Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island

Address: 1960 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, California, 92101, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Midway District area of San Diego, is near Old Town Trolley, Maritime Museum of San Diego, Hornblower Cruises & Events, and Marine Corps Command Museum.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island

    Excellent Views & Good Value


    We stayed here March 2005 and were very happy with our room. Would recommend you stay 5th floor or higher on the harbor side for great views. We could actually lay in bed at night and see the skyline of San Diego and the Coronado Bridge. The harbor is full of activity from huge cruise ships, air craft carriers to small pleasure craft. Across the street is a narrow green park area with grass, palm trees, a walkway and benches; that a lot of people enjoyed. Even though this is considered an airport hotel we had no noise from the airport at all as we faced the harbor, if you face the marina side you may experience some noise. The staff were professional and helpful and our room was cleaned properly each day. There is a charge of $15.00 for parking each day. We only ate in the bar area once that overlooks the marina area, so can't really give a fair opinion about the meals. All in all we were very happy with the hotel and would not hesitate to recommend and/or stay here again.

    Paradise In San Diego


    We stayed in Hilton Harbor Island from January 8-16, 2005. The first thing we noticed was the excellent location the hotel was in. Away from the downtown area but still really close and you can have a nice view of the San Diego bay if you have a harbor view room. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The first room that was assigned to us was not to our liking and when we said that after seeing the room, they switched us to a different room with everything we wanted. The hotel is a little older and the quality of the elevator, carpet furniture shows the age of the hotel but we did not care about any of that because we were so happy about the location and the view. All rooms have a balcony with either harbor view or marina view or both. There is a sidewalk in the harbor island where everyone can walk or jog and it was the most enjoyable walk - we could see all kinds of ducks, cormorants, sea gulls and even seals in the bay while taking a walk - you can even fish in the bay if you want. Sparrows and pigeons will come to your balcony if you feed them.

    If you keep the balcony window close you will not hear any noise at all - no aircraft noise and any other noise from any other room even. The hotel has good noise isolation feature. Only when you keep the balcony window open you can hear some noise.

    I must mention the nicest house keeper "Colomba" who made our room everyday - we only told her one day how we wanted our room done and what we needed and she remembered it everyday with full details. When she cleaned things we could see how much attention she is paying to make sure everything is done properly. I actually realized and learned from her that no matter what the job is, how important it is to do the best job you can and what a big difference it makes. If I ever go back to San Diego, I really really hope I get to meet Columba again and definitely we will stay at the Hilton Harbor Island location.

    A Great Spot By The Airport!


    Located on Harbor Island just by the airport, it is hard to beat this hotel if you are flying out the next morning. It offers great views of the harbor, marina and downtown. Each room had a pleasant terrace you could sit out on and enjoy the view. Staff was pleasant and parking was available at a cost of $13 per day. There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance but you will need a ride to the Gaslamp Quarter.

    Clean and close to downtown


    We found this hotel through priceline and paid $60/night for it. What a bargain! The hotel was extremely clean, close to downtown, quiet, and the staff was friendly and helpful. We also had a nice balcony room overlooking the San Diego bay. It was a 10 minute drive to Balboa Park and the zoo. We would definitely stay here again, especially at the rate we received.

    Not the best of Hilton


    If you've read the other reviews then let me tell you that the truth is somewhere in the middle. My guess is that as a savy traveler you already knew this to be a fact.

    The food is bad, really bad, (wrong and dangerous food temps, flies, gnats, well you get the picture.). Some of the staff are not much better. Ok so they don't have flies and gnats. Some of the staff are average and one or two are pretty good. No one is outstanding.

    My wife and I took the train which the young woman who checked us in was made aware. Yet, we still were charged for parking. Funny but the train was never parked in the lot. The room is ok, even if it is a tad tatty. The view is nice, but don't be fooled about not hearing jets; you hear commercial, military and general aviation. The folks who say they never heard planes must have had dead hearing aid batteries.

    All in all I won't say it was the worst or the best. A famous web site that lets you bid for a price got us in the door for two days at several dollars less than the Hilton one day rate.

    The food at the eateries around the hotel are less expensive and the service and food are by far and away better. Good Luck. Oh, if they send the older, smaller shuttle I hope you'll have the courage to ask them to send the newer, larger one that really works. Otherwise you may find yourself walking the rest of the way to your destination.

