Vagabond Inn San Diego (Hotel Circle)
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The Vagabond Inn was perfect for our needs...
Some of the negative postings on this website almost steered me away from booking this hotel for our four night stay in San Diego, but I decided to trust the positive. Smart move! For a total of fifty-five bucks per night we had a centrally located, clean, and comfortable place to rest after each busy day.
The staff was courteous and prompt. At check-in we were directed to a second floor room with the requested king size bed, and when I frowned about the location (heavy suitcases!) we were upgraded -- at no additional charge -- to a very nice first floor corner room with two queen size beds. The toilet and bath area was separate from the dressing area, which had a vanity with lots of counter space so that we didn't trip over each other as we got ready for the day.
The grounds are attractive and the pools and jacuzzi looked inviting, although our itinerary and the weather didn't allow us time to enjoy them.
Also, there is a Minute Mart conveniently located next door.
This hotel isn't The Ritz, but if you are looking for an inexpensive, clean, and comfortable place to stay while in San Diego, the Vagabond Inn is a good choice.
Nice and affordable
I stayed at this hotel for a weekend in December it was the right on Hotel Circle which is centrally located to all the attractions and we could go anywhere we wanted to in San Deigo with in 10 min drive. The thing that got to me it was the most affordable hotel on the street I got a king size bed which was located on the second floor overlooking the swimming pool. I had a balcony which i could sit out on and enjoy the views. I paid 59.95 for a night and for the price i Can't complain
The worst hotel in SD
This was the worst hotel I have ever seen. The building looks adequate, but once you get into the room it is disgusting. The lock on the door was broken to make it appear as if someone knocked down the door. The people outside made it appear as if this was hotel run by the hour. The paint on the walls was stripping too. When I tried to get my money returned to take my family away from this horendous mess, they refused. NEVER STAY HERE!!
Never had a more unpleasant stay
Just returned from a weekend stay there. An overall unpleasant experience. If you can believe this, the motel actually ran out of towels as well as irons and ironing boards. We had also requested a roll away bed when we booked the room months before, and were told they had run out, leaving one of our guests sleeping on the floor. At 3 a.m., the smoke alarm battery died waking us all up with a constant beeping sound. It took the staff 30 minutes to come up with a new battery. The sheets had stains, the room smelled like cigarette smoke (though we requested a non-smoking room), and there was trash in front of our motel door that was never picked up. I'll never go back.
A good budget hotel
The Vagabond is your basic budget motel. My family and I went to Sea World and we stayed here. The price was good, and the staff was very attentive to our needs. We requested a refrigerator and microwave, but did not find it in our room when we got there. This matter was rectified rather quickly. The kids enjoyed the pool, but my wife noticed the jacuzzi was full of algae. I mentioned this to the staff, and they closed the jacuzzi right away to take care of the problem. The staff was friendly and helpful. The motel could use a exterior paint job and maybe some minor renavations (e.g. new carpets and pillows for the beds) but overall it was a nice stay.
I've seen better, but price was god
Vagabond-Hotel Circle is apparently an older tourist-class motel that's gone through some renovations over the years, with mixed degrees of success. Stayed there one night in July '04, paid 59.99 for a mid-week night, two beds. Room was clean, but fixtures were showing their age with peeling paint in bathroom. Continental breakfast was bad. Parking was tight, as land is at a premium in this valley. Pools were pretty decent for this size motel. It's obviously popular with families on a budget. Location is excellent, not far from major attractions. But I looked elsewhere when I returned the following week. Stay here if money's tight and proximity to Sea World/beaches/Zoo is important.
