DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego - Mission Valley
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... the city's main bar and restaurant area. We settled down next to some diehard San Diego Padres fans with the baseball on TV, and had some light beer, hot dogs and chilli cheese fries.
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Historical Traveler Reviews DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego - Mission Valley
Beautiful hotel, Very Helpful staff.
We stayed at this hotel for Spring Break 2005. Loved it. Very clean rooms. the guest services desk was very helpful at giving directions and suggestions of where to go and what to see around San Diego. I also made my reservations through Hotwire and got this room for a great rate for San Diego. Loved It, Loved It, Loved It!!! Very Highly recommended.
You will not believe this
Unfortunately back in June I made a reservation at Double Tree. Days before my arrival I canceled. Everything seemed to be taken care of. Few days later I noticed that I had been charged the full amount although I had canceled in the allowed time. I called, was adviced that everything had been taken care of and now, two months later I am still trying to receive a refund. Everytime I speak to a representative I am told that there is nothing for me to worry about; however the reality is another. Never have I stayed at Double Tree, now even less. Now my bank refuses to dispute such charges given the fact that its been over 2 months, and the hotel, all it does is apologize!!!
Loved this Doubletree!
I recently stayed at this hotel and I was pleasantly surprised. I got a very good price for the room and it was very clean and had friendly staff. The San Diego trolley is right across the street if you prefer taking public transportation. It also has a very nice indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool and jacuzzi. It was a wonderful sauna and work out room. There is a very nice dining area if you prefer to eat on the hotel site. On the website, it said that I would have to pay $10 for parking but I was never charged that. I will stay at this facility again.
Big and Impersonal, but Cheap
I stayed at the Double tree Hotel Mission Valley for four nights in May 2004. The hotel is adjacent to a major freeway, so it's hard to miss. It's about a 20-30 minute ride from the airport, depending on the traffic. The hotel offers a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel, but you have to call for it. The hotel offers a ride back to the hotel for $5 per person. The shuttle leaves every hour on the hour, starting at 6:00 am. The hotel is located in a office park kind of area, adjacent to a small mall (Hazard Center), and one trolley stop from the Fashion Valley Mall, which they say has the "best shopping" in San Diego. If you're from any metropolitan area, however, the mall has all of the shops you have at home. My general feeling about the hotel is that they nickel and dime you to death. They automatically give you a copy of USA Today each morning--for 50 cents--unless you tell them not to. Local calls are not free. The business center consists of some automated internet access PCs in the lobby, staffed by a coin machine, not a human being. The hotel restaurants are mediocre. The rooms themselves are a little on the large side, which was nice. The walls and doors, however, were thin, which meant I heard my neighbors all the time, as they talked or watched TV in their room, or as they walked down the hall. No high speed internet access is available in the room. The hotel is right across the street from a trolley stop (the trolley is the local light rail system), so you can take it to Qualcomm stadium, the mall, or downtown. You can even ride it all the way to the border with Mexico. I paid a group rate for my room ($110), but previous posts indicate that you can go much, much lower. The area around the hotel has a Kinkos (good substitute for a business center), a small movie theater, and even a supermarket for those on longer stays. My bottom line: if you are in the hotel for only brief periods (e.g., lots of sightseeing or business meetings), the hotel is fine. You'll be disappointed if you spend a lot of time there.
I stayed at the Doubletree Mission Valley April 4-9, 2004. I had a very good experience. The room was very spacious, clean and airy. I was fortunate to have a balcony. I stayed on a Hilton Honors Floor, #9. The hotel is conveniently located near the freeway and several shopping areas with a multitude of dining options. I didn't have a problem with freeway noise, I was able to take a nap undisturbed with the balcony door open. There is a trolley stop across from the hotel. On the last day of my stay it was very convenient to ride the trolley to PETCO park and Tijuana. Do not be confused with Doubletree Club, I have heard very bad reviews from colleagues that have stayed there.
Satisfied for what we paid for...
My husband and I stayed here two nights (2/14 -2/16/04), and were perfectly satisfied with our experience. We did however, get our room on Hotwire, and paid probably about 50 per cent less than what the going posted rate for our room was. If we had paid $140/night for our room, we may not have been as satisfied, as it was slightly noisy (every time someone slammed a door on our floor, it seemed, we heard it!) and you almost get nickel & dimed to death. They deliver a paper to you, but what they don't tell you (you have to look closely at your room key jacket) is that it is NOT free, they will add a charge to your room for each day of delivery. Things like that, you need to sort of keep an eye out for. But the room was nice, clean and everything functioned well.
