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“Great pool” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kings Inn San Diego
Ranked #39 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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40 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Great pool”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

Yeah your feet turn black from the carpet, (wear slippers) but everything else was great. Waffle restaurant was super. Dinner restaurant OK. Really weak margaritas. Rooms are comfortable and very quiet. Pool is great in the evening. Nice blue lights and palm trees as well as hot tub. Would surely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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David P, Manager at Kings Inn San Diego, responded to this review, 24 August 2014
Thank you for choosing Kings Inn and for being a senior reviewer and sharing your experience at our hotel. We are glad you slept comfortably and that our pool and spa were a hit. We are also happy you tried both our restaurants. We have great waffles at the Waffle Spot and we are proud of our Mexican food at the Amigo Spot, though we understand if your palate has been spoiled by the rich chiles of Hatch since you are from New Mexico. We are glad to know you would choose us again and hope you do so.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

Was pleasantly surprised at how clean the room was! Very comfortable, fridge in room very helpful. Lots of families stay here so lots of children but when door is closed it's very quiet. The only complaint would be it advertised heated pool but it didn't feel heated. Very pleasant and friendly staff. Asked for air filter on ac to be changed to improve ac and it was taken care of right away! Would definitely stay again. Stayed for 6 nights this time.

Room Tip: No elevator so stay on bottom if you have stroller.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Teri K
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David P, Manager at Kings Inn San Diego, responded to this review, 24 August 2014
Thanks for staying with us for six nights and for sharing your experience. We are glad you found our guestroom to be clean and comfortable and relatively quiet. Our pool is definitely heated; we keep it at 80 degrees year round. But when San Diego is in its hottest two weeks of the year, this may not be as evident and we hope it actually serves the general purpose of cooling our guests down. We are glad to know you would stay with us again and we look forward to another visit from you and your family.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

We had to wear our shoes at all times, when in our hotel room and had to have the shoes ready, when we got out of the shower, because the carpet was so disgusting, it turned our feet black immediately. Another hotel member was complaining of the same thing in their room & said he thought it was new tar that was tracked in. Either way, it was horrible. Also, there's such a large gap under the doors, that several bugs get in the rooms. Also, they only allow you 2 large towels in the room. You have to give 2 back, to get 2 more.....and they're like sand paper towels. I use a towel for my hair & a towel for my body, so this was an inconvenience for me. The positive's are a nice pool & hot tub....and restaurants onsite are convenient, but it amazes me that the Waffle Spot has about 13 tables, with 6 waitresses and you still get slow service. I waited tables when I was young and could have handled this place by myself, it's so small. The front desk was very friendly as well.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kittykitty06
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David P, Manager at Kings Inn San Diego, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Keeping up with carpet shampooing can be a challenge for any hotel. Ideally and typically all our rooms are shampooed quarterly (four times per year at minimum). There is actually a scheduled rotation we follow cleaning 10 to 20 rooms each week. The summer quarter works a little differently in that due to the immense volume of business and high occupancy we shampoo all carpets in June before our busiest weeks of the year in July and August and again at the end of August and first week of September coinciding with the weekday lull before and after Labor Day. Your comments about the carpet are taken to heart and we want you to be encouraged that we will be addressing the matter.

Harder to address is your feedback about the towels since all rooms are furnished with a minimum of three bath towels and the experience you described is not our practice or policy. Allow us simply to apologize for this or any miscommunication. Service is a major priority for all of our associates and we are sorry if you were slighted in any fashion.

Clearly your experience in our hotel and even our restaurant fell short of your expectations. Luckily for us, you found some redemption in our fantastic pool and the friendliness of our staff as well as our location. Any constructive feedback from our guests helps us to grow and to become better for all our guests. We appreciate yours even as we regret that you never approached us directly with your concerns to allow us an opportunity possibly to turn your experience around. Satisfaction can be a lofty goal when a guest tells us he or she is not happy, but we enthusiastically embrace the challenge.
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

