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Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area

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4540 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 (Formerly Comfort Inn)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I stayed here for 3 nights with my family. Everything worked perfectly. Front desk was always very friendly and room was very clean and organized. Continental breakfast was very good! I also recommended the japanese restaurant (Sushi Ota) in front of the hotel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed here for 3 days with our 2 children. The hotel isn't fancy and the pool is a bit small but the staff is absolutely wonderful!! We ate our fill at the breakfast each morning and enjoyed the friendly dining room staff. Ana, one of the staff members, remembered us and our littlest each morning. I will absolutely stay... More 

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Taos, New Mexico
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great service, small room but super clean. Hotel is in good conditions, fun stay. Awesome staff from housekeepers to front desk. Super happy overall. Good location near delicous restaurants across the street, thai food & sushi.YUM!!!!!

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General M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Dancee502, Thank you for providing feedback regarding your stay at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld/Beach Area. We are thrilled to hear we have “awesome staff from housekeepers to front desk” at our hotel. We strive in providing our guests with excellent quality service and are touched you took notice. As you mentioned, we are centrally located near... More 

Kirkland, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can i say about this hotel, but that it is in a very good location. In the heart of everything: sea world, sd zoo, blaboa park, the beach, so many good places. The beaches are beautiful ! The staff is great always so happy and with a smile on their face. I have stayed at other Holiday Inn Expresses,... More 

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General M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Marem4121, Thank you for providing feedback regarding your stay at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld/Beach Area. We are thrilled to hear “the staff is great always so happy and with a smile on their face”. We strive in providing our guests with excellent quality service and are touched you took notice. As you mentioned, we are centrally... More 

Riverside, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at this hotel in the beginning of July. I will start my review by saying that the staff is excellent. The rooms are clean and cozy. The pool is a bit small, but for my kids it was great. I will be staying here again, thanks for the great experience.

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General M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Martin G, Thank you for taking the time in reviewing the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld/Beach Area. We are thrilled to hear “the staff is excellent”. We strive in providing our guests with memorable quality service and are touched you took notice. We look forward to your next night with us and appreciate your feedback regarding the Holiday... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was under the impression this was an original Holiday Inn Express...I've had many good times with this chain (except this one). It appears they took over an already existing motel and tried to pass it off as a Holiday Inn. The pool was the size of a standard jacuzzi There was an industrial type of fan constantly blowing down... More 

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General M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Briann W, Thank you for investing your time in reviewing our hotel. Please accept our sincerest apologies regarding the challenges you faced during your stay. We always aim to wow our guests and are so disappointed to have missed such an opportunity with you. We always recommend that our guests bring their concerns to our staff’s attention, immediately, so... More 

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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for convenience but for the cost (over $200 a night ) it was not worth it. The room was small yet clean but smelled of moisture and carpet fresh. The pool was as large as a bedroom so "dipping" is the appropriate term. The location, while very convenient to Sea World and the highway, was hidden between... More 

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General M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Berkjod, Thank you for providing feedback regarding your stay at our hotel. Please accept our sincerest apologies regarding the challenges you faced during your stay. Your concerns have been addressed with our staff so that improvements can be made. We are thrilled to hear “the front desk staff was just lovely”. We strive in providing our guests with excellent... More 

Henderson, Texas
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17 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After reading the reviews and comparing prices, we felt this hotel would be a perfect for our budget. I was attracted to the beach location. After further research I found out that you will need to drive or take the bus to the beach as it isn't walking distance. That was fine with us as Pacific Beach is a wonderful... More 

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General M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Shelly S, Thank you for providing feedback regarding your stay at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld/Beach Area. We are thrilled to hear you had a “comfortable stay” at our hotel. We strive in providing our guests with a memorable experience and are so pleased to have accomplished said task. As you mentioned, we do offer complimentary breakfast... More 

Dakota City, Nebraska
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The front desk staff was wonderful. We received extra towels when we requested them. they were very clear on directions to local attractions. It's a little hard to get to since it is located on a street with a median. They have a parking area in back that is under part of the building that cannot be seen from the... More 

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General M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Jeffrey C, Thank you for taking the time in reviewing the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld/Beach Area. We are thrilled to hear “the front desk staff was wonderful”. We strive in providing our guests with excellent quality service and are touched you took notice. As you mentioned, we do offer complimentary breakfast and are delighted you were able... More 

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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed at this hotel under the impression that I would have a spacious room, as the description of the room read. I stayed at this hotel because it was close to the area I was in and they had king executive rooms, I had some work to do. I needed space to spread out the edits to a document... More 

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General M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review

Dear Edgar S, Thank you for investing your time in reviewing our hotel. Please accept our sincerest apologies regarding the miscommunication that happened during your stay. The square footage of our rooms is advertised online and are so sorry to hear you missed it. We are thrilled to hear “the hotel was renovated and fresh”. We work hard in providing... More 

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