In the past year, I’ve traveled to Carlsbad and La Jolla, both suburbs of San Diego, but I hadn’t actually been to downtown San Diego. This summer, when I attended BlogHer 2011, I had the chance to spend a few nights in San Diego at the luxurious Marriott Marquis and Marina, located adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center. Although I didn’t travel with my kids, I could tell this is definitely a kid-friendly hotel! If you are planning a vacation with kids in San Diego, its central location and beautiful views make the Marriott Marquis and Marina a great option.
Review of the Marriott Marquis and Marina in San Diego, California
Location of the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina
The San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina is located right on the harbor, just steps from the famous Gaslamp Quarter. It’s also adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center. Most rooms have amazing views of the marina.With two towers, I found that the elevator banks were relatively uncrowded and moved quickly. Despite being a conference hotel next door to a convention center, it’s still a very family-friendly hotel.
Rooms at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina
My room at the Marriott Marquis and Marina was large and comfortable, with the type of amenities I’d expect from a hotel like this. There are several different room types available – including suites, guest rooms, and concierge-level rooms. In addition, you can choose from a bay view room, a Coronado Bridge view room, and a city view room. Room amenities include feather beds with comfortable bedding, a coffee maker, and Bath & Body Works bathroom amenities. Of course, you are unlikely to spend too much time in your room, because there is so much to do in the area.
Amenities at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina
Service and amenities at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina are excellent, from the water with strawberries at the reception desk to the bell staff that helped me into a taxi upon my departure. The resort pool offers cabanas and a bar, and the resort also offers a fitness center, a 446 slip marina, and a spa. While there are plenty of great restaurants in the area, there are also several great restaurants at the hotel, including Roy’s, Marina Kitchen Restaurant & Bar, and the Tequila Bar & Grille.
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101 USA
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