San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
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... we are. On our flight to Vegas. Mike is so excited, so much shopping to do at the outlets. We're flying with Spirit Airlines this time. An equivalent to Tiger Airlines in Oz. Cheap flights, but you have to pay for all your luggage separately, even your carry on. All that said, the flight attendants are an absolute crack up. Extremely entertaining with a few digs at the airline itself. Love it!!! Viva Las Vegas baby! M&M ...
... behind the glass
... we had a bus booked for 11am to take us back to LA. after waiting for an hour for the scorching heat, we realised this bus had forgotten to pick us up and we had to find our own way to our motel at LAX airport. Another complication to the situation was the fact that it was Memorial Day, so everything was running less frequent. In the end we got a Amtrak to LA, which was very swish, we then got a shuttle to the airport and ...
... waiting, but they left us alone, and we them. Our bus driver eventually showed up (the bus had been there all along), and beckoned us in as she finished stuffing a breakfast sandwich into her face. The bus took us through the city and slightly out of it, and headed through Balboa park, the city's largest green space. We knew the zoo was in the park, so as soon as we saw signs for it, we hopped off the bus, and soon discovered that we had been a little ...
WOW, what a family reunion after practically a year of travel and over two years since we were here or have seen most of the family!
Michael, Annie's oldest brother, fetched us from our mindboggling border crossing and took us home to see Helene and their gorgeous grandson Ethan.
Unlike the rest of the blog has been (a bit verbose?! :-), and as we are more visiting now than adventuring, time to be a bit more brief...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSan Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
Niezly hotel z widokiem na piekna marine!
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Very convenient for conferences. Nice location for enjoying San Diego. Our room had a nice view.
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Historical Traveler Reviews San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
Great place to stay
This hotel was awesome. I stayed here with my three kids and no one was bored for a moment. The grounds are kept clean and well maintained.
Rooms are not only clean, but spacious. I stayed on the Marina side and the view was excellent. Staff was friendly and helpful. A very busy place, but still friendly, clean and pleasant.
My husband and I recently attended a conference at this hotel in January. After reading some of the posted reviews, I was a little wary concerning the condtion of this hotel. From the moment we checked in, the hotel not only treated us very well but it was well maintained and clean. We had the good fortune to be upgraded to a bay view room in the north tower, which is the newer of the two towers. The view was wonderful, the room was quiet and clean. The hotel is a short walk from Horton Plaza and the gaslight district. There is also a nice path along the bay to walk. An enjoyable visit to a beautiful city.
Excellent customer service
I went to a conference hosted by the San Diego Marriott so it was very convenient, but I was especially impressed by the great service provided by the staff. Front desk tried very hard to let us check in earlier, the concierge was very helpful in directing us to restaurants, and housekeeping provided prompt delivery of a rollaway bed and pillows. Room was a little small compared to hotels of equal caliber but the view was incredible (I was on the 8th floor) with a small balcony.
Great for Conventions
I stayed here for five nights for a convention held at the next-door convention center. The Marriott is the most convenient hotel to the convention center and in inclement weather you only have a short stretch of sidewalk not under cover, unlike any other hotel in San Diego. It is great for slipping back to your room for phone calls, freshening up, a quick nap, etc. The decor and quality is standard upscale business hotel. The public areas were a bit dark and cocktail lounge-like for my own taste, although they do have a great pool area and marina side restaurant. I was disappointed with the hotel restaurants: not much choice, for a major convention hotel, and with standard fare. Of course, the Gaslamp Quarter is five blocks away with plenty of restaurants more interesting than the Marriott's on-site restaurants. Room service was a mixed bag, also. The selection seemed limited compared to some hotels, the quality was good, the delivery fairly prompt, but hot dishes seemed a bit luke warm every time I used room service. Staff were attentive, professional and friendly. The room itself was very good with the usual amenities; most have a balcony with view. I had a very pleasant stay and this is the most convenient hotel to the convention center. All things being equal, I've stayed at the Grand Hyatt next door and if I had to choose for the same room rate, I'd choose the Hyatt. The Marriott is still quite good, however.
Nice location yes..but worth the price?
The location is great, a short walk downtown and on the walkway next to the marina and shopping. The staff was very courteous and helpful but I found for a hotel of this supposed caliber that the rooms were not that clean if that is important to you. I would be tolerant of Coke splatters on the wall and fingerprints on the windows at a Days Inn etc. but not when your paying 275 bucks a night.
Loud and dysfunctional
We happened to stay at this hotel during the first night of the San Diego Street Scene Festival that was located several blocks away.
Needless to say the thumping bass from the show sounded like it was coming from the room next door. The hotel is very nice looking, massive lobby, beautiful pool waterfall and in an excellent location, however the hotel is not friendly and had us very annoyed.
It took 6 floors until I could find a soda machine that worked. Getting dessert at 10pm was virtually impossible. No vending machines, gift shop closed. Ended up getting cake from room service (husband got chicken fingers), cost us $23!!
Bathrooms were large and toiletries were great but the shower had no pressure. The rooms are very small, barely enough room to manuever around the furniture and the balconies are nice but noise magnets. I don't know if the marina would be a quieter stay, as I felt like every room in the hotel could hear everything outside. Horns blarring from trains, tons of street noise. Stay at the nearby Hyatt for a nicer stay (stayed there for the 1st two days of our honeymoon).
Stay on bayside
We enjoyed our stay at the San Diego Marriott Hotel And Marina. We stayed on the 25th floor on the bayside of the tower with balconies. I think it's the north tower. I am not fond of high floors with closed in rooms, however the balcony made all the difference, and the view of the San Diego harbor, yacht basin, and Coronado Island and bridge was spectacular. The room was a little small for all the furniture that it contained, but we were O.K. Getting a bayside balcony room is worth the extra cost. We also really enjoyed our meal and the service at the Yacht Club restaurant which is part of the complex. I also got a good haircut in the salon and spa. The staff was very helpful throughout the hotel.
Average -> High w/some exceptions
The hotel has an excellent location on the marina and just a few minutes walk to some great shopping, etc. The rooms were clean enough, but I would probably stay at the nearby Westin or Hyatt next time around.Tip #1: Nice breakfast buffet, but go early on Sundays, as our server told us that they have had waiting lists up to 6 pages long at timeson Sundays. (It took us ~ 20 minutes) On the weekdays there was virtually no wait.Tip #2: The Bay View is nice (extra few $), as you can see the Navy Ships, Sailboats, etc.. however if you are looking for some peace & quiet you may want to go with the City View, as the pool music is quite loud until ~ 6 or 7pm.Tip #3: The gym is nice (in attached Conf Center), but go early in the am to get machines, etc.
Loved the Marriot Marina.
We had a wonderful experience. We were allowed to check in early and depart late. Were also upgraded to a harbor view. Wonderful lagoon style pool. Fantastic location - near Seaport Village, Gaslamp, etc. Trolley service at entrance to hotel. Staff very accomodating. Rooms somewhat small but very clean and comfortable. I am particular and would highly recommend the hotel.
Wonderful access to the convention center
This is a very nice hotel right on San Diego Bay. The rooms are nicely decorated and the beds very comfortable. Every room has a lovely balcony. It is right next to the convention center and has easy walking access to the restaurants and shops of the Gaslamp district. All the staff were very courteous and professional. The perfect place to stay for business or leisure.