I found this place a little weird. OK, a lot weird. It reminds me of an old lady's house. The lobby is full of unimaginable amounts of clutter. Picture a scene from "Hoarders", minus the filth. I stayed in a room called "City Lights" or something. The access was relatively easy, through a separate outside door. The bedroom was impeccably clean, although the bathroom was decaying. But someone had put up 13 (I counted) Christmas decorations in this small space, already over-filled with far too much mismatched furniture, Walmart-style stuff like fake flowers and so forth. VERY gauche!
Other than that, the bed was comfortable. The towels were VERY nice because they were real people towels, not boring white hotel towels. But here's the weirdest part - they spent all their money on gaudy, tasteless decor and then had none leftover to buy soap, grout, caulk nor mildew spray for the shower/tub enclosure. I know this because the soap was literally Motel 6-style, one tiny bar that smelled odd. No other toiletries.
I usually stay at much nicer hotels. But if you're going to try to sell someone a hideous fake pine wreath for $59 (a lot of the Christmas junk had price tags on it!) use the money from that one sale and buy soap for a year for the hotel. Penny wise, pound foolish. Niggardly, actually.
It allegedly included breakfast - which was so nasty I didn't even take one bite. Cheapest products known to man. They'd be well advised to do one nice croissant instead of a variety of ultra-cheap muffins from what must be a 25 lbs. bag of mix.
It's an old funky building, which is cool. The architecture made me choose it. I heard a lot of noise from other guest rooms, and the hallways smelled musty and like some sort of room spray. Summary: It's an experience.
- Also Known As:
- Balboa Park Hotel San Diego
- Balboa Park Hotel
- Park Inn San Diego
- Park Inn Balboa