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marcia29:
Name of Hotel: San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina

Type of Room: 2 double beds

Number of Nights You Stayed: 4 nights

Hotel Review:
Dining options: We did not eat at the hotel itself, but it is within easy walking distance of lots of options as well as Ralph’s which was fine for picking up food to stash in the mini-refrigerator.

The hotel staff was polite, they smiled a lot, and were happy to help when I had some difficulty printing out a boarding pass.

We did order room service for breakfast and it was nice and hot- pancakes, eggs, and the like.  We splurged on room service that one time, as it can become expensive quickly.  Our order came on time — we ordered the night before.   

There are a lot of amenities at the hotel and they looked clean and some folk were using them, but we were too busy doing con stuff to take advantage.

The room was nicely sized and the beds were comfortable.  I liked the option of having feather or down pillows.

The Marriott Marquis and Marina is adjacent to the convention center, and although the walk to Hall H can be a long one, there were lots of fans walking and we had nice conversations, and did some costume watching.

The walls were thick enough so that we could not hear anyone in the next room nor in the floor above or below.  That is always nice.  There was some occasional hallway noise, but in most hotels, that is to be expected.

There was free wifi if you are an Honors member. We had the option of early check-in and late check- out at no charge.

As for celebrity sightings- we encountered Stan Lee, some of the cast of Heroes, and many others.  Keep your eyes open if you like to celebrity spot. 

Pros: 
-proximity to the convention center
-at times we didn’t even have to go outside.  It can get hot in San Diego, so that can be a plus! 
-the ease with which we checked in and out, and that they had a luggage area where you could safely keep your luggage after you checked out if you were not quite finished at the convention.

Cons:
There were no negatives that I can think of, and that is saying something.  I would definitely try to stay there again if the comic-con hotel folk deem it so!

Craige:
Name of Hotel: Hard Rock

Type of Room: Single bed suite

Number of Nights You Stayed: 3

Year(s) You Stayed There: 2015

Hotel Review:
Nice hotel across the street from the convention center with multiple places to eat and bars. Since it's a high end hotel it always has lots of celebrity events going on. It's near pretty much everything so super convenient.


What did you like about staying at this hotel?
-close to convention
-it's in the center of action...great people watching
-rooms are nice, mine was spacious (but I got booked into a suite)
-good views of the main Gaslamp drag strip

Finally, what didn't you like about staying at this hotel?
-Biggest draw back is, it's expensive. I think it ended up being $385 a night. OUCH!
-Next biggest is, it's fairly loud and crowded. I slept with earplugs.

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Jim Watari:
You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginName of Hotel: Hard Rock

Type of Room: Single bed suite

Number of Nights You Stayed: 3

Year(s) You Stayed There: 2015

Hotel Review:
Nice hotel across the street from the convention center with multiple places to eat and bars. Since it's a high end hotel it always has lots of celebrity events going on. It's near pretty much everything so super convenient.


What did you like about staying at this hotel?
-close to convention
-it's in the center of action...great people watching
-rooms are nice, mine was spacious (but I got booked into a suite)
-good views of the main Gaslamp drag strip

Finally, what didn't you like about staying at this hotel?
-Biggest draw back is, it's expensive. I think it ended up being $385 a night. OUCH!
-Next biggest is, it's fairly loud and crowded. I slept with earplugs.

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Did they still have a lot stuff to buy in the rooms? when I last stayed there the last time there was not a lot of room for my stuff , for example the frig was filled with their their stuff so you could buy it. Same with the top of the dresser.

mark:



Name of Hotel: Residence Inn Downtown San Diego

Type of Room: Studio, 1 queen bed + sofa bed.

Number of Nights You Stayed: 5

Year(s) You Stayed There: 2015

Hotel Review:

Congratulations! If you are reading this you have happened onto one of the best but lesser known SDCC hotels, with a combination of benefits that might well be unique.

* Were there any dining options inside or near the hotel?
   There is a free breakfast of the usual greasy bacon, powdered egg type. No room service, but you get a full kitchen. You can also fill out a grocery list and they will go and shop for you for a small fee. They also have a pantry where you can purchase snacks. There is a Jack in the box across the street and Little Italy restaurants are within walking distance.

* How was the hotel staff?  Were they polite and courteous?
   Very helpful and polite.

* Tell us about the hotel amenities, like the gym or pool.  Did you use any of them?
   Basic, small gym, didn't use. Small pool and hot tub which I did use, mainly while also using the outdoor grill. ATM, laundry.

