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For the 4th of July Angie and Jeff had a real treat planned: we were going to downtown San Diego to watch a baseball game between the Padres and the Giants, and then watch the fireworks over the big bay of San Diego.
It was a glorious day. Warm sunshine greeted us even early in the morning and we packed a picnic and some wine to enjoy after the match. Th feared traffic jams on the freeway were nowhere to be found and we made it to San Diego in ...
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... so we tried to plan a couple of other shows to see during the day as well as seeing the animals, checking out the shops and going on some rides.
It wasn't the ideal day for rides because most of them involved getting wet...this didn't seem to worry most people but we weren't exactly dressed suitably. We did manage to find a couple of rides including a simulated helicopter ride The Wild Arctic ride followed by a visit to the polar bears, beluga whales ...
... it was closed and the woman in the shop informed us the owner sometimes opens at 2, sometimes 3, sometimes not at all, whatever he feels like! On the way back got chatting to an old man who gave us a tip for a little blues bar tonight and a Mexican restaurant. Spent an hour or so by the roof top pool drinking our complementary cocktail. Went out later on and went to the Mexican restaurant ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Dana on Mission Bay San Diego
CLOSE TO SEA WORLD
We stayed at Dana Inn Labor Day weekend 2003, room was small but clean.
Close to Sea World with free hourly shuttle which is convenient.. Staff was friendly and helpful would stay there again
Dana Inn was Great
Great hotel for a family - literally right across the road from Sea World. We took the hotel shuttle over to the park, and took a leisurely 20 minute stroll back, passing under the road beside the bayand the marina. While not a new property, it has been well maintained (I'm a General Contractor - I always look for these things ) and our room was very clean. The pool area is as good as the brochure picture, including inflatable toys for the kids to share. Finally, don't miss the onsite eatery - The Red Hen - Great Food at a reasonable price, not the usual high$ fare associated with being across from a theme park.
So so, can do better in SD
We just spent three nights at the Dana Inn and were a bit disappointed.
We expected newer facilities but the rooms look old and definetely need to be refurbished. We had specifically requested a room overlooking the pool and large enough for the crib. IT was a small room with a tiny little sink. We could not see the pool due to all the shrubbery and that's after we asked to move as our first room was located across from the enormous construction site (they are builing an additional 80 rooms !)
The staff was courteous and did try to accomodate us. The kids enjoyed the pool but it was overcrouded at times.
The only restaurant on the premises is quite terrible and there is nothing within walking distance.
I will stay somewhere else the next time we go to SD.
As good as they say...
You can't hardly go wrong with the Dana Inn, especailly if you have children. My two teenagers loved the place. They made friends at the pool and hung out on the marina. The rooms were very tidy and quiet at night. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Nice pool (with bar) and outside game area. Beautiful landscaping. Plenty of parking. Great access to Mission Bay and views of Sea World fireworks. We took the free shuttle to Sea World. They rent bikes, boats and jet skis on site.
We rented a jet ski and explored Mission Bay. We made the short five minute drive to Mission Beach which is a beautiful and clean beach. My only complaint is the lack of free local calls but they do have high speed Internet access.
Great place with a family
Hey,If your looking for an good family place to stay. I recommend the Dana Inn and Marina.It was the perfect place if you are going to Seaworld. It is close by and they have a shuttle. Even if you take a taxi it would only cost you 4 buck's. The rooms were small and the washroom was ok.However, the restaurant was very friendly and room service was wonderful. An, added feature is the pool.They have games during the day and blow toys all the time. We took our own however, we did not need them. I have stayed at the Paradise Point resort near Seaworld in Mission bay and the Dana Inn beats them hands down. They were friendlier and accommodating. The water in the pool is warm as well.They really make it a point to win your kids over. That is a plus I don't think my kids notices the room.After going to Seaworld and playing at the pool all afternoon and evening they pass out tried.It allowed my wife and I to have a vacation beer. Incidentally, you can see the Seaworld fireworks located near the resorts dock starts at 9:50pm. It is cool everybody standing around looking and going oooooooooo and ahhhhhhh. Funny. Kids had a blast. Check it out once.
