I stayed at this place because it was the last resort that I had to head down to San Diego. I don't where all the 5 star comments are coming from but this place does not deserve anything higher than a 3 star. Yes it is under renovation and it is still going on as I write this review! I gave it 3 stars based on the location. Yes it is very close to the beach and easily accessible from the main highway and the staff is extremely friendly but that is about all the positive things that I can say about this Holiday Inn &Suites. I mean really ... there is nothing sweet about the suites at this location! I have stayed at many HI&S and by far this one the worst I have been at. When I arrived I parked at the covered lot they have which is not very big and frankly this location is not as big as it seems on the photo. As I was walking in through the parking lot to head inside the lobby there a was flow of water coming from the piping above and the water smelled. At first I thought it was coming from the pool which is above the parking lot on the 2nd floor then when I saw the color of the water it seemed like it was coming from the sewage possibly from the rooms above. The make up of this hotel is a little strange and the hallway to the rooms are narrow. The rooms start on the second floor and the elevator took forever and a day to make it up and down so I dragged my bags up stairs as I got tired of waiting. When I opened the door to my room it was neatly prepared however it was evident that they didn't run the vacuum cleaner all over the room as I stepped on bread crumbs below the tiny workstation they had next to the TV. The bed was comfortable enough to sleep on however the walls between the halls are thin and you can hear everyone that passes by at night. The room smelled like paint and it seemed like they were still in the process of completing my room as they had a note apologizing for the remodeling so the edges and the moldings were visibly unfinished which did not look attractive at all. If you have the option ask for the 3 floor as it is above the pool area so you don't hear and see everyone jump in and out of the pool otherwise pull the curtains and turn the A/C to drown out the outside noise. There is CPK just down the street if you get hungry and a great walkway across the street if you choose to stroll in the morning or at dusk. If you are traveling for business and you just need a roof to stay for the night then this maybe ideal if you're not so picky and it is just a quick nap and a shower you're after. But I wouldn't recommend this place for a longer stay either head south to Del Mar or La Jolla or north up to Carlsbad for more meaningful accommodations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Solana Beach/Del Mar is within walking distance to the Del Mar Race Track/Fair Grounds, area beaches, scenic walking/jogging trails as well as many fine restaurants & shops. We are located near the Amtrak and Coaster Train Stations, area businesses and local attractions. Popular destinations, including: Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, downtown San Diego, Sorrento Valley and Carlsbad are all just a few miles away. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Solana Beach/Del Mar showcases 80 spacious, newly renovated guest rooms and suites. Each room features a private balcony, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron & board and hair dryer and all of our suites and king rooms offer a sofa bed. All guests can enjoy our complimentary new expanded, deluxe hot breakfast bar, free local phone calls and complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet. We offer room service through California Pizza Kitchen until 10 PM daily. The beautifully landscaped pool and sun-deck offer the best in rest & relaxation. With our spectacular amenities, beach and local attractions the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Solana Beach/Del Mar offers you a truly Southern California experience!Call us to book rooms now for Upcoming Horse Show Events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar Hotel Solana Beach
- Holiday Inn Solana Beach
- Solana Beach Holiday Inn