Updated: December 2017
Courtyard Marriott San Diego Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter:My family took a recent trip to San Diego (October 2013) and after much research I picked the Couryard by Marriott hotel in the famed Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego. The location of this hotel could not be better in terms of being right in the thick of things. The hotel sits at the corner of 6th and Broadway This Courtyard hotel used to be the San Diego Trust & Savings Bank and is considered a landmark of a building. The lobby has high ceilings (we mean really high) and there is a nice bar next to the restaurant called Lincoln's Bar & Grill. We had rented a car so the valet service (there is no parking on site) met us on 6th Avenue and took our car for us. At $24/day to park (plus the daily rental car fee) it's expensive if you want to have access to your own car while in San Diego. We opted to get a car since our travels took us up to Legoland and Disneyland later in our trip. The rooms are large and ours had 2 queen beds with a small refrigerator which came in handy with 2 kids always wanting something to eat or drink while we were in the room.
Our room had a city view, some offer more of a water view. The staff was very accommodating in helping us find restaurants to eat it and they guided us to the local trolley stop so we could catch the trolley/train to Seaport Village one night. At $1.25 each way (for adults - kids ride free) it was a total bargain. The trolley stop was just one block north of the hotel and easy to find. We felt safe and it took less than 5 minutes once on the trolley to get to Seaport Village and the waterfront. Walking at night around the hotel and into the Gaslamp Quarter seemed safe as there are literally 100's of people on the streets with you. My only complaint with the hotel was that on a Saturday night some partygoers came back to their rooms (next to ours) and continued partying well past 3 AM. I finally called downstairs for someone to handle the situation and they did. Other than that one episode the hotel was more than we could have asked for. It's expensive, but the location makes it a great choice if you don't want to have to drive to much. The hotel also offers a fitness center, a 24-hour food market, and a business center with computers to go online and print out documents. My wife and I used the Internet a few times and it was nice to have access to email while on vacation. There are 14 floors with 245 hotel rooms (230 rooms and 15 suites). Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Courtyard hotel in downtown San Diego makes for a great place to stay. I considered staying in the Old Town Courtyard Hotel a little further from downtown, but chose this location for all the things you can get to on foot. We would definitely recommend it to others as the staff was always very helpful. My kids liked the fact that the hotel offered free cookies each night near the check-in counter.