555 West Ash Street, San Diego, California, 92101, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Old Town/Hotel Circle area of San Diego, is near Maritime Museum of San Diego, Little Italy, San Diego Civic Theatre, and Karl Strauss' Old Columbia Brewery and Grill.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Bayside Inn San Diego

    Great deal for the money


    My husband and I stayed here after a cruise which ended in San Diego. We have visited the city several times and were very pleased with this hotel. You are near enough to the Gaslamp district, yet do not have to be disturbed by the noise at night. Other attractions are all within a short walking distance.

    Staff was very helpful. When we were leaving, we asked for a cab to the airport. They offerd us use of the complimentary shuttle.

    Rooms were clean and comfortable. Try and get a bayview.

    I would definitely stay here again

    Perfect for the price!


    Absolutely perfect visit! Stayed 5 days and had a wonderful time! Beautiful harbor views, easy walk to any transportation and most downtown locations. Harbor is short walk. Restaurant was excellent. Had great breakfast free every morning (eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, toast & juice). Room service was excellent also. Wireless internet access so could use my laptop anytime I wanted to. Kids had a blast in the pool and spa was nice too. Rooms were clean, good sized and very comfortable beds. We did not have any problem with noise. Train station is 3 blocks away but didn't hear any after about 9 and none until morning. Wasn't bad even when you heard them. Overall, this was a perfect visit and I have no negatives. Staff was great also. Will definitely go back.

    No problems, had a great stay here


    I arrived earlier than check-in time and was able to check in to my room immediately, no extra charges, no hassles. I stayed for 5 nights and paid $109.00/night, king size bed, non smoking room.

    Room was clean, nice size mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffemaker, also had iron and ironing board. Rest of hotel was clean, free Wall Street Journal and free USA Today available to guests. Comfortable beds and pillows, free continental breakfast in diner next door to hotel.

    Easy walking distance to Santa Fe train station, trolleys, buses, harbor area, Little Italy.

    Room had a nice view of downtown but an obstructed view of San Diego Bay. Balcony was small, you could stand on it but wouldn't be able to fit a comfortable chair or two there.

    Staff was cooperative and helpful when I had questions about how to get to specific sites in San Diego.

    Someone else in an earlier review mentioned the noise ... yes you will hear the train whistles, this didn't bother me since I arrived by train (Amtrak from Chicago/Los Angeles). On Saturday morning I was awakened by the noise of jet planes around 6:30am (hotel is near Navy base). I found people's stupid car alarms more annoying. Also, inconsiderate guests who allowed their room doors to slam shut after they entered or exited.

    Local phone calls free (up to 30 minutes per call). They also offered free shuttle service to trains and airport with advance notice (1 day mostly)

    I feel I got great service at the price I paid and would stay there again if I was looking for a place to stay in San Diego.

    Get a habor view room


    If your looking for a hotel right in the middle of things you'll like this hotel.




    Clean Rooms



    A little noisy in the day but my kids loved the trains, cruise ships, and cars

    Parking can be an issue

    Too noisy


    I have just returned from 8 nights at the Best Western and felt compelled to share my experience with others. I had a Bay view room which indeed offers lovely views of the ships and sea. However, the noise from the trains was intolerable. I am a usually a heavy sleeper but was woken every night by the 1.30am and 4.30 am trains and was always then subsequently wide awake for the 6.30 one! For someone experiencing a 8 hour time zone change and trying to minimise jet lag this was really awful! My colleagues suffered from similar interupted sleep. The hotel staff were very friendly, especially given the demands on them by the hotel being full from the conference in town. However the resturant staff were very rude and unhelpful. Breakfast is complimentary but we never returned after day 1. The hotel is in a very quiet area but a short walk to the harbour. However, I would recommend staying in either the Holiday Inn Harbourside or Hampton Inn on Harbour Drive.

    Perfect location and no problems


    August 04,

    A solid if unfancy midrange hotel. While we didn't make very many requests the staff was generally affable and willing to please. When we reserved the room a week ago we requested a bayview room on an upper floor and that's what we received without having to remind them; something I have had to do in many more expensive hotels. The lobby is also unfancy but does have a row of comfy chairs under a sunroom enclosure on the way to the elevators. Hallways are clean and free of weird smells. The single king room was small but not cramped. It is the quintesential automobile club room. It had a fullsize desk with adequate lighting and it't own chair plus a seperate easy chair with an ottoman. When we got in late in the early evening, the room was clean but in the bath someone had left one of the coffee mugs on the counter with some water in it and a towel unfolded on the counter also. Housekeeping was up in less than 5 minutes and cheerfully rectified things quickly and then returned quickly with the extra packette of coffee we asked for. Full size sliding door opens to a balcony big enough to bring the chairs onto. The pool is too small and situated too poorly to be very inviting but it is there for the families for which a pool is a necessity.

    Now that we've established that the staff (at least for us) met at least minimum standards for a mid-range hotel I want to say: Look folks, this is a downtown hotel in a large waterfront city and like most city centers it's surrounded by poor neighborhoods. The hotel car park is indeed free and right next to the hotel. We never encountered any "unsavories" on the block in front of the hotel. There is however an open car park right next to the train tracks on the way to the embardadero and at night about 10-12 homeless went there to sleep. We walked by there at least 5 times after dark and they took no notice of us in any way. We were panhandled twice in a day and a half--once at the embarcadero and the other in the morning up in Little Italy. Neither were agressive. We're pretty normal looking in our 40's and felt ok walking to gaslamp and the waterfront at night. There's enough people living in this neighborhood (and many more soon as the many new large condos are finished) that the streets don't feel TOO quiet in the evenings. The same goes for the noise. The trains are about 3 blocks away and they're easy to hear (three lines are served there) but not so much that we couldn't enjoy the T.V. at normal volumes with the window closed. It certainly didn't shake the room or anything like that. The trains stop running at about midnight and start up again at about six. With the windows open during the day you can certainly hear the roar and din of a busy city.

