A wonderful, small alternative
Posted Nov 13, 2016
If you're staying in San Diego for a scientific meeting, like me, the big hotels are often the draw: its where the meeting is, large facilities and a very busy, impersonal atmosphere. The Horton Grand is a beautiful Victorian Hotel just a couple of blocks away from the main venues: convention center, Convention hotels, but in a cool, accessible part of the gaslamp district. The rooms are loaded with antiques, ceiling fans, old-style water closets and gas fireplace that actually work. The dining room, food, service was spectacular. The only drawback is that there is no exercise facility, but you're in San Diego, so go for a run or stroll around the lovely town and get some exercise that way. Oh, a non-trivial aside is that the price of the hotel was less than 1/2 of the conference hotel, and I enjoyed it to much more! Please put the Horton Grand on your "get away from sterile huge hotels to see some of the town and still be close to everything" list.