The new rooftop — Photo courtesy of The Westgate Hotel
For the times when a transatlantic flight is a tad too much to bear or you crave lavish European flair, The Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego fits the bill. The luxurious property was designed to rival the mythical palaces of Europe, which is evident upon stepping into the lobby - a re-creation of one of the anterooms at Versailles, filled with antiques, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, Flemish and French tapestries and Persian carpets.
New rooftop amenities make the hotel even more palatial. The decision to take advantage of the roof space allows guests the opportunity to experience 360-degree views of the downtown San Diego skyline without leaving the hotel.
"By day, guests can enjoy San Diego's sunshine and use the space for fitness, business or leisure," says Richard Cox, general manager at The Westgate Hotel. "By night, the skyline creates an exceptional backdrop for private parties, with service and style that evoke the European spirit we are known for."
Have in-room dining deliver a specialty cocktail or meal from the dedicated poolside menu with the touch of a poolside phone.
The Junior Olympic-sized lap pool is heated year-round. But if swimming isn't your thing, the 1/10 Olympic running track and three outdoor studios feature treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bicycles and circuit training equipment allow guests to work off that unforgettable meal or weekend afternoon tea at the award-winning Westgate Room. This eatery's known for its blend of American and French cuisine. Relax post-workout muscles in the Jacuzzi.
A view of the deck's green wall and fitness center — Photo courtesy of The Westgate Hotel
The new rooftop area can accommodate private parties of up to 340 guests. Here, the design is a bit sleeker and more contemporary than the rest of the hotel, with a living green wall and modern patio furnishings that complement the views.
Since 1970, the original rooftop has welcomed a number of recognized guests ranging from Gerald Ford to Kate Hudson. Unless you're attending a private party, you'll need to be a guest of the hotel in order to experience the new facilities.
But, if you're going to staycation in San Diego, this is an excellent place to do it. The Westgate Hotel's 223 guest rooms, attentive service and exquisite cuisine make it a favorite of locals and out-of-town guests.
The full-service property has amenities including gourmet wine and delicatessen, in-room spa treatments and even a barber shop to ensure all needs are taken care of. A prime location in downtown puts the Gaslamp Quarter in walking distance . . . if you can bear to leave the hotel.