Holiday Inn San Diego - On The Bay
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Had another big day's drive today from Las Vegas to San Diego. On the way, we stumbled across Calico Ghost Town which is a fairly authentic historic western town on the site of an old silver mine. We enjoyed it a lot although stopping there did set us back a few hours. We eventually arrived in San Diego late in the afternoon and checked in to our …
I went for a tour of the USS Midway Museum which is just down the road from the hotel. There were a number of guides who had previously served on the ship which was good. Afterwards we all drove to Old Town where there were lots of shops with leather bags and Mexican clothes, sombreros etc. We had lunch at a Mexican restaurant which we thought …
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... on n'a pas l'impression qu'il y a tant de monde que ça. C'est relax, accueillant et la ville est belle. Et surtout pas de bouchons de circulation! Complètement contrastant avec notre visite à L.A. C'est vraiment un endroit à découvrir. Je m'y installerais volontier pour quelques mois.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn San Diego - On The Bay
It was a holiday inn....
stayed here for a conference that was at the manchester grand hyatt. shoulda stayed at the hyatt, the holiday inn was a quite a walk from there. unfortunately, the hyatt was booked up until the last minute, but i had reserved the holiday inn with an "internet only" deal and couldn't rescind the reservation. anyway....had a GREAT view of the bay at the holiday inn and the room was decent. room wasn't terribly clean or anything, but it was clean enough. got free movies throughout the day, including some porn! LOL elephant and castle restaurant was pretty decent for breakfast. if you are over near the hyatt try brewsters restaurant on the marina, great little beachy place. also, try the harbor house restaurant, great meals!!
Holiday Inn - never again!
We just returned from a 5 day trip to San Diego. We stayed at the Holiday Inn on Harbour Dr. Upon opening our room door, we were disappointed. No closet, no view. The room had a funny smell. Went to get ice at the machine down the hall. The carpeting wet my socks I was wearing and no ice came out. Had to trek down to the elevator (no stairs available) to the next floor each day to get ice. Was awakened at 2 am with a hallway alarm, then again a few more times (lasting 10 min. each time). I was told they were "testing the alarm system". When packing to leave, I lifted some magazines off the floor next to the bed - they were dripping with water where the carpet in our room under the air conditioner was drenched (hence the bad room smell). Great time had by all - outside of the room.
Good experience in September
We just returned from a weekend in San Diego - stayed at HI - On the bay. The rooms were clean and not too small. Service at the reception desk and the concierge desk was good - even helpful. The location is great - only 2 blocks to the trolley and right across from the cruise ship terminal. Only complaint was the first night we heard the train early in the morning. We'll stay there again.
It's not that Bad....but I see your points!
Okay....I defintely wanted to post because I wanted people to know of our experience @ this hotel. First of all.....LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! This is the name of the game when it comes to this hotel. The location was perfect for my husband and I. It was right near the Seaport Village...within walking distance. It's right on the bay so if you wanted to do one of the harbor cruises...you could do that. My husband and I walked to Little Italy our second night for dinner. As far as the hotel and our experience.Okay...well traveling from Orlando--we left on a FRIDAY night & arrived about 1:00 AM California time. We were exhausted. We went to the front desk & the RUDEST woman I have ever encountered greeted us. If I wasn't so tired...I probably would have demanded we speak to a manager. She typed in our name & said....,"okay...your room is here.."..& then when I asked what floor it was on..she stated - ground floor! Now, I despise ground floor rooms in hotels. I said to her...,"Maam, I had called up & specifically requested a high level room." She informed me that nothing was in my record.....I did call & spoke to a nice gentleman who said of course there were no guarantees but he would do his best. My husband is willing to take the ground level but I am absolutely against it. She goes on to say that because of our "RATE" (we booked through HOTWIRE @ 75.00 a night) this was the only room available. In fact she went on to say that this was THE only ROOM available in the hotel. Ugh...yeah, right! I say to her that the ground floor is completely unacceptable & she starts typing in her computer.....& states...well I do have something on the 10th floor but it is a SMOKING room (They still have smoking rooms in hotels?? I thought many were going non-smoking??) Anyway, I hate smoke but husband convinces me to give it a try. Front desk woman goes on to say that we can switch rooms tomorrow after 12 noon. We get to room....it is not bad....2 beds...pretty nice view....not really a smoke smell either. We are completely exhausted & fall asleep immediately. The next morning, we wake up & go out to breakfast @ the seaport village. (WE loved it there..so much to see & do!) We then went to OLD TOWN (we drove) and then out to early dinner (5:00) in Little Italy. We decide not to switch rooms because there really is no smoking smell We do not go near the pool. It is way too small & just looks nasty. We were not there for a "RESORT" style vacation. WE were in San Diego to explore SAN DIEGO. The next day--we take an ALL DAY tour through San Diego. It was an okay tour. We toured Tiajuana and that was pretty interesting & also did one of those Harbor Excursions. Okay. The next day, we ask the concierge for DIRECTIONS to Denny's & have a great breakfast there. (I recommend it....we had great service!) We check out & of course---are charged that AWESOME $15 a day PARKING! 3 nights! We knew about it though....I did ask her if there was anyway to AVOID the charge & she stated...that she has to pay to park so....really no way around it. Overall, my opinion of this hotel is that it's okay for 2-3 nights....it's NOT a RESORT quality hotel.....I was comfortable paying what we paid to stay here....because of the location. Also, one added note...my husband & I thought we left a bag with some items in the hotel room...when we arrived @ our next hotel, I phoned the Holiday Inn & the woman who I spoke with was kind....she checked every item that was turned in & advised us that she did not find anything. (We later found our bag!) Anyway, hope this review helps! When planning for my trip to San Diego, I was looking into so many hotels....I COULD NOT make up my mind! I decided to gamble & give HOTWIRE a try...that is how I wound up with this hotel. I don't think I ever would have picked a holiday inn...anyway, give it a try if LOCATION is important & you can pass on some of the luxury items...like a NICE POOL, large towels, ETC. ETC!