We stayed here 7 years ago, and when we were coming back to San Diego, my son said "Can we stay at the place with the waffles again?" The employees are all kind and helpful, and the restaurants are great! Waffle Stop has the best waffles on the planet! Pool is so inviting and the property has everything you may need, like a small laundry room. Really enjoyed our stay both times.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Melany F
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David P, Manager at Kings Inn San Diego, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Welcome back to Kings Inn! Your inevitable return is all part of our fiendish plan. (insert devious laugh here) First we welcome you in with our cheerful all nonsmoking rooms and great rates. Then we strive to wow you with our friendly service. We add to that our amazing pool and amenities like free parking, free WiFi and spacious refrigerators in every room. And then, we tempt you with the scrumptious waffles like our Double Chocolate Chip Waffle and our Bacon Waffle at the Waffle Spot. Our goal is to help create happy memories for adults and children alike. Based on your review it looks like we did just that and it is part of why your son remembered us and wanted to come back. Hopefully, this visit was just as great and that now that you have rediscovered our unique family-owned and family-friendly hotel, you won't stay away so long. Thank you for your review.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

Kings Inn is a nice hotel or motel with two very good and cheap restaurents and a nice pool. The only bad thing is that it is far away from the center. But rember to go and eat in their Mexican restaurent.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NinaBruun
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David P, Manager at Kings Inn San Diego, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
We are glad you enjoyed our hotel and restaurants. We do understand for international travelers how the perception of distance varies and why you would feel our hotel is far from the downtown area. We are five miles away, but a quick 12 minute drive. Seaworld and the Zoo are even closer. Our location makes it convenient to get to most all attractions that San Diego is famous for. We even have great areas much closer like Old Town and Hillcrest that are less than a mile away and equally as rich in dining and nightlife options as the Gaslamp District. If you return to San Diego, we hope you will stay with us again and encourage you and all guests to challenge our friendly desk staff for great recommendations closer to the hotel.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

We stayed at the King's Inn for our Family Vacation and Tiki Oasis. We were pleasantly surprised by how wonderful our stay was. While the hotel rooms are a bit small they are smartly decorated with a vintage flair very clean, quiet and comfortable. We had a room facing the pool and it was perfect! We love the retro look of the kidney shaped pool and all the palm trees. It was a great place to relax and soak up some sun while our daughter swam to her heart's content! The 2 onsite restaurants are also wonderful and a great convenience. We had especially wonderful service by Enrico at the Amigo Spot. We loved our stay at the King's Inn and highly recommend this hotel. We will definitely stay again on our next trip to San Diego!

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Thank Tikijillsuzzanne
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David P, Manager at Kings Inn San Diego, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Thank you for sharing your stay at Kings Inn. Glad to see you liked our new midcentury room designs. And we are confident it was easier to enjoy our roomy pool than the one at the Tiki festival. Thank you for trying our restaurants and for recognizing Enrico for his bartending. We will happily pass along your kind words. We hope to see you again soon, or at least for the next Tiki Oasis.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

Stayed at the kings Inn during Tiki Oasis. It was great. The renovated room was clean. Beds were comfy pool was great. Mexican restaurant bar was good and lively. But let's be honest, what really makes a stay at Kings Inn is the Waffle Spot. If you stay here and don't eat a waffle, that's just a fail. Never will you taste anything so close to heaven as that fluffy delicious waffle.
Come for the sunshine. Stay for the waffle

Oh yeah the desk staff were really friendly and helpful, and you park for free unlike a certain hotel across the free way whose name rhymes with Kwown Plasa

Room Tip: I'd stick to the pool side rooms to limit the freeway noise
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Julian C
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David P, Manager at Kings Inn San Diego, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Kings Inn has been a participating hotel for Tiki Oasis for many years. It is a great fit because we love our midcentury aesthetics as much as our tiki guests and that is highlighted by our new room designs. We are not stopping there. The lobby is next and the restaurants will receive some TLC as well. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and our restaurants-we completely agree about the waffles at the Waffle Spot. We may even have to borrow your slogan. We look forward to your return next August to show off all the new renovations we will have made. Thank you for your review.
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Property: Kings Inn San Diego
Address: 1333 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108
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Region: United States > California > San Diego > Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#17 Green Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kings Inn San Diego 2.5*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kings Inn has been serving excellence in San Diego for over fifty years. Located in Hotel Circle of Interstate 8, we are three miles from SeaWorld and The San Diego Zoo and within fifteen minutes from nearly everything you will want to see and do while visiting America's Finest City. Our Full Service Hotel features all newly remodeled nonsmoking rooms, two restaurants and a lounge, a sparkling pool and spa that are heated year round, guest fitness room and over 2,000 feet of meeting and banquet facilities. Guests can enjoy the added benefits of free parking, free local calls and free WiFi. Kings Inn is privately owned and operated and is committed to providing comfortable accommodations, exceptional service and optimal affordability to our valued guests. ... more   less 
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