes for a car.  

Over-all this was an excellent experience and we'd definitely recommend it.  Hint: we got our room fcor $115 on Hotels.com and these are $250 rooms.  We visit San Diego often so we'll definitely be back.

02/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Anne N.
A good hotel in downtown San Diego. We stayed four nights, got a reasonable rate. The room decor was nice, and the location was great.

04/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
56. T R.
The last 3 out of 4 times I have visited San Diego I have stayed at the Bristol.  I really like the level of service they provide.  The location is awesome, a quick walk to the end of the block and you can catch a bus to Balboa Park or a block and a half the other direction for the trolley to Fashion Valley Mall.  Horton Plaza is a short distance away and Ralph's grocery store is a few blocks further down.  What else can I say?  Their rates are decent if you book a package through Expedia, Orbitz, etc.

03/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. Sarah jane D.
Ok so I've stay here a few times now, pretty good hotel close to everything downtown I like being able to walk places being British and all

Would suggest if your a light sleeper might not be the best place

Lovely rooms and damm good price

25/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Jasmine V.
This hotel is perfect for wanting to stay in gaslamp. Walking distance to resturants, shppong, and bars.
The hotel is really nice inside and for the price it makes it even better. It has very modern feel/look to it.
The staff was super friendly and helpful. Will for sure stay there again!

25/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Paige P.
WOW.  I have worked 2 blocks away from this place for 6 years, walked by it numerous times and just never knew of its awesomeness...until last night.
So, my mom is turning the big 6-0 today and she really wanted to spend the night before her big day Downtown at a fancy hotel with us (myself, my sister and my aunt)...She first called Horton Grand, I believe, but said the girl on the phone was incredibly rude to her (not to mention the rooms were $100+ more for the same accomodations)
Since we dont put up with anyone's BS (except our own, obv) my mom decided to hit up the Bristol.  Apparently it was blue-eyed Derek that talked to my mom - treating her like the awesome customer she is - that helped her book a room without hesitation.
It was all up-hill from there...From the second we checked in to the second we took over the whole bar, every single employee was LEGIT.  Kevin, the bartender, Is. The. Greatest.  He made us a few random shots (SexWithTheBartender, anyone?) that did not disappoint and he was just so fun to talk to.
Aside from all that, the hotel itself is gorgeous.  The room we stayed in was perfect:  Black, white, red decor (too bad SDSU lost while we watched the game during our pre-party session!)...The view was obstructed a bit by other buildings, but we still had a glimpse of the water and the beautiful sunset.
Im not sure when I will have another occasion to stay Downtown, but none of us will forget what a fun time we had here.

25/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Kayla G.
Aren't 3-Day weekends beautiful? My office is pretty good about hooking us up for holidays.. so I actually got President's Day off. Since manfriend already has 3-day weekends every weekend, his was actually a 4-day weekend. What a little shit.

Upon the realization that I was going to have a long weekend on my hands with nothing to do, I high-tailed my ass over to hotels.com and booked a room in San Diego, thinking a mini-vacation was in order to celebrate my 3rd Valentine's Day with m.f. The Bristol was my choice, as it seemed to be just my style.. smaller, kinda funky & unique, yet still reasonable price-wise so we could have a great time over the weekend!

It was fairly easy to find.. a little mapquest action on my part and bam! there it is. Its located right in the middle of the downtown area and just a hop skip and a jump away from the oh-so-popular Gaslamp district. Apparently, it was a pretty crappy building that has been refurbished into a funky little hotel.

First things first, parking was ridiculous. It was something like 22 bucks per night. Which I don't mind paying.. as long as my car is in a covered area, such as a parking garage. Not seeing any type of garage anywhere, M.F. said "I bet you they charge 22 bucks and drive it around the corner and park it in some lot that would cost 5 bucks to park in"  I laughed... but we found out later on that his joke wasn't so far-fetched. I'll get to that.

The first night we were there, our room had 2 double beds, even though I had specifically requested we have 1 king size bed. Come on, this isnt 1950 anymore. I want a big bed. And I would prefer to sleep in said bed with my dude. We called down to the front desk and told them the problem, and they informed us that requests like this are not guaranteed when booking with Hotels.com , but they would make sure we had the king size bed the next night. Alriiiiiiiiiiight... sigh.

The rooms were a decent size, and decorated in a simple, stylish manner. And both rooms (we stayed in 2 different rooms due to the bed situation) had a big flat screen tv. Very nice touch. One thing we noticed in the bathroom... cold water was so hard to come by. Manfriend scorched the shit out of his hands while trying to wash them with what he thought would be cool water. They didn't have much of a solution for that problem.

Other than those couple of things, everything went well during our stay. The staff was very accomodating. They gave us several recommendations for things to do and places to eat. And all of the places were great... with the exception of Sushi Deli.

Upon our check out and departure, we ran into a few small problems. When we gave our parking thingy to the Valet, he took an awfully long time... and he came back sans vehicle. Uhh...
He informed us that someone was blocking my car from exiting the "lot". (See, it really was parked in some random lot that was much cheaper than the 22 dollar price tag they slap on it), Now let me please state for the record that it was pouring rain outside and all we wanted to do was get on the road and get home. But now we had to wait for a TOW TRUCK to move said vehicle from blocking my car. Lovely.

So after walking in the downpour to Coffee Bean... flipping through a couple magazines.. a bit of people-watching... chatting with the front desk lady about alternate routes home... and other various time-killing activities, we see a tow-truck pull up. Then, in what seemed like maybe 3 minutes, my car pulled up. Hooray!

All in all, the Bristol hotel was a good pick. Reasonably priced, very cute, clean, centrally located. But the parking situation is a bitch. And it wasn't tooooo cool that I got to sleep in a double bed with my boyfriend on Valentine's Day. But I would stay there again. I would just make sure that I am reserved a king size bed. ;)

23/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
61. Nora M.
Stayed here for a convention (it's about half a mile from the convention center - 15 min walk). Overall, I enjoyed my stay.

Pros: The hotel decor is stylish. Upon check-in, the front desk clerk was super friendly and helpful. My room was a decent size, everything was clean. I would stay here again for the minibar prices alone (on alcohol - $5 beers - which is a steal for a minibar). I got a parking/breakfast package, which included valet parking and free breakfast. The breakfast was a real meal, sitting down at the cafe, and included eggs, toast, coffee, etc. The food was fine and waitstaff was particularly attentive in the Daisy Cafe. The clerk also gave us $1 drink tickets for the bar, which was nice. Free wi-fi in rooms.

Cons: My room had funky electric wiring and at one point I thought the electricity had gone out on one side of my room. Turns out you have to reset the outlet button in the bathroom in order for the tv to work. Weird wiring. The bathroom was fine but the tub was dated and had some nicks and scratches. I had trouble figuring out how to set the alarm clock (shouldn't an easy model be used?) I had to call a noise complaint for the room next door, who were apparently having a party on a Friday night around midnight. But the autocall buttons on the phone weren't connected to the front desk. So I actually had to dial the hotel number to get the front desk (which I was then charged 75 cents for, but they removed this charge when I explained). On Saturday evening, we had to wait about 10 minutes for the valet to get my car - which was not parked in the garage but some place offsite (and this made me late for my meeting). The music in the Daisy cafe is awful - smooth jazz that's too loud. I felt like I was in an elevator.

These issues were relatively minor to me and I would stay here again with the deal package I used (park and eat special).

11/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
62. Lyna T.
My boyfriend and I decided to check out this hotel since we have been to all the Sheraton properties at the gas lamp district. Don't let the 4 star on yelp fool you, like it did to my boyfriend and I. Upon checking in,  unlike other hotels the front desk was not too friendly. She didn't give us a welcome greeting. We got our room on the 6th floor and was very disappointed. The wall had some sort of soda or coffee stain, the bath tube had yellow stain all over, and the shower head was covered in calcium deposits from the water. We tried to upgrade but front desk said all rooms are booked. And did not try to accommodate our stay. I don't stay here. You're better off elsewhere. Worst stay stay ever and would never come back.

21/10/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
63. Clifford Y.
Booked a room here by phone for Friday night. Make sure you look at their online website and check for prices b/c it's cheaper than the "AAA discount" they'll give you over the phone.
Friendly workers/employees.
We got the deluxe king size bed room upgraded for like 127$ (thanks babe!).
Very contemporary style room design/furniture.
Very, very spacey for a 1 bedroom place.
The bathroom walls were dark red, which I thought wasn't too fond of. Everything else about the place was awesome. great deal, i definitely wouldn't mind coming back to spend a couple nights here.
Parking sucks. 26$ for valet parking. I thought this was ridiculous at first but this is in Gaslamp and land expensive here; valet parking in all the other hotels in area are pretty much the same.

29/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Tramy V.
This place isn't bad.  Cute, little boutique hotel which rooms have a modern and somewhat classy appeal.  It's a little bit older, but it's decently priced and in a prime location.  The lady at the counter was very friendly!  Our room key didn't seem to work, and the security was nice to try to help us out.  The lady at the front counter told us to try pulling the handle upwards, and it worked!  Free wi-fi which is definitely a plus! Nice lobby with plush looking, trendy couches.  Overall, I def would reconsider staying here again for our next visit to San Diego!

16/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
65. Clarissa A.
Great customer service. Stayed on the 8th floor. Great view. Close to the gaslamo and Horton Plaza.Perfect room.I would stay here again.

17/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Linda V.
Amazing venue! Used the 9th floor Star light room for a formal event that my club was hosting. The star light room was huge and I was able to accommodate at least 140 people, along with the DJ and photographer. I also loved how the rooftop opened up in the middle of the event and gave the venue a little breeze. It was especially nice when it a nice night out and you can see the stars and sky. Love this place and would definitely host another event here!

07/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
67. Katja J.
It's a nice Boutique hotel. The beds were very comfortable! Super clean. Nice big bathroom. Friendly staff, dogfriendly, nice location, close to the restaurants in Gaslamp quarter, a Ralphs' nearby. $26 per night for Valet parking.

26/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
68. Tracy H.
GREAT HOTEL!
I booked this hotel based on reviews from yelp and an awesome rate... the BEST in all of downtown SD for a hotel of this caliber! Service was top notch and room service was thorough. They left us a note on the bed reminding us of daylight savings time and also a card with the days weather forecast so we knew what to wear!!

The noise is not bad at all, even with it being by the greyhound station. Didn't notice a thing... hey, ALL of the hotels in SD are on the street... you're gonna hear street noise everywhere!!

The BED. Oh, the BED.... it is HEAVENLY!! Super comfy... i like it soft and hubby likes it hard (go figure) and we both agreed it was one of the most comfy beds ever. Soft sheets and plenty of extras if you need it.

The bathroom was nice too. Nothing fancy. I'm a huge bath taker and LOVED the bathtub.

Everything in the hotel is new and the decor is super modern and cute.

Location was perfect... Walking distance to everything in the Gaslamp, but not in the middle of the commotion.

15/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. Keila H.
Just stayed here last  night and it was great.  The staff is amazing.  So friendly.  DOG friendly and no fees was a huge plus also.  My only complaint was our room smelled like smoke even though it was non smoking.  But we opened the windows and it aired out nicely.  Comfy beds.  Didnt eat here but did belly up for a couple martinis (hating that decision now but anywho...)  and the bartender was super nice as well.  Would def stay again for the price ( check hotel site for killer AAA rates)  but it is a little hike to get to the middle of gaslamp.

22/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
70. Viv S.
Stayed here for birthday weekend, absolutely loved it. The staff was very nice and helpful. We played piano with the front desk clerk, talked to the bartender,  enjoyed the mini bar in our room and partied at the Gaslamp District. Overall we were were very satisfied!!!

12/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
71. Mo W.
we stayed there for one night. I loved it, all the employees were very helpful and polite. Even the Security Guard was very sweet. We had an awesome room right in front of the elevator. I love the fact that it had an Ipod deck I didnt even need to use my charger. We got free drinks, food was average but very reasonable price (50% off for hotel guest). The chief even gave us a complimentary dessert, which was delicious. Very reasonable price for the room especially since it was walking distance to almost everything in Downtown. I wish we stayed longer! I would recommend this to anyone especially the last minute bookers =) I plan to use them again in the future

26/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
72. Leon T.
When I got here at 11am, they said the room wasn't ready.  What they didn't tell me was that the deluxe room that I had reserve was over booked, which I later found out because they can't give me the deluxe room I booked.  They gave me a breakfast Voucher.

The Internet in my room worked half way.  It was room 701.  Check to make sure that this is NOT your room.  They tried to fix it but never really "worked".  It cut in and out. All the rooms on that side really doesn't work at all I heard.

02/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
73. V.L. S.
I took my husband to San Diego for his 40th birthday last weekend, and we stayed at the Bristol Hotel for the first time.  The staff was very nice and helpful, the decor was pretty chic, and the room was decent.  Considering what we paid, we couldn't believe how nice and clean it was.  Parking is $26, which is relatively affordable compared to what other hotels around this area charge.

After a nice dinner in gaslamp, we walked around trying to find a place to hang out in, but we weren't able to find a bar that tickled our fancy.  It was just too crowded everywhere, so we walked back to our hotel and hung out at the bar.  We had the best time hanging out with their bartender Kevin.  

We will definitely be staying here from now on.  Their staff was really friendly and helpful, and it's a very close walk to Gaslamp District, but not in the center of all the chaos at night.  They have a loyalty rewards program that we decided to take advantage of.  Overall, we were very happy with our stay at this hotel and will be coming back again.

07/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
74. Monica O.
I love this hotel it's another awesome hotel that's one of the most affordable in the downtown area. It's walking distance of the Gaslamp district. Also there are ATM's across the street and a 7-11 across the corner. This is a nice cozy hotel; the rooms are a decent size and modern. I had a good experience when I stayed here and the staff was really friendly. However I do think that they over charge for parking $28 per night and i think they park car at other parking lots because they take forever to bring you, your car. I noticed that they hold many events at this hotel. The Bristol hotel is a bit hidden so it might not be easy to find. Overall this is one of the top hotels to stay at in the downtown area.

15/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
75. Michelle L.
My girlfriends and I stayed here right before nye and we had such a relaxing time. We needed a real breather to get away from La. We used this app hoteltonight.com and got a pretty cool deal. Affordable rate for a boutique hotel in the gaslamp quarter. The lobby was still very festive with all the xmas decor and the staff was friendly throughout our stay. Front desk also gave us $1 drink coupons, sweet!  ;)

16/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
76. John R.
Perfect. Great room service, cheap in/out valet, great products, nice bed, good decor and free Wi-Fi. Really great place and I stay in hotels over 45 nights a year.

21/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
77. Kitty T.
Stayed here during Comic Con. It was within a reasonable walking distance, ie we could see the big banner waaayyyyy down the street like 6-7 blocks-ish. But the CC shuttle stopped right in front of the hotel, so my friend and I decided to save our feet for walking around at CC.

So, back to the hotel. While checking in, we discovered they gave our room away. We were supposed to have two double beds, but ended up with a queen/king and a rollaway bed :(

Hotel room was pretty and clean. The bathroom door was a sliding door and didn't quite close all the way. The tub was oddly square shaped, and there were nice robes to use after showering.

