Hotel Occidental

410 Elm Street, San Diego, California, 92101, United States | 2 star hotel
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Daily Bliss

A travel blog entry by kwagssd3 on Jun 16, 2014

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I tried to explain the importance of his attendance at my wedding and the fact that our brother Brett, my mom and dad were still attending despite their obvious disapproval of my choice to marry a man, but it fell upon deaf ears. Ben was more concerned with how he would be perceived by “god” than his brother. He made a silent statement to me that fateful morning. A statement that declared I was welcome to share in his happiness ...

Seaworld and the zoo...pandas and Shamu.....

A travel blog entry by biancadon2014 on May 09, 2014

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... the gate and checked the map to find out we had 20 mins before the last dolphin show of the day. So that was where we headed. We made a quick decision to sit in the splash zone. The sun was starting to beat down at this stage and a nice cool off could have done the trick. Not so lucky. Although some kids down the front a bit further were shocked that that got wet despite being warned several times. The show was quite impressive. Short but sweet. We had a quick snack ...

Volvo will you be my valentine?

A travel blog entry by chrisleslie on Feb 14, 2014

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... our f*cked up battery. All the time i was thinking/hoping the AAA man had got it wrong. Maybe out battery was good after all. We just need to make it last one more week. As we pulled into our campsite my denial bubble was burst as the warning light illuminated with the dreaded message "Batter Voltage Low" appeared on the dashboard. Rather than being faced with another AAA call tomorrow morning we left the car running ...

Farewell Cruise Ship

A travel blog entry by greg-and-karen on Dec 03, 2013

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San Diego – Hawaii – San Diego: 9294 km at sea


Thermal – Yuma: 121 km
Driven to date: 6292 km

We left the ship this morning in San Diego. Twenty-four days cruising was a great experience. We were rather sad when we said goodbye to new friends and to the crew members.

We drove from San Diego to John's and Bertha's in Thermal, picked up StarTwo and then drove to Yuma. We are staying in the same RV resort ...

Thursday, Day Twelve

A travel blog entry by travel2gether on Oct 17, 2013

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Wow, the weather here has been fantastic! Everyday in the high 70's to low 80's and sun, sun, sun. After a while, I guess it could be boring. :-)

Today we drove all over wine country around Temecula, CA. We went to three wineries, all with beautiful views. The first one we visited was Long Shadow Ranch Winery with Clydesdale horses ...

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This 2 star hotel, located in the Park West area of San Diego, is near Little Italy, San Diego Aerospace Museum, 4th & B, and The Firehouse Museum.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Occidental San Diego

    An amazing stay at the Occidental!

    from

    After having a terrible experience with another hotel that same night, we drove by the Occidental and decided to give it a try. We were greeted by one of the most helpful employees we have ever met, Aldo. He showed us around and fully explained what the hotel has to offer: a low cost stay with community bathrooms and restrooms. We opted for a room which included the restroom and shower inside, so we didn't fully experience the "community" part. It was Fourth of July weekend, so while the other hotels were booked, Occidental was a quiet pleasant stay at a fantastic rate. In the morning we were greeted by the manager who, again, gave excellent customer service. It's a beautiful, clean, well ran hotel and I would highly reccomend it. We will definately return!

    We love this hotel!

    from

    We saved so much money yet there was no lacking in service or quality. Yes we shared a bathroom..and the staff jumped in right away to make sure it was clean and spotless for whoever would use it next. As far as staff goes..they were so helpful and friendly. Parking is limited..but you will have that with all of the downtown hotels. As far as dead flowers and other complaints I have heard..this was never an issue for us. I personally enjoyed the fresh flowers that were placed in our room daily.We were close enough to enjoy all that downtown has to offer..as well as being so close to Balboa Park and the Zoo..yet we weren't in the "muck" of it. We were able to just relax and enjoy our trip..without breaking the bank. In fact we spent less than we planned.

