Rate based on Check-in: May 16, 2015 Check-out: May 18, 2015

500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

2 stars
View map of 500 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
2.7
out of 5
211 reviews
Convenient location

It is very well located. Clean and quiet. Located in the downtown. Close to malls and market. See full review

  • YASSINE M.
  • Dec 29, 2014
Convenient location

It is very well located. Clean and quiet. Located in the downtown. Close to malls and market. See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Dec 19, 2014
Hybrid lodging is part hostel, part hotel
The 500 West Hotel bills itself as a new approach to lodging: Accommodations are part upscale hostel, part hotel. Rooms are small but jam-packed with modern conveniences such as flat-screen TVs and work stations.  Bathrooms are shared and guests also have access to a communal kitchen. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, guests can stroll to Seaport Village, parks and other local attractions.
Highlights
  • Rooms jam-packed with modern conveniences
  • Located in the heart of downtown
  • Communal kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi
Rooms

The 500 West Hotel offers 259 rooms in all. Each room varies in size, many are individual and some are shared (a few even have bunk beds). Most rooms come standard with a flat-screen TV and a personal work station. Many overlook the San Diego Waterfront or the hotel's courtyard. Guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. All guests share bathrooms--find 16 private shared bathrooms and unisex lavatories per floor. These facilities are maintained by a housekeeping staff 24 hours a day.

Features

The 500 West Hotel is designed for the traveler on a budget. Students receive a generous discount and the hotel offers a number of packages in conjunction with local San Diego attractions.

Guests have access to a shared eat-in kitchen, 24-hour concierge service and a modest on-site restaurant. While there is no fitness center on site, guests can purchase access to the nearby YMCA for $5 per day. Laundry facilities are available (fees apply).

Transportation
  • MTS Bus (1 block)
  • San Diego Trolley (2 blocks)
  • San Diego International Airport (2 mi/3 km)
Attractions
  • Seaport Village (6 blocks)
  • Petco Park (1 mi/1.5 km)
  • San Diego Zoo (2 mi/3 km)
  • Old Town (3 mi/5 km)
  • Point Loma (4 mi/6 km)
  • Sea World (6 mi/10 km)

500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown Rooms

Double Twin Bunk Beds
If you're traveling in a group of 4, you'll find our Double Twin Bunk Bed rooms to be tailor-made. Two bunk beds and plenty of extras await you. These rooms have 2 beds; you can reserve one bed in a room or reserve the whole room with your friends.
Family Room
Our family room has 2 sets of bunk beds with detached bathrooms. It is perfect for a family of up to four wishing to stay close while enjoying the city. The room has two sets of bunk beds, high speed wireless internet access, digital telephone w/data port, refrigerator (on request) and housekeeping service with downtown and courtyard views. Bring your laptop and your favorite DVD's to unwind at night.
Full Size Room
All beds come with detached private bathrooms. Rooms with One Double Bed include, Cable/satellite TV, Voice mail, Wake-up calls, Housekeeping (daily), Makeup mirror, Hair dryer (on request) Desk/Work area, Flat screen TV with 36 basic channels, Telephone, and wireless internet in all rooms.
Single Room
All beds come with detached private bathrooms. Rooms with One Twin Bed include, Cable/satellite TV, Voice mail, Wake-up calls, Housekeeping (daily), Makeup mirror, Hair dryer (on request) Desk/Work area, Flat screen TV with 36 basic channels, Telephone, and wireless internet in all rooms.
2 Twin Beds
All beds come with detached private bathrooms. Rooms with 2 Twin Beds include, Cable/satellite TV, Voice mail, Wake-up calls, Housekeeping (daily), Makeup mirror, Hair dryer (on request) Desk/Work area, Flat screen TV with 36 basic channels, Telephone, and wireless internet in all rooms.

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Elevators
Activities
Fitness Center
Dining
Restaurant
Services
Laundry service
Internet
Free internet
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Service dogs allowed
Service animals allowed
Ramp access to buildings

Hotel Map

32.7158 -117.1674
Area served
San Diego
Nearby airports
San Diego International/Lindbergh Field Airport
Area description
Adjacent to the San Diego Harbor 500 WEST is just blocks from Little Italy the historic Gaslamp entertainment district, Horton Plaza shopping, Seaport Village and the cruise ship terminal. The San Diego Convention Center is a short 5 minute walk from hotel. It is an ideal location for the independent savvy traveler and long term guests.

