BEST WESTERN Plus Cabrillo Garden Inn
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... the Seaport area down by the marina, which is basically to bottom of Gas lamp district. There a few restaurant to pick from but we settle on Busters boathouse ... and a spot on the patio for some grub. Fish and chips... can't go wrong with that and it turns out to be a good choice. Now... not as good as Cresent City, but it was good.. must be the fact that it taste better by the ocean?
All topped up on food, we head off ...
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... wasn't to be. :) After soaking it all up there, we headed north to Pacific Beach to walk out on the pier, where we saw TONS of kite boarders and surfers! The kite boarders were wicked cool, but the "riff raft" or "bros," as Max likes to call them, (aka all the college kids and spring breakers) were not so awesome and super obnoxious. Also being the Saturday before St. Patricks Day wasn't helping. Max and I decided a while ago that we are ...
... to them! A highlight was the ski chairlift-type thing that got them around the zoo, plus the very rare giant pandas and a meerkat colony.
Afterwards we quickly went to Mission Beach, where basically all there was was a cool outdoor practice surfing wave and an overpriced souvenir t-shirt shop. Hopefully dinner will be a bit better.
Happy New Year!
... some of the dancing and then stop for lunch at La Pinata (I think the oldest restaurant in Old Town). It is a first for us and very good. Definitely a "go back to". Some more "wandering" and we come across a barn dance going on at Seely Stables. We walk back up the center of town and listen to a singer and watch a craft ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Plus Cabrillo Garden Inn San Diego
Comfy bed, but hotel not what was expected overall
Based on several positive reviews of the Cabrillo, I took the chance and booked a long weekend stay for my family of three. The bed was very comfortable, one of the best we have experienced in any hotel. The room was relatively clean and nice decor. But, the room left a bit to be desired otherwise - it was very small and crowded with too large of furniture, the bathroom was tiny, with only a shower, which was inconvenient for bathing an infant. Additionally, the bathroom was a bit beat up, in need of some touching up, and a good scrub of the shower floor grout. Generally speaking, however, the hotel stay was pleasant, quiet at night and mornings, breakfast available every day and courteous and helpful staff. Best Western recently took ownership of this property and it appears has commanded some repairs/upgrades, which were in progress during our stay. As such, we were unable to get a suite, but in seeing inside of some other rooms, we did not see any being much different other than maybe having slightly more space to move about the furniture and having a shower/bath unit.
Great location, price and place!
Had a great trip in San Diego! The Cabrillo Garden Inn is in a wonderful location... only 6 blocks to the middle of the Gaslamp District, and 5 blocks to Balboa Park. Good size rooms, (ours did have a tub and shower combo and a king bed). Small refrigerator in room, and two bottles of water daily, complementary - a bonus! The rooms were immaculate, and the bed very comforable. The staff were very friendly and helpful. A hot breakfast every morning including eggs (real) and turkey bacon, toast, juice, yogurt, etc. Also cookies and coffee available all day. A wonderful veranda to sit and eat on as well. There is a rooftop deck with chairs for relaxing in the evening. Lots of flowers in pots all over made a very relaxing setting! A small deli directly across the street for sodas, munchies, beer and wine was ideal. I would most certainly stay here again. Great place, highly recommended.
Loved the Cabrillo Hotel!!
My wife and I stayed at the Cabrillo Hotel over this years' Valentines Day. I must say that it was fantastic! After a long afternoon of doing "romantic" things, the hotel room was an oasis of comfort. We were lucky enough to grab the suite, and it was great. The king size bed was fantastic! The comforters and sheets were so comfortable, we didn't want to leave and go to dinner! The bathroom was fantastic also. All white, and very spacious. Enough room for both of us to get ready at the same time. There was a pretty good view of San Diego from the window also. The guest staff was extremely helpful. We didn't have an iron/board in the room, and within 2 minutes they brought that up with extra towels also. In the morning, they had a fantastic breakfast prepared, and the staff was curteous, they chatted with the patrons while we prepared the food. My only complaint is that in the suite, the tv is pretty far away from the bed, but I guess they planned it that way. Also, there aren't too many wall outlets that are readily accessible. Other than that, my stay was fantastic. We will definetly stay again.
Poor people skills.Small and not what we expected.No bath,only shower.Clean but old ,even with the remodeling.Only stayed long enough to know we wanted more for the money and they didn't care.
Great value, excellent service!
I travel frequently for work and have experienced the full gamut of hotel experiences. The Cabrillo Garden Inn was fantastic. Every member of the staff was friendly and helpful. Acting on a tip from another review, I rquested a "suite" -- a larger than average room. The room was fine; the bed was comfortable; and the bathroom large and nicely decorated. The hotel serves a full breakfast and actually extended its service hour as I was a few minutes late getting back from a 10 mile run along the waterfront. Convenient to the Gaslamp District and the Convention Center yet far cheaper than many "name" hotels, you'll enjoy your stay!
As a frequent traveler, the big chains very easily lose their allure.
My room was immaculately kept as were the grounds. The personnel were friendly and polite. The accessories in the rooms were very tasteful and comfortable. I enjoyed my stay and would recommend Cabrillo Gardens for anyone looking to be close to lots of activities in San Diego at a fair price.
Cute comfy convenient
very comfortable beds, courteous staff, awesome breakfast and nice spaces to sit, walking distance to several restaurants, a good value for the money
One person can ruin the stay for you
When I called and made reservations the girl was very nice, I then called to change the reservations and the person was very nice.I was very excited until I got there until I was greeted with a man who told me and my friends to not be loud or they WILL call the police. Now I understand that this is a quiet hotel, but just be greeted at a hotel that I am paying money to stay there with a lecture wasn't my idea of perfect guest relations. My friends and I were very quiet and I felt offended that I was catagorized as someone who was loud.The next morning we went to check out and there were 2 girls at the front desk who were very nice and made it a little better. I am amazed at how jaded I can be after one bad experience, but I am.I will not be staying here again because of that one guy.We later found out there were loud people coming into the hotel around 2:30 a.m. they were much older than myself and my friends and i can guaranty that they did not get the "welcoming" that my friends and I got.
We stayed at the Cabrillo Garden Inn mid August, 2003 and it is fabulous. Not a big hotel, but they have excellent service, great downtown location (close to everything). Breakfasts were good. Tip: ask for one of their "suites". Bigger, better. Everybody gets free parking.
This inn was totally redesigned with new furniture, bathrooms, etc.
Clena and Comfortable
We had a great experience at this hotel. If you are looking for a large hotel with full amenities than this is not for you. If you are looking for a small inn which provides personal attention, this is a wonderful place. My husband and I arrived to the hotel around 1:00 in the morning (4:00 on our clocks as we flew in from the east coast) after a 8 hour flight. Needless to say, we were pretty tired and cranky. The ride from the airport was about 5 minutes. When we arrived, we were given our room immediately. The room was very clean and nicely decorated. The color scheme and decorations in the room were beautiful and actually very soothing. The carpet was new. The comforters were heavenly. There were even fresh flowers in the room by the bed. The staff also left a bouquet of flowers in a vase for me on the dresser with a little note wishing me a happy birthday from the entire staff....they knew it was my birthday as they asked what was bringing us to the hotel when I made the reservation. The aroma of the flowers was heavenly as we entered the room. The breakfast in the morning was good..not gourmet but very convenient. We took our breakfast up to the rooftop (above the second floor) which is nestled between a few highrises downtown. Every request we made was immediately granted. Great location. Wonderful staff.