Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar
I stayed here for 7 nights in June 2006 while on business in Solana Beach. A coworker and I stayed in separate rooms, each with two double beds.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the check-in was quick and efficient. My coworker and I lost our room keycards on separate occasions, but they were quickly re-issued. Housekeeping did a good job of cleaning my room daily. My coworker, however, found a used diaper in the corner of his room - which had been there for at least two days! After informing the front desk - much to their shock - it was removed immediately.
The bed in my room was very comfortable. The bedding looked new, and they gave you pillows labelled "firm" and "soft". The big Kohler showerhead was very nice and gave a good soaking. Even the shower curtain rod was curved outward to give you a little more space while standing. The iron and ironing board was very handy for pressing my folded, scrunched clothes after they'd been unpacked from my overstuffed luggage. I never had to wear wrinkled clothes at all. The air conditioning worked well when I needed it. The fridge was very convenient to store cold drinks and leftover food items. Unfortunately the freezer part wasn't cold enough to prevent some ice cream from melting. There was also a coffee maker and microwave oven, although I didn't use either. My room had a sliding glass door that opened out onto a balcony, but I didn't use it because it overlooked the lot of the Dynamite Shine Auto Detailing and National car rental businesses.
The continental breakfast wasn't gourmet, but it was decent with lots of choices. Cold cereal and milk, juice, fruit, pastries, and hard-boiled eggs were the typical fare. The breakfast/great room was very spacious and was kept clean by the staff. The fitness room is quite small, and for an experienced gym member like myself, was inadequate for my needs. It was quite hot and didn't have a fan. To its credit, there was a water cooler, towels and a hamper for used towels.
The facility is showing a little wear and tear. The room decor looks dated. I saw some questionable tiling, missing grout and deteriorating wallcovering in the bathroom. The bathroom ceiling was also water-stained and discoloured. The furniture in the room was a little banged up too. Everything still worked properly and nothing was unsafe.
The lack of soundproofing is noticeable if you're sensitive to noise. My neighbours' TV was on late and I heard it loud and clear - luckily they turned it off by the time I went to bed. Occasionally I heard footsteps from the room above me. I could hear traffic in the hallway as well, although it was quiet by 11 pm. Next door, the National trucks' backup alarms start up at about 7 am. Finally, there is a passenger railway line on the opposite side of the highway. Although it's below grade, you can still hear the trains occasionally. I let the A/C run on the "fan only" setting all night, which provided enough white noise to cover up any sounds that would have annoyed me. Anyone who is bothered by noise should ask for a room on the top floor near the back of the hotel.
The location of the hotel on Highway 101 is convenient. Access to Interstate 5 is fairly easy, and San Diego is about 20-30 minutes away by car depending on traffic. There are several stores and restaurants within walking distance. There is access to the beach via a public pathway and stairs a short distance from the back of the hotel. The area is safe and walking at night is no problem.
With a few exceptions, the Holiday Inn Express is a good choice when staying in Solana Beach. I would stay here again.
- 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