The Westgate Hotel
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I last visited San Diego many years ago for a case. At that time I went to a football game in what was then Jack Murphy Stadium. San Diego State was playing Fresno State. I was a green dot in a sea of red team shirts.
Right around the corner from my hotel back then was a black barbershop with three dollar haircuts. I went in. The barber said …
... in the world. It was also cool to learn about some of the amazing conservation work the Park was conducting globally. At the Park, they had two of the remaining seven rhinos from a species that was critically endangered. As well as that, they had been protecting a species of bird since the 1980's. Back then, there were only 22 left in the world. Now, thanks to the work of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, there are over 400! The ...
So, beardless and cleaned up, I moved to San Diego, hoping not quite so many gay people would be trying to hit on me. This again was not the case... On the bus ride from LA, I was just sat listening to music, minding my own business, when some creepy dude in front turned round just to stare between the gap of the seats intensely until I took my earplugs out so he could tell me how beautiful I was.
He started to ask about what music I was listening to, so hoping that might be ...
... living with people that have been here for a while, so they can show us around. I've been told our apartment is about 20 minutes by foot from the Main Street in town, where we will do our shopping and such. I could go on forever, but I think I'll leave this post at that for now. So in conclusion, I had an incredibly easy journey half way around the world, and I'm getting settled in to my new home! Virtual tour coming soon :) Lots of love back to the ...
... We all agreed that uncle mike would fit in here nicely. We found the burger bar called Hodads that boasted of being the best burger in the world. The queues out of the door continued all day so they must have been good.
This was the kind of beach and people I expected most of California to be like. Huge spans of sand covered with families playing, people surfing and weird people hoola hooping and giving away free bibles and Hare Krishna's chanting in tents. This ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Westgate Hotel San Diego
Pros: Beautiful hotel, nicely appointed.
Excellent hotel. Perfect location.
This hotel is amazing. The service excellent. The rooms are beautifully decorated with much attention paid to detail. The rooms are also large (for a city hotel) making the stay that much more comfortable. You cant beat the location...it's in Horton Plaza and two blocks from the Gaslamp district. I would highly recomment staying here and will stay here again.....
Westgate Rates A-
On the plus side: Excellent car valet service; good front desk staff; beautifully appointed rooms; a most comfortable bed; extraordinary shower pressure; great room service (although the order was incomplete at delivery)
On the minus side: No ice machines - must call room service (very inconvenient); no coffee machines in room; rooms could use more pieces of furniture, e.g., a table; inconsistent housekeeping- items were removed and not replaced.
Overall: One of the better hotels in San Diego - I would stay there again.
The Westgate is an attractive hotel that falls short of its apparent goals. If you want to stay in a pretty place and you don't really care about service, the Westgate is for you. Otherwise, keep reading...
Terrific Service at the Westgate
I stayed at the Westgate in February 2004 for a business meeting and was very impressed with the service and facilities. I was repeatedly greeted by name and received above average service. The catering and sales office was not as organized as I expected but responded promptly to my needs. I recommend the Westgate as a downtown hotel.
I recently stayed at this hotel and made certain that I read all the reviews at tripadvisor prior to my visit. I noticed that there were a couple of negative comments, but didn't pay much mind. I was convinced that the Westgate was a fine hotel.
Defines customer service
A truly outstanding experience. We bailed out of the US Grant next door due to rude staff and poor facilities. What a great move it turned out to be. This hotel has the most competent staff I have ever encountered. From the front desk to housekeeping to the restaurant staff, all are impeccably polite and helpful, and friendly as well. It's apparent the hotel management keeps this as a high concern - as it should be. The room was superb, with only some very small maintenance issues keeping it from being an A+. I will gladly stay there again and actually look forward to it.
Westgate-an experience by itself
We had a great experience at the Westgate! My husband and I were there for a medical convention, and we booked by internet to all the dinners that the Westgate had that same week. They were formidable! It is one of the best places to have dinner in San Diego. And what to say about the service? they really made us feel at home, like if we were living there, like if we were San Diegans. The room was beautiful (just renovated) and spacious, and the location of the hotel is very convenient to go touring around (in downtown, next to the trolley station).
We stayed at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. While the hotel looked very impressive, upon a closer look, it was lacking in service in many ways. There were some annoyances including a) a courtesy van that was 90 minutes late in picking up the kids and babysitter from SeaWorld despite a number of phone calls and promises to the contrary and b) a maid who left our door open, the TV on, and her belongings in the room. But the biggest problem was that the hotel refused to cash more than $100 (per day) of travelers' checks. I find this a very strange policy for a nice hotel in that the hotel should anticipate that its customers will want to cash more than $100, and it is easy for the hotel to gain access to currency from banks, even on the weekend. For me this was a very big problem because the hotel first informed me of this lunatic policy on a Saturday morning as I was preparing to spend a whole day in a room interviewing job candidates with my children's babysitter needing $200 in cash. They suggested I go to some local drugstores and buy gum with $100 traveler's checks. That sounds like a strange suggestion to a guest at a supposedly quality hotel. When I asked to speak to the hotel manager, he refused. In the end, their policy made life significantly more difficult for me (and the babysitter). I received better service at a Holiday Inn Express in Chula Vista where we stayed one day. I definitely would go to a different hotel when staying in San Diego.
Very nice hotel, but I like to be a little self-sufficient
This is a very nice hotel, maybe too nice for me. The staff was very polite, and not "snotty" like you kind of expect from this type of European theme. My only complaint is that I want to get my own ice, and make my own coffee. Guess what.. no coffee maker in the room, and you have to call someone every time you need more ice--looking for more tips????. I had to go across the street and buy a coffee maker. I have stayed in San Diego every year for about 7 years in a row now (convention), this is the nicest one I have stayed in so far. It has a small balcony, but hey at least it has one-most don't. The trolley stop is right behind the hotel and makes getting around very convenient.