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Palihotel San Diego

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A charming, coastal-inspired urban lodge in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Palisociety reimagines the historic Hotel St. James, originally built in 1912, into Palihotel San Diego, a vibrant and bustling mainstay located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Featuring 122 guest rooms, Palihotel San Diego brings a youthful, design-centric offering to San Diego’s hotel landscape, showcasing a preppy, nautical-inspired charm, a new restaurant, and a guest-exclusive roof deck offering daily social hour and the best views of the city. Equally approachable and refined, travelers and locals can celebrate San Diego’s rich history and modern delights from this convenient home base. Palihotel San Diego features Saint James French Diner, a restaurant and bar that blends the utilitarian nature of an American diner with the subtle elegance of French bistro cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, the menu is hearty and simple, yet refined by nature, paying homage to roadside food halls in Southern France. It’s shared mussels and a beer in the afternoon and it’s a burger and two martinis at night. It’s sensible, unpretentious, and totally chic. Warm, charming, and jovial, this historic hotel and its dining spaces are ideal for intimate soirées, post-convention cocktail hours, private dining, and more.
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Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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24-hour security
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24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Paid public parking nearby
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Wine / champagne
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Non-smoking hotel
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4.0 of 5 stars
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English, Spanish
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DDB3FINS wrote a review Apr 18
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Wonderful hotel, great room, friendly staff, quality food, excellent location, met all of our expectations.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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DSmith wrote a review May 2023
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Not just a hotel—this is an experience. Original elevators, beautiful design work, and excellent service makes this hotel a must-stay when you’re in SD. Sapphira helped us get checked in and even showed us the hotels curated picks of places to go and see while you’re in the area.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Chris Fregeau, General Manager at Palihotel San Diego
Responded May 24, 2023
Hello 879darbyv, We are so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Palihotel San Diego! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to post such a kind review about newly imagined, historic property. We are fortunate to have such a great team of people looking after our guests each day. I will be sure to share this review with Sapphira as well. I hope to welcome you back to Palihotel San Diego in the near future. Please let us know if we may ever be of service. Cheers, Chris Fregeau, General Manager
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Heather S wrote a review Apr 13
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Excellent stay - staff were super helpful and friendly (big shout out to Isabel and Kieran at the front desk), room was clean and comfortable - with lovely toiletries in the shower and an extensive mini bar selection. Fabulous roof terrace which I got all to myself for a few hours one evening! Easy to access everything downtown including the conference centre. St James Diner was superb with attentive staff and knowledgeable bar service (I think it was Dominic!). Only issues would be no hand soap by the sink, no full length hanging space and no complementary water.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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828SarahG wrote a review Apr 8
Beaune, France30 contributions17 helpful votes
I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this hotel : old building all redecorated/refurbished preserving the spirit of the place, even the old style lift. The rooftop was lovely. However I was disappointed with the room, given it was an expensive stay. It was very small, barely enough space to walk around the bed. Luckily I was by myself, otherwise it would have been tricky for 2 people. Also the room was quite noisy. The sink area was located in the room, right by the door, while the shower and toilet were located in a separate room. That was very impractical, given the room was small. I don’t think I would go back, given the high price of the stay.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 1 week ago
Hello 828SarahG, Thank you so much for being our guest at the Palihotel San Diego and for providing us with your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere and spirit of the hotel. But I'm sorry to hear that you felt that our rooms did not meet your expectations. We hope that you will return and experience a night in one of our many deluxe rooms or suites that I know would make you feel right at home.
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Dhaval B wrote a review Mar 2024
Bengaluru, India12 contributions4 helpful votes
Very Small room, no laptop desk and no kitchen .... old style lift ... very good restaurant for food.... Could have provided complimentary water atleast but I understand that it's downtown so overall it is expensive.
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Response from Chris Lott, General Manager at Palihotel San Diego
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello Dhaval B, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Saint James French Diner and our location. At the Palihotel San Diego we pride ourselves in our meticulously designed decor of our historic property and although the hotel is not set up for in room cooking, we more than make up for that in the Saint James French Diner! We hope to welcome you back should travel bring you back into the San Diego Gaslamp.
