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... not only that we were able to do so but that my concerned husband completely agreed. I did not want to miss Joshua Tree and was pretty upset about it, but it turns out that it was a great decision to head towards the coast. We arrived in San Diego mid-afternoon and got the Scamp situated outside of our host Laura’s apartment complex. Husb carried up the essentials we would need and I took to the couch immediately, still in pain and hoping with all ...
... Carrier ship. The ship is just gigantic. With tunnels and tunnels inside and all the fighter jets and helicopters on the top deck there was so much to see we couldn't see all of it.
At midday we went to a meeting point and got picked up by a bus as we had organised a day trip to go and see Tijuana in Mexico. There was only another 10 people on the bus. A few years ago there used to be hundreds of tour busses that would take ...
After the bright lights of Las Vegas and after having so much fun we were now back on the road towards LA - sniff sniff, but not without one more stop in San Diego which I was really intrigued by as I have never been, nor knew what to expect. Ben has been before but had memories mainly of parts of the zoo so we were heading into the unknown (ish), which is always fun - and the city definitely didn't disappoint.
We decided to ...
... and of course enjoyed the many 'fishy' rewards! The second show was BlueHorizons and entertained a massive crowd for over twenty minutes, again telling a story which included dolphins, birds and aerialists. This was spectacular with an array of colour, music and incredibly talented people and animals combining to provide the crowd with a vibrant show full of energy. Tis particular show was one when you didn't want front row seats...the ...
... that had been converted, so that the area of the Fire truck that usually carried the hose - had been renovated so that wood-burner pizza's were being made and eaten.
Being the first night, they had between 40 -50,000 people there and I had a hamburger while Jackie had Tacos for her tea. Inside the stadium was fantastic and when game time started the arena really hummed. About 150 National Guardsmen marched into the arena with a huge USA flag. Then ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Candlewood Suites San Diego
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!