DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego - Hotel Circle
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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.
Nice Stay at the Doubletree
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.
Nice hotel in a noisy location
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.
They offer an in-room high speed internet access via the TV, which is nice but expensive (apart from a free section with a summary of the news, weather, finance, ...). They do have a so-called 'business center' in the lobby, which you can access for free (also the internet). The staff is a little young but very friendly. They really try hard to help you. There is a swimming pool and a jacuzzi outside (on the side of the building) but the thing is that it is very noisy as the highway 8 is not far away. I suppose this must be the case for most of the hotels located in the 'hotel circle', except if the pool is at the back. Do not really expect to spend an entire holiday there relaxing at the pool side! They have a free, ample covered car park, which is good. They also have the traditional fitness room downstairs in the basement. Not extremely nice or big but useful. Another nice point is that they have a coin laundry, which I found rather surprising for a hotel. Very handy that one when you're away from home for three weeks. There's a pretty recent shopping mall a couple of miles away from there as well.
Overall, I keep a very good memory of this hotel, apart from the noisy highway (no problem in the rooms though). Friendly staff, well equipped, good size rooms and not far from the major attractions(not on foot though).