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“older, renovation in progress, great location” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar

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Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   621 South Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Solana Beach
ABQ, NM
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“older, renovation in progress, great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

The staff here was very friendly and the breakfast was different each morning of our stay. The location is superb-super close to the beach and the highway with great restaurants nearby. The room was clean, but take into consideration that this is NOT new construction as you hear the pipes and squeaky doors early in the am. The property is doing the best it can with its old bones! The pool was nice, but the light in the hottub was out and it seemed a bit questionable as our family took a dip after dark. We loved the balcony and the morning breeze, just double check the lock upon entering the room and before bed. We will probably stay a the Mira Mesa or La Jolla HIEX next time.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this review, December 22, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Thank you for acknowledging the great staff we have along with our location and amenities. As you mentioned, we are working on upgrading our property and appreciate the fact that you have pointed out areas that need further improvement. We will forward your comments to the appropriate personnel so that we can better serve you and future guests. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Tacoma, WA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Easy stroll to beach access from hotel...a just slightly further stroll to the park if you want to avoid stairs. Beautiful area in Solana Beach on Hwy 101. Enjoyed the breakfast, plenty of warm food beyond continental. Clean room, helpful folks at the front desk...oh yeah, cookies too! Loved the balcony. Recommended hotel, for sure. Very pleasant stay.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Thank you for such a "great" review. We love it when we hear that our hotel's location is perfect for our guests. As you mentioned we are just a short walk to the beack, park and restaurants. You have everything needed to enjoy your time in Solana Beach. But before you start exploring, we ensure that every guest gets a nice clean room with amenities such as our hot buffet breakfast to get your day started on the right foot! It is our staff's mission to provide great service each and every time. We are happy to hear that our staff met your expectations. By the way, the cookies in the evening are very popular! Glad you had a chance to have some. Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you soon in the near future.
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Minnesota
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149 reviews 149 reviews
81 hotel reviews
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

The front desk clerks were very welcoming. My room was a nice size and clean. It had a small table and two chairs instead of a comfy sitting chair, which I would have preferred. It is across the street from beach access steps. There are many restaurants nearby. It is a 15 minute walk from Solana Beach train station (Amtrak & Coaster). The breakfast room is large with an attendant. Many choices available with hot and cold entrees.
I would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the back side toward Sierra Avenue.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HinnExpress, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did during your stay. Happy to hear that our friendly staff was able to offer you a nice clean room. We strive to have the best staff along with great amenities that our guests can appreciate such as the hot buffet breakfast. What better way to start the day then with a hearty meal! After that, you can enjoy a walk to the beach or have lunch at one of the many restaurants located close to our hotel. We hope to see you back soon so you can enjoy Solana Beach a little more. Please contact us whenever you make it back!
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I spend a lot of time in Solana Beach during the Winter and I always stay at this Holiday Inn Express. They treat me like royalty and I get upgrades on my room and usually get the same room that I like next to the rear exit so I can get right out to my car without walking down a hallway. They give me lots of free waters and cookies. I bike ride every day and they are right on the main bike route so I take off riding right from my room. Great restaurants within walking distance too. Perfect location, I love it here. It was fine before the remodel, but it has definitely been upgraded with the remodel. Well done, everything looks great and clean as always.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Thank you so much for your continued patronage. We are overjoyed to hear that we have met and exceeded your expectations each and every time. As you mentioned, we are working extremely hard to upgrade our property to keep loyal guests like yourself happy. Without your business we would not be here!!! We look forward to seeing you back soon. Again, thank you very much.
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Johnston, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

After reading the reviews regarding this hotel, I was nervous about staying here. Turns out our room had recently been remodeled and all of it was very nice except the bathroom area. I couldn't tell if they had finished or if that was as good as the bathroom was going to get. Regardless, it really didn't matter since we weren't staying but 3 nights. The hotel was in a nice location since we were visiting the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and Legoland in Carlsbad. It wasn't quite "right on the beach" as I had expected but it was a very short walk to get to the access area where we watched the sun set one evening. My 8 year old son and I went to the pool area to swim in the evening but were disppointed with how dirty the pool and hot tub were. They were both filled with bugs, two nights in a row. All 3 of us were very pleased with the breakfast provided, that was great. All of the staff was quite friendly.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are happy to hear that our proximity to the beach was to your liking. We are but a walk away! As you mentioned, we are in the middle of finishing renovations and we are in fact doing the bathrooms now. We should be completely done soon. Glad to know that you enjoyed our breakfast and our apologies for the pool area not being properly maintained. We will address that with our staff to ensure that our guests get to enjoy it the right way.

