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The Keating Opens In San Diego

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  Site Where: 432 F St. [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92101
February 9, 2007 at 11:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

With travel mags spilling ink all over San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, it figures a posh, Euro-style boutique hotel would land on the scene. Meet the new kid on the block, The Keating:

The Keating is a statement of our time, combining the highest level of expressive Italian Design with sophisticated and personalized service. The Keating defines a new standard for lifestyle hotels worldwide.

Riiiight. We won't go that far, but it does have some pretty impressive stats, starting with a crack design team. The Italian design gurus Pininfarina--they've done Ferraris, air purifiers and Lear Jets--gave The Keating a stripped bare look, kind of like a doctor's office. But a sexy doctor who loves red. Or an old-school Bond villain. Who loves red.

Anyway, in-room you'll find lux linens, an espresso machine, a giant plasma TV with DVD player and free wired and wireless internet. Alas, the hotel fell victim to the "no wall between bedroom and bathroom" syndrome, so better not check in with anyone you're not friendly with. Rates start at around $329.

Check out the photo on the Keating hotel page--looks like there was already some kind of odd VIP jacuzzi party at Keating. Nice start.

[Photo: scot2342]

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The Keating : Worth it?

Stayed there this weekend and was disappointed.  For starters, it was expensive for not being able to get a good nights rest.  Over $350 to stay there and get NO SLEEP.  The music from the disco was loud at 1 am.  Then when the music subsided, you can hear were the drunk obnoxious people walking the streets, yelling.

The room, eh....  It was modern, loved the BOSE system.  But I have seen modern fixtures at my hardware store when we redid our home.  So, not a big deal.  The shower...looked cool, but the design of the head was too close to the shower entrance, so we got water all over the floor, which is a few feet from the bed.  The mouthwash....tastes like gargling Tres Flores or some cologne.  I would have preferred a minty taste.  Was there ever a problem with having a minty fresh mouthwash? Soap was pretty good.  Towels were still fluffy.  Bed was nice.

OK, so it was a nice try... wanted to see more Ferrari items in there, but just saw the color red and a few designs down below in the bar, which was open to the public, by the way.

I think they should have done a mock up of the room and had someone try it out and then modify the actual rooms so they would be FUNCTIONAL and ENJOYABLE.

Bed was comfy...but with the noise at night, it did not help much.  My husband and I had bags under our eyes and when we left, chatted with some guests who were also leaving.  I asked if they had a good nights resst...they also said NO.

So, it has nice fixtures, nice designs, but the price is too much for not neing able to rest. Made the drive up north difficult.

Oh, lastly..no garage for your nice car. They park it somewhere, though.

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