421 West B Street, San Diego, CA | Directions 9210132.717771 -117.166947
Daily 24 hours
Neighborhoods: Core - Columbia, Core-Columbia, Central San Diego, Central
DO NOT stay at the W for group events. I planned my sister's bachelorette. I was on the phone multiple times for months leading up to the bachelorette. Every single time, I was told different information about the reservation. Sure enough, when I showed up the reservation was completely messed up. The pool was also the size of a jacuzzi so we had to end up going to the Andaz. It is now 2 months later and I am still trying to resolve the billing they have messed up. I don't want anyone else to go through the months of frustration I have experienced dealing with this hotel.
Amazing View and the most comfortable bed you'll ever sleep in! I loved every single night I stayed there. They really make you feel welcome and at home. Close to everything that you want downtown, and if you wear heels, the cab ride is 5.00 dollars!
Whatever/Whenever – Over all I enjoyed my stay at this hotel. The Whatever Whenever costumer service was on point and whether they were faking it or not the employees were very courteous.
The only thing that really took me for a loop was how expensive room service was. I know you play for convenience, but $30 for a burger and fries is off the chain.
The drinks were a lil to expensive also. Now a bottle of Patron only cost about $40, so why was I charged over $100 for 5 shots (out of control). Now I do got it like that, but that’s some BS and after I got done complaining about how high the drinks were I only end up paying half of the original charge, so needless to say Management was good to go.
I really did enjoy my stay and I will go back, but next time I will bring my own bottle of Patron. LOL
Definitely Different – We arrived around 6:00pm on a Sunday in mid September. Other postings warned of a crowded venue later in the evening but our arrival time found only around a dozen. The fire pit was surprisingly large with generous flame and available seating. Certainly the sand underfoot is a nice idea and made for a relaxed atmosphere. For more romantic seating there are three booths along one side with flowing sheer drapes blowing in the breeze. The service was excellent, as would be expected with so few clients, and the drinks pricey, also as expected. With the description of rooftop I expected a view but in fact this roof was just second floor so no luck. The music was a nice background style and initially at a decent level with their sound system handling it well. Later, at around 6:40, really not very late, the music was turned up considerably and their system clearly on it's limit. I can imagine it not being too pleasant later unless dancing rather than talking was your priority.
Almost overlooked might be the approach room downstairs, hyper-romantic with dim lighting largely by candles and candle lanterns and a black decor, definitely the next move after a fun dance session in the sand.
Beach-themed boutique hotel embodies the Gaslamp's urban oasis vibe with a fitness center, two cocktail lounges and a pan-Asian restaurant. – In Short
Following a multi-million dollar makeover in summer 2008, The W's beach-chic theme is more vibrant than ever. Updates are evident in the lobby's Living Room lounge, where classic surfer films play on one large wall, a lifeguard stand doubles as a DJ deck and an art installation of fiberglass surfboard fins fills the ceiling. Coral and sky blue accents, mermaid murals and crisp white shutters opening onto the pool give the mezzanine level Veranda lounge it's own beach vibe as well. All 200+ rooms will get their part of the hotel facelift in 2009.
4 Star hotel with cheap windows – The "W" has all of the amenities you would expect from a hip urban hotel...amazing customer service, fantastic attention to detail (the floormats in the elevators are changed throughout the day to read "good morning/afternoon/evening")...you really do get what you pay for...with a few caveats:
1) The windows are ridiculously thin. Bear in mind the lobby turns into a party on Friday and Saturday nights, and many of the revelers linger outside after midnight. I could hear every word of their conversations and I was on the sixteenth floor! After spending millions of dollars on the hotel, would it have kiled you to buy double paned windows?
2) The hotel "pool' (and I used the word loosely) is just slightly larger than a hot tub. It literally has space for 6 people around it. Granted, the Bay is just 3 blocks away, but for a beach-themed hotel, the pool was quite a let down.
3) No coffee? There wasn't a coffee maker to be found in the entire place. You can't walk around a motel 6 without falling over coffee makers!
I'll admit, these are minor quibbles, but they did detract from the overall experience a bit. Great ambiance, great customer service, would definitely still recommend this hotel.
The Best Pet-Friendly Hotel – I have never been disappointed by any W Hotel around the world. I don't care if they are faking it -- but they know how to take care of their dog-loving guests. Nearly every detail is taken care of from water bowls & treats near the taxi stand outside to the comfy dog beds and goodie bags given to the dogs. The best part is that every staff member from the front desk to the housekeepers all genuinely appear to love dogs and always have a friendly smile or petting session for your dogs. The dog-friendly part is just the cream on top. All Ws are beautiful. Modern, clean and always an inspiration for fans of contemporary design. Pay the little extra money -- it is definitely worth it!
Simply "Okay" – The "W" is a brick and mortor paradox for me. I like the fact that is considered "hip" and "trendy". The San Diego location, just like its NYC and San Francisco brethren, includes an in-house bar that is considered a see and be-seen place by even the locals. The restaurant is quite good, and the downstairs cocktail lounge is great for meeting up before heading out or meeting back up after a night out and deconstructing the evening with friends. Moreover, the rooms are amusingly and tastefully appointed (big flat screen TV with a DVD player, very comfy Heavenly-brand bed, and top-notch toiletries from their own "Bliss" line).
My problem with the "W" is this: they nickel and dime you. To wit: in spite of spending over $300 per day for my room, they do not provide free internet. In fact, they charge roughly $13 per day for it. In this day and age, with an upscale clientele that tends towards 30 and 40-somethings, I view the free and ready access to internet service similar to that of a working phone or basic cable. Even when I am staying in a hotel for pleasure, I might want to googlemap directions or read yelp or citysearch reviews. So, c'mon "W' or Starwood lodging- get with it. Other examples- hotel parking is $22 per day, but parking in a lot across the street was $7. In fact, street parking- which is relatively plentiful in this part of town is free. They also charged me a delivery fee to bring a FedEx package up to my room. Look, I am by no means a cheapskate- but all of these little surcharges, fees, tariffs, levies, fines, and gratuities feels like death by a thousand cuts.
Oh- and for Chrissakes, W, I like the free cucumber-lemon-basil ice water that you dispense to guests in your lobby, but why must I travel outside of the hotel itself and a dozen paces outside of your front door for a $2 cup of coffee? How logistically challenging would it be for you to put a couple of big urns of free coffee out by your lobby bar in the morning?
Sand, cocktails, music and a fire pit! – I went here with my uncle and his date after dinner back in early 2002. We arrived fairly early, and we were able to get prime seating directly in front of their fire pit. The drinks were pricey but strong. The sand was a nice touch, and the background music was decent. As the night progressed, the place became crowded, seemingly beyond capacity. People practically fought for seating near the fire pit as the temperature dropped. I'd recommend this as a great place for after-dinner cocktails, but if crowds aren't your thing, then avoid the Beach Bar for late weekend evenings.
W won't disappoint... – The W in San Diego will meet all expectations. It is modern, beautiful, and the employees work extra hard to ensure your comfort. Just don't forget that even if you are a hotel guest, you need reservations for a cabana on the swanky rooftop sand deck.
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