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Lounge Review: San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Airspace Lounge, 05 July 2016

San Diego International Airport (SAN) Airspace Lounge

I had a 2 hr layover in San Diego. Using my Amex Platinum card, I had access to the Airspace Lounge.

I *think* the Airspace Lounge is a third party lounge, which caters to a bunch of different airlines. So, depending on how you entered the Airspace Lounge, you’d get a fairly different service. For instance, those who entered on a premium ticket flying Japan Airlines (JAL) had a menu selection involving ramen. Using Amex Platinum to enter, I was given a different menu with different items.

I could have entered using my AA premium ticket, but the front desk agent suggested I use my Amex Platinum, as that entry would come with a $10 credit to spend on items. I wasn’t hungry at that point, but $10 would probably get you a small food item. Sodas and snacks are free. I simply got a fruit smoothie for $6.

San Diego International Airport (SAN) Airspace Lounge

Space
The Airspace Lounge has a high ceiling, and tarmac views. Its white theme also gave it a very bright and airy feel. There are several armchairs alongside the windows, and there are some dining tables closer to the bar area.

There are many power outlets located between the armchairs. I had the misfortune of being unable to locate a power outlet that actually worked (I tried a few – other seats were occupied).

San Diego International Airport (SAN) Airspace Lounge

Food/Drink
The menu looked pretty good, although I didn’t try the food. It’s refreshing compared to the usual selection available at UA/AA lounges, and they were made after you place an order at the bar.

I only ordered a smoothie, which was a Naked Juice smoothie.

San Diego International Airport (SAN) Airspace Lounge

Wifi
Slow…. Painfully slow. That’s my main complaint.

Overall

It’s an above average domestic lounge, but don’t rely on the wifi speed or availability of working power outlets.

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Hotel Review: Sheraton San Diego Marina and Hotel, 19 March 2016

View from Club Lounge at Sheraton San Diego and Marina

The Sheraton San Diego Marina & Hotel is a four-star outfit in close proximity to the San Diego International Airport. We stayed here for 1 night in March. We had a 8-ish am flight out the next morning, so we opted for the Sheraton San Diego Marina & Hotel, because of the free airport shuttle. The paid rates of this hotel are in the mid-200 USD range, but we used a 10,000 Starpoints redemption instead.

The hotel has a very nice hard product, but there is definitely a lot of room for improvement.

Check In/Check Out:

At check-in, the front desk lady was lovely enough, but pretty much every guest who walked in was given an upsell pitch. This actually set the tone for our stay. She did comp our resort fees (20 USD), and was good about granting us lounge access as part of my Amex SPG Business benefit.

We were running a little late for check out, so we just dumped our keys in the express check out box. There were no billing issues.

Sheraton San Diego Marina

Room:

The SPG award room books into Lanai rooms. These are in a further wing at the resort, facing the airport. We did get a marina-facing room, but our window wasn’t exactly sound-proof, so we could hear planes taking off and landing. The room itself is large, and in a beautiful nautical theme, with rich-blue paint. There was a little entry foyer with an armchair, and there was also a little private balcony with two lounge chairs.

The bathroom was also a very lovely white-tiled affair, and looked like it could have come out of Home & Decor.

Sheraton San Diego Marina

So, why the complaints? 

Well, outside our door, we found a dirty wine glass. We checked in at 3 pm, and got back to our room at 9 pm. It was still there.

When I lifted the toilet seat, the toilet was not flushed. Gross!

To add to the diming practice of the hotel, the refrigerator was rigged. You couldn’t move any of the items in the refrigerator. Or put your own items in the refrigerator. A sign on the refrigerator indicated that if you put your personal items in the mini-fridge, you’ll be charged a $20 “cleaning fee”.

Grounds:

They have two pools. They looked lovely. The pool by the lanai wing was significantly less crowded.

Sheraton San Diego & Marina Club Lounge

Lounge:

The lounge is on the top floor of the main wing. It offers amazing views of the marina, and at the lift landing, you can also get some beautiful views of downtown San Diego. They serve hors d’oeuvres from 5-8 pm. It was pretty much salad, some cheese, and no hot item. While they have a self-serve fridge with some sodas and water, there was no coffee machine. They did put out some coffee and tea during the evening hors d’oeuvres.

I do recommend sitting here to enjoy the view. I’m not sure sure about the food.

Sheraton San Diego & Marina Club Lounge

Room service: 

We ordered room service. It was prompt, the food was decent, the prices were ok. Mister might have gotten sick from the mayonnaise, but I can’t say for sure.

Overall: 

I want to like this property, but diming practices do tend to leave a bad taste. I probably wouldn’t stay here again if I’m San Diego. Downtown really isn’t that far from the airport.

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USA: We be Highrollers in the Desert – El Centro CA to San Diego CA, 19 March 2016

View from Club Lounge at Sheraton San Diego and Marina

11 00: We set off from El Centro, but not before a quick food stop at In & Out again.

12 00: We are making good time, but probably need a gallon of gas (we prepaid for a tank of gas on our rental). Solution? Get gas at a casino, the Golden Acorn. We lost some greenbacks, but we left with our pants on.

San Diego

14 30: Return car to rental, hop on rental car shuttle, hop off, hop on hotel shuttle. I had this all planned out. 😉

15 00: I shall give more extensive comments on the Sheraton (it ain’t looking good).

San Diego

17 30: The +1 has never signed up for Uber or Lyft. Time to capitalize on that for some free rides. Turns out Lyft’s sign-up bonus is $5 off 10 rides for new users, yippee! Our ride from Sheraton San Diego and Marina to Gaslamp was $6.66. 😛

18 00: Petco Park looks pretty cool. We strolled through the Gaslamp Quarter, before taking the San Diego trolley to Seaport Village. The Headquarters is now an upscale strip mall, but used to be the police headquarters with jail cells intact.

San Diego San Diego

20 00: We walked to the USS Midway. We probably should have come here earlier.

21 30: We just ordered room service, and turned in early. 8 30 flight out the next morning.

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Itinerary: That’s a Lot of Baseball, 17 – 27 March 2016

Thanks to two credit card sign-ups with Southwest, my US baseball plan will be funded by my stash of Southwest points. Beyond that, I also earned the very lucrative Southwest Companion Pass on 02 February, giving me the privilege of taking someone with me for free (well, just the $5.60 security fee and international taxes) from 2016 – 2017.

I have a rather weird itinerary for this trip, because my partner wants to visit his grandparents in El Centro, and he wants to watch the World Baseball Classic qualifiers in his hometown of Mexicali.

17 Mar: Seattle – San Diego – El Centro

18 Mar: El Centro – Mexicali – El Centro

19 Mar: El Centro – San Diego

20 Mar: San Diego – Houston – San Jose, Costa Rica

21 Mar: San Jose, Costa Rica

22 Mar: San Jose, Costa Rica

23 Mar: San Jose, Costa Rica – Houston – Albuquerque

24 Mar: Albuquerque

25 Mar: Albuquerque – Phoenix

26 Mar: Phoenix

27 Mar: Phoenix – Seattle

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