Location, Location, Location! especially if you are in the South Tower as we were this year (unlike the North tower last year). It was elevator, to escalator, to around the end of the convention center and we were in the center. Even for the lines, since we didn’t camp, the end of either Hall H or Ballroom 20 was down on our end of the world, so it was easy for us to get in line for either 🙂
Cleanliness and Professionalism – I have had wonderful experiences in many Marriotts lately and the Marquis does not disappoint. All the employees I interacted with were professional, kind and extremely helpful. Tina the concierge was especially kind as she helped us obtain a Batman key card for my hubby and then remembered us at the end and gave us another one she had found and thought of us! The hotel is impeccably clean and each day our room was made up without issue and always with more towels that we could use.
Dining – There are two restaurants at the Marquis but we only have eaten at the Marina Kitchen as Roy’s is a little too expensive for us. The food is fabulous and the service always good. There are not too many choices but they are accommodating of food allergies (hubby and I are both celiac/gluten free). If you like potato chips, then make sure to get their homemade chips as they are the absolute best I have tasted! We did also eat outside our last night at the Tequila Bar by the pool. The service is great and the food was good too if a little spicy for me (as I am sure they want you to buy more drinks there but hubby and I don’t drink).
Atmosphere – Quiet is the best way to describe the Marquis rooms. Even for being right next to the center and our room both years overlooking the pool, the rooms are quiet. We love that as we like our room to be our time out from the con. I also love that there is a UPS/Fed-ex right in the lobby of the hotel along with a Starbucks, quick bite counter service and a gift shop. We never want for anything when we stay at the Marrriott Marquis and I never mind paying the price it costs to stay there as I feel I am getting a huge value for my cost.
Extra 1 – Free baggage holding at the hotel.
Extra 2 – Close to Seaport Village, which I think is a hidden gem in San Diego and for Comic Con. It has tons of dining, snack places and shopping but according to one of the shops not too many people come down there during the con. What a shame, as it is a great place to relax, hang out and eat. Much easier than going into the Gaslamp and you never have to cross the road 😉
You can’t see the lines at the center but that only hurt us this past Saturday/Sunday Dr. Who line in the two years we stayed at the Marquis.
I had read in another review that the security was lacking and while I agree in retrospect that there does not appear to be much security and I do wish you had to use a key in the elevators, I never felt in danger or not secure in the hotel.
If you happen to have some time on your hands while in San Diego before/after the con, we did a Harbor Cruise from Flagship and it was awesome. Our concierge stated it was very relaxing and you can see seals and dolphins at times along with a narrated tour of the harbor.