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Today was the day that we went to Sea World which meant I got to see my most favourite animal in the world. A Killer Whale!!! A once we got our tickets to get in for Sea World, Disneyland three days and universal studios we headed into Sea World. Off to the kids area first so Charlie could go on some rides. Our first ride was called Elmo's Flying Fish. We we sat in a Elmo fish and it went up and down by using a joystick. Then the next ride was like the tea cup ...
... where we got out of the car to boat and bird watch! Then we headed out to Point Loma, which is where San Diego was first discovered. We thought we'd gone the wrong way when we entered an army barracks but turns out you just drive through it to get to the end point! We parked and walked up to the lighthouse at the top of the cliff where in the winter you can see grey whales as they migrate down from Alaska! Because this part of the island closes early we abandoned ...
... part next time.
I then head across the street on a pedestrian bridge taking pictures along the way. On the other side of the street are 2 gardens.....the cactus garden and the rose garden. I'm heading back to my car which means I wind through the rose garden. It is July and they are in full bloom. I need to come back to this spot and concentrate on some picture taking.
... Hopefully it will be restored. We entered the fascinating world of the Botanical building, one of the world's largest wood and lath structures. Here are located over 2000 tropical plants with a huge collection of orchids. Wow!! The colors, shapes and designs of these flowers was breathtaking. Every time we thought we found our favorite, we soon replaced it with another.
We ventured from nature's creativity to that of human, with a visit to the ...
... stupid. So I went back down to the wharf and laid down on the grass. Being a weekend there was loads of people out, sailing and flying kites. I caught the sun, in a bad tan line kind of way. I had a skirt on and pulled it up, but I didn't check to see if it was straight, now I have a diagonal line on my leg and a vest top strap line cutting across my right arm (not shoulder). I look special, that will teach me for falling asleep in the ...
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!