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We split this morning. Clark got up early and his friend Ed picked him up and took him out East to the El Campo border patrol station at the Far East end of San Diego County. Ed took Clark on a ride along and they toured the border fence and saw some fantastic views of Mexico from atop the rugged, mountainous terrain where illegal aliens regularly cross into the United States. It was cool seeing the difficulties and challenges the border presents to our first line of ...
... to watch when we get back (cementing the reason for the purchase!) I understand that captivity is unnatural, but Christ these mammals are talented! And who doesn't love to see a dolphin wave?! Our final hurrah in Sea World before going home was the Shipwreck Rapids. We got wet. Wait, we got soaked. We shared the raft with an American couple and their young son. We all giggled as we looked at him looking liked a drowned rat after ...
... among the first people in to Seaworld (so much so that they were playing the Star Spangled Banner on the way in) we hadn't seen the ride in action so Tan really had no idea...... Add to that being the only two people weighing more than 6 stone on the ride and things got awkward - we were the only two who were dripping from head to toe, the kids wandered off pretty much dry!
From there things stayed fairly wet - the sea lion show had water everywhere, as did the dolphin ...
... they were ready - but it was worth the wait. I had one with his head out of the water tapping his nose on my hand for quite some time. And this was all part of general admission cost.
There was also a tidal rock pool display where the kids could touch starfish, sea anemones and sea urchins. They were even allowed to pick the starfish up off the bottom, as long as they didn't take them out of the water.
... is weird that they want the "passport" what if you are traveling with a different document? For a national flight I believe you only need your state issued ID. What about a permanent resident card? Anyways, I scratch my head and fill it out. Mary's passport....check. My passport...check. Diego's passport...? Nah he can use his Sentri card (http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/trus ted_traveler/sentri/sentri.xml) it's like coming into the U.S. with a V.I.P.pass, why not....check. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Residence Inn San Diego Central
Loved the Residence Inn! We stayed for 4 nights, and enjoyed it very much! Free Breakfast, with lots of options, such as make your own waffles, oatmeal, eggs, pancakes, potatoes,and more- a great selection! M-Th they had free dinner, which was not over the top, but decent. Free parking, which was a nice amenity considering how much some hotels charge for parking. The hotel staff were all very friendly, and very helpful. There were very accomadating to us, as they let us check in early, and worked hard to get us a room close to other family members that were staying there too! The hotel was easy to find, quiet and very relaxing with 2 hot tubs, and a pool. They had a nice small, tennis court and nice gym. The rooms were clean and roomy and the beds were comfy. We were very pleased with our stay, and would definetly stay again!
Made our vacation!!
Got a good rate through Priceline. Stayed with my husband and two daughters for a 4-day San Diego get-away. The hotel was a quick 5-10 minute drive to the beach, museums & Hillcrest. The room was very clean, the furniture looked new or well maintained. Bed was comfy with a fluffy comforter and lots of pillows. Kids slept fine on the hideaway bed. Internet connection worked great. The kids enjoyed the microwave popcorn provided. Maid read my note and provided exactly the service requested. Kitchen and fridge were handy for storing snacks and drinks. Breakfast buffet was more comprehensive than I expected - make-your-own waffles, eggs, sausage, bacon, OJ, yogurt, cereal, fresh fruit, etc. Staff was friendly and efficient. Contributed to a great family vacation.
Perfect for a reunion
We used the Residence inn for a gathering to celebrate an 80th birthday. The large, apartment like suites were perfect for handling a gathering like that. In the lobby each morning 6-9 am was a nice breakfast buffet, with a suprising amount of options.
The suites were well equipped, but with utensils and pans that were functional but not nice enough for anyone to want to take home. I guess that's good for the hotel, but one nice, nonstick frying pan would have been a great help.
We have a 2 year old, so having a fridge and microwave made the trip possible. The rooms were comfy enough that you felt at home during nap-time. Free internet access was an extra perk I didn't expect.
