The Westgate Hotel

1055 Second Avenue | San Diego, CA 92101 [See Map]
#18 in Best San Diego Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 643 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 223 rooms, 19 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Traditional, Opulent
Best For Business travelers, Couples

U.S. News Review

The Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego has all the fixings of a royal mansion: Parquet floors, antique furnishings, Persian carpets, expansive tapestries — the works. Modeled after the Palace of Versailles in France, this 223-room boutique hotel offers guests an experience unlike that offered at the city's more contemporary hotels. But not everyone was impressed: Some travelers say that the Old World elegance just wasn't their style, while others felt the breakfast buffet experience could be improved. Visitors did praise the sizable guest rooms which, like the rest of the hotel, are dressed in period decor but come equipped with modern amenities such as LCD televisions and Internet access. The property also features a large rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, as well as the acclaimed Westgate Room restaurant. Previous diners are quick to praise The Westgate Room's creative seafood dishes, though some say the atmosphere felt a little stuffy.

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Critic Reviews


“A modern high-rise near Horton Plaza hides San Diego's most opulent old-world-style hotel, featuring a lobby outfitted with bronze sculptures and Baccarat chandeliers.”
Award: Fodor's Choice


“On the ... third-floor rooftop, special events such as fashion shows and jazz soirees are held at the Riviera Terrace. A shimmering reflecting pool complete with lights and cascading fountains takes center stage.”

Travel + Leisure

“Walking into the downtown Westgate is like walking into Versailles. This is no coincidence, since the lobby was designed to replicate a reception room in the French palace and is furnished with 17th- and 18th-century antiques. The harpist-accompanied afternoon tea is the ultimate opulent-lobby experience.”


“Rooms are extremely spacious and clean, and offer either harbor or city views, though the decor is classic, perhaps to a fault; this hotel may not be the best pick for visitors with modern tastes.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 643 guests have reviewed the The Westgate Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 643 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

This Old World hotel is located in one of San Diego’s most historic downtown neighborhoods, within walking distance of several shops, museums, restaurants and entertainment venues. The San Diego Civic Theatre, the Opera, the Symphony and the shops at Horton Plaza are just a short walk away. The hotel is also in front of the Civic Center lightrail station, giving guests easy public transportation access to visit other areas of the city.

  • About 3 miles southwest of Balboa Park and its attractions, including the San Diego Zoo and Natural History Museum
  • About a mile south of Little Italy
  • Around 3 miles southeast of San Diego International Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($36)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

The spacious guest rooms exude a European vibe in a palette of blue and gold with handcrafted furniture, marble bathrooms and down bedding. Deluxe rooms offer views of the harbor and city, and feature modern amenities flat-screen TVs, bathrobes and slippers and oversized chairs with ottomans.

  • Daily facility fee of $15 includes Internet service, daily bottled water and access to the pool, fitness center and business lounge

Standard room size:

400 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


The hotel’s Westgate Room serves a combination of contemporary fare and European classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a late-night menu of post-theater desserts. The Plaza piano bar offers all-day dining, as well as craft cocktails and premium wines with daily happy hour specials. The Gourmet Wine Shop & Delicatessen features to-go coffee, pastries, salads and sandwiches.

  • 24-hour room service
  • Afternoon tea service in grand lobby Friday through Sunday with live harp music
  • Reservations recommended for Sunday brunch

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

American, French
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The Westgate Hotel's rooftop pool and adjacent whirlpool offer panoramic views of downtown San Diego, and the deck hosts a few fitness machines for those who enjoy outside workouts. The all-day poolside menu includes craft cocktails, beer, wine, salads, sandwiches, and a children’s menu that includes sliders and root beer floats.

  • Pool open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. (weather permitting)

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


In-room spa services are available daily.

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The Westgate Hotel offers complimentary cribs and features children's menus at all dining outlets, including the pool bar, but does not have any kid-specific amenities or activities for children.

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The Westgate Hotel's gym is located on the lower level, and some fitness equipment is also availble outside on the third-floor pool deck. Both areas feature cardio machines and weight-training equipment.

  • Water, towels and fresh fruit are provided
  • 24-hour room key access to lower level fitness center

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Westgate Hotel offers 11 meeting rooms, including the ornate Grand Versailles Ballroom and a 10,000-square-foot outdoor terrace adjacent to the pool deck. The hotel’s business lounge is located on the lobby level and offers computers, printers and services including printing, copying and faxing. Meeting services include dedicated event managers, an on-site audiovisual department and gourmet catering.

  • Business center open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
  • Discounts on group valet parking

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available




The Grand Versailles Ballroom at the Westgate Hotel is one of the most elegant wedding venues in the city, with ornate paneling and sparkling crystal chandeliers. The Westgate Hotel can accommodate up to 200 guests for a wedding reception or 160 guests in the ballroom when it includes a dance floor. The hotel also offers custom catering and a professional wedding planner to coordinate every detail.

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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The Westgate Hotel

1055 Second Avenue | San Diego, CA 92101 [See Full Map]