Hampton Inn San Diego-Sea World/Airport Area
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... carry on bags, and two personal carry on items. This seems like a lot to me, and as I am sure you can see from the picture it is a lot. I am sure those seasoned travelers would be horrified at this amount of luggage, but it is what it is. We not only have the basics in clothing packed, but we also have our own snorkeling and camera equipment. I even omitted a couple of outfits from the list, and then took another one out a day or so later that ...
... this area look more like giant rats. Sam thinks I have an obsession with taking pictures of Squirrels......maybe it's how I can make my millions? Continue the drive along the coast towards LA but decide to find somewhere to crash the night as we are missing the views in the dark. All the campgrounds are closed & there's no where to park. We stumble on a cute little Motel in Carlsbad with rooms for $60 a night, ...
... as a family to watch the Sealion show and the the Manta again for Rich and the 3 kids while Rorke and I went to touch the stingrays and get up close and personal with the dolphins before all of us headed off to watch the killer whales to round off our fantastic day. We got brilliant seats before we ducked in just before it started and sat cheekily in the prestige seats I had noticed at earlier shows that these seats were always taken up by latecomers ...
... to Las Vegas.
Quotes from San Diego
“Hands down, the greatest meat filled lettuce I’ve ever put in my face” – Jim eating his Hodad’s burger.
“It’s cold outside” – Emma in a day that topped 85 degrees.
“They don’t use Smart cars in America, they’re too small” – Chris and then 2 hours later what do we see parked in the motel car park, a bloody Smart ...
8.00am and we are all hungry. We skipped dinner because we ate so much during the day yesterday at our picnic.
I had wanted to go to San Diego's famous Broken Egg restaurant for breakfast so this was the ideal day. It wasn't far, so we walked along The Gas lamp district for a short while.
We ate loads, and I got myself a Broken Egg T Shirt on my way out.
The San Diego Zoo was our last big ticket day ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Adjoining Rooms
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hampton Inn San Diego-Sea World/Airport Area
We really liked it
We stayed here for nearly a week in July. Overall, we thought it was a nice place. I wasn't so sure when I saw the surrounding buildings, but once we walked though the door we were pleased. There is a strip club about a block away and not actually on the same street as the hotel, but I was told by a friend strip clubs are fairly common in San Diego. There is a Denny's and a Jack-in-the-Box almost right next to the hotel. We mapquested the directions and had no problem at all finding it. The sign is quite obvious once you exit the freeway. Once you enter the grounds of the hotel the view of the surrounding area is blocked by trees and bushes. We stayed on the first floor and had a patio that opened into the courtyard with the pool. It was actually very pretty and serene; a nice place to spend the evening after hectic days spent at amusement parks. Planes pass overhead and the hotel is located right next to the freeways, but once inside the room we didn't hear any noise. It was very clean and the carpet in our room looked new. Our mattress also looked new and was a Serta, though not as comfortable as I would have hoped. However, I have a bad back anyways so it may be a great mattress to the average person. Our room had a fridge and small microwave....too small for a large microwave meal but good for snacks. The breakfast was ok, but the coffee was fabulous!
The Last Place I'd Stay in San Diego
This hotel was a disaster from the very start. It was nearly impossible to find after driving round for an hour and stopping twice for directions. The front desk clerk was rude and inhospitable.
Upon entering our "non-smoking" room, I smelled cigarette smoke. There was an ash tray on the dresser. We returned to the front desk (carting all our luggage as there wasn't a luggage cart to be found) and told them the problem. With the same rude attitude, they first said that was impossible, the room was non-smoking. Then they said someone must have left the ash tray there. (Does that mean the maid who supposedly cleaned the room just left it there too?) We were grudgingly moved to a new room which was adequate.
We asked for shuttle to the airport the next morning and were told we couldn't go at the time we wanted; we'd have to wait an hour later. Since we had a rental car to turn in at an off airport location, that wouldn't allow us enough time. So, we had to return the rental car to Dollar the evening before. The people at Dollar were very nice and were kind enough to give us a ride back to the hotel. Since we no longer had a car we ate dinner at Denny's located nearby. (The food was good and service great.)
The breakfast buffet had a poor selection of packaged items. The trash cans in the eating area were overflowing with discarded styrofoam plates and cups and the breakfast room attendants just added their trash on top without even emptying the cans.
