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Historical Traveler Reviews Balboa Park Inn San Diego
The Jungle Nook was awesome!
My husband and I were more than satisfied with our lodging at the Balboa Park Inn (we had booked over the net). Turned out it's right across the street from the zoo and Balboa Park, so the location was great! We stayed in the jungle nook suite which was nicely decorated and perfect for comfort. Gorgeous bathroom with double shower and hot-tub. We WILL recommend it and return next time we're in San Diego. And friendly staff to boot!!!
Great place to stay inSan Diego
Stayed three nights, and once you are able to relate the freeway grid to destinations within the San Diego area there's no problem getting about. We got a great welcome and help and advice were always on hand. It's a great idea to build around the courtyard and as a result it was quiet and secluded while being central at the same time. Our accommodation was fine (the Courtyard suite) and whilst a little quirky was very comfortable and had every amenity. We ate locally - a walk into Hillcrest is about twenty minutes or so and we had one of the best Italian meals ever there (Antico Toscana). Highly recommend the Balboa Park Inn on price and quality.
Really good value, great for families, and great location. We stayed with our 2 kids aged 4 1/2 and 12 months. They had a queen bed and a pull-out full sofa bed in our room with a full kitchen. They give a nice continental breakfast delivered to the room. We had breakfasts in the room, and even a dinner and were able to pack picnic lunches we prepared there. The room was decorated nicely. It had a nice private patio going into the courtyard. This hotel was obvously someone's dream. The location couldn't be beat.
Always a pleasure
I have stayed at the Inn and will continue. I have had friends and family stay there as well. It is very Gay friendly and fortunately located close to Hillcrest, the park and zoo. Close to freeways and is a most beautiful inn. Every room is unique and "extremely" clean. The staff bends over backwards to make sure you are happy and comfortable. I love this place and so will you. The Orient Express room is one of my favorites with its elegance and just a touch of "campiness."
A Great Find
Just returned from a weekend stay at the Balboa Park Inn and were really impressed. We chose this hotel because of the good things we read about it on Tripadvisor.com, and just wanted to return the favor and encourage others to try it out as well!
When I check in to small, independent hotels I often worry about cleanliness, but our room was really well-maintained. After looking at all the hotel's rooms on its website, we decided to opt for "pretty" over "silly" and chose the Courtyard Suite for Valentine's Day Weekend (although some of the more over-the-top rooms looked like a lot of fun!). Our room had a really large bathroom with a jacuzzi tub for two and a wet bar in it. The living room/bedroom area was clean and spacious - we kept saying we wished we knew people in San Diego to invite them over; the setup would have been perfect for entertaining friends. The outside/common areas were lovely too - lots of little areas all over the complex with pretty wooden benches, garden/flower arrangements, fountains, etc. to just sit outside and enjoy San Diego's gorgeous weather. They bring your breakfast straight to your room whenever you're ready for it, and we took ours to a bench right outside our room and ate it out there.
The location was great for us too - we had a car and had no problem with on-street parking (the hotel is on the corner of a street with nothing but private houses, so there was lots of room to park). We had dinner in the Gaslamp district, and that was only a 5 or 6 minute drive away. The north end of Balboa Park (where the zoo is) is only about a half-mile walk.
A TRUE BARGAIN
I cannot rave enough about the Balboa Park Inn. The rooms are very comfortable, the continental breakfast is much more than you could possibly eat and the staff (Judy and Bick especially) is absolutely wonderful. The Balboa Park Inn is walking distance from the San Diego Zoo and the wonderful museums in Balboa Park. Also just a short taxi ride to the Hillcrest and Gaslamp Quarter.
I will definitely be coming back to visit my new friends there!
Fun place and location
The Balboa Park Inn is in a great location just across from the park and zoo. Also close to Hillcrest with lots of good places to eat. We found it to be quiet.
We stayed in the Greystoke and enjoyed the kitschy Tarzan theme with lots of stuffed animals. The bathroom was amazing with a wetbar and large whirlpool tub. Very romantic! The room was very large and clean. A bit expensive at $200 per night but worth the splurge if you have a sense of humor and want something fun to hang around in.
Oldie but a goodie
We have been staying at the Balboa Park Inn twice a year for the past five or six years. The Inn has a wide range of rooms with various themes, and we have stayed in most of them. Some rooms, the bathrooms in particular, need a little work. But it is walking distance from the park and it is in a quiet neighborhood. The breakfast is more than most people can eat in one sitting and many of the rooms have private or semi-private patios where you can enjoy a glass of wine as the day turns to evening
Nice but noisy
The Inn was clean, friendly and in a great location. Parking was easy and we cold walk to the zoo and museums in ten minutes.
The Inn's walls are VERY thin, and noise late at night and early in the morning kept us up.
Continental breakfast was very nice.
Had a great stay
Had a very good experience staying at the Balboa Park Inn. The buildings are old but well maintained. The room we stayed in was very clean, comfortable and quiet, even though on one morning there were hoards of people passing directly in front of the in the annual AIDS walk. Our room had a semi-private deck directly in front of its kitchen area that provided a pleasent place to enjoy breakfast. The front desk staff was extremely courteous and helpful. The location can't be beat. We were able to walk over to the zoo and the park museums. We were also only minutes away from the wonderful restaurants to be found on 5th and University Avenues. We plan to make this a regular spot for a relaxing weekend getaway.
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... it being pretty gross!! We spent about 5 hours walking round the zoo and the weather cleared up so it was a bit more enjoyable. Got some really fantastic photos. Still feeling shattered from the long drive yesterday we decided to chill in the hotel for the remainder of the afternoon before heading in to the Gas Lamp District of San Diego for dinner later in the evening. The taxi from Coronado Island into the City was quick and reasonably ...