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Kings Inn Hotel

#56 of 273 Hotels in San Diego
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1333 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I booked in to the King's Inn for last year's version of Tiki Oasis http://www.tikioasis.com/2015/ on the advice of a San Diegan pal who knew that it would appeal to my love of all things mid (20th) century and that the rooms had undergone a complete transformation that combines a cool early 1960s look with the modern conveniences (Flat screen... More 

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David P, Manager at Kings Inn Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you, it was great to have you back for another Tiki Oasis! We are glad that you found us and that you prefer our hotel for the balance of comfort and convenience without sacrificing the retro charm of the event. Our new lobby is set to open Labor Day weekend. By the time you return, we will have a... More 

Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Kings Inn was clean and comfortable and the staff were amazing. This is an excellent hotel if you are traveling with kids and family. The only less than ideal thing about this hotel was a lack of elevator to the second floor for people with handicaps. They offered the use of the freight elevator but it was not available 24/7... More 

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David P, Manager at Kings Inn Hotel, responded to this review

It is good to know that we could accommodate you with the service elevator and we thank you for advising future guests to call ahead to secure first floor rooms if needed. No matter how our guests book, we embrace the opportunity to hear from them prior to their stays so that we can better anticipate their needs. We truly... More 

Portland, Oregon
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not use the pool, which looked nice. The room was fairly nice (2nd floor) and looked as though it had been updated recently. The hallways are not too inviting and could use an upgrade of carpeting and paint. However, the bed was quite comfortable and quiet. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

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David P, Manager at Kings Inn Hotel, responded to this review

You stayed in our one interior corridor. And we admit it needs some help. But just like everything we have done so far in remodeling Kings Inn, we wanted to take care of the things that truly impact and affect our guests' stay like the newly remodeled rooms and our soon to reopen lobby. Many hotels falter in starting remodeling... More 

San Marcos
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've stayed here before when my children were young, so decided to try it again while visiting friends at the Chula Vista RV Resort. This place is not the Hilton, but, one of the best affordable places to stay in San Diego. It has recently been renovated, is well maintained, clean, has a great pool and two decent restaurants on... More 

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David P, Manager at Kings Inn Hotel, responded to this review

It means a lot to us that you remembered your experience at Kings Inn from years ago and that is what prompted you to choose us again. We are glad you enjoyed this visit as well. We hope that we helped you build more memories and that you won't stay away so long next time. Thank you for your review. More 

Northern California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The room was nothing special, but the main attractions of the place are the large pool and relatively low price for the area. It was obvious what drew all of the families there. The pool was full of happy kids (and the hot tubs full of happy adults) right up until closing time of 10pm. The Mexican restaurant on site... More 

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David P, Manager at Kings Inn Hotel, responded to this review

Despite our regal title, we are not an upscale hotel. We take great measures to value our guests so that they are treated as well or better than the fancy and more expensive hotels out there. We definitely tried to do so when taking your needs into consideration. We regret that you were not happy in your room. Most rooms... More 

Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel is GREAT. This is probably a 70's era hotel, however, it is well maintained and updated. My room had been recently updated and I could see other updates around the property. Everything in my room worked fine. The pool and jacuzzi areas are SPARKLING. The property has everything you want: free WiFi, free parking, GREAT staff, well maintained... More 

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David P, Manager at Kings Inn Hotel, responded to this review

We are glad we met all your needs and inspired your awesome review. Thank you for it. We aren't done making Kings Inn better so we hope you visit again to see what else we will have to offer. We appreciate you making Kings Inn your first TripAdvisor review. More 

Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hotel is dated but they were changing out mattresses when we were there. Room was clean but dated. Pool area clean. Close to downtown was really nice. Staff friendly. Not a Doubletree but alright for the price.

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David P, Manager at Kings Inn Hotel, responded to this review

When it comes to generalized assessments like saying our hotel is "dated" we are very thick skinned. Kings Inn was built in 1959. It is the epitome of the family friendly roadside hotels and motels that dotted the American landscape when most travel was still done by car. Even in our renovations and improvements, we have only tried to enhance... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Handy to downtown and the zoo if you have a car. Not so easy from the hotel on public transport I would suspect. It has a freeway quite close by but requesting a room at the rear is surprisingly quiet. Very popular with families at the weekend and at this time of the year. The hotel is an older type... More 

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David P, Manager at Kings Inn Hotel, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Kings Inn. We always appreciate when our guests give us the opportunity to fix what might be wrong for their benefit and also for the benefit of future guests. We appreciate your review and wish you continued safe travels. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel is fairly good, reasonably priced and good/helpful staff, albeit the decor/bedroom is somewhat dated and could do with a few upgrades -this doesn't have a major impact on your stay, however. If you do have breakfast at the Waffle Spot, make sure you go with an empty belly as the portion sizes are pretty huge (and very nice)!

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David P, Manager at Kings Inn Hotel, responded to this review

You say dated, we say decidedly nostalgic. When we remodeled our guest rooms last year, we had custom designed furnishings placed in them that reflect a 1960's vibe. We added 1960's San Diego beach photos and color palette of blues, greens and tans. The goal was to help our guests imagine Kings Inn when it truly reigned supreme over Mission... More 

Newington, Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading many 4 and 5 star reviews, I was expecting a hidden gem on the crowded Hotel Circle, but instead got a basic motel/motor inn. The location is good for traveling to Sea World, the Zoo or the nearby Fashion Valley Mall, but like all of the lodging in the circle, you are literally a stones throw from the... More 

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David P, Manager at Kings Inn Hotel, responded to this review

Your disappointment is palpable in your review. We appreciate all perspectives, and are glad most reflect a more positive experience than you encountered. We will not argue the semantics of your comments that were misguided and less favorable. We are proud of what we have at Kings Inn and of the people who make this special and inspire our mostly... More 

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