If you’re looking for a conveniently located hotel that offers contemporary comfort and is priced right, Sommerset Suites Hotel is the one for you. This best-value hotel is located on Washington Street off 6th Avenue in the wildly popular Hillcrest neighborhood. The modern lobby has a contemporary minimalist décor in subdued blues and neutrals; large cushy chairs, a sleek dark wood check-in desk, and white plantation shutters, give it a comfortable residential feel that carries throughout the hotel. Sommerset’s central location makes it an excellent choice for a family vacation. Business guests will appreciate its proximity to the airport and downtown, not to mention the array of excellent restaurants within walking distance. Not only do past guests rave about the superior guest service at this hotel, but it has also been awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence. Simplicity, spaciousness, value, and first-rate guest services set this hotel apart from others in its category.
Sommerset Suites Rooms
Like their name implies, every accommodation at Sommerset Suites Hotel is a suite. There are six styles from which to choose, and three of those are rated ADA accessible. Each contemporary suite boasts a palette of blues, greys, and neutrals. The clean design and comfortable ambiance is like a relaxing welcome home after an action-packed day of San Diego activities. All suites include large private balconies, full kitchens, and flat screen TVs (two in the one-bedroom suites). Enjoy all the comforts of home with room amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room pay-per-view movies, free HBO, plush bathrobes, and Keurig coffeemakers with gourmet coffees.
The spacious one-room studio suites are just over 400 square feet. They come in three styles: the standard Studio Suite, Studio Suite Accessible, and Studio Suite with Roll-In Shower. Studio suites feature a work space with desk and swivel chair, comfortable seating – often a comfy plush reclining chair, and a queen size bed with plenty of pillows. There are no sofas in the Studio Suites.
The 560 square foot one-bedroom suites also come in three styles: the One-bedroom Double Suite, One-bedroom King Suite, and One-bedroom King Accessible Suite. The One-bedroom Double Suite has two double beds in the bedroom and a sleeper sofa in the separate living room; it accommodates up to six guests. Both the One-bedroom King Suites also feature sleeper sofas in the separate living room and can accommodate up to four guests.
Room tip: Some guests complain about ambulance sirens throughout the day due to the hotel’s proximity to Mercy Hospital, although it’s quieter at night. Rooms have blackout curtains for sleeping in or daytime napping. There are no DVD players/game stations in the suites. Balcony rooms above the pool make for the best views.
A Typical Studio Suite
Sommerset Suites Amenities
Sommerset Suites Hotel has a heated outdoor flat-bottom pool and spa tub surrounded by lounge chairs, palm trees, and tropical plants. Several tables with umbrellas are off to one side of the pool in an outdoor dining area. The hotel serves a deluxe continental breakfast including waffles every morning, which can be enjoyed outdoors, if desired. There are also on-site grills for guests to do their own barbecuing in that same area. (There is a Whole Foods grocery store on University Avenue at 7th Avenue.) This family-friendly hotel will even provide you with a Pet Guidelines Agreement allowing your pet to stay with you.
Besides the continental breakfast that is served daily, the hotel provides a social reception Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Fruit-infused water and fresh cookies are available to guests each afternoon as an added touch. Covered parking is available for a $10 fee, but in some instances the parking fee is waived with select promotions and particular extended stays. One of this hotel’s greatest perks is its central location, making it simple to get to just about any San Diego attraction in minutes. It’s also within walking distance of the best Hillcrest has to offer.
At Sommerset Suites Hotel, they also cater to business guests. There is a 24-hour business center, access to a fax machine, free local calls, two-line phones with voicemail, and on-site laundry facilities. The hotel provides corporate and extended stay rates, and personalized express check-in/check-out.
Amenities tip: There is no gym or workout space in this hotel, but it is one block from 24-Hour Fitness.
Sommerset Suites Neighborhood
Hillcrest is popular bohemian neighborhood that boasts an eclectic mix of ethnic restaurants, boutique shops, indie specialty stores, and trendy bars and cafés. It is home to San Diego’s vibrant LGBT community and has a reputation for diversity and solicitude. Sommerset Suites Hotel is a short walk from University Avenue, which is the heart of the Hillcrest neighborhood where you’ll find the largest concentration of local businesses. Between Washington and University, which run parallel to each other, you can get your workout on at 24-Hour Fitness off 5th Avenue. The Landmark Hillcrest Cinema – screening indie films on five screens is in the same complex. For a phenomenal breakfast/brunch, hit up Snooze, an A.M. Eatery across the street. Hillcrest is also known for its concentration of wine bars. The Wine Lover is a block down Washington from the hotel on 5th Avenue. This is the perfect neighborhood to explore on foot.
From the hotel, take 6th street to El Prado, turn left, and you’ll be in the heart of Balboa Park. There is plenty of free parking in the park and you can walk to the San Diego Zoo right next door. These two tourist hot spots are conveniently close to the hotel, which often has discounted promotions for both. From Washington Street, hop on the 163 South and in a few short minutes you’ll be downtown where you can enjoy the Gaslamp Quarter, the Convention Center, Little Italy, Seaport Village, or take in a Padres game. Taking 163 North instead, you can hop on Interstate 8 to Old Town, Sunset Cliffs, SeaWorld, or the beaches of Mission and Pacific Beach. There really isn’t anywhere you can’t get to from this centrally located hotel.
Sommerset Suites Promotions
Sommerset Suites Hotel offers an assortment of Hillcrest San Diego vacation packages year-round. Past promotions have included a 15% discount by booking your suite directly through their website, a Stay Longer & Save promo, and a Book Early & Save promotion. The hotel has teamed up with Toys for Tots, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld for special vacation packages with incredible savings. Check their website often for new promotions, or sign up for their Exclusive Offers e-mail group and never miss a deal.