Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Rancho Bernardo
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... if he would switch with me so we got to sit together on the long flight across the ocean. It was very interesting since we had two sunrises. When we left Sydney the sun was up and the day well begun. After we had been flying for a while we flew out of the morning and into the night. Eventually, we found another sunrise.
Home very ...
... animals roaming and mingling like they do in nature. We took a tram ride through the preserve. The giraffes are pretty tame and will eat out of your hand, but we didn't do that. They have animal presentations and we watched a bird show that was fun. The weather has turned, not raining but quite cool and windy. Hoping for a sunny Memorial Day ...
... cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, black beans, roasted corn and BBQ sauce. I also ordered fries with bacon ketchup. To quench my thirst I had a "Matt's Burnt" which was a Burnt Saison, if you've ever had laphroaig whiskey it's a beer that tastes very similar but is even more smokey flavored. In the end it was all very delicious. And now I'm off to Flagstaff to see the Grand Canyon for the first time. Spent in San Diego: $100 Total Spent On Trip: ...
... was made by Courtney when one of the operators offered to take her to see Justin Bieber's house - Her response AAAARG!!!! She does definitely NOT have Bieber Fever!!!
Then took a small drive up to the observatory to have a look at the HOLLYWOOD sign and managed to get up just before sunset which was great.
We had to get down to San Diego to Gavin & Candice Stone's place (who were away in Mexico until ...
... lunch, we headed for the pool on the sixth floor roof. We stayed till 10pm.
Off to bed, we had settled in to San Diego perfectly. We have got into full traveling flow now and each day becomes easier than the last. I think the boys are enjoying the swimming late at night also.
A great day yet again. Something feels right about San Diego. As far as big cities go,this has been very calming. Tomorrow we head for San Diego ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Rancho Bernardo
Good value for the area
I stayed one night at the Hilton Garden Inn for the same amount that 1-Star motels were charging in the downtown and beach areas. It took me less than 20 minutes to drive from the hotel into the San Diego downtown area (granted it was early on a Saturday morning).
The hotel was impeccably clean, in a safe area, and staffed with friendly, helpful people. It would be a great tourist homebase for a family with a car, as every room includes a refrigerator, coffee maker, and microwave. A grocery store is just a few blocks away, as are several inexpensive restaurants. If you don't mind a short drive into San Diego, I would definitely recommend this place.
I would really have to pick some nits to find fault with this property.
The quiet upscale community of Rancho Bernardo is centrally located for access to San Diego's attractions..less then 25 minutes to the Zoo/downtown, under 20 minutes to beaches, and less then a 15 minute drive to the spectacular Wild Animal Park.
The rooms were cheerfully decorated and immaculate. The pool area was commodious, with a decent sized pool. All common areas, including the lobby, bar and dining room were bright and tastefully decorated.
The semi-buffet breakfast with made to order omelettes, pancakes, or French toast was delicious.
The staff was very nice and quite professional.
I can't wait to go back!
Loved the Hilton Garden Inn Rancho Bernardo
August 9-13, 2006 Our family had 2 rooms and a suite and everyone was EXTREMELY pleased with the property!! The hotel is in a good location, just off I-15 approximately 25 minutes north of Lindbergh International Airport. The hotel was very clean and the housekeeping staff did a wonderful job making our room look fresh and inviting each day. There was plenty of parking, both outside of our room, so we could see our car, as well as underground in a locked parking garage, taking the elevator to our room. The 24 hour gym had new equipment and 2 t.v.'s to entertain me while I worked up a sweat. They even have excercise kits with a mat, excercise bands, etc to take to your room if you want. This is a great property for families as they have a nice pool/hot tub area with a BBQ and tables with umbrellas. It is also good for business travelers since they have a business center, and it is secure, you just use your room key to enter and check your e-mail, fax, print,etc. Our room had a microwave, fridge and complimentary coffee and there was also coffee in the lobby as well as fresh baked cookies in the afternoon! What a nice surprise! There were restaurants and groceries stores within walking distance. I would definitely return to this property!! They get an A+ in my book!
This is a very nice hotel. We stayed there for 2 nights. The staff was very helpful. Rooms were clean, with a microwave and frig in each. This is a great place to stay if your business is in this area, otherwise it is about 30 minutes from San Diego and traffic coming north to it from the airport and the city can be very congested.
New hotel, great value
My husband and I stayed here for a weekend getaway. We booked through hilton.com a special package. If you book a special package, make sure you bring with you a list of all the included details and review them at check in with the front desk. The hotel desk staff was not up on what was included with the corporate-created packages. Not a big deal and they accomodated when asked, but you will have to review the details with them to ensure you are getting everything you paid for!
