First of all, I really want to thank all of you who messaged me and sent me good wishes for my birthday. I read all of them and they meant a lot to me. I had a good one, celebrating with my daughter because, fun fact, we are from the same day!
I got to start my birthday celebration with a staycation in one of the most charming hotels in San Diego. It was such an enjoyable overnight experience, that makes me jump out of my busy routine and get submerged into 24 hours of relaxation and comfort.
Time to check-in! Once I stepped inside The Westgate Hotel, I was speechless of the impeccable interior! The lobby is beautiful, with that sophisticated European touch, everywhere you look. Crystal chandeliers, carpeted stairs, antiques, beautiful LUIS XV / LUIS XVI style of chairs, unique furniture, and many elements give it that exquisite luxury and harmonious environment.
We were warmly welcomed by the front desk clerks and showed to our room, I was so excited when the bellboy mentioned that our room, located on the 18th floor, had one of the best views. I couldn’t wait to see it, and voilá! It really had an amazing view of San Diego, Balboa Park, Coronado Bridge, etc. I could admire that magical view from the balcony for hours. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m a big fan of sunsets and landscapes and you can’t imagine how beautiful and unique this one is during the evening and nighttime. The room was very spacious with elegant furniture and details.
The Westgate Hotel is located in the heart of downtown San Diego, just outside of the Gaslamp Quarter, to be more specific. The location is always an important point to consider when looking for a hotel to stay in. Even if you’re traveling for business, pleasure, or simply to relax with a staycation just like I did, this property is in a great area. What can I say about the staff? I was beyond pleased with the service, this property is so familiar with the term of amazing hospitality and making you feel like you are at home!
The day we arrived, we enjoyed a delicious culinary experience at the newly renovated Westgate Room, that provides a unique visual environment. The new menu offers an exquisite French cuisine with a modern twist to please even the most demanding palates. Every plate arrived beautifully decorated, the chef definitely has an exceptional attention to details.
…And then the best part, I consider myself a major dessert lover, so it was so tough to decide between the tiramisù, pana cotta, crème brûlée, cheesecake, etcetera. OMG! Too many delicious options to choose from. We made the right choice by picking the tiramisù and cheesecake, they were to die for! Simply delicious! Of course, an almond latte couldn’t be missing to wrap this dinner off.
This property is so familiar with the term of amazing hospitality
and making you feel like you are at home!
Before heading back up to our room, we hung out, exploring the Instagram-worthy spots around the hotel to catch some shots, such as the carpeted stairs and the business lounge which is a totally chic and elegant room.
We were enjoying such sweet dreams until the alarm rang and believe me, it was one of those mornings when you simply don’t want to leave the bed after realizing how comfy it was. I remember when I asked my daughter how she had slept, she answered: “Mom this bed is a cloud!” She made me laugh but I had the exact same feeling about it.
To continue my relaxing journey, I took a shower followed by a room service, because what a better idea than having breakfast with that view, a wonderful way to start another day. We had a seasonal fruit plate, oatmeal, and we couldn’t resist in trying the waffles and sweet bread. In the end, all those calories were so worth it. Don’t you think?! I left the diet at home!
Time for the spa! This was definitely something that made my stay so much more special and enjoyable. I am a huge fan of facials and body treatments, (well, what woman can deny her affection for that?) and The Aqua Vie Spa, has all of the services to get the ultimate pampering experience and make you feel relaxed, letting your thoughts go away and get immersed in a totally calm state of mind.
I was warmly greeted by the friendly staff at the reception and after filling out a form, regarding my skin and overall health, I was led by Sofia, the esthetician who provided the service, to the room where the magic takes place. The atmosphere, lighting, and music made me disconnect and re-focus on my well-being. I chose The Perfect Union Facial, a treatment that focuses on restoring the facial contouring, and improving the quality and texture of the skin while providing hydration. You can choose from a variety of facials and body treatments performed by a skin professional. But you should definitely take a look at the Aqua Vie Fall Specials, and take advantage of this great opportunity to pamper yourself to the fullest and then complete your day of relaxation at the rooftop pool, the steam room, or the sauna. And if you have some energy, don’t forget to stop by the fitness club! Need more?!
The Aqua Vie Spa has a keen sense of cleanliness and unequivocal luxury.
It was a great experience that made me feel relaxed in a completely zen state of mind. I felt beautiful, rested, and radiant after my session, ready to conquer my day.
Almost time to wrap up my staycation, but before going back home, why not jump into their heated-pool?! The day was super sunny, so my daughter and I spent our last hours at the property enjoying the view from the rooftop.
I noticed that tables were set in the pool area for a sunset pool-side jazz event. Unfortunately, it was time to continue my schedule and return to my normal daily activities. My stay was very short but if I could describe my experience at The Westgate Hotel in one sentence I would say that it was, above and beyond!
For information or to book a reservation, visit. www.thewestgatehotel.com Happy staycation!
…your best moment to shine is now!
*Special thanks to The Westgate Hotel for giving my daughter and I a memorable stay!