HYATT house San Diego/Sorrento Mesa
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... to the Seaport Village and Ruocco Park until we eventually ended up at the Navy Pier where the USS Midway is docked. Now a tourist attraction the Midway was the only American ship to never lose any sailors to enemy fire. Just like in any other American city there were lots of different memorials including a big statue of the famous "save the kiss".
USS Midway has both aircrafts and choppers on the top ...
... and bought a jump on, jump off day pass on the Old Town trolley that does the circuit around all the major attractions. It is the touristy thing which gives you all the information you need in a short time, plus a bit of independence to get off and stroll around on your own. It's good fun too, as the drivers were a funny bunch, telling stories about their hometown with good humour.
We found the city had a few similarities to Sydney with a natural harbour, nice beaches, ...
... amp; Sharon came to collect us with our our luggage ( they brought 2- cars) Back home sweet home to a beautiful surprise of a gourmet platter and a bottle of champagne complements of Bob & Sharon, also bacon, eggs, bread, milk, ham and home made cakes.....all delicious and very thoughtful. Now for the unpacking.................AND planning our next trip.........keep you posted ...
... we got lucky when one of the cheetahs came out for a walk by. Elephants, giraffe, ostrich, antelope, oryx, rhinos (including a baby!). That was very neat and afforded some great photo opportunities. Back by the lion cage - we just missed the big fella walking around, but one of the females had her head up and was watching. Quick visit to the elephants, then we had to hurry back for the bird show back by the lemurs. That was ...
... strange incident occurred as we were eating. There was a birthday party in there and all of a sudden about 40 teenage girls just stood up and started to sing and dance to the songs that were playing! After food we walked back to the ferry and back to the ship. I was was knack weed and with all that walking in wet feet, I'd given myself some really big blisters! Every toe had one, my heels and the ball of my foot. Luckily it was back to sea the next day and I could wear my comfy work ...
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Great place to stay!
My husband and I and our three children stayed at the Woodfin last month. The location is great, centrally located between Wild Animal Park, Sea World and Zoo and Legoland. They have all of the directions to the attractions in the lobby, staff is friendly and helpful, and the hotel is clean. We had a two bedroom suite that was very spacious. You could not beat the price of $199/night for a two bedroom suite. We had a full kitchen and two full bedrooms and baths, big living area and a balcony too. Every morning there is a full buffet breakfast with waffle stations, eggs, hashbrown potatoes, bacon, sausage, fruit, bagels, toast, english muffins, pastrys, starbucks coffee, cereal, beverages, and one morning there was an omlet station...yummy! Every morning there was a different variety of meats and eggs, but my son made his very own huge waffle every morning, he had fun doing that and looked forward to it every day. We ate outside in the courtyard but you can sit inside the breakfast room too. They have highchairs for toddlers and the hotel is great for kids. They have cribs that we used and housekeeping was great too. We would definetly recommend this hotel.
It's like having your own apartment. Plenty of space, good cookware, and for such a cheap price. Large bed, large bathroom. Their DVD selection was solid, although I wished we had a DVD player for the bedroom (TV-DVD in living room and TV only in bedroom).
Breakfast was different everyday. And my gf loved the Starbucks decaf. I liked the guava juice. I heard about a weekday social evening thing, but I couldn't go since I only stayed for the weekend. It sounded intriguing, though.
Props to Aaron, Julia and Matt, the front desk people who made me and my gf feel extremely comfortable and pampered. Always a greeting whenever we came and left, and they went the extra mile to see if they could get us the room we wanted (i.e. we wanted one with a balcony). In particular, Aaron, who checked us in and checked us out, really took care of us, and I really appreciated that. I wanted to tell his manager before I left, and I forgot, but if he ever gets this, thank you.
We spent most of our stay in the heated pool, which was pretty clean. More important for us, I think, was how quiet it was. We were alone, which was nice.
It's a quiet area because it is business, although I've heard on weekdays that fighter jets fly overhead occasionally. A couple shopping plazas just a couple miles away with a wide selection of stores and restaurants, and a VONS.
Will definitely be staying there again . . .
Great Expectations Met!
My family (husband & 2 boys--2 & 4 yrs) stayed at the Woodfin for 8 nites, Dec. 8-16, 2004. I researched this hotel thoroughly through Trip Advisor & probably would have picked something else had it not been for the descriptions I read here & elsewhere. The hotel met all our needs & I wasn't disappointed.
I read on some review that the hotel provides free laundry soap & local phone calls, but that no longer applies. There are still free DVD's to borrow which saved us a lot of grief amusing the boys.
The breakfast was good & different everyday. It does get cleaned up promptly at 9 am, so don't be late. Very good selection, even of condiments. They serve Starbuck's coffee & tea, which is available throughout the day (I think), along with hot chocolate & milk.
This is primarily a business traveler hotel, but accomodated children very well, with no dirty looks when the kids got a little rambuctious. We really tried to minimize the contact between the kids & the working adults.
The weekdays seemed at capacity & the weekend we were there was deserted. The front desk people were extremely pleasant & easy to talk to. Because the weekdays were crowded, there weren't any newspapers left, so we were clueless on world events, but that's ok.
