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Western Inn

3889 Arista St, San Diego, CA 92110-3004
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-out
  • Individually wrapped toiletries
Updated 04/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Western Inn
Updated 04/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#139 of 295 hotels in San Diego
Travellers' Choice
GreenLeaders Silver level
Located in the heart of Old Town San Diego, our hotel is just a 5 minute walk to Old Town dining and shopping. Our central locations puts you right at the entrance to the 5 freeway and 8 freeway so that you are mere minutes away from major attractions Sea World, the World Famous San Diego Zoo, Downtown, The Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, San Diego Beaches, the San Diego International Airport and more... If you are a family member of one of our brave men and women serving in the military we are a 5 minute drive to the MCRD and a 5 minute walk to the Old Town Trolley station. All our rooms come with hair dryer, iron and ironing board, free wifi, coffee and coffee maker. We have a small business center located in the lobby, covered parking and a daily continental breakfast. Ask the front desk staff for discounted attraction ticket information to the major spots as well as the USS Midway, Old Town Trolley Tours and San Diego Harbor Excursions
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Car hire
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Paid private parking on-site
Street parking
Vending machine
Taxi service
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Daniela S wrote a review 9 Apr
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This location was perfect for my recent stay in San Diego. It is right on I-5 highway, 8 highway which takes you anywhere in San Diego. Close to the beaches, downtown, Mission Valley, and all the major things in the area. Airport is 5 minutes away by car and lets not forget that it is walking distance from old town strip where you can dine at fabulous places. I was able to walk to Happy hour! In addition, the staff went above and beyond when I needed something. They felt like family. Clean rooms and just necessary to make my stay enjoyable.
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Date of stay: March 2021
KB23 wrote a review 1 Apr
1 contribution
Friendly and efficient staff. Can’t complain, had a great stay. Elevator was close to the rooms but had great side exits. Rooms had ac, additional lamps and a tv. Will recommend. Thank you Western Inn!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from Tina M, Other at Western Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Hi KB1777777, Good day! It means a lot to us that you've taken the time to share this positive experience at our Western Inn hotel and thank you so much for your kind compliments to our staff. Our ultimate ambition is to provide a five-star experience, and we are thrilled to learn that we have succeeded. We are glad that you were satisfied with the hospitality of our staff and the convenience of our amenities and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Aza Ber Li wrote a review Sep 2020
3 contributions3 helpful votes
Last minute the day of I created a reservation for four nights at this property. I knew the location was in Old Town which is a tourism attraction area so I had some expectations. Upon arriving I did notice the hotel did look a little "old". I checked in via a glass window because their lobby is closed due to Covid-19. The hotel charges $10/per day for parking in their garage. Personally, I parked every night right in front of the property with street parking for free. As I was traveling to my assigned room I did notice the elevator and hallways could use extra cleaning and a man was smoking outside the room next to my room. When I opened the door I was shocked by how large the room was. As I was walking around the room I realized it was kind of tattered, dusty, and smelled like smoke (possibly from the neighbors). I am displeased that the staff would even booked that room with it's conditions. I immediately panicked and called the network I booked the reservation through. The represented advised that I chat with the front desk staff about cancelling and a refund. I requested to cancel the reservation and for a refund to the front desk staff. The staff member explained that because I was in the room for over 20 minutes I could not request a full refund. I was explaining that my intentions to cancel is based on having an autoimmune disease and being an asthmatic and I cannot stay in a dirty room or be around smoke especially during this pandemic. The staff member did explain he was going to remedy the situation by offering me another room and if the room was not up to par then he will take further steps. He took me another floor and offered me a suite. I would compliment them and state that their rooms are very large for the price and this would be good size for a family. The suite did look much cleaner, however, I did asked for the staff member to clean the air conditioner because it was visibly dusty. The remainder of my stay was nice. Housekeeping was great with cleaning my room everyday. It was interesting to see atypical people around the hotel and it was little concerning to see the police consistently riding around the property. There was one day when law enforcement was there for a situation I am unaware of. To be honest I did expect better from the reviews and photo of this property. However, this is a really good location in a tourism area, the rooms are a large size, and it very affordable.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Room Tip: Book a suite! It looks the cleanest.
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Response from Sanjay Patel, General Manager at Western Inn
Responded 6 Sep 2020
AzaBerLi07 , Thank you for sharing your experience, and I'm sorry to learn that you did not fully enjoy the service, accommodations and hospitality that we hold to such a high degree of importance in our hotel. Your satisfaction is important to us and we will be using the feedback you provided to make improvements to ensure we offer an exceptional experience for our guests in the future. I do hope you'll return and let us show you a far better experience.
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marlitt wrote a review Mar 2020
California76 contributions41 helpful votes
Besides the need for remodeling, the parking lot was dirty and didn't feel safe at all. Room had new flooring which made my stay feel better. Overall this place needs to be cleaned despartley. Front desk was very kind and helpful.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: close to Old town
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Response from westerninn, Guest Relations Manager at Western Inn
Responded 18 Mar 2020
marlitt c, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a thorough and insightful review regarding the parking cleanliness and suggestions to improve the experience for our valued guests in the future. Your satisfaction is important to us and we will be using the feedback you provided to make improvements to ensure we offer an exceptional experience for our guests in the future. We are also forever working to improve upon the guest experience and I hope you will remember our attributes and return to see how we have improved to impress you even more.
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elliec9875433 wrote a review Feb 2020
Buxton, United Kingdom25 contributions32 helpful votes
Great budget hotel. Staff were all so lovely and very friendly and helpful. They gave us a free upgrade which was very kind of them and was a great bonus - thank you! Room was as you expect for a budget hotel. Slightly outdated but clean and functional, we had no problems with it at all. Freshly made waffles at breakfast were great too. Hotel is really close to the old town and an easy walk. Would recommend this hotel if wanting something reasonably priced.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from westerninn, Guest Relations Manager at Western Inn
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Hi elliec9875433, Thank you for taking the time to tell us how our staff efforts to provide a comfortable and convenient experience have been successful. It is rewarding to hear that we have succeeded in making you feel comfortable and that you experienced no difficulties with our services or amenities. We look forward to serving you again!
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US$69 - US$176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesCaliforniaSan DiegoOld Town
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Frequently Asked Questions about Western Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Western Inn?
Nearby attractions include Old Town Model Railroad Depot (0.2 km), Sheriff's Museum (0.2 km), and Whaley House Museum (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Western Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Western Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Western Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Western Inn?
Yes, free parking, paid private parking on-site, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Western Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Harney Sushi, El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria, and Miguel's Cocina.
Are any cleaning services offered at Western Inn?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Western Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Western Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mormon Battalion Historic Site (0.5 km), Whaley House Museum (0.3 km), and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House (5.4 km).
Is Western Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.