Hotel Indigo, San Diego Gaslamp Quarter – Review

We stayed at this hotel for two nights while visiting San Diego for a long weekend. While I had plenty of points to stay elsewhere, I chose this hotel as a paid stay at $149 per night to complete my IHG Big Win 42,000 points promotion.

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The hotel is centrally located at the Gaslamp quarter near downtown San Diego, where all the action and bars, restaurants and shops scene happens. It is located 2 blocks from Petco Park, the San Diego Padres baseball park, which I wanted to visit during a game against the San Francisco Giants. The hotel is located a short 10 minute drive from the car rental facilities at the airport.

Parking is valet only, and it is $41 per night, and to make matters worse, we ended up not driving at all for one of the days. Money thrown away. If you plan on staying local, there is plenty to do in the area, so renting a car is not necessarily needed.

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Check in

Check in was fast and easy. The lobby and common areas are beautiful. We checked in early but the room was ready. The lobby was nearly empty at the time, but it really came alive in the late afternoon. Before arriving I had requested a status match from my Hilton Gold status to IHG’s Platinum status, so I was offered a welcome gift of either 600 points, a bottle of water and trail mix, or a bar drink coupon. I chose the drink coupon, which ended up being a terrible choice. The coupon was for house beer, wine or lower brand spirits, which was rather disappointing. If a hotel charges $41 for parking, the least they can do is allow premium drinks for top elites.

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Room

The room design and features were great. We were given a room on the 10th floor with city view. The room had large windows, so it was very bright. There was a Keurig coffee machine.

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The bathroom was spacious and the glass wall shower was huge.

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The view was fantastic.

Hotel-IndigoAmenities

With IHG all hotels have free internet. As I mentioned earlier, there is only valet parking at $41 per night, although if you’re set on driving, there are a few cheaper options around the area where you can park overnight, although keep in mind you might not have in and out privileges.

There are two bars, one at the main lobby and one on the terrace on the 9th floor, with a nice view of the ballpark.

Hotel-IndigoThis is where I went to get my cheap drink. This time of year it was a bit chilly in the afternoon and late at night, but the terrace has a few heaters and a couple of fireplaces which help keep everyone warm.

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Overall impression

For the price we paid, this hotel was a solid option. We got it relatively cheap at $149 by booking early. As we got closer to our trip it was going for over $200 a night. I definitely recommend this hotel if you’re ever in the area, but by all means avoid parking there if ever possible.

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