The Westgate Hotel
European elegance in the heart of modern San Diego.
The Westgate is an anachronism amid the modern boutique hotels that populate the current San Diego scene. Filled with nineteenth-century French furniture, authentic works of art and a grand staircase, this historic luxury hotel caters to guests in search of opulent accommodations. Everything that glitters is gold (or at least gilded), and a fair amount of the furnishings once belonged to a Louis. The mostly European staff is gracious and welcoming; nevertheless, an air of Old World formality pervades. Rooms are on the small side but well-furnished and equipped with modern conveniences including 32-inch color televisions, DVD players and Internet access. The Fontainebleau Room attempts to recreate the palace of Versailles; some find it incredibly romantic, others kitschy. While Chef Fabrice Hardel’s menu is old-school French, it utilizes the best in Southern California ingredients.