    Excellent water view value


    I haven`t been to San Diego for 10 years, but for my last visit I stayed at this property when it was the flagship hotel for Travelodge. Back then you could get a beautiful room with a spectacular water view for $79. I fell in love with the place and said then that if I ever returned to San Diego, I would stay nowhere else. Of course, since Hilton took over, the prices have gone up considerably, but was still able to get a room for $139 through Expedia. It`s still a bargain 10 years later. The location on Harbor Island (actually a peninsula) is stunning, with the marina on one side and the bay on the other. You`ll feel as if you`re in a private resort area with limited traffic, beautiful landscaping, jogging path, and those beautiful water views. Our spacious room was bright, impeccably maintained, and immaculately clean. Our private balcony offered a panoramic view of the San Diego skyline and the bay. The staff was genial and helpful and the bountiful buffet breakfast was reasonably priced and well prepared and presented. You will not hear any noise from the adjacent airport as there is only one east/west runway and the hotel is a fair distance south of the airport. If you`re in need of a convenient San Diego location, beautiful water views, and a lovely room at a fair price, this is where you need to be!

    Surprisingly Wonderful


    I am very picky about hotels, and rarely find one worth the time of submitting a review. However, we just spent a glorious weekend at the San Diego Airport Hilton on Harbor Island; admittedly, I do not have high expectations of an airport hotel, and avoid them when I can. We are NOT related to the owners of this hotel, but strongly take exception to the negative reviewer below. While not claiming to be a Super Luxury hotel (and I've had the good fortune to stay in many of those), this lovely place is a pleasure for an airport property. Our room was large, beautiful, immaculate, well-appointed, and comfortable, with a great view of the bay. Incredibly, we did not hear a single plane the whole time we were there. The staff was extraordinarily accomodating; we got personal service rivaling any 5-star property and we--my husband, teenage son, and I--actually hated to leave. As soon as I called for assistance with our luggage, it was picked up, and loaded directly into their shuttle van which immediately drove us (and just us) to the airport. The driver then got out and helped us with check-in at the airport counter. Even the Four Seasons didn't top that.

    I would have given a fifth star in my review but I cannot comment on the food, since we ate outside of the hotel each day. The restaurant did appear respectable. My son, who is an excellent swimmer, enjoyed the pool but I didn't use it personally.

    All in all, a great place for the money and convenience. We've even reserved the same room for a return during December break.

    The Hotel of LAST "RESORT"??


    July 4th Weekend at this hotel, using the word hotel loosely, was nearly a total waste of money. The rooms are poorly maintained. The maids yell up and down the hallways to each other and knock on your doors, despite do not disturb signs. The floors are not quiet, one would think the walls were paper thin. Because of the Fireworks we thought we would have dinner at the hotel, what a mistake that was. The food was not edible. We had to send 4 dinners back! Their excuse was that their chef had quit! I asked them why hadn't they advised us of that when I made dinner reservations. The outdoor spa was not functioning properly and the pool was dirty. This place is a joke. I see two, simi-positive, reviews on this hotel and I wonder if they are related to the owners. This place is just not managed properly and Hilton should be ashamed to have their name on the building.

    Good hotel in an excellent location


    This is a good--not great--hotel in an excellent location. Downtown San Diego, Balboa Park, and Old Town are only 5-7 minutes away by car. The rooms are not particularly large, but they are comfortable. Nearly all rooms have small balconies, and most above the fourth floor have water views. The San Diego Harbor is a wonderful focal point for those seeking to unwind and relax. Water views are one of the primary reasons that make a visit to San Diego special. Also, Harbor Island is a good place for jogging or for quiet walks, with attractive boat marinas on one side. These factors give the Hilton on Harbor Island an advantage over other facilities that are not so blessed with location.

    Peaceful Hideaway


    In my opinion, as far as hotel property and areas go, this glorious Harbor Island hotel is sun-kissed from heaven. It is a place for relaxation, celebration, beautiful hello's and good-byes that say I will be back! I have stayed several times and have brought family and friends to stay as well. I have precious memories in my heart that was made there on Harbor Island and in your hotel. There is no other place I enjoy staying than there at the Hilton Hotel, on Harbor Island. My heart is there....

    TripAdvisor Reviews Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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    Traveler Photos Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island

    View of bay from our hotel
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