The driving distance between Glendale and the Gaslamp Quarter is roughly 140 miles one way, or about 280 miles total. At four dollars per gallon, I gassed up the car (which cost $28), ready for the roundtrip travel adventure to San Diego. I arrived at the Moxy Hotel—situated one street over from the Gaslamp Quarter’s most poppin’ street, Fifth Avenue—at 6 p.m.
Upon arrival at the Moxy, I valeted the car and checked-in. The service was quick and effortless. When planning my trip, the Moxy was priced at $140 per night, but given delays in booking, I wound up paying $195 per night (not including additional fees).
However, if you’re to book your stay from June 11-June 13, the non-member price per night is currently $183 (not including additional fees). It’s a bit of a jump from $140, though we’re also approaching the summer season—the busiest time to be splashing around San Diego. Given its prime location in the Gaslamp, a stay at this safe and clean eco-friendly hotel is still a pretty good deal.
Though the valet was $54 per day, it was well worth it. If you’d like to save money, however, there are other public parking structures available, where it costs closer to $25 per day (but just be careful not to get ticketed over the weekend).
The hotel is small, yet bustling with life. In regards to following COVID protocol, the hotel did an excellent job. Masks were required upon entry and worn within the hotel. The elevators provided hand sanitizer and were sprayed down hourly. For the gym rats, reservations must be requested—only one guest/party was allowed to workout per scheduled time slot. Definitely a highlight of my Moxy stay, the boxing bag and pink gloves made my day.
I reserved the Queen Guest Room, which had a window view of the hotel courtyard. The room was quite simple, designed in an industrial minimalist fashion—the queen size bed was a perfect fit for me to sleep snug as a bug. The bathroom was spacious and the walk-in shower was definitely my savior after the long drive. However, given that this is an eco-friendly hotel, don’t expect luxurious to-go shampoos or other fancy amenities.