Far from a new hotel but comfortable. I didn't realize that the noise I heard much of the night was from the mini-refrigerator and that the noise could be stopped by closing it with some force. The hotel's one elevator is so small that a luggage cart can be accommodate only with a fair amount of effort (when I left, I just made extra trips and book the bags down by hand).
The hotel is almost next to I-15 and an offramp. I asked for a room not facing the freeway, and got one. I'd rate the standard HIE breakfast as so-so. I booked my hotel on a Sunday evening upon arrival, and got a rate lower than that I'd found on the Web site.
There are several fast food places just across the parking lot, and a couple of sit-down restaurants within walking distance.
I didn't use the pool, but several guests did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites San Diego-Escondido is nestled in hills of north San Diego county, minutes to Wild Animal Park, Performing Art Center, Harrah's Rincon Casino, Valley View Casino, Pala Casino, Cal. State San Marcos, Award Winning Stone Brewing Co., Golf Courses, fishing, and Wineries. Easy access to downtown San Diego, Seaworld, San Diego Zoo, Old Town, Legoland, Beaches, Parks and only a few miles from hiking, Cineplex, and Ice skating. Walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Centrally located to business & financial district of Escondido. Local companies include Sony, Lockheed Martin, Hewlett Packard and many more. Includes daily deluxe hot breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido Hotel Escondido
- Holiday Inn Express Escondido
- Holiday Inn Escondido
- Escondido Holiday Inn