Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
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Not staying here again.
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.
Adios DelMar Hilton.
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!
You pay for what you get
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.
The hotel is very upscale looking, conveniently located across the street from the race track, and has all the basic amenities like a restaurant (Expensive) and an outdoor pool. A personal pet peeve...they charge $11 to self-park your car. I understand, sometimes, the value of parking spaces in a downtown area but never understood why hotels with their own lots, with lots of spaces, have to nickel and dime you this way...it always leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Being Priceliners, we got a smaller room on the back parking lot. The walls are a bit thin, so we could hear people in the halls and above us, but with the fan on we couldn't really hear the highway. There was a dog show happening across the street and lots of folks were smuggling dogs in through the back door. (Pets are allowed at this hotel but, if they're big there's a large deposit.)
All in all, it was nice but everything's "Del Mar Expensive."
PS - The Fish Market restaurant a couple of blocks away was excellent and reasonable
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.
Great hotel staff, great place to stay
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.
The hotel was recently renovated and it was very comfortable and looked very nice. It was very clean. The room was big, nice bathrooms and the bed was very comfortable. I highly recommend this bed. I am glad they have valet parking, because I have trouble walking too far.
At night, they have an outdoor patio that has a fire pit with big chairs and dining tables just outside the Polo Lounge. There was a nice group of us sitting by the firepit one night and the staff was very accommodating letting us sit outside and service us. We decided to extend the night and have dinner there as well. Dinner food was outstanding. Pool area was huge and it looked new with new pool furniture.
The buzz around the hotel was very good and I would highly recommend this over other San Diego hotels because of the friendly service, outstanding facilities. I have stayed downtown, Torry Pines, and Mission Valley, but this hotel really reminds me of the Southern California lifestyle. This hotel really has some nice touches. Great job!
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.
TripAdvisor Reviews Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
Travel Blogs from Del Mar
... with all of the nighttime activities and restaurant patrons. Cheryl and Elle checked around the hotel, to no avail. In about 10 minutes, they were all back at the beach, not a thought in the world that we might have been worried. Kids.
By this time, we were all tired, so we said our good-byes to our friends and made our way back to the room.
Tomorrow: On to Hollywood
... Suites Del Mar hotel and drove towards the Pacific Beach Park to eat at a restaurant called Kono's Surf Club Cafe. It was a Saturday morning, so the touristy beach area had a bit of a crowd. After we found a place to park a couple of blocks from the beach we then walked to Kono's which is a spot which we have eaten at during a previous trip here on a past spring break. The restaurant is located along the boardwalk next to the Crystal Pier and ...
Relaxing morning and breakfast before we took off to see some sights near Del Mar. We drove north on PCH for a while and checked out some beaches and little shopping areas. After we turned around, we stopped in Del Mar and roamed around on the little main street and then went walking on the beach path. Lots of surfers and people enjoying ...
... reminded me of the one we’ve stayed at last year in Fort Lauderdale when we went on the Allure of the Seas Cruise. After all, the hotel was the same company (Hilton) and the building appeared to be built exactly as a replica except for the exterior grounds!
Just as requested when I've booked online, our room was on the top floor with a balcony ...
... the tiger. The elephants were eating some hay. The line for the panda bears was massive, must be a popular exhibit. We made it through, the panda chewing on some bamboo. "They drink lots of water as bamboo is very salty." To close out the day we visited the bear enclosure, spotted a big grizzly. The zoo done we headed back home then out for dinner in the Gaslamp ...