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Howard Johnson Express Inn National City/San Diego South
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in National City
Reviewed 25 January 2010

While staying here, visited Midway Naval Museum, Tijuana, and San Diego Zoo. Easy access and close to Zoo and Museum. Walked (10 minutes) to Trolley to go to Tijuana (30 minutes) - walked across.

Room was functional and inexpensive. Maid service was good; breakfast was a little weak.

All things considered - a good deal.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2009

Only stayed one night. Made my decision on this hotel based on tips posted here. Room was clean, good cable but bad beds. Extremely soft. Hotel is located near I-5 expressway, there is some noise from it but overall the room was quiet.

There are two entrances to this hotel, the other entrance has a locked gate. There is a warning of not being responsible for cars, but I didn't see any problems or felt threatened.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 July 2009

I recently stayed a few days at the Howard Johnson Express Inn in National City. At first I was concerened about the area, but after my first night all my concerens were gone. I don't know where to start. I was searching for a room on-line not realizing it was the week of Comic Con in San Diego. I came across the Howard Johnson website and found not only they had rooms available but at a reasonable rate. The moment I checked in the hotel manager greeted me and was very polite and helpful. The rooms were in great condition and seem to be recently remodeled. The housekeeping staff did a wonderful job keeping the room cleaned daily. All the employees there deserve "two thumbs up". Howard Johnson in National City will be the only hotel I will stay at when i'm in the area. I only wish I can give them more that a 5 overall rating they deserve it...

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled solo
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1  Thank osddop
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Reviewed 28 May 2009

The hotel Mgrs all shifts were nice , friendly and helpful. They had good restaurant, sight seeing and travel information. The rooms were neat and well maintained and the cleaning staff did an excellent job cleaning the room. I will stay there again if I go back to that part of California.

  • Stayed: April 2009
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1  Thank wootsiewoo
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Reviewed 29 July 2008

Prior to arriving, we were absolutely terrified because of the awful reputation National City has. We expected the worst. We were wrong!!! The motel was literally right off the 5, in between the rodeway and super 8. Quiet street, not anywhere near the "nasty" of "Nasty City" as the car rental agents called it. The manager Neil was so pleasant and reassuring when we got there. He gave us advice and driving directions to all the SD attractions. The motel looked nice and well maintained from the outside and we could not have been happier with our room. It was clean and inviting, and the housekeeping staff did a wonderful job. The only bad thing was they were fixing the water pipes or something, so we didn't have water for an hour or so. We really only stayed in the room to sleep. The motel was well lit at night, and I did not feel that we were in any danger. For those staying at this (great, affordable, not far from downtown and everything else in san diego)metel , the advice given to us was to not go into National City or the trolley station at night. Drove through during the day, not a pretty sight. Drive up to San Diego (only a few mins away) for food, shopping, and whatnot.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank apple106
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Reviewed 16 April 2008

While I must agree that eating locations near the hotel were dismal, its not on Hotel row and it is in more of an industrial area. We were very pleased with the hotel and the way we were treated.
We spent 2 nights there, and were gone during the day doing the sightseeing things,. found no dead bugs and had no problem with belongings Laptop sat on the desk during our stay and survived

One exceptional curtesy that I want to note.
there was an older gentleman staying there and when he was checking out, was inquiring on how to get from Convention Center to the airport. Neil, the Manager tried to arrange a shuttle for him from the hotel. when he was unable to get one that could meet the needs of his guest. He offered the gentleman a ride to the airport and refused any payment for this.
I can't say that about many other hotel I have stayed at in my 59 yrs of traveling.
For that point alone, Neil and this Hotel will remain a good feeling for our family. Customer Service is lacking in today's world and Neil's caring goes a long way!!!

If your looking for all the upscale dining and walking around to things, this hotel is not what you need, Location determines pricing,

Simple comforts, a place to lay your head after running all over.and a staff that knows what customer service is, then I have no problem recommending this hotel.

As it is a more reasonably priced motel. we did find many Navy Personnel staying there... If its good enough for the fighting troops. its good enough for me.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank rwb48
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Reviewed 30 November 2006

Both of our rooms had tons of roaches. One of the rooms didn't have a working lock on the door, and on the second morning around 6am one of the hotel staff entered our room without knocking, the same room without the working lock. The neighborhood is terrible.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled with family
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1  Thank foxb
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Address: 521 Roosevelt Ave, National City, CA 91950-1133
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Region: United States > California > National City
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Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in National City
Price Range: £41 - £170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Inn National City/San Diego South 2*
Number of rooms: 65
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