Sommerset Suites Hotel
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Sommerset is perfect for a long stay!
We stayed in Sommerset suites for 5 nights in November 2004. The hotel is located near the fun neighborhood of Hillcrest with a lot of restaurants and small shops and has easy access to highway 163. We stayed in the smallest room, a studio suite, and it was clean and roomy for two people. The rooms have kitchenettes that make cooking a small meal or making breakfast easy. Their website says "If you are in the mood to cook, you'll love the fully equipped kitchens with pantries." I thought it was misleading because the pantries are empty, but there was a Whole Foods grocery store nearby. As far as amenities go, the continental breakfast was great, the pool and hot tub were nice, they had free wireless internet access, a laundry room, and bathrobes for us to use during the stay. The front desk was mostly polite and helped us call a cab when we wanted to go downtown. Overall, the hotel is not a luxurious escape, but is much nicer than what you would get anywhere else for the price.
Impressed With First Visit...
This was my first trip to the San Diego area. I initially planned to stay only 3 days, however I enjoyed myself so much, I extended my trip 2 more days, (October 1 - 6th). I too, like another traveler who wrote a review did not understand why this hotel received a low rating. I researched several hotels prior to my trip and decided on this one because of the general location to Balboa Park and the airport, in addition to the accommodations. Because of the location, it was easier for a first time visitor to the city to navigate to different locations without the fear of getting lost or caught in a lot of traffic. All of the staff was helpful my entire stay. There was always a pleasant greeting whether you were at the front desk or in the elevator. And there was always someone willing to accommodate my needs from questions to services. The property was very clean and maintained everyday. Housekeeping was excellent and very accommodating. The young lady who was assigned to my room, (also #421) made me feel at home. I felt secure moving between my car and my room at night due to the location of the parking area, (which I might add was FREE). The full kitchen surprised me. I only expected to see a range top, but there was a full oven, which came in handy when I did not go out to eat. The kitchen was stocked with the basic items, (plates, silverware, pots, grill pan). However if you are the type of cook that need certain items to prepare certain full course meals, you would have to take care of those needs. The bedroom suite was very, very spacious and comfortable. It was a real bargain for the money when you compare other places and the accommodations they offered. I will stay there again on my next visit.
Too bad it was noisy
Older hotel, but it has full kitchen with refrig, stove, microwave, dishes and a few pots/pans. We had 2 double beds and a sleeper sofa for 3 people. Bathroom is only accessible through bedroom. Compact room. Bathroom was adequate and robes are provided. There was a small basket of coffee, tea, popcorn, cookies and candies (don't know if they charge for them or not since we didn't use any of them).
Our problem: we had a drunken noisy party beneath us. We called the front desk 3 times, before anything happened and then it may just have been that the party ended. A lot of the time they were on the balcony so the sound drifted right up to our window and even with everything closed, the sounds and cigarette smoke filtered in. Also, the hotel is almost next door to a hospital, so we had ambulance sirens at night. Surprisingly, the street noise from the front of the hotel was not a problem.
On the plus side, the pool was nice and the breakfast was generous. They had the usual bagels, pastries and muffins, but also toaster waffles, fruit salad and fresh fruit, 3 or 4 types of cereal, 3 types of fruit juices, and hard boiled eggs. There were plenty of tables both inside and by the pool and a TV inside tuned to the morning shows. A staff member was stationed at the breakfast bar to cleanup and assist with refills. Cleaning and maintenance staff were friendly.
Great Hotel-Great Location
I don't know why this hotel is so low on the popularity index. Excellent location across the street at Fifth Avenue and Washington Street. Great access to restaurants and shops of historic Hillcrest and next to Scripps Hospital. Bonita greeted us and got us checked in to #421 which was spacious and clean. Was like having a home in San Diego. Using my LONELY PLANET GUIDEBOOK of San Diego I ventured out into neighbouring Hillcrest and walked around...Lots of exciting restaurants including Kemo Sabe nearest to hotel. Bombay is also right there as is very good as well. Hamburger Mary's a short walk away. This hotel is excellent for families visiting Balboa Park and or San Diego Zoo or Parents visitng their gay son in Hillcrest and anyone with business at Scripps Hospital. Thank you Bonita for your hospitality. Will stay here again primarily based on location, size of room and value.
Good Hillcrest location, decent hotel
I stayed three nights at this hotel and found it to be a decent value in a very good location. While no one should stay here expecting white-glove service or five-star accomodations, it's a clean, convenient choice for those wanting to stay near Hillcrest. The rooms are pretty standard for a modest hotel, the breakfast and social hour food and drink are good, and the pool is small and tidy. With the Sommerset Suites Hotel, you get what you pay for and perhaps a bit more.
Good Value - Great Location
We stayed two nights while our home was being fumigated. This was a good value - definitely not an upscale property, the hotel was clean and convenient. We could walk to shopping, many good local restaurants, a 5 screen art theatre (Landmark Theatres), Starbucks across the street covered parking available at no extra cost. It worked well for us. Ask for a room away from Washington street.
Does not deserve three stars!
Front desk was rude. Many empty rooms but upgrade refused. Room dark and dingy with no view and maid did not clean it in the three days we were there. They put try to conserve water sign as an excuse! What most people do not know about this hotel is that it is affiliated with the Hospital across the street for treatment of very obese patients and they live there and their insurance covers is while they are outpatients so they get enough money not to care about regular travelers. The only bright spot was the free social hour and breakfast with a wonderful Woman (wish I could remember her name)that served us.
Good Locale, Good Hospitality
We stayed a week in a one-bedroom suite, and were very satisfied. Our room was comfortable, and the kitchen was decently equipped for an extended stay. The staff is courteous and helpful, the morning breakfast and evening wine & beer hour very pleasant, and the neighborhood of Hillcrest is wonderful! We shopped for our food at the Whole Foods Coop practically around the corner. Convenient to everything.Being right near the Scripps medical complex, this suites hotel has a high proportion of guests who come for medical care -- lending the place more of a family feeling than a business orientation -- which is a nice quality.I only wish that this and other San Diego hotels offered hi-speed Internet as a matter of course! (Dial-up works OK, and the local calls are 75 cents...) A smart place to reside and at a decent price, if you look for the best deals.
Nice, Quiet Hotel
We stayed in a second floor suite away from the pool and road on a Saturday night. Maybe it was the room or the day, but it was very quiet. We didn't hear any noise from the pool, hospital, road or neighboring rooms. The suite was spacious and our family of 5 enjoyed it. The breakfast was better than most Continental breakfasts at hotels and we ate outside by the pool. We also enjoyed strolling around the neighborhood and the convenience to Balboa Park. We intend to return.
A Big Disappointment
The Sommerset Suites were not what we hoped for. The rooms were dark and worn-down. The noise from the street was nerve-racking and the location was a bit seedy. The pool was much to small for anything but wading, my children were very unhappy with the pool and hot tub, which was more the size of a bathtub. The kitchen did not have knives or bowls or enough plates for the four of us. The promised continental breakfast was a joke, a few bagels and cereal were offered, no fresh fruit in site. We checked out as soon as we could and were much happier in a different hotel.
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