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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Mudville Flats Hotel San Diego