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A day to explore San Diego and first stop was the USS Midway, a now retired aircraft carrier with plenty of planes, fighter jets and helicopters on board. It was pretty hard to miss as we walked down to the bay and the excitement levels of the boys rose the closer we got. We walked around the entire aircraft carrier checking out all the aircraft on board as well as seeing the main deck, engine room ...
... have all the happiness in the world every, single day. Kelsey texted about all the ComicCon characters all around her. It must have been an interesting experience. It is crazy how these people envelop their characters.
Neal and I went back to the hotel and went for a walk along the boardwalk. It was a perfect evening. The full moon was gorgeous shining across the ocean. The ocean breezes were cool and fresh. I love it here.
... Disneyland. Another turn at the soft play before our final show of the day Blue Horizons. Very entertaining and we loved seeing the Dolphins leaping around, the pilot whales are really good too. Also a bird part which is ok.
Back in the RV, a ridiculous number of songs sang by Emma whilst we sit in traffic on the way back to our car park! Night three and our final night of Boon-docking here.
The boys are evicted for an adventure to the hopefully open shopping centre ...
Today me and Dylan flew to California. Nice short 6 hour flight. Longest he had been on though. When we got off we took a bus to union station then a train down to San Diego. Silly me thought that Dylan had organized stuff and planned things out ahead of time. Nope. So San Diego was kinda a waste of time haha. I was so burnt out and too tired to care though haha so it was good to ...
... much is left of the original buildings but "La Casa de Estudillo" is still there and it is very well presented. Very enjoyable.
Late in the afternoon we went back to the Balboa Park area to see the wonderful buildings there. Most are Museums. Watched some Mexicans singing for a while. Great !! After dinner we took a drive over the Coronado Bridge to Coronardo to get a great view of the skyline by night. Drove arounf Gas Town Qtr as well.
Today we ...
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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!!!!