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San Diego Guide to Hotels With Unique Amenities to Entice Guests

  • Video of the Crowne Plaza Hotel's Quiet Zone
  • Horseback riding at the Grand Del Mar
  • PureShield at the DoubleTree
  • Heavenly Dog Bed at the Westin
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With approximately 58,266 hotel guestrooms in San Diego, hospitality mavens must constantly reinvent properties to remain vital. Unique amenities are braided into their offerings, hoping to attract vacationers and corporate road warriors. Following are a few samples of augmented services.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
2270 Hotel Circle North San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 297-1101
A good night sleep is paramount for business travelers. That’s why Crowne Plaza initiated the Quiet Zone (as seen in the above video.) Sunday through Thursday, a total of 32 guestrooms on four floors engage in the proverbial “cone of silence.” Housekeeping and maintenance bypass the area from 9 p.m. till 10 a.m. Children and vociferous groups are booked in other areas. Earplugs, an eye mask, curtain clip, night light and lavender spray aid in the quest for unimpeded zzzzz’s. (Quiet Zone room rates start at $111.20 per night.)

DoubleTree San Diego-Del Mar
11915 El Camino Real San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 481-5900
Allergy suffers rejoice! DoubleTree has heed the clarion call for hypoallergenic accommodations with their fifteen PURE guestrooms. An air filtration system removes 99% of pollutants, while PureShield Ô is applied to surfaces hindering bacteria growth. Mattress are encased in micro fiber bedding to eliminate dust and dander. The water is even treated, extracting harmful chemicals. (PURE Room Package rates start at $229 per night.)

Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel
910 Broadway Circle San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-2200
Allowing guest’s beloved pooch to accompany them on vacation has boost reservations. There are few hard-and-fast rules for furry friends. Policy dictates dogs must be less than 50 pounds, but those exceeding the limit tend to get passed the doorman. A sink-to-the-snout Heavenly Dog Bed is supplied, as is a welcome kit containing waste bags, plastic gloves, and name tag on which to write the pups name and your cell phone number. Mutts and masters may R&R on the third floor pool deck’s cushioned chaises. Across the street a verdant pocket park tucked among a jumble of downtown office buildings is a good place to take Fido apres swim. (Room rates start at $229 per night. No pet fee.)

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
9700 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 550-1000
This La Jolla beauty caters to San Diego’s 3.1 million residents with special rates and spa discounts. Flash your CA drivers license, and they’ll knocks 30% off the bill, plus grant a credit towards facials and massages. If an overnight stay is not in the cards, Estancia’s Empowerment Lunch provides a boxed lunch with the choice of three sandwiches and a 25 minute massage, fortifying locals to tackle the remainder of their day. Use of the fitness center, steam room and salt water Jacuzzi is included. (Room rates start at $249 per night. San Diego resident rates start at $175 per night with a $25 spa credit. Empowerment lunch: $65.)

The Grand Del Mar
5300 Grand Del Mar Court San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 314-2000
Happy trails await at The Grand Del Mar’s equestrian center. Giddy-up across the adjacent 4,100-acre nature preserve, or hone your tacking, grooming and riding skills in the arena under the tutelage of a certified instructor. Chef Lopez will prepare a picnic lunch to enjoy while exploring the back country on horseback. No worries about entertaining the children. Explorer’s Club provides offspring with cutting-edge fun. Floor to ceiling plasma screens allow hands-on seafaring with computer generated marine life and oceanscapes. (Room rates start at $455 per night. Equestrian Center - Trail rides: $125 an hour. Lessons: $125 for 1.5 hours. Equestrian camp: $100 for 3 hours. Picnic n’ Ride package: $300 for 2 hours. Pony rides: $25 for 15 minutes. The Explorer’s Club: $15 per hour. Half-days are $50. Full days are $90, lunch provided.)