Four Points by Sheraton Downtown - San Diego, CA

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  1. jean9nine
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    Plat staying here for the first time on a $30 + 1600 C&P rate. Took a cab from the airport for about $15 although they do have a shuttle that I was too tired to wait for. Planning to take the shuttle back to the airport tomorrow morning and was told that it starts at 6am and runs every half hour. I probably wouldn't recommend staying here without a car -- doesn't look like much is walk-able from here.

    This is a new hotel with typical Four Points facilities, and rather nice as it is brand new. The bathroom is spacious and the entire room is pristine but somewhat poorly lit. Not a lot of electrical outlets. The free internet is fast.

    The front desk staff could not be nicer. Was offered choice of points or breakfast at check in. Was not offered late check out, but did not ask as it wasn't needed. There is a small restaurant off of the lobby and their cheese quesadilla served with salsa and sour cream was perfectly acceptable. No liquor license yet, just beer and wine. Cashier in the restaurant was also very polite and helpful.

    Room 1509 faces the highway and is really quite relentlessly loud, both from traffic and construction jack hammering. If you are one who sleeps with earplugs or the television on it could be ok, but otherwise the noise will probably be an issue. Overheard another guest complaining about the noise at the front desk, but did not hear the staff advise whether or not there were quieter rooms available.

    With everything new and in great shape it is worth a C&P stay.
     
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    Gold staying here for the first time for 3,000 points since I'm only a few stays away from making Platinum and just needed a decent place for one night. We rented a car for convenience even though they offer the complimentary shuttle.

    When we arrived a broadly smiling employee (we think he was the manager) greeted us and pointed us to the tiny check-in desk which was at capacity with two employees. There was a short wait, but it was soon our turn, and even though it was noon and they had high occupancy, they were able to put us in a double room on a high floor with a view of the city. The lobby had complimentary tea and coffee and a small cafeteria-like restaurant which apparently also served alcohol.

    The hotel had been a Holiday Inn up until May, which explained why all our google maps and GPS entries kept changing it from Four Points to Holiday Inn, and according to reviews, renovations were still in progress. Our room on the fourteenth floor had already been updated with a Four Points feel and more, with marble tops on the nightstand and desk and ceramic tile in the bathroom.
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    There was not a formal closet, but a decent wardrobe. The only part about the room that looked old was the small windows and the stained tub. The TV was flat screen and the coffee maker had both tea and coffee options which was better than my last hotel stay at the Intercontinental New Orleans.
    The thing we liked least about the room was the bathroom, other than the fact only one set of electrical outlets worked in the room. The bathroom had been thoroughly updated, but unfortunately fitted with an ill-fitting sliding door that allowed for an inch or two of visibility between the door and the wall when it was closed. This corresponded with the line of sight with the toilet, making both auditory and visual privacy impossible. Even the best of friends would have cause for self-consciousness or a desire for watching TV at high volume.
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    Parking was $17 a night. We asked the clerk about alternatives and he mentioned Second Ave directly behind the hotel had both metered and unmetered spots if we wanted to risk it. Returning from our Friday afternoon adventures we drove down Second Avenue, finding several metered spots which would require meter payment starting at 8AM on Saturday and several unrestricted spaces directly on the bridge which were inaccessible only on Wednesday nights.

    Having saved $17, we spent it on room service. The room service menu was quite reasonable as room service menus go. $2.50 delivery charge and 18% gratuity. Food prices weren’t bad, with most options ranging from $8-$15 depending on whether you got a plain burger or a strip steak. The napkins were paper and the ice water was served in plastic cups, which is what I’d expect for such a good value.
    We had the chicken fingers (6 for $7.95) and the California BLT with fries ($9.95). Both were good and the fries were amazing! ​


    Finding the ice machine was a little difficult. There was a sign for ice in the hall but not a machine. The placard on the side proclaimed vending on odd floors, which made no sense since I was on the 14th floor looking at a vending machine.
    As a last resort I headed down the stairs immediately outside the room, discovering incidentally, that our hotel had no 13th floor. The one flight of stairs took me out to the 12th floor where there was an ice machine.

    At least the bright spot was that room 1406 was the closest you could get on the 14th floor to an ice machine…

    I checked out the gym early the next morning, which I knew was by the pool. I walked outside and saw the gym, a little lighted glass box accessible only from the pool but unfortunately visible (in 5AM darkness) to anyone outside in the area. I used my card to get into the pool area and then again into the gym, noting used towels left over from the night before.
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    The gym has a treadmill, a stair stepper, a bike, an elliptical, and a bunch of free weights. It had a TV with sound in the corner, so I was glad I was the only one in there and could pick what I watched.

    It also had one set of headphones, fresh towels, and a water cooler. Not posh, but better than many hotels. The only thing I really didn’t care for was the fact that anyone on the hotel grounds could clearly see me working out. A fact which further disconcerted me when I saw the folks on smoke break outside when I’d walked into the gym were still there when I came out an hour later.

    The Four Points isn't fancy, but for only 3,000 points a night it's a great deal!
     
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  3. Mark Allen Jackson
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    Stayed here last weekend on a 3,000 point stay as a *wood Gold member.

    Great check-in service, little annoyed parking was $17 a night, but free parking on the bridge a half block from the hotel on a Saturday night wasn't too difficult to find. I took the free drinks as my amenity this night.

    Room itself, great shape, reasonably comfortable beds. TV was on the fritz a bit, but nothing too annoying.

    The building is one of those cool Holiday Inn circular skyrises you see everywhere. I just love the thought of circular hallways. Too funny.

    Had breakfast downstairs the next morning, and for $10 it was pretty good! Used my free drink certificates on 4 orange juices (2 per voucher).

    All in all, a great value, and within a few blocks walking distance to the Gaslamp district!
     
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