The hotel, Gaslamp Plaza Suites, was built in 1913 and was known to be the city's first "skyscraper" - 11 stories of marble, brass, mosaic tile, and Australian gumwood. The building was first occupied by banking, financial and jewelry businesses. Many of the original architectural aspects are still evident such as original marble on walls and stairways, coiffured ceilings, brass elevator doors, and Australian gumwood carpentry around the etched glass windows and doors. All are preserved meticulously in keeping with our status of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was like going back in time, especially going from the very contemporary Aloft hotel the night before to this historic hotel.
I was a little worried about staying in downtown area of San Diego when we first exchanged our timeshare, but the location was perfect for us. We were able to walk to many areas, there was lots of places to eat nearby and the kids got an education (homeless, nightlife, smells of things that were not cigarettes;))