4.2 out of 5

"Great lil hotel, good location, clean!! Would definitely return!! " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 15 Mar 2017

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Hotel Description

Gaslamp Plaza Suites places you in the center of San Diego, within just a 15-minute stroll of popular places like San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park. Highlights at this hotel include free continental breakfast, a restaurant, and a nightclub.

Flat-screen TVs with cable channels are featured in all 64 rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, coffee/tea makers, and free local calls. Refrigerators and microwaves make in-room dining convenient. Nice touches to enhance your stay include free toiletries and pillowtop beds. Safes, hair dryers, and irons/ironing boards are also available.

At the hotel's own bar/lounge, you can stop for a drink. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a rooftop terrace, and concierge services. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Within a 20-minute walk of this 3.5-star Gaslamp Quarter hotel, attractions include San Diego City College and USS Midway Museum.

Gaslamp Plaza Suites ratings based on 38 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.2 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0
1 out of 5

Don't stay Friday and Saturday Nights!

My family found out the hard way, DO NOT stay Friday and Saturday Nights. The party bands started right outside our hotel room at 9:30 Saturday night. We told the staff that we needed to sleep as we had a 15K run the next morning. They sent up earplugs and said they could move us SUNDAY night. They said the bands play Friday and Saturday nights until 2:00am! We could not sleep even with the earplugs. The music was SO loud. We had to miss our race since we didn't get to sleep until after 2:00am. We spoke with the manager and he said we should have read the reviews that it was loud. SUCH as disappointment and a poor response from management!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

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4 out of 5

Great lil hotel, good location!!

Great lil hotel, good location, clean!! Would definitely return!!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

May 2, 2017 by Front Desk

Thank you very much!!!!

4 out of 5
Room and staff were nice. Only complaint is that they charge for wi-fi.

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015

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5 out of 5

Nice clean older hotel.

Pros: Very clean and the personnel were very friendly and helpful.
Cons: Nothing
Location: Very good location for walking, shopping, and restaurants.
2 blocks to Horton Plaza and many restaurants. They serve breakfast on the 10th floor with a wonderful view. Really clean rooms with small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, dishes, and silverware.

Posted by , from San Diego, Ca. on Nov 11, 2015

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5 out of 5

Great Experience!!!

Pros: rooftop view, in the gaslamp area
This place had a super friendly staff ( especially Merry) and really made me feel like I was on a vacation away from home (despite being from San Diego). The room was very clean and the hotel as well. I would love to stay there again!

Posted by , from sd on Nov 3, 2015

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5 out of 5

Lovely hotel in a good location

The staff was very attentive--there was a free continental breakfast on the rooftop! We would stay here again , when visiting San Diego.

Posted by , from Boston on Sep 23, 2015

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4 out of 5

Hotel is not too far from the Convention Center

Pros: The staff was quite nice.
First they gave me a below standard Rome. Upon complaining, they gave a better room.

Posted by , from Los Angeles on Aug 17, 2015

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5 out of 5

Gaslamp suite stay

Pros: The draperies look a little old fashioned. It match the beddings and pillow well I guess that what it is.
Cons: You have to press light switch longer. You got to get use to it.
We have stayed there during a conference in the convention center, it was 10 min walk from there, it's in the middle of shopping area, & restaurants. The hotel looks old when you see the entrance, but the room where we stayed was clean it has all the basic necessities that we need, there is a kitchenette with microwave, fridge and kitchen utensils. We also enjoyed breakfast in the rooftop. You can see a nice city view from there. They have big windows as well overlooking the streets, the parking is near and accessible. You have to pay 32$/day. It's better to do that than pay the fine by parking on the streets because of sweeping schedule. Overall it was a pleasant experience. my kid left her Ipad and they had called us right away when they found it.

Posted by on May 27, 2015

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3 out of 5

Now I know why California has a water shortage!

Pros: Rooms were quite nice and a pretty spacious for the price. The room I had was not street-facing so it was quiet.
Cons: Fix the hot water issue
Location: Superb location, near to all the good stuff in Gaslamp, but one block removed so it's not obnoxiously loud.
Had issues with getting hot water. Called twice and both times they told me to just run the faucet for 10 minutes. Needless to say, I felt really guilty after every shower. While the water did eventually heat up, it never really got to that nice steamy temperature us "east coasters" love to have. Otherwise the hotel was pretty good for the price paid. I especially enjoyed eating breakfast on the rooftop while overlooking the city. PRO TIP: For an even better breakfast experience, grab a doughnut and nitro-brewed coffee from the famous "Donut Bar" near the hotel (7th and B)!

Posted by , from Pennsylvania on Mar 27, 2015

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3 out of 5

A good hotel

Continental breakfast served on a nice rooftop with nice views of the Gaslamp quarter. The breakfast starts at 7:00 am (I missed this most mornings because I had meeting starting at 7:30 at the Convention Center).  There is a good 24 hour restaurant a few hundred feet from the hotel, however (Bryan's 24), that has a lively early-morning atmosphere.  No pool.  Hotel Internet was spotty, and had to be paid for (Bryan's was free and pretty reliable).  My room was on the streetside, with lots of loud bars right next to the hotel, so it was pretty noisy past midnight - a room across the hall would have been quieter.  Also, my room was the closest to the elevators, and shaped so that the head of my bed was only about 10 feet from the elevator doors - so there was a lot of hallway noise through the night.

Posted by , from Washington, DC on Oct 6, 2013

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About the Gaslamp Plaza Suites

Location 520 E St, San Diego, CA 92101

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Free breakfast is served. WiFi is free in public spaces. Event space at this hotel measures 603 square feet (56 square meters) and includes a meeting room. A nightclub, a rooftop terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at Gaslamp Plaza Suites. Parking is available for a fee. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3.5-star San Diego hotel.

  • 64 guestrooms or units
  • 10 levels
  • 603 sq ft of conference space
  • 56 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1913
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Nightclub
  • Bar or lounge
  • Terrace on the roof
  • 1 conference room
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) (6 km / 3.8 mi)
  • Train station: San Diego Santa Fe Depot Station (1.3 km / 0.8 mi)
  • Metro station: Civic Center Station (0.5 km / 0.3 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Gaslamp Plaza Suites offers 64 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. Beds feature pillowtop mattresses. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Flat-screen televisions come with cable channels. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast.

Gaslamp Plaza Suites has a restaurant serving dinner only.

Nearby Activities

One mile from the hotel, the Embarcadero is a bayfront path for walking, running, and cycling. Also a mile away, the 1,200-acre Balboa Park offers two golf courses and a driving range, 13 museums, and the San Diego Zoo.

Surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and other water activities are available year-round at local beaches and Mission Bay Aquatic Park, 7.5 miles from the hotel.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 15.00 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • 24-hour check-in


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Valet parking fee: USD 32 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15.00 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Gaslamp Plaza
  • Gaslamp Plaza Suites
  • Gaslamp Plaza Suites Hotel
  • Gaslamp Plaza Suites Hotel San Diego
  • Gaslamp Plaza Suites San Diego
  • Gaslamp Suites
  • Gaslamp Plaza Hotel San Diego
  • Gaslamp Plaza San Diego

You should know

  • Children 17 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.