* Were you and your roommates able to sleep and move around in the room comfortably?  Do you think the room is smaller or larger than the same type of room in other, comparable hotels?
   Oh yeah. Rooms are huge.

* If you drove and parked your car at the hotel, how much was the parking rate per day for overnight stays?
   $14 a day.

* How long did it take you to travel to and from your hotel by shuttle, trolley, or on foot?
   Maybe 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the day and time. There is both a shuttle stop and trolley stop a short walk away, the shuttle stop is at a good spot since it is early enough in the route that we never had trouble finding a seat. The trolley is only a few stops away from the con so early in the day it will often be full already.

* Are the walls of the room thin?  What are the noise levels in your room from outside sources (hallway or next door)?
   Hotel was quieter than most. Many of the guests are there long term for work and are "Day Sleepers" so it was quite quiet.

* Does the hotel have free WiFi for guests?
   Yes.

* Are you a member of the hotel's rewards program?  What level do you have, and what kind of perks did you get?
   Yes, basic level, no perks.

* Is there anything else you like to mention about the hotel (i.e., celebrity sightings) or your room that isn't mentioned above?
   There is a big benefit here, they have a free shuttle that will take you to the airport, to a grocery store, pretty much anywhere nearby. They just have 30 minutes slots that you have to reserve in advance. The Waterfront Park is across the street, great if you have children. The Maritime musuem is also close by. On Saturdays there is a great farmers market right up the street. Also, in addition to the Little Italy restaurants and shops there is a Blick art supply shop in walking distance.
   
   Celebrity wise, saw Mindy Sterling there in 2015. She was cool.
   

What did you like about staying at this hotel?


- Full kitchen, and they will grocery shop for you.
- Hotel shuttle, SDCC shuttle AND trolley options. Killer combination.
- Lots of things in walking distance, but far enough away from the Gaslamp to be relatively uncrowded.
- Close enough to SDCC to make going back and forth during the day feasible.
- Big, quiet rooms. Lots of desk space and drawers.
- Extremely helpful staff.
- Did I mention full kitchen? Basically, much of their business is from people that stay at the hotel for months at a time and the rooms are designed accordingly.


Finally, what didn't you like about staying at this hotel?


- Small bathrooms. Small closets.


seabisquick:

Name of Hotel:
San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

Type of Room: (Did your room have 1 king-sized bed, 2 full-sized beds, or another type of bed?  Did you have a suite?)
2 full-sized beds

Number of Nights You Stayed:
4

Year(s) You Stayed There:
2015

Hotel Review:

* Were there any dining options inside or near the hotel?
My roommate's sister was a Rewards member so she was able to get us free WiFi and access to the Concierge Lounge.  They had complimentary breakfast, snacks, and water which was nice.

* How was the hotel staff?  Were they polite and courteous?
They all seemed polite and courteous

* Did you order room service?
 No

* Tell us about the hotel amenities, like the gym or pool.  Did you use any of them?
I used their small fitness center which consisted of a a few treadmills, orbiters, weight machines, and free weights.  No that impressive but ok for a maintenance type workout.

* Were you and your roommates able to sleep and move around in the room comfortably?  Do you think the room is smaller or larger than the same type of room in other, comparable hotels?
The rooms are well sized, clean, and quite comfortable compared to other hotels in the area (Omni, Hiltons, etc)

* If you drove and parked your car at the hotel, how much was the parking rate per day for overnight stays?
I believe it was over $30 but I got to San Diego early enough to park in the Ace lot across from the Omni for the duration of the con.

* How long did it take you to travel to and from your hotel by shuttle, trolley, or on foot?
It's just 3 blocks from the Convention center so maybe 5-10 minutes by foot.

* Are the walls of the room thin?  What are the noise levels in your room from outside sources (hallway or next door)?
I didn't notice any noise from surrounding rooms

* Does the hotel have free WiFi for guests?  (Yes or No)
Free if you are a Marriott rewards member

* Are you a member of the hotel's rewards program?  What level do you have, and what kind of perks did you get?
No, but roommate's sister who was also staying at the hotel was.  So we got free WiFi and access to concierge lounge.

* Is there anything else you like to mention about the hotel (i.e., celebrity sightings) or your room that isn't mentioned above?


What did you like about staying at this hotel?

- close location to the convention center
- had great customer service
- close to a lot of restaurants
- concierge lounge


Finally, what didn't you like about staying at this hotel?

- minor issue but limited number of elevators to the rooms and occasionally a party will block off one of the bays

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