DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego - Hotel Circle
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Our last day before starting the trip home.
A fairly early start, as we caught a shuttle to the transit centre to catch a train to Legoland. The train ride went quickly and before long we were at our destination - but there were no taxis. A short phone call then a long wait and we were finally in our taxis and on our way.
Today was to be a bit of a relax and "go with the flow" kind of day. We didn't have any specific plans other than to hop on the trolley and head towards dowtown San Diego for a look around.
There is a transit stop at "Old Town" which is apparently where San Diego first started - so we got off the trolley for a look around. It is the …
ANZAC Day 2013 - Lest We Forget.
Today we spent most of at the San Diego Zoo. An iconic place we had been looking forward to visiting given the reputation and all we had heard about it over the years.
Again we ended up with a shuttle instead of a taxi - but this time we arranged the price before we left so there was no charge for …
Up early to start packing and fitting our shopping back into the bags,so we had a very quick and expensive breakfast from Starbucks,4 coffee's and 4 muffins $30- £20! We had a quick look around Macy's then it was off to the airport for our flight to San Diego, luckily Phil got us into the first class lounge, so it was the cheapest airport stop ever …
Yes, really before we started our trip, I attended a conference for 2 days.
Yet all I could think about in these two days was getting on the road, wind in our face....and leaving the world behind us....
The weekend seemed to go by so slow.
We were ready to head out Monday morning bright and early just before the sun came …
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Historical Traveler Reviews DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego - Hotel Circle
We stay here for 10 days in February and were very pleased. We got a great price by booking through a tour company and felt that the hotel offered everything it said it did. It is right on the freeway which anyone should be able to figure out so ear plugs are a neccessity if your a light sleeper. Because of its location we had great access to everything we wanted to see. We could even get to a lot of places without going on the freeways including Old Town and Balboa Park. The rooms were nicely furnished and everything worked fine. The pool was nice and warm and the hot tub was great. The restaruant was good and reasonably priced. If you are expecting a resort hotel, this isn't the place for you. No one carries your luggage or turns down your bed. It is a conveniently located (if you're driving) comfortable hotel.
Good Hotel, Poor Location
My wife and I spent the weekend at this hotel and had mixed feelings.
As far the hotel goes it is pretty good. We got a special internet rate and still managed to get a nice room on the top floor with raised ceilings. The only problem and this probably goes for all hotels in the Hotel Circle is location. The Hotel Circle is nothing more than a strip of hotels that surround a freeway. You will hear and see freeway traffic at this hotel. It is also in very close proximity to shopping malls where traffic is pretty bad. If you are looking for a bargain, you might find it here but not the place to go if you are looking for some serious R&R.
Great Hotel, great price
My wife and I stayed here for 8 nights in October, 2003. It was fantastic. We had a very nice room on the eighth floor and the highway noise was barely noticeable. Fantastic view from the balcony, friendly, helpful staff, great hotel. The only problems were a weird, unattached parking garage with handicapped spaces in random spots and our shower did break once, though the staff sent someone right up to fix it. Very nice hotel, and at the price we paid, you can't expect absolute perfection. I recommend it highly.
Call it 1 star hotel is a compliment
We stayed there for one night. Thank god it was only one night. Much much worse than a motel. It is a run-down hotel in a run-down neighborhood. Everything was either broken, weared out or new but the cheapest you can find in a 99c store. At night it was noisy, not because of the closeness to highway, but the machines running in the building. I would never stay there again even if it's free.
Stayed in this hotel on a return trip to San Deigo and would not recommend it. Firstly the location is terrible if you want to see San Diego - you have to walk to the fashion valley centre to get the trolly, which takes a half an hour. If you are prepared to get taxis everywhere it might be for you.
The room was ok, staff nice enough. But the pool was tiny and if you are up late forget getting breakfast and if you are back late in the evening forget about dinner.
It is very near the highway and you can hear traffic all night. If you are going to San Diego better off paying a little extra to stay down town.
More like a motel than a Doubletree
We've been staying at this hotel for a week while work is done on our house. We chose this hotel because of location and because it advertised a spacious and well-lit desk in every room. Don't believe it - our room has a small, dimly-lit side table and an arm chair - not a good set-up to get work done. The staff is friendly but inept. The housecleaning staff is awful - we had to aske repeatedly to have our room made up yesterday - they finally did it, but not until 4:30pm. The fridge in our room froze everything and our sodas all exploded. Our 2-room suite is pretty shop-worn.
My family enjoyed our stay at the Doubletree Club. We had a nice clean two-room, double queen suite with a balcony with all the amenities listed on their website. We had two t.v.'s and you can order movies or play nintendo games (can be pricey if ordered everyday). The fitness room was useful but I was little disappointed that they only had one treadmill. They have a small game room. The on-site Panini restaurant was delicious. I didn't get a chance to enjoy the swimming pool; we spent the day at the theme parks so by the time we returned to the hotel it was too chilly for us to swim. The only negative things were the plumbing system (toilet would get stopped up) and the first couple of days we had to ask for washcloths. The hotel staff were very nice and helpful. I would recommend this hotel and stay there again. Don't forget the delicious cookies at check-in.
Good Location; Great Staff
A/C system was inadequate; refrigerator setting frozen to lowest setting; two of three phones didn't work; drape between sitting area where kids slept and bedroom area was inoperable til we fixed it; outdoor temp was cool while we visited- mid-60's and pool was not heated to compensate; restaurant menu selection was minimal. With negatives out of the way, price was great ($ 115/nt), rooms were clean, location was superb for site-seeing no matter what direction we went by car but this is not a resort setting, hotel is on the highway, parking was free, and desk staff was great for directions, restaurant recommendations, etc.
Ditto to Anonymous review above
I decided to try this Doubletree after a satisfactory stay in the Doubletree Mission Valley on a previous visit, just to see which one I prefer. Have to say the above review is very accurate, and there is not much more I can add, except that if you stay on the pool side, expect the bright light from the pool to shine into your room, if you keep the drapes open, as it is on all night long. Next time, I would request a room on the other side.
My wife and I stayed at this hotel in early October 2002. We booked through Expedia and got the 4th night free, which made the nightly rate something like $70. I think it was worth the money. The hotel has apparently gone through a big renovation program. While it clearly shows from the outside and in the lobby (which looks pretty nice), you can feel that it is not brand new in the rooms. The age of the hotel can be noticed through the various scratches here and there. But I truly would not rate it badly because the rooms where generally in a good condition. Certainly very clean and spacious.