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Review of the Westgate Hotel
My friend and I stayed at the Westgate Hotel for the first time this year. It was an interesting experience. As soon as we walked in, it felt like we were leaving Comic-Con and entering a BBC production of a Jane Austen novel or something. Very old fashioned, very classy, which was a weird vibe for Comic Con. That being said, they did provide some perks that have made us give serious thought to requesting this hotel again next year, despite its off-putting atmosphere.
1. FREE WIFI! Usually there is a $15/day ‘luxury fee’ added onto the price of the room, which included the wifi. For Comic Con, they waived this fee. In fact, my friend and I ended up putting aside $85 each TOO much for the hotel, and that was after ordering room service on two separate occasions. This alone was enough to make me really consider this hotel again next year.
2. Good location. This hotel is on 2nd and Broadway, right behind the Horton Plaza, in the heart of the Gaslamp. It wasn’t a bad walk, and you pass through all of the cool stuff set up around downtown. A couple of times, my friend and I grabbed a cab because we were running late, and it was only $7 from the hotel to Nerd HQ at Petco Park.
3. Free water. The hotel provided us with two free bottles of water per day. This is usually included in the ‘luxury fee’, but since it was waived, the water was free. This was very helpful to us. We would grab the bottles every day before heading to the convention center.
4. DVD Player. The room came with a DVD player, so we could watch movies while we fell asleep.
5. Nice room. The room was nothing special, but there was nothing wrong with it either. It was serviceable and comfortable.
6. Quiet. I don’t know if this is good or bad, really, but the hotel is very quiet. There was never more than 3 or 4 people in the lobby with us at any point. In fact, I’m pretty sure the hotel didn’t even sell out. We met people traveling on unrelated visits who found rooms at the hotel through Expedia. I think that the luxury fee being withheld for Comic Con was a sweetener, because this hotel wasn’t nearly as popular as others in the area.
1. Again, the vibe. I can’t stress enough that it was just – weird. It didn’t feel like Comic Con there. We would be riding high from an awesome day, and then we’d walk into the lobby, where there would be classical music playing and all that ornate, old-fashioned furniture, and it ruined a bit of our buzz.
2. No collectible key cards. Instead of key cards, they use electronic, key-shaped metal keys. This means we didn’t get the collectible key cards, which was just another way the hotel was a bit of a bummer.
3. Mini-fridge is not a ‘cooling device’. What? I saw a mini-fridge, where they kept our waters, so I bought a half-gallon of milk to drink for breakfast in the mornings. It wasn’t until later my friend discovered that the fridge wasn’t actually, well, a FRIDGE. The temperature wasn’t set low enough to keep the milk safe.