Would definately stay at this place again.

02/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
78. Natasha W.
Are you serious? Booking a late night party on a night the hotel is filled with marathon runners who have to be out of the hotel before the sun comes up? Couldn't sleep through the bass pounding through my walls while being reassured by guest services that it would be "only 45 more minutes". When actually it was a few more hours. Huge fail.

Aside from that nightmare, the staff was friendly and my bed was like a cozy marshmallow.  Room had everything I needed for the price.  

Unfortunately nothing makes up for running 26 miles on 3 hours of sleep.

Word to the wise, forget the view and request a lower room so a wedding reception doesn't ruin your stay like it did mine.

16/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
79. Ryan J.
I got a great deal on the hotel, but it would've been worth more even if I hadn't. It's close to just about anything you'll want to do in the gaslamp quarter. Would be 5 stars but there's a lot of homeless around and nearby the hotel. I think this is because 1. It's downtown San Diego, I'd consider being homeless just to live in San Diego, or 2. The bus station is across the street. My other complaint is the noise level outside and the views, I'm almost positive that there isn't a good view at all from the hotel, no big deal just don't expect to look out to anything pretty.

The hotel was exactly what we wanted, inexpensive but not cheap, well decorated but not overly glamorous.

Staff was great.

Parking was $26 a night with unlimited coming and going, as to be expected in this part of town.

05/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
80. Chunk C.
After last minute booking a room we decided to stay at this hotel for the modern looks and good price.  i am very pleased to have stayed here, it was super clean, modern and decorated beautifully.  there was really nothing bad to say about my experience considering i had only stayed for one night.  the only thing that stood out to me was the plates that were left outside of the door of room next door to me... which were not picked up for a FULL 24 hours it seemed which was odd.  but other then that it was a great experience with friendly service and parking was not too costly.

19/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
81. Chelle B.
Very chic, modern-vintage looking hotel. The boyfriend and I stayed for a day and the stay was for the most part pleasant. My only complaint was the outside noise; 1st street can get very loud at times. I was also somewhat bummed about the 20 dollar valet fee. The interior of the room was nice, bed was comfortable, and bathroom was clean. I loved the location; close to the mall and yummy restaurants.

We also ordered room service for breakfast and the menu was small but it covered enough variety. Wasn't expensive either; compared to, umm... room service at other hotels such as at the LV strip. :P

25/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
82. Nadia Fern C.
This hotel is awesome and I never like hotels.

The location is great if you want to cruise around downtown for eating or shopping.

The lobby is beautiful. Very clean, very modern and very nicely assembled. I love how the entire hotel is decorated mostly in red, black and white with red gerber daisies (my favorite) everywhere. Those are the only colors in my house so it was a perfect choice on the boyfriends part as the place we were staying.

Our room was gorgeous. I could not have decorated it better myself. The bed had awesome black and white linens with a white headboard. The furniture was super modern but not cold. There was a super badass zebra picture over the bed that was luckily firmly attached to the wall otherwise it may have ended up as a hefty charge on our bill.  

The bed was ridiculously comfortable. Pillows were awesome, linens were super heavy and mattress was heavenly.

Priced great. Valet was nice.

Next time I need to spend a night out, this is definitely the place.

25/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. Erica P.
I Loved this place. The location is pretty good for city folk like myself. Its right there in the Gaslamp, I can walk to the cute mall, I can drive maybe 10 miles to an even better shopping mall (way better stores- I think its n Fashion drive or something), the dining is good.
I wanted to check-in early, Marisol was a life saver and made it happen. I was able to relax comfortably in my room for a moment before hitting the streets of the Gas Lamp. I was there for early June and coming back in September. I can't wait.
I am holding off on the extra star simply because the parking price is a little high, but its the city, what do you expect? They do give a slight discount if you are staying at the hotel. The hotel is located right in the mix of things, so if you want super quiet, close your windows.
Overall, this place is really nice for a really reasonable price. I am looking forward to staying there again. September can't get here fast enough.

12/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
84. Timothy H.
This place deserves to be in Hollywood because it's all style, no service.

Looks - chic boutique hotel - granite bathroom, flat screen TV, valet parking, bowel of apples, piano.

Reality - Their free wifi was out.  I called the front desk - ring ring ring....  I called again - uh, can I put you on hold.  Eventually I told them that their wifi was out.  They sent up a guy who was utterly clueless about what to do.  Seemed like he was asking us what to do, and asked us to call the tech support.  

Somehow, the next morning, we were able to get in, but the password had changed which necessitated another front desk call.  Well, it kind of worked, laptop - connected.  itouch - nope.

Oh yeah, their valet parking is across the street or something, and they seemed to be understaffed with that.

So yeah - kind of a facade.  4 star looks, 2 star service.

07/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
85. Ria P.
Service from the employees was great.
Great location and walking distance from the nightlife and eateries in Gaslamp.
Clean rooms.
Cheap rates.
Lots of young people who party downtown and stay here. (Good if you're one of those parties).

Only bad thing was that we got stuck with a room that was right above an alley. The next morning we were woken up by the LOUD banging of a dump truck collecting the garbage bins which seemed like they were RIGHT below us. The passing traffic was also really loud on the floor we were on, and we were on the third floor. Maybe next time, we'll ask for a higher floor.

Other than that, good place to stay.

24/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
86. Kellee K.
We like to stay within walking distance to the Gaslamp district. We tried the Bristol this time after securing a good price on Orbitz. The room was clean and comfortable. Valet was a breeze and location was fantastic. We easily walked to the bay and gaslamp, and the trolley station is right nearby, too. We'd definitely stay again.

23/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
87. Sally M.
The bed was so comfortable! the pillows were too!
Location is awesome! Everything we wanted to do was within a mile, Gas Lamp District, harbor and Blue Water Seafood. Old Town was only 5 minute drive. The 7-11 around the corner was convenient and there is a Coffee Bean right around the corner too. Mall is right across the street. Location was great!
I will definitely come back to this place.
Staff wasn't that pleasant or maybe all the women were on their period during my stay? Who knows.
Either way I'm sold solely on the comfort of the bed, pillows and great location.

20/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
88. Lars C.
I got stuck in one of the three elevators with a group of people.  It took over 2hrs to get us out, the staff was so kind as to NOT even offer me a voucher or cover my room cost.  I actually had to argue with the "General Manager"  before they finally agreed to comp my room.  And yes the elevator permit had expired a month or two before this incident.  Other than that its an ok place to stay in Downtown.

13/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
89. maria z.
Cute little SF style hotel.  Not fancy but does the trick and is clean with modern and tasteful furnishings.  Got a great price on hotwire so it was worth it.  Employees were really friendly and helpful and definitely upped our experience.  Gym is very small but it works as there are not a lot of people using it early in the AM.  

Awesome hotel bar - try the risotto it is amazing.  Bob, the bartender, is perhaps one of the best hotel bartenders I have ever come across - cool, interesting, and on his game.  No real need to hit the gaslamp every night if you can just kick it in the hotel bar and not have to stumble back.  

Only downsides really were lack of a fan in the bathroom so if two of you need to shower the steam is a pain, really bad internet, possibly the worst room service breakfast for the highest price we have ever ordered, and a really lame coffee pot that makes horrible coffee.  

In general though I would definitely stay there again for the price.

21/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
90. Lisa Z.
Love this hotel for staying in the Gaslamp district. It gets a 5- not for being a 5 star hotel as in foufy-ness and price- but 5 for being great and not breaking my bank. Yeah you have to walk a little to main Gaslamp, but that's a good thing. I have stayed here 3 times now.
By the way, there are homeless MacArthur park types all over D-Town San Diego, not just this block- that's Gaslamp. Great location- very close to the Amtrak train station (1 block) and right near a Starbucks, 7-Eleven, Chase, and the freeway. Great deals found on the internet, especially with AAA, got us down to some $119 per night most nights of the Memorial Day weekend for a 2 person, 1-bed room. Love the furnishings, and red-white-black decor. The fact that they have a Lichtenstein Oval Office screenprint behind the front desk is very cool in my book; so is the hotel bar (Daisies) and the baby grand player piano in the lobby. The bed was so extremely comfortable, I slept really well.  (I did put in my reservation request notes "Quiet Room" so I would not be near the elevators).  We had a nice view with our window looking out west. All of the room amenties are done with thought for both function and design; the decorator here is a genius, even with the rooms that are not as large as others. I didn't have a problem with the bathroom fan and humidity with two people taking showers in the room while getting ready, as long as I had the A/C on. I didn't use the room coffeemaker-usually the coffee in rooms sucks. For the price and the quality, this hotel for Gaslamp can't really be beat.

22/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
91. Cait O.
The hotel was nice and the valet parking was very affordable compared to other hotels in the area.  The rooms had plenty of room and the people at the front desk were wonderful!!! We were constantly asking for directions to activities and they would print out everything we needed. :)  Not a super amazing hotel but for the price I would stay here again.

21/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
92. Peter B.
Tall fences make good neighbors, so the saying goes.  Thin walls, however, do not.  I stayed there three nights and was awakened every single one of those nights, usually several times, by party hearty guests coming in at 3:30 a.m. making a racket in the hallways, slamming their doors, and then continuing the party in their rooms.  I had to call security each night after the first night, but they were ineffective.  Either I have a hex on me, or the relatively inexpensive rates at this hotel attracts knuckleheads. See the review by Keila N. who also mentions the thin walls.  Oh, and by the way, I have a closet at home that is bigger than their "workout room."

24/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
93. rite r.
It has a modern feel to it. I love their sitting area in the lobby. I love the curtains in the room we were in.

Bed: It was way too soft for my liking. You melt into the bed. My back ached the next day. I loved that there were a lot of pillows.

Bathroom: Very clean. Our door was broken and falling off. They had maintenance come straight away and they fixed it immediately. I like that their toilet had two flush functions for your different needs. Water pressure for the shower was good.

Location: You can walk to lots of wonderful eating places down town. There's also a 7 eleven near by where we got snacks for the night. The Wendy's open till late if you need food.

Staff: They were very friendly and nice. They called a minute after we got into the room to check if everything was okay.

Parking: Valet was $26 plus tip. It's pretty pricey but it worked out for me and my husband cause we were able to walk to all the places we needed to go to during out stay.

Cost: It was decently priced.

Tip: I noticed some reviews talked about the noise level. When you book for a room, ask for a quiet area. We didn't hear a sound from anywhere.

What I didn't like:
I feel that there should always be someone at the front desk. Maybe they aren't that busy so no one bothers to be at a look out for guests.  I waited twice on someone to come out from behind the curtain. There was no bell to ring so we waited awhile.

30/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
94. Valerie T.
Pretty decent boutique hotel located downtown.

What I liked about the Bristol hotel was that check in was simple and fast, and rooms were available before the check-in time.   I also got a great deal where the room came with 2 tickets to the San Diego zoo and 2 breakfast vouchers.  The information for this all came conveniently in an envelope that explained everything.  The staff was knowledgable and provided maps an location of bus stops to get to the zoo.  Location was extremely convenient.

The hotel looked like an older hotel that had been renovated, but kept some of the special features such as one-of-a-kind crown molding and detail.

It's very environmentally conscious.  Housekeeping recycles for you, and toilets had two flushing functions  Shampoo and conditioners were paraben free - nice! Plenty of q-tips and cotton balls and the blower dryer came with a diffuser.

Bed was just as comfortable as any hotel.  Our view out the window looked a little industrial. and the iron didn't seem to work too well.  Also, breakfast service the next morning was a little slow, and I didn't get a chance to try the free wireless features.  There's no hot tub or pool available and you have to pay for parking.

Overall, I would come back to this hotel.  I had a pleasant stay and I think anyone else would find it just as satisfying.

09/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
95. Henry T.
Just had the ten-year high school reunion here. Not too shabby. The Starlight Ballroom that was used for the reunion was actually pretty decent. It's a shame that most of the people at the reunion hanged out in the back, near the bar since they would've danced under the stars when the roof was open. That was really cool, I admit.

Aside from the expansive Ballroom, I got a chance to see one of the hotel's rooms because a friend had bought one to stay overnight after the reunion. Damn fine room, if you ask me. I'm told the bed is a little hard to sleep on, but I liked the pillow with the "B" embroidered on it. The lightstand has an iPod dock and there's a personalized iHome dock on the nightstand. That's pretty awesome sauce. The bathroom is much nicer than many other hotels I've seen.

The one thing I think that hinders most of the hotel's business is the fact that it's off to the side of Broadway, one of the main streets in the Gaslamp Quarter. You could just as easily pass by it unless you actually walked up to it. That said, access to a lot of things like clubs and restaurants on Broadway and Fifth Ave. (like Horton Plaza) is a couple of blocks walk, which is a nice perk.

14/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
96. Lauren S.
I always want to like "boutique" hotels but they are usually disappointing - and I know this - but I continue to stay in them.  

Cute decor, cute lobby, nice front desk staff.  I was really sick the day we checked in and they let us check in early.  

She did warn us the hotel had road noise which is fine (it's a downtown hotel) but the hotel was just loud.  I had to put music on to go to sleep.  Maybe it was just the night we were there (during the week though) but there were people slamming doors, yelling at each other, running down the hall all night.  

Bathroom seemed a little old.  No lock on door, no fan, but room seemed clean.

Bed was really uncomfortable.

Valet were slow.

Hotel is a little further away from stuff than I'd like.

30/12/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
97. Shereene M.
Drove down to SD from Las Vegas for a one night stay. Bristol was a cute hotel. It was pretty small and you can tell that the building is older, but I didn't mind. Parking was $26 overnight which I expected but still kind of sucks. It is definitely close to everywhere. A little bit of a walk to Gaslamp but we didn't mind it. We got the room for $160 which I thought wasn't bad when comparing it to other hotels in the area. Overall, great experience.

05/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
98. Leonard B.
This hotel is an astonishing value for the money. It's clean and comfortable with reasonable size rooms.  I just had a burger at the bar, which was terrific and the bartenders were great and very attentive. I have no idea what the rest of the food is like, but I'd happily eat at the bar again.  (I sat at the bar because I'm here solo on business and wanted to watch a basketball game on the bar TV.)

The hotel is very centrally located, near the gaslamp distict and the waterfront.  And it was 1/3 of the price of the conference hotel (Hyatt Regency, which I have stayed at in the past).  I would definitely come back to the Bristol.

18/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
99. Nora H.
Made a reservation at the Bristol through Hotels Tonight app for $145++ on a weekday.  Front desk was really nice, and rooms are super hip and clean.

Its centrally located, so good food and bars close by!  They gave us 2 $1 beer vouchers for the restaurant downstairs, but unfortunately it was closed at 10pm.

Also their valet parking is $26 which is good until 3pm day of check out-but you can take your car in and out as many times as you need!

Would recc based on price and location.

23/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
100. Dave P.
Street noise so loud we turned up our TV only to get told by security that the occupants next door to us in the connecting room complained.  I guess you cant have your TV on at medium at 1045 on a Saturday night.   Next morning, our snoozing complaining neighbors left at 5:30 AM and woke us up.  Good grief.