Nearby points of interest

  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 0.4 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 0.4 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 0.7 mi
  • PETCO Park: 0.8 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 1 mi
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: 1.1 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 1.4 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Man: 1.4 mi
  • Timken Museum of Art: 1.5 mi
  • Botanical Building: 1.5 mi
  • San Diego Zoo: 1.6 mi
  • Casa De Balboa: 1.6 mi
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: 1.6 mi
  • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 1.6 mi
  • Spanish Village Art Center: 1.7 mi
  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 0.4 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 0.4 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 0.7 mi
  • PETCO Park: 0.8 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 1 mi
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: 1.1 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 1.4 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Man: 1.4 mi
  • Timken Museum of Art: 1.5 mi
  • Botanical Building: 1.5 mi
  • San Diego Zoo: 1.6 mi
  • Casa De Balboa: 1.6 mi
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: 1.6 mi
  • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 1.6 mi
  • Spanish Village Art Center: 1.7 mi
  • Port of San Diego: 1.9 mi
  • Heritage Park: 2.9 mi
  • Whaley House Museum: 3 mi
  • Old Town San Diego: 3.2 mi
  • Bazaar Del Mundo: 3.2 mi
  • Junipero Serra Museum: 3.4 mi
  • Qualcomm Stadium: 4.5 mi
  • Hospitality Point: 4.6 mi
  • Sunset Cliffs: 5 mi
  • Mission Bay Park: 5.8 mi
  • Belmont Park: 6.2 mi
  • Chula Vista Nature Center: 6.5 mi
  • Pacific Beach: 7.1 mi
  • Family Fun Center: 8 mi
  • Sorrento Valley: 12.2 mi
  • California Center For The Arts Museum: 28.1 mi
  • Legoland: 29.8 mi
  • Cox Arena: 2,118.6 mi

Dining

Grand Central Cafe
The Grand Central Cafe just off of the 500 West lobby is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. A favorite among San Diego city dwellers and business people alike, the menu is simple, healthy and hearty. When you're in a hurry, there's almost always one empty seat at the counter. Or grab it to go and enjoy a quiet meal in your room.; Hours of Operation - 7am to 2pm.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Overall score

2.7 / 5
5.01.0
211 out of 211
Amenities:
2.4
Cleanliness:
3.1
Hotel staff:
3.4
Comfort:
2.5
Location:
4
Value:
3.3

57% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Sara S.
Business
Riverside
Apr 20, 2015

Filthy hostel not a hotel

checked in & out in 5 minutes didn't stay it was in very bad shape and I din't get my money back. Filthy everywhere!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Sara S.
Business
Riverside
Apr 18, 2015

rat hole

Don't stay here filthy rooms without bathroom. Common restroom no shower. I checked in and out in 5 minutes the place is like for homeless.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Chrisrbusby
Business
N/A
Feb 9, 2015

work

No thrills, no luxury, no lavishness, but simple, perfect location, services are a bare minimum- but you will survive, staff is acceptable, price if a steal, the only concern here a lot of people here appear to be on drugs, being honest.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
YASSINE M.
Business
SAN DIEGO
Dec 29, 2014

Convenient location

It is very well located. Clean and quiet. Located in the downtown. Close to malls and market.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

Book in advance

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
SAN DIEGO
Dec 19, 2014

Convenient location

It is very well located. Clean and quiet. Located in the downtown. Close to malls and market.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

Book in advance

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
YASSINE M.
Business
SAN DIEGO
Dec 19, 2014

Ok trip

My experience was ok. Hotel location is very convenient.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
AlisaB
Business
Anchorage, Alaska
Nov 29, 2014

Feel the history in the heart of the Gas Lamp

Being a fan of history, I loved this hotel! You feel like you actually live in the museum. The location is perfect..steps away from all the touristic attractions in the Gas Lamp area. Right across the street from the famous Fluxx nightclub, although it doesn't really bother your sleep. It's really nice inside with a cute garden you can hang out 24 hours a day. The staff is friendly and helpful... Really good value for your money! =)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

The seaport village and Coronado are a MUST in SD!!! I'm completely in love with this city in general, but those two spots are definitely a highlight! <3

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Travelanywhereforfun
Business
Knoxville TN
Nov 2, 2014

san deigo travel

no frills hotel. Rooms are old and not very clean. Bathrooms are not attached and in outside corridor, however access is not a problem. Good location next to train station and major places of interest.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Major train station 2 min walk

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Hiloraptor
Business
Denver, CO
Oct 20, 2014

Good value and great location

The two main attractions of this hotel are the location and the price. If you're looking for a clean, safe place to sleep near downtown without spending a lot of money this is your place. If you're looking for a fancy bedroom or you want to spend time in the hotel, this is not your place. I basically went there to sleep, so I didn't care that the building isn't the newest one around, or that the bathroom is shared.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
East Coast West Coast Guy
Business
San Diego
Sep 29, 2014

Location, Location, Location

The Good: - Great Location Downtown. Walk to Seaport Village, Trolley, Horton Plaza, Gaslamp - Cool old converted YMCA building with a nice lobby - Manager resolved a mistaken charge to my account to my satisfaction next day. Not So Good: - BIG mix up with authorization hold at check in with a reservation that was already paid in full. Make sure they do not attempt to hold more than $50 above a prepaid stay or you will have a major headache trying to get it back!! BOTTOM LINE - Furnishings are sparse, tv is tiny but channel selection is good. Yes, you share bathrooms but they are all individual and were clean on this visit. Do NOT visit if temperature is above 80! You will get serious heat exhaustion as there is no AC. All in all, if you are not terribly picky and want to have an adventure in Downtown San Diego in the fall or spring, the value is good for what you get.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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