Hampton Inn Downtown Hotel

, San Diego, United States
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Hampton Inn Downtown Hotel

, San Diego
4 star

Rooms: 177

1531 Pacific Highway - San Diego - California - 92101 - United States | 6192338408
282 Traveller

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Neat and comfortable
Submitted by: Linda Baehr in 27/05/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
The room I stayed in was very clean, comfortable, and I received excellent service from the staff, with free airport pick-up, free newspaper, and replacement of supplies in the room.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hampton Inn Downtown Hotel

Location, location, location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just got back from San Diego last week and stayed at this hotel for 4 nights. We read previous reviews about train noise, etc. We slept well everynight and the first sign of a train coming through during the week was at 6:17 AM. No bother to us as we used it as an alarm clock! Had complimentary breakfast which was very satisfying and filled our family needs. Our child who is a BIG railfan loved the fact that the active train tracks were right behind the hotel. When the trains blew their horns he went running to look out the window! It was a great treat for him as we didn't tell him beforehand that the train tracks and train depot (only a block away) were behind the hotel. The hotel was clean, parking was not a problem and the location was great! Well, enough said that the location is ideal to the freeways, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, Old Town, Little Italy, the Embarcadero......need I say anymore? Upon our next trip to San Diego, we will definitely be staying at this hotel! By the way, the staff were very helpful and courteous at all times. Can't wait to go back! Signed, FCFVD

Satisfactory but train noise Is an issue

from lrathome
A 2 star property which is convenient to the airport and downtown attractions. Professional and polite manager helped me find the room farther away from the tracks (only two rooms available that night), but still the train awoke us twice between midnight and 4AM.
Rooms clean with free high speed internet, average for the price. Parking was about $10 in their garage. Location seemed safe but desolate at night.
Although close to the waterfront, I would recommend this as a short stay business trip property as it isn't the lovely archectual gem others seemed to believe.
Pure functionality, location, and reasonable price-- but the train WILL be an issue because the whistle sounds! I won't bore you with irrelavances like the free USA today (oh joy) or the continental breakfast and the available indoor plumbing(?!).

s The Beef?

from ferd62
Stayed there August 02-09, had a streetside room. Never heard any train noise in the room. Used their free shuttle extensively. Every hotel employee with whom we had contact was friendly and helpful, including the guy pushing the linen cart. Public areas, room and bathroom were exceptionally clean. Beaucoup hot water. Continental breakfast was good. Nice breeze at the pool. Several good restaurants nearby, easy access to the 5, walk to downtown. Would definitely stay here again.


from wahineman
San Diego: Hampton Inn - Downtown: A-Plus!

We were very impressed by this property. The room was immaculate, the service outstanding and the location A+!!! We've stayed at a number of hotels in California, Arizona and Nevada and Hampton rates #1. The little extras that were included were nice (morning Newspaper, great continental breakfast!) My wife and I were able to walk to the waterfront where there are a number of interesting attractions and drove to Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, Sea World, and Petco Park, where we saw the Padres play the Mariners. We also visited a casino at a indian reservation about 45 minutes away where my wife hit a jackpot! Believe it or not we managed to comfortably see all these places in 2 and a half days! Next time we'll visit Balboa Park & the Zoo. Hampton's location to all these attractions is absolutely ideal. As far as hotel parking, we didn't find a problem parking every night. Our room was located facing the front of the property so we didn't hear the train noise at all. Sorry if this review sounds so positive....considering some of the other reviews...but we were very, very impressed, and had a great time!

Great little hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed here for a medical convention in December 2004. I was pleasantly surprised. The room was very large, bright and clean. The king sized bed was firm and comfortable, and the sofa was a nice addition. The furniture was modern and simple, and the light color of the furniture helped make the room cheery. I had a courtyard room, so noise was not a problem. The lobby and breakfast area were spartan but clean and modern, and the breakfast buffet was hearty. I have stayed in the Marriot next to the convention center on several occasions, and the Hampton Inn provided a more pleasant stay and much better value. The Hampton Inn is much simpler and has few frills, but my room was in much better shape than the Marriot room I had last year. I would glady pick the Hampton Inn over the Marriot.

Had a wonderful trip!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have read the horrible reviews about the train noise but we stayed on the fourth floor in the front and had NO noise problem. In fact I am a very light sleeper and I slept great! The staff was nice and helpful. They informed us if the shuttle was available and if it wasnt they told us how long before it would be available. We had a 3 year old with us and had no problem getting around.
Moral to this story ask for a room at the front and be prepared to walk. ;-)

Very Disappointed

from baileyno6
We tried to be careful to select an affordable property that would be restful, but not too far from the convention center. Were we ever fooled!