A great call for families, and not far from La Jolla
Recently traveled to San Diego on business and stayed at the Residence Inn because of its proximity to work. I ate out every meal and did not use the kitchen but by looking through the cabinets, it looked as though it was fully stocked with pots, pans, knives, dishes, etc. If I were staying in San Diego on vacation for an extended period, I would def stay at this hotel again. I think the suites were all recently redone in the last year- mine certinely looked new. The property was cute as well. Never made it in the pool but it looked clean (although it was on the small side). The free meals were a plus as well - was thankful for it one night when I didnt have the rental car. The only complaint I had was I was on the ground floor and I could hear the people above me walking around at night. Not a huge deal but still a complaint. The hotel is in a good location - La Jolla was only about 10 minutes away and downtown about 15 (plus traffic of course). All in all, good experiance, would stay here again and prob will!
Too Much Like an Apartment
This place was too much like staying at someone's apartment than staying at a hotel. I had to turn the refrigerator off to get some sleep. The only reason I stayed here was because the Marriott Courtyard up the way was full, but next time...it's the Courtyard or nothing.
Great place, I'll be back !
Stayed for 3 nights, the room was excellent and the layout was apartment-like. The included meals were great and plentiful. The only problems were a smoking room they only had, despite my reservation for a non-smoking room. And the spiderwebs in the morning that I had to fight off to get to the breakfast room. I didn't notice any security features around other than my room key.
My family stayed in 2 of the Penthouse suites. We asked for rooms nearby, and we ended up with them being across from each other, which was great. Each room had 4 people staying in them, but we could have easily accommodated 6 people in each. The set up was great so that we could have everyone gather in one Penthouse for a birthday celebration. More family arrived, so we had 12 people there at one time. It was a quiet place, which was nice. The murphy bed was okay, but not as comfortable as it could be...but then are murphy beds ever that comfortable? The rooms were clean and had everything that you'd need. There was a jacuzzi on the ground level, and even though people were using it, they were quiet. The only thing was that check-in was at 4 pm, and they really held to that. We got there 2 hours early. I saw many families outside waiting for check-in. In any case, the location was fine for what we needed, and I'd recommend this place for families. It was worth it to be able to go back and forth between the two suites and have a sitting room to gather in. Unfortunatly, we were not able to take advantage of the breakfast. But, I did hear it was good.
Frequent overbooking at this motel
On 1/26/05, my wife and I booked a room for three nights, 2/1/05 to 2/4/05, with a credit card and received a "guaranteed" room reservation, confirmation number 81468099, at the Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad. When we arrived, we were informed that they were overbooked. They "walked" us to their sister motel, Fairfield Inn at Carlsbad, several miles away. That motel is situated right up against a very busy section of Interstate 5, with no soundproofing. In discussing matters with motel employees, we were informed that overbooking didn't often happen in the off-season, but occurred frequently at this hotel in the summer. We attempted to bring this matter to Marriott's attention via the contact information at their website, but we have not gotten even the courtesy of a reply.
When choosing where to stay in San Diego it is difficult to understand which area to choose if you have never been before. I chose this hotel for its branding, plus the Residence Inns offer free internet access an important feature for me. This hotel is situated a fair way from the tourist areas, however the very helpful friendly reception staff give maps with directions how to get to the attractions, I would recommend the fashion mall for visting and then use the tram service to downtown, removes the hassle of parking in the built up area. The Hotel was very good large room with kitchen, free cooked breakfast and as a bonus there was free evening buffet in the week with beer and wine!! Internet access is wired here so you need a Lan connection on your laptop, there was meant to be wired access in the lobby but on my visit despite calls to STSN technical service this would not work, as with most of the hotels the reception staff whilst being helpful don't have a clue when it comes to the internet access!
We stayed in the 2-bedroom. There were 8 of us total, we fit perfectly fine. This room includes 2 bathrooms and a kitchen and a small living area, 2 very small bedrooms. The girls stayed in the upstairs room and the guys downstairs, there is also a sofa sleeper in the living room. This hotel is very comfortable, clean. Nothing fancy or out of the ordinary. They looked like apartments. You get breakfast in the morning, waffles,eggs, oatmeal, cereal, fruits and bagels. Very tasty! This hotel is more for older people though, I'm the oldest 22 years old, the others between 18-21. It's a very quiet hotel, I didn't see much young people. This hotel is not far or close from all of San Diego's attractions, about 15min to Old town (not bad if you have car, if not stay somewhere else) I would probably stay again if I'm just there for one day, if not we would probably rent a beach house in Mission Beach....San Diego Rocks....