$125 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Oct 29, 2014 Check-out: Oct 30, 2014

The Bristol Hotel

3 stars
1055 First Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
155 reviews
Great hotel

Large, clean rooms right in Gaslamp...perfect! Can't ask for much more. See full review

  • Devon22
  • Aug 25, 2014
fantastic birthday celebration!

We decided to celebrate my cousin's birthday with a trip to San Diego and this hotel was perfect!... See full review

  • giveme
  • Aug 18, 2014
Modern boutique hotel with California cuisine near Gaslamp District
Situated in the heart of downtown San Diego, just blocks from the Gaslamp District, the Bristol Hotel offers modern boutique luxury. The property, owned and operated by Greystone Hotels, features complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and first-run pay-per-view movies in rooms. The top-floor Starlight Ballroom is the only meeting space in Southern California with a retractable roof. The on-site restaurant, FIRST avenue bar & grille, offers a delicious, casual and convenient San Diego dining experience.
Highlights
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Conveniently located in the heart of San Diego's downtown
  • Enjoy fresh California cuisine at on-site restaurant
  • Ballroom features retractable roof
Rooms

The 102 rooms at the Bristol Hotel are spacious and spotless. Each room comes standard with a flat-screen TV, MP3 docking station, plush robe and in-room safe. Guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. Pets are welcome.

Features

The Bristol Hotel was one of a handful of hotels in California to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating from Audubon International. It is a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program.

All guests receive complimentary access to the on-site fitness center. The hotel also offers first-run pay-per-view movies (fees apply) and 24-hour laundry service (fees apply). What's more, the top-floor Starlight ballroom, a popular site for meetings and events, is the only meeting facility in Southern California with a retractable roof.

Enjoy relaxed dining ambience with great food and drinks at FIRST avenue bar & grille, the on-site restaurant, open seven days a week.

Transportation
  • MTS Bus (2 blocks)
  • San Diego Trolley (3 blocks)
  • San Diego International Airport (1 mi/1.5 km)
Attractions
  • San Diego Convention Center (1 mi/1.5 km)
  • Petco Park (1 mi/1.5 km)
  • Old Town (2 mi/3 km)
  • San Diego Zoo (2 mi/3 km)
  • Sea World (4 mi/6 km)
  • Qualcomm Stadium (4 mi/6 km)
Business
  • Public computer terminal located in lobby
  • 5,000 square feet of meeting space
  • Starlight ballroom features retractable roof, seats up to 400 guests
Policies and fees
  • Valet and self parking are available (fees apply)

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

32.7165 -117.1635
Area served
San Diego, CA
Nearby airports
Lindbergh Field Airport
Area description
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, the Bristol shares sidewalks with fine dining and entertainment in the Gaslamp Quarter, world class shopping at Horton Plaza, the Cruise Ship Terminal and the San Diego Convention Center. Just a short drive away you will find sunny California beaches, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, Seaport Village and Petco Park.

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The Bristol Hotel Rooms

Deluxe King
Contemporary bright spacious room-Triple sheeted beds-Complimentary WIFI-Sitting area-Work desk-Fully stocked honor bar-Full bath-Plush terry robes-Luxurious bath amenities-Salon style hair dryer-Coffee maker-Iron equip-CD Clock radio-Key card locks-Windows that open with black out shades-In room movies-Self climate control-Room service-Laundry-Dry cleaning
Superior Two Double
Contemporary bright spacious room-Triple sheeted beds-Complimentary WIFI-Work desk-Fully stocked honor bar-Full bath-Plush terry robes-Luxurious bath amenities-Salon style hair dryer-Coffee maker-Iron equip-CD Clock radio-Key card locks-Windows that open with black out shades-In room movies-Self climate control-Room service-Laundry-Dry cleaning
Superior King
Contemporary bright spacious room-Triple sheeted beds-Complimentary WIFI-Work desk-Fully stocked honor bar-Full bath-Plush terry robes-Luxurious bath amenities-Salon style hair dryer-Coffee maker-Iron equip-CD Clock radio-Key card locks-Windows that open with black out shades-In room movies-Self climate control-Room service-Laundry-Dry cleaning

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Pet friendly
Elevators
Activities
Fitness Center
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Firehouse Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 0.4 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 0.7 mi
  • Gaslamp Quarter: 0.7 mi
  • PETCO Park: 0.7 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 0.9 mi
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: 0.9 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Man: 1.2 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 1.3 mi
  • Timken Museum of Art: 1.3 mi
  • Botanical Building: 1.3 mi
  • San Diego Zoo: 1.4 mi
  • Casa De Balboa: 1.4 mi
  • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 1.4 mi
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: 1.4 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 0.4 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 0.7 mi
  • Gaslamp Quarter: 0.7 mi
  • PETCO Park: 0.7 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 0.9 mi
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: 0.9 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Man: 1.2 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 1.3 mi
  • Timken Museum of Art: 1.3 mi
  • Botanical Building: 1.3 mi
  • San Diego Zoo: 1.4 mi
  • Casa De Balboa: 1.4 mi
  • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 1.4 mi
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: 1.4 mi
  • Spanish Village Art Center: 1.5 mi
  • Port of San Diego: 2.1 mi
  • Heritage Park: 3 mi
  • Whaley House Museum: 3.1 mi
  • Old Town San Diego: 3.3 mi
  • Bazaar Del Mundo: 3.3 mi
  • Junipero Serra Museum: 3.5 mi
  • Qualcomm Stadium: 4.3 mi
  • Hospitality Point: 4.8 mi
  • Sea World: 5 mi
  • Sunset Cliffs: 5.2 mi
  • Mission Bay Park: 5.9 mi
  • Belmont Park: 6.3 mi
  • Chula Vista Nature Center: 6.5 mi
  • Pacific Beach: 7.2 mi
  • Family Fun Center: 7.9 mi
  • Sorrento Valley: 12.1 mi
  • California Center For The Arts Museum: 28 mi
  • Legoland: 29.8 mi
  • Cox Arena: 2,118.4 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Call us to see if these rooms will work for your meeting or convention. 1.800.662.4477 1) Starlight Ballroom 2) City Scene

