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... nap in the car. After dinner Marc and I took the Sadies for walks and they got along fine on neutral turf. So, we let the dogs be together and they were all wags and sniffs. Everybody got caught up on the details of life and we all agreed that it's been too long. Thank you Marlene and Marc for a great meal. Sorry we won't see you for Thanksgiving, but the ribs were great. Thanks also to Rachel for letting me polish off her growler of Firestone. Very good. Time for a ...
... and after hitting the streets for a meal, we are already regretting not coming here a few days earlier at the expense of Maui. The city looks so large from the air coming into land and there seems so much to do.
Anyway its off to bed and a early start.
Just for the record, we seem to have good free wifi which is great and the time differences are
NZ = 1 day 5 hours behind.
OZ = 1 day 7 hours behind.
... a 100m grass strip, which she completed in 5.56 seconds (just a shade faster than Bolt!). She topped out at just under 70mph and they said that she can go from 0 to 40mph in just three steps!! We could happily have spent another few days in San Diego, our Best Western hotel had a nice gym (which we used every morning) and a lovely breakfast and we very much enjoyed just walking down the sea front, but it is time to move on to ...
... it maaaaam”. Despite the fact this sounds like it could be a damning insult, I can assure you it was a compliment.
The next morning, I was to head back to San Diego on the bus alone as the girls were shortly to return to the UK. Cleo dropped me off at the Greyhound station, and then stopped the car in the middle of the road and ran after me like something out of a black and white Hollywood movie. Feeling all Clark Gable, I boarded the ...
... straight up or down" quest (either we succeed at seeing a baseball game in every major league stadium or we don't). I'll leave it to the reader’s judgment. Have we failed? Over the years I’ve come to suspect that people who say baseball is a metaphor for life have exaggerated the significance of the sport. Holy Smokes! They've been right all this time.
The Padres won by a score of 4 to 3.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Little Italy Inn San Diego
It was my very first visit to sunny San Diego recently when I attended a conference for 5 days. (Feb 12 -16,2006)
Unique, convenient, superb friendly staff
My wife, daughter, and her husband had connecting rooms with a bath and kitchenette in one of the rooms.
The Inn is very unique, much like a B and B in Europe, but much nicer and very very clean. A major plus for the Inn is the absolutely super staff. Rob, the manager, was knowledgeable about the city, transportation, and above all made you feel like you were staying with nice relatives. The Inn is located near public transportation that will take you to most of the popular city sites and districts. It is only one block from the Little Italy district. If your objective is to find a friendly, unique, comfortable place to stay as opposed to a large cookie-cutter national hotel chain, then the Little Italy Inn is the place for you.
I was only in San Diego for one night and didn't have accommodation booked. Went to the visitor centre by the waterfront and quickly found this hotel for a very reasonable rate. The room we booked had a corner-jacuzzi bath tub which was lovely after a long days drive from the desert.
Stayed in August for a long weekend. This Inn is a haven in the core of downtown. The rooms were well-appointed. Linens were excellent. Our room (T) had a view of the harbor, one of the few rooms that can boast this fact. The breakfast was not fancy....but sufficed in keeping us eating light and healthy. When we arrived Friday evening the table was laden with wine and cheese....nice touch. Got great suggestions Friday night on where to eat in Little Italy....Mona Lisa and Fillipe's...both great and reasonable. Everything we wanted to do was accessible by trolley, ferry or bus...we hit La Jolla, Coronado, Mission Beach, and Petco park all from our Inn. A car is a luxury that is not needed in this location. Our room had robes, dvd player, beach towels and an iron that we requested. The place was super quiet in the hallways. It felt like we were the only ones in the place....not a bad thing.
We chose the Inn at Little Italy hoping for a quiet, comfortable, romantic place for our first no-kids weekend away in years. What a disappointment.
Little Slice of Heaven-shhhh-don't tell!
The Little Italy Inn is absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! From the sweet and helpful staff (Richard had even saved me a parking spot for when I came to check in), to the spotless room I was in (with a jacuzzi tub in it's own separate room), to the foam mattress I slept on--what a great stay. This really did remind me of my favorite B and B in Florence Italy--furnishings, decor, and heartfelt service were filled with warm Italian charm. And simple...a pleasant and smooth checkin process, super quiet and relaxed, and very customer service oriented. Best kept secret in Little Italy!!!!
Lovely Little Inn
At West Grape St. & State St., on the outskirts of Little Italy in San Diego. Quaint style inn. Close to the airport. Decor was pleasant. The room we stayed in reminded me of a nicer B&B in Europe. The continental breakfast was nice, but average.
If we were to stay there again, I would probably request a room not facing Grape St. The street noise is noticable. The staff was friendly. Overall, a lovely stay.
