Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
Travel Blogs from Del Mar
What's happening? Christina and I made the 5 hour drive west to San Diego for the third time this year to watch the Horns lose the Holiday Bowl. It was very spontaneous, I Pricelined a hotel the morning we left and got the Hilton Del Mar for 38 bucks a night. Not bad considering they had the Paris Hilton porn on the Pay-Per-View there. Day 1-Dec 29 …
... picking their pumpkins, going on rides and through the corn maze. Of course, this was a great photo opportunity as you can see and now I have two pumpkins for Halloween! The big one will hopefully look like it is eating the little one, but we'll see how that goes...
Anyway it's nearing my bedtime and I can't keep waffling on about not much (I'm sure that a fair few of you just made JOKES to the contrary) so I'll leave you all to get on with your lives.
When I want to relax and get away from it all, I head down to Del Mar, Ca and visit my longtime friend, Alli. The traffic in L.A. is horrible, so I time my drive accordingly. If all goes well, it will take me 2 hours to get there. As soon as I can see water, I know that I am only about 10 miles away. I can turn the A/C off, crack the windows and breathe deeply. The sky is misty, the air is cool and the ocean beckons. I exit at ...
... the sights, I also wanted to relax. I spent a lot of time in the sun reading books and enjoying not having any major plans. My spirit needed to re-energize!! We did hang out in town a bit - we went to the Gaslamp District, Old Town, Little Italy and Waterfront areas. There's a shuttle bus that's super cheap and goes to all the major stops from the hotel, so we putt-putted along the waterfront on it to see ...
... low on battery. So off to Starbucks it was for me. I spent some time emailing and checking Craigslist for more Rideshares and sent some emails off to more San Diego to north west American cities Rideshare requests. Anyway I stayed till 8pm Starbucks close and then head off to the bonfires on the beach ( they have empty pits, and it seams to happen every night ) to go find Gary. If not, is return to his secret spot and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
Beginning with the restaurant staff. LONG hair on watiresses was disgusting. No tea bags, no hash browns. Like they knew we were coming a year ago when we made our reservations for the Good Guys Show, no White zin either. Couldn't they send someone to the store? Oh it gets better. Asked the concierge, Jason, if he could help us....he was INVOLVED in a personal conversation with ANOTHER employee, so we waited 5 minutes till he wrapped up his Friday night date plans. Asked if he knew of a nice restaurant ON the beach, he sent us to a mexican place ACROSS the street from the beach. Donnie the guest services gentleman was MOST caring, he deserves a raise just because he knew all the right answers. Also the Rooms Director, lovely gentleman who should be the general manager, he was just the all around guy who did everything like take drink orders in the BUSY bar because they didn't have enough staff to handle the CROWD they knew for a year that was coming...No GM on property. our group dropped alot of $$$ , but we won't be back next year.
We got a great deal on this room during Spring Break, using Priceline. The lobby, restaurant and bar area were very nice. We were given a huge, first-floor room with a king bed, pullout loveseat, desk and enormous bathroom with a toilet behind its own door. The tile around the bath/shower was a little old-looking. Our room was very quiet. If we hadn't had to pay $11 to park we would have been completely satisfied.
Stayed for two nights in February and were given a nice room with a view of the courtyard and the pool. The pool was great as was the hottub and even the weather cooperated. Staff was quite new and not too knowledgeable about the area but we had stayed in Del Mar several times in the past so this was not a problem
The restaurant is a total waste of time as it is too pricey and has a limited menu. On both evenings we noticed only one or two tables occupied. If you want to enjoy the best filet steak ever go down the street about 1/2 mile to The Martini Bar. The chef was formerly at The Rio in Vegas. You will not eat a better steak at Ruth Chris's or Mortons. As a plus they take the Entertainment card. We had the same dinner both nights!
First of all, I have to say up front that we got this hotel through priceline for a ridiculous $35/night for one night. That means this was a bargain no matter how you look at it. That said, I'll try to write this as if I spent the $140 that it's currently listed at.
Got a great deal on Priceline. Found the staff to be extremely friendly. Slept like a rock, very quiet hotel. No problems. Pool looked great but it rained the entire time so I did not get to use. Would highly recommend. The decor was new and inviting.
Room was ok. Restaurant had problems.
The room we stayed in was on the second floor facing the pool. The room was more spacious than the average room, but no fridge or microwave - not kid friendly. The Internet access had problems but was corrected by the 1800 number support. The restaurant experience was funny.
1. I ordered white bread - they gave me wheat.
2. I ordered hash browns - they gave me diced potatoes.
3. my wife ordered English muffins - she got wheat
We both got the eggs we ordered though. The silverware was not well washed. The Hilton should have higher standards in general. It could be because we stayed after Christmas.
Clean, nice area, but beware of racetrack traffic
We spent two nights in July, 2004 at this hotel. We asked for a fridge on arrival and had one delivered promptly. Hotel desk staff were very helpful with directions and fixing a billing error (was billed for a gift shop purchase although I never set foot in the gift shop).
We were there the weekend of the county fair which was held on the Del Mar Race track site. With all that traffic, getting in and out of the hotel was quite a challenge. Lots of dining options in the immediate area.
Bad bad bad
I do not like this hotel. I was traveling with my infant and they declined to coorperate with our every request include giving a fridge in room to keep the milk. The hotel looks good but lack the warmth of the staff.
I stay at the Hilton Del Mar for a business group meeting, but then decided to stay the weekend to visit San Diego. The hotel were very nice. Everyone from the Front Desk, Bell staff, Concierge were very accommodating. The restaurant had California Cuisine and I found my self eating outside most of the time on their outdoor patio.
This is a great hotel. The public areas as well as the rooms are beautiful. The staff was friendly. I would stay there again. It's walking distance from the fairgrounds/race track and many restaurants.