Dining

FIRST avenue bar & grille
Enjoy a delicious, casual and convenient San Diego dining experience at The Bristol Hotel. FIRST avenue bar & grille in The Bristol Hotel offers a relaxed ambiance for great food and drinks, seven days a week. FIRST avenue bar & grille also offers a select menu for In-Room Dining. Our knowledgeable staff can also offer recommendations for other restaurants in San Diego that are located near our Gaslamp Quarter-area hotel.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (155)

Ratings and reviews for The Bristol Hotel

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
155 out of 155
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.3
Location:
4.4
Value:
4

92% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
royal oak,mi.
Jun 17, 2010

5 days in san diego

this boutique hotel was wonderful,rooms were clean and beds comfy..walking distance to the bayfront and a short drive to balboa park and the on and off trolley 1 blk away..breakfast was good in the hotel and affordable..

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

everything was a short distance away whether walking or a short drive and buses are everywhere.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
San Diego
Jun 7, 2010

The Bristol

Beautiful room colors; restaurant was pleasant, waiter was excellent!; front desk staff very pleasant and helpful. We ran into a problem with a leaky toilet; response was quick and the problem fixed before the 'wedding group' arrived!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Phoenix
Jun 5, 2010

Great Hotel

would stay there again

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Talent, OR
May 17, 2010

Nice Hotel in Gaslamp Quarter

I enjoyed staying at this hotel. The staff were friendly, the rooms were pleasant, the restaurant was good. There were also decent restaurants in walking distance. My only complaint was street noise at night, but that's hard to avoid when you're in a city. The Greyhound bus yard was across the street so there was extra noise from that.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The San Tropez Bakery and Bistro was very nice.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Famoberg
Fremont, CA
Apr 27, 2010

Great location, comfortable room

Very pleasant. Chose the street side for the view, though the staff tell you that it will be a little noisier than the side with the wall. Wonderful to be a block from the trolley and a block from the shopping mall. Walked to the beach; great stroll.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

check for local restaurants before coming, though the hotel provided brochures and a list of the more upscale choices. Breakfast at the hotel was wonderful - loved the veg omelet.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Hans Grubber
L.A.
Apr 13, 2010

NO SMOKING/$26 PARKING FEE/VIEW OF WALL

1st we wanted a SMOKING room,witch it showed that they offered and when we got there they said ALL rooms were NON-SMOKING,so we had to walk in & out of the hotel all night.There was a $26 PARKING FEE.The room had a view of the rusted side wall of the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The resturants & bars are mostly expensive for no real good reason.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Rapi
Business
Iowa city, IA
Apr 11, 2010

Great Hotel with reasonable price!

Great service with free wifi access. The room was very clean and the staff was very helpful. The price was unbeatable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
The Pinker
Princeton, New Jersey
Apr 11, 2010

Unbeatable location for the price

I visited all the beaches, the museums, the Zoo, and Sea World. If they had the big map for ALL troleys and busses at the hotel, it would have been really nice. It's available at the Old Town Station. The staff was friendly and helpful, and they did not disturb my whole vacation a bit.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

The Old Town was beautiful with its authentic restaurants and houses.

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Review of The Bristol Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Newly Newlewed
Newcastle
Apr 6, 2010

Bristol Hotel

A cute little gem in downtown San Diego....My husband and I just spend a 4 day weekend in San Diego and found a cute little gem called the Bristol Hotel. We felt that the location was great, you could walk or take the trolley to just about anywhere downtown. The hotel staff was very friendly, the room was clean and quite large for a hotel room, we had the king, and breakfast was included daily. The only downfall was that there was an earthquake during our stay, but the hotel had no problems. The only complaint I had is the valet parking cost. We would defiantly stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Try the restaurant called Yard House. It serves food and drinks late. The grilled cheese sandwich and tomato bisque soup is wonderful. I had it twice in 3 days.

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Review of The Bristol Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
SurveyChic
Michigan
Apr 5, 2010

Great hotel/value!

Great location to all of the downtown points of interest. Very close to the trolley! Perfect place if you are looking for a comfortable hotel and don't plan on spending too much time there since they don't have much to do at the hotel itself. Staff was friendly. Would definitely stay there again!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
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