I almost don't want to say this, for fear it will become a popular spot and I'll not be able to get a room next time!!! But, for the sake of the hotel, I have to give it an excellent rating here on tripadvisor. The Little Italy Inn was a pleasure. After walking in from a very long flight from New Hampshire, after having to wake up at 4am and face airports all day, it was a real treat to walk into the room we were given at the Little Italy. Very clean, comfortable king memory foam mattress, beautiful whirlpool in the room along with a spacious bathroom. Antique furniture, pine floors, Italian décor, marble and stone bathroom, oriental carpets. Very nice staff - all at the front desk were extremely pleasant and accommodating. Bianca was a sweetheart, she gave me an iron for 3 days which I really appreciated. The lobby is very clean and pretty, and the hallways are wide and spotless, decorated very nicely. The manager was lovely; he made reservations for our bus tour to Baja and called a cab for us whenever we needed one. He was very helpful when we had questions. He gave me an excellent rate too - $99 for a room with a whirlpool tub since it wasn't peak season there yet. It had a safe in the room along with a mini fridge which was great for storing drinks and treats for late night snacks. We stayed for 6 days and loved it. The location was excellent - we walked everywhere without having to rent a car. Who needs a car in San Diego anyway? You can walk anywhere from this location, except Balboa Park - which we took a $5 cab ride to when we went to the zoo. We were only a $5 cab ride from the airport too. Everything else we saw via foot or trolley. The hotel is only 4 blocks or so to the trolley and Sante Fe station which takes you around to the hot spots. The room was private, I could not hear conversations or hallway activity at all and I'm very sensitive to sound. I could hear planes since the airport is nearby, but after 10pm, flights were usually over so you couldn't hear anything during sleeping hours. I appreciated this section of San Diego, "Little Italy", because it has great Italian eateries, shops, and beautiful property that lines the streets. Very friendly locals, too. You really get the "pulse" of the city - the real San Diego - in this section of town. It's not clogged with tourists, bums, party goers or kids; which I find very stressful about staying in the more "touristy" spots in the city. In "Little Italy" you hang with the locals which was simply unbeatable. The Little Italy Inn was excellent. We'll stay there every time we visit San Diego, it was exactly what we were looking for. Clean, quaint, high ceilings, great neighborhood, boutique-feeling, non-touristy, great location, excellent front desk staff, excellent rates, no hassles with billing at all, very clean bathroom, great soap, shampoo, and products, quiet property (no swimming pool so you don't deal with screaming children which is great if you don't have kids). The other person that posted for this hotel commented that it was a ghost town, which isn't exactly true. I saw people every morning when I enjoyed the free continental breakfast in the lobby of cereal, fruit, muffins, bagels, fresh OJ, coffee, pastries, and oatmeal. I agree though that during other times, I barely saw any other hotel guests which was wonderful. I knew they were there (I passed people in the lobby, hallways, etc. from time to time) but I didn't hear anyone else so it was wonderful. We stayed for 6 days (5 nights) May 28-June 2, 2005. The earlier reviewer also mentioned the staff as detached and uncaring. Honestly, I do understand why he'd say that at first because they aren't bouncing around with enthusiasm like the big chains. The Little Italy staff is laid back and casual, friendly, but not overly and they aren't a bunch of fakes. I liked this because it was real to me. I get sick of all of these fake personalities walking around, and I found it refreshing to have a hotel staff that does whatever you ask of them at a moments notice, yet don't bubble and gush with fake sincerity. For once, I experienced a home away from home at a hotel. I applaud this Inn and rate it EXCELLENT.
Needing a vacation and no time to travel far, we decided to stay in our home town and experience San Diego as a tourist. We booked 2 nights at the Little Italy Inn and had no idea how lovely it would be. To our surprise we found a beautiful 23 room inn located in the Little Italy area. Once we set foot in the hallway to go to our rooms, we couldn't believe how beautiful this inn was. We loved our room and location, but most of all the staff made us feel at home. The manager made it a point to check on us and if we needed anything he was quick to oblige. Overall our experience was delightful and I would recommend this lovely inn to any of our friends or family members. We are looking forward to staying there again in late September. I consider this inn our home away from home.
Their website is quite misleading. First off, this is a HOTEL in guise of a B&B. The staff seemed detatched and uncaring. We reserved their kitchen suite, which ON-LINE clearly said to have a king-size bed with memory-foam mattress. When we got our room, it was a tiny room, queen-sized bed, and plain old spring mattress. We immediately asked about the mix-up, and the "host" said that it's kind of hit-and-miss with what's available. We asked to be moved to a better room, and he stated that they were booked. But, we only saw one other person staying there the entire time. The place was like a ghost-town. Also, we couldn't find a place to park anywhere near the "hotel." We asked the "host" where we could find a nearby lot or garage. He just said "well, I had to park over 4 blocks away and walk." Thanks, that was helpful. Oh, and here's the next complaint...we couldn't sleep for all the NOISE! The walls must be made out of the best cardboard money could buy. Not only were the walls paper-thin, the windows were single-pane. This, by the way, is a downtown "hotel", oh...and not only street traffic goes by, but it is also right under the landing zone for the nearby major airport. To add to the symphony of distraction, we could hear our neighbor next door speaking in a normal tone. Yikes. So that's the "bed" part. The "breakfast" part consisted of pastries and juice...oooohhh. Don't go out of your way or anything for my $145 bucks. We opted to leave and go to brunch at the Hotel Del. We should have stayed there instead. Nuff said.