I decided to pick up a Customer Satisfaction Survey and send it to the Corporate offices. There were none to be found.
The courtesy van driver stood watching as my husband loaded our five bags into the van and never offered to help.
To top it all off I left a sweater in the room which I had planned to wear on the plane if I got cold. I called the hotel after I arrived home. After giving the desk clerk the details, he said I'd have to talk to Housekeeping and transferred me. I received their voicemail; left a detailed message, and you guessed it! I never heard a word back from anyone.
My advice---stay somewhere else!
Good Value and Centrally Located
We stayed over Memorial Day weekend at this Hampton Inn. This is not a typical Hampton, as it appears to have been another hotel in years past. However, it was very nice inside. The hotel was full when we stayed there, yet the breakfast area didn't feel over crowded. The interior is somewhat dated, but a recent renovation has brought it far enough along to make it pleasing. The rooms were spacious and quiet even though we were on the second floor outside the lobby.
The location is a bit strange and hard to get to with the streets laid out like they are. It is convenient to the major attractions, but only if you have a car. The hotel has a good sheet of paper with directions on how to get to everything of interest. This combined with a map makes San Diego a snap.
Like other places in California I've been too, it looks like zoning in the area is an afterthought. You can walk to the In-n-Out Burger, but you have to pass by some "world famous" strip clubs. The hotel next door also looks seedy.
The other major problem is the parking lot is small. Since the hotel was full, they had people parking everywhere. We had to take 15 minutes to carfully back our car out to avoid hitting a car parked in the fire lane.
Bottom line is that we would stay there again if the price were right. Otherwise, we could probably find a little nicer hotel in a better neighborhood.
Great experience, great price
I was a little wary because of the reviews, but I found this to be a very clean, friendly, and spacious. We had a wonderful stay. It is right off the freeway, but you can not hear any noise, the continental breakfast was good, there's also a Denny's across the street. You also have access to a computer in the lobby area to print out airline passes. Overall a great experience - will definitely stay again.
No Trains, Very Clean ... but lacking the little details
We just returned from a four night stay at the Hampton Inn Seaworld/Airport (not to be confused with the Hampton Inn Downtown - which is the one with nearby trains). We chose this location because of the proximity to Sea World, the price, and the suite. We generally choose a suite when traveling with our children so that we can close the door to their "room", since our kids have a great deal of difficulty falling asleep with us in the room with them. In addition to a king size bed, the suite had 1.5 bathrooms, a sitting area with two fold out twin loveseats, a small fridge and microwave, and a table with four chairs. There is only one suite in the hotel, it is room 339 and is in a nice and quiet location (except for the view of the wall from one of the two windows). The whirlpool tub in the bathroom is nice, but the shower stall outside of the bathroom area (next to the king bed) is kind of odd.
While the hotel was clean, and the room was spacious, attention to details was lacking in some areas. For one thing, there is no transportation offered to Seaworld. ??? That seems a bit off. The hotel is in VERY close proximity to a strip club. Which may do more for some of you than others (we weren't thrilled).
For another thing, the suite we stayed in did not have a door separating the living area with fold out couches from the bedroom with king size bed. That was a VERY unpleasant suprise, since we had called the hotel before coming to stay in order to verify that there would be a door in the suite. That one factor led to many difficult moments during our stay (naptimes, bedtimes, etc).
The room we were in was advertised as having 2 televisions - one in the bedroom and one in the living area. The TV in the living area was missing, and they were unable to bring us one for the entire length of our stay. Something about their manager being gone and each TV being very specific to each room. Once again, traveling with kids is much easier when they have their own TV. It wasn't an enormous problem, but it was yet one more inconvenience that led to a crummy stay. When we needed it, the lack of the TV was definitely noticed.
Our first evening coming back from Sea World, our key wouldn't work in the door to the building. DH and I were each holding sleeping children at the time. Children who promptly woke up upon being lugged to the front desk the "long" way and STANDING IN LINE to get the keys fixed. Children who then refused to fall back asleep again for about two very long hours. Hours wich Daddy and I had needed to be able to recharge for dinner that night. The kids then fell asleep on the way to our Harbor Cruise Dinner ... which then went very badly. You can see how the lack of the little details have a domino effect when traveling with kids.
