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The Bristol Hotel

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Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 8 June 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in May 2013. The staff was very friendly and our check-in process was very quick. The room was very clean and updated, nicely decorated. We were a little worried that it would have some of the negative qualities of an older hotel, but it did not at all. They are pet-friendly and our dog...

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 7 June 2013

clean room, trolley is kind of noisy, the fitness center is very small, some of the equipment was broken and un usable, friendly bartender, the restaurant on site (first grill) was very good. friendly staff

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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Dave S., Thank you for your observations, they are greatly appreciated. Like every large urban city, San Diego has the similar sights and sounds and occasionally you will hear them from the hotel. Our Fitness gym, although small, provides the necessary equipment for a great workout and the equipment you mentioned has been repaired. I am very pleased to...

Thousand Oaks, California
Reviewed 5 June 2013

We had a wedding to attend at Hotel del Coronado, but we could not afford to stay there. I found a deal at Sniqueaway for 2 nights at the Bristol Hotel for less than the price of one night at Hotel del Coronado. This hotel has a good location near the Embarcadero and Gaslamp district. Plenty of restaurants around. Hotel...

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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Eriki2001, We are so glad that you were able to enjoy a special promotion as we are always encouraging guests to take advantage of the great value the Bristol offers! Our location is perfect for business and pleasure and we are near all of the sights and sounds of downtown San Diego. As you had mentioned, we are extremely...

Reviewed 4 June 2013

This hotel was really nice. First of all, it was easy to find it. With the car, everything was close! It's like the Bristol Hotel was in the center! The lobby is big and beautiful, very fancy with a piano in the middle of the room. The room was big and clean. I really liked the colors, especially in the...

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Philadelphia
Reviewed 3 June 2013

The Bristol Hotel exceeded my expectations. The room was large, clean, and comfortable and had everything needed for an excellent four-night stay. Staff were always friendly and accommodating. The location was perfect and, unlike some reviewers, I found the room very quiet. The only truly minor problem was that the room safe was on a high shelf in the closet...

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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear HappyRambler, Thank you for a great review and we appreciate your vote of confidence. The Bristol Hotel is a very clean, comfortable and nicely appointed boutique, downtown hotel and we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. As you mentioned, the Bristol Hotel is in the perfect location and we are walking distance to the convention center,...

Georgia
Reviewed 1 June 2013

We spent 3 nights at the Bristol Hotel and enjoyed our stay. The room was beautiful, the bed very comfortable, and the staff friendly and helpful. There was a prom the first night we arrived but it didn't disrupt our stay, the hotel employees made sure the guests were given priority when using the elevators. The great location allowed us...

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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear GeorgiaDebbie, Thank you for the perfect, 10/10 score!! Our hotel is in a great location in downtown San Diego for a leisure getaway or business. We are walking distance to the Convention Center, Petco Park, Horton Plaza for shopping, the USS Midway Museum, the Gaslamp District and much more. I will also read aloud your review during my next...

Portland
Reviewed 1 June 2013

Staying at the Bristol was so easy. We showed up early and they graciously gave us an upgraded room which was quite spacious and quiet, and everything in the room worked so well! (Not something that can often be said of many hotel rooms, in my experience.) The location is great especially if you are flying into San Diego and...

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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear jmc7835, I hope that you will be returning soon! We aim to please and it appears that we succeeded in all possible areas of guest satisfaction. It is our policy for the reception team to try to assign accommodations as early as we can because we know that arriving guests want to get out and go to work or...

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Reviewed 1 June 2013

This hotel is very nice, and is right next to the Gaslamp Quarter. Rooms are spacious and nicely decorated. I also like that it is a green hotel and they work hard to limit waste (they have a recycling bin in the room, don't change sheets/towels unless you ask, and have the option of conserving water by using half the...

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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear 7808a, Thank you for your acknowledgement of our Green efforts! We also use green cleaning products in our laundry and in our everyday cleaning supplies. Our guest rooms also have eco- friendly shampoos, soaps and conditioners that our guests really like. This is prom season, and we have the only ballroom in San Diego that has a retractable roof....

Reviewed 29 May 2013

We stayed here and brought our two fur babies with us. They made us feel very welcome and our stay was excellent. The staff was very helpful & gave us tips on getting around without us asking (EXCELLENT! 😄) Would definitely stay here again next time we are in San Diego!!

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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Rafael975, Thank you for a great review and I sincerely hope that your two “fur babies” enjoyed their vacation as well!!! Guests with pets are always welcome at the pet friendly, Bristol Hotel and I know that just this past week we had several guests that were traveling with their pets. Thank you for acknowledging our reception desk team...

imperial
Reviewed 28 May 2013

stayed at the bristol hotel for our 25th wedding anniversary and enjoyed the entire stay. the room was large, quiet and very nice. i was very impressed. the resturant was also quite nice. the bar,lounge was very intimate. the hotel in general was the hotel to be staying at. its also dog friendly. we enjoued every minute of our stay....

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bristolMGR, General Manager at The Bristol Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Bonnie W, Thank you for celebrating your 25th wedding anniversary at our boutique hotel! I read your posting at our recent staff meeting and everyone was so pleased to hear that you had such a memorable stay. I wanted to give you my most sincere thank you for letting us know how much you (and Fido) enjoyed staying with...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Bristol Hotel, a premier boutique hotel in downtown San Diego, offers extreme comfort and friendly service whether your travel is for business or leisure. The Bristol Hotel is a fresh take on modern style - our sophisticated atmosphere awaits you in our contemporary lobby and throughout our eclectically styled San Diego hotel rooms. This modern flair continues throughout the lounge and banquet facilities and is sure to be a perfect choice for business, leisure, group functions, meetings and special events. This downtown hotel’s superb location is within blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter, fine dining, world-class shopping at Horton Plaza, the Cruise Ship Terminal, the Convention Center, Petco Park, Theatre District, East Village, Little Italy, San Diego Concourse and the San Diego Bay. This pet-friendly San Diego hotel is only a short drive to any of the many sunny beaches, the San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld. The Bristol Hotel is one of only seven hotels in San Diego to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating and is also a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program. ... more   less 

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Address: 1055 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-4890
Region: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown
Price Range: €109 - €225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Bristol Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 102
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Also Known As:
Bristol San Diego
Hotel Style:
#19 Green Hotel in San Diego
#27 Business Hotel in San Diego
#42 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#54 Family Hotel in San Diego
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