Hampton Inn San Diego - Downtown
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHampton Inn San Diego - Downtown
the staff were very friendly and rooms were clean and had evberything we needed
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I liked very much this hotel. The staff were very friendly, from the housekeeper to the manager. The breakfast was also very good.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hampton Inn San Diego - Downtown
Good Value, within walking distance of Little Italy and Seaport Village
I stayed from 4/29/04 to 5/8/04 with my wife and kids. I was attending a conference at the convention center. The convention center was a bit of a hike (about 20-30 minutes), but the hotel was about $100/night cheaper than the hotels closer to the convention center, and the weather was so fine I enjoyed the walk. Parking is $10/night extra. The parking garage is fine. Another reviewer was bothered that the elevator didn't service every floor in the garage (it services every other, I think). I didn't think it was a problem. I asked for, and received, a room on the front of the hotel, because they are quieter. There are train and trolley tracks immediately behind the hotel. We were not bothered by the train noise. The breakfast buffet was great. There is a small exercise room and pool. The hotel was kid friendly, but seemed to have mostly business travelers when we were there. The staff are friendly. The property looks new. All in all, I think it was a good value and I would stay there again. Compared to a recent stay in New York City, the room was twice as big and cost half as much.
Basic, clean, train noise
Stayed on Hilton points for meeting in SD to save money as the city is so expensive and I needed to get to the convention center, other hotels, downtown, etc. and wanted to avoid a car.
Rooms clean, staff helpful, breakfast large continental, small exercise room.
I used trolley or walked during the day. In the evening if you have to change trolleys and the schedule is sparse, you can sometimes walk from the convention/hotel area faster. However, the streets are pretty deserted then, so the cheap cabs are probably a better option at night. One night the police drug a passed out drunk down the stairs off the trolley as I was getting on at the transfer station. Some people were always getting on or off at the hotel stop from 7 am to 10 pm.
The neighborhood is just motels, a restaurant, and offices, so no ambiance. The train tracks are noisy--I was half way up the side of the motel facing the courtyard and heard every one. No rooms face the street directly away from the tracks--all windows are parallel to the tracks.
Rooms need updating, buth other than that the Location is great.
Directly across from the Pier and restaurants. Trolley to Mexico is behind the Hotel. The train tracks are also behind the hotel and if noise does not bother you, this is a great location. Free Breakfast is nice too. Charge for Parking, but hotel has a free shuttle.
Mediocre all the way around
The hotel is very clean and well appointed. The staff was very friendly and eager to oblige. Those are the high points. There's nothing spectacular about the hotel and nothing terrible, except the parking garage/elevator. There's basically about 15 spaces on the first floor, then you start going up, but there's only one elevator entrance. So if you have don't park on the first floor, you have to walk back down to the first floor to catch the elevator back up! Basically, this hotel's price is strictly for the location. It's right by Little Italy, the airport and the Convention Center. But in San Diego, everything is fairly close by and easy to get to, so if you have a car, you can take that $10@night, and stay in Mission Valley, where you're 5 min from the zoo and 5-10 minutes from Downtown or La Jolla. If you do stay here, do get over to the Taco stand next door! Oh yeah, the deluxe continental breakfast is pretty standard fare.
Good hotel, Good price, Dec 16-21/03
Very clean almost new hotel. Good breakfast selections, well supplied.
Good size rooms for 2 adults 2 kids. No problem with train noise, but tracks do run behind hotel. Pool small but adequate, we were the only ones using it..... Shuttle driver (Santiago) made our stay more enjoyable. He was a constant source of correct local information, not like the front desk, and he made our stay in San Diego that much better. Area seemed safe but we still often used the hotel shuttle, always after dark. Would recommend and stay again, deserves to be rated higher
Hampton Inn Downtown San Diego
We stayed at the Hampton Inn October 11th thru the 18th. The hotel is perfectly located. The trolley is in back of the hotel, the bus to Lajolla runs right in front. The staff at the hotel is excellent, they will assist you with any of your travel needs.
The hotel is clean and set up nicely. The breakfast buffet had a varitey and was refiiled as needed. The only draw back is the trolley and train noise, but it stops around midnight and restarts around 6 am.
We never spent that much time in the room for it to be a bother.
This hotel has a great location for making your way around San Diego.
The staff were lovely and the complimentary breakfast yummy.
But those trains ... we had a room to the rear of the hotel and were kept awake for the 2 nights by the whoo whoo of the trains (which were about a mile long and took 10 minutes to pass) and the ding ding of the trams.
Some residents compained and were moved to the front of the hotel, so be aware if you stay to specify a room to the front.
Nice hotel if you're a heavy sleeper!
We chose the Hampton Inn downtown San Diego because it was close enough the convention centre, and it had a pool, as well as the continental breakfast buffet. The proximity to the harbor was great, it is very close to the Maritime Museum ship. The room was spotless and nicely decorated, the room size was average, and the bathroom was large. We requested a fridge but they were all being used. The staff was friendly and helpful, free shuttle to San Diego Zoo was great as I was a little nervous to drive around the city. The pool was clean, but not too big.
The kids and I had the pool mainly to ourselves (I imagine because alot of the patrons were conference goers and were away during the day). The breakfast buffet was great. Danishes, muffins, fruit, yogurt, instant oatmeal, coffee, juice, cold cereal, toast, bagels, boiled eggs, and an item each day that could be warmed up like frozen waffles or french toast. The drawbacks to this hotel were the view from our window which was an older taco shop/drive-thru and the noise from the train which runs directly behind the hotel. Nice if you want to catch the trolley somewhere, but very noisey! The trolley doesn't run through at night so the ding, ding, ding wasn't too bad. But, some big old train rolls through there several times a day and several times and night with a big old train whistle that blasts three or four times as it goes by the crossing just behind the hotel. We just laughed and went back to sleep, but I was a little surprised that for $109.00 US per night, I had a train running through my sleep!
Great location - Friendly staff - No noise problem!
We stayed at the Hampton Inn-Downtown for eight nights in December. Having a room facing the bay meant we had absolutely no problem with noise from trains and trolleys. In fact, the proximity of the train station and trolley stop were bonuses! We did not rent a car, and the Hampton Inn was the ideal location for us. The hotel's shuttle takes you to and from the airport and anywhere else in the downtown area, subject to availability. Horton Plaza (Downtown), Seaport Village (near the Convention Center), and Old Town (north) were very accessible via trolley. And Bus #34, which stops a 1/2 block north of the hotel, took us straight into downtown La Jolla!
We had a room with a jacuzzi (bonus), and the shower head with a shower-massage was tall enough for a basketball player! Our partial bay view included a view of the "Star of India," which is part of the Maritime Museum. Lovely!
The Hampton Inn is located in the corner of Little Italy, so all of the wonderful Italian restaurants are within walking distance. We also recommend the Princess Bar and Grille in Little Italy and the Elephant & Castle Pub in the Holiday Inn On the Bay for a nightcap. (We also took advantage of the W.H. Smith gift shop in the Holiday Inn for sundries and even beer!)
We also enjoyed the complimentary continental breakfast each day. The art deco motif is great, and the friendly staff keeps the hotel very clean.
It was a bit too chilly to take advantage of the pool, but the pool area provided a nice oasis for my husband to catch a cigarette break. (There's also a small exercise room if you don't get enough exercise walking around town.)
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hampton Inn-Downtown!
Noisey noisey noisey!!!
Fine amenities for the price, but the hotel is right next to train tracks. The DING DING DING DING is CONSTANT. And the loud trains themselves aren't terribly melodic, either.