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Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina
Ranked #134 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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32 reviews
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“Great location, Great Value, Great vacation!”
Reviewed 13 June 2013

My family and I recently stayed at this hotel so that my husband and son could go deep see fishing. You can literally walk to the fishing docks! There is good food that has good value close buy at Mitchs seafood. We even seen some sea lions up close! The reservation process was pleasant. You really can not ask for a better location close to Sea world and Mission Beach. The rooms are remodeled and comfortable. Hector at the front desk was very nice and helpful. We will definetly stay here again!!! Hopefully soon.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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vagabondinnpl, General Manager at Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina, responded to this review, 14 June 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience at our property. My staff and I are proud of our renovations and location. We will continue to be the best we can be in the name of service. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again in the future.
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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

While I initially thought the Vagabond Inn was 2-star hotel, the remodeled room was above-average, particularly in comparison to other nearby properties. The room did maintain the original furniture, windows and metal tissue dispenser, so the renovation is not 100%. The property is maybe 10 steps from the marina boardwalk, which is nicely illuminated at night (the area is being developed.)

Vagabond Airport provides breakfast consisting of fruit, pastries, cereal and milk & coffee. Free parking, too (at least for now.) Be warned that the renovation continues, although noise was not an issue. Several guests brought large dogs. I hope those rooms were extra cleaned.

The restaurant next door, the Point Loma Fish Co., is a nicer restaurant with patio dinning. Luckily, there are picnic tables available - also with a harbor view - for those who went to the nearby Ralphs.

For those Tiki fans visiting the Bali Hai, this is a more cost-effective option than the Half-Moon Inn.

Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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vagabondinnpl, General Manager at Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina, responded to this review, 28 May 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your experience at our property. We are proud of our guestroom renovations and feel that our location next to the water is excellent. We have a few more things we would like to do in our guestrooms, however, our priority is functionality and cleanliness. Our new windows will offer guests the best view of the water and marina, and our new ac units will maximize comfort in our guestrooms. We appreciate your business, please allow us the pleasure of serving you again.
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2013

The first time I stayed in Vagabond Inn Point Loma (which is what it used to be called), it was fantastic. However, over the years, it has become less and less pleasant.
This is my fourth stay here, and it will be my last.
The place is under massive construction. I don't mean some renovations, I mean, 2/3 of the building is gutted, walls are missing. Large construction crew, scaffolding around the building..
It smells like a construction zone, too, sheetrock dust, banging, sawing, etc.
Parking lot, very small to begin with, is occupied in large by the cars belonging to the construction crew, who resides in the hotel while they are working on it.
I understand the need for renovation, but they should've closed the place down for however long it takes. The way they are doing it now, I don't see anybody who stayed with them during this construction period recommending them.
Place has free wi-fi. Except, unless you are standing next to the office, it does not work. At all.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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vagabondinnpl, General Manager at Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina, responded to this review, 28 May 2013
Thank you for your review. We appreciate you sharing your experience at our property. We hope that now that we have completed this major portion of our renovation, you will give us another chance to demonstrate our enhanced product and call to service. If I may reach out to you, this property, and staff are worth another look. Please contact me directly, I am the General Manager and I am at your service. We value nothing more than our return guests.
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

We stayed at the Vagabond from 16 to 22 April. It's location was just what we wanted and although renovation was ongoing through the day it did not upset our time at the hotel. Hector and Margarita were friendly and efficient and the rooms were clean and well equipped. Breakfasts were good and the parking was free - what more does one want - I will definitely recommend this hotel to my friends and will stay again on my next visit.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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vagabondinnpl, General Manager at Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina, responded to this review, 1 May 2013
Wonderful! We can not be more pleased that you experienced satisfaction with our guestroom, property, and staff. We are grateful for your business and look forward to your return.
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Carlsbad, California, United States
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2013

Stay around Shelter/Harbor Island a fair amount, and have driven by this place alot, thought would give it a try.Nice to be at a place not charging you $20+ for parking. Walk to the bay, and number of restaurants. Had decent room above front desk. Never had to use heat/ac and was really quiet. Alot of remodeling still taking place, although some of it not well planned, like the patchwork of the back looking onto pt loma seafoods has been there for months, making it look more of a dive than what it is. And the run-down lot next door is being torn down for pricey homes next year. Didn't try their breakfast, with all the places around. If you're an early riser, walk around the corner to the marina in the morning and see boats unloading their catch. TV reception spotty (and tube), but who cares.

Room Tip: First floor rooms that opened onto covered hallway appear too dark, go for 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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vagabondinnpl, Manager at Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina, responded to this review, 18 April 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience at our property Mike. We are pleased you decided to give us a try. We understand how our property may look less appealing during renovation, but I can tell you it will be worth it. Should you come to the Shelter Island area again, we hope to have the opportunity to show off our improvements.
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Wrightwood, California
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

Funny thing ... we liked the fact there were renovations in the rooms ... better than noisy people and kids ... it felt like we had the hotel to ourselves. The staff were some of the most friendly and helpful I have come across in hotels, even much higher priced ones. (Thank you to Hector and Joshua). Will definitely come back ... great value for money.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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vagabondinnpl, Manager at Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina, responded to this review, 16 April 2013
Thank you for your business. We appreciate your thoughtful review. My staff and I are pleased that you found our service commendable. We are genuinely interested in you and all of our guests. We want nothing more than to assist in a comfortable, clean, peaceful and productive stay. We are grateful for the opportunity.
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Corvallis, Oregon
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2013

I have stayed here a couple of times while working in the area. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The beds and pillows were clean and comfortable, and all the facilities were attractive and in working order. It's close to good restaurants and the marina. It's a quick cab ride from the airport. It was quiet at night. There was coffee and fruit every morning. It's a great place.

Room Tip: They are in the process of renovating the rooms. Ask for one of the new rooms. They're great! I...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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vagabondinnpl, Manager at Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina, responded to this review, 16 April 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience Alex1derr. My staff are pleased we were your hotel of choice. Should you choose to stay in San Diego near the harbor, downtown, or airport again, we hope to have the opportunity to serve you.
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Property: Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina
Address: 1325 Scott Street, San Diego, CA 92106-2726 (Formerly Vagabond Inn San Diego (Point Loma))
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#45 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Vagabond Inn is steps away from Harbor Drive and Shelter Island, bayside near the landings and marina boardwalk, and a few minutes from San Diego Int'l Airport. Complete with heated pool, full continental breakfast, complimentary wifi, cable with HBO, and a 24 hour service desk, this Vagabond Inn is an excellent choice. All guestrooms are non-smoking with a fridge and microwave. Pet Friendly rooms and view rooms available upon request. ... more   less 
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