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“Charming Arts & Crafts Lodging” 4 of 5 stars
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747 Tenth Ave., C, San Diego, CA 92101   |  
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Ranked #4 of 39 San Diego B&B and Inns
Chicago, Illinois
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“Charming Arts & Crafts Lodging”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We recently spent 4 nights at the Mudville Flats, staying in Unit D, which is on the second floor in the back. The best things about this room were (a) an absolutely, perfectly comfortable King-size bed with good quality linens, (b) the arts & craft décor, which made this feel more like a home than a hotel room; and (c) far more space than the average hotel room. Linda and Mike were very welcoming and helpful (although we are pretty low maintenance).

As is common in vintage B&Bs, the bathroom could use updating. There is a small, claw foot tub with a curtain all around, equipped with a shower head about 6' off the ground; water temperature and pressure are good but it's tight quarters (and I am a small person). Towels are good size and thick (with extras in a linen closet in the bathroom). The rest of the bathroom is also small & cramped.

This is a "B," not a "B&B." No breakfast is provided. There are filter packs of coffee, as well as 1/2 & 1/2, sweetener, and tea bags in the kitchen. And Linda provided us with a few beers, which were appreciated. If you don't have a car (we did not), the closest grocery store is only 1 block away but it is a bargain store with spotty choices -- there were no English muffins or raisin bread available, for example. There is a Brooklyn Bagels another block away, where you can get good quality bagels and cream cheese.

Although the neighborhood seemed absolutely safe, petty crime is evidently an issue. There are deadbolt locks on the front door to the building and bars over the few windows in the room that open. In showing us around, Linda stressed the importance of remembering to relock the deadbolts every time we came & went. We are from Chicago and this did not freak us out but I mention it.

There is a wooden deck off the back of Unit D, accessible from the hallway, with a table where you can sit. When we were there, there was a large family group staying in a unit in another building who spent a lot of time in the late afternoon/ early evening on their patio backing onto the same space. They were very loud. Fortunately, their gatherings broke up around 7 pm. Otherwise, sleeping would have been a problem (although we could have closed the windows & run the air conditioning.)

Bottom line: we very much enjoyed our stay. Linda and Mike were very welcoming hosts. If you are open to lodging that is outside the cookie-cutter hotel room, give it a try.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I recently stayed at Mudville Flats for five nights while in San Diego for a convention. The California Craftsman style inn was just wonderful; immaculate, beautifully decorated with a big and comfy bed to rest on after many hours of walking.; a home away from home. The innkeepers, Linda and Mike, were gracious and always helpful. Linda met my cab as I arrived at Mudville Flats, carried my luggage to my room for me and later offered me a ride to the airport on the morning of my departure. I'm hoping to return to beautiful San Diego in the not too distant future and take my husband along for another stay at Mudville Flats! A true gem, as are Linda and Mike!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

My sister & I stayed at Mudville Flats and we absolutely LOVED it! The room is beautiful, charming, inviting, cozy and serene. It feels like you're at home but it's so much nicer than your own! The bed is HUGE and so cozy, we slept so peacefully. We also felt very safe staying here!

We were amazed because everything we needed was in this room. You have a kitchen with pots & pans, stove, microwave, a fridge, utensils and more! We loved having this kitchen because it saved us so much money on food! We loved the closet space and it had a beautiful mirror so you can see your outfit. They had extra blankets, plenty of towels and a makeup mirror. There was not one thing missing from this room!

We picked up dinner from this yummy place called Kebabs. We brought it back to our room and ate it at the dining room table. It was so fun!!!

They have an outside area that is charming! We loved having our wine out there! You can eat out there anytime you want and there's a grill there too.

We LOVED the location because you are so close to everything and you can walk everywhere. There was a grocery store a couple blocks down along with coffee shops, restaurants and shopping!

It was such a pleasure meeting Mike & Linda! They are so warm and inviting that you feel you have known them forever! You feel loved and taken care of by them! Whatever you need they are there for you. They are truly genuine and happy to help you!

