Holiday Inn San Diego-Bayside
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Accommodation - Holiday Inn Bayside -next to harbour, 2 x queen beds yahoooo! Workout total -0 Todays started out like any other Tuesday. You know. A day behind when I started. Got to LAX and through customs like a boss. Fingers and retina scanned in case there is any issues whilst I am here shuttle straight out of the city - headed to the …
... to see what they advise, but I pretty sure they will say buy the license because they get the money. We are also running around fixing things like glasses and shopping for that last minute, we must have items, that we don't know if they have this or not in Mexico. I'm sure they do have everything and more in Mexico, you just may have to drive a few hundred miles. The, expectation is that it won't be available in Mulege or Loreto. I'm thinking ...
... City these days? The place is exploding with newer, larger, flashier ways to take your money and lots of other money sinks riding on the coattails of the big name casinos.
So, without any travel excitement like dragging tow bars, no activities like 4 wheeling or sleeping under the stars and no scenery that not been seen before, here's a snapshot of life on the bus.
7:00 AM Time to get ...
... with her supervisor. Her boyfriend and I were very useful, and spent the whole time talking about the philosophy of biology, neuroscience, and the problems inherent in statistical results based on p-values. After a couple of hours I was told that "Mexican food in San Diego is better than Mexican food in Mexico" and whilst I can say that I've had better burritos (well, one better burrito - the best burrito) the 99c fish tacos we had for dinner round the corner were ...
... opted not to go on the other rides as were destined to get splashed and wet and uncomfortable for the rest of the day. Just cause it was getting warmer, it was still no where near hot enough to get wet!
As the day was coming to an end for us, all of us tiring. We took in the penguin, walrus, polar bear and antarctic attractions. Now, to catch the final "Petz Rule" show and then exit home.
The "Petz Rule" show we were not expecting. Who would have thought that ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn San Diego-Bayside
I had been keeping up with reviews, prior to my stay and honestly was quite nervous about it. Turned out the be a great stay. We had went through an Airline to book our vacation and decided to call the hotel after booking to see about upgrading to a 2 room suite as we were traveling with 2 small children and my mother.
Our stay was 7/22-7/21. We requested two rooms. One a king bed. We received two beds in each room. If you beg for a harbor view, you won't get it. In fact, because of the layout of the hotel, there are no harbor views. Just a glimpse of the ocean from sliding glass doors that don't open to balconies that don't exist. The hotel appears to be family oriented but during our stay, inspite of the amount of families and children at the pool, the spa was dominated by groups of young men-cases of beer by their sides. Loud and rude, nothing was done about this. The elevator was very hot and broke down several times during our stay. Our bathroom had mold growing on the celing and around the sink. Pretty gross. In that a hotel room gets cleaned daily, I would expect it to be as clean as my own bath or more so. The parking was a nightmare. Check in was the pits. We were assigned a room that belonged to someone else. After wakeing them up we realized the room was occupied. Back to the office we plodded for the correct room. We had to call housekeeping for towels at the pool twice. We were given a certificate for a free childs meal which was not honored. The price was high for the what we received. We will not be staying there again. I have responded to the Holiday Inn survey on line and offered pictures of the condition of our room but have had no response from them. I would not advise families to stay here. Pay the few $$ extra and get a nice place.
Functional and Clean
We stayed in June for a nice weekend getaway. Great points- Free Parking (rare in San Diego), Friendly Staff, Clean Rooms, feather pillows, many activities for families (which we did not use)
HINT- join the holiday inn Rewards Club. You really do get preferential treatment! A lovely bag of chocolate treats on arrival, upgraded room, and free breakfast added on upon request. Room for improvement- Slow, Hot elevator, slighly overpriced, no transportation to local areas (10 dollars for a cab to the mall...okay, but a shuttle would be nice) and slightly disturbing "bottle shop" downstairs. Overall, a nice stay. We would probably stay somewhere else next time, but do still recommend Holiday Inn. They really know customer service.
Ok by not great
Hotel was adequate but staff not so much. I called to let them know I had arrived, because they advvertise they have a free shuttle. We wait 30 minutes in the sun, no one arrives, plenty of other hotels but not mine. I call again, they advise me to take a cab to the hotel and I will be reimbursed when I arrive, which surprisingly I was. I was first given a room with a door that opened to the parking lot and one to the area near the pool, not the safest area of town and being that I was traveling with children I requested to be in the hotel portion of the property. THey quickly moved me there. Food was great and location too fit my need but really I thought there would have been more effort for a hotel guest.
Nice Hotel March 2004
Reception was professional and allowed us to check in hours ahead of time. Room did not have view, but was clean, nicely decorated and quiet. The restaurant & staff were excellent along with the food. The pool area was nice. The bar, however, was disappointing....very tacky compared to the rest of the amenities. Free parking & shuttles to and from the airport were appreciated. After other disasters over the internet this turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Would stay here again.
There are better values in San Diego for the price
For the $100+ price per night for this place, one can find better values in San Diego at less cost. It was noisy being so near to the airport and not as convenient as other places I stayed in San Diego at $30/night less.
This hotel wasn't too bad. The location was great, but it was a little noisy and for the price I expected a little more. The lady at the front desk did move us to a nicer room with a view of the bay simply by me requesting it and offered plenty of info about places to eat in the general area. We were exhausted when we got to the room and between the airplanes taking off (we could see the runway from our balcony), the cruise ship departing, the couple in the next room (ahem...on their honeymoon maybe?) and the Christmas party conga line around the pool, sleep didn't come easily. Honestly though, by the time it was really the time of night when most people would've been going to bed, it had quieted down a lot. When we woke up the next morning it was pretty peaceful. The hotel doesn't have a lot of fancy bells and whistles to tell about, but it's clean and the staff was pleasant.
I would never recommend this hotel to anyone. We had booked a suite with a location, we got a suite which overlooked roofs covered with cigarette ends. When we complained we were told they did not have suites with locations (why sell what they do not have ?) . Staff were less than helpful, when we spoke to the manager he said we would be better off at another hotel as Holiday Inns are not great in the US anyone with a bit money can buy a franchise (great management skills).
We took his advice and moved to Manchester Hyatt - beautiful hotel !
Good, but warning...
We stayed in this hotel in August to take our kids to the San Diego Zoo. We had reserved a harbor view room. When we got there, we were told that they dont guarantee which rooms you get, its first come first serve. I hadnt been told that at the time I made my reservations, so that was disappointing. We ended up with a view of this cruddy falling apart neighborhood. Aside from that, the rooms were clean, except the shower was a little mildewed. The staff was friendly. The best part about the stay was the restaurant at the hotel. The wait staff was fabulous, the food was excellent with great variety and the kids ate free, which was a big help. All in all, I would probably stay there again, just wouldnt expect a good view.
This hotel was an excellent choice. The rooms were clean, it had good amenities (iron & ironng board, hairdryer, etc.) and the staff was extremely friendly. They provided a free airport shuttle, directions and discount tickets to attractions such as the San Diego zoo and carried our bags. Would definitely stay here again or recommend to others!