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Historical Traveler Reviews Inn at the Park San Diego
A hotel with character
I had stayed at the Park Manor Suites two years ago and am writing this to be one of the few to sing the hotel's praises. It is charming and the rooms are huge. Perhaps the fixtures looked like they were from the 1940s, but so what, they worked and they were spotless. Good location next to the park. The rooms are large apartments, hallways and elevators just scream pre-war era. I have never spent an evening at a hotel with more character. The price is right, and oh yeah, FREE PARKING!
Worst Hotel Experience EVER
When it comes to this hotel, I think "historic" must mean run-down and shabby. With dirty handprints on the wall, a large hole in the carpet, and stains on the headboard of the bed and carpet, we felt disgusted.
Don't let the nice lobby fool you -it's a facade.
Furthermore, be sure you don't stay there when the hotel is being rented for a wedding. The penthouse bar-- one of main reasons we chose the hotel -- was not available to hotel guests. To make it worse, while trying to sleep in our room, we could hear thumping and bass from the band, and a lot of banging around while they were cleaning up at the end of the night.
We left there feeling ripped-off. I've had a more pleasant experience at a cheap Comfort Inn!!
Old but decent
I stayed at the Park Manor Suites last night (11/22/03) after a wedding. The rooms were cute and having the kitchenette was a plus. It was nicely priced for a hotel in such a convenient location. The hotel does show its age and the furnishings were well worn and not the highest quality. My friends stayed a couple of doors down from me and their room was slightly different and nicer, so maybe your experience will depend on the room. Although it was November, the room was really warm and stuffy. I could have really used an air conditioner. The walls are extremely thin too. All in all, I would stay there again for the location, but I would prefer to stay somewhere more well-kept.
Gay and great
The Park Manor is an old hotel and updated over the years, especially by the present owner. Every room is different and some furnished with elaborate and expensive decor. I could easily live in one of the rooms and it has most of what you need to live your life. They have a nice bar and restaurant on the ground level. On the top floor they have an open air party on Friday nights and serve breakfast on the weekend. It is a great view and would be nice for banquets. I have stayed at this hotel numerous times and just love the charm and feel. You could spend the same money and have a room. This is just absolutely fun. I like old. But I like service more. This is a very good buy!
I never post messages on boards lke this as everyone has thier own unique experience, but I felt offended by the last posters comments. I am a woman who travels alot for business. I absolutly love my stays at the Park Manor. NO WHERE, on the Park Manors website does it EVER state that they are modern. In fact the promote themselves as OLD WORLD CHARM! NO WHERE does it ever state the have air-conditioning. It never gets above 75 at night, and the breeze from the bay and Balboa Park add to my nighlty enjoyment. I feel so AT HOME when staying there. It is so nice to have a place full of friendly staff, a great neighborhood, and a room that feels more like a second apartment to me than a cookie cutter sterile hotel. Ok they do have radiators that do clank, but what radiator does not do this? Not many places around for a competative price that allows you to enjoy a full kitchen, full dining area, living area, sleeping area, private bath, beautiful breakfast on the penthouse over looking the bay and park. I would not compare it to any hotel outside of the prices they are charging, but overall the Park Manor is comfortable and charming.
False & Misleading Advertising on net & paper
Ads showed photographs of modern suites with modern furniture, carpeted rooms which matched the furniture. Ads said bathrobes and air-conditioning in room. in fact none of the above true!Bathroom doors not closable. "Antique" furniture was apparently "pier one" or "cost plus" discards, mattress likely as old as the hotel, cracks in windows, clearly not renovated, as advertised, in many, many decades.Hotel being held out as "first class" and four star is a total fabrication unless one counts the local buddy list of downtown san diego hotels! The Frummer rating is one star! Although its a landmark and has the potential (across from Balboa park) close to zoo etc. to either be a fine NOSTALGIA place a la Del Coronondado or a refurbished modern hotel built inside the old hotel's frame, it is none of the above. It is obvious the present owners are simply keeping a cash flow and could care less about people coming back.Good for those over 80, and those who do not mind false advertising. bad for everyone else.What a pity the owner has wasted his heritage in order to get the suckers in!
Grande Dame is a Grande Dump
We arrived late in the evening (10pm), were sent alone toting luggage (not shown) to our room to find 4 to 5 day old food scattered around, an unmade bed, dishes and cutlery in the sink, a filthy bathroom in a room that had not been refurbished since this hotel was built in the 1920's. I went downstairs to the desk, and he actually had to COME SEE that I was truthful about the condition of the room. 45 minutes later they found another room for us which had had maid service, but that was about it. One can tell the Park Manor WAS a nice hotel (yeah, 75 years ago), but is decaying by the day.
The hotel serves a good complimentary breakfast in a rooftop room with great views of Balboa Park and the city. This rooftop room was the only remodeled part of the hotel..and it was circa 1960's with cheap tables and chairs, lots of dirty vinyl and matted shag carpet. Think: a bad version of a 60's Las Vegas lounge. There was the odor of old garbage outside on the balcony. I would not recommend this to any one.
Very nice hotel
Great location overlooking Balboa Park. The studio room was dated, but very comfortable and charming. And it has off-street parking, too. Not bad for the money.
Steam radiator clangs all night here...
Stand warned! The radiators in the rooms clang and bang all night in this 'Old World' hotel. Don't stay here if you intend to get any sleep. Furthermore, the staff is completely unconcerned about such a minor inconvience.
The charming Old World ambiance looked fine at check-in but this turned into the worst hotel experience I've had and I travel a lot. At 11:30 at night just as I was falling asleep, the old steam radiator that was in the room started banging and clanging to beat the band. It was a warm, balmy evening, for March, and there certainly wasn't a need for steam heat. After 20 non-stop minutes of this, I called the front desk to ask if this was going to continue through the night. I was assured not. The desk clerk told me that they were just 'warming up the building' and that they would turn it off soon. They did and I eventually got back to sleep at about 12:30 a.m. At 1:40 a.m., however, I was startled awake again by what sounded like a hammer hitting a steel pipe near my head. Again, I called the front desk, only to be met by a different desk clerk's voice on the other end who seemed surprised that this defining banging should bother me at this hour. Only after having to be explicit about how upset I was at not being able to sleep in this hotel, did he tell me that he would turn it off. At this point I was so awake that I considered packing and leaving but didn't think I could find another hotel room at this hour. I finally fell back to sleep at 4 a.m. and actually got a whole 3 hours in before the clanging started again at 7 a.m. After being jolted awake for the 3rd time, I called the front desk to ask for the owner's name. I was told it was a Dr. Willis. I asked if I could speak to him but the clerk said no, because he was sleeping. (I commented that he was certainly not a resident of this hotel if he was 'sleeping') I also asked if the clanging and banging could be heard in ALL the rooms of this establishment and he giggled and said, yes. At this point I just gave up, packed and checked out. Eventually I wandered over to the San Diego Museum in Balboa Park where the featured exhibit was 'Instruments of Torture Through the Ages'. I wondered why The Park Manor Hotel wasn't in it.
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