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Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I booked a studio for my 25th birthday on September 30th. I called ahead to request an ocean view balcony view for the occasion. Upon arrival I was greeted however it seemed like the front desk employee was in a hurry and didnt seem really connected with guests (there was a huge festival happening that day and it was busy). I was given my room assignment however when I went into the room it was not a balcony view and I was disappointed. I came back down to the lobby and talked to the other front desk employee, named Johanna, and explained how I really wanted an ocean balcony view and was willing to wait until i room cleared up and she was very apologetic about the whole situation! She even said it was noted in the shift notes and sincerely apologized for the inconvenience and said we would be the next to get a balcony. I was very happy with how she treated the situation because it seemed like she really cared. We waited about 30 minutes in the lobby (which wasn't that long of a wait at all) and during the wait the front desk got a good rush of check ins and guests, all in that time I was observing and I want to say that Johanna handled everyone with a great attitude and smiling face! A little after we got our room and all I can say is WOW! we walked into room 417 and it was huge! beautiful ocean view it surpassed my expectations! I really loved my stay here, the hotel is so well run and very clean, your valet boys are all on top of their game as well. I really wanna say thanks to you Johanna for making this a great trip, even through the whole stay she would ask if we needed anything. I will definitely be staying here again whenever i am in San Diego!

This is a typical Residence Inn property- little apartment style rooms with Queens and sofa beds (studios, 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom suites). I chose this hotel because it's super close to the airport (about 1 mile away) and we had guests arriving via plane and there is a complimentary airport shuttle and shuttle to areas within a 3 mile radius from the hotel. This cut down on cab/lyft/uber rides. The only thing is that you have to book it ahead of time which can be hard to plan. We were fortunate and took advantage of this service many times during our short stay there. This property is only a couple of blocks away from Little Italy. It's also very close to a nice park for the kids to run around and not a far walk to the Seaport Village. This property is walking distance to many areas within downtown San Diego- it's just whether you're willing/able to walk around. The staff were all very friendly and were very accomodating. A larger room became available for my family and we were able to move in without any problems which was super appreciated! This is one of the many benefits to being a Marriott Reward Platinum member...otherwise we would've had to pay for it. This hotel also offered free wifi and breakfast which was a nice touch. During the week they offer appetizers and free beer, apparently. There's a heated pool and parking was $30- much cheaper than properties in the Gaslamp. If I were coming back with my family I would definitely come back. If I were just coming back with my hubby I would stay in the Gaslamp area though. Gaslamp area was only a $8 Lyft ride it's not like it's super far.

I would have rated this property as Excellent but rated it as Very Good even though one thing made our stay Average. I will start with the one thing that brought the rating down. Our climate control was ridiculous. We stayed for 3 nights and one night was super hot, one night more warm than hot and the last night it was unbearably cold. It was so cold we woke up freezing at 60 degree. I believe standard normal is around 78 so it was cold! We hadn't complained the first few days because we figured it was our fault with the controls but it wasn't it just did what it wanted to and so when I complained when checking out they would not adjust my bill just said they would give me some point which totaled 5,000 which is really nothing. I am new to their program and i can't even get a stay anywhere for that so really not much of a compensation for freezing. I read a lot of complaints about trains and we were located at the back of hotel and we heard them but we didn't worry too much but added with the freezing room we were not happy with that compensation. Now after that all the good about the hotel and what we liked. Check in was really good! We came from another hotel so we took a Lyft. Our room was spacious and clean. The kitchen had all you would need for a stay. It was nice to make a meal after being away from home for awhile. We were at the back and did hear the trains but again wouldn't have been a big deal. We were not in our room much but enjoyed it while we were. The location was great for the ferry to Coronado beach, Little Italy, downtown, the zoo, Balaboa, Petco Park and airport plus many others but what is fantastic about this hotel is they have a free shuttle within 3 miles which covers a lot of destinations. You can either book in advance which we did for the trips we knew in advance or you just went down and asked if it was available. Every time we used it they were so it worked great. They would also come and pick you up (within their hours which I believe was until 9pm and 6pm on Sunday) so a few times we were at a pub downtown and they came and scooped us up! This saved us a bit of money which was very nice! Coronodo was too far but the ferry is a short walk and then we took a Lyft back which was about $8 for two. We grabbed groceries in Coronodo as the closest grocery store is downtown which isn't far but we didn't want to carry items from there as it is a good walk. It would be within the free shuttle area though if you need them to give you a lift! My favorite part of the stay was their breakfast. Sadly it was the best on weekdays so we only had one of the really good days but even on Sat/Sun it was really good. I would be shocked if anyone would complain about this free breakfast! Like other Residence Inn's they had hot items each day. Two kinds of meat (usually sausage of some type) and both scrambled egg whites and regular eggs which was a bonus for me as I love whites! They had toritillas to make a little breakfast burrito with all fixins. Grated cheddar, jalepnos, salsa and a few others. Then they had yogurt and two kinds of fresh fruit cut up plus bananas and then on week days they had a plate of good cheese like Brie and then cheese slices which I have never seen at a free breakfast. They had the standard toast station with bread, bagels, English muffins and some pastries but they had cream cheese which again was a nice addition. On the other side of the room they had the waffle maker and various cold cereals and then coffee, tea and juice. The one bonus for my Celiac husband is if you ask the staff they will get you a gluten free bagel. I mean unless you want it cold (they store in fridge) you will have to cross contaminate (which we did...we are a little less careful on vacation) but it was very nice to have the option. If you didn't want to there is many other options you could have and feel satisfied or you could have it cold. Breakfast was a bit later on weekend but I think they could extend it a bit. For us we workout so unless we want to get up super early it would be nice to have it available until 10:30. The front desk also has cookies set out later in the day pre wrapped which was nice as well. So would I stay at this location again. Yes but I would definitely inquire about the temp if I had issues on the first night to avoid being froze the last night!

