I spent this past weekend in San Diego and decided to check out a few different hotels while there. The first night I stayed at the W San Diego. I’m usually not a huge fan of W Hotels, though the rate was good and a local friend recommended it, so I figured I’d give it a try. Furthermore, my last few W stays have actually been quite good, including at the W Taipei and W Sentosa Cove Singapore.
For what it’s worth the rate was $151, which I found to be pretty reasonable. The W is a category four property, meaning if I had redeemed points it would have cost 10,000 Starpoints per night. Obviously I’m much better off paying cash with a rate of $151, especially since I was earning credit towards the “Bring On The Nights” promotion that Starwood is running at the moment.
I took an early morning flight from Seattle, and got to the W at around 9AM. The hotel is only about a 10 minute drive from the airport, and upon arrival the bellman offered to help me with my bags.
The lobby was quite nice and typical of the W brand. The front desk was located to the left, and once there I was helped immediately.
The associate was friendly and insisted it wouldn’t be a problem to check me in so early. While I didn’t want to push my luck (given how early I was checking in) I nicely asked if any upgrades might be available, and he looked through their room inventory and found a Cool Corner Room on a high floor, which I appreciated. He confirmed that as a Starwood Platinum member I’d receive complimentary internet. He also asked what I’d like as my Platinum amenity. I chose breakfast in lieu of the 500 Starpoints, which comes in the form of either continental breakfast for two, or a $24 menu credit plus two drinks at Kelvin Restaurant. I appreciated the flexibility.
The elevators were just next to the front desk and required key access, and I headed up to my room on the 17th floor.
The Cool Corner Room had a large “L” shaped entryway.
The room had a comfortable W Bed (similar to the one I have at home), a chair with an ottoman next to it, and then a TV and desk.
The views from the room were of downtown San Diego. Ultimately there are better hotels in terms of views, as I’d much rather be facing the bay.
Over near the entrance was the minibar and a Keurig coffee machine.
The bathroom was located near the entrance and was fairly large. It featured a sink, walk-in shower, soaking tub, and toilet.
The toiletries were all Bliss branded, which I’m a fan of.
I was rather puzzled by what the fuzzy chair near the toilet was. It looks kind of like a stool you’d put in front of a vanity, except there wasn’t a vanity mirror or anything.
The room was nice on the whole, though there were some aspects of the design that really pissed me off. And I feel like W almost does this on purpose, because I’ve found it to be the case at almost all W properties I’ve stayed at. For example, there were no easy to access outlets near the bed. Instead I literally had to move the nightstand to find an outlet.
Similarly there weren’t any trash cans in the room. There was only one recycle bin under the desk. The only trash can was by the toilet. Why on earth?!?
In terms of the hotel’s other facilities, on the second floor was a “living room” of sorts with lots of couches and a foosball table.
That’s also where the pool was located, which was tiny.
Next to that was the gym, which was on the small side though had modern and varied equipment.
Up a set of stairs was the rooftop.
There’s also a rooftop bar open in the afternoons and evenings, though I didn’t have a chance to check it out when it was actually open.
In the morning I had breakfast at Kelvin Restaurant. It was fairly empty and there was no wait. I sat outside given that it was a nice morning.
The service was friendly and I had a whipped egg white omelet and cappuccino, both of which were tasty.
On the whole I enjoyed my stay at the W. I found the service to be good across the board, and was grateful for the upgrade and that they let me check in early. There are some things I’ll never understand about W properties — like why they don’t have trash cans or easy to access power outlets in the room — but if the price is right I’d definitely return.
Stay tuned, I have a couple more San Diego hotel reviews coming up shortly.