Mike at the front desk was great at check-in and helped us with tips to the city.  The other PM desk managers were rude and aggressive, especially  when I inquired about the noise policy at the hotel.  I should have stayed at the Omni like I originally wanted to. Shame on me, shame on this hotel for making my memories of this trip all about them.

19/05/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
101. Jessica L.
This review is for the event space.

We had the Bristol as our event space for our sorority formal. It was so beautiful and so much fun. On the top floor of the hotel they have a ballroom and dining area that is perfect for formals and such. They had some catered food, which was delicious. And also a bar, but they only had whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum. Also it was a cash bar, BOOO :( and I did not know so I could not get my drink on.
There was a stage and a good sized dance floor. The best part was that the roof opened up to reveal the night sky, which was SOOOO COOOL! We were also able to see a beautiful view of the San Diego skyline. It was like we were outside on a rooftop party. It was definitely a cool touch. It was classy but not snooty and all the event staff were nice and polite. I had a lot of fun!

14/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
102. Briana F.
Who is ready for a story?!  (FYI this is NOT your normal customer service complaint, this is an owner complaint so PLEASE read on.)

SO!

My boyfriend and I check in for his 27th birthday!  Everything is great - everything is awesome!  Rooms are beautiful, lobby is beautiful, staff is beyond great!!!  AND THEN... we get to the bar.

Me being the type of woman that I am -I joke around a lot!!! So while in conversation about the UFC fights I say (jokingly) "OMG do you know what would be so awesome, if they took down their paintings and put up flat screen TV's! BAAAHAHHAHA LMFAO LOL HAHAHHAA"  everyone died laughing!  The bartender and the man next to me - LOVED the idea.... (fyi yes I was joking.)  But either way made for a good laugh.

Little did I know that the owners were the people beside me.  And the guy that laughed, it was his wife right beside him and she was not a fan!!!!!!!  She, very catty like, (and she's like 60 and I'm 23 so the fact that she was catty says a lot.) "ok really.. cause people here in san diego like art... thats a dumb idea".

Ok, whatever, I can get over it.  Awkward  moment - for sure, but not the end of the world.

My boyfriend and I end up chatting with the man next to us and the bartender for another half hour and then we decide to leave.  We say our good byes to this very uncomfortable and awful evening at Daisy's bar when only to see her..... the woman standing at the bottom of the steps.  

I say "thank you so much for everything it was great!!!!  thank you!!!"  and the 60 yr old OWNER says, "ya......... i liked you, but I hated your idea."

LIKE WTF are we 5?!!?!?!?  Are we in middle school or something, your 60!!! Have you nothing better to do?!

I work in customer service and that, is not what an owner should be doing or saying to any customer that is paying to stay in there hotel!  How disrespectful, rude, and distasteful.  I hope people read this and understand the type of person they are supporting after this.  Because the hotel I thought would be my go to.... will be my never again.

28/01/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
103. Cindy F.
The room has a smell to it, hard to describe......almost like a thrift store....you know that smell....like old clothes....yeah, kinda like that.  Location is pretty good.

30/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
104. Norman S.
I found a great deal for this hotel via Bloomspot and so decided to give it a shot since they also received good reviews on tripadvisor.com .

I arrived earlier than planned (long story but thanks Southwest) at 10ish in the morning and they let me check in without problems. Probably due to the fact that there weren't that many people. I got a room on the 7th floor with a partial view of the sea.

The hotel is a mix of old and new. Decor is hyper modern, hip and  cool but hey retained some of the building's historical design, e.g the room doors.

Rooms have flat screen TVs but no HD which is a bummer. A minor gripe really.

Location is good since it's a few blocks from the Gas Lamp district and about a mile from the sea front. Public transportation makes it easy to get around as well, e..g. on the main bus line to San Diego Zoo and Balboa park. There's a 7-11 close by so don't pay the $4 for bottled water in the room!

If I can get a similar deal, I'll be back!

26/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
105. Lorrie M.
Let me just put it up front, when you are staying at a downtown hotel almost anywhere that has a nice downtown area (think San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago) ... be prepared to pay butt loads for parking. This is something I expected so when the Bristol charged $26 a night for parking I was actually pleasantly surprised (I've actually been charged $40+tip at SF hotels before) that it wasn't going to be highway robbery and gladly booked this extremely affordable boutique hotel for my stay in SD.

The hotel was extremely clean, the lobby is very nice and inviting and the staff was friendly. The rooms were clean, comfortable, everything worked and the bathrooms were pretty good as well although the shower was a little on the odd side. The beds are very comfortable and the sheets / blankets keep you warm!

The only complaint I had was that the walls are thin and they have doors that join you to other rooms if you booked more than one room ... this was not pleasant when the room next to us started a party on both nights, one at 2:30 AM in the morning. The hotel has a strict NO PARTY policy but it still took a few calls and a trip down to the front desk to deal with the problem which didn't get resolved until almost an hour later (3:30 am!). I would definitely stay here again for the price next time but make sure that my neighbors are friendly non-partiers.

05/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
106. Mimi C.
They upgraded up to a deluxe room when we got here. Cool!
I loved that it was so close to Horton Plaza and all the fun stuff in Gaslamp District.

But... this place has nigh unacceptable service for 3.5/4 star hotel.

Free wi-fi but... it was down so they sent us a maintenance guy who had no idea what was wrong. he even asked us what he should do.. um... we're your customers! and they wanted us to call customer service to ask what the problem is... WTH.

Front desk service ... kept getting put on hold or calls not answered

Valet... yes.. the dreaded valet... $26 for the stay! Yikes. Plus, they had to park in a separate garage and so we had to keep waiting and waiting for our car...

Room.. looks very chic + glam. But.. no ventilation in the shower room and only a few toiletries. I did like their toilet though, it was eco friendly.

We got our deal through travelzoo.. maybe they had a high volume of people (didn't really look like it). Would've hated to pay more for such a stay.

15/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
107. grace h.
Twice a year I attend a conference in San Diego and The Bristol Hotel is my  home away from home.   It is a nice walk to the Convention Center, close to a Ralphs Market and also the Gaslight District.    Great front desk staff!  They are always so helpful and welcoming.   Food is fabulous, and very affordable.    Rooms are clean and comfortable.  Seriously, can't say enough about this hotel.  Met several out of towners at the Bar during my stay, and we all agreed, the Bristol is the best kept secret in San Diego.  Perfect for the business traveler.

15/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
108. Priscilla k.
Stayed here in October while in town for a friend's wedding. Wedding was at the US Grant and we didn't want to pay $300-ish to stay there. Found the Bristol, which was half the price, and just a couple blocks away.

-close to Gaslamp
-comfortable bed!
-room was spacious and had a couple of chairs to sit on
-free Wi-Fi
-close to the airport shuttlebus stop
-close to trolley
-iHome alarm clock for your iPod
-decent TV, though we didn't spend time to watch anything
-friendly staff

We would definitely stay here again!

27/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
109. T R.
Location, location, location...  Without question, I would stay at this hotel again! The staff was courteous & helpful - one of the girls at the front desk offered a map (with an explanation) of the area which showed restaurants and activities nearby.  The location is awesome! The Bristol is so close to shopping (Horton Plaza is less than a 10 minutes walk away), dining, museums, and even just a short drive to Qualcomm Stadium. You can walk to SO many places.  They lose a couple of points for thin walls & not offering self parking but that's not a huge deal at all. Also, I called the front desk late one night to get the WiFi code. I had to call a 2nd time because it just wouldn't work for me. The guy (whose name starts with an 'A') seemed annoyed & told me, "well MAYBE you need to restart your computer ma'am because that's the code." I thought that was odd & uncalled for but hey... whatever. One morning I tried calling ahead to have the valet bring my car around, but no one answered after several attempts. I ended up having to go down & wait but they brought the car super quickly so it wasn't bad.  My room was clean, comfortable & stylish. I had a decent view from my 3rd floor window, although I could hear some of the traffic noise. All in all, it's a lovely place that I would recommend to friends.

10/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
110. Bryan L.
I'm currently staying at The Bristol right now. I made a request for a refrigerator when I booked my room via email because my wife is nursing our son and she needs it to store his milk. I immediately received a response from Kristina that said she acknowledged my request, would do what she could to accommodate my request but could not guarantee it. Celebrating our 13th anniversary together, my wife and I checked into the hotel, and Kristina was working the front desk. She was very professional, attentive, and informative. She immediately checked with housekeeping to make sure our fridge was in our room. For some reason, it was not, but she said that a fridge would be delivered to our room very soon. About 10 minutes after we were in our room, housekeeping delivered the fridge. Very soon after that, we received a call from Kristina, checking on us and making sure we were okay and that, if we needed anything, she would accommodate our needs. Later in the evening, we received a call from my mother-in-law saying she could not deal with our son's fussiness and for us to pick him up immediately. I then called Kristina, letting her know that we would be picking up our five-month-old son and that he would be staying with us even though, when we booked, I did not include him. Without any delay, she asked me whether we needed a baby bed and assured me that it was absolutely fine that he would be staying with us. After picking up our son, the baby bed was delivered to our room. The bed was so good that we will be investing in one once we get back home! My son has slept really well here and also has enjoyed these accommodations.

We are frequent visitors in downtown San Diego and have stayed at almost every hotel in the downtown/Gaslamp area from the U.S. Grant, Hard Rock, Westin, Solamar, Omni, etc. We have not received better customer service than what we received here at The Bristol. I don't usually write reviews, but I will especially when we receive customer service that far exceeds our expectations.

As far as the accommodations are concerned, the rooms are very spacious, clean, and comfortable. There are plenty of outlets. The AC/heater wasn't loud and worked efficiently. The free wifi is fast. The only con about this place is there are no HD channels. That is it! And that is no big deal at all!

The Bristol far exceeded our expectations in terms of quality and service. I would definitely recommend this boutique hotel. It's been very quiet and comfortable here. We have definitely found a home away from home!

18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
111. James M.
Booked this place for NYE and has amazing rooms. Very close to the Gas Lamp district which can be accessed by cab or even walking distance. I had friends at The Westin down the road, but I was more impressed in the room I had in comparison to theirs. The breakfast at the restaurant downstairs is average, and at the price for breakfast, I would have been more satisfied if there was a Mcdonald's close by.

Pros: Stylish modern decor in rooms, Very clean and presentable, Convenient access to Gas Lamp

Cons: No parking garage; Pricey Valet

Overall: Wouldn't mind staying here again, a beautiful hotel

19/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
112. Jennifer W.
This hotel was in a great location, but I really think we overpaid for the room we were given. The lobby of the hotel and the restaurant have obviously been updated recently which gave me high hopes for our room but I was pretty disappointed by its appearance. The room itself was small but not cramped and very clean, the bathroom is where things start to go wrong. It seemed as if they had started to remodel the room and when it came to the bathroom door thought "well we could put an actual door here OR we can just use this plywood, add some wheels, and call it a day." Seriously. The door to the bathroom is a thin piece of plywood on some wheels and slides to cover the doorway. Cover, mind you, not actually close. As in, there are huge gaps in between the door and the actual doorway so there is really no privacy in the bathroom. Oh, and the bathroom ceiling? Yeah, they just used any leftover plywood from that amazing door they constructed instead of putting in a real ceiling.

The service we received was really good though. Everyone at the front desk was great, very helpful with making suggestions for dining and activities and great with directions. We even got a voucher thing with a recommendation to try out the Coyote Cafe in Old Town - seriously the best recommendation ever. No joke, thats the reason I gave four stars instead of three. Great employees.

17/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
113. A J.
The check in and valet staff were very friendly and quick. The hotel is a small but very cute.  When we checked in they no longer had the room we reserved available.  They were friendly about it and offered us to cot beds.  The sent the cots to the room right away and tried the best they could to fit them in the room.  The downfall of the hotel is they accommodate animals so the dog next door kept barking.  We called several times to complain because every time we moved the dogs would bark.  In regards to the cots, they were not comfortable at all.  I would have rather had a room with two double beds than just one king size bed. Also the king size bed was more of a queen size.  The reason I am giving it 2 stars is because in the middle of the night my legs felt itchy.  I woke up the next morning with flee bites all over my legs.

01/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
114. Sandra P.
Stayed at this hotel 2 nights for 2011NYE ringing in 2012.  I really enjoyed my stay at The Bristol Hotel and will definitely stay here again if I come back to San Diego.  

Pros:
Loved the room, very clean
Modern decor
COMFY BED and BEDDING...I'd steal the bed and bedding if I could LOL
Very convenient location just outside of Gas Lamp.
Staff (hotel/restaurant/bar) = very friendly
Great Price
7Eleven Just outside the hotel
Pet Friendly
Free candy jar in the room
Very nice lobby

Con(s)
The bathroom door was not a regular door, it's more like a sliding closet door that does not shut completely as there is a gap between the door and the wall.

Very satisfied

25/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
115. Diana J.
Lovely rooms, close to everything - shopping, dining, downtown, gaslamp district. Super friendly and helpful staff. Restaurant was one of the better hotel-restaurants I've dined at. The bar was a little understocked due to a recent renovation, apparently, but overall thumbs up.

Rooms were clean (that should go without saying, having given 4 stars) and service was great!

05/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
116. Nate R.
First time staying @ The Bristol Hotel in San Diego.  Had a great time.  Very clean and pleasant stay.  Nice dinner in the restaurant.  Anthony, our waiter, was very friendly and provided wonderful service.  Nice time in the bar too -Mario mixed some potent drinks.   Location was perfect; short walk to Gas Lamp District, Little Italy, and the harbor where you can catch a ferry to Coronado Island.   Will be back.

Pet friendly too.

27/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
117. Amy J.
The hotel rooms were updated and the bathroom was clean and nice. The window leaked air really bad in our room which my boyfriend didn't mind because he is always too hot so he appreciated the draft. The wifi kept requiring us to re-signin every 10-15 minutes too which was a bummer.
Beware of the neighborhood at night!!!
We walked over to restaurants and the House of Blues and it was sketchy. Tons and tons of homeless people approached us and one guy was very aggressive with me and really creeped us out. We are also pretty sure we witnessed a pimp yelling at one of his hoes. No joke.
Bottom line: Great hotel if you only want to stay in the hotel/room after dark.

05/12/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
118. Julia W.
Fiance & I stayed at the Bristol off a deal on Expedia (about $110/night). The location seemed acceptable as it was pitched as being "downtown." Neither of us had ever been to SD and had read reviews of thin walls but had hoped it was just a loud floor.

I take a cab and arrive around 9:30pm to the hotel. Right off the bat, I notice the neighborhood seems a little sketchy and dark. There was graffiti on the wall on the wall next to the hotel. I was checking-in alone and a little nervous. The hotel had quoted me that a cab shouldn't be more than $8-10 for a cab ride when it was more like $12.

The lobby was empty and I was checked in pretty quickly. I headed to the 6th floor (of 9) and had the last room in the hallway. The hallway had this smell to it.. almost a musty mildewy smell.

I open the room door and immediately notice that we were given a double queen setup vs. a king setup. The one queen bed was completely pushed up against a wall. It seemed like an odd setup as most hotels do not have beds fully against a wall.

I called down to the lobby to request that a king size room was provided as that's what we had booked. I was told that I needed to come back down and I would be swapped out to a king size bed.

I was given a king size room on the 5th floor near the elevator. The room now faced the Greyhound bus depot and had a 100% increase of street noise. Sirens to buses to cars went by at all odd hours of the night.

The rooms had Dell TV's which I found to be odd and only offered a few channels (about 30 or so). Premium channels were extra and the remote we had appeared to be dying as the range on it wasn't very long.

The first night the hotel noise was limited as it was mostly empty. Thursday night, I definitely noticed a increase in traffic as well as people arrived for the weekend.

I had breakfast in the lobby on Thursday morning and service was very quick and prompt. What was a little annoying was room service had a different menu than the restaurant lobby offered. I only went down to the lobby as I didn't want to pay the $3.50 delivery fee AND a 20% tip. This was all mandatory and would've made the breakfast above $20.

The noise in the hotel seemed to increase each night as we moved into the weekend. Friday and Sat nights were definitely the worst as the hotel hosted a "20 year high school reunion" and the drunken folks were waking us up at 2:30am with their loud conversations and ramblings in the hallway. When I brought this to the hotel's attention the next morning; they told me that they "usually" try to keep the hotel guests with parties on the 8th floor and couldn't understand how they got down to 5.

I understand that hotels can have multiple functions and events at one time; it is how they really make their profits but it was quite annoying to have super-thin walls (I could hear every conversation had) and even just passing hallway conversations from the bed (in the center of the room) with the TV on.

The hotel bathroom was also odd as it did not have a traditional door. It was merely a 'sliding' door and you could still hear everything (super thin walls) as well as squeaky. The bathroom was small and the tub was non-existent. I definitely judge hotels by their bathtubs as I think a 'nice' one would have one you'd want to soak in.

We had a rental car for a few days and $26/day is pretty steep (valet only) and we always called ahead as it took a bit to get the car. One of the nights we took the car out; the keys weren't located. We looked at all the keys as well as retrieved our ticket stub and finally located them. I'm not sure what happened there. We also had a mark on the rental car bumper (quite a large one) where it seemed the car was rubbed against a wall or another car. It came off thankfully so we didn't complain.

Overall, the hotel seemed in a little sketchy part of town (the greyhound depot across the way with bus stops outside and always seemed to have homeless people hanging around.)

Also, the hotel boasts of a ipod docking station but my room was broken. The dock was there but the actual 'insert' into the ipod itself was broken off. Also, there is no such 'business' center. There was a hotel pc with a printer downstairs but it was always in use and had a 'auto-reset' function every 15 minutes. It's not what one would consider a business center with faxing abilities, etc.

Would not recommend as there are better hotels with views and more convenient locations.

25/04/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
119. Tracy M.
A wonderful stay! Staff was very friendly and the room was clean. A modern style hotel. Located a few minutes away from the Gaslamp District and the harbor. A trolley ride away from Little Italy. The only challenge is parking, but that's everywhere downtown. Valet is $26/night and I had to bother the staff regularly for my car. Two nights the car took awhile to get! I feel like they park the car around the block in a lot. Had to wait a little...   Regardless, would stay here again in a heartbeat.

01/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
120. Valerie S.
Room was comfortable enough. Front desk was ok.  nothing special.  Close to everything which is good.  

They give you a drink ticket for $1 for wine.  Eh.

29/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
121. Joey B.
Okay, so I almost feel guilty for writing this review because the service I received after the hiccup was great. And before I say this, let me say, at no time during my two-night stay did I feel I was in a dirty hotel.

The sheets, the bathroom, lobby, restraunt and room all seemed really clean. However, five minutes into checking into my deluxe room I saw a giant waterbug just hanging out. After a five-minute stand off with the bug, I thought it best to call the front desk before my girlfriend got out of the shower to have us moved. They accomodated us with a room for the night, free of charge, but it wasn't the deluxe room we had booked. The only reason they didn't replace our room with a like deluxe room was because all rooms were full.  

The location was great, walking distance to the bars. While the Valet was quick and friendly, for the outragous charge of $26 a night, they should have washed my car. I know the idea is a little absurd, but so is $26 parking especially when the rate for someone NOT saying in the hotel is $28 a night.

Due to the bug incident they provided us with free breakfast coupons with access to a limited menu. I wanted eggs benedict and that wasn't on the limited menu so I ordered it anyway and payed the difference. Wasn't bad but it wasn't amazing. Typical hotel food.

All in all, due to the oustanding service I would reccomend this place. It takes a lot for make me forget about such an issue, and the staff here did their best. If it wasn't for that I would be giving it 4 stars.

09/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
122. Kristi L.
Room was clean and comfy.....I didn't appreciate however they ding your credit card $100 whether there's charges or not.  I now have to wait 3-5 business days to be reimbursed and the room was already paid for.  Unacceptable practice!

12/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
123. Heather M.
I've never left a bad review before, but we stayed at the Bristol hotel on Saturday night last weekend. We did book last minute which meant that we got down grated to 2 double beds, and a only kinda a clean bathroom. No of those things are why I'm leaving this review. It was the staffs attitude that bothered me the most, I paid over $200 a to stay here for the night I expect to not be treated as though I'm bothering the front desk when I check in/ out.

Oh and just as bonus in the morning when I turned on the sink a bunch of black muck came out all over my tooth brush, and again when I called the front desk they sounded annoyed.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple

27/02/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
124. Ruth C.
I just took a small tour of the Bristol Hotel. This boutique hotel is beautifully decorated, the staff was friendly, and the rooms are outstanding.  The hotel is downtown San Diego and close to everything, including public transportation and the train station.  The First Street Grille serves delicious food. The hotel is green and if you drive an electric car you get half off the parking. Great place to stay and eat!

29/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
125. Marylu P.
Decided to spend the bday weekend in san diego. So I wanted sonething close to gaslamp, but didnt want to pay 250 bucks for a night.

The Bristol was on the reasonable side. A fair price for being in the middle of it all and nice enough not to cringe while using the restroom.

You either gotta find parking on the street or pay the valet fee...which is $26 or something like that.

Super friendly, nice little bar @ the lobby, ipod music docks in the room, roomy bathrooms, robes, and if u ask you can get a room with the city view.

Very friendly and affordable!

30/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
126. Amanda H.
My fiance and I decided we couldn't stand the heat in Phoenix and decided to make a spontaneous trip to San Diego and enjoy the cooler weather. A quick search on my hotelstonight app and this hotel was very highly rated and we couldn't beat the fantastic price of $79 so we booked it!

Since this was a spontaneous trip, we didn't end up leaving as early as we normally would have and didn't arrive at the hotel until 2am. I had called the hotel prior to arrival to let them know we were still coming, just a little late. Shawn at the front desk was nice and confirmed our reservation.

We were greeted by Shawn upon our arrival and check was fast. The lobby was beautiful and clean and even made me want to take a picture at 2am. I had read reviews on TripAdvisor prior to arrival and requested a room high up with a bay view but the highest available was the 4th floor. In retrospect, I should have requested a room in the back facing the wall since we were only going to be sleeping there. We did experience hearing quite a few street noises even with our white noise app as loud as it could go but that's hardly the hotels fault.

The elevators were clean and stepping out on the 4th floor, I was immeidately impressed with the pleasant smell and the wide hallways. Not something you would would expect for an older hotel and it made a great impression. Entry into our room revealed exactly what I expected with the great curtains, large bed and red bathroom. As other's have stated, the bed was very comfy with great linens. Some other things that I didn't read about though was the nice iHome charger for your iPhone that allowed us to play our white noise app throughout the night, the great shower with a nice shower head that let you change the water stream and the pleasant smelling shampoo and conditioner. In my frantic packing, it was one of the things I had forgotten so it was nice to have something that smelled good. They were missing shower gel though and you get a bar of oddly shaped soap but it did the job. One other nice touch was a makeup remover towelette. I'd never seen this offered in a hotel and it came in handy since my makeup remover was yet another thing I forgot! The window curtains helped block out most of the light but we could never get them to fully close. One thing that I think the hotel could invest in is drape clips to keep them closed. Other than that, minus the street noise, we got a pretty good nights sleep. Free wifi helped us decide how to spend our day and we didn't have any trouble with speeds. Holding our bags at the front was really easy and check out was a breeze.

Valet and overnight parking was $26, which I guess is pretty standard in the area. We didn't use the in-and-out privileges but the guys were friendly and seem like they would have hustled. We were able to keep our car there until 3pm the next day and if you want to keep it there longer, the rate is $12.

Overall, we couldn't have asked for a better stay. Its close to so many restaurants in the gaslamp district and we'll definitely be back, hopefully for a longer stay!

03/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
127. Emily T.
We stayed at this hotel mid August. Very cute - sort of European style - with clean rooms, nice bathrooms and the worlds BEST pillows! From what I saw, there is nothing SUPER close to the hotel but is a short walk from good bars and restaurants. We walked to the gas lamp district one night which was nice.

We stayed on the 8th floor. I think the 9th floor is the banquet area - and we definitely heard them setting up a few mornings - but nothing too early so it wasn't a deal breaker - would probably not want the 8th floor again, though. Would go back and would recommend to friends.

01/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
128. Dora L.
My boyfriend won a complementary stay from his christmas company party and we finally used it yesterday. We got a standard room with a king size bed. Everything was pretty, cute, and clean. It was a very relaxing stay and I'm glad we got put on the 8th floor because the ice machines are only on the 3rd and 8th floor. Just wish the room came with a toothbrush and toothpaste. The bathroom door is a little out dated in my opinion. It's not a regular door you swing open with a knob. It's one of those thick sliding doors and it's kind of hard to slide. The room also came with an iHome speaker which only fits iPods and iPhone 4s and I have the iPhone 5 so I couldn't plug it in ): other than that everything was great and I would definitely come back!

03/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
129. Gregor Z.
Nice hotel right in the city center. Price quality ratio is just a little bit unbalanced but certainly is worth it if you need to stay here for no more than one night.

23/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
130. Amanda V.
Stayed here for my birthday, I LOVED it! Beautiful hotel, friendly front desk, just a genuinely nice hotel. Right by gas lamp. The beds are smaller then most but me and my husband fit perfectly!

22/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
131. Amber W.
It was ok. Nice? Yes. Clean? Definately. Awesome? Not really. I think its great but nothing above average. Its modern looking and front desk people are nice. My room was overlooking the jail/courhouses. Nothing fancy, just averagely good. I only stayed one night. Good stay, noithing to complain about/.

31/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
132. Stephanie S.
We had our Corporate Holiday Party at the hotel not only was Ashley our event coordinator awesome but the food was great, the room with the open sky in the Skylight Room was by far one of the show stoppers of the event. Employees who stayed in the rooms overnight after the event raved about how cute the newly renovated rooms are. I am still getting complements and love emails.

My CEO by far had the best comment, " the event is perfect it's the exact theme and colors, vibe and fun I was hoping it would be. Great event, by far the best Holiday Party we have ever had."  

This was definitely a kudos to myself but I never could of done it without the help of the Bristol Hotel. :)

18/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
133. Allie P.
Kudos: Loved the decor, the staff, and the kindness we received for our wedding week!  Our wedding guests traveled from across the country and we wanted them to have the access of downtown, the trolley, and more importantly close to our wedding site.  Also, we loved the idea the boutique hotel was unique and did not look like other chained hotels.The Bristol did a great job in accommodating us, our guests and wowed them with their service!  The beds were comfortable, rooms cleaned, and the drink tokens were greatly appreciated!  We stayed in their spacious junior suite on the 7th floor and enjoyed the view of the harbor.  Can't wait to go back there for a stay-cation/anniversary!  

Boos: We didn't realize we only had the bar for our after party for an hour since another wedding reserved it as well.  Communication error!  BUT the hour we had the bar, the bartender was great with handling the crowd of drunk hot messes aka our wedding guests.  

My secret: Treat the front service desk with respect & kindness because they are the nicest & most welcoming people I ever met!  I'm pretty sure I lost my key one too many times during all the wedding festivities.

04/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
134. Francine L.
Bristol Hotel, your logo is a daisy.  My most favorite flower in the entire world.  How can I NOT love you?

The bf and I got the Zoo & You package for Valentine's Day weekend.  It included two full breakfasts & two admissions to the San Diego Zoo.  Check in time wasn't until 3pm, but we were told previously that we could pick up our zoo tickets anytime.  So we drove down early to San Diego, whose weather was on its best behavior.  After spending the day with lions, tigers and panda bears (oh my!), we made our way back to the hotel.  We checked in our car with valet @ $26/day and then promptly received our room keys.

Loved the room.  Simple like Ikea, but felt like a million bucks.  Very clean and contemporary color schemes of decor and furniture.  The chic black, white and red actually played well with our Valentine's Day weekend theme.  It's spacious.  The bed was super comfy.  Thick fluffy comforter.  Like 6 pillows, plus 2 more pillows in the closet.  Pretty, but also pretty ridiculous!  Most ended up on the floor.  Sorry, but 2 will do =P

Didn't get a good view, but not a huge deal.  Who spends their time at their hotel window while on vacation anyway?  More reason to go exploring.  Its location is perfect, only a short walk to Horton Plaza and a few blocks from Gaslamp.  Mind you, a few blocks backwards will wind you in hobo central.  Don't worry, they're rather harmless anyway.

Didn't try out the wifi since we didn't spend that much time in the room.  I did notice a computer station downstairs in the lobby, too.  The whole weekend was pretty quiet.  Not a lot of people going in and out the lobby.  I really don't have any complaints about street noise in my room either.  With the windows closed, I didn't hear a thing.  Maybe it pays to not have a good view, since we were in the corner of the building?

Our complimentary breakfast for 2 could have been redeemed at Daisies Bistro downstairs, but we opted to have breakfast in our robes in the privacy of our own room.  The meal was huge.  See my picture.  2 eggs, 2 of a choice of protein, potatoes, choice of bread & orange juice plus tea or coffee.  There was also a second option of fruits, yogurt, oatmeal n whatnot but we love us a hearty meal to start our day.

Perfect Valentine's weekend.  The boyfriend says it was worth every dollar.  I'm dying to pay downtown San Diego a visit again.

08/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
135. Emily R.
This is a really cute boutique hotel. Bed was extremely comfortable with cute decor. It is in a relatively central location, and not too far from shopping & dining.

My only complain is the valet parking. It's $26/day, and there doesn't seem to be any self parking when I was there during the summer. I just found the valet parking inconvenient, especially if you just need to get something out of your car. Sometimes it took awhile for them to bring your car when the lots they used were full & had to go to another lot to get your car.

07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
136. Steph A.
Stayed here for a weekend one night stay in SD.

Place: Chic and Modern. Very elegant and nicely decorated. Stayed in a reg. king bed room and the size was descent. The rooms are really elegant and chic. Very modern and sophisticated. My boyfriend loved how the decor  so we were both very pleased.

Location: Located not far from Gas lamp.Only a $5 cab drive away from downtown. The area is nice and near many restaurants.

