Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Rancho Bernardo
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... a really lovely day all in all.
Sea World on the other hand......we felt it was not really worth the time or the money. More shops, a couple of rides and food stalls and not a great deal to see 'Sea'-wise...They had a lot of Killer Whales in a small area and the general space for the bigger creatures (Dolphins, Walrus, Polar Bears etc) ...
... back into the States. We had to wait a painful 2 and a half hours in the line to get back!! What a pain in the ****!! Everyone in Mexico seemed to be trying to get back into the US. We were thankful to finally get back and we were all starving so we stopped for a feed at Macaz before catching the train back to the hotel. We chilled out at the hotel for a few hours freshening up before heading back down to the Main Street to get some more Mexican food and Margaritas for ...
... at. She was lovely and we were lucky to get good advice from her.
We continued walking up Fourth Avenue to a mall. This was such a confusing indoor/ outdoor mall that we got lost several times and gave up. We've done enough shopping now.
Walked back to the RV to find the parking lot completely full and it took rather a lot of manoeuvring to get it out. Now I ...
... notice me with camera in hand framing my shot here??" One of the advantages of being my size is that unless the person is either armed or combat-trained, I can usually verbally "win" this sort of confrontation, and sure enough, he said nothing and did move the heck out of my way. I generally try to be a polite and friendly person (and even more so in the overall good mood I'm in during this road trip adventure), ...
... up their feathers and getting stuck into each other!
One of our bus drivers (standard, I suspect) jokes was that one of the kids would be driving us home, so when we got back to the bus he insisted that they all have their photo taken at the wheel, hence, those photos included below.
A relatively quick drive home. We have been hearing a lot about the terrible traffic here -sections of the freeway that we travelled today are fifteen lanes wide! Actually as well ...
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.