Got the room through Orbitz, kind of last minute so the price was pretty high. When we got there at 3PM we were told the room won't be ready for another hour, with no apologies from the receptionist!!! The room, with a view of their parking lot and a "city view" was small, supposed to be non-smoking yet there was the smoking smell, the linens and towels were old and almost breaking apart, and the noise was tooooo much!!! The swimming pool was the size of our backyard pool, with "hospital-looking" towels. I do not recommend this hotel at all.
Zero customer service
Upon check-in, the front desk clerk was very friendly and helpful; however, there is a lot to be learned. After looking around, we could not locate a bell clerk to help us with our luggage to our room. When we arrived at the room, we realized that the clerk forgot to give us our keys. When we went back to the front desk one of the other clerks advised us that "we" forgot our keys. We looked at it as "they" forgot to give us our keys I am in the hotel industry myself and going the extra mile can make quite a difference. In an industry where customer service is everything -- it would have meant a great deal if one of the clerks (there were at least three) simply met us at the room to deliver the keys. What an impression this would have made after a six hour trip in our car. After arriving home in Las Vegas, we realized that a set of keys might have been left in our room. We immediately phoned the hotel and talked to a young lady at the front desk. She explained that they were very busy and could not check on our keys. Imagine, if they were her keys. I think this would have been a matter of some importance especially because we could not just get in the car and drive to the lost and found. As I said before, I am in the hotel industry and delivering superior customer service makes a real difference to a guest. When a guest has a bad experience they can't stop talking about it!! Let us not forget the ants in our room. We called down to the front desk and they assured us that sometime in the afternoon they would be in to spray. I find it hard to believe that they made it up to the room. I realize that some spray is odorless; however, we explained the exact location of the ants and not a thing was moved out of place including a chair blocking the area. Due to all the construction in the area, guests should be advised of the noise prior to making a reservation. We now realize why we were able to reserve the rooms at such a discounted rate.
We travel to San Diego quite often and always wanted to stay at this hotel so close to the bay. I purchased the room on line and called to asked how much an upgrade to a bay view room would be and was told $20.
And I asked if there would be a problem checking in early because our flight would arrive around 10. No problem. So I booked an additional night. It was our annerversary. When I got there I was told the upgraded was $25 and I couldn't check in until 3:00. When I came back at 3:00 I was told the upgrade would be $50. I said forget it. They agreed it let me have it for $25. The room was okay, the bedspread snarrley, and the sheet looked like they had orange nail polish on them. Party people with may guest on either side of us. And the noise!
CArs, people, boats. The balcony had cig. ashes everywhere even though we were on a non smoking floor.At the end of two days I had to totally check out because of the additional night I booked and moved into a different tower. I didn't ask for an upgrade or a view. When I got to my new room, it was a bayview, only quieter. The only friendly staff member was a mataince man we met on the elevator. As an added bonus, it's $15 a day to park your car.
Great Honeymoon Hotel!
My wife and I stayed in this hotel for our Honeymoon and it was great.
I would recomend it to anyone who wants to get enjoy San Diego comfortably. Great location, close to alot of SD attractions, (rental cars,airport, freeway, Gaslamp district, Old Town) and right down the street from Seaport Villiage. It was kind of pricey, $160 a night, but if you use Hotwire or Priceline you probably can get it cheaper. Be sure and ask for a top floor room facing the Bay, if you can. The view is amazing altough it is a little noisy, if you are a light sleeper or prefer quietness. The staff was friendly and willing to accomodate requests. Their parking attendants were VERY nice and helpful in giving directions. If you want to go to SeaWorld, ask about their SeaWorld package deal. For an extra $25, I got two tickets, which saved us some money. Be sure and have dinner at Ruth Chris' Steakhouse, which is on the Hotel grounds. The food was awesome and the service was top-notch.
The room was clean and kept up very nice every day. Holiday Inns nationwide are spending billions renovating their hotels and this one had been done recently. Give it a try for sure!
A very fine hotel!
I had read earlier reviews of this hotel and was split; however, I found a fantastic rate of $72 per night using Hotwire...this hotel offered me a free upgrade to a higher floor room so I could have an ocean view. the staff went out of their way to answer questions regarding local restaurants and sites. The room was comfortable, quite and well-accomodated; even though I was alone, I had two double beds but the trade off was a balcony wherein the King room only had a view window. I will stay here again!
Not worth the price.
The first night we stayed there, we were in an incredibly loud room. With the airplanes and trains going by all night, I got no sleep (although if you're a heavy sleeper, this may be ok). In addition, the sheets were thin, slightly browned, and too small - they kept slipping off the bed, so by the morning you were just on the mattress itself! The staff was not very friendly, it took around 1/2 hour checking in and out, and they overcharged.