Staff: Friendly

Parking:They  offer valet parking only but some hotels don't even have that so its nice to have this option knowing your vehicle is safe.

Price: Fairly priced. I booked a room last min. and it was less than $200 which is good for the location and style of the hotel.

I do recommend a stay here if you're  looking for a nice room to stay in.

07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
137. Danielle F.
This might be my perfect hotel. My stay was short and sweet, but everything was awesome.

Check in was easy, the desk clerk was courteous and even called me when I got to my room to make sure everything was ok. The hotel is decorated so cute. It's such a nice change from those boring neutral hotels everywhere else. I love that they are eco-friendly and all the details, right down to the soap demonstrate their love for the environment. The bed was enormous and the pillows had just enough fluff! That's actually how I judge a hotel, if their pillows are too fluffy. Since the Bristol Hotel uses down pillows, your head can rest easy.

The hotel is in perfect walking distance to the Gaslamp district and super close to the freeway.

Oh the best part is that you get TWO free drinks for staying there!!! I will definitely be staying at the Bristol Hotel on my trips to San Diego. Yes they charge $26 for parking, but its completely worth it.

07/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
138. Peaches H.
First of all let me tell you that this hotel does not have a pool. So if you are planing on escaping for some fun in the sun on the rooftop of a hotel this is not the place. We stayed here this past weekend for a wedding. Apparently there were guests hot boxing the rooms with weed so the entire floor and the rooms stunk. Same gig with smoker, it stuck in all the linens and MAYBE by Monday it dissipated to a semi tolerable level. The customer service was not very good either. We had to go to the front desk multiple times to request the same thing. For example, we booked 2 nights through Expedia.com and then 1 more additional night through the hotel. For some reason 3 different people could not get this right and after verifying that our keys WOULD NOT get shut off they did and of course at the most inopportune time. Second was we requested late check out and the attendant at the desk I believe his name Dwayne wrote it down and somehow this morning we were not on the list for late check out.

The hotel is cute and vintage, the rooms are small, you borderline the ghetto area of downtown, and the hotel front desk staff could use some more training.
It wasn't a huge deal- but just so my fellow travelers know, we had a double bed room and one of the beds were against the wall this kind of gives you an idea of the room size.

Overall very expensive and not worth it.

14/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
139. Anna Y.
It's clean, affordable (they often have promotions going on) and VERY close to all the fun downtown sd has to offer.  I booked a room for a girl's night out and it was perfect.  Don't book a room here if you're looking for something super fancy because it's not.

12/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
140. Sonya S.
Our favorite hotel in San Diego! Highly recommend anyone to stay here. The location kicks ass :-)

21/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
141. Rebekah B.
This truly is the best boutique hotel in all of San Diego County.  The ambiance is unmatched, the decor is beautiful, the staff amazing.  Can not say enough good things about this place.  I'm a local San Diego resident and I will be coming back for another stay-cation!

17/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
142. Desiree S.
I stayed in roomthe 503 at the Bristol from 3/24/13-3/29/13 for a business training. It was very convenient since the training was on the second floor of the hotel. My husband and two young children also tagged along and the staff provided us with a crib for the baby.
Pros: Very clean, super friendly and knowledgeable staff, convenient location, good breakfast.
Only minor cons: No vent in bathroom (fogs up fast), only view was of a solid white building.
Overall very enjoyable stay, and my five year old said he wanted live there. The only thing that was negative about our trip was that my five year old forgot his favorite pillow at the hotel when we checked out :-(

Thank you Bristol :-)

06/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
143. Jackie B.
We had a decent stay here. The pros- Nice clean rooms, cute lobby and a good lounge/restaurant that served cheap snacks at 1 a.m. (super friendly service actually). Also they let us check in to our room at 2 p.m.

The cons- On yelp it says click here to get complimentary valet parking and links to their website. They wouldn't honor that with our last minute reservation when we added a second room over the phone. Also, the heater wasn't on in the room when we arrived so as we waited for it to warm up we found that the motor on the heat doesn't work! So we had to switch rooms. I know it's an old hotel but it really sucks to unpack all your stuff and have to move rooms. Oh yes, be sure to request the "quiet side" of the hotel. The street side is very loud and they supply you with earplugs in the room.

The NYE "Package Deal"  they offered with one room and 4 tickets was actually more $ than buying the same room online and 4 tickets to the party separately. Am I missing something about the word "Deal" here???

The NYE party at the hotel was not bad and not great. It was nice to be able to come and go to our room as we pleased. Plus it was a top shelf open bar for less than $60 per person (with the deal we got). So for someone like me who isn't going to drink more than 5 drinks throughout the night it was just the right price. The older ballroom however (with removable rooftop) needed some major lighting/decor for the occasion. They had like one intelligent light tree for 3 connected rooms. Cheap cheap. It was a mixed crowd, kind of empty for a NYE party but I guess they sold 500 tickets. Strangely enough when we checked out at 10:30 the next morning it was empty even though they told us we had snagged the last room in the hotel... hmm.

We had sushi for dinner at Ogawashi which is only a couple of blocks down. Great Happy Hour yelp.com/biz/ogawashi-sa…

04/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
144. Marissa C.
My boyfriend and I stayed here for one night for his birthday and had a great experience. We did the "Eat, Sleep, and Be Parked" package which came with breakfast, all day valet parking, and late check out for a very reasonable price.  Everything was clean and looked nice, breakfast was good (although service was a little slow for having 3 waiters and only 5 tables taken), and we had a great time.  Checking in and out was easy and the place is in a great location (right in/by Gaslamp District), only complaint was that the mini fridge's freezer wasn't working, but this wasn't a big deal.  Would stay here again!

24/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
145. Karen H.
Valet is $26 a night. Staff is friendly, but I was upset when I first arrived. I called and them that I would check in late. When I arrived, the guy at the counter seemed out of it. It was 11PM. He gives me the room key and I go to my room. I open the door and it's one KING BED when I asked for 2 double. Yes, 3 girls can fit on this King Bed, BUT no one wanted to sleep in the middle. Also the fact that he didn't even tell me!!!. We all went back downstairs complaining. He said sorry we gave all the rooms with double beds away. What's the point of having a reservation if you just give our room away. The fact that I called and I said I'll be checking in late and you didn't say anything. I had to go all the way to my room and come all the way back down. In the end they gave us a roll away for a night that sunk your whole body in.

When the guy bought the roll away in, he wanted to leave it between the bed and the tv where we had no room to walk at all. Are you kidding me? Yes, the room is small, but we can move things around to fit it. This guy had so much trouble. He kept lifting and trying to put it down, but it wouldn't work. Finally my friend who is a tiny girl grabbed the bed and moved it an an angle and the bed fit! JEEZ!!!

The next morning I went to complain again about the bed and they told us to pack all our bags and house keeping will move it for us to a room with 2 double beds and when we come back for our activities we can get our new room key. That we did and everything was fine. We were happy. Cute place, but wouldn't stay here again.

Location is near alot of things. Walking distance to 7-11 and across the street is an awesome mall with lots of food and shops.

08/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
146. Rich K.
We loved the stay. The decor, the mattress, and the staff were all working well together. The location was good in that we walked the Gaslamp area for a night and enjoyed being on foot.

The breakfast was well prepared, too. We would surely return if that location was desired again.

10/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
147. Peter S.
Had some bad luck with rooms. Since this is a remodeled hotel, it looks great! - but the walls are very thin. You could hear everything next door. Not great if you actually need sleep. The room service never brought silverware when we had bfast and it took over an hour to pull our car. I think the hotel looks great and with a couple minor things I could have given it a higher rating. Great location though! Close to bars and food. Probs a one time stay for me.

20/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
148. Reneice C.
Just returned home from a weekend stay at the Bristol, and over all I really enjoyed it.

Pros:

Price was great, especially for the location, at $120/night before tax. All of the staff were incredibly attentive when we arrived and took care to accommodate all of our requests quickly and efficiently.

The rooms are adorable!  The decor is modern, chic, and well coordinated. The snacks and mini bar are well stocked, and the complimentary toiletries are all really nice, high quality, eco-friendly products. Our room had a great view of the bay, and we got free drink vouchers to use at the bar.
The location just a few blocks from the Gaslamp District was super convenient, an easy ten minute walk to restaurants, bars, and clubs so we saved on cab fare which is always a plus!

Cons:

$26.00/day for parking and they only have valet. Its really inconvenient if you need to go in and out during the day, or if you need to grab something from the car. Might be better off parking in the lot across the street.

The beds are too small. We had a double room with two people to each bed, and the beds are full, not queen size. It was tight! We did not sleep very well because we were trying not to touch or take up too much space all night. I'm also tall so my feet were hanging off the edge of the bed all night. Even Motel 6 provides queen size beds in the double rooms!

09/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
149. Tyler N.
What a Great stay! Conveniently located downtown.

We arrived around 3 pm, were greeted by Valet, and checked in. The lobby had a great feel to it, and was very clean. Very nice staff. Only downfall was that when we asked about restaurants in the area, she suggested 2 restaurants to check out. When we looked them up, one was closed, and the other we just couldn't find.

Room was spotless, and clean. Shower was awesome, always hot water!

I will be back to stay there again!

23/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
150. Kim K.
Lovely little hotel! Clean room, comfy bed, nice shower, cute rooms and decor. The fitness center is tiny but that would be the only flaw. The location isn't as nice as the waterfront but it's very close to Horton Plaza. Staff is nice and the price is right.

11/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
151. B D.
Nice hotel and staff; but the New Year's Eve 2014 party "2nd Annual San Diego Midnight Kiss New Years 2014 "  was terrible.  Party goers were dressed up to the nine's; very sexy and hip people - but the venue provided was not classy, not fun at all.

$85/per person just for music and drinks?  C'mon.  I threw better house parties than this!

A couple of balloons, strobe lights, not enough party favors and they called this a party.  Here's what's wrong:
1.  No snacks, people were drunk by 11.
2.  DJ didn't even move to his music.  Dude was like a zombie.  He played slow tempo music at 11:45 !!!
3.  No decoration! hang something from the ceiling - doesn't cost that much.
4.  No MC!  Especially for New Years, you need to talk to the people and count them down.  A cheaply made sound clip was played at 11:58 that totally SUCKED !
5.  No champagne toast-at least give the ppl cheap champagne
6.  NO CONFETTI !!!! how can you call a new years party without confetti?  I walked out of there feeling like I just left a garage party.

Would have been much more fun hanging out in the streets at Gas Lamp district.

05/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
152. Michelle L.
I booked this hotel for a one night weekend stay in San Diego and it was pretty much what I expected: small, boutiquey & convenient! Parking is valet only for $26/night. The lobby was neat and spacious (with a piano!), although the front desk is located awkwardly on the left corner as you walk in. Staff was friendly enough and kind enough to grant me late check-out!

My room was smaller than I expected, with the luggage on the floor it felt a BIT cramped. The red, white and black decor had a wannabe modern type of feel, but that's okay. The coverlet on the King-sized bed felt dusty/stiff but after I pulled it back and lay down...WHOA. Pretty comfortable bed! Pillows were great too, felt like I was on a cloud. I was very pleased. Wi-fi was free although the connection was a bit spotty.

The part of the room that I wasn't too crazy about was the bathroom. The sink seemed old, the counter was dirty (water spots), the shower in the bathtub with shower curtain was a bit old fashioned, but at least the toilet had a cool press button flush? The bathroom was also TINY, literally the size of a closet.

For $140 (includes tax & fees), our room also came with 2 drink tickets for a free beer at the hotel bar or $1 wine from 5 - 10 PM. The bar is very small and dark, but the beer was quite large. And delicious. MMMM.

Location of the hotel is awesome. There's a 7-Eleven around the block and it's a ten minute walk to the nearest club. I never felt unsafe walking in the middle of the night because the streets are decently lit.

Overall, the Bristol Hotel is great if you want the convenience of being in the middle of Gaslamp so you can get your drink on without getting a DUI. Also good for small groups sharing a room with double beds because it's super affordable split among four people!

19/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
153. Eldine M.
I like the location of this boutique hotel. It's just a couple blocks from Gaslamp. I like the modern Red/Black/White look of it. Very clean as well. HOWEVER, Make sure you request a QUITE room. If you don't you'll have to sleep with the earplugs (that they provide).

16/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
154. Alex V.
Good hotel for this price, we paid $120 per night.

Parking sucks, they charge $26 per night, and they'll tell you this is the cheapest parking in the area, so this is BS. There's $12/night parking right across the street, on 3rd of 4th street, don't remember exactly...

28/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
155. Amanda I.
Great accommodations in an awesome part of downtown, with bars & restaurants nearby. Only complaint is that you can't valet park until you've checked in- so we arrived in SD at 10 am and had to park elsewhere until the afternoon, and when we called earlier the staff had said we could. Also, the walls were a little thin, and it was apparently the SD half marathon, because there was a bunch of loud people up at 6am. It wasn't the hotels fault, though. The staff was super nice, and we appreciated the $1 drink coupons for the bar there. The rooms were cute and modern as well.

11/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
156. Allan F.
Good location, close to everything.

The wife really appreciated the close proximity to the Westfield Mall.  Me not so much.

Rooms are kinda small but staff was cool.

Kinda expensive for what you get.  No pool, but didn't check out the fitness center, but you do get free internet.

Did I mention the rooms are small?

27/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
157. Amanda M.
I stayed here with 7 other girls for my bachelorette party a couple of weekends ago (on July 13) and had an AMAZING stay!

-The hotel/rooms: super fancy and clean. The beds were really comfy and the rooms spacious. I couldn't hear anything from the other rooms but lets be honest, it was a bachelorette party, so it's not like I would've remembered.

-The staff: THE BEST! seriously, the people working the night of our stay all need raises. The two girls at the front desk were wonderful. We got a noise complaint on our room (at 6 pm...come on people, live a little!!) and received a call from the front desk asking us to keep it down - the girl calling clearly knew the call was ridiculous and was really cool about it. When we left for dinner, the girls called us a cab. When we came back from the bars there were two guys working behind the desk and they were awesome as well. There are no microwaves in the room and our late night munchies required a microwave, so the guys downstairs took our food and microwaved it in the hotels kitchen.

-The location: really close to all of the bars, can't be beat!!

Thanks for an awesome stay!

24/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
158. Michelle M.
First let me begin by saying I travel quite frequently, although everytime I travel into San Diego I have to stay at The Bristol Hotel.  Not only is it really easy to get in and out of but the hotel it self is very welcoming and the restaurant located in the lobby is always a good place to visit. I absolutely loved that my breakfast server was the same every morning. I stayed once for 5 days straight and Joann was always so friendly and welcoming. When your not home, you always appreciate the people and things that make it feel like home even just a little bit.  This one is for you Joann, thanks for making me smile and laugh every morning.

18/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
159. Dianna M.
Beautiful location for a wedding

25/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
160. Craig M.
I don't understand how people can have a negative experience at this hotel. The staff is EXTREMELY nice and helpful. The hotel is located in walking distance of all the restaurants, bars and clubs. The rooms are perfect size and very clean. I noticed people complained about the "noise". FYI this hotel is downtown, and just like any city there will be noise. Overall, the price was unbeatable, and the hotel was great. I plan on staying here every time I visit SD.

