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So after four days in Sin City, two more than recommended. I headed back to America's finest city to finish moving and tie up some loose ends. Moving sucks and fortunately my good friend, Matt Austin, offered to help me move which was a huge favor. So after a grueling day on Monday, I was officially moved out. Kind of sad as Long Branch was very good to me and I have great ...
... tour bus, unfortunately we missed most of it because we were napping on the bus. Once we left the zoo we picked up the rest of the group who had scattered around the city for the day and headed back to camp for our last official night together on this part of the trip. Some people would be leaving our trip tomorrow once we arrive in LA so we were looking to have a fun night. After dinner we went down to the beach and had a bonfire and drinks looking out over the bay which was pretty ...
... Orleans, Houston and now back in San Diego. We were staying in Ben's room, the older brother of Sam and Emily, who is away at college - San Diego State which is 20 mins away. In the evening, we went for dinner nearby and planned out our week. It worked out that we had a day for each "touristy spot" of San Diego...well almost, we managed to fit in a few relaxation treats! Like the next day, we went for breakfast at a place called Americana and had delicious ...
... were very large and really well laid out- it looked like most of the animals had a lot of space. One thing that was very apparent from walking around the zoo was that the heat that was wilting us- was also wilting the animals! This zoo also has double decker bus tours, and a sky safari aerial tramway that takes you over top of the zoo. Amanda's favourite animal here was the Polar Bear- which (most likely due to the heat & shade cover) was posing half in the ...
... to get out to where you’re ‘supposed’ to be twice. The waves were huge and constant, so you needed fitness levels ten times beyond mine to regularly paddle out to where they break. It was all worth it though when I caught probably the biggest wave of my life near the end of the day and rode it all the way to the shore. I’m pretty sure I walked straight off the beach after this, hoping that onlookers only saw my last 30 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews 500 West San Diego
this is a transient hotel whose general manager is an angry person with the most horrific attitude. lisa mendoza needs to take classes in professionalism as well as common courtesy and inn keeping. the bar does not exist, the gym is the ymca and you've got to pay, parking can cost upwards of $20 per day. this hotel is dark, forboding and questionable as far as safety is concerned. definitely stay away!
Nice concept, but real bad execution. We stayed Jan. 13 and 14. The bathrooms down the hall were always dirty with no hand towels, and a half empty bottle of VO5 on the floor of the shower is what passed for the hotel-supplied amentities. Over half the tiny rooms are apparently occupied by full-time tenants, at least one with a child. There was no heat in our room. Parking costs $20 a day, $40 overnight because the daily rate changes at midnight. The website is a lie. No Pony Lounge bar. No restaurant. No maid service. The front desk people all seem to be "part time" with no manager on duty that we could find, so no one can do anything about anything. Huge parts of the place are still under construction. They couldn't tell if my card had been charged by the reservation company. The rate the reservation company charged me is much higher than the rate on the bill the hotel gave me. Can't wait for that one to arrive. I can forgive some things, but this was ridiculous. A "boutique" style hotel? Please.
For the price,this is THE place to stay in downtown . I stayed during the recent auto show for two nights and althought the room is small ,everything in it was new and clean (plus a flat screen TV !). Private bathrooms down the hall were clean and the staff was very helpfull. I'd reccommend it if you'd rather spend your money on fun in the city then $200 a night on a hotel room !
I'd stay here again
The rooms were small, but well furnished and comfortable. The gym was not nice at all, but was told they were redoing it. I was a bit unsure of the "shared" bathrooms, but they were clean and private. I loved the location..right near the trolley and the harbor. Overall, I had a good experience and would stay again.
Awesome value, Great location
My visit to 500 West Hotel was a great value and close to everything, walking distance to the bay, shopping, transportation and restaurants. The rooms are small and the bathrooms are private but not in the rooms, however they are clean and well appointed. Flat-screen t.v.'s with lots of channels, on-site laurdry and kitchen make it very easy to save money and spend it on enjoying beauitful San Diego.
The staff is very friendly and professional, I plan to return in April for a week and stay here again.
The website made this place out to be great, but upon arrival the problems began. What they do not tell you online is that it is still being completed, creating annoying construction sounds and unfinished areas throughout the hotel. There promise of in room dsl internet and wireless internet was a BIG LIE. There is no internet for 6 more months they claim, but of course they dont tell u this online. Also the pool, spa etc. is actually a run down YMCA that costs a whopping $10. Even worse the pool is broken for at least 6 months and the steam room and hot tub were also broken. There is a lot of shaddy characters living here on a monthly basis. Also the elevator permits are outdated making you feel unsafe. At 70 a night i thought it was a good deal, but after my stay i would have prefered a motel 6. Also no private bathrooms in the tiny rooms and the communal bathrooms are not even nice. Stay away from this DUMP.
I stayed at 500 West for 3 days and 2 nights for about $70 per night. The staff is very friendly and eager to help. The hotel was being remodeled when I stayed there so some things will change in the future, especially the construction noise during the day hours. 500 West does share a lobby with the YMCA (which guests can use for $8 a day), the lobby smells like chlorine from the Y's pool; you can see people working out as you check in. The elevators have keys that you turn to get to your floor, hopefully that will be changing. The standard rooms are about 7'x10' and are white with a green door. The room was clean and had a small desk, a trashcan, a phone, a small flat screen TV with cable, a ceiling lamp, a small wardrobe closet, and a twin bed with 2 large pillows. There is no air-conditioning and the window has no screen but you can request a mini-fan when you check in. There are 2 half baths and 2 full baths per floor, they are clean (flip-flops are never a bad idea when sharing a shower) and lock from the inside; there are towels and washcloths in each guest room. The halls are well lit even at nighttime and there is a security guard on duty. Vending machines and a few tables can be found on the 2nd floor to the right of the elevators and there is a restaurant adjacent to the lobby. Parking is $10 a day for hotel guests and is just around the block in a privately owned parking garage. The hotel is very close to major bus routes, the trolley station, the Coaster, Amtrak, the Greyhound bus station, and several shopping areas.
my god if you have any consideration for yourself and your safety please stay away from this place. First the rooms have no toilet, no water, no fridge. The rooms look like 3rd world countries, the people who do stay look drugged out, its very scary and the rooms are stinky and stained (maybe blood). just stay away!!!!! please!!!!!
Smelled like butt!!! rooms to small to hold a bed!!!!
terrible customer service!! Will tell everyone!!! Will never return!! Total RIPP OFF!!!!