This is a new hotel, which is nicely decorated and very clean. The staff at the front desk is friendly and helpful. The rooms are well appointed with a microwave, fridge and complimentary coffee. On weekends during the summer, the hotel is packed with families going to Lego Land. During the week, it's more corporate and filled with business travelers. The pool and hot tub are very nice and were stocked with towels. On weekend early mornings the pool is packed with noisy families getting in a swim before heading to the parks. If you want to sleep in, ask for a room that doesn't overlook the pool. Because Rancho Bernardo is inland from San Diego, it's hot here in the summer and we were glad to have nice, quiet air conditioning. There were several nice restaurants within a few miles, plus a movie theater. We recommend Pegasus Cafe for Greek food.
Our package included free breakfast at the buffet restaurant, which was pretty basic, but decent. On Sunday, they kept running out of food and were slow to restock. I would not have paid the $10 for it on the weekend, as it was so crowded with families/kids and they were grossly understaffed. However, on Monday, it was a different story - quiet and the buffet was well-stocked.
Would I stay there again? Absolutely.
After planning our family vacation to Legoland/SeaWorld for months, the hotel we first chose on Hotel Circle turned out to be a nightmare on arrival. We quickly checked around and found a terrific deal at the Hilton Garden Inn. About 15-30 minutes outside of downtown via Interstate 15, Rancho Bernando seems to be an extremely affluent suburb. And this hotel fits right in - spotless, comfortable, even stylish. If they had crystal chandeliers and some expensive vases laying around, it would pass for a 4-star. Our very large king room had 15 ft ceilings, a quiet efficient air conditioner, comfortable bath, and practically unused sleeper sofa. The staff was extremely kind and took 100% care of a rather needy family. They even leave towels conveniently laid around the heated pool's deck chairs.
Noise is a problem. You can lightly hear the highway traffic through the windows, and we could hear everything in the hallways. Be sure to ask for a quiet room if you are sensitive. The layout of the hotel is such that the staff can probably accomodate.
We hit rush hour traffic a couple of times and it wasn't all that bad - especially when we knew we were heading for paradise compared to the rundown old hotels of downtown. We ate more than once at the Elephant Bar and Grill about 5 blocks away. Great food and excellent service. We ate breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant and it was very fresh and excellent but $6-$10 per person.
We had such a great time we stayed an extra night!
Very pleasant personnel and cheerful, clean facility
We have stayed in this hotel twice, each time for a 4-day stretch. The employees across the board do a good job of being gracious hosts - pleasant and accommodating - at the front desk staff, in the restaurant, and in housekeeping. A feature that works particularly well is the business center off the lobby. Printing goes smoothly from the reliable in-room internet connection to the printer which is housed in a public working room that is well-stocked with office supplies. Convenient printer access is a big plus in hotels these days.
Our only criticism of this property is faulty room acoustics - a product of its construction. Inside the bedrooms and bathrooms, one hears neighbors' conversations through the heat ducts. The noise from the corridors also carries into the rooms, particularly early-morning housekeeping conversations.
Nice, Safe and Clean Hotel
I just returned from San Diego. I was staying at Hilton Garden Inn San Diego this Feb for 17 nights. The 3 storey high hotel is cosy, clean and safe to stay. There are laundry room, heated pool and 24 hour gym for the guests. The security measure is commendable as these areas are only accessible with your room key!! The staff are friendly and helpful. As breakfast is provided as part of my stay, I will dine at the restaurant every morning. The kitchen staff can even remember my preference of how i want my eggs to be done on my 2nd day of stay!! The hotel doesn't serve lunch but you can go to the supermarkets nearby to pick up microwavable food to heat up in your room. Or choose to dine at the restaurants or deli shops nearby. Other amenities like public library, drugstores and banks are nearby too. These are withing walking distance which takes merely 5mins. I will definitely stay at this hotel when i next visit San Diego. EXCELENTE
Just a bit Overpriced
Nice hotel, good interior finishes. Cocktails are served in the evening and generally good turnout. My double Gin and Tonic was reasonably priced. The hotel, overall, is overpriced by about 20$ per night, for the level of amenities and general proximity to, well, nothing. I can also vouch for the fact that it is structurally sound during earthquakes...
Shiney and New
Located in Rancho Bernado, a 15 minute drive from the centre of San Diego on the I15. Excellent hotel, newly opened, clean as a whistle with welcoming front desk staff. We only stayed for two nights but could happily have stayed for longer. The rooms are well equipped and have a microwave and fridge (although no crockery/cutlery etc.) and are very spacious. Bathrooms just as sparkly and new as the rest of the hotel. A good location for visiting the area surrounding San Diego without having to fight your way through the city traffic every day.