The Westgate Hotel

1055 2nd Ave | San Diego, CA 92101-4811  [SEE MAP]San Diego, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]

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24-hour room service
Daily "experience fee" added to room rate
The Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego has all the fixings of a royal mansion: antique furnishings, Persian carpets, gold fixtures — 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. Many guests found the Old World interiors of the hotel to be simply beautiful but don't let the decor fool you, the place comes outfitted with necessary modern amenities. All accommodations at the Westgate Hotel feature 49-inch LCD televisions, Internet access and step-out balcony. The property also features a large rooftop pool, as well as the acclaimed Westgate Room restaurant. Previous diners are quick to praise the fine Westgate Room's dishes, though some say the atmosphere felt a little stuffy (not to mention expensive).
San Diego, CA
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 223 rooms
Primary View
City center
Traditional, Opulent
Best For
Business travelers, Couples


  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Fodor's Choice
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards



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.



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.


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

  • Fodor's Choice
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1087 have reviewed the The Westgate Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Travel Rating: 

TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1087 reviews 4.5 (based on 1087 reviews)

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 $20 includes Internet service, daily bottled water and access to the pool, fitness center and business lounge

Standard room size400 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

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 ($40)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

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


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 restaurants3

Cuisine TypesAmerican, 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)
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


    Services offered:

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


      • Kids Club
      • Free Kids Club
      • Fee for 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)


      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 rooms11

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


        Maximum wedding guest capacity200

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

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