I enjoyed my six-day stay here, but decided to give it three stars instead of four because it's not well equipped to handle high occupancy. A few examples: on crowded days, the breakfast area is overflowing in the morning, especially with large families gathered around the tables. The covered parking garage has narrow parking spaces and lots of concrete posts, making it hard to get in and out, especially when the spots around you are occupied. Also, the elevator is painfully slow. But, if you eliminate the crowds, you eliminate most of my complaints.
On the plus side, the staff at the front desk was great, especially Deenesh (or "D"). Also, if you can get a rate near $100/night, then it's a pretty good deal considering everything that's included: wi-fi, breakfast, parking, mini-fridge, cookies in the afternoon, etc. (There's a small fitness room and pool, but I didn't use either.) The room was spacious and clean.
The location gives you easy access to Sea World, Old Town and I-8. But getting to the hotel is another story because you can't make a left turn from Sports Arena Blvd., or even a u-turn at the next light, so you'll have to turn left at the light, left on Hancock, and then work your way back. The alternative, if you're coming from I-8, is to get off at Rosecrans and turn right on Sports Arena Blvd. If you're approaching on Midway, try to get over to Sports Arena Blvd. before the two streets meet. Otherwise, good luck with that quick lane change.
The neighborhood is a little dicey and not the best place to be walking around at night. There are a few good restaurants nearby, though, like Phil's Bar-b-q.
I had a 3rd-floor room facing I-8 and although I could hear the highway traffic, the noise didn't really bother me. The view wasn't pretty, but it could have been worse.
Two little quirks: the bathroom door swings out into the room and does not stay open. I've never seen that before in a hotel. Also, the cleaning staff used some kind of "powder-fresh" deodorizer in the room that was pretty overwhelming at first.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express San Diego - SeaWorld Hotel is conveniently located only minutes away from the San Diego Zoo, San Diego SeaWorld, downtown San Diego, San Diego Old Town and the San Diego Waterfront.The Holiday Inn Express San Diego - SeaWorld is also only a few minutes drive from the San Diego Airport, and close to many local companies like Lockheed Martin, CSC, SAIC, CACI, EDS, and SPAWAR. Hotel features include complimentary hot full breakfast buffet, free local phone calls, and free high-speed wireless Internet. Visit beautiful San Diego and Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego-SeaWorld Area. ... more less
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