We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“just OK”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina
Ranked #126 of 286 Hotels in San Diego
Reviewed 27 June 2005

Ok, here we go. We just got back from San Diego, just a 5 day trip to hang at the beaches and relax. We cut it short one day, because we just weren't comfortable in our hotel. Let me start off by saying the whole staff from the front desk to the cleaning staff were VERY VERY nice, and helpful. However, the rooms lacked in appeal and need MUCH updating. We did notice that most (if not ALL) of the hotels/inns in the area were pretty much the same, and i guess by being spoiled in the past when staying in San Diego this was not what we were expecting, nor from the excellent reviews this motel got. There were ants in the bathroom, the tub just looks gross, no way was i going to go without wearing shoes or socks on that rotten-cheese smelling carpet, and they told us upon check-in that we were ''upgraded'' ... well i would hate to see the regular version...the area is nice and relaxing however, and there is a great restaurant called Pizza Nora just a short walk away. Like some others have said the area is safe enough, and the staff is VERY nice and friendly, but the room itself and the appearance of the place are not worth $95 a night...and don't be fooled by the ''free breakfast'' it consists of a coffee machine and a toaster in the front lobby...but again i can't emphasize enough that the staff were friendly, the pool was clean, and if all you are looking for is a place to lay your head at night, then you've got it, but i would definitely not stay again.

  • Stayed: June 2005
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
4  Thank Kristine D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (347)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

323 - 329 of 347 reviews

Reviewed 25 May 2005

Yes, this is just a motel, but with something extra. My wife and I stayed for 5 nights and had towels and bed linen changed each day we were were there. The rooms were kept very clean. Staff, day or night, were very friendly and the complimentary breakfast was just fine. For those who wanted larger breakfast there is a Denny's within easy walking distance. The location suited us as we flew into Lindbergh Field which is only a couple of miles away and hired a car. We were at the hotel in no time. Shelter Island is a great place to walk in the early morning or late evening and not too far away. Lots of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel and it is in a good location with easy access to the rest of San Diego, be it beaches or downtown.

  • Stayed: April 2005
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
11  Thank Turfite
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 April 2005

I was amazed by this hotel... I booked with them based on the #55 rating and the reviews on this website, and couldn't believe that on a weekend where other hotels were $120 a night, this one was only $70, and right at the entrance of Shelter Island, one of my favorite places to walk in San Diego in the morning.

The surprising thing about this hotel is that it looks like a motor inn, but, the service is amazing. Definitely not what you would expect from a small place like this.

If you go, try to get there during the day!! Jose, the front desk clerk then is AWESOME - we checked in and went to our non-smoking room, and as soon as we walked in, we were bombarded with the smell of cigarette smoke. I'm sometimes sensitive to this and sometimes not, but, being almost 6 months pregnant, I was gagging after about 5 seconds, so I went back to Jose. He apologized over and over about the room, and then walked me personally to the next room so that I could look it over and make sure it was okay. From then on, everything was perfect. I happened to walk into the lobby for extra towels about 10 minutes after the complimentary continental breakfast was over, and Jose still made sure to have me look and take whatever I wanted. The night staff isn't rude or anything, they just definitely aren't as great as the day staff.

If you stay here before the summer months, be warned - the "heated" pool isn't kept to a temperature that's comfortable to just jump in to - definitely for the seasoned cold pool swimmers!! Otherwise, this place definitely deserves it's rating in the top quarter of hotels in the area.

7  Thank travelmoreandmore
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
A TripAdvisor Member
Tempe, AZ
Reviewed 3 April 2005

Pros: Good prices, very clean, location near the pier.
Cons: Small rooms, very modest breakfast, the restaurant parking lot at the back of the hotel can be rather noisy early morning, uncomfortbale bed.
Though you get a good value for your money here, it is nothing more than a regular budget motel.

  • Stayed: December 2004
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 January 2005

I gave this motel the rating due to the price. I paid $60 after tax to stay New Years Eve and found the motel to be clean and comfortable. A free continental breakfast and being next door to Point Loma Seafood's is key. Eat there! This property is close to great restaurants and right next to the landing if you are going fishing. The pool was heated and the room had a small refer and a microwave. The staff was polite and friendly. A bargain!!

10  Thank Lee L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 14 September 2004

We stayed at the Vagabond Point Loma for 5 days in August and thoroughly enjoyed it. The location was close to aiport and was a convenient base for our explorations. There were several nice restauraunts within walking distance. Immediately behind the hotel is a "picnic style" seafood resturant and the sport fishing harbor. It was a fun place to hang out and watch the activity. The hotel is not fancy, but it was quiet, the rooms were clean and the staff was friendly. I would definately return. Check their website for special rates.

19  Thank Escape_to_sun
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile
Google Translation

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
Thank MartinRTWien
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
vagabondinnpl, General Manager at Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these San Diego hotels
0.2 mi away
Cabrillo Inn & Suites Airport
Cabrillo Inn & Suites Airport
#183 of 286 in San Diego
147 reviews
0.1 mi away
Ramada San Diego Airport
Ramada San Diego Airport
#143 of 286 in San Diego
1,444 reviews
0.2 mi away
Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
#49 of 286 in San Diego
1,127 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Hotel Aqua Mar
Hotel Aqua Mar
#155 of 286 in San Diego
161 reviews
5.6 mi away
Red Roof Inn San Diego - Pacific Beach/SeaWorld
9.4 mi away
Rodeway Inn San Diego Near Qualcomm Stadium
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina

Address: 1325 Scott St, San Diego, CA 92106-2726 (Formerly Vagabond Inn San Diego (Point Loma))
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#45 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: £52 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Travel Republic (UK), Ebookers, Evoline ltd, HotelsClick, 5viajes2012 S.L., getaroom.com and Cancelon so you can book your Vagabond Inn - San Diego Airport Marina reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Vagabond Inn San Diego (Point Loma) Hotel San Diego
Vagabond Hotel San Diego

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing