To my dearest:
Today, I’m continuing on with my West Coast travel log! I’m reviewing my favorite hotel of this whole trip! It is the Courtyard San Diego Downtown, nestled in the heart of Gaslamp Quarter. When you think about visiting historic sites in San Diego, surely you’ll think of Balboa Park or the likes. However, this hotel is actually a historic site itself in the Gaslamp District!
To begin, here’s a little glimpse of my beautiful room! The view is absolutely stunning isn’t it?! Do I have your attention yet?
This hotel’s exterior, may not look like much at first glance. My friend met up with me here, and thought nothing of it until he entered. The outside of this hotel may be deceiving because it retained the look of it’s former financial institution – the San Diego Trust & Savings Bank. It was built in 1928 and stands at 240 feet above street level. The building was built by San Diegan architect, William Templeton Johnson, who also built the County Administration Building, La Jolla Library, Fine Arts Gallery and the Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park.
The interior is truly a hidden gem. In 2013, the hotel had a six million dollars renovation for rooms, space, and facility. The thirty five columns around the lobby are made from marble from three different continents. During the renovation from bank to hotel, the marble was numbered, removed, cleaned, stored, put back into place accordingly. The hotel is truly a remarkable piece of artwork as a whole.
Upon arrival, the waiting area is already something to write home about. It truly is the perfect blend of Italian Romanesque Revival Architecture with modern decor. Everything from the minor details of sofas, chairs, curtains to the classic chandeliers are just elements that build into this perfection.
The beautiful warm toned marble of the lobby, is just as inviting.
And when you’re hungry, their classy in house restaurant may be just the thing you need. That. Or just call for room service. Either way works, your call.
Their billiards area is another place where you could just relax and chill. I love how classic everything in this hotel is. It almost feels like I took a time machine and traveled a little back in time.
For accommodations, I opt. for the King Water View Room. There’s no real water view, because everything surrounding the Gaslamp area has since been reconstructed. However, the city view is just as captivating. I loved the beautiful arches in this room. The architecture was what moved my heart to pay for a room in this category. The beautiful eagle sculptures sitting outside majestically adds to the Italian Romanesque vibes. Just remember, not all rooms in this category will feature this beautiful arch. They only have either four or five of these rooms in this category and they’re on the top floor. So make sure, if that’s what you want, to make special request of it. I checked into another room in the same category and had to later request for a change of room in order to get this view. And yes, I was lucky enough to have gotten the very last room available!
Before you leave this beautiful hotel, make sure you walk around and take advantage of the beautiful interior design. Sit at the lobby bar and just take a moment to enjoy. I know, I did and I can’t help but leave a piece of my heart at this hotel.
Location: Convenient. Situated in the heart of Gaslamp District. Close to most tourist areas and restaurants. Minutes from Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and the likes.
Comfort: Clean and comfortable beds. Probably, the best bed I’ve slept in, out of the four hotels I’ve visited in the West Coast.
Staff friendliness: Very accommodating and helpful. When I wanted the room with the arches, they tried their best to find me an available room and they were able to do so!
Price: Fair and comparable to surrounding hotels. Price depends on days of visit and on season/off season.
Parking: Parking here is expensive at $39 per night. There is overnight parking about a block away for $10 per night. Ask a staff and they will kindly tell you where alternative parking can be found.
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That’s all for now folks, I’m almost done wrapping up the West Coast trip, so just bear with me! More fashion and beauty posts will be following shortly! And not to mention – my one year relaunch anniversary is coming up! So excited! I can’t wait to share with you all!
Let me know if you have stayed at other hotels in San Diego and can share with me some good spots! Maybe I can visit it next! My goal is to find the most beautiful and insta-worthy hotels to share with you all! Can’t wait to hear from you all!
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