    Love this place

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    We came here for 3 days for the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon, this hotel is wonderful we saved some much money we were able to goto the zoo ( we walked too) and Sea World. We had a full size bed with a shared bath, it was so neat. The staff explained it was a European style at first we thought "nah" but it was a cool experiance. The bathrooms were very nice and well maintained, even when we all returned at the same time and the whole hotel needs to shower, it was cleaned everytime! I can tell you I will never stay at another "chain brand hotel again"

    Thanks Hotel Occidental

    Was very disappointed

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    After reading all the reviews I thought I would give this place a try. What eveyone fails to mention in previous reviews is that this a community bathroom hotel. The bathrooms are not part of your room. I stayed on the second floor where there are three shower rooms and four toilets or "water closets" as the hotel calls them - and one of them was plugged up and out of service. So if you need to use the toilet in the middle of the night you have to get up and get dressed and go out into the hallway and find an unoccupied toilet. The night I stayed there there was a large beer drinking party going on outside in the patio area until around 2 am - and with the walls being as thin as they are you could hear everything going on as if you were part of the party. The TV in the room was only a 13" but with the room being not much bigger than a closet I guess you really don't need much bigger. This place is not what I would consider within walking distance of the convention center - probably a good 30 to 45 min walk. There are only 4 parking stalls within the gated parking area so if you plan on using one of them for $15 a night you might want to make sure they reserve one for you. Luckily I arrived on a Saturday evening after 6 pm when all street parking meters are not monitored - so I was able to park for free on the street in front of the hotel. The hotel is clean and well kept and I would recommend this place to the traveling younger crowd or people used to community bathrooms - but if you are looking for a place with a private bathroom - look elsewhere.

    Since we opened 6 months ago, our guest book at the front desk is full with wonderful comments from guests that will soon be included on our web site. The Hotel Occidental offers both affordability and style. Our rooms range from twins with a shared bath at $69.00 to a queen junior suite with a full kitchen, full bath and small patio for $139.00 per night. You can choose to save your vacation dollars and opt for a shared private bath, which are spotless or a half of bath for a bit more. We have 9 guest rooms with full baths that fill up fast. Our second floor has most of the full baths and larger guest rooms; however we have 7 shared private baths scattered around for a small amount of the guest rooms that opted for the shared private baths. In the last six months I have been here almost every day and not once received a complaint that our bathrooms were all being used at the same time and a guest had to wait their turn. Our wonderful housekeeping and maintenance staff takes pride in all they do. If there is a maintenance issue that needs addressing, our 24-hour handles it as soon as we are aware of the issue. We hope guests will alert us as soon as possible if there is an issue and let us fix it or accommodate them.

    Saturday night, May 20th I was at the front desk and worked until 10:00pm as we were full that night and had 5 Marines on leave that had checked in and were enjoying a Saturday night off. Our "quiet hours" are 10:00pm-10:00am. Once the Marines walked down to the Gaslamp District at 9:45pm I checked the hotel, including all bathrooms and left for the evening. This building was built in 1923; they don't make buildings like this anymore. Not to mention, all the windows are duel-pane, the guest room doors are solid wood and we went through great lengths to add additional acoustic insulation. We are less than 2 miles from the airport and you can not hear the planes flying overhead, but you get here in less than 10 minutes from airport.

    Our TV/DVD players go along with the affordability of the hotel. We offer large sections of free DVD's at the front desk to enjoyment, although the Gaslamp District and the Ruben H. Fleet space theater in Balboa Park are walking distance (15 mins.) or a short cab ride. We get a lot of conventioneers here on business, and most enjoy the short walk to the convention center (15-20 mins.) Thank you for allowing me to enlighten all you savvy travelers, who enjoy a great find and a true value when you see it.

    Sincerely,

    Hotel Occidental Management

    Great find

    from

    A friend of mine recently returned from a trip to San Diego and told us about a new hotel that justed opened in Downtown San Diego called Hotel Occidental. This hotel was a great find and truly made our vacation special. We had only planned to stay for a weekend, but extended our stay for 5 days. We went Sea World and swin with the doifins, went to Mexico and the zoo. The week cost $285.00 for the hotel, we saved and were able to do so much more than we throught.

