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So, this will be the second Christmas in a row that I won't be spending with my family. However, it will also be the second Christmas in a row that I'll be traveling to places I've never been and experiencing things I've never done, something my family has raised me to do quite well. Last year EJ, Chris Ed, and I took a road trip from San Diego, to …
... photo with him. I think the photos will describe it better!
Afterwards we went to the spectacular Coronado Island Beach, where the famous 'Dell' hotel is situated. The architecture is amazing and the shopping complexes (there were more than one!) and rooms inside were enough to put us off ever staying anywhere else again! On the beach, there was also an incredible sandcastle, literally a fantasy castle out of a fairytale ...
What has this place got to do with Rocky Balboa? That's what’s I’m wondering right now.
I think my favourite building of all the museums and attractions here is The Botanical House. It looks like a classical glass house, Kew Gardens style, only it’s made of wood. Inside it’s a photographer’s heaven, with all the various orchids growing there. I lost myself for about fifteen minutes, snapping away. Look ...
... far to go, because my new boss, Paddy, was waiting for me outside the airport along with two women who are also Barbary Macaque researchers. We all piled into a small, powder blue car and took off towards the mountains! During the drive to Azrou, we drove past a lot of agricultural land, including a lot of olive trees and fruit trees. It actually felt a lot like Davis, which was welcoming. As we traveled higher in elevation, ag land turned to rocky ...
... the hassle with Hilfra's name on the way out we were slightly anxious.
I didn't want this to spoil the day though and thought we would go and find Ocean Beach. The home of the hippy and happy people. The waitress a couple of nights ago said she had taken her parents there and they didn't like it. Hang on, I'm not that old! I've still got it! I can hang with the groovy people. Besides, it must have a Starbucks which means free wifi and I can check in on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews W San Diego
!Never Stay There Again!
Staff was extremely snobby, and seems to not expect African American's to be able to afford to stay there. Hotel room looked like a glorifed kid's room. Bail Bondsmen on every corner and that discovery channel music they are constantly playing in that dark abiss of a lobby racked my nerves.
Stay maybe...eat...no way...
Considering the reputation the W Hotels have I was very dissapointed in this hotel. The rooms were small but quaint...not all that exciting and the restaurant Rice and Beach Bar were a HUGE dissapointment! The restaurant was pricey for the lack of higher caliber food, the service seemed like it belonged at a dive bar at the beach (where's the wait staff and are there refills on water???) and the wine menu was mediocre. The Beach Bar bartender couldn't make a decent mojito to save his life...and it wasn't even crowded! The lobby gets a few style points as does the concept for the Beach Bar but it's all a lot of bells and whistles without much substance...not some place I'm going to put my time into again.
Went there for my birthday, decided not to eat at RICE because we heard bad reviews. The rooms were very small and had a damp unfresh smell there were stains on some of the pillows. Every cool feature they advertise such as internet, dvd library, parking, costs a FORTUNE.
I was really surprised when I read the bad reviews for this hotel. I thought it was great! My husband and I visited San Diego April 15-20. We were scheduled to stay at the Westin Horton Plaza because it is so convienent. When we arrived we really didn't like it-it wasn't in good shape. We decided to change to the W Hotel and I'm so glad that we did. The staff was so friendly. The room wasn't that small and it was nicely arranged. I only ate breakfast at rice, but it was very good-especially the vanilla malt waffles!!! The only hassle was at night you have to show your room key to get past the velvet ropes. The bar scene there is crazy! The hotel is only about a mile for the gaslamp quarter and 7 blocks from Horton Plaza so there is plenty to do. The service is great and I'm used to staying at the Ritz Carlton Hotels.
The staff was EXTERMELY snobbly. THe rooms TINY. 4 chairs at the pool. At 4:45 pm my room was STILL not clean. We had dinner reservations that they "lost" and they did nothing to accodomate us. The staff acted as if they were way too good to help you out. This place absolutely sucks.
The best hotel in San Diego! Yes the rooms can be small if you don't get a Kool Korner King..but the service is amazing, the rooms are comfortable, the bar scene is wild. Food is excellent. I've never had a hotel staff practically kill themselves to see I had a good time before. There is no better staff on Earth! The baths are very nice, beds are out of this world.I highly recommend the salmon or snapper at Rice. Room service is marginal with the consistency of the food, but the service is great and the food, when it comes out right, is outstanding. Vanilla Malt Waffles, yum!
W San Diego is by far one of the most amazing hotels in the W chain. They've thought of everything, from the small details throughout the property to the basics. The staff is friendly and attentive, and for a hotel just approaching four months old, they're really got their act together.W San Diego has three amazing bars - Magnet, the Living Room Bar and the Beach...with, what I am told is three tons of heated sand, a firepit with lavarocks and cabanas. Something to check out, especially on weekend evenings!W's gym they call SWEAT is open around the clock and features the latest technology in equipment. It's open air, poolside and even offers freeweights!The rooms are cozy, but beautifully appointed. The Whatever/Whenever service is amazing - anything goes. The associates are friendly and professional and very ready, willing and able to take care of each and every guest. W San Diego is now the hot spot to hang out in this otherwise conservative town. Check it out!
After staying at the W in Westwood and having an awesome time, I was excited to take my boyfriend on a "Secret Date" to the brand new W Hotel in San Diego. When we got there, there was over 50+ waiting in the lobby with sour looks on their faces and we were told we couldn't get into our room for another 2 hours. So we came back 2 hours later and our room was still not ready and the same 50 people were even more pissed off. The hotel tried to offer everyone free drinks but the atmosphere was thick. I canceled my room and left. Later, I wrote a not-so-nice letter to them and got a free stay. We went again, and it was ok. The sand bar was closed, the restaurant was overpriced and there was no nightlife around the hotel. The rooms were nice and comfy but that was about it. I can't say anything stuck out. It was overall a drag. I'd skip on staying there for sure.
The worst W experience I have ever had. The rooms are shockingly small, the lobby/bar scene is frightening (is there really so little to do in San Diego???), and the area around the hotel is dismal. The friendly and courteous staff are the only positive thing about this place, and even they can't make up for poor design and a poor setting.
Rice, the San Diego W restaurant
I have long anticipated the opening of the new W in downtown San Diego.
Because I live in San Diego I was looking forward to offering the W as a choice for those out-of-towners who visit me here. Sorry, no can do.
I am a vegetarian, as are a number of my friends. Despite enjoying a number of great vegetarian/natural food meals back home in the W in midtown New York, I cannot take my New York friends to Rice, the San Diego W restaurant--all surf 'n' turf among the entrees. Alas, we'll just go somewhere else (Mixx!) or dine in and muse over the meals last shared at the Sanderson in London last month.
The business card for Rice says "modern paciic cuisine."
More like modern great lakes cuisine.