    There aren't a lot of breakfast options close in besides coffeehouses which is too bad because the hotel restraunt is passable at best. We skipped the complimentary continental breakfast on the second day.

    The hotel is rapidly losing it panoramic bay view to the new highrises but as of this writing there's still plenty of view to enjoy from any part of the room or balcony.

    Great view


    We stayed here last summer, on one of the top floors overlooking the bay. The lovely view from our little balcony made this a memorable stay.

    Great Location but Staff need training


    My wife and I have just returned from a Holiday in California and used the Bayside Inn whilst staying in San Diego. Great location minutes from the Harbour and Amtrack Station as well as the Tram Stations. We used the Trams to get to both Sea World and Zoo but needed to change to Bus Service. In all only took 1/2 an hour to get to both places. Could also use Tram to get to Old Town. Is just a short walk to the Harbour for Harbour Cruises and to dine at the many Waterfront Restaurants.

    However the downside was the staff they could take a few lessons in how to deal with guests. At times they seemed disinterested and gave us incorrect information regarding opening times of some of the entertainment parks such as Sea World. Forget the Homeless people whilst the Car Park still exists it seems the homeless folk have either moved on or been removed. We felt very comfortable walking around th city even late at night. Room was comfortable and never heard a train whistle in the early hours of the morning. The bartender lived up to his great reputation and provided me with a few drinks via the foyer.

    Possibly would not stay here again since the Holiday Inn was a couple of blocks closer to the Harbour and would be within walking distance of the Tram stop also.

    Good location, reasonable hotel


    The Bayside Inn is very well located for those using public transport.

    The cable car is only about 3 blocks easy walk. Breakfast is at restaurant next door and staff there were more friendly than the hotel staff which didn't seem too interested in their guests. Rooms were of a reasonable size and comfortable. Good value if you get a reasonable rate but not worth their non-discounted price. Only real annoyance was the constant train noise from the track only a couple of blocks away.

    The trains blew their horns every time they went past and it was not uncommon to hear it several times a night (yes, at 1am and then at 3am and again at 5am!) Best to ask for a non bay view as these rooms should be quieter. Would stay here again if got a cheap rate.

    Excellent with one reservation


    My wife and I have stayed in this hotel several times. But I'm thinking we won't go back. The rooms are excellent, the service is fine, and the facility is comfortable and modern. The downside is that when you walk from the hotel to the bay - where Anthony's Restaurant is - you pass a big vacant parking lot where homeless people sleep. My wife and I smelled feces as we walked by. Walking back at night past the sleeping homeless people made us feel uncomfortable. And looking out our window at night at the beautiful lights of the bay, you can see all the homeless people crashed out in their sleeping bags (about twenty of them). They're seemingly harmless enough, but the odds are, of course, that several mentally ill are among them. When I can get away on a rare and hard-earned vacation, I really don't want to deal with that element of our population. . . Oh, the waiters at breakfast were busy, preoccupied and one was slightly rude. So we stopped going to breakfast at the hotel. The bartender was wonderful and served a large liquor and brought it to the lobby so that I could take it up to the room (although room service is available).

    TripAdvisor Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Bayside Inn San Diego

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

    Travel Blogs from San Diego

    Back to the coast

    A travel blog entry by trevorrose on Sep 07, 2014

    1 comment

    ... take home and then chose a motel at random from the Choice Hotels App and headed into the city - only to find the motel was in a very rough area (no mention of that in the reviews) - so we quickly did another internet search and chose a Best Western Plus about 3km away! This one turned out to be a good one with a steakhouse next door and the rooms were great! (Thank god for our AT&T SIM cards in the iPads - for $30 an absolute must for tech savvy travellers!) ...

    Go the Clippers!

    A travel blog entry by biancadon2014 on May 11, 2014

    1 comment, 7 photos

    Another huge day for the mighty travelers today! Starting with a sleep in ( much deserved and somehow still not enough)...We strolled downhill to the local markets and got some fresh fruit and a yoghurt for brekky along with some other bits and pieces we had forgotten... Suncream!!!! We were at Meg and Steve's lobby at 10.30 sharp and jumped In with our Uber driver and headed to Staples Centre for the playoffs games between the LA ...

    Get Onboard!

    A travel blog entry by usatexan on Sep 03, 2013

    4 comments, 6 photos

    ... Does cold just follow me?

    On the 'sunny' side, I did get all my immunizations for my next round-the-world adventure and got other pressing business taken care of, and got to see the family while here.

    Brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Karla, dropped me off at the Little Rock airport the day after Labor Day. I will fly to Maui, Hawaii.

    "Turn around and look to your left", Shane said on the phone. I was standing outside ...

    The sunny shores of San Diego

    A travel blog entry by oliver_mieke on Apr 14, 2013

    53 photos

    ... a jack hammer until Oli finished up and found Mieke sitting down in a real state. After some potential hypothermia treatment consisting of body heat, lots of sunshine and some dry towels, Mieke returned to normal but refused to even consider going into the ocean again past that point (poor Mieke).

    The following day we headed on a long drive to hit some of the beaches along the coast and reach the southern ...

    Relaxing a bit

    A travel blog entry by questwest2 on Aug 06, 2012

    4 photos

    On Sunday morning Todd took off early while Aiden and I slept in. Tannis called to say that she and Daniel were on their way down to SD so I got ready to go out and meet up with them. Tannis brought Buster so we walked around Seaport Village together. Buster seemed to enjoy the chance to stretch his little legs. We had breakfast on a patio overlooking the Harbor, after which we strolled through ...