Entry into the Grand Lobby feels like you're stepping into royal opulence, as the boutique hotel was designed to be a re-creation of an anteroom in the Palace of Versailles.
This beautiful space is noted for its magnificent antiques, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, Flemish and French tapestries and Persian carpets. The overall ambiance is unlike any other hotel in San Diego.
The Grand Lobby of The Westgate Hotel — Photo courtesy of The Westgate Hotel
“It has been so exciting to grow and evolve with downtown San Diego over the last 45 years, and we’d like to thank all our patrons for their support in making The Westgate a landmark establishment,” says Richard Cox, general manager of the Westgate Hotel. “This is an exciting milestone for our hotel, and as we fondly revisit memorable moments in our history, we look forward to many years to come.”
Part of the hotel's success stems from the fact that locals love booking events and dining here, too. The elegant Sunday brunch, held in the Le Fontainebleau room each Sunday, is one of the best in town, with its formal table settings, lovely live piano music and delicious buffet options ranging from a chocolate fondue fountain to salmon Wellington.
Make it a relaxing afternoon with bottomless champagne, margaritas or Bloody Marys – all included in the brunch price – and you have perhaps yet another reason to consider staying overnight.
The 223 guest rooms and suites – some of the largest in the city – are equipped with spectacular city views, luxury bedding and stunning marble bathrooms. In-room spa services, a fitness center, rooftop pool with drink and beverage service and a gourmet delicatessen round out the on-site amenities.
Service is exquisite, and we're be remiss to forget the delectable warm chocolate chip cookies that occasionally appear at the front desk throughout the day.
And those looking for a San Diego vacation or staycation should take advantage of The Westgate's 45th Anniversary Package, which will include a Deluxe Room at the standard rate of $299 and a second-night stay for only $45 plus tax. This promotion offers amazing value for such a spectacular property, and it's available through Dec. 30, 2015.
The Westgate Hotel is a perfect option for those seeking a luxury boutique hotel within walking distance of some of San Diego's best restaurants, shopping and nightlife, as well as the theater. So skip Paris, and stay closer to home.