Thanks again and we look forward to having you come back to see the full remodel done. See you soon!
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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

I return to the Solana area every year..sometimes more than once in a summer. This holiday inn has been my hotel for years now. I always have a clean (nice smelling too!) room. The beach is a comfortable walk away. Its not fancy and the coaster is across the street, so if your sensitive to that don't go, but for the price and location its a good deal. And the staff at the front desk...they treat us like VIP'S everytime. I believe her name is BRENDA....she's the bomb...I love to see that she is still there when I go back. Overall good place for the mid to low cost places. I will go back!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
Thanks for your kind words. Glad to hear that we are meeting your expectations each and every time. We appreacite your patronage! We do our very best to have clean and comfortable accommodations for every single guest. All of this is complimented by the great staff we have. We look forward to seeing you soon yet again.

Thank you!!!!
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San Jose, CA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

First ever visit to Solana Beach, CA, I picked the Holiday Inn Express for my 2 night stay based on the the reviews and location. Arrived just before noon at the Orange County airport and after a 1.25 hour drive arrived at the hotel. Delighted that my room was ready.

The room was a fairly typical but spacious US hotel room. Third floor with 2 queen beds and a small balcony which was too narrow for a chair. Combined dresser, refrigerator with a flat screen TV on top. The room had an air conditioning unit just below the window and did a good job of cooling the room on a hot day. Fortunately it cooled off enough at night so I did not have to run the air conditioner. Small area for hanging up clothes with about 4 hangers and no door. Bathroom was tub with shower with large bathroom counter and one sink. Lots of room for my toiletries and the shower had good water pressure and plenty of hot water.

The breakfast was a pleasant surprise. Standard fare - rolls, cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, juices and coffee, but also pancakes, bacon and eggs. Excellent way to start the day. Parking was underneath the hotel in a spacious lot. There was a nice but small pool on the 2nd floor, adjacent to the large room used for breakfast. Free wifi was available with routers located on each floor. But I used my iPad with 4G instead.

The hotel is located on the main drag in Solana Beach - which is highway 101 with stoplights. One block over is a street running parallel to 101 for the length of the beach. Solana Beach is small with not a ton of activities or shops or restaurants.

Another pleasant surprise was to find a beach access about 2 blocks down from the hotel (see attached photos). Down some stairs and you were right on the flat but long beach - which was ideal for a morning walk. Be aware, the hotel does not have beach accessories (chairs or umbrellas) available for guests. While that is not really surprising, you will definitely need both a chair and an umbrella if you want to go to the beach and read a book or a magazine.

Overall a surprisingly nice pleasant Holiday Inn Express with a terrific full breakfast and a great location. Solana Beach is worth a day or two visit but after that you would need to either change locations or drive to some local attraction to stay occupied.

Recommend this hotel if you want to visit Solana Beach.

Room Tip: Not much traffic on Highway 101 - so I would expect most rooms to be just fine.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
Thank you for writing this review for us. We are glad that our hotel had the perfect accommodations for your Solana Beach trip. Along with a nice spacious room, we offer our other amenities such as the pool and hot breakfast to make each guest's stay pleasant. Our hotel's location lends itself to provide a guest with a very relaxing time since the beach is so close as you mentioned. It sounds like you had a great time and we hope to see you back in the future.

Please feel free to contact us the next time you are in the area. Again, thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did.
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Address: 621 South Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Location: United States > California > Solana Beach
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Solana Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar 2.5*
Number of rooms: 64
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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