16/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
161. Keith A.
Great boutique hotel!

More so than just having excellent staff, clean facilities and a dynamite restaurant, we use the Bristol for Christmas parties and round table speaking events.

They have a second floor area which is great for small meetings up to around 40 - 50 people max. Great views and the staff makes sure you have all your refreshments and AV needs met.

In house catering service is also quite notable. They were so good we hire them to do our networking events even outside of the hotel.

Top floor has a retractable roof and is set up to feel like separate rooms although it's just one really big room. You can dine on one side and have the speaker on the other side, or the dance floor if your like me.

Great place for meetings all around. I would make it a destination of you have the time.

24/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
162. Christina A.
This hotel is pretty awesome! Lets make this review short and sweet.

Pros:
- the front desk people are super nice and more than willing to help you out.
-walking distance to just about everyplace in gaslamp district...but far enough away from the drama of all the clubs
-rooms are huge. Bathrooms are huge
-found this package on living social and was not disappointed

Cons:
-kind of thin walls. We heard our drunk "neighbors" come in and man were they loud. Still fell asleep but we almost called downstairs to complain.
-the valet guy was kind of rude. No welcome, asked weird questions, just all around not welcoming.

Fellow Yelper's complain about paying $26 for valet parking. I'm sorry, you are in DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO....$26 is nothing. Take the trolley in next time if you don't want to pay. It's valet parking and your car is in secured parking. This isn't Vegas...

Other than those minor cons, Bristol Hotel is pretty awesome and I would come back here no questions asked.

22/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
163. Esther K.
I stayed here for a weekend with my mum and my aunt on a recent family getaway. I wanted a nice hotel near Gaslamp and Balboa Park that wasn't ridiculously expensive, and The Bristol Hotel fit the bill! It had positive Yelp reviews (although I wish I had noticed Keila N's comment about their AAA discount) and had a good location so I booked two nights here. It's pretty close to the freeway and easy to get to and from. Parking is valet only and pretty pricey, but that's the story for all of downtown SD unfortunately. The staff there were great, very friendly whenever I needed to speak with them.

Our room was pretty nicem, although a major complaint from all three of us was that there was no overhead lighting. Just a few lamps in the room so it was never very bright. I had brought a book to read but decided against it since I felt that the dim lighting would make my eyesight worse (I already wear glasses). And the bed was not comfortable. It took a while for me to notice it but something was just off about the bed, maybe because the middle area sunk in a lot. But when you're exhausted, you'll sleep no matter where you are, right? Apart from that, the room was okay. It was clean, the bathroom was clean, and the TV worked. They offer complimentary wifi but I had forgotten my laptop so I used their open desktop in the lobby.

And if you don't feel like walking to the hundreds of restaurants in the nearby vicinity, there is always the restaurant in the hotel that you can go to! We didn't try it out but it looks like it has decent Yelp reviews. Overall a decent stay and I wouldn't mind staying here again.

03/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
164. Susie S.
Love love love The Bristol hotel!! Our first time staying in San Diego and it was one of our favorite vacations we've ever taken.

They only offer valet parking which was $26. I guess it's typical for hotels in downtown San Diego to charge parking fees. The lot across from the hotel wanted to charge $30.  Just expect to pay for parking if you want to stay at a hotel that has a great location like the bristol.

The rooms are nicely decorated and clean. They even supply you with ear plugs because of the noise from the street. We didn't really have an issue with the noise and never used the ear plugs but we were here midweek and during the winter time. Maybe it does get fairly loud during peak travel season. The bed was so comfortable. We didn't want to leave. :-(

The location of this hotel is perfect. 20 minutes walk to the harbor. 10 minutes walk to the mall and probably a 15 minutes walk to gaslamp! There's a 7 eleven near by if you need a drink or snacks on your way back from partying all night.  We never had to use our car until we checked out.

We'll definitely be back if we take another trip out to San Diego!

16/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
165. Steven B.
We visited SD for the first time last month, and stayed at the Bristol.  What a nice boutique hotel.  Reasonable for downtown, a 15 min walk to the Gaslamp, and a short drive to Coronado and Mission beaches and Balboa Park.
Breakfast was perfect, and the front desk was great with recommendations.  We'll be back.

06/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
166. Kathryn K.
It is a decent hotel except for the fact that I came back flea-bitten!  On my own, I would not have booked a hotel that advertises itself as pet-friendly.  Unfortunately, I was traveling with others and they made the booking.  I'm sensitive to flea bites and I knew I was in trouble with the guy walked through the lobby with three dogs, was greeted as a known guest, and got into the elevator with the dogs going up to his room.

The staff are friendly; the rooms are adequate for the price.  There are few amenities (no pool, spa, etc.)  It you don't mind sharing your accommodations with fleas it is OK.  But if you are sensitive to flea bites or, for that matter, allergic to animals, you should avoid this one.

22/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
167. Wendy M.
I arrived before 3pm on Saturday 3/29/14, and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Unfortunately,  they over booked the hotel. They refunded my money AND gave me a free night at the Westin Hotel (right down the block) for the inconvenience I experienced.  Overall, I had a free stay in San Diego  thanks to The Bristol Hotel. I was bummed that I didn't get to stay there, because it looked very classy and smelled very clean.

The Valet Staff were very friendly, as well. I paid for one night  ($26) when I should have paid for two; since my car was parked there for more than 24hrs.

PLUS, this hotel is in the middle of almost everything in Gaslamp. Everything is walking distance.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel.

01/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
168. Erika M.
Pretty cool spot. Affordable (we ended up getting a good deal on a hotel+valet package). Trendy. Super clean. Awesome bath robes! Within walking distance to Gaslamp and surrounding areas. Super friendly staff. & great fully-stocked bar (we got $1 drink coupons upon our arrival). We will definitely keep The Bristol Hotel in mind next time we find ourselves in San Deezy!

09/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
169. Claire M.
This hotel was awesome! The decor is super cute and the rooms were spacious and clean. Other reviews talked about the noise, but we didn't notice anything crazy, however, we did request a room on a top floor.  Jazmyn was so sweet at checkin. It's nice to receive such wonderful customer service. We will definitely be back!

01/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
170. Leslie Y.
I love this hotel for Gaslamp. The location was incredibly convenient. The staff was extremely helpful for anything I needed. Extra keys, a rollaway bed, leaving keys at the front desk for people, getting adjoining rooms... You name it, they were happy to assist. Everyone was friendly. No disgruntled or cranky workers there at all. We had a large party, 3 rooms, and they didn't get frustrated with me at all (and on a sold out weekend).

They also allow pets with no weight restrictions, no additional fee. This is the only pet friendly hotel I have ever heard of that does not charge pet fees. Valet is $26 with ins and outs. If you drive a hybrid valet is half off! Most eco friendly hotels take $3-8 off. Mine was half off!

Although the shower was a little on the older side, everything was clean and in excellent working order. They also spruced up the bathroom with a real bath rug, nice wallpaper, curtains, etc., that I didn't even notice the older tub until I did a double take.

Room rates were also pretty affordable for the area. I was happy for what I paid for just for all the friendly, and helpful service. Can't wait to stay here again.

10/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
171. Steph G.
The Bristol is a very nice and convenient place to stay. It is also very very close to the Gaslamp. The manager, Ahmad, was very helpful. He answered all of our questions and accomodated us very quickly when needed. He is one of the best managers I have ever encountered when it comes to leadership and management. Thanks Ahmad for making out stay at The Bristol excellent. I give The Bristol 5 stars and Ahmad 5 stars plus an extra star for the hardwork and dedication!

10/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
172. Javier J.
Price was right..very affordable.
The stay was alright, the rooms were clean (windows on the outside could use some washing) and comfortable!

A problem to me was that the two bed rooms are twin beds and not queens as they are at most hotels. Unless you're big on spooning you'd find yourself needing a bit more room if you are sharing a bed with someone.

Also the price for valet is 26$ which I feel like is a tad bit overpriced. Yeah I'm not a dweeb so I refuse to drive a hybrid for a discount. I feel like 15$/20$ would be reasonable, if you're a tipper you end up really paying about 30$ for parking which is 25% of what was paid for a room..not cool.

The Bar and Grill they have downstairs has good stuff though and the dollar vouchers for a glass of beer/wine was nice.

Overall I would say it's a good pick if it fits your needs..just remember twin beds!

01/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
173. Helen N.
The mister and I originally planned to stay one night at this hotel during our stay in San Diego. The Bristol is conveniently located near all the places I wanted to go to: red velvet donuts and cronuts at donut bar, coffee and desserts in Little Italy, breakfast at Snooze, Extraordinary Desserts, getting tipsy in Gaslamp--which is great because the hotel was in stumbling distance! (even tho we did opt for a cab back, it was a short ride which is always great when you're on the verge of black out). Given its convenience, we decided to call in and stay another night.

The only complaint was that they charged us for a candy bar we didn't touch. Of course they happily refunded us that amount but we worry that there might be a candy bar bandit in that building...

02/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
174. Emily K.
Myself, my husband and another couple had just arrived from Cabo San Lucas on Wednesday night (9/17 -we had just made it out after Hurricane Odile).  My sister had found this hotel for us near the trolley and offered the most reasonable rates.  When we 4 arrived, exhausted, dirty and feeling defeated, we asked if the hotel was willing to help us at all in the price as we had already spent a lot on airfare to get us home from San Diego.  The office manager did and provided us with an excellent rate and offered it for 2 nights for our friends, who could not leave until Friday.

I would stay at this hotel again in a heartbeat...it was beautiful and clean...the staff is amazing & to me that is worth it all!

19/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
175. Matt M.
Pretty decent hotel, especially for the special Comic-Con rate of $177/night. Front desk was extremely helpful, rooms are clean, and they seem to want to move to be more eco-friendly. Valet parking is $26/day here though, which was a slight pain. The location, however, is excellent. Just a short walk to the Convention Center, and it's on the edge of "holy crap it's crowded on the streets" and "wow, where did everyone go?".

Easy check-in, easy check-out. The ceiling is a little low in the hotel rooms, but it wasn't claustrophobic. Reliable Wi-Fi and quiet hallways.

A couple of cons: my room's view was a wall of another tall building. Also, the fan didn't seem to work (I normally sleep with white noise so I was hoping I would be able to hear it....but it might just be part of the "eco-friendly" thing they had going on so I won't dock them for that).

Other than that, this hotel is close to everything, but not too close to hear annoying screaming out in the streets all night.

I'll definitely stay here whenever I'm down for conferences!

20/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
176. Heather s.
Paid $150/night for a stay here.  It's a nice boutique hotel with a great location - walking distance to the Gaslamp.  There is a steep $26 fee for valet parking per night, unless you get a parking package as part of your booking, as I did.  For the location and price, definitely a great deal IMHO.  The rooms are adequate and clean - I especially appreciated the nice waffle robes!  Free wi-fi was a plus.  Their fitness center is, however, tiny - a small cramped windowless room with one treadmill, one elliptical, one bike, and a weight station.  (There were no free weights to tone my muscles!).

One minus - they gave us a free welcome drink voucher at the bar.  However, when we tried to go use them at 10pm on a Saturday night, the bar was closed!!  I guess since they're close to the Gaslamp, they figured people have other nearby bars to drink at?

24/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
177. Matt C.
Because of my job, I have been able to get to know the Bristol Hotel very well, not only the hotel stays, the food, but also the staff. The property boasts many many amazingly friendly, personable, and helpful staff members. A few features to highlight:

Restaurant/Bar: delicious food, great for work meetings or quiet drinks at the bar with friends or clients. The bar has a very dark metropolitan feel to it, like something you would find in a larger city. Friendly bartender, great if traveling alone to chat with or just sit quietly. I love the place. You can also run into lots of San Diego's business & political community meeting for drinks..perhaps so they can go unnoticed at their secret favorite hotel... oops, i may have spoiled that one... but anywho, lots of people to meet, good drinks and food to enjoy.

Rooms: very clean, comfortable, and inviting. I loved my special bottle of wine waiting for me from a lovely note from the sales team and GM. Those little touches make for a great first impression. The bed was heavenly.... i had a big king all to myself and never wanted to get out of bed.

Proximity: I stayed the night during Fashion Week San Diego and loved how close it was to the Broadway Pier venue, as well as walkable to the Gaslamp and little Italy. Very convenient. I had friends over for some pre-show Champagne in the room which was great. Brought my jambox and called room service for a tray of champagne flutes and responded quickly...even staged the flutes on the credenza. So great!

Events: For work, we host many events at the Bristol and we are always very happy with the service, food, and set-up, etc. Catering is run by Festivities Catering and their staff combined with the Bristol makes my job effortless. Their top ballroom has a retractable ceiling that opens  up into a.... sunroof i guess??? it's amazing!

I highly recommend staying here. Great way to get a unique stay away from the monstrous chain hotels along Harbor.

24/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
178. Keila N.
The Bristol Hotel is located in the Gas Lamp District.  The location of this hotel and the AAA discount are the two factors that convinced to stay here over this weekend.  The Yelp reviews, however, were the most compelling reasons for choosing this hotel.

The walls are rather thin.  I heard mumbled and at times clearly audible conversations or our neighbors in the morning.  Staying close to the elevators also increase the auditory ambiance.  

I would, however, stay at this hotel again the next time I visit San Diego.  The attention to details were impressive.  There was a cosmetic mirror in the bathroom; complimentary candies in the room; bathrobes in the closet; and complimentary wine/beer tickets.

16/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
179. Karthik R.
The room was big and the bed was comfy when compared to other 4 star hotels. Another good reason it is in walking distance to some good San Diego clubs and bars. Would definitely stay here again.

16/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
180. Joe P.
Arriving: Upon arrival the valet was very nice. Refusing the tip when we checking in saying that he has not done anything yet! For $26 a night for parking that should be a common courtesy!  And also notifying us if we needed the car that we should call ahead because they may have to get it from a different lot which was helpful.

Check in: Check in was very quick and polite.

Room:  Room was very clean and nice. They had a lot of conveniences. Weather for the next day. And the usual commodities like a safe, iron, coffee maker/water boiler, hair dryer, shampoo and etc.

Bathroom: Plenty of useful things in the bathroom (cotton balls, q-tips, and make up remover which actually came in handy). The have a nice 2 person shower and possibly tub.

Bed: The king bed was nice but we had trouble sleeping on it not sure why. The good news is that no bed bugs but having a hard time sleeping is no good.

Location: Very close to downtown which is nice if you want to go barhopping or eat. No worries of DUIs. Also a 7/11 is around the corner if you need anything.

I recommend staying here but personally would check out other hotels.

10/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
181. Alex C.
Love The Bristol! My boyfriend and I stayed here for a long weekend trip to San Diego. After comparing prices/quality with other nearby hotels we decided on this hotel, mainly due to the rate if you book 30 days in advance, which was easy for us to do. Hotel staff was very nice, and the room was quaint and clean. Shortly after we arrived we got a personal call from the front desk to make sure everything was okay - that was a first! The decor was nice and the king size bed was very comfortable.