Not worth the price, overpriced
just spend the weekend of april 24 and 25th at the vagabound hotel in hotel circle in san diego. bad, bad choice. the hotel is just so old and outdated. the furniture is practically falling apart. the beds felt so old and worned out. the linens had a horrible smell. did not feel clean at all. the smell of cigarrette smoke was all over the room even though we had a non smoking room. the whole landscaping was horrible. weeds every where, the jacuzzi was dirty and yellow looking. the pools were nice and clean. there seemed to be an awful lot of " shady " people hanging around the pool. real lowlife people. this place needs a major, major overhaul fast ! the " free continental " breakfast consisted of sliced muffins, cut up into tiny pieces, cups for cofee were so small. this hotel has the feel of one of those run down, seedy " no tell " motels. did not feel safe having my family there. nexst time i will stay elsewhere.
We booked 15 rooms in this hotel last July to ensure we would have a place to stay for a big event we were attending in April of 04. The hotel certainly earned its name. Ice maker did not work. Our rooms were spread throughout the hotel and since we were a high school group we wanted to be close to each other for security purposes. Booking as far in advance as we did should of ensured this. The continental breakfast was pathetic. Muffins were cut into pieces so there were enough to go around. Coffee was not made in the a.m. When we complained to management we were told too bad we have your money don't we! Do not stay at this hotel. There were no postings on this site when I booked so heed the warnings you read here.
Look for elsewhere if you want peace & quiet
I came here for eight nights expecting to have at least a hair dryer, iron and ironing board in the room. What a mistake that was, if you want that you have to get it from reception then after you use it, return it. The room I stayed in was clean and tidy, the cleaners were a bit over zealous in the bathroom, but better that, than not. They say it is a quiet place to stay, but I would beg to differ, especially if you are not used to the Amtrak train sounding its horn what seemed to be every 10 minutes, as the place backs on to the rail and trolley line. I wouldn't stay here again unless I was desperate.
Pretty dingy, pools nice though
I think I'd know that I was staying at the vagabond because it was cheap even without the many reminders, such as the falling apart 70s furniture, torn wallpaper, and the wonderful smell of 20 years of cigarrettes prevalent in all of the bedding. It's not horrible, but there's not a lot here, and it's right off the highway near nothing. It does have a pool, which is pretty decent, but there are better budget options, such as La Pensionne about 4 minutes away on date street, which I have chosen as my regular SD hotel. I still stay at the vagabond when I bring my dog with me while traveling, as vagabond is the best cheapest option that allows them, but other than that, I'd say look elsewhere
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... Well, renting a pair was free, so we opted for that. Seems the pool kindly “rents out” equipment that is left behind by other guests. What a great idea! We know personally that there’s a whole room-full of goggles, flippers, pool toys and towels left behind at Shaw Park—why not let others use them?
Mark brought Mike up to the pool, and we spent all afternoon just talking, the four adults. By 5:00-ish, Mike had to get back ...
... We shopped, again, at Gap and a random store called Pink Zone. We ate, again, at a cute little cafe called Cup, with amazing cupcakes and espresso coffee.
We also encountered an incredible photo opportunity at a little swimming beach originally designed for kids but taken over by hundreds of seals! We got within 10 metres of them, and saw their awkward but cute way ...
... over dinner! After dinner, we were talked for hours about the rest of our travels and Sam's parents gave us some awesome advice about where to go on our journey down from San Francisco (her mum even drew us a map!) Then it was time to go and we said goodbye but hopefully Sam and her mum will come over to England again ...
... down to the Gaslamp Quarter for a look around. We wandered around for a little while, then the others caught the trolley back to Mission Valley for dinner. I, on the other hand, made the short walk to Petco Park to watch the ballgame between the Padres and the San Francisco Giants. It was a top quality game that the Padres won 3-2. Consequently, everyone was in good spirits on the trolley ride back at the end of the night.
After lunch we had to go and pick Sophie's kids up from school. This is the first time I have seen or spoken to Hannah and Phoebe. They are such sweet kids.
Once we finally got to Sophie's house, we had to rush in and skype Mum as I had promised to contact her when I got there safely. We didn't get in until just 2 pm and we are 8 hours behind!
The rest of the afternoon come evening was just ...