Stayed here for 2 nights (feb 15,16 2004). Got a deal in priceline for $45 per night. If you are willing to spend $80 or more for a hotel room, you are better of staying elsewhere. But for this price, this hotel is a good deal. The amneties were good. The service was ok at best.
The interior design in the rooms could cause nausea and headache. They have strange colors and wierd designs. The bathroom door has no locks, the rooms are a bit noisy from the nearby interstate. No refrigerator, small TV.... The doubltree cookie they give you when you check in, is excellent, but the staff will absolutely wont give another one, even if your 3 year old daughter beg's him for it... Anyways, as a short analysis, the staff, the hotel, the rooms have no personality. But for $45 a night, I am happy.
Stayed at the Doubletree for one night in early October. Easy to find from the freeway. Ample parking. Nice rooms. Great cookies!
Great access to the tram which takes you into central San Diego. Good variety of restaurants in the Hazard Center next to the hotel. Would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting San Diego
This hotel was selected because of my Priceline Bid. This was a five-day family vacation. It is located on a dead end, right next to the freeway. The hotel is centrally located and convenient to many restaurants, stores, and the freeway. On our first night we walked 2 blocks to Food 4 Less to stock up on some essentials. There is no fridge in the room. A family hotel? Hmmm.
We did not eat at the hotel. The minimum breakfast plate was $7.00 for the same thing you can get at Denneys (around the corner) at $4. At the pool, glass of wine and a bottle of beer came to $12 (the wine was generic). We opted to buy those things at Food 4 Less. Denney's and Carl's Jr. for breakfast.
We were assigned the 6th floor facing the freeway. We did not find the freeway noise to be any bother. The doors and windows kept the noise out. The room was large enough for the 3 of us to move around and even had a small private balcony.
The real let down was the television channel selection. Beware! When we initially turned it on it defaulted to the "welcome" menu screen. As we surfed through the channels, much to ALL our surprise, was some lady giving the news in the nude!! We thought that was a fluke. But the next morning my son turned on the TV to be welcomed by a couple "going to town".
There are settings that you can set to disable access to that sort of thing. But since DoubleTree claims to be a family hotel - that should already be a given and restricted. On top of the fact there was limited cable access (10 channels available including 3 local) and NO Animal Planet or Discovery Channel - you know, kid friendly channels!
The bathroom was a good size. Our shower water faucets were mis-marked.
Hot was actually cold and cold was actually hot. In the morning we could hear the neighbor in the shower.
My husband and I are both techs so naturally we brought our laptop with us to check-in at work and our email. We have stayed in "motels" such as Best Western and Comfort Inn and got free local calls. DT charges $1.25 for the first hour and $.10/min thereafter. So our connection to our ISP was limited to one hour. It was still cheaper than going to Kinkos, but for the price of the room, there should be free local calls.
Aside for being nickled and dimed for parking, the fridge and local calls - the room was comfortable and location was great. If given the choice, I doubt we will stay there again because of what we feel are essentials to a family oriented hotel (fridge, cable TV, parking, etc.)
Pros - centrally located; comfortable room size;indoor/outdoor pools; indoor gym; connected Hazard shopping plaza (home to Joe's Crabshack and other restaurants. Barnes/Noble, a movie theater and Kinkos); Walking distance to grocery store; 5 minute driving to Fashion Mall or strip mall (with Target, Famous Brand Shoes, etc.)
Cons - $8/day parking, no fridge in the room ($20 extra for length of your stay), $1.25 local calls, limited cable TV access.
After three previous visits to San Diego, and 3 dissapointing stays, I was hesitant and did not know what to expect of this Doubletree Hotel, since I had received a pretty great rate of 96.00/night, which, for San Diego, is quite reasonable. I was pleasantly surprised at the location, which I was told sat smack dab in the middle of several freeways and very noisy. This was not the case at all. It is certainly a suburban location, but convenient to everything and located on a dead end street with no traffic. We were also given a higher floor with a view away from the freeways. The room was extremely spacious! My only disappointment was that the bathroom had no ventilation, not even a fan, and there were not enough mirrors or outlets for myself and my daughter to get ready at the same time with our hairdryers. The bathroom was quite small, and no second vanity area or sink. The air conditioning also did not seem to be operating at capacity and was located in a corner of the spacious room, and, again, bad air circulation. Other than that, it is a great place, with beautiful indoor and outdoor pool, excerise room and sauna. Convenient parking, although, I was told there is now a charge for parking, but since I didn't know that at the time I reserved the room, they waived the charge. At 8.00/day for parking, I'm not sure I will stay there again. Location is excellent, just inbetween Fashion Valley Mall and Mission Valley Mall, and great access to the airport and all other sites.