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GracieJ444 wrote a review Mar 2024
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This will be my first choice every time I stay in San Diego. The staff is amazing and very accommodating The rooms are so comfortable and quiet. Quality sleep is top tier. Prime location and right across the street from one of my favorite restaurants.
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello GracieJ444, We are so happy to hear that you felt our staff was amazing and that you had a top tier night of rest! We pride ourselves in caring for our guests and it brings us all great joy to hear that our guest enjoyed time with us. We hope to welcome you back to the Palihotel San Diego very soon.
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rnhensel11 wrote a review Mar 2024
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We loved our stay at Palihotel San Diego! Such thoughtful touches throughout the hotel including gummy bears and robes. Drinking coffee on the rooftop was one highlight of our trip. Breakfast at the French diner was also delicious. Would recommend and stay again!
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Hello rnhensel11, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and feedback about your recent stay with us. It's fantastic to know that you appreciated the many amenities and meticulously designed decor of our property. We take pride in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our guests, and we top that off on the newly renovated rooftop bar. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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John W wrote a review Mar 2024
Providence, United States5 contributions
We wanted to love the hotel - cool vibe, great food, warm service, very accommodating staff - but the cramped room, LOUD noise (as window couldn't be completely closed) from street/clubs/bars below made getting any decent sleep impossible - it's disappointing as I've worked in historic properties - and the owners clearly have gone to lengths to refurbish/decorate with beautiful fixtures, paint, papers etc. but if your guests can't sleep that's a non-starter - and this seems like something that could be better solved for other than putting complimentary ear plugs in the guest amenity box.
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for being our guest John, and for taking the time to share your recent experience with us. It is through guests' feedback that we continue to improve upon the service we provide. I will pass along your comments to our ownership, and we hope that you will consider staying with us again in the future.
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Jérôme M wrote a review Mar 2024
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Great hotel! The staff was very friendly and helpful (in particular Sergio!). Old fashion hotel, very original. Spacious room. In the middle of downtown so ideally located (close to the Convention Center)
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Good afternoon, Jerome M, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent stay at Palihotel San Diego! We're thrilled to hear that you found our hotel to original, spacious and that Sergio and the team all worked diligently to create a wonderful stay for you. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Sergio B wrote a review Mar 2024
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Amazing Staff, especially Sergio at the front desk, great attitude towards us. The beds were awesome and the fact that there were gummies for you to grab almost at every time was the cherry on top. For sure I will recommend this place to everyone who is looking for a great location
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 4 weeks ago
We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! We do believe that we have an amazing staff as well and Sergio is definitely a shining star, thank you for recognizing his efforts. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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PRICE RANGE
C$232 - C$469 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
ramada inn & suites gaslamp/ hotel san diego, ramada inn and suites gaslamp/convention center, ramada inn san diego, ramada san diego
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Ramada by Wyndham Gaslamp Convention Center
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaSan DiegoDowntown / Gaslamp
NUMBER OF ROOMS
122
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Frequently Asked Questions about Palihotel San Diego
Which popular attractions are close to Palihotel San Diego?
Nearby attractions include The Shout! House (0.3 km), Murder N’ Mayhem (0.3 km), and Gaslamp Quarter (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Palihotel San Diego?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Palihotel San Diego?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Palihotel San Diego?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Palihotel San Diego?
Yes, a parking garage, paid public parking nearby, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Palihotel San Diego?
Conveniently located restaurants include Donut Bar, Hodad's Downtown, and Cowboy Star.
Is Palihotel San Diego located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of San Diego.
Are any cleaning services offered at Palihotel San Diego?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Palihotel San Diego?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Palihotel San Diego?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mormon Battalion Historic Site (5.5 km), Whaley House Museum (5.4 km), and The Homecoming Statue (1.3 km).
Does Palihotel San Diego have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.