Our hotel choice for our week long visit to San Diego was the Hilton Homewood Suites, Downtown/Bayside. We chose this place for a number of reasons, initially.
- central location near downtown and Little Italy (2137 Pacific Highway)
- close to a San Diego Trolley station
- close to waterfront with bay “view”
- spacious accommodations in a newer property
- breakfast was included
- evening social mixers were included Monday to Thursday
By the time we landed and collected our baggage, it was almost midnight. The taxi ranks were right outside the baggage area and we were soon whisked away toward the nearby downtown and our hotel. The fare was only $13, so a much better option than waiting for the hotel shuttle.
Check-in was quick and painless and before we knew it, we were in our suite, which included a full kitchen, living area, bathroom and bedroom area. The sink being outside the bathroom seemed odd at first, but we soon got used to it. There was plenty of space to spread out and make yourself at home.
Over the next week, we grew to call this place home and we were sad to leave.
Here is our bay view from the 3rd floor. Perhaps, a little creative licence was used in the room description.
Here is the exterior
We could at least get a feel for the weather of the day before heading outside. Soon to be raining on this day. The view was much better from the 6th floor.
Definitely windy on this day.
For the first few nights, we walked down to the bay for the sunset. On this day, we were too tired and sunset was Nyeh!, anyway. So, we popped up to the 6th floor corridor for a glimpse.
The included breakfasts were fine at first, but after 3 days of very similar food, we opted to go seek our breakfasts in Little Italy and one day in La Jolla, when we had a rental car.
The social evenings were great. We were used to eating 2 meals a day (breakfast and an early dinner/late lunch). By 5:30 PM, we were ready for a small bite and a glass of wine. The first night had a salad theme and the 2nd had an Asian theme. Did I mention there was wine and beer.
Despite being just beside the final approach glide path for the nearby airport, the rooms were well insulated against outside noise. The same cannot be said about inside noise. When the room above was occupied, you could hear the loud thump of heavy footsteps and when the room beside was occupied, I could clearly hear a business man speaking in a loud voice on his early morning conference calls. Too bad more insulation was not used in the interior walls. The climate system was also noisy and despite outside temps being relatively low, it needed to be on a good part of the time to keep the room temp comfortable. The price here is not cheap, so perhaps, we should have opted for the smaller rooms of the adjacent Garden Inn or the Hampton Inn just down the road.
All this being said, we enjoyed our stay and the facilities.
A few other quick facts:
- valet parking is $45/night (we paid $10/12 hours to park our rental car at a nearby surface lot.
- The hotel has a pool, sun deck and fitness center on the 2nd floor
- There is an on-site restaurant – Bayside Kitchen and Bar. We never ate here and note that is is ranked 3,695 out of 4,793 restaurants in San Diego