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Kings Inn San Diego
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

My dad and I decided to spend Memorial Day Weekend in San Diego, and I looked at a lot of hotels before choosing the Kings Inn. I must say the accomodations as well as the pleasant staff made the stay there very enjoyable. The hotel is very close to the Old Town Transit station, which was great, because we took the trolley system downtown so that we could watch the Padres play baseball.

We both found the staff to be very courteous and helpful with any all questions we had. We needed some directions to a restaurant we wanted to try, and they provided us with a map, and told us exactly how to get there, which we did with no problem.

We will stay at the Kings Inn again on our next trip to San Diego.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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David P, Manager at Kings Inn San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2014

Thanks for your review. It's great to hear you and your dad had a nice weekend at Kings Inn. We appreciate you choosing independent hotel for your San Diego adventure and Baseball outing.
We hope you can plan more trips to San Diego and stays at Kings Inn in the future.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Unfortunately, the first room we were put in had bedbugs and I didn't know it until I started getting bites. I called the manager and the situation was handled swiftly and with the utmost of professionalism. We were moved to an upgraded room at no extra cost, reimbursed for the first night in the affected room, and were given money to run our clothes through the laundry at the hotel.

As far as the room was concerned once we were moved, it was nice and updated, had a balcony and was very spacious. It was upstairs from the main lobby and there was a bit of noise, but it didn't affect our sleep. Housekeeping was very friendly and responsive. The pillows are very lumpy but they give you five, so you can stack them and smoosh them around until you're comfortable. I suppose the biggest annoyance was there was no TV channel guide, either in the room or on the TV, so it was a hassle to find things to watch before bed.

You might think I would dismiss this hotel altogether after the bedbug problem. But the fact is hotels deal with bedbug problems, whether it's the King's Inn or the Waldorf. It's a very challenging problem to deal with in the hotel business, and it can happen anywhere. For what it's worth, after I started getting bites and we stripped the bed to search for them, all we found were a few dead ones. So, they are doing what they can to control the pests.

I can't say with certainty I would stay there again, but if I'm on a tight budget, I would probably book a room with them in the future. We normally stay at another hotel in Hotel Circle, but went with the King's Inn due to budget constraints. It was not a bad stay at all, and the water pressure was even pretty decent, with plenty of hot water. Also, the pool and the hot tub were very nice. BEWARE: there are no coffee makers in any of the rooms as of this writing.

Room Tip: I would not recommend the interior rooms upstairs above the lobby as you can hear quite a bit of lobby noise.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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David P, Manager at Kings Inn San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2014

When potential guests read the words "bed bugs", the genuine response is "Oh, no!" You are correct in saying that no hotel is immune to them. And Kings Inn is a hotel, but we do have a very proactive approach when they are reported which is to relocate our guests, offer our dryers for their clothing (the heat will kill them), and inspect and treat the room and any neighboring room both with in house certified trained staff and through our certified pest control. Our pest control actually has the trained beagles that can immediately detect infestations.

Fortunately at Kings Inn and for the most part, San Diego, bed bugs are not a common challenge. In fact, your original room turned up free of the culprits at the time of the inspection, but we had an abbreviated treatment just for safe measure because it does have all new furniture that was installed the day before you arrived and because we did not take your concern for granted.

We appreciated your understanding in expressing your concern and are happy that you enjoyed the second room. Coffeemakers for the rooms are just waiting for all rooms to be refurnished; sometime next week they will be completed. We are glad that you found value in your stay and that our service and property were noteworthy. Thank you for staying with us.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

I pick a hotel based on the need at the time. I've done high end luxury and budget. For this trip, I wanted to meet the needs of co-travelers on a limited budget so I also needed to be comfortable.
I selected Kings Inn based on Trip Advisor reviews. They were right on target. Location is perfect if you have many places in the area you want to visit. Access to freeway is easy. I know sometimes people get confused in the Hotel Circle area but I found it very easy. Of course, the Google Map app with sound is wonderful. It tells me exactly where to go and it was very accurate!
The front desk staff were very friendly and professional. The rooms were standard budget hotel. Small and sparse. The adult kids complained the bathrooms were small but that was standard years ago!
These rooms definitely need updating but that is happening after the summer season. The plans are nicely displayed in the lobby. I wonder if the prices will go up!
The current rooms, while old, are very clean. I know because I lost my glasses and tore the room apart looking for them. I moved every bit of furniture, took the mattress off, pulled off sheets. Every area was dusted vacuumed and neat.
Parking was free and easy. We did not try the onsite restaurants because we like to go to well reviewed, fun spots. We went to The Patio in Pacific Beach and Chocolat in Hillcrest. They were excellent.
The Kings Inn served a purpose for this trip and I would highly recommend it. Be sure to look at your confirmation. I missed that taxes were not included in the number so I had a little shock when paying. Still not a major problem at these low rates. For a holiday weekend, we paid a total of $245 for 2 nights.

Room Tip: We were located on the inner section, lower level and it was very quiet. There are rooms closer to the road that I would guess might be noisy.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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David P, Manager at Kings Inn San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2014

Thank you for choosing Kings Inn for your Memorial Weekend trip and thank you for your review. We are glad you found our value, cleanliness, service and comfort to your satisfaction. We regret that you did not try either of our restaurants but are happy your found excellent alternatives close by. In regards to our new rooms, the completion is closer than you think. By June 4th all rooms will have new furnishings. The draperies and accessories will be installed over the next six to eight weeks to complete our new look. We hope you will have an opportunity to stay again and see the transformation for yourself.

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Reviewed 23 May 2014

I had a very large, nice deluxe king room on the second floor overlooking the pool. The room was clean, the bed very comfortable, and the a/c worked great even tho I didn't really need it much due to the pleasant weather in San Diego! The Kings Inn is located just off the I-8 freeway near the intersection of hwy 163. This made it very convenient for me to access either highway to go to the places I needed to go during my stay. I would definitely stay there again when I visit San Diego.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the pool are great for people watching, but can get noisy during the day.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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David P, Manager at Kings Inn San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2014

We are glad you found our friendly little inn and that we were a good fit for your San Diego adventure. Because you were poolside you were in one of our newly furnished rooms. They aren't complete as we follow behind with artwork, mirrors, lighting and drapes, but we are glad you appreciated your room even during transition. We hope you will have an opportunity to stay with us again. Summer is our busy time so book ahead and call directly to find out our best rates. Thank you for your review.

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Reviewed 23 May 2014

We stay for one night, after sea World. Nice big room with balcony, clean and comfortable. The Staff are extremely friedly and helpful.
The Waffelspot and the Amigo Spot was super. The waitress are extremely friendly.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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David P, Manager at Kings Inn San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2014
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Thank you for staying with us and for your kind review. We had to use google translate to find out what schones means and when we learned it translates to beautiful it made us smile. We are happy you enjoyed your visit and both our restaurants. We are proud of our hotel and the friendly staff here and your review is reminder even to us of how nice we have it here.


Danke, dass Sie mit uns und für Ihre freundliche Bewertung. Wir mussten die Verwendung von Google zu übersetzen, um herauszufinden, was schönes Mittel, und wenn wir es gelernt übersetzt schön es machte uns lächeln. Wir freuen uns, Ihnen Ihren Besuch und unsere beiden Restaurants genossen. Wir sind stolz auf unser Hotel und hier das freundliche Personal und Ihre Kritik ist auch Erinnerung an uns, wie schön wir es hier haben.

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