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“Pleasant Hotel, Reasonable Prices” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar

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Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Del Mar
Laguna Niguel, California
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83 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Pleasant Hotel, Reasonable Prices”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2012

It's not luxurious and offers few ocean views, but it is a good hotel with attractive grounds. There are two swimming pools and several nice patio areas. I could have done without the beach mural that took up one entire wall of our room, but the room was fine otherwise and fairly quiet for being located so close to a busy street. There is a restaurant/bar located in the lobby, but having lunch by the pool means choosing from a few cold (and boring) choices offered on the room service menu. It would be nice to see a few hot sandwiches offered, but there is a deli located about two blocks away. The hotel is about a 10-minute walk from downtown Del Mar, and because parking in town is so limited, walking to dinner is the way to go. The hotel does offer free wifi throughout.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank l0nnieand
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La Quinta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

We stayed 3 nights. The room was very small, but very cute and super clean. Good water pressure in the shower. Disappointing was that they have canceled their complimentary breakfast. We did not know. We would have brought breakfast food for our room had we known. We bought breakfast in the restaurant and it was not good. Pancakes were grainy with a weird vanilla flavoring. Potato pancakes tasted like day old hashbrowns clumped together and fried. HOWEVER,,,,,and this makes up for everything,,,,,,,,,,,Sunday night 10 of us had cocktails and appetizers above the pool overlooking the ocean sunset. Our server, Pat, was the best. He was attentive, professional, charming and a real asset to the hotel. Best of all, about 4 hours after checking out of the hotel I realized that I had left a diamond stud earring on the night stand! Sure it was forever lost, I called the hotel. They immediately searched and found my diamond!

Room Tip: If size matters - get a room with the kitchenette.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

The rooms are modern, clean, well appointed and roomy. Through out the complex everything was new. The pools yes there are two and jacuzzi were well maintained. The only drawbacks for us were the pillows very uncomfortable and the toilet would sometimes reset in the middle of the night. Besides that we definitely will make a return trip.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Phoenix, AZ
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37 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2012

We enjoyed our stay at this newly named hotel. We normally stay at the Hilton by the Racetrack, but we wanted something new and was tired of paying parking fees!

Upon arrival, Anton (?) greeted us in a beautiful lobby. The bar and restaurant area are just great looking and pay homage to the horse racing history. Check in was easy and he gave us some info and when breakfast was, etc. We parked in the garage, which was easy and found our room easy as well.

The facility is old school, with the same style of older lodges I have stayed at before. What I like is that the rooms were not really next to each other and each had a great outdoor area outside the doors. Out my window, we could see the ocean. The interior was simple with great mural of sea shells on one wall. Room was clean with a fridge and a microwave!

The bathroom was new and nice as well. The products they had were Aveda... Yes, Aveda! I was happy to use the shampoo and not smell like a bar of cheap soap!

I can see how some rooms are better than others where their locations are and how the layout of the property is. It is a quiet place, except for times around the pools, you can hear the kids having a good time, but for the most part, it was peaceful.

The lobby bar had just got their liquor license, so they were still figuring out stuff. But the open air patio in comfy lounges was awesome! They close down the bar operation by 10pm because there is rooms around the area. But they have 2 fire pits and alot of patio to enjoy. The bartender was knowledgeable of sites and locations. I know he would have liked if we drank more at his bar, but the selection and service is just not there yet, I give it a month more and it will be a great place to hang out! Where is the music?! pretty quiet at night... good if you are staying near.

FREE WIFI! and it is pretty fast. Very Pet friendly! Need a taxi to the track - call up to the front office and that cab will be waiting for you!

And only a 5-10 minute walk to all the other bars and restaurants. Nice walk to starbucks/brueggers and back.

For what we paid and the service, we will stay here again! So long Hilton!

Room Tip: Upon check in, ask for a room above the garage on the west side. You will be able to see the ocean f...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Shon Q
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fourknapps, General Manager at Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar, responded to this review, 9 August 2012
Thanks so much for giving us a try and saying such nice things! I'm so happy that Anton was able you accommodate your needs. I'm with you about the comfy couches and fire pits out on the oceanview terrace. I hope that you were able to see a beautiful sunset while out there. Please join us again sometime soon. We're lining up some entertainment and great bar menu and drink offerings in the bar!

Sincerely,

Susan Knapp
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

Attaching a name like Hotel Indigo to something, slapping in some marble and staging the rooms and outdoor areas to look modern and up to date, can't really hide the fact that this used to be some type of motor lodge/ motel.

