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The Bristol Hotel

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Wallkill, New York
Reviewed 14 July 2013

My husband and I recently stayed at the Bristol Hotel for a three nights. There was nothing about our stay that we would have changed! The front desk accommodated our early arrival within a matter of minutes. The room was clean & spacious. There were even plush robes and slippers that added a nice touch of luxury. The valet service...

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

Dear Melissa H, Thank you for your terrific review and for recognizing our guest service efforts! I am so pleased to read that you enjoyed our valet service, on-site restaurant and bar, spa robes and slippers, and that we were able to accommodate your early check-in. As you mentioned, the hotel is situated in the ideal location. We are walking...

Sugar Land, Texas
Reviewed 11 July 2013

My husband and I stayed at The Bristol Hotel in the latter part of June and we had a great experience. The location of the hotel is awesome...we walked to the gas lamp district, the sea port, the train station, everywhere. The hotel staff was friendly and asked if there was anything else we needed. The restaurant, First Avenue Bar...

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

Dear Brenda P, Thank you for a great review!! As you mentioned, our location is perfect and a short walk to the Gaslamp and Little Italy districts, Seaport Village and more. A big thank you for acknowledging our staff by name that means a lot to us! Yes, Kirk is our very talented Chef and he prepares food to perfection...

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 8 July 2013

We stayed at the Bristol for 2 nights over the 4th of July. Overall, it was a very pleasant stay. The customer service was good and the room was clean. I had read reviews that this was a loud hotel, with a lot of street noise. I didn't experience any noise out of the ordinary. If you stay in a...

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

Dear KMT13, Thank you for staying with us over the Fourth of July holiday! The Bristol Hotel is positioned so that our guests can easily walk to almost every part of the city, including the Gaslamp and we hope you were able to take advantage of this! I greatly appreciate your acknowledgement of the minimal street sounds when compared to...

Scottsdale, Arizona
Reviewed 3 July 2013

My fiance and I decided we couldn't stand the heat in Phoenix and decided to make a spontaneous trip to San Diego and enjoy the cooler weather. A quick search on my hotelstonight app and this hotel was very highly rated and we couldn't beat the fantastic price they offered so we booked it! Since this was a spontaneous trip,...

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
Reviewed 3 July 2013

We stayed at the Bristol for 5 nights while we were visiting relatives and seeing the sites. The staff was friendly, efficient and helpful. The room was spacious, the beds were very comfortable and the decorating was very modern and fresh. The only negative aspect (and it was a small thing) was that the pocket door to the bathroom was...

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

Dear yank7fan, I was extremely pleased to read that you enjoyed your 5 night stay with us and thank you for a nice review. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed our friendly staff and spacious rooms. Our hotel is located strategically in the downtown area near the trolley, Horton Plaza for shopping, Petco Park, the Gas Lamp and...

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 1 July 2013

Situated near Horton Plaza, this is a charming, boutique-style hotel. Friendly, accomodating staff and charming rooms. Surrounded by wonderful restaurants and coffee houses. Everything is within walking distance, and maps are offered for anywhere you might want to go. Two thumbs up!

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

Dear Sharon G, Thank you for your great review of our boutique hotel! We have the greatest location and are near EVERYTHING! As you mentioned, we are near great shopping at Horton Plaza and so much more. I am so pleased to read you enjoyed our rooms and accommodating staff as well. On behalf of the Bristol team, thank you...

Reviewed 29 June 2013 via mobile

I stayed only one night here but it was very nice. The hotel is beautifully decorated, very clean and the amenities are great. The room had everything I needed. I ordered breakfast to my room and while it was a little pricey it came on time & hot. I will definitely stay again if I am ever back in San...

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

Dear Elizabeth S, Thank you for a great review! Our staff is very pleased that you had a great experience. Our hotel and room décor always receives rave reviews along with our friendly and efficient service, thank you for the recognition. We look forward to your next stay with us when visiting San Diego. Have a happy and safe 4th...

Peoria, Illinois, United States
Reviewed 25 June 2013

The Bristol Hotel was great! All staff were very friendly and helpful! We were in San Diego on vacation to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and upon our arrival, there was champagne waiting for us; later that day a plate of chocolate covered strawberries was delivered! What a nice extra! Upon check-in, we were given a room directly across from...

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

Dear Rhonda, We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and had an enjoyable 25th Wedding Anniversary. Once again, congratulations! The Bristol Hotel is a small boutique hotel located near the Gaslamp district which is the centerpiece of San Diego’s night life venues, sightseeing, shopping and fine dining and the area is very safe. As you had...

Reviewed 25 June 2013 via mobile

On the edge of gas lamp quarter... Good historic hotel for the $$ rooms were a bit small and it was nothing special. It was nice but a bit out of the way from happenings. A bit noisy I think a fire hall must be neat by... Lots of sirens (although they do provide ear plugs in the rooms )...

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

Dear TALaff, Thank you for your review. Our location is perfect for exploring downtown San Diego and we receive many compliments. We are less than a five minute walk to the Gaslamp district which is the centerpiece of San Diego’s night life. We are also within walking distance to Little Italy, Horton Plaza for shopping, Petco Park, the USS Midway,...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 25 June 2013

The hotel location was central , rooms were nice and I must say for the price, no complains. Like the $1 wine or beer at the bar and grille restaurant. Serves good food with 50% discount on some of their food. Ambience is great and valet parking guys were great and they loved their jobs.

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Amenities

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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
  • Conference Facilities
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 

Additional Information about The Bristol Hotel

Address: 1055 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-4890
Region: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown
Price Range: $235 - $410 (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:
#22 Green Hotel in San Diego
#27 Business Hotel in San Diego
#42 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#53 Family Hotel in San Diego
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