Pleasant location across the road from a boardwalk along the bay, running past a sport-fishing marina. Original low-rise building with two slightly higher additions behind it; treed grounds, nice pool area, good views of the bay from upper-level rooms; restaurant with great breakfast values (and be sure to ask for the complimentary continental breakfast offer, when you book; it can easily get you a good non-continental breakfast, as the breakfast coupons have a high turn-in value). Comfortable rooms and friendly (but not highly knowledgeable) staff. Five minutes from the airport, free shuttle (though you must ask the hotel ahead of time how to access it; the airport hotel information board does not list it). The area--not downtown, not the beaches, etc.--would be great for vacationers with cars and a variety of interests, as every attraction is an easy drive away in a different direction, without heavy traffic; but for those without cars all sites are at a distance and the transit system, except to downtown, inevitably involves waiting times and transfers, and on weekends the nearby bus line doesn't run. (You can take a shuttle to the airport and then a bus from the airport to downtown.) A transit day pass is $5. The front desk has lots of printed information on transit, local walks, etc., but is oddly reluctant to hand it out; persist with questions in order to get it. There is no handout on local shops, restaurants, etc.; and staff do not tell you about them; but in fact there are several pleasant eating places along the boardwalk, and also a nearby shopping plaza with all of the usual (for such plazas) shops and restaurants. The poolside bar unhappily does not open until 4 or 5 pm, for food or drink, though perhaps this was because we were there in the off-season (October). You can buy a sandwich elsewhere (e.g. at the gift shop, which has a great array of items and is open most of the time--though no one tells you, even if you ask, that it has actual food, not just snacks) and eat it beside the pool. Popular for groups holding meetings, with good meeting/hospitality rooms, but the groups in no way overwhelm the place. Nicely away from over-touristed locales. Warning: a huge addition is now being built, next door to the original buildings, and this may greatly change the present low-key and relaxed atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fronting beautiful San Diego Bay, the Holiday Inn Bayside is located in the newly redeveloped Point Loma area, in walking distance of over a dozen restaurants, sport fishing & whale watching marina, scenic walking paths along the San Diego Bay, and Liberty Station. It is conveniently located only one mile from the San Diego Airport and four miles to the Gaslamp Quarter and Convention Center. Our bay view meeting rooms and outdoor tropical courtyard venues provide the ideal setting for your next meeting in San Diego, along with a service culture that guarantees your event to be a big success.Visit Sea World San Diego, only 5 minutes away; San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village & Old Town are ten minutes away. Liberty Station Conference Center and NTC Promenade are within two miles. The San Diego Convention Center is a convenient 5 mile drive along the San Diego Bay. The Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside is near many sporting events in San Diego, including: Charity Cup; Pegasus Cup; Hotspurs Cup; Red Bull Air Races; San Diego Padres, & San Diego Chargers. In San Diego on business? We are close to: Northrop Grumman; Lockheed Martin; General Dynamics; SPAWAR; Point Loma Naval Base; ASW; Admiral Kidd Club; 32nd St Naval Station; FITCPAC; BAE; Boeing; ComNavBase; L-3 Communications; MCRD & Sheraton Harbor Island. Located 3 miles from the San Diego Cruise Terminal, we offer packages with long-term parking & complimentary transportation to the San Diego Cruise Ship Terminal. The Cruise Terminal services the following cruise lines: Royal Caribbean; Princess; Carnival; Celebrity; Holland America; & Norwegian. We look forward to being your home away from home when you visit San Diego. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn San Diego-Bayside Hotel San Diego
- San Diego Holiday Inn