My family had an excellent stay in this downtown hotel during a getaway to San Diego. The hotel was situated across the street from a park (which the kids loved) and had numerous restaurants within walking distance. The hotel itself was clean, quiet and offered a unique pool where you could see the train pass as it made its way down the coast. I thought the train would become a problem with noise but it was surprisingly quiet. No complaints or dislikes about our stay. It was a great stay. Tip: be sure to check the pricing of parking when reviewing the total cost of your stay.

I booked this hotel with the option of cancelling. I had difficulties and neither the manager, Christopher or the GM Steven would work with me. They said several times they would get back with me, they promise and no reply. Very difficult situation..

Chose this hotel for location. And it really is a great location. Great restaurants all in walking distance, across the street from the harbor- no beach access. We were taking a harbor cruise and the dock was only a 15 minute walk. Free parking at the hotel. However don't be fooled by the pictures. The outside looks great. The inside is very dated. The rooms are clean. Just very old and small. The usual size rooms at the Residence Inn are about 25% bigger than these. And I think my bed was as old as the room was. I had a very hard time moving once I could roll out of the bed. Breakfast every morning? I am not a fan of pre-made scrambled eggs. It's the typical Residence Inn style breakfast which I skipped and my husband, who eats anything, agreed to skip on the 2nd day. Overall, based on location it was great. Staff was nice and accommodating for an early check in. It is closer to a high 2 star or low 3 star hotel. Over priced for the accommodations.

Was upgraded to a double room. Every 3 days they havw bacon on the breakfast buffet. Lost my phone and tbe front desk held it- speaks to the honesty of the staff and personel. Friendly staff. Would return in a heartbeat.

First off, this hotel is great. It's beautiful and centrally located in gaslamp district. Everything is walking distance. Kady at the front desk was very accommodating. We switched rooms twice (we paid for a city view which cost extra) because the first room looked at a wall and rooftop, the second room had a 4 foot high service walkway outside the window therefore giving a worse view. The last room was exactly what we expected with a great view of the city and pool deck. Here's the issue I had, parking! Valet is $40 but there is a self park right next door. The website mentions valet but doesn't give a price so I assume self park is cheaper. Wrong! Cost me $50 to park literally 12 hours overnight. The website really needs to advertise the price or give other parking options. There was an outdoor open parking lot a couple blocks but not ever been to San Diego we were unsure of the distance or the safety of our car in that lot. The hotel really needs to advertise parking options. Or work with the parking garage next door on overnight parking deals for hotel guests, something! Other than the parking I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends or stay there again. But i would give them tips on the parking situation!

We stayed here for a week during "May Gray" days for both work and later, vacation. The staff was phenomenal, especially Eleeza (sic?) at the front desk, Eneida in housekeeping, and Maribel, a shuttle driver. All three of these women excelled at their work and made us feel so at home. In fact, when we left to go stay with friends for a couple of nights and discovered that they had cats (We're allergic.), we came back home to this Residence Inn, despite the computer informing us they had no rooms. The staff in every department was super friendly, and the food was actually delicious. I rarely say that about hotel food...words like "adequate" normally spring to mind. The shuttle service within three miles of the hotel saved us a bundle. The laundry room was clean and easy to use. The fire pit by the pool was relaxing. Need I go on? Just stay here.

Staff was very attentive, professional, and courteous to any issues we addressed. The location was in the center of everything and walking distance to Little Italy for dinner. Rooms were clean and comfortable.

1747 Pacific Hwy San Diego CA

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Outdoor pool

Located in Little Italy within a short walk of Maritime Museum of San Diego, Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as USS Midway Museum. This 3-star hotel has 121 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's in central San Diego and also close to San Diego Convention Center and Balboa Park.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. For a nice break, mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception.


All 121 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves, stovetops, and dishwashers. 32-inch flat-screen TVs come with cable channels and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Sofa beds, coffee makers, and phones are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown have access to an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. Self parking is offered for USD $20.00 per night. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a meeting room, a business center, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Suite, 1 Bedroom

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Studio, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed (Larger)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Suite, 2 Bedrooms

Queen 2 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

76% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 382 reviews