San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
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... is mainly bars and restaurants with a few souvenir shops. There was a large plaza, a mall over several floors with an open central area, but the shops did not open until 10am. When the shops opened we had a bit of a wander through looking for bargains. We crossed over to the waterfront area which at that point is entirely taken up by a huge convention centre. We climbed a mountain of steps up the middle of the convention centre to a terrace ...
... a common theme for the whole week) and decided to stay behind as their beers aren’t my favorite and probably wouldn’t be the best for my stomach.
Sinclair and I took our time getting to the beach. It was a very warm day and a perfect one to relax and people watch. The sand was sprinkled with gold flecks and shimmered in the sun. I haven’t seen sand like that before and Sinclair explained to me that it’s California, and the entire ...
Next we found ourselves in Elephant Odyssee and then up on top of the mesa; saw the polar bear, then down through the raptors and up by the pandas, up the people walker and out the exit. About 6 hours and maybe saw 1/3 of the zoo. Actually quite a long day at the zoo for us. It is so nice to be a ...
... of their British friends. It was alright. During the night I just did what I usually do to enjoy myself, meet random people. Some guys at the bar, who I had no interest in but were funny, dared me to go talk to random people which I did. Turns out one of these random people was a fluffer… only in California! (Fluffer is the title of a job in the porn industry if you are wondering!)
On Sunday, James and Monique asked me what I’d like to do. I ...
... get across the border as Mexico has lax regulations, unlike the US. Me and Sarah stood out like sore thumbs, we seemed to be the only tourists there. We felt a little uneasy so we grabbed food in the only nice looking restaurant and headed back into the states. It took us around 45 mins to get back across the border, there was a very long line but it moved fast.
We spent alot ...
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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.