Bristol Hotel

Bristol Hotel

8.76 reviews
Ranked #50 in San Diego hotels
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1055 First Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-4890
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Fitness Center
Free WiFi
Internet Access
Laundry Services
Meeting Rooms
Business Center
Cribs Available
Pets Allowed
Air conditioning
Connecting Rooms
Room Service

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Local from Oceanside, California, USA

The Bristol Hotel in downtown San Diego is an ideal option for business trips, vacations and staycations. The modern boutique hotel offers upscale lodging with well-appointed bedrooms that scream sophistication. Rooms include luxurious linens, ample desk areas and views out to the San Diego Bay. The spacious lobby is accented with fresh, signature red daisies that tie into the hotel logo. Service is friendly and efficient with a smile.

The First Avenue Bar & Grille serves American fare with a twist such as the scrumptious Vegetarian Ruben stuffed with creamy avocado and drizzled with Louie Dressing. Prime Rib Thursdays are comfort food at its best: Herb Crusted Prime Rib served with Blue Cheese Potato Gratin Potato, farm fresh vegetables and Yorkshire Pudding. The sumptuous bar area is well stocked and inviting.

The Bristol’s super convenient location at the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter, walking distance to Little Italy, Seaport Village and the Embarcadero make it a go to lodging spot for those who wish to explore San Diego. The spectacular top floor Starlight Ballroom, complete with an open air retractable ceiling, is an unique wedding venue with panoramic bay and city views. The Bristol is proud to offer an award-winning catering and event planning team.

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Local from San Diego, California, USA

The Bristol offers a bit of class, and a very dog-friendly attitude.

Remarkably dog friendly, actually. Water bowls by the front door, biscuits on the check-in counter, and no sign what-so-ever of previous pooches in the spotless rooms.

The Bristol is a bit of a boutique hotel, and offers a sense of style that is a bit above the norm for a 4-star hotel. A piano in the lobby, polished granite floors that appear to have never been stepped on, and very modern, yet elegant, decor throughout. Such freshness has a fairly reasonable booking price when compared to other downtown hotels.

Finally, what a great location. On Second Ave., you are a 15 minute walk from nearly every point of interest downtown, and right across the street from Horton Plaza -- a more-unique-than-most shopping mall.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Came here last weekend for a quick weekend getaway in SD. Loved that this hotel was pet friendly, no pet deposit or cleaning fee. Location is a block away from Horton Plaza and a couple blocks away from the heart of Gaslamp. The staff was friendly and the room was very nice. The walls are very thin however they do provide earplugs for you. Definitely our hotel to stay in when in SD.

Local from San Diego, United States (USA)

A nice boutique hotel in downtown San Diego. I really liked the lobby: it was spacious, open and warm with a red, white and black color scheme. Mirrors on the wall gave the illusion that the space was much larger too. However, I wasn't as partial to this same color scheme in the actual rooms, especially in the bathrooms. The red was too overpowering and dark for my taste. Otherwise the rooms were standard in size, but modern and chic.

The hotel has a very tiny gym, I'm talking shoebox size. But it's glamorous, mirror covered ballroom on the 9th floor is huge. And it has a retractable roof! I adored this space, and think its an awesome spot to hold events. The hotel also has a chic bar and dining area called Daisy's Bar & Bistro, open daily for dinner and drinks.

San Jose, California, USA
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Let me just put it up front, when you are staying at a downtown hotel almost anywhere that has a nice downtown area (think San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago) ... be prepared to pay butt loads for parking. This is something I expected so when the Bristol charged $26 a night for parking I was actually pleasantly surprised (I've actually been charged $40+tip at SF hotels before) that it wasn't going to be highway robbery and gladly booked this extremely affordable boutique hotel for my stay in SD.

The hotel was extremely clean, the lobby is very nice and inviting and the staff was friendly. The rooms were clean, comfortable, everything worked and the bathrooms were pretty good as well although the shower was a little on the odd side. The beds are very comfortable and the sheets / blankets keep you warm!

The only complaint I had was that the walls are thin and they have doors that join you to other rooms if you booked more than one room ... this was not pleasant when the room next to us started a party on both nights, one at 2:30 AM in the morning. The hotel has a strict NO PARTY policy but it still took a few calls and a trip down to the front desk to deal with the problem which didn't get resolved until almost an hour later (3:30 am!). I would definitely stay here again for the price next time but make sure that my neighbors are friendly non-partiers.


I stay every time I visit San Diego. Close to everything. Wonderful staff.



Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Computer station
Dining & Drinks
  • Bar/lounge
Fitness & Recreation
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Concierge services
  • MP3 docking station
  • Health club
  • Parking height restrictions apply
  • Valet parking (surcharge)
  • In-room accessibility
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
Traveling with Children
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Pets allowed
Services & Conveniences
  • Luggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Smoke-free property
  • Elevator/lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • One meeting room
  • Business center
  • Wedding services
  • Porter/bellhop
  • ATM/banking
  • Private bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Designer toiletries
  • Premium bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
In-Room Dining
  • Room service
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Refrigerator
Media & Technology
  • Television in common areas
  • Cable TV service
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Premium TV channels
  • HDTV
  • Daily housekeeping
Other Room Amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Bathrobes
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Desk
  • Free newspaper
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)
Property Info
  • Total number of rooms - 102
  • Number of floors - 9
  • Express check-out
  • Express check-in
Bristol Hotel

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