First stop on our winter mileage run was San Diego. I worried about all the rain I had heard about in California, but it turned out cloudy and dry. San Diego is a great town and we looked forward to spending a couple of days there. I looked forward to checking out the new Hilton Bayfront which was under construction the last time we were there in 2014. It is located at the end of the San Diego Convention Center opposite from the Marriott. This is a great location from which you can walk to the Gaslamp District, stroll along the waterfront and visit the Midway, or catch the hop-on, hop-off tour bus to see the rest of San Diego.
I was a little surprised how small the room was, but I probably was too used to getting an upgrade as a Hilton Diamond. There was a large convention at the hotel that weekend so I wasn’t upset that we had no upgrade (unlike my wife). The room was fine and did have a nice view of the convention center and waterfront.
The hotel is at the far end of the hotel row along the waterfront, but it is still a reasonable walk to everything. Had a view of Petco Park and this visit was just a couple days after the Chargers announced they were moving to L.A. A lot of angst in San Diego about that!
The hotel owner had paid for a neat little footbridge to cross from the hotel into east downtown which was a nice shortcut to the Gaslamp District.
One disappointment was that there was no lounge in this new hotel. At check-in, we were given free continental breakfast coupons at the Vela restaurant downstairs with an option to use them at Starbucks instead. We tried using them at Vela and found the placed so packed that we had to wait ten minutes just to get seated. The hostess was trying to upsell everyone to take the full breakfast for an extra $10 and it seemed to me that those people got preferential seating which I thought was inappropriate. At least the food was worth the wait, better than what I typically get at a lounge.
Last mention is for the workout center which is collocated with their spa. Had a great workout and there were plenty of machines available.
On the whole, I found the hotel to be average, but in a great location. I still feel it is better than the old Hilton which is across the street from the Hyatt/ Marriott at the other end of the convention center.