The Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown is located at the northern edge of downtown San Diego. It’s a solid 10-15 minutes walk to the best spots in the area. The historic hotel is in a building from 1928 and looks like downtown Philadelphia or some of the older office buildings in downtown San Francisco.
The hotel hall’s very much like my dentist office or you could expect a private investigator to be found behind smoked glass here. The lobby has been recently renovated and looks fantastic – old charm and new amenities beautifully combined.
After a quick and friendly check-in, we walked up to our room and weren’t really sure what to expect. To our surprise, the room was beautiful – lots of bright colors and so many colorful pillows.
I did not like the softness of the mattress, though – it was just way too soft.
The room had a lot of daylight and a well-working AC. The internet was easy to connect to and (as with many Marriott properties) perfectly tuned to 8 Mbit.
The bathroom was clearly not my favorite, however; the door would barely close, the shower had no pressure and while everything looked new, it was clumsy and a long way off the high quality of the rest of the hotel.
Valet parking is offered here at $45 per night.
This Courtyard usually has rates of around $150 – $250 during high season. It’s a Category 7 hotel! I got a rate under $100 and for this price I can overlook the faults; if I’d redeemed points or paid $250 I would not be happy to overlook them, though.