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... into the water, and their inquisitive little faces as they stared at us from their deckchairs of sand.
That was pretty much it for today, apart from sushi for lunch in a cove on the beachfront, and seeing a bride and groom being photographed on the rocks. All I could think about was her dress getting ruined by the salt water!
Tomorrow morning we fly to Las Vegas!
... both of them without having to queue. The first ride was a roller-coaster called 'MANTA' as in manta-ray. On the way to the ride, you walk past a whole lot of manta-rays and sting-rays. As the ride seated only 2, side by side, Wendy opted to sit next to a strapping young fellow. I shall do the same when it is my turn and I see some bikini-clad hussy by herself :) Surprisingly, both Danielle and Wendy managed to get through the ride, which featured the usual twists, ...
... we still had two more fur kids to reunite with and Rusty hadn't seen Roxy and JB in over two year!
We seem to always find ourselves visiting SD during the month of April. The reason I know this is because we have been celebrating my mother-in-law and nieces birthdays, nearly every year since we happened to fly in on the exact day that our ...
We went back to the harbor this morning for a whale watching tour. It was a beautiful sunny day, around 65 degrees. It was a little hazy, but improved throughout the day. We arrived a little early and boarded our tour boat around 9:30. We went out about 2 miles, and starting seeing dolphins. They were playing around at the bow of the boat. Then we saw ...
... Panda Bears, Gorillas and Elephants, oh my.
I head back to SF briefly on Monday to meet up with Julia for our 11 hour flight to London. It's going to be a long day of flying. I feel ready... well mostly. There are a few things I still need to take care of, but primarily I'm still trying to decide what in my bag I can part with - traveling light(ish) is the goal. I was originally impressed with what ...
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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.
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.
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.
My wife and I stayed in this hotel for our Honeymoon and it was great.
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.