So I go to dry my hair before our dinner cruise, the dryer barely whispered. Tried calling Housekeeping to request a new hair dryer, our phones weren't working. After traipsing down to the lobby with wet hair, I learned that the hair dryers are bolted into the wall and are not replaceable. They offered the use of a room downstairs to dry my hair - but that was not convenient.
They say that it was my children pushing buttons on the phones that caused them not to work. I did not see them pushing any buttons ... I am not so sure of that, but stranger things have happened. I do know that when the phones WERE working, each time I called Housekeeping I received an answering machine. Now, this was generally in the evening around 6-9 p.m., and once during the daytime (around 10 a.m.) .... but when you need something, you need it right away.
I do have to say that throughout all of this, the front desk staff was very pleasant and apologetic for the problems we incurred. Housekeeping did a nice job of cleaning our room each day. The hotel overall was very clean (one of the best for cleanliness!). They did give us one night for no charge. Still, I would not go back to this location. There was just too much that went wrong. We would have had a much more pleasant stay if attention to the little details were there. For the experience we had, I really feel we overpayed ($129 a night).
My parents stayed in a deluxe Queen room - which was quite large and seemed well appointed. I can see where this would be a nice room if you don't need a suite.
Great location and good hotel
This hotel is fine, you know what to expect with Hampton Inn. Free breakfast, clean and spacious room, comfortable bed. Room comes with fridge, microwave, cable tv, sofa/sleeper, desk, 2 phones, free broadband access as well as internet via tv.
This property has a swimming pool and hot tub in it's courtyard and only these rooms looking onto it have either balconies or a sliding patio door. The proximity is very close so be warned that you will get the noise although the patio door seemed to block a lot of it out. I asked for a courtyard room whilst in check in and was upgraded free to to it from standard exterior facing room.
For kids, the nightly Seaworld fireworks (9pm) can be clearly seen if you go out to back parking area.
$100 a night.
Like to try different more resorty places when we come here but will always consider this place again.
This place is central to hopping on the highway. You catch hwy 5 right away; that makes it easy because you can go to Coronado Island, downtown, old town or anywhere you desire within a few seconds. Also you are very close to old town. The hotel staff has a print out of how to get to majoy attractions right from their hotel; ask for it because it is quite helpful!
The hotel is clean, the breakfast nice and staff helpful. Enjoy:-)
My company put me up here for business. Though it's a Hampton Inn the primary clientele are families visiting Sea World so I found the hotel very loud with lots of children in the halls and the breakfast buffet was chaos. I felt very out of place but the room, parking and staff were attentive. I also appreciated the clean pool and exercise room.
Our base hub... the Hampton Inn
This Hampton Inn is pretty much like a lot of the other Hampton Inn's across the country. The rooms were adequate. We had a "deluxe" room that had a sleeper-sofa in addition to our King Bed.
The area around the hotel is mostly freeway but they do offer a shuttle to Sea World and I believe they also have an airport shuttle. (We had a rental car so we did not use the shuttle).
There is a complimentary continental breakfast off the lobbey which was fairly well stocked with cereals, fruit, bagels, yogurt, and other breads. Juice and coffee were plentiful also.
There are so many places to stay in San Diego but this location does allow you to get to most places easily. It is located just south of the I-5 and I-8 interchange. You can hop on the freeway and be downtown in 10 minutes or go over to Mission Beach or La Jolla just as easily.
The only drawback we had while here was that on out second night we found ants coming out of the shower spicket. We called the front desk but it was to late at night to do anything short of changing rooms.
You will find plenty of restaurants, shops and the Sports Arena nearby.
A solid 2 star hotel with a decent pool and jacuzzi. No restaurant at the hotel but a Denny's is right out the front door. Use this hotel as a base for traveling and you'll be alright.
Trains from hell
This hotel is right next to the train station. I have a great view of it from my window. If your a train fanatic than this hotel is for you! Every 2-3 minutes light rail passes by. First the clang clang clanging of the crossing gate, then the train passes by blowing its ear deafing horns several times a second, next the rattle, shake and roar of the enourmous weight of the train as it passes by on the steel rails and the clatter of the train passing each wooden board, then the clanging of the crossing gate and finally silence all to be disturbed again by an even bigger freight and passenger train. This happens every four to five minutes. My wife and I are supposed to be on vacation. I even woke up in a sweat having a nightmare that I was getting run over by a 60 ton freight train! Well we're checking out ASAP. Don't stay here unless your into trains, planes and automobiles. Yukkkk