Down the street is another amusement part as well. I think it is call Baymont. Plus the ocean, you gotta check it out. No, they did not pay me. This is one parent to another.
Customer Svc Makes the Difference
I looked through many hotels and read countless reviews before booking a hotel in Old Town, then decided to change to the Dana Inn at the last minute because we wanted to stay closer to the water. This hotel was right on the water and our little girl enjoyed going out and looking at the boats every day. It's how we got her dressed. We would tell her if she hurried before it was time to leave her daddy would take her out to look at them. I read a review of another hotel that said it must have been right in the flight pattern of the airport. We heard the planes, too. If you don't want to hear them, don't stay anywhere near downtown because they come down right in the middle of it. If it had been warm and sunny while we stayed, it would have been a perfect location.
Mental note, San Diego is warmest in August. As it was the room was clean though a little dark, but maybe that was in part from the cloudiness outside. We requested a bathtub because we have a 3 year-old and had no trouble having that request filled. The room was on the small side and felt cramped, but we did have two double beds. Maybe if they put in smaller chairs for the table or just removed one of them it would be better. We rearranged just a bit and it worked. The staff was right on top of things calling us as soon as we checked in to make sure everything was fine and asked if we needed anything. One day we came back and our room still hadn't been cleaned at 4PM. We just went to the pool to give them some more time. By the time we got back about 5:30 it had been done and we received a phone call from housekeeping asking if we needed anything like towels, etc. They really seemed to be proactive rather than waiting for a complaint and reacting. The only thing I really had a problem with was the pool area. The towels were way too small. They were more like hand towels than pool towels. The only people these would fit around were children. Luckily we had brought some of our own on the trip. While swimming I kept finding clumps of hair in the pool. It was like someone had brushed her hair in the pool.
It wasn't just one strand, but more like 20-30 all tangled together and it was in more than one place. I don't know much about pools, but I would have thought the skimmer would take care of that if it was in working order. We're not big complainers, so I just let it go. The other thing you should know is that all the rooms open outside like a drive up motel. We didn't have a problem with it, but if you're not expecting it, it can be disappointing. All in all this was a good hotel for the price and the staff made us feel right at home.
In awwe when we arrived. Communication was all through the internet in booking this room. Great place for the family, gorgeous views and walking distance to so much. Super close to Sea World. Room was not too big. We did fit a family of 5 in there tho we did not spend much time in the room with so much to do and see! GREAT service!
Upgraded Motel - Great Service
This is no four seasons resort. It is, however, a very clean, nicely decorated motel that is good value for money -- certainly much nicer and more comfortable than one of the chains.The service was excellent. Very attentative and much more like a 3 or 4 star hotel than the price we paid -- $138 / night for a marina view -- would have suggested.My only quibble was that there was only a shower in our room -- no bath.Very, very close to Seaworld and a great choice for a couple of nights in Mission Bay.
An older, small motel with a great location, excellent recreation, and a helpful staff. Free shuttle to SeaWorld (5 min away) and stop for Old Town Trolley to tour Downtown, Gas Lamp and Zoo. Located in bayside park for walks and bikerides. 5 minute drive to beach and old fashioned amusement park. Poolside rooms access the rec area via a little semi-private patio, so lushly landscaped that you think you are at a tropical resort. Rooms are a little cramped, with small bathrooms including only a stand-up shower. Small refrigerator, large TV are the only accessories. Staff gave great recommendations to local restaurants and shopping. A wonderful experience at a reasonable price.
Super Close To Sea World!
We recently completed an enjoyable weekend stay at the DI&M. The location is great (15-20 minutes to SW, 5 mins to the Mission Bay Beaches), the price was reasonable (I found $99/night for a poolside room, normally $159+) and the accomodations were satisfactory. The rooms aren't the largest, but they are well-equipped (fridge included). They have a nice pool/hot-tub and free foosball, ping-pong & shuffleboard (great for the kids). The Gaslamp Quarter/Downtown is less than 10 mins. away. One really nice feature is the shuttle to/from SeaWorld --- no parking fee (7 bucks saved for the overpriced park eateries) or ardous walk through Timbuk2. All in all, if you're looking family-friendly resort-type lodging for your SeaWorld trip, look into the DI&M.