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And we are off. It is very early and a very long day is about to start. So far so good. We are able to sit together on the first flight. This morning everyone we meet is friendly and efficient. Here is hoping that it is a good omen.
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... 9:50 am for a 10:45 flight. I pick up my car from the garage and Mary (my lovely wife) gets her car as well, we load up our bags and call for another driver since Vianey doesn't drive and there's only one Christian (thanks again!) and two cars. My in-laws live nearby and they were available to help at a moments notice (Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Garcia). We begin our trip south....again at 8:40 am I drive the speed limit on the freeway....I repeat the SPEED LIMIT on the freeway and ...
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... bleu, les palmiers, les gens qui conduisent en décapotables... ca y est, je suis en Californie! :-)))
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Ced était adorable d'avoir pris son aprèm hors du labo pour venir me chercher, et même me faire faire une petite virée dans downtown pour mes ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast San Diego
Best B&B Experience
My Husband and I traveled to San Diego for the 1st time for a long weekend in Oct. Any we LOVED every minute of it. The best thing we did was book this B&B. Ann was above and beyond the best inn keeper that we have ever had ( and we have stayed in tons of B&B's in the US in abroad!!!). Because of Ann's daily recommendations we were able to capture San Diego in 3 DAYS to the fullest. It truly feels like your visiting a dear friend that home is so warm and inviting. The location is walking distance to many amazing places or just minutes by car, the Location is PERFECT. Did I mention the best cup of Coffee EVER had and the homemade muffins are to die for . As you can tell we LOVED this B&B and can't wait to go back:)
A diamond in the rough
Stayed a total of 3 nights in September and it was lovely experience. Innkeeper and her mom made us feel very comfortable and at home and shared tips about local eateries (within walking distance), etc. We just loved talking with them both--like we had known them forever--both special ladies. We also had a blast in Hillcrest eateries, etc. and didn't worry about parking or driving as we walked back to property! Bathrooms were exceptionally clean and breakfast was so nice. Sit around, relax with other guests and share experiences of the area before starting your day. A really appreciated special touch...Anne left coffeemaker set up for us at 5:30 a.m. so we could have coffee before our early flight back to FLA. I would recommend Hillcrest for its excellent central location and friendliness. If you don't like the big highrise hotels, but want to be in the heart of it all...this is your place.
Great location; great hosts!
Staying at Hillcrest House is a bit like staying with a good friend,who gives you a lot of indepence. It is very clean, nice, but not "luxurious", and comfortable. Ann and Barbara are great hosts, full information, and clearly very motivated innkeepers.
The location is excellent. Hillcrest is a fun little neighborhood with lots of restaurants, movie theatre, etc. It also has a lot of bus lines that go through so if you are without a car (as I was), you can still get around easily. It is within walking distance to Balboa Park .
I would definitely stay there again!
We spend our anniversary at the Hillcrest House (Zoo room). It is a very nice house in a great location. We walked from there to Bilboa Park, Downtown, Little Italy, etc. Ann, the innkeeper, is very nice and always willing to give some helpful tips. Every morning she offered freshly baked muffins. Also the coffee is great! Next time we will definitely stay again at the Hillcrest House.
Fantastic Choice for all San Diego visitors...
I spent 10 days at Ann Callahan's Hillcrest House B&B, and by the end of my stay I felt like a part of the family. Ann offers grace and hospitality as well as clean, comfortable, and reasonably priced accomodations. The owner and her mother make exceptional recommendations for the San Diego community, and can suggest anything from a terrific local coffeehouse to a nature lover's daytrip to the best bar-b-que in town. As a newcomer to San Diego, it was a wonderful place to stay, and I plan to suggest the Hillcrest House B&B to all visitors to the city from hereon in...
A Wonderful Retreat!
If you are looking for a charming place to stay in a wonderful neighborhood, close to everything this is your spot!
The owner Ann and her dog Callie make a wonderful welcoming committee. The home is warm and inviting and the accommodations cozy and clean. Ann goes out of her way to make you feel welcome and provides a wonderful array of yummy foods that are available throughout your stay. We are anxious to get back for our next visit to San Diego.
Reservation Problems, Unreliable
We reserved a one week stay at the Hillcrest house in the middle of May for July 16th -22nd. This is an exceptionally busy time because of the huge comic book convention in San Diego. Ann was very friendly and the place seemed great. Unfortunately, Ann called us on July 5th to inform us she was having to cancel our reservation due to problems with contractors. She suggested a few places we could call (that did not have rooms for our dates) and apologized. We were offered nothing other than a refund of our deposit and Ann said she would try to "call around for us". This left my wife and I with no place to stay 10 days before our vacation trying to find lodging during the biggest travel week of the year in San Diego. Obviously if Ann had mentioned that the BB was under construction and may not be ready in time we would not have reserved with her. Our entire vacation is now in jeporady. I would reserve this BB with caution or try any of the other numerous BB's in San Diego first. We are very upset and disappointed with this BB.
A home away from home
I stayed at this really great bed & breakfast while becoming accustomed to the San Diego area. Not only does this place make you feel right at home, but it is right in the heart of Hillcrest, San Diego where wonderful restaurants and shops are located. The owner, Ann, and her mother are very accommadating and know how to make their guests feel very comfortable. If you want a relaxing and comfy place to stay in the San Diego area, this is it!
Hillcrest House B&B is a Hidden Treasure!!!
What a hidden treasure!! Right in the middle of the quaint urban community of Hillcrest, this B&B was close to all the major tourist spots, and walking distance (1 block) from literally hundeds of great restaurants, bars, coffee houses, and nightlife. Ann Callahan, the owner/Innkeeper, and her Mom, Barbara, were extremely warm and hospitable. Ann knows all the Restaurant Managers in the neighborhood, and sent us to several great places to eat. When they knew we were sent from Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast, they rolled out the red carpet for us, including one place discounting the bill! We loved our stay, we loved Ann, and her dog Callie. We highly reccommed staying here when visiting the San Diego area. We Will Be Back!!!
Bed & Breakfast First-timers
Never having stayed at a B & B before, I didn't know quite what to expect. When I arrived at Ann Callahan's Hillcrest House B & B I was met personally by Ann who immediately made me feel at home. She was extremely personable, knowledgeable of the whole area -- not to mention the City of San Diego -- and had WONDERFUL recommendations of places to eat, places to go, and how to get there easily. I had wonderful breakfasts every morning, and Ann wasn't phased by the fact that I came out in "jammies" a couple of mornings to eat and talk and plan my days. She not only made my stay there memorable, but was extremely good company herself....as was her mom!!! Also, special thanks to Don Caulfield and "Callie", the dog, for a great stay!!! I would recommend this B & B to anyone!!! Thanks again, Ann!!!!