La Quinta Inn San Diego SeaWorld/Zoo Area
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- Continental Breakfast
- Breakfast Available
- Refrigerator in room
- Swimming pool
- Reduced mobility rooms
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Just returned from a stay at the La Quinta Inn in Mission Valley. It was me and my 2 teens in town for a tournament. I researched many hotels before selecting this one and I was pleasantly surprised. The hotel and grounds were very clean and our room was spacious. Parking was free. The furniture looked new and there was also a good sized fridge and microwave which was nice. The bathroom was upgraded and very clean. The whole place looked like it been recently stuccoed and painted. The pool/spa area, while small, was nicely tucked away at the end of the property against the hillside and was nicely landscaped. The location was perfect. Didn't hear any freeway noise. You could jump on the 8 and be anywhere you needed to be in San Diego. Shopping mall, restaurants and movie theatre right across the highway was a bonus. Breakfast was plentiful. We had a great stay and would not hesitate to stay there again. Check in very smooth.
Close to everything, Great for Groups
We were part of a group of 24 kids and their families bowling on the Naval Base and in Kearny Mesa with the state tournament. This hotel offered great rates and is located right on the junction of the 163 and 8 freeways, making everything a quick drive.
This is a newly branded La Quinta, and was formerly a Fairfield Inn. Hotel lobby boasts a computer and printer, but each room has free wireless access as well. Hotel staff were quick to hand out maps and offer suggestions for meals. Most choices were easy by proximity to a mall that is a freeway overpass away--Hooters, Mimi's Cafe, Gordon Biersch, Starbucks, and the mall's own food court were all within walking distance. Parking was FREE--not true at most Mission Valley hotels. The trolley goes right by the mall making trips to Padres games a breeze as well.
The complex is divided into two buildings: the lobby is in the ground floor of one building, and the laundry, breakfast room, and workout room/gym were located in the other. Breakfast food was typical continental fare with the addition of freshly made waffles and hard boiled eggs. The breakfast room gets pretty full when the hotel is booked to capacity, but people just took their food to their rooms.
The rooms are either Queen/Queen accommodations or a King suite with a pull out in a separate room. All rooms have a fridge and a microwave. Rooms were clean and housekeeping didn't even take the tip the first night of our stay (so we added to it and left it again the next morning).
I've never stayed at a La Quinta before, but after this property I would consider it in the future. The parents in our group all had their special requests accommodated and gave me rave reviews of the place.
I HAD NO PROBLEMS !! CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE
WE stayed on a SAT. night.ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS!!Me and 2-12 yr. olds.I was a little concerned,because of what I read,but it was GREAT.I could see where it might be loud during the weekdays from the dealership though.The bed was COMFORTABLE!!!,I slept very well and im a light sleeper.THE STAFF WAS FRIENDLY and checkout was @12.The continental breakfast was pretty much wiped out @9:45AM(only complaint)THATS MINOR,I just had cereal.COVERED PARKING AND CLEAN POOL/SPA was great.The room was CLEAN,COMFORTABLE AND HAD A REFRIG.JUST WHAT WE NEEDED BEFORE OUR PADRE GAME.Nearby Resturants and a shopping mall/movie theater.FOR THOSE FROM OUT OF STATE.Just ask staff where to exit heading east.Great location for visitors, I think.You are close enough for a little drive to DOWNTOWN,but IF YOU WANT A VIEW/H2O go to ----.I have lived in CA. FOR 31 YRS.
Not worth it
Located right next to car dealership (stayed three nights on business), the alarms and P.A. system next door was constant all evening - every hour - no sleeping done here. Room had electric problems, refrigerator only worked with light turned on at doorway, alarm clock ran, but the alarm and radio did not work (held together with tape. Hairdryer did not work (replaced by staff). Charged for newspaper not used. Don't go to hotels dot com for any of your reservations - they charge $40 more per room and they missed our reservations (the only guy with us that was not on a reseravation got his room for $99 we paid $129 - actual room rate $105). Breakfast was good, lots of variety. Would stay elsewhere due to no sleep given.
Bad service, bad hotel
This hotel is so outdated - I asked the front desk agent how long it has been a Marriott? They said it was a Ramada previously. This hotel would not even be accepted by Ramada. The staff was unfriendly, and no breakfast items were stocked. The room was clean, but the staff was poor. I asked to see a manager and he would not come from his office to see me. Be aware of this hotel. Stay clear.
I stayed for the Fouth of July Weekend. The staff was wonderful. The General Manager Jason personally called my room to check on my stay. The hotel service made up for the outdated facilities. The hotel would not be a Marriott without the great staff!
Good choice for San Diego
We stayed here with our 4 yr old son from June 5-9th in a King Suite. We thought it was a nice little hotel and loved that our son had a foldout couch bed in a separate room facing a TV with DVD player. The room was clean and the location was convenient to Sea World, Old Town San Diego, etc. The pool and hottub were never crowded and the breakfast buffet was standard - continental, but lots of choices.
Horrible experience, Travellers BEWARE!
This was BY FAR, THE WORST hotel experience I've ever had. The rooms were old and run down. The pictures on the website were very deceptive, I was hard pressed to find any area of that complex renovated or upgraded. I was travelling on business and needed the elevator to transport a large amount of heavy items for a trade show. The elevator was broken shortly after we arrived. We were assured it would be fixed by the time we returned in the evening but it was not. By the second night we were so disapointed with the rooms, the broken elevator situation and the lack of parking spaces available at 10:30 pm that we went down the street to the Radisson for a wonderful nights stay. Travellers beware!
Not a bad alternative to downtown San Diego hotels...
Our family stayed in this hotel during mid-March and except for its highway location, the property is actually clean and well-maintained, with some of the friendliest personnel I've encountered in any U.S.
hotel. An online reservationist booked me here in a decently-sized suite for the price of a standard room so we were all happy with the accomodations we got. The suite is actually a combination of two standard rooms so we have more than enough space to move around. It has a small kitchenette, a king-size bed, a queen-size sofa sleeper, 2 cable tv sets, free in-room safe, complimentary breakfast (although it really gets crowded in the morning between 7:30-9:30am), and a sparkling clean toilet and bath. If you want to go the mall, there's Mission Valley Center on the other side (a good 15-minute walk), but would need more legwork if you want to check out Fashion Valley Mall further to the hotel circle area. What I want to point out here is the consistency of their personnel in making each guest feel welcome and at home. My special compliments go to Christie and Sharron (of Front Desk) who really went out of their way to make sure that my requests are met.
So if you're headed to San Diego and would prefer to stay outside the Downtown or Hotel Circle area, this one is definitely a safe bet.
July 2003 visit
Typical small out-door pool. The carpet in our room needed cleaning and the standard room was cramped for 2 adults and 2 kids. Free breakfast was outstanding with many different choices (although a new toaster would be nice). Located in a separate room it was big, but it was packed every morning. A microwave in the lobby area would be nice; the microwave in the breakfast room is unavailable after breakfast. Front desk was very helpful, but housekeeping was disappointing, perhaps it was the language barrier. Convenient parking will be gone if you stay out too late, you will have to use the underground parking. Locate beside Hotel Circle, it was convenient to jump onto the freeway and be on you r way to local attractions quickly.
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