We were both very happy with our stay here, and will definitely return next time we are in the area!

23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
182. Kristina V.
I stayed here the day I got married (Friday May 9, 2014) and the rest of the weekend. In between my wedding ceremony at Balboa Park and my reception at the Yard House, I had to stop at the hotel to grab an extra pair of shoes because the strap of my vintage heels broke. I walked into the hotel and right away, the man at the front desk (I wish I would've asked his name!) offered to fix my shoe. He wrapped two band aids around the strap abd stapled it just to be sure it stayed put. I ended up being able to wear the shoes for the rest of night and no one even noticed that it was broken! That  experience alone made my stay here absolutely amazing and I would definitely stay here again. The room was clean, the bathroom was clean and the staff was awesome! Thank you so much for hiring quality staff who genuinely care about their guests!

17/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
183. Ellie N.
What is that funky smell!?

The hotel is really cute and vintage which is why I'm guessing it smells a little funky (like mold, musky). The location is great for gaslamp, little Italy & harbor visitors. I would suggest getting the online packages which includes parking, breakfast & late checkout. Noise can be an issue which is why they provide free earplugs in your room. It's noise that is inevitable like cars, trains and airplanes but what kind of irritated me was the housekeepers yelling at each other during the day as I'm trying to get rest for my evening festivities. Now that noise can be avoided. All I kept hearing was "bring extra lotions, I forgot them" "let's make sure we finish on time this time" WTF!? I'm sure you know there is thin walls!
Anyway- just like San Francisco, downtown L.A or any other downtown area the parking is expensive but on the upside you don't have to drive anywhere it's all within walking or public transportation distance.

22/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
184. Kara I.
I stayed at The Bristol for a conference.  Easy walk to the convention center, wonderful staff, clean and spacious room.  I had a great stay.  I ordered room service one night and enjoyed the food as well.  All around great experience!

16/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
185. Nicole B.
I stayed at the Bristol hotel during my summer visit to San Diego and I must say I really like this hotel. It is located in the Gaslamp District but it is not in the center of the madness which is a good thing! It is one block north of Horton Plaza and just one black east of the Trolley station on Kettner.

When we walked into the hotel lobby we were greeted by a fresh aroma and smiling faces at the front desk. The lobby's décor is modern chic and so gorgeous! Check in was a breeze and we were pleased to find out that hybrid vehicles only pay $13/day for parking(there is virtually no street parking so you will need to valet with the hotel) and that the hotel restaurant has happy hour every day. We stayed in a room with double beds and the room was also decorated pretty nicely with red accents everywhere. The bathroom was kind of on the small side but it did have a hair dryer, bath robes, and some basic toiletries. There are also two mirrors in the bathroom that can be used for applying make-up; this was cool as we were a group of three girls!

The room has a minibar, T.V., and an alarm clock/ipod dock. The The walls are thin but it was not a problem for us because we didn't spend a lot of time relaxing in the room. Our neighbor, however, did have a problem with our volume when we came home from the club at 2am. She started banging on the wall and she even had the nerve to call and leave us a voicemail saying that she had rented a hotel room so that she could study for an exam . Ummmm, not my problem!

Bottom line, this hotel definitely gives you great value for your money and it is in a great location! I totally recommend this hotel.

01/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
186. Hannah H.
We just stayed here for a night and had a wonderful experience. You could tell that the staff here are big on providing great service. Also as a plus, overnight parking is cheaper if you have a hybrid car. They even upgraded our room when we got there. I would most definitely stay here again!

23/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
187. Nicole G.
Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, the Man and I were thrilled to have won a complimentary stay at the Bristol. They were accommodating, sweet and helpful throughout our one night stay. The staff as far as we could tell were pretty awesome.

But even with that in mind, I'm pretty sure we wouldn't stay here again.

The bedroom itself was fine...but the bathroom? What happened? It was honestly gross. Loose wood panels in the ceiling? Dirty mildew in the tub? A cracked toilet? And thanks but no thanks on the keys to the mini-bar. All the snacks on the dresser were expired!

I was not expecting this. From everything else we saw, the service, the initial look of our room, it all looked great. But after a closer look...not so great.

For one night, it'll do. But definitely not somewhere I'd go to get pampered. Up your game Bristol, it's the little things that count.

02/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
188. Carlos Q.
I booked the hotel through Booking.com . After doing some research on the local hotels, one complaint I read consistently was about the street noise (which obviously HAS to be expected since it's it the middle of the city) so immediately after booking my room I called the Bristol and spoke to a very friendly employee. I requested to have a room on a higher floor to cancel out some of the noise since my fiancée and I are light sleepers and she happily noted my request. When we checked in, I was happy to see that we were on the 7th floor (out of 9) and my request three weeks in advance was fulfilled without me asking again! It's the small details that matter.
We enjoyed our room very much. The AC could use some work since it was a hot day but it's such a small complaint in the grand scheme of things and it still did the job after awhile. Beautiful view of the city and soooo close to everything in downtown including the Westfield mall and The Gaslamp District. We LOVED the beds because they were nice and firm and the shower temp and water pressure were on point.
We asked for a taxi and one arrived in a couple minutes thanks to the staff. After we checked out we wanted to walk around the city and have a coffee and we were so thankful that they offered to hold our bags until we returned. The staff was very nice and friendly.
One thing that I would recommend would be to have the valet personnel offer to help us with our bags upon arrival. Again, it's the small details that matter.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and will definitely keep it on the top of our list the next time we come to town

05/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
189. S S.
Boutique hotel in Downtown SD.  Walking distance (approx. 10-15 minutes) to all the Gaslamp activities.  Only valet for parking for $26 per night, but it has in and out privileges.  Quite pricey, but better than parking at one of those lots where they charge you an arm and a leg and no in and out privileges.

Checking in was a breeze.  Superior room was spacious.  The view was of a building with no windows.  But whatever.

Restroom is a bit dirty.  Grime on the showerhead and just felt eh.

Bed was comfortable and big.  The TV was good and offered lots of cable television for when you are winding down or whatever.

They did have 50% off happy hour until 7PM.  Didn't bother going to the bar/restaurant area.

My only gripe was that the hotel charged me an extra $100+ when I checked in.  I called them to ask about this.  Their response?  "Incidentals fee."  WTH is that?  What hotel does that?  Apparently, they charge this in case you do room service or go to the restaurant/bar and charge stuff.  They said it'll take about a week for this to be refunded back.  I call BS on this fee.  When I signed the paper to check in, it had my rate plus the taxes.  Not sure where this "incidentals" garbage originates from.

10/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
190. Olivia F.
A great stay! The service was very friendly and helpful. The front desk helped us to find our destinations and recommended things to so in San Diego. Room was beautiful and clean and the bed was comfy. Very pretty and modern decor. The only issue with our was that you can hear noise from outside. (Which is to be expected when you get a hotel in down town San Diego) so the hotel provides you with ear plugs in your room. It's walking distance from the gaslamp district. They also have a restaurant in the hotel. We didn't eat there but I was impressed that their dinner was 50% off for hotel guests! This hotel has some interesting packages to offer. (Check their website) we opted for the package with two adult tickets to the zoo because we had planned to visit the zoo any way.
I would love to stay here again.

10/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
191. Kelly C.
so i had doubts about Bristol.. when traveling, i try to book 4 stars or above (not trying to be snobby but i value sleep A LOT since i'm an ultra light sleeper and if i don't get adequate sleep, i am a total b*tch and a half~) anyway! i had no idea why my boyfriend insisted on booking bristol but i just went with it since it was supposed to be a surprise but i found out anyway.. WHOOPS! lol

so when we first arrived, we walked into this beeeeautiful lobby! i loved the lil fish bowls with the big daisy floating in it on the tables and the piano!  it's lil details likes this that makes it quite memorable for me :) perfect to play instagram with btw haha~ we were also greeted right away by front desk with the warmest welcome! i was already loving this boutique hotel.  we only stayed a night here but throughout our short stay, the staff were consistently very friendly and welcoming-- even at times when we were being annoying tourists with our bajillion questions, the ladies at the front desk would always answer us with the most polite smile and tone.  i really appreciate that since i know being in the service industry is not easy!  even the dude who worked at valet always smiled at us! we of course did not hesitate giving him a bigger tip especially at the end of our stay.

the one thing that did bug me was the noise level... our room was on the 4th fl and almost at the crack of dawn i heard multiple trash trucks (?) and a possible wicked clown car playing some strange melody going down the street.. o-O like i said im a light sleeper, so i heard all the morning traffic in downtown SD.  walls are not the most soundproof either.. we could hear next door who were 2 dudes looking to partay and did partay and got back in the dead of the night..

so overall, i would recommend bristol~ the service was AMAZING and that's definitely a plus when traveling and looking for a good time on vacation.  just be aware of the noise level.. you might want to request a room on the higher floors.

30/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
192. Stephanie F.
I would definitely stay here again. I got engaged in this hotel back in April. Prior to our stay, I had been back and forth on hotels since I'm a frequent visitor to San Diego but never stayed in the downtown area.

This place was within walking distance of the Gaslamp District but not so close that you can hear party-goers. Our friends stayed at various hotels in downtown to surprise me that weekend and their main complaint was being too close to the Gaslamp District.

The bed was pretty comfortable and the room, with the King size bed was a pretty good size. You could hear some street noise but since we stayed on the top floor, it wasn't loud enough to keep us awake. The room had a mini fridge which was nice since I had brought snacks for us. There were plenty of restaurants around the corner so we didn't need to drive at all during our stay.

Parking is a little expensive (but it's downtown so it's expected). We bought the package through the hotel that allowed us to use ins/outs of the garage, which we didn't really need. I would definitely recommend this hotel to others.

If I had one complaint, it would be that our AC kept making a distinct knocking noise throughout the night. It was faint when the AC was on since you could hear the hum but when it kicked off, the knocking noise was pretty distracting. My fiancé used his cell phone for ambient noise and I made use of the earplugs that are provided in the room.

Overall, the experience was great and the staff was relatively friendly.

02/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
193. Nicole P.
I don't even know where to start I really loved this place! I will do a list

Pros:
Location- 15 minute walk to Little Italy & 10 minutes to Gaslamp District
Decor- Very vibrant and Modern
Bed- SO comfortable
Shower- Looks small but its perfect and fits 2 very comfortably ;)
VERY helpful & friendly staff
a little jar of cotton balls, q tips, makeup remover. nice touch.

Cons:
I am very weird about a/c and I always need it ON lol in my room 807 it wasn't very powerful and after a shower everything just felt humid.

Valet (pricey) but has in n out privileges so that's nice but My husband forgot something in the car and the attendant looked annoyed and asked us why we said we weren't going to use our car if we were.....clearly we weren't using it nor did we plan to forget anything. (we even tipped him after he brought out our bag!)

Mini Bar convenient but pricey PLUS 20% service charge YIKES most expensive water and can of soda lol but we were too lazy to walk to 7-11 ;)

while this isn't really the hotels fault but its nice for people to know there are TONS of transients in the area...pushy and lewd (think laying on the ground scratching his privates!)

I found the best rate on the hotels website. Will definitely stay here again!

17/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
194. Marc ..
So, our second time staying here we were bumped upon arrival because of overbooking.

Inconvenient, however outstanding customer service from Bristol. They booked us in an excellent room at Weston, right around the block and made sure the check in was smooth.

We will be back to Bristol again in June.

Look at the response from Bristol (below).
Excellent management!

08/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
195. Barbara C.
Love the Bristol!  My uncle stayed there for several days and I met him for dinner for
four evenings.  Very clean, sparkling and elegant.  Very nice room.  Delicious food
in the dining room.  Cozy lobby.  But best of all, the staff was so nice.  Everyone was
very kind to him, and helpful to me.  Special thanks to Issima at the front desk, and
the evening waitress in the dining room.  You can tell that people really like working
there.  He loved it too.

28/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
196. Michelle T.
Was pretty impressed and pleased with this hotel. I normally don't like boutique hotels because it's a hit or miss but The Bristol hit the mark. Upon walking in you are greeted with a fresh smell in the lobby with lots of natural light. The staff was friendly and helpful.  A nice touch was when we got up to the room and they called to ensure the room was to our liking. The room was good sized, it was not huge but comfortable. Modern linens and design. Valet parking on for $26 for hotel guests.  I was also impressed with the generous amount of towels provided. Usually I have to call to get more towels at a hotel but there were plenty to go around.  The lamp had a built in speaker that was awesome.  Location was pretty central to everything downtown.

The only thing that could've been improved was the AC. It was an unusually hot day in sd when we went and the ac was barely blowing out. It took several hours for the room to cool off but after it did, the temperature was fine.

The water pressure in the shower was pretty intense.  No complaints though. They also have European style flushing where you can choose a full or half flush.

Overall, great place to stay.

04/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
197. Danielle W.
There is no comparison to extraordinary customer service, attention to detail & cleanliness!
I love the Bristol Hotel, was our 1st stay here & loved it so much we're staying tonight too!!

26/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
198. Chris L.
I love this hotel.  The valet staff is excellent ($26 per night) and the front desk staff are great.  No wait for anything.  This place is close to the gaslamp, freeway and has a 7-11 around the corner so you can grab a snack, water, etc.  We went to the 7-11 to pack lunch for the Safari Park and grab waters and ice cream.  This place is pet friendly.  I would definitely recommend this place to everyone.  Beds were comfy and the place was clean.

03/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
199. Jared J.
A great little hotel!

This hotel is in a great spot, and the front desk  staff is super helpful. The hotel is 2 blocks from Horton Plaza and just a few more from the Gaslamp District. This is a great area to stay in as you are pretty central to most of San Diego.

The rooms are a decent size and were clean. It looks like the hotel was remodeled fairly recently and everything looks nice. They even had a mini-fridge in the room which is always appreciated.

The parking is a bit expensive, $26 a night. Also, I highly recommend that you call ahead to have your call pulled up as it can take a while to bring the car around.

Overall, I would recommend this hotel to anyone but fair warning about the expensive parking and long wait times for the valet.

14/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
200. Justin F.
The bartender at the downstairs bar wasn't good.  There was like 10 people at the bar.  I walked in, waited 5 minutes.  He didn't acknowledge me, tell me he'd be right with me or anything.  Just busied himself with whatever it was he was doing.  I went to the bar upstairs.  The bar upstairs the bartenders were nice.

23/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
201. Jen B.
Loved, loved, loved this hotel! It was so pretty and in a great location! Walking distance to the Gaslamp area, and had a great bar/lounge downstairs with a fantastic happy hour. The room was so modern and cute. The bathroom was clean, and the bed was super comfortable. There was not a problem with noise at all. Loved this hotel, would stay here for sure next time I visit!

25/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
202. Henry Z.
I really enjoyed my stay here for several reasons. The valet was friendly, as was the front desk. The hotel is conveniently located near Gaslamp and was walking distance. The bed was also really comfortable and the TV and bathrooms were modern. On the toilet you can choose between half flush and full flush which I thought was kind of cool. I would recommend this place if you're not on a budget and want good service.

