Rate based on Check-in: Aug 8, 2014 Check-out: Aug 10, 2014

500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

2 stars
500 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.8
out of 5
287 reviews
Money's worth

Didn't expect much for the price but overall better than expected See full review

  • 805arob
  • Jul 24, 2014
Good for a night stay

Used this place to lay my dome. Useful if you need something cheap See full review

  • ARome
  • Jul 12, 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

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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
  • Gaslamp Quarter: 0.8 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
  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 0.4 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 0.4 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 0.7 mi
  • Gaslamp Quarter: 0.8 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
  • Sea World: 4.9 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:
1500
Check-out:
1200

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.

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Guest Reviews (287)

Ratings and reviews for 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Overall score

2.8 / 5
5.01.0
287 out of 287
Amenities:
2.5
Room cleanliness:
3.2
Hotel staff:
3.5
Room comfort:
2.6
Location:
4.1
Value:
3.5

58% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
805arob
Lompoc California
Jul 24, 2014

Money's worth

Didn't expect much for the price but overall better than expected

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Bigperf
Santa Barbara, ca
Jul 20, 2014

Dirty!

I knew what I was getting into, but they claim that shared restrooms are cleaned every 20 minutes, this is not true. Lots of them were out of order, and so was one of the elevators.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
2
Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Jufureh
Business
San Diego
Jul 18, 2014

It's a hole in a wall

First of the so call hotel is nothing special at all, the rooms don't have bathrooms in it so you have to walk down the hall way to shower and or use the restrooms which is just very uncivilized. The rooms are the size of a jail cell and some rooms don't have TV and some rooms have bunk bed yes buck bed which is totally ridiculous, so there you get it

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

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

The only one thing that's good about the hotel is that it is less than a mile from the harbor and it's located in the heart of downtown San Diego that's about it and nothing else

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Brenda21
San Jose california
Jul 14, 2014

Cheap hotel

First off, the elevator gets stock. All the rooms are too small and basically you have to share bathroom with everyone. None of the rooms have bathrooms!!!! Also they don't have where to park, you have to pay twenty dollars per night in a public garage! It is cheap to stay in the hotel, but you don't even have a private bathroom!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
1
Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
ARome
Business
Orange County
Jul 12, 2014

Good for a night stay

Used this place to lay my dome. Useful if you need something cheap

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Trip link
San Diego, California
Jul 7, 2014

San Diego Adventure

This was the first time I ever stayed at a hostel. I wasn't sure of what to expect. The location was good but they didn't have there own parking.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Try to take a tour of the area you're visiting

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
PeteinPS
Palm Springs, CA
Jul 6, 2014

If you can camp you can do 500 West

The price it right for a NO frills short stay in downtown San Diego. This hotel/hostel is within one block walk of major transportation hubs, Amtrak, SDMTS Trolley, Coaster, and city buses. This is where I stay when I go solo to Padres games, it's a short trolley ride to Petco Park. Also it's easy to make bus connections for a day at the beach! .

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Hints: bring your own shampoo, soap and shower sandals. Also city traffic noise can be annoying so bring earplugs for a sound sleep

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
moorcrowns
Business
San Diego
Jul 1, 2014

okay

Not anything to write home about but the location is ideal.

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

Business

Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
That Shelly Girl
North Carolina
Jun 30, 2014

You get what you pay for

Pretty good location! My friend and I just needed a place to sleep.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Augustin the philosopher
Los Angeles
Jun 23, 2014

Decent hostel experience

I was looking for a hotel room at the last minute on a hotel booking website, and the 500 West Hotel popped up. It was the least expensive and looked like a great location. But I should have read about the "hotel" because it is really a hostel. I've stayed in hostels in Europe, and this was on par with those. The staff were helpful. But definitely don't expect anything like a hotel or motel. I am surprised this qualifies as a two star in the mix with other hotels. Parking is an issue, but meters are free after 6:00 PM on Saturdays and free on Sundays. Otherwise, you will need to pay up to $15-20 for overnight parking in nearby parking structures, without in and out privileges. If you go expecting a hostel experience, this is a good value. I will go again when I need a cheap place to stay at the last minute.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
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