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Renaissance San Diego Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Close enough to train station, little Italy, marine booardwalk , gas lamp district & supermarkets . They have small pool and sunbathing area with deck chairs. Room is clean spacious enough and there is a coffee / tea station. Bar fridge for keeping your basics. There is a gym , no real heavy stuff but you could get by with a little innovation. Restaurant serves breakfast lunch & dinner.

Maybe June 2018 give this hotel a chance but until then stay far far away. Everything they advertise is under construction. Even their 'bar area/restaurant' in the lobby is like a cheap diner ...the gym, pool and roof top bar do not exist. And for an area that closes at 10pm they offer nothing to do. This hotel is horrible...spend the extra money and stay at the Marquis. Marriott should be ashamed that their name is on this dump.

I chose to stay in this hotel as it had a rooftop bar, pool and gym, amongst other things. It is undergoing a refurb which basically means there is no lobby, all the restaurant and bar area is now a makeshift kind of café, and the amenities advertised are not available. The gym was open the first day I was there, and then found out it was closed the next day as they are refurbing that too. There was no notice about any of this happening in advance, and the hotel is still advertising the roof bar (which I think it going to be closed all summer). So you're paying premium price for a room only, and a breakfast set-up you'd find in a Holiday Inn. Not cool.

We've had a nice stay. The room was airy and roomy and clean and we had a nice view. The hotel is conveniently located and you can walk everywhere. They have valet parking but there are parkings nearby as well. We didn't have breakfast but we did have drinks at the rooftop bar (which is on the 2nd floor so don't expect a view of the city). Drinks were very good and the ambiance was nice. There are a lot of restaurants, bars ,shops and sights nearby. Would recommend staying at this hotel. Wifi isn't free though.

I was surprised when I arrived at the hotel to learn that the hotel is under significant construction. There is no lobby. There is basically no restaurant. There is no lobby bar. The "rooftop bar" (on the second floor) was closed. The business center is a desk in the make-shift lobby. Not acceptable! I cannot invite business associates to a hotel with these kinds of shortcomings! The fitness room is an affront to fitness rooms and has virtually no equipment. The hotel pool is very small. Admittedly, the recently renovated rooms are nice, although noisy (you hear the guests in rooms above and around you fairly clearly). Location is on the fringe of most everything- Gas Lamp, Little Italy, downtown business district- although still within walking and trolley service distance. Rumors are that this hotel might be shifting to an Autograph Collection property. Overall service was moderate and certainly not noteworthy. Until the construction project is COMPLETE do not stay at this property. After construction I will return and will consider updating my review. In the meantime, there are plenty of better options for the price, including the nearby Westin if you are a Marriott/SPG loyalist. Not sure why the hotel cannot post on its website regarding the construction. Very disappointing to have to learn this for the first time upon arrival.

Pros: -Clean room -Modern atmosphere throughout the hotel -Very friendly staff -Convenient valet service -GREAT location, I walked to most of my downtown destinations Cons: -Kind of pricey -The pool area was tiny -No hot tub or bath in the room

The hotel was clean, and the staff was very friendly. I read the previous few reviews, and I did not encounter any of the same issues. The hotel is currently going through remodeling on the first floor, but I did not find it dusty because they sealed off those areas with plastic tarps. The lobby had lemon water and coffee, which was a nice touch. My room was on the 12th floor, and I found it to be nice and clean. It was a little stuffy when I entered, but it was fine after I turned on the air conditioning . I think the air conditioning resets itself to a higher temperature after a few hours during the day, but this wasn't a big deal. I understand why they would not want the air conditioning on full blast while people are out of the room during the day. At night, I actually had to turn the thermostat up because it got too cold. The bathroom was clean as well. They have Aveda toiletries, which was a nice touch. The room had Keurig coffee maker and a safe, but no refrigerator or microwave. The hotel is about a 10-15 minute leisurely walk to both Little Italy and Gas Lamp District, but there is not any restaurants within 1-2 blocks, except Karl Strauss Brewing Company, which is literally around the corner. This hotel is close to various courts and the train station. I did not feel like the surrounding areas were unsafe. It is in a downtown area, so you will see homeless people, but I did not think it was more than usual. I see online that they have free wifi, but I was not given a password to access it. To be fair, I did not bother asking for one, and instead just used my own data. I would stay here again, but I think the cost may be outside my work's guidelines once they finish remodeling.

Great part of town, not too far from gas light district. I had a great room that was in the corner on the 9th floor. The entire front wall was mostly window and the bathroom had a very nice huge tub....I used it!!! The food menu was very limited and expensive.

The only thing worth a positive comment about this hotel is their 2nd-floor outdoor "rooftop" bar. The bartender was great and did a great job. There were a ton of graduates there at the time, and considering how busy he was we were impressed. We have stayed at MANY Renaissance Hotels by Marriott and we are sorry that this hotel shouldn't even be associated with the Marriott brand. It does NOT meet up their typical standards. Our room was old, smelly, the bed was extremely hard, but worst of all it was SO very hot in our room all night. It had one of those thermostats that no matter what you try to set it at, it wouldn't go below a certain temperature. We paid for the room, we should have been able to control our air conditioning. It was miserable all night long. The staff seemed very confused and disorganized. We booked our room for 2 nights, and were given a bill after the first night (under the door as is customary on the last night), and when we inquired at the desk about our 2nd night, we were told we did not have a reservation for another night and that the floor we were on was being completely closed for renovations of some sort and that we would need to move. They would be closing the entire floor. Well, we did a completely different hotel. Horrible experience. We would NEVER stay here again. Marriott really needs to look in on this one.

Let me start with the service the staff provided was excellent. From checking in to the guy that delivered room service, everyone was very helpful and friendly. The wifi was ok. The rooms were ok. There are better locations in San Diego. Not much immediately around the hotel as far as restaurants, bars or stores.

421 W B St San Diego CA

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Maritime Museum of San Diego and USS Midway Museum
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool
  • 24-hour fitness center

Located in Columbia, Renaissance San Diego Hotel is a leisurely stroll from popular sights such as Maritime Museum of San Diego and USS Midway Museum. This 258-room, 4-star hotel has a restaurant along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Located centrally in San Diego, it's also close to San Diego Convention Center and Balboa Park.


Enjoy a bite to eat at Kelvin, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


All of Renaissance San Diego Hotel's 258 air-conditioned rooms provide phones, ironing boards, and desks. Guests can expect WiFi and 37-inch LCD TVs with digital channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and pillowtop beds with Egyptian cotton sheets ensure a restful night. In-room massages are available.

Property features

At Renaissance San Diego Hotel, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a rooftop terrace. Valet parking is available for USD 47.00 per day, and there's also limo/town car service. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this boutique hotel include WiFi in public areas, 8 meeting rooms, and a 24-hour business center.

Room options

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Executive Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Room, City View (High Floor)

King 1 | Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

71% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1742 reviews