Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHilton San Diego Resort & Spa
I did a search to find the best San Diego package with a hotel and attractions that included Sea World.
This resort looks great; however, they charge $25 to park at the hotel and there is no other place to park.
I will stay at a Holiday Inn Express next time. This resort was not worth the price I paid.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Disappointed at the Hilton 'Resort'
We booked our vacation at the Hilton Resort in San Diego using Expedia. The hotel description and reviews made the property sound like it was secluded, on the beach, and lush--just what we were looking for to escape the cold winter in the NY metro area. Unfortunately, the hotel, as resorts go, is a major disappointment. The property is located literally just off a highway, and our room faces said highway (I can hear the roar of the cars as I write this review). We asked about changing our room, but were told since we booked it online it would be a 50 dollar change fee, plus 35 dollars more per night! This is the first time I have booked online and been made to feel, by the property, that I am a second rate guest. The hotel is not located near anything, there is only one restaurant on premises, and, as I said, the resort like atmosphere is somewhat lacking. There is a small beach area, and the pool is nice enough, but the two hot tubs are lukewarm, the fitness center (which costs extra, not unusual for a resort, but you'd expect to get more) is adequate, but, by resort standards, it is just adequate (no steam room, the sauna, which is out back by a maintenance closet is co-ed and run down). I'd say this is more of an upscale motel, complete with easy highway access, than a resort property, and I'd recommend that anyone considering staying here to get away from it all, get away from the Hilton Resort in San Diego.
Been at this hotel on a couple business trips. Great location, peaceful, and very friendly employees. No high speed connections in the rooms, only the business center. Extremely clean and well appointed rooms. Check your bill for charges from the in room basket/bar, even if you didn't touch it. Food is good, but nothing outstanding. Pool is excellent, extensive Koi pond. Great place for vacationing, and easy to get to. Would definitely recommend this hotel for anything other than business trips.
Not a Dump!
This hotel should not be described as a dump!!! It is a beautiful hotel in a total secluded area of San Diego. It it located steps from a park, where you can go rollerblading, running, biking, and over looks Mission Valley. The grounds of the hotel on beautiful, and I loved driving back to the hotel at night. The staff at the hotel were above average, and very friendly, they gave us ideas of resteraunts in the Gaslamp quarter and places to go for new years. We stayed off season and got a fabolous rate on hotwire. Unfortunately, beacause it was low 60s for most of our trip we weren't able to take full advantage of the water sports, pool bar, and staying in the pool for more then 20 min....it is heated during the winter, but I would recommend skipping the pool and going straight to the hot tub.....and only swim if your doing if for exercise. Also when you get to the hotel ask for a robe, so you can use it as soon as you get out of the water. This a very good choice and highly recommended.
Fine hotel, excellent Mission Bay location
Stayed at this hotel in July 2003 with our two boys, ages 5 & 8. Had an excellent time! The hotel has a very nice pool area although the water's cold. The beach was OK but I wouldn't stay there for the beach.
We rented paddleboats for a fee and enjoyed the experience. The location of the hotel near Sea World is great and each night we were able to see Sea World's fireworks show right over the Bay. Our kids loved it!! Food is good and the room was fine. Recommended!
We stayed at the Hilton San Diego Resort for five nights as a gift vacation. My family had two rooms in the main "tower" building of the resort and we were generally very pleased.
The only problem we experienced was that someone on the desk staff could not fathom that one person was picking up the tab for both rooms.
This situation led to a few phone calls from the desk requesting credit card numbers, etc.. It was eventually worked out.
The rooms were pretty large and specifics for children (i.e. cribs) are available. This is a very family friendly resort...as you will see as soon as you hit the pool.
Aside from that incident, the Hilton resort is located on the east side of Mission Bay Park and features two swimming pools (one for kids), many tennis courts, a decent gym with sauna, and a spa. Their restaurant also serves the best Cobb Salad that I have ever eaten (all the food is good).
The entire staff at the Hilton was remarkably friendly and eager to assist you.
One blemish on this hotel is that they charge you to use the gym ($12 for one day, $25 for three). I can't say I've ever been to another hotel that charges for the gym. For the runners out there, there is a nice jogging/blading path immediately on the bay side of the resort.
The resort is at most five minutes from Sea World, and, as such, you can see their fireworks for free every night. It seemed to me that everything in and around San Diego was very easy to reach from the Hilton Resort. It is geographically very central it is hard to get lost.
Beautiful and quiet, but not what I expected
My husband and I recently stayed at the Hilton on Mission Bay in San Diego for the first few nights of our honeymoon. It is a beautiful property with nice landscaping, but I thought the rooms were average. I paid $300/night for one of the villa rooms overlooking the water, and I just expected so much more elegance and extravegance for $300/night. It was a very peaceful and pleasant stay, but I just thought something was missing. I do want to note that when they realized we were there on our honeymoon, they brought us a bottle of wine, which was thoughtful. The restaurant there was very good also...a little pricey, but that is to be expected!
Hilton Mission Bay Is Great!
We booked a room for two nights at the San Diego Resort Hilton and it was an amazing stay! The staff was so nice everyone from front desk to housekeeping who dried my wet jeans in their laundry free for me. Our room was spectacular with a beautful bay view and a sliding door opening steps away from sand. They have their own dock with jetski,sailboat,paddleboat, etc to rent. It was a great deal and we will go back! p.s. the hotel is kind of hard to find at night so have a map even though its right off the 5 freeway
Great Hotel! Very nice pool area. Somewhat isolated, but that was nice too. Got a great rate on Hotwire.
Nicer than expected
After reading some negative reviews we didn't have high expectations for this resort but were pleasantly surprised! The staff was friendly and helpful throughout our visit. The grounds were beautifully landscaped. The pool area was very nice and kept well heated during this cool spell. Pool bar closed during winter but could bring drinks out from nearby resturant/bar. Our room was not spectacular but just fine, 2 queen beds, large bathroom, desk with 2 comfortable chairs, walk out patio with garden view. Able to rent bikes and roller blades on property. Hotel resturant very good for breakfast. Only real negative here was the beach area, not too nice and bay contaminated so no swimming anyway. Would stay here again in off season but during summer would try to stay on ocean.
Certainly not paradise!
I was expecting a beautiful hotel with excellent service. What I found was mediocre rooms at an inflated rate. Reservation were screwed up and they tried to pawn off a garden view room, at a bay view price! My room was not cleaned the first day! Try Paradise Point Resort, and experience the stay I was expecting from the Hilton San Diego Resort!
TripAdvisor Reviews Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
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... was pretty rough and the water colder than I thought it would be for being so far south. The actual beach areas are very small, and surrounded by cliffs. You need to walk down some steep stairs to get to the beach and it is not safe to go off any of the paved paths as the erosion is so bad. The views are so worth the extra effort though. There were a lot of sea lions in the area, playing in the water and ...
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