I surprised my wife this year for her birthday with a weekend trip to San Diego. I started planning the trip in January because it involved all her friends going skydiving with us as the big finale surprise. The last thing that I took care of was a place to stay.
Both my wife and I are cultured world travelers, and are constantly unimpressed with the hotels we stay at. They always smell funny, are in the worst locations and have the worst services. And if we wanted anything better we would have to pay an arm and a leg, and would still be disappointed. I wanted this trip to be perfect, since it was the first trip as husband and wife.
I started searching for bed and breakfast's in San Diego, and randomly came across Mudville Flats. The location was perfect, and it was only a fraction more expensive then the generic local hotels. The booking process was so easy, and I got a confirmation call the next day from the owner.
You wouldn't think much of this place from the outside, it looks like any other building in the downtown area. However, a quick knock on the door and a step into the entrance way proves this place to be the best hidden gem in downtown San Diego!
It is a single building that houses four "flats" and a backyard that includes a fire pit, a large deck and patio area. As we were showed around by the owners, Mike and Linda, my wife and I felt like we were being showed our new house for the weekend. The inside of the building is refreshingly "homey", with a large wooden staircase that leads to the upstairs rooms, wide-plank cherry wood floors and tasteful artwork on the walls. Our room entered into a sitting area with a full leather couch, a fake electric fireplace, a walk in closet, a flat screen TV and a view of the backyard through very large windows. The full bathroom was off the sitting room. It was stocked with beach towels, extra linen, an antique claw foot bathtub and a blow dryer. The bedroom was semi separated by a pair of pillars and waist high bookshelves, that were stocked with unique books and plenty of board games.
The only complaint came from how big and comfortable the bed was. Both my wife and I had to roll over once or twice, with our arms outstretched, to try and find each other in the middle of the night. Which, when you think about it, isn't really a complaint. The full kitchen entered off the bedroom. It was stocked with all the cooking untensels you needed to cook all your own meals. Complete with plates, cutlery, and a full set of bar ware, including glasses for every kind of drink.
The owners were very friendly, and almost gave away my big skydiving surprise. They were interested in where we were from and gave us all the information we needed about where to go and what to do, outside of the regular tourist trails. Linda even gave us a contact name to get free breakfast at a local cafe.
The weekend was a complete success. The two nights we stayed were not nearly enough. We will be enjoying the luxury of our home away from home the next time we visit San Diego.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the action Mudville Flats features century old charm built in the Classic California Craftsman style in 1905. Each Flat is its own large luxury apartment complete with a full size kitchen,heavenly California King size bed and full living rooms with comfortable high end furnishings. Mudville Flats provides free wi-fi,secure underground parking, 42"Hi-def lcd flat screen TV. Walking distance to all major city attractions, the Convention Center,Petco Park,Gaslamp Quarter,Harbor, Balboa Park,Little Italy.24 on-site concierge service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mudville Flats Hotel San Diego