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"I wanted a stylish spot in Gaslamp for me (and friends if need be) to crash at for my 30th birthday. I took a gamble in reserving this hotel as I did ... " More

By Racchi, from Oceanside, CA on Thu 03 Feb 2011

Hotel Description

4-star romantic hotel near Petco Park

Central San Diego getaway

Within a 15-minute walk of this Gaslamp Quarter hotel, you'll find Petco Park and San Diego Convention Center. Also, Westfield Horton Plaza is within half a mile (1 km) and San Diego City College is within 2 miles (3 km).

Business services

A 24-hour fitness center, valet parking, and laundry facilities are featured at this hotel. WiFi in public areas is free. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center and free Internet in public areas.

Free WiFi, plasma TVs

Boasting comforts such as Frette Italian sheets and down comforters, the 35 guestrooms offer thoughtful touches like espresso makers and bathrobes. Other amenities include free WiFi, DVD players, and plasma TVs with digital channels.

Deluxe Loft, 1 King Bed (Atrium View)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$91* Per night/room Dec 15 - Dec 16

Loft, 1 King Bed (Vista)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Imperiale One Bedroom Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Deluxe Loft (Optional Twin)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Chic Loft Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Keating Hotel ratings based on 15 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.8 out of 5 3.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Keating Hotel

Everyone (6) Couples (2) Business (1)
1 out of 5

Don't waste your money or sanity by staying here!!

Location: It's in the heart of the gaslight, so tons of restaurants and bars close.
I'm very confused about how this place has received more than a 1 star rating? Maybe college kids are staying here and are too drunk to notice that it's a total DUMP? There's too many things that went wrong during our stay, so here's a list: - the most egregious is the bed linens, which were stained from previous use, and obviously had not been changed before we checked in. There was makeup and and drool stains on the pillow, and hair in the sheets. Unfortunately we checked in, dropped our bags and didn't return until it was too late to have anything done about this. I LITERALLY slept in socks, jeans and a hoodie, cinched around my face, with no pillows or blankets. My boyfriend slept on towels with his jacket for a blanket. We were SO disgusted. - the smell upon entering the room was a waft of mildew and funk. Basically like putting your face in an old cat litter box. We left the windows open in hopes it would air out, but no luck. - the carpet was damp and stained and defiantly had not been vacuumed in quite some time - "espresso" machine had BLACK MOLD in the water tank and residue from the previous guests (milk rings, water marks) -TONS of hidden fees (including a "resort fee"??!) - the lobby music started at 7:15am, playing so loud we could clearly hear all the lyrics and kept us awake As soon as we woke up we bolted, willing to eat a day our stay and find another hotel else where. Management reimbursed us for the night we didn't stay and didn't even BLINK when we sa

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016

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1 out of 5

BUYER BEWARE: Sneaky extra charges. Give 'em Hell.

Pros: Location
Cons: Don't hide fees. Either include your costs in your room rate or let guests know, with no uncertainty, what they are in for.
The staff was super attentive & the room was clean. That's where the good stops. The decor tries too hard to be cool and hipstery. The worst thing though is that the hotel sneaks in a daily $18.50 resort fee, a.k.a. Boutique Experience Fee. Their claim, which reads more like an excuse to extort the guest, is that this is listed under "Additional Hotel Fees" in the contract. First of all, I've never, ever been charged a resort fee AFTER booking & paying for the room. Major fail. Second, the so called "contract" is murky at best in terms of what exactly one will get charged. For example, every single hotel I've ever stayed at either charges you separately for wifi, and clearly states so at the point of connecting to their wifi, or their wifi is explicitly free, i.e. included in the room charge. Fail. What's worse is that the connection speed was so bad, even after several different attempts at accessing it, I had to use my phone hot spot. Major Fail. Another example is that if you use their LaVazza coffee maker you, that constitutes use of their Boutique Experience Fee. I have never, ever been charged for using an in-room coffee maker. I'm sure that this hotel will claim that it's a "LaVazza" coffee maker ergo you pay. Sorry. Fail. I will call the hotel reverse the Boutique Experience Fee. If they refuse, I will go to American Express and force their hand. If that fails, I will post this complaint to every major hotel review I can find. Shame on Keating Hotel for hiding fees.