Mudville Flats is fabulous and we highly recommend it!!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We have been to many B&Bs and Villas around the world, but this one in the Gaslamp is outstanding.
Mike and Linda preempted our every need and wish.
They also recommended the perfect places for us to visit.
We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Marsala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Each of the four rooms in this small hotel is a fully functioning apartment. The apartments are nicely restored, not modern, but comfortable and quiet. Reliable internet and coffee in the room. There's no maid or room service but having a kitchen and nearby shops more than makes up for it.

There is a pretty patio and bikes to borrow.

The hotel is located a mile from the waterfront hotels and convention center but an easy walk, particularly given San Diego's perfect weather.

The owners live in the building and are welcoming and helpful but not intrusive. Linda gave me a ride to the airport - what could be nicer.

The only downside for some would be that it lacks the amazing water views that the big hotels have.

Other than that - perfection. A nice break from sterile hotels.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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eugene
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We spent a week at Mudville flats. Everything was just perfect; the comfortable bed, the garden, the decorations. The location was close to public transportation and to the gas lamp district with its wonderful restaurants. The best thing about our stay was our hosts. We arrived late and Linda brought us some yogurt for our breakfast. We left on a 6am train and Linda insisted on driving us to the Amtrak station..

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Mudville Flats for our honeymoon and it was a home-run of a choice. The rooms are beautiful, and each one has recently installed easy to use temperature controls so that you're not subject to the whims of the management. Mike and Linda were friendly, welcoming, and very helpful. Although not in a beautiful area of town, this is a terrific location for getting around to all of the attractions of the downtown area and beyond; it's easy access to I-5 and other major highways without being right on top of them. Although on Trip Advisor Mudville Flats falls in the "Bed & Breakfast" category, there is actually no breakfast. What there is instead is a full kitchen in each flat with 3 grocery stores in a 10 minute walk and lots of restaurants. This is actually a great set-up because it allows you maximum breakfast flexibility - you can have what you want, when you want it, where you want it, wearing whatever you want. There are parking spots in a garage across the street which come with the room - you should get a compact car if you can because one of the spots is meant for a compact car. If you can't, then tell Mike and Linda as soon as you can, so you can get the larger parking spot if possible. The building itself is a historic building, meaning that the original bathtubs are there - not large enough for an adult to take a bath, but easy to control the temperature for a shower using the two knobs. Mudville Flats provides easy access to the Gaslamp District without being right on top of it, so you don't have to deal with the noise. The same is true of Petco Park (baseball stadium), which has a nice park you can walk through even when it's the off season. The back has a gorgeous patio which attracts hummingbirds; there are also bikes there which you can ride for free down to the ferry to Coronado Island. Mudville Flats does not have an impersonal check-in desk, but rather Linda or Mike will go with you to your room to show you how everything works and where everything is in the building. Maps are in the room, and Mike and Linda are available by phone at any time for anything that comes up. When asked, they also provide great advice about any type of food you might want to find and the best way to get there. The rooms are very spacious, with a bedroom, kitchenette, and large living room. The beds themselves are also very large and comfortable. Mike and Linda are also quick to respond to e-mailed inquiries in advance of arrival. If you bring DVDs (though they have some upstairs), they can hook a DVD player up to the large TV in each room - much better than watching on a computer screen. There are not a huge number of outlets around, but how many things do you need to plug in at once? Finally, though it may seem like a small thing, not only do they provide you with beach towels, but the bath towels are very comfortable. Is Mudville Flats perfect? No. No place is. But it's about as close as you can hope to get.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 747 Tenth Ave., C, San Diego, CA 92101
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the action Mudville Flats features century old charm built in the Classic California Craftsman style in 1905. Each Flat is its own large luxury apartment complete with a full size kitchen,heavenly California King size bed and full living rooms with comfortable high end furnishings. Mudville Flats provides free wi-fi,secure underground parking, 42"Hi-def lcd flat screen TV. Walking distance to all major city attractions, the Convention Center,Petco Park,Gaslamp Quarter,Harbor, Balboa Park,Little Italy.24 on-site concierge service. ... more   less 
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Mudville Flats Hotel San Diego

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