    Great staff and charming rooms made me feel like at home. Super clean too.

    Close to all

    from

    I came in from out of town on business to SD. for the Himms Convention . The airport lost my luggage for one , the hotel i was supposed to stay at (marriot) lost my confirmation for my reserved room ! So now my day is complete , a cab driver that i had flagged down told me about a new hotel that had just opened up 11/05 ! He took me there & the staff asked me questions on how to make my stay much better & they did a great job in making it a better stay : good room rate for duration of my stay , attractions close to all , continental breakfast & to top it off shuttle service to & from the convention ! Thank you for the service ,it was a great stay ! will be back soon ! ps. thanks for helping recover my luggage !

    Charming, but cheap

    from

    When I travel I look for small hotels with great locations, not always easy to find, but worth the seach. I had a convention for 5 days resently and knew I would only be in my hotel room to sleep and didn't really want to spend over a $100.00 a night to be close to the Convertion Center. I called around and heard there was a new hotel that just opened within walking distance.When I arrived, I felt like I was in Europe for a moment or a Bed & Breakfast, but not in Downtown San Diego. I found that over my 5 day stay that I spent more time at the hotel than I thought just relaxing! Warm staff, very helpful.

    Not as nice as expected

    from

    We stayed in a Queen / Kitchen room expecting something like a suite- a seperate kitchen living and bedroom area (the word suite was on the website when we booked)

    Very small, all one room, IKEA furniture (not that that's always bad but the bed and chairs were uncomfotable), high priced parking $15/night, stayed multiple nights and no maid service provided, not to be too nitpicky but the flowers in the room were long dead and the kitchen had dishes but no dishsoap. Long walk to the Gaslamp. Phone on wall with internet connection being a wire hanging down so you have to sit on the floor beneath the phone.

    It's a pretty good price for downtown San Diego, but the quality is definately lacking.

    Since we opened 6 months ago, our guest book at the front desk is full with wonderful comments from guests that will soon be included on our web site. The Hotel Occidental offers both affordability and style. Our rooms range from twins with a shared bath at $69.00 to a queen junior suite with a full kitchen, full bath and small patio for $139.00 per night. You can choose to save your vacation dollars and opt for a shared private bath, which are spotless or a half of bath for a bit more. We have 9 guest rooms with full baths that fill up fast. Our second floor has most of the full baths and larger guest rooms; however we have 7 shared private baths scattered around for a small amount of the guest rooms that opted for the shared private baths. In the last six months I have been here almost every day and not once received a complaint that our bathrooms were all being used at the same time and a guest had to wait their turn. Our wonderful housekeeping and maintenance staff takes pride in all they do. If there is a maintenance issue that needs addressing, our 24-hour handles it as soon as we are aware of the issue. We hope guests will alert us as soon as possible if there is an issue and let us fix it or accommodate them.

    Saturday night, May 20th I was at the front desk and worked until 10:00pm as we were full that night and had 5 Marines on leave that had checked in and were enjoying a Saturday night off. Our "quiet hours" are 10:00pm-10:00am. Once the Marines walked down to the Gaslamp District at 9:45pm I checked the hotel, including all bathrooms and left for the evening. This building was built in 1923; they don't make buildings like this anymore. Not to mention, all the windows are duel-pane, the guest room doors are solid wood and we went through great lengths to add additional acoustic insulation. We are less than 2 miles from the airport and you can not hear the planes flying overhead, but you get here in less than 10 minutes from airport.

    Our TV/DVD players go along with the affordability of the hotel. We offer large sections of free DVD's at the front desk to enjoyment, although the Gaslamp District and the Ruben H. Fleet space theater in Balboa Park are walking distance (15 mins.) or a short cab ride. We get a lot of conventioneers here on business, and most enjoy the short walk to the convention center (15-20 mins.) Thank you for the opportunity to enlighten all you savvy travelers, who enjoy a great find and a true value when you see it.

    Sincerely,

    Hotel Occidental Management

    TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Occidental San Diego

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent