The W San Diego is part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts' group of W Hotels, a collection of 34 properties that seek to provide access to "A World of Wow.'' In keeping with this mission, the W San Diego has created a "lifestyle destination'' with restaurant and spa amenities second to none, plus accommodations that promise much more than just a place to sleep.
For example, the lowliest 250-square-foot guest rooms in the hotel are called "Wonderful Rooms.'' Cast in hues of blue on white, their interiors are sleek and sophisticated. Window seats, fully stocked mini-bars, wireless Internet access, cordless dual-line telephones, 350-thread count linens, and pillow-top mattresses with down-filled duvets and pillows are just a few of the features that come standard.
Quite literally a step up from these are the "Spectacular Rooms, which are located on floors 16 and above. "Cool Corner Rooms'' come with deep soaking tubs as well as the best city views. There are one-bedroom "Fantastic Suites'' and "Extreme Wow Suites'' for guests who crave a little extra space, and the Penthouse Rooms offer extra pampering, such as catered coffee or tea each morning and complimentary pressing of up to three garments per stay.
All rooms include some unusual features, such as a "munchie box,'' a silk beach ball pillow, chalkboards, and access to a 24/7 CD/DVD library. There are also more common standard amenities, from high-definition LCD televisions and CD/DVD players to clock radios, hairdryers, irons, ironing boards, and in-room safes. Bathrooms are stocked with Bliss bath amenities and cotton piquy bathrobes or waffle spa robes with terry lining. Complimentary newspapers are delivered to guest rooms on weekdays.
One unique aspect of the W San Diego is its "Whatever/Whenever'' hotline. A special button on the in-room telephone connects guests directly to a 24/7 help desk that can assist in getting guests "whatever you want, whenever you want it.'' Available services run the gamut of possibilities from whale watching tips to babysitting arrangements or producing color copies for a business meeting.
Pets are also welcome at the W San Diego, which can provide pet beds, food and water bowls with a floor mat, and litter boxes and scoops for guests with cats. There is even a pet turndown service available.
Relaxing at the W San Diego means lounging by the WET outdoor heated pool, working out in the SWEAT fitness center, sipping a drink at the rooftop BEACH bar, or getting a massage at the on-site Away Spa. It is also easy to sink into a comfy chair with cocktails and snacks in the lobby's surf-inspired Living Room lounge, designed by Thom Filicia.
For dining, the W San Diego's signature restaurant is RICE, offering the global cuisine of Chef Rocio Varela. Its contemporary menu can be enjoyed indoors or al fresco from 6:30am till 2pm for breakfast and lunch and from 5:30pm to 10pm for dinner.
For conducting events, the W San Diego offers five flexible function rooms with 5,000 square feet of meeting space. The 2,545-square-foot Great Room and Studios can accommodate groups of up to 200 for receptions and theater-style presentations. The sandy BEACH area on the roof is also available with its cabanas and fire pit for events under the stars.
Situated near Little Italy, just minutes from the Gaslamp Quarter, the W San Diego is located in San Diego's Columbia District at 421 West B Street, San Diego, California 92101. From San Diego International Airport, get on Harbor Drive heading downtown and take a left on Broadway. Continue on Broadway to India Street and turn left. Follow India to West B Street and go right to the hotel.