23/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
203. Monica C.
I was very happy to find this place. It's in a great location downtown within convenient walking distance to the Gaslamp Quarter. The rooms were nice, clean, and well-decorated. They offer free Wi-Fi, which is a nice perk. My favorite thing about this hotel is that it's pet friendly with no pet fee! Some of the hotels in the area have pretty outrageous pet fees, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this hotel didn't charge one at all. They provided a bed, food and water bowls, and treats for my little guy.

I was impressed by this hotel. It was everything I was looking for during my San Diego stay. I especially appreciate their pet policy, since I always travel with my dog. I will definitely stay here again the next time I'm in San Diego.

24/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
204. Ben F.
Booked this room through a website called Rocketmiles.com and got a great rate plus I earned a ton of frequent flyer miles. Use rocketmiles.com to book yourself a room at the Bristol Hotel. The rooms are big. The bed is super comfortable, and you are in the gaslamp area of San Diego, right in the heart of it all. Great place. Definitely would stay here again.

11/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
205. Trish S.
Since it's Valentines Day I'll write an overdue mushy review to a business I love: It's a sentimental story indeed.

This was the first place I rested my head in San Diego the very first time I ever visited here. The BF and I were on a little getaway and checking out the area as a possible home someday. We booked The Bristol online after researching all sorts of downtown options-it looked adorable, and was very affordable for being so near to everything too! We were not disappointed! Comfy and cozy in SoCal (The robes and free wifi made life grand too!)

The first time I had SD street tacos.... During my stay at The Bristol.
My first "waaa-hooo!" in Gaslamp... the first trip to the embarcadero, Seaport Village, Balboa, the first trip up 101 to check out the coast and even the most important: The first walk on the Oceanside Pier: All of these SD firsts during my stay at The Bristol. We were easily able to get around the area and the traffic is easy to get in and out of from the location.

Why was the walk on the Oceanside Pier the most important? On that walk the BF and I decided solidly to move here. And not someday... like three weeks later we were here. I guess you could say that The Bristol was my first home in SD then.

The staff is lovely, the restaurants onsite delicious. Our room was clean and well appointed-one of the reason why I love boutique hotels is that after a day or two the staff treats you like a regular ya know? I'm sure many guests come to the area, stay at the Bristol and make claims they'll move... well, I actually did it.

I owe the Bristol a tip of the cap M'lady (The anchorman jokes were not old yet on this first trip, haha) for starting me off on the right San Diego foot. A few years later I'm blessed to be the Yelp CM on the North end of this fine city: It all began here!

14/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
206. Emily T.
Would I stay here again?  Yes.

Would I recommend that others stay here?  Yes.

We split our time in San Diego between a beach near the ocean and then The Bristol Hotel, which is within walking distance of the Gaslamp District and its many restaurants, as well as an easy bus ride to Balboa Park and surrounding neighborhoods.  We did not rent a car, so we really appreciated the central location and the easy access to taxis and busses.

Our room was clean and spacious, the lobby was swanky, the wi-fi was free, the king-size bed was comfortable, and the hallways and surrounding areas were quiet.  We really appreciated that we were allowed to check-in early, as well as the coupon for the $1 craft beer from the restaurant located downstairs.

Keep an eye out for deals and specials.  We were able to find a great deal for our stay online.

17/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
207. joanna p.
First time staying here and i LOVED it, I will most deff stay here again.  The hotels is close to everything, 10 min drive to the zoo, 5 min drive to Little Italy , 5 min walk to the Westfield Mall and Gaslamp.  The staff was friendly from the moment we checked in to the moment we checked out.  The rooms were clean which was very important to us because we wanted to stay in and relax as part of the vacation.  I would like to thank their customer service representative that runs the Facebook account, I had a request and they were able to help me out without a problem.  Its a great place to stay in at an affordable price, I can't wait to go back for another relaxing weekend.  

-double beds are FULL.
-our room didn't have a refrigerator but did have a coffee maker.
-wifi works fine.
-best rates are on the actual website bc they offer parking packages which saves you money. (unlimited in and out)

28/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
208. Lisa M.
I have to say, I didn't get a first impression when we first got here. When we pulled up to the valet, there was not one, but TWO valet attendants who watched us pull all our million bags and luggage out of the car and didn't offer to help once. We asked about getting a cart to tote all the bags up to the room, and they looked at us as if we asked something outrageous. And when we struggled to open the front door, they both stood there and watched us. !!!

We stayed here for 2 nights for my bachelorette party. The girls got two rooms with an adjoining door so the rooms actually felt like a suite because all of us were going back and forth constantly. The bathrooms were a little on the small side, but you really can't complain when the location is so great. We were able to walk to Horton Plaza and a ton of restaurants and bars are all within easily walking distance. We cabbed it to Gaslamp and it was only a few minutes drive.

Overall, we all had a great stay and enjoyed our time here. The only put-off was our initial experience upon arrival.

06/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
209. Vanessa G.
I recently stayed here in December, and my stay was exquisite! I was first skeptical of staying here not knowing or hearing much of this hotel as I normally stay at Marriotts. However I was doing my research between this and The Sofia Hotel and I'm glad I decided to stay here!

I live in San Diego and my boyfriend who is stationed over seas was coming into town. We decided we wanted to stay in the Gaslamp area and have a night out on the town. He had landed at 10:30 am and because we were in the area I thought I'd try to see if we could check in early, which they had no problem with. We reserved the deluxe executive king room and it was huge! So roomy!

As others stated, this hotel is a few blocks away from the Gaslamp, not a terrible walk at all. The stay was great and the staff was very kind.

I would suggest to anyone considering to stay here to purchase the room and parking package. Don't do it what I did and try to be cheap thinking you're going to find street parking because it's not going to happen. The savings on the package is about $15 or so.

I will definitely be back!

07/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
210. Jessica L.
Very clean and comfortable room!
The room was extremely spacious and only a few blocks say from Gaslamp.
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
They have valet parking for $25, there is a parking lot right across for $24 a night also.

12/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
211. Regina F.
Stayed here one week ago for 2 nights, we paid 270 for two people for friday night and Saturday night, not too shabby. They only have valet parking which sucks because parking is 26 a night and tou obviously tip each time you get your car back. Other than that the hotel is beautiful and looks just like the pictures,  nicely decorated, romantic, spacious,  and clean. We got the king superior, although we did not have a nice view, the room was veey large,  with a decent sized clean bathroom, and we were given bath robes and free slippers! They also have a coffee maker, blow dryer, and iron. Location was about a 15 minutes from all the action,so it was pretty close. Everyone is nice, and i have no complaints. Walls are thon as other people have said, we heard the couple next door, doing.. ahem.. well you know ;). Lol. I would definitely stay here again, cute hotel. Personnel was nice.

26/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
212. Nicole Q.
Such a difficult decision. Probably 3 1/2 stars.

First, the parking expense is $26, when around the corner all day parking is $13. If you plan to walk around the area and won't need to go in and out, then park around the corner.

The hotel itself is super cute. The room was beautiful. The tapestry at the end of one of our beds was dirty though and the shower had someone's hair in it. Felt mostly clean, but those small details do make you wonder...

One issue they need to address is Noise Abatement. Get better windows! This place is way too awesome to have such easily fixed issues.

They offer a room without windows or with, but they warn you about the noise. It wasn't until I was about to go to sleep that I realized you could hear EVERYTHING. I mean, everything. There was a woman outside of the hotel talking at the top of her lungs at 6am and it woke me up (from the 4th floor).

They provide earplugs, but... really? In a hotel? It's a nice offer, but no thanks. Just cough up the dough and upgrade! Nobody wants a windowless room... or maybe someone there for work the next day who isn't paying for their room or on vacation doesn't care. I do. I'd like a view and sleep, thanks!

I'd likely stay somewhere else in the future, though Mark in the bar downstairs was super awesome and the staff were really very helpful, kind and caring. We even got a phone call 15 minutes after arriving in our room to see if everything was in shape. Nice touch!

08/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
213. Max M.
If you want a big room at a cheap price, come here.

It's located a couple blocks from Gaslamp, across the Sofia Hotel. There's a 7/11 around the corner too for some late night snacks (pizza)

You can either park across the street or at the hotel for almost the same price.

The Deluxe King was very spacious! I recommend getting this if you don't like being in a tiny room. The price for this room would be double in Gaslmap hotels.

12/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
214. Nati M.
Stayed at this hotel over Easter Weekend. The reason I picked this hotel because my furry little friend was on vacation too. They did not charge extra for me to bring my dog.
I arrived at the hotel around 3PM. The valet service was quick and only cost $26 which is cheap for valet in San Diego, overnight with in and out privileges. The bell hop helped get our bags to the front desk, a very nice but quiet young man.

Once I got to the reception, they offered me my room on the 5th floor but said I could upgrade to a 7th floor room with a view if I wanted to wait 40 minutes. After a long drive from LA, we just wanted to get into the room. Next to the front desk there are candies for the humans and dog treats for the dawgys.

The room itself was your standard hotel roll with a king size bed. There was no view but the windows did open for fresh air. My dog loved the room, and he was sitting on the chairs having a grand time. The bed was comfy.

Later that evening a dog could be heard faintly howling, as a dog owner it didn't bother me, but to some it might be annoying.

The bar in the hotel has a really good happy hour - check the bar out before you head out into town. Its a good spot to have a quick drink with your significant other. I would definitely stay here again, although I would have liked a room with a view.

07/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
215. Carmen V.
I felt so honored attending the 1st year wedding anniversary of a lovely couple of friends. As they are Persians, I knew they wouldn't chose whatever to celebrate their first year of married life. It was my first time at the Bristol, the party took place during Valentines night and it was all joy, music, beauty and perfection. The receptionist was very nice informing us about the floor where the party was taking place (even though we did not see the signs!). A kid was playing piano at the lobby and was just a great introduction of what was waiting for us upstairs. The servers at the bar did an excellent job and the party area was all the time clean and neat. Plus I loved the open ceiling watching the stars and the moon and the beautiful San Diego sky. What a wonderful night and great Bristol Hotel, very recommendable for this type of events for large groups of people.

18/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
216. Andrea R.
The Bristol Hotel might just look like an average hotel on the outside but on the inside there is more to offer. The lady in the lobby was very helpful when checking us in. We were about two hours early. Not only did she allow us to check in, she even let us decided whether we wanted a city view or a room on the more quieter side of the hotel. She even printed out a map for my boyfriend and I to help direct us to a concert we were attending down the street.

The rooms here not only were decorative, but very spacious. The pictures I seen on Yelp is what hooked me but to see it in person is a whole different story. As you walk in there is a closet to your left. Hanging in it are two robes and slippers that say "The Bristol." I've never experienced that at any other place I've stayed at so my boyfriend and I thought it was fun. The best part in the room would surely be the king bed. That was a first time in a long time I laid in such a huge comfortable bed. I probably would have got a perfect nights rest if it wasn't for all the street noise outside. I thought at first most people on yelp was over exaggerating about the noise until I experienced it myself. The walls are so paper thin to where you could here a maid vacuuming all the way down the hall in another room. At least they try to help with providing earplugs.

I wasn't a big fan of the sliding door in the bathroom but I liked that the shower had a tub with a seat in it. The bathroom was a good size and provided the right necessities such as the typical lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and blow dryer.

The only downfall to this place would have to be the noise. Other than that the service and rooms were excellent and I can't wait to return! Best place I've stayed at in San Diego so far.

09/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
217. Phan V.
This review is about a month late, but that does not mean the impression left on me has faded whatsoever!  I was in town celebrating my one year anniversary with my girlfriend and found the prices at Bristol to be very competitive.  This is what enticed me to stay here.  The facilities were nice and very cozy and you get way more than what you paid for.  But this review is not to brag about the hotel itself, but rather the two staff members that I had the honor and privilege of interacting with.  Jazmine and Zozima are truly professionals and masters at what they do, they made me feel extremely welcomed and really made me feel like they genuinely appreciated my business.

Upon checking us in, they made multiple dining recommendations and sights to check out. When I mentioned the reason for our stay, they politely asked for my room key back and informed me there was a complimentary upgrade available on a higher floored room!  This gesture of kindness sealed the deal for me, and any future visits to San Diego will definitely entail a stay at Bristol!

Thank you so much for everything guys, if upper management is reading this, give them a raise and promotion pronto!

02/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
218. Holly R.
My boyfriend and I booked a stay at the Bristol after our usual hotel was booked for the weekend. But for a second choice, it turned out great.

We got a room facing the building next door. So not much of a view but it was quiet. The room was spacious, clean and overall very pleasant to be in. The bed was nice and comfy, which is always a must for a good hotel stay. And there was also a candy jar with hard candies in it which I thought was a fun touch.

I did find the bathroom to be a little dark. The walls were painted red, which made I felt made it feel small and dreary. But overall it was okay I guess.

The lobby was small but nice and the location of the hotel is great. It's close to the Gaslamp or Little Italy and it's less than a block from the bus or trolley.

All in all, it was a great deal for the price and I would not hesitate to stay here again.

09/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
219. Ashley H.
This is a solid hotel. Very small in downtown San Diego. It's nice and clean. They have basic cable with free internet. You do have to pay for parking. It's $26 per night.

1. I found this hotel on hotel tonight.
2. The people are very friendly and accommodating.
3. The room is pretty modern and updated.
4. Most rooms are double beds only. (Hence why I gave them only 4 stars.

09/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
220. Ash M.
Awful stay here. Room wasnt ready upon arrival even though I clearly requested the early check in, and even when 3:30 rolled around, no one called us to let us know it was ready, we went back to the hotel and they were still unsure if it was ready or not, when regular check in is at 3pm. The plumbing in our room was sometimes working other times not. Literally OVER HALF! of the electricity in our room went out mysteriously when we came back from dinner, this included all the wall outlets, the only light we had came from the entry door overhead and the restroom. When we called to complain about both incidents they randomly sent up different maintenance people to fix the problem without even informing us that someone would be on their way nearly 20 mins later.

I really wanted to enjoy my stay here, but the thing that got me the most was their disregard for customer service. Of course not everyone was awful, the maintenance guys were really kind but the front desk just did not seem to genuinely care that we were having an awful time.

After complaining on 3 seperate occasions the "manager" we requested to speak to ,Christy, called our room, we asked to go down and speak to her in person and she could not even oblige to care, she stated she had a meeting to be in and insisted we talk on the phone, FUNNY considering when we went to check out 30 mins later she was right there at the front desk. She even printed out my receipt and checked me out and didnt even apologize about anything we had endured. She offered us a significant amount off the bill during our previous phone conversation and pretty much put a band aid on the situation as to not having to deal with us anymore.

I work in property management for a major company and could honestly never dream of treating our clients and residents that way. I was very disappointed in the kind of behavior we came across at our stay here. Sadly we will not be returning.

09/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
221. Jasmin T.
Nice, decent hotel near gas lamp that was moderately priced compared to the same type of hotel within the same area. The rooms were very nicely kept. Service at the front desk was great and very responsive!

Extra thumbs up for being dog friendly---no additional charge for bringing fido!

Only parking is the valet parking at the hotel for $26/night.

09/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0