The location is easy to find (AAA triptik) & convenient to everywhere (Seaworld, downtown, Gaslamp, Legoland, Del Mar, Balboa Park, Wild Animal Park). Lots of stores 3 miles up the road, but you really need a car, because nothing significant is within walking distance.
FYI - I hadn't noticed it advertised anywhere, but the hotel is NO SMOKING, which isn't a problem for us, but I did see an irate man leaving for that reason.
There is business center which has 3 internet computers with a printer that's available for FREE! (Also, a internet cable in the room for $5.95 daily charge.) They say there's a 15 min. time limit, but no one enforces it, which caused me to wait an hour because the guys using it weren't courteous enough to give me a turn (needed driving directions). Without micromanaging that, it could have been politely addressed since the front desk guy wasn't busy (11 pm). But on one day, a female staff member was extremely helpful in redirecting the computer I was using to a printer (not currently hooked up) & being very pleasant about it although it was busy.
As previously reported, the gym isn't much & not worth the effort. There are a lot of health clubs nearby which you could probably get a daily rate. The pool (we didn't use) was sufficiently heated as well as the jacuzzi.
We were there when a meeting of hotel execs. were discussing putting in a restaurant/lounge, but I really hope they don't change the breakfast buffet & evening social hour format because that is a large factor why I picked this hotel.
We weren't at the hotel for the pm social hour, but it is great for the business people. The kitchen facilities were great, although we didn't cook, but at least got to warm up leftovers & keep goodies for the kids. A great option over just a microwave/small refrig.
The room (1 bdrm suite) was perfect for us with the 2 tv's & DVD & overall this hotel was very worth the $120/day rate (internet, booked very early).
I don't think I could have planned a better hotel or location if I tried.
Excellent place to spend time. The customer service is very courteous and the stay is extremely comfortable. I have stayed at Woodfin in San Diego for close to two months and I can say that I never had even one complaint. Simply a joy. Their exercise room is not very good, but the suites and service is top class.
We only stayed at the Woodfin for two nights, but we were thoroughly pleased from the minute we checked in. After check-in we were lured to the aromas of the "manager's reception" where they were cooking pasta dishes with the ingredients you choose. It was incredible. As we were looking that over one of the front desk clerks ran after us because we left the front desk before they gave us our container of complimentary delicious cookies! That put a good taste in my mouth. We then got to our room, and were pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness, and at how wonderfully equipped the room is. We had a 1 bedroom suite, and they offer a full kitchen with utensils, pots and pans, dishwasher, garbage disposal(!), microwave and convection oven, and 2 electric burners built into the counter. There is a full size refrigerator, iron and ironing board, and many other ammenities. They even leave a list for you to check off food you need, and you can add to it, and they will shop for you for no extra charge! I think that is great! There was a tv in the living room, and the bedroom, and they offer free HBO. In the am they offer a full buffet breakfast with omelets available. All in all the stay was great, the front desk very helpful, and the rooms impeccably clean. I highly recommend this property, and I hope to be back!
Thoroughly enjoyed our short stay
Our hotel stay was excellent. It is unbelievable value for your money.
The rooms are decorated tastefully, very spacious and clean. The breakfast offers lots of varieties. We usually stay at Residence INN but this hotel just has a lot more to offer. 10 out of 10
We've stayed there twice and enjoyed it both times.
We've stayed here twice in the year 2003 and enjoyed it both times. (In June and in September) We got the basic room through Priceline for $55.00 per night and upgraded to a suite for $20.00 more per night. The complimentary breakfast buffet is just enough to satisfy unless you are a BIG breakfast eater. There are light dinners served Monday through Thursday evening.
I think the hotel is being sold as there was a sign indicating a change of ownership. (Last time we were there)
We would definitely stay there again.
John from Mountain View, CA
Great value for money
The location is not central, however easy enough to reach. Nearby you can find shopping, and its about 5 mi to La Jolla and the beaches. The rooms are huge, compared to other hotel suites. Furniture is very nice and so is the decor. Everything is sparkling clean.
2 TVs per suite, with a VCR. Downstairs you can borrow (for free) VCR's and there is a nice selection. Nice breakfast, no big deal, but does the job. Full size kitchen in the suite with everything you need all in good condition, all very clean. Staff very helpful and friendly. I would definitly come back again. My only comment is that the pool is not indoor but there are only a few hotels in SD with a heated indoor pool.
I stayed here with my family on a trip to Southern Cal. We were surprised at the amount of ammenities which were offered at such an excellent rate.
There is a wonderful, huge, full breakfast, nice sized video selection, and a relaxing recreation area (all at no extra charge.)
To say that the rooms are spacious and comfortable is an enormous understatement. With full kitchen, roomy comfortable tubs, large living area with TV, well appointed bedroom with another TV and large double doors to seperate the areas; I was ready to move in!
Highly recommended and I will definitely be back.
I was very pleased with our stay at this hotel. I was nervous because I had never heard of this chain before. I could not have been happier with everything.