We called and asked about noise. They assured us that the road noise was not bad at the back of the hotel. What they didn't say is that a train runs under your window every hour or so. It blasts its whistle to warn pedestrians, or wake up hotel guests (I'm not sure which).

The help was also loud and rude. We were assured of a ride to the convention center via the shuttle, but it was never available. We always had to walk - and the weather was wet at times.

It was not restful. We were very disappointed.

Excellent Service and Room, But Train Noise

from A TripAdvisor Member
I travel 70% of the time on business, and have stayed in all kind of mid- to upscale hotels around the world.

I got in this hotel by chance as I couldn't get into Sheraton or Hilton since they were full. Given that it is relatively inexpensive hotel, I wasn't expecting much. However, I was very pleased with the service - nice staff - always willing to help, a good size well equipped room, has a swimming pool and exercise room. They also throw in free Internet and a complementary continental breakfast. In addition, hotel provides free shuttle within three miles (service came with smile, and drivers were great!). You are close to little Italy and a late night shopping at 7-11. What else can you ask for.

I think every thing about the hotel is great except for one thing on which they have no control. There is a trolley train track that runs just behind the hotel. Because every train has to cross the streets, it is required to whistle loudly several times before crossing a street to warn any (unseen) pedestrian. It means no matter how much you try - you won't be able to sleep past 6 AM because of loud whistles. That noise is so bothersome and irritating that you start wondering whether you should move out first thing in the morning.

I would suggest stay there if you can live with some sleep deprivation, and are used to getting early morning at 6 AM any way, otherwise you will get quite upset (I get up 7 AM, and I was preety irritated by the noise every day!).

Great Night spent at the Hampton!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at this hotel February 6, 2004-February 7, 2004. My co-workers & I had been in Tijuana for the week on business and were spending one night in San Diego before flying back to Texas the next morning.

Randy, a hotel employee, was very kind and easy to talk to. He told us what amenities the hotel offered and informed me that I was on a floor with a lot of Firemen from around the country, so if it got too loud to let him know & he would move me.

I'm pleased to say that there was no noise - almost. The room next to me had the alarm clock go off and after about 30 minutes it was obvious to me that the room was unoccupied. I didn't want to complain about it because it seemed petty but after muting the TV I knew that it would disrupt my sleep since I could hear it through the wall. I called to the front desk and spoke with Randy. He was again very polite and pleasant. He apologized & sent someone right up to turn it off. Even the train that others complain about didn't bother me & the tracks were right outside my window.

I have every intention of being a guest at this Hampton Inn again when my husband and I plan a trip to San Diego because of the professional impression that Randy left me with!

Rude staff and very nosiey

from A TripAdvisor Member
When we first arrived at the hotel we were a little early and decided to try and see if a room was available. One of the front desk clerks told us that they had been booked up the night before and had nothing available until check in at 4:00 p.m. and why did we bother to try to come early. Before we could close our mouths from that comment she proceeded to tell us we MIGHT be able to check in at 3:00 p.m. but if she were us she wouldn’t even both. Well, that set the tone for the rest of the day and night.
After we finally checked in we were told not to take our car out again because we would probably lose our parking space because the garage doesn’t accommodate all of the rooms for the hotel. Ok, so we walked. Everything is pretty close so that wasn’t a problem. The room was clean and pretty nice for the price, but the main reason we booked with that hotel is they advertised a Jacuzzi tub. This tub was barely big enough for me my legs stuck out the end and it only had a couple of jets, it was a pathetic attempt to try and charge more money for a room.
The room was VERY, VERY noisy. We heard the train going all night. In addition to the noises of the train, the train had to blow its whistle every hour when it went by.
We also had a room party going on next door to us and the entire floor seemed to be populated by teenagers that were staying there on a trip of some sort with no parental supervision and the hotel did nothing to try and stop their noise and partying.
At breakfast the next morning I was very pleasantly surprised to see the variety of food offered, but once again the rowdy teenagers swept through right before me and emptied all the food and the staff didn’t replace anything in the time I was there.
Overall this trip was very disappointing.

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ask the desk! There are lots of good restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Ask the desk; they'll give you honest recommendations.


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  • Address: 1531 Pacific Highway - San Diego - California - 92101 - United States
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