Posted by , from New York on Oct 2, 2016

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3 out of 5

modern industrial style hotel

Pros: location ideal
Cons: ergonomics of showers
Location: surrounded by pubs, clubs, bars, shopping, and restaurants. No need to drive. Short Uber to Balboa Park and Hillcrest area.
In the middle of the Gas Lamp Quarter, near lively bars and restaurants. Walking distance to everything in the area. Old hotel remodeled to modern industrial style - brick, stainless steel, modern/chic furnishings. Not for families, as there are no doors on the shower. We were on the fourth floor, one level below PH, and even with double windows the bar and street scene is really loud. Probably very quiet during the week. Just depends on what you are looking for. Super fancy rainshower head, but temperature valve not functioning, requiring herculean efforts to operate, and eventually came off from wall. Front desk staff very helpful in finding us restaurants and places to go. Very friendly.

Posted by , from oxnard, ca on Sep 6, 2016

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2 out of 5

Upgraded to an unclean suite.

Pros: Great location
Cons: Checking room cleanliness.
Location: Tons of food places. But ask the staff, they had the best recommendations.
After an 8 hour drive to San Diego, we were really excited to hear that the hotel was going to upgrade our room to a suite. We had checked out the suite online and sure enough- there was a tub in the living room with lights and jets! We quickly set our things down and raced out to eat. Got a great recommendation from the hotel staff person and ate like Queens! It was my girlfriends birthday, so after a few drinks we head back to the room. When we got back, we realized that the room was filthy! We found a 3 inch screw in the carpet, a left over wrapper by the coffee table, the shower had soap residue on the wall, and a pretty disgustingly dirty tub. It was almost mid-night so we cleaned out the tub ourselves, opened the flip-flops to take showers and walk around the place. In the morning, we mentioned all of this (and info on the lamp in the living area that had exposed wires -wtf?) to the staff who were really apologetic. We are looking forward to being in touch with them about "making it right"- they were clear that mistakes had been made. All in all- a beautiful room....but it's hard to enjoy a room when it's dirty.

Posted by on May 4, 2015

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1 out of 5

1 out of 5 stars

I was irritated by additional hotel costs for parking  and a hotel tax on top of the normal sales tax. Our room had no carpet, so felt very bare, and was quite noisy (the hotel is in the busy Gaslamp district). An alarm test also disturbed our evening, but there was nothing the hotel could do as it was a block-wide test by the fire dept. On a positive note, the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. However, overall, my expectations were high, but the hotel under-delivered. In my view, the Keating is a 2.5 or 3 star hotel and the additional tax and car park costs mean I would definitely never stay there again.

Posted by , from n/a on Oct 21, 2013

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Property Features

There's a coffee shop/café on site. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. Business amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and a meeting room. Event space at this hotel measures 2100 square feet (195 square meters) and includes a conference center. A 24-hour fitness center, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly Keating Hotel. For a fee, parking is available. This 4-star San Diego hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 35 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • 2100 sq ft of conference space
  • 195 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1890
  • Coffee shop
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) (5.4 km / 3.4 mi)
  • Train station: San Diego Santa Fe Depot (1.7 km / 1 mi)
  • Metro station: 5th Avenue Station (0.5 km / 0.3 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Keating Hotel offers 35 air-conditioned accommodations with DVD players and minibars. Beds feature Frette Italian sheets, down comforters, and premium bedding. 37-inch plasma televisions come with premium digital channels. Bathrooms include rainfall showerheads, bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries. This San Diego hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and safes; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include espresso makers and complimentary bottled water. In-room massages and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Minibar
  • HD television
  • Digital channels
  • Premium channels
  • DVD player
  • Espresso maker
  • Frette Italian linens
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Local calls (free)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 7 AM to 11 AM.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a 24-hour fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Sailing nearby

Spa Services

  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Steam room in spa
  • Reflexology
  • Sports massage
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 4 AM

Special check-in instructions:

An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.

An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25.0 per night.


  • Pets: USD $100 per accommodation, per stay
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 50 lbs)
  • Certain rooms only
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Parking height restrictions apply
  • Number of children who can stay free - 2


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 150 per stay
  • Resort fee: USD 25.00 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Fitness center access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Phone calls
  • In-room coffee
  • Additional inclusions

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: USD 20 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 49 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD $100 per accommodation, per stay
  • Early check-in fee: USD 50 (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out fee: USD 50 (subject to availability)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Hotel Keating
  • Keating Hotel
  • Keating Hotel San Diego
  • Keating San Diego
  • Keating San Diego
  • Keating Hotel Hotel
  • Keating Hotel San Diego
  • Keating Hotel Hotel San Diego

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Pets are welcome in specific rooms only, which can be requested by contacting the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).
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