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Yesterday JD took the truck for an oil change and did some errands. When the truck speaks, we listen. Don't need any trouble with the truck! R & R the rest of the day, rode our bikes and explored a little. Caught up on the required reading.... Ahhhh. So today was a day to GO! First on our list to see here was the San Diego Zoo. What a great place. We first took a bus tour of the place to see how it was laid out. Then ...
Who doesn't like San Diego? My sister didn't get a chance to join us, but the 4 of us headed up Hwy 74 through the mountains and then south at Temecula into San Diego. We got an early start and were in Old Town by 1030. Lots to see and do there and it was after noon before we were done. From there we headed down to Seaport Village for lunch and a walk along the water. The weather cooperated beautifully as it was warm and ...
... the club in LA and more and more from staying with 40 sick guys in Eugene a week earlier. I left the dinner promptly at its conclusion, slept up, and saw some sights in Balboa Park the next day. I collection of museums, parks, a zoo, restaurants, and few other awesome things, a lot of the park was built for the 1915 Panama-California exposition and has some of the most beautiful public architecture I've seen so far on the west coast. I also did some ...
Up early, fantastic continental breakfast included and then we continued south. Much warmer day today - the cold northerly wind appears to have abated. We were amazed to see the expanse of produce farms along the beginning of this section. Also the many pumpkin patches with it being fall. We drove again along some breathtaking coastline. We hadn't realized that there were oil rigs just off the California coastline, ...
... managed to copy the picture to here. Ha! $30 saved so now to return to Las Hanas as the Fajitas where great and it was fun there. We finished our meal with the house specialty - Deep fried ice cream, big enough for four. It was amazing and so we returned to the hotel pool for our late night hot tub and swim.
Exhaustion is setting in now so time for bed. Our last days are creeping up fast and we are all getting a little ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Candlewood Suites San Diego
Good hotel in Mission Valley area
We stayed at this property for three nights in January. Very well located for all San Diego attractions/sights. Front desk staff very helpful. Full breakfast selection was welcome - especially for busy tourists. Room was clean and spacious - but a bit institutional. I was also not prepared for exterior entrances to all the rooms. I might have chosen a different property if I had known that in advance (just my personal security level). Room was quiet even though we faced the freeway - the hotel is up a hill behind another property. We booked directly with the hotel for $80 per night. I wouldn't rate this a motel property but not a full service 'nice' hotel either. However, we were looking for a reasonably priced property with more than motel amenities and this seemed to be it in this area in San Diego. In general, I would rate this property higher than a Days Inn but lower than a Hampton Inn/Sheraton Four Points.
Good price and convenient location but spartan
My family and I (we have two young children) stayed here the weekend of January 15, 2005. We paid $80 per night for a queen executive suite. It's smaller than the queen deluxe but actually has a door to the bedroom. The room was spacious and clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. The location was conveniently on Hotel Circle if not scenic. My main complaint was the spartaness of the decor and thin walls. I could hear the bed squeaking above me at 4am (we travelled from the east coast so I was on east coast time). Not pleasant. The suite was so spare it was institutional. It's been a long time since I stayed in a room so barren. We stayed the Hawthorn Suites in Warren MI over Thanksgiving and the decor and facilities were much nicer. The room was smaller and it was about $20 a night more expensive. The morale is you get what you pay for. They also charged me $20 for the crib, which I thought was tacky. Our rate did include breakfast but it wasn't particularly appealing to anyone in our family so we never ate it. Next time I'll spend a few bucks more for something at less spare.
The staff at Hawthorn Suites in San Diego were great. They were courteous, helpful and informative. The Hawthorn Suites is a great place to stay. The suite has a separate bedroom, small kitchen area, and living room. It was spacious and quiet. A full breakfast buffet is included every morning and in the afternoon there is a complimentary cocktail hour from Sunday to Thursday. I highly recommend this hotel.
Great Quality -- Family-Friendly Prices!
My family and I stayed at the Hawthorn Suites in early July, 2004, for $80 per night for a one-bedroom suite -- a king sleeping room with a fold-out double in the sitting room. The rooms were extremely clean and more than large enough for our family of four. It was really nice having a separate room for the kids after a long day at SeaWorld, the Zoo and Wild Animal Park and the beaches. Located off I-8 on Hotel Circle South, the Hawthorn Suites are both quite AND convenient! The continental breakfast was great as was the afternoon "social" -- but both would have been even better if you were allowed to take breakfast and/or drinks back to your room. After all, you have a kitchen -- refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher.... We also appreciated the coin-operated laundry and small "pantry" with items to purchase at the hotel. We'll definitely stay at the Hawthorn Suites again!
Not that good and won't stay
June 5-8, 2004
Booked it based on reviews. Won't stay there again. Hotel was very old, but room was huge and TV was new. Customer service was fine. Breakfast was good. We had terrible and noisy neighbors. Did not have good experience with this hotel. I was not relaxed at all.
TV Trouble in SD
We stayed a week May 23-28, 2004. The room was fine and the service just as good.
The hotel has an excellent location for reaching downtown and the parks nearby.
One thing they need to work on is improving the TV channels. We had our kids with us and with no PBS or Disney channels, TV viewing was a problem.
Quiet a trip!
Well, let me first say that we booked at this hotel because we had hyatt points and our stay was free. My family was finishing out the last part of our California vacation (Disneyland) in San Diego. Our plan was to go to Legoland and the Zoo and maybe a few beaches. This hotel was very centrally located in San Diego for all the sightseeing as well as restaurants and shopping. The first 1 bedroom suite that they gave us had a terrible smell so we requested a different room which they promptly gave us. The suite was clean, spacious and very quiet. The complementary breakfast included scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, toast, muffins, waffles, cereal, fruit, juice, coffee.
While we were at the Hawthorn Suites, our daughter had a febrile seizure and was transported via EMT to Children's Hospital (5 minutes away). The staff was very attentive to all of our needs and very quickly changed our bed linens when our baby projectile vomited all over them. While our stay in San Diego was not exactly what we expected (our baby is doing fine, thankfully), the Hawthorn Suites was a very nice place for our family of 4.
I booked a 2-room suite at Hawthorn Suites in San Diego through Orbitz for one night six weeks before my stay. My family and I arrived around 5pm and were told by the lone clerk that someone else had cancelled our reservation (not us) and that there were no rooms available in the hotel. The clerk had to call his manager on the phone to find out what to do. Then over the course of 1/2 hour he called hotels in the area trying to locate another room. Then he told us that there was a suite down the street at Holiday Inn, but 10 minutes later when we got to Holiday Inn, they had just given their last room out. The clerk at Hawthorn had not reserved the room that he had found for us, and it had been given away! Luckily the person ahead of us in line gave up her room to us, so now Holiday Inn was trying to get Hawthorn to fax over information so that Hawthorn would be billed the ~$100 extra that the Holiday Inn room cost over our reservation at Hawthorn - this took another hour or so. (And we weren't going to have a suite like we were supposed to.) Well, it turned out that Holiday Inn and Hawthorn did not have a billing agreement, so HI could not bill Hawthorn. Needless to say, I took the room I could get anyway and I was highly dissatisfied with Hawthorn. Their operation is totally incompetent!
great hotel!! Rooms are huge. Excellent hot breakfast. staff were very helpful. Good location no road noise at all or any noise for that matter. Would definately stay there again.
The rooms were huge! Very nice hotel with great view. Very quite, back behind other hotel off the freeway. Great central location. Better than average breakfast with eggs, bacon, etc. buffet. Reasonably priced especially for the size of the rooms. No pool, but spa. Highly recommend this hotel when you are in San Diego!