My husband and I have stayed here at least three times, and every time it has been a wonderful experience. I've finally had a chance to review this place--partly because I didn't want everyone to know about this place; I know--so selfish of me! :) We've stayed in every room at Mudville. We were quite pleased with each one. My favorite is Flat A. This is the downstairs room (I like the porch), but my husband likes Flat D which is located on the second floor in the back. I don't think there is an elevator, so if that is a problem, then I would highly recommend Flat A.
There are a few things to consider about Mudville. First, it is categorized under TripAdvisor as a Bed and Breakfast, but it's a boutique hotel (google it). Yes, I know they don't offer any breakfast, but that shouldn't deter you from missing this enchanting place. (I couldn't think of a better word, but there it is.) Mike and Linda are wonderful innkeepers/hosts, and Linda walks you through the room and shows you how things work. Look, hotel personnel don't normally do this. (Okay, most of the hotels I'VE been to don't go to the trouble of explaining the amenities in the room.)
Each room/flat is clean and nicely decorated--in darker wood tones. It's not the same old decor you would find in a typical chain hotel; you know--the throwback to the 80s or something, so if you're looking for that, then you will be disappointed. I think each room has its own wonderful character--in a good way. I have to note that they have a claw-foot tub in the bathrooms with a shower. The tub might be a little high to get into for vertically-challenged people like me. It was fine for my husband. ;) Still, the showers had full water pressure and hot water. The huge beds were immaculate and oh-so comfy. There is kitchen with a full-sized fridge, so you can bring home leftovers or cook something--just make sure you clean up after yourself. :) WIFI is free.
What else is great? Free parking. Yes, you will actually park in a safe, underground parking about 1/2 block or less across the street. The only time we actually drove somewhere was to attend a play at night at The Globe Theater. I've stayed in a hotel a mile or two from the convention center, and they had charged me about $25/day. (Sorry, I've forgotten the hotel's name, so I guess that's how remarkable that place was.)
As others have mentioned, it is centrally located in downtown San Diego. It's a few blocks from the Gaslamp District, the Waterfront, and the Convention Center. It's also about two miles to Balboa Park. It's easily accessible by walking there. I don't really think the neighborhood is "iffy". When you are in the city, there will be some homeless people walking around. I felt comfortable enough in this neighborhood that I didn't think it was an issue. (I really take that into consideration when I reserve a room somewhere.) It's important to note that when you are staying downtown that it can be a little noisy because of sirens, or people, but it was nothing that kept us awake.
By the way, Linda and Mike are very helpful with restaurants and places to go; they know this area and their recommendations are pretty much spot-on with their reviews. Linda is always available if you have any questions; she will graciously answer them. Even though they don't serve breakfast, Mudville still embodies the graciousness of a bed and breakfast. You can tell that they have pride in their place, and it's reflected in the rooms. Truly, I think that they make Mudville Flats the great little gem that it is.
Choose Flat A if you don't want to use the stairs.
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