Address: 411 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, California, 92108-3402, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Old Town/Hotel Circle area of San Diego, is near Fashion Valley Shopping Center, Riverwalk Golf Club-Friars Course, Riverwalk Golf Club-Mission Course, and Riverwalk Golf Club-Presidio Course.
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          TravelPod Member ReviewsBEST WESTERN Seven Seas San Diego

          Reviewed by siliratt

          Very dated looking but well kept

          Reviewed Apr 9, 2009
          by (17 reviews) Montreal , Canada Flag of Canada

          The look to this place was extremely dated, but the rooms looked very new, almost as if they had a time machine and had brought new furnishing back from the 80s. The location was good, with a bus stop right in front, as well as being a 5 minute walk away from a transits hub (at the mall.)

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

          Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Seven Seas San Diego

          Very small room


          I stayed at the Best Western Seven Seas from June 14 to 18. From reading the reviews of others before I booked our stay there, I knew it would not be perfect. However, it was the only motel I could find that was within the price I wanted to pay (less than $100 a night), without checking Travelodge or Motel 6.

          Upon entering the first room we were assigned to, the only thing we noticed was the odor. I asked for a room change and was given a key to check the room two doors down. That room only stank when the A/C was turned on. Because I didn't want to go back and forth from hotel lobby to rooms, I accepted the second room.

          The rooms are very small. There was just enough room for two double beds with a small end table between them. Bathroom and vanity area also were very small.

          Most inconvenient was that there is only one electrical outlet by the vanity area, which is where the fridge, hairdryer and coffeemaker are set up. In order to keep the fridge running, I had to take the hairdryer to another location to use. Ditto for the coffeemaker.

          On the positive side, the grounds are lovely, flowers all around, and the pool is large and warm. And there are two hot tubs.

          I'm sure that when the bills start rolling in, I'll be happy that I stayed there instead of at one of the more expensive hotels. But it is definitely not the place for anyone seeking luxury accomodations.

          Ok at best


          The staff I found to be nice, helpful and friendly. Once you got your bearings and knew your way around the location was great, only 5 min to Sea World, 15 to the Zoo and 20-30 to Downtown. The people staying next to us were very loud early in the morning (but you can't blame that on the motel, the 130 plus 18 year olds that stayed the last night we were there some of them walking around till past midnight and then heard again at 4:30 in the morning I might) The room itself was clean but on the small side with double beds. The fridge would not work unless the light was on by the sink in the room. (we spoiled some food that way). The light in the bathroom would not work unless the light over the sink was on. The shower was the worst of all. I am all in favor of conserving water but there was absolutely no water pressure at all and I have two girls with long hair. A little disappointed since a friend recommended the Seven Seas to us. Will I stay there again....maybey...but probably not.

          Best Western 7 Seas is an excellent choice


          A friend & I stayed here for a convention that was being held at the San Diego Convention Center (about 5 miles south of the hotel). This hotel was beyond our expectations, especially for the price!

          The rooms were average in size, but in excellent condition. The whole hotel was clean, and we really liked how the grounds had a park-like atmosphere. There are 2 hot tubs (one by the pool and one off by itself), which we loved.

          It's in the perfect location for everything--dowtown, gaslamp district, the zoo, and cool local spots. It's just a 20 minute drive to La Jolla, where there is the most beautiful sunset we've ever seen. The free internet in the lobby really helped us find great places to eat besides chain restaurants. You gotta try Bronx Pizza on Washington & First--just a few minutes away.

          We would definitely stay here again!!!



          We booked this hotel for a few reasons: we thought it would be clean, it had a shuttle to all the places we wanted to go, and it was cheap. Well, it was clean, no complaints about that. It did have a shuttle, but it ran 6 AM - 10 PM and had a pretty tight schedual. We ended up having to take a Taxi to Sea World because we wanted to get there early and they could only get you there at a certain time. We also had to take a Taxi to the airport as our flight left at 5:30 AM and there shuttle wasn't opertating at that time.

          However, because we paid only $67 per night for this hotel, we felt pretty good about it. We got that rate through our entertainment card.

          The good things about the hotel: the grounds were very pretty, well landscaped and maintained. Housekeeping was respectful of the fact that we didn't want housekeeping: we put the "No housekeeping" sign up for 2 days and weren't bothered once. The room was clean and had all the standard ammenties: iron/board, hair dryer, mini-fridge (big enough to put 2 boxes of pizza's and it had a freezer!), the front desk was helpful with everything we asked for, the tv had cable and pay-per-view, and there was a cafe that included Pizza delivery onsite.

          The bad: without a car, you are really stuck in your hotel. There aren't even grocery/convience stores nearby. The hotel is old, really is a motel, with outdoor hallways and rocks on the roof. Its really designed more like a Motel 6 looks-wise than a Best Western. But the rooms are TINY. Both beds are up against a wall with a small table inbetween and thats the legnth of the room. It was a tight fit for 2 adults with several pieces of luggage, I think it would be completly impossible for a family with children- even a family with one child.

          Clean and comfortable


          We arrived at the Best Western Seven Seas after three HORRID days at the Anaheim Vagabond Executive Inn and were very pleased to find CLEAN and comfortable adjoining rooms for our stay. The staff was helpful and friendly and the grounds were lovely for taking my toddler for a walk in the stroller. We found the rooms to be very quiet and even though they were repaving the parking lot, we were able to find free parking in the lot. Housekeeping was up bright and early, but they were very kind to come back later as requested. The pool didn't seem to be heated and the children froze their behinds off, but they were able to warm up in the hot tub and that appeased everyone. After a morning trip to the Aircraft Carrier Midway, we ordered pizza for lunch from room service and we were VERY impressed. It came very quickly and it was absolutely delicious. Do NOT order from the flyers you might find under your door, but order directly from room service. We had a very pleasant stay and will return should we ever have the chance to go to San Diego again.

          Rude staff


          Stayed there during the beginning of Sept for the weekend. Walked into the lobby and there were two clerks standing behind the counter. They were busy talking and never even acknowledged me. I had to interrupt with an "excuse me - I'd like to check in". One of the teenage clerks promtply checked me in. When I went to my room, it was already occupied!! Went back to the lobby, desk clerk saw me coming back with my room key then she promptly hightailed it to the back of the office! Other clerk apologized and upgraded us, but what a dump it was anyway. If you are into floor to ceiling mirrors and hair in the bathtub when you arrive, then this hotel is for you.

          I will never stay at this hotel again. Go a few doors down to the Days Inn instead. On the bright side, their hotel cafe is great.

          I stay here often


          I make it to San Diego about twice a year and have been staying at the 7 Seas for several years now. Before staying there I would stay at the Days Inn a couple of motels down the street from this place, until the Days Inn priced me out, even with my half price hotel club membership.

          I then chose the 7 Seas as I remember staying there with my family as a child in the 1970s. It is a much nicer atmosphere than Days Inn is. The park like setting makes it much more pleasing to lounge about, as compared to the blacktop of the other place. The jacuzzi located away from the pool is situated in the garden area and is a nice place to relax.

          I have never had any problems with the service there and the desk clerks have always been friendly to me. The food is ok, but I'm spoiled now, with so many good restaurants in San Diego to choose from. The room service menu is limited and a bit on the pricey side.

          The rooms are a bit small and worn, but they have been working at remodling these last few years and have recently installed free high speed Internet service. They have also upgraded their pool and jacuzzi areas and added an exercise room. The last couple of times I've stayed there though, they no longer offered pay per view movies as they were upgrading their television system, but they planned to restore that service in the future. Most rooms come with a (tiny) refrigerator.

          Though located at the exchange of two busy freeways, there is no noticable traffic noise in the rooms. Yes, the maintenance crews start around 7AM, but I've learned that all the motels I've ever stayed in have thin walls and now bring earplugs with me to sleep with, if needed. I've had more problem with noisy neighbors slamming doors and playing their TVs too loud than with disturbances from the ground crews.

          In contrast, I stayed at the Hilton Mission Bay Resort last summer to attend a seminar there. I felt I get much more for my money at the 7 Seas than I did at the Hilton. Hilton charges for parking and an arm and a leg for telephone calls. Parking at the 7 Seas is free and so are local calls. Granted, the motel doesn't have all the amenities the resort has, but I found many of the other guests at the Hilton rude when I tried to enjoy the amenities there. I haven't run into the "me first" attitude at the 7 Seas that I experienced at the Hilton, nor been disturbed by groups of rowdy partiers like I have been at both the Hilton and Days Inn.

          The 7 Seas is conveniently located to the activities San Diego offers. There Is an upscale shopping mall nearby which is good for people watching, as well as shopping. The mall also features a trolley stop, which is a quick and easy way to travel to the Old Town and downtown areas.

          All in all, though it may show its age a little, the 7 Seas is my choice. In fact, I have reservations to stay there for another week in October.



          Our stay here was good. We could walk to one of the biggest malls in San Diego and also catch the trolley. The free shuttle service the hotel offers was "EXCELLENT"!!! The driver's were very nice and informative of attractions nearby. They took us to many of them without any hassel.

          The food at the hotel restuarant was "AWESOME". My hats off to the cook. :-)

          I only have two complaints:

          1) The front desk staff was unfriendly

          2) The room had an odor, but once you run the a/c on high for awhile it was ok.., but you could still smell something. We were not in the room much, so that's why we could handle it.

          I would still recommend this hotel for the shuttle service and other accomadtions.

          A little out of the way, but a true gem!


          I've stayed at the Best Western Seven Seas several times, alone and with my elderly mother. The rooms are always clean. The staff is very friendly. The pool is very warm and big enough to do laps or play with your children. There is an exercise room that faces the pool and behind it bathrooms with showers and a changing room so you don't have to go all the way back to your room if you don't want to to change. The bar is adjacent to the pool, and guests are allowed to sit by the pool with their drinks. The hotel has two jacuzzi tubs, one by the pool where there is always a group of friendly visitors and another more secluded pool. The grounds are very pretty and park-like. The restaurant though with a little slow service has Excellent food. Room service was very quick. Tons of parking. The only negatives I would state were the when I was trying to work on my laptop I had to stretch the phone cord halfway across the room from the bedside table and very early in the morning the maintenance staff was out blowing leaves from the parking lot. My shower knob broke, and it did require two phone calls, but the gentleman then came immediately and was in and out very quickly. Other than that, I would stay there again!!

          Avoid this hotel!


          The room stank, and it was TINY. The employees were unhelpful in the extreme. Old, run-down facility. Tatty bedspreads (on two double beds shoe-horned into the dinky bedroom). But the smell - that's my lasting impression. Smelled like something died in there, mixed with the scent of some industrial-strength deodorant for a truly nauseating effect. The front desk refused to move me, although there were empty rooms. I left the next day. You can definitely do better in Mission Valley - I called San Diego Concierge (they're in the white pages of the phone book) and got a better room - much larger, with a sitting area - at the Holiday Inn Select just down the street for a LOWER PRICE.

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