Our room felt like a box in the middle of the street. There was a parking lot a few steps above us, wooden ramps directly above our room leading to other rooms that when people rolled their luggage, it sounded like a freight train coming through the walls. On top of that, the stone walkways, although nice, were also too loud when rolling luggage across. Not a problem unless people rolled luggage late at night or early in the AM, which they did. Also, some of the doors seemed to be on auto close because when they closed, the whole room shook.

Hotel full, bar empty. Why? Because it isn't a bar at all. Asked for a martini, simplest drink in the world, no vermouth (no problem), but no olives? The young lady pitched her own strawberry with muddled mint drink to my wife and she agreed that it sounded great, but then she returned to say she was out of strawberries.

The parking lot can only be described as billy goat mountain and extremely dangerous for pedestrians due to cars barreling down steep turns and curves.

Received a newspaper at the door on our 2nd to last day, didn't even know it was a service.

Maid left us a bottle of cleaning solution on the toilet one day and no towels or toilet paper. We didn't interrupt her either, she was on the other side of the property when I found her cart.

You can see the ocean from the parking lot and back deck, but you can't get there from here. There is no beach access or even a path to a path, unless you trek to town and use that beach, which we did.

All in all, not what we'd expect from Hotel Indigo, having stayed at others in the past.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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fourknapps, General Manager at Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar, responded to this review, 9 August 2012
Thank you for your review. Please accept my sincere apology for your experience with us. I accept full responsibility and will make sure that my staff will get the training they need to make our guests experiences great ones. Please give me a call and the opportunity to make it up to you.

Sincerely,

Susan Knapp
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Nyon, Switzerland
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217 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012 via mobile

We staid at the indigo for a period of 2 nights and had a wonderful time.
The staff proved to be very helpful and extremely nice. We had issue with the first night and everything was resolved in a very professional and nice manner. The second night was a delight.
The place has a homy feeling and is exactly what you would expect of a beach hotel.
It is not by the beach but a 5min walk takes you to the beach below.
The town of del mar is 10-15 min away by foot or just 2 min by car.
We did not have the chance of a nice weather but enjoyed our stay very much thanks to a nice ambiance and a great staff.
If you pass by I definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MaximeSuisse
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, General Manager at Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar, responded to this review, 13 July 2012
What a nice review! Thank you for staying with us and for sharing the kind words about our staff. I'll be sure to pass them along and thank them for taking care of you. I'm so sorry the weather wasn't very nice for you. You should come back in October when the sun is always shining and the sunsets are glorious!

Sincerely,

Susan Knapp
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Palos Verdes, California
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40 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

We stayed at the Indigo Del Mar last month, and we were pleasantly surprised. The hotel was modern and stylish and welcoming. They actually upgraded us to a nice suite with a kitchen and balcony because of my husband's ambassador platinum card. The handpainted murals in the rooms are attractive, as are the color coordinated furnishings. The bathrooms are small, but functional, and the amenities were first rate. The hotel was sparsely occupied and therefore quiet. However, the few people who were there could be heard easily from across the pool and I fear that when the hotel is full, that noise could be a factor. However, we enjoyed our stay, and loved the proximity to the village and to the beach. Compared to the Indigo hotel in downtown San Diego, this hotel has a more intimate and relaxing atmosphere. While the downtown Indigo attracts a younger, hipper, party going crowd, the Del Mar Indigo seems to have a more sedate and understated clientel. We opted to have breakfast in the village because the attractive outdoor area was not set up for breakfast while the very modern indoor area was empty and rather forlorn. Only a few people were eating there, so we strolled into town and found many crowded and attractive restaurants serving breakfast. Our overall experience at the Del Mar Indigo was extremely positive, and we will definitely return!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank sonnet4
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, General Manager at Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar, responded to this review, 4 July 2012
Thank you for being a Platinum Ambassador Priority Club member and choosing to stay with us. The Priority Club membership is such a great loyalty program and as you know has many benefits. I love being in Del Mar myself. The whole city is quite relaxing and the weather is always nice. On your next visit you should try our restaurant. We have a couple of great chefs and now have our liquor license and are able to serve you on our Oceanview terrace.

We will look forward to your next visit!

Sincerely,

Susan Knapp
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Property: Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar
Address: 710 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-3008 (Formerly Stratford Inn of Del Mar)
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Region: United States > California > Del Mar
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Del Mar
#4 Family Hotel in Del Mar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar 3.5*
Number of rooms: 93
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