If you're traveling for any length of time and have the financial wherewithal, a suite is by far your best ticket. And this particular venue hits the bulls eye. Extremely pleasant and helpful staff, nicely manicured grounds, crystal clear pool and spa, and a quiet neighborhood setting made us actually look forward to coming back here after a day of sightseeing. Although situated 15 miles north of downtown, it was just a 20-minute drive. In fact, the only time during the week we saw that was consistently busy was southbound on I-5 or I-805 during afternoon rush hour. Plus the hotel is just a 5-10 minute drive to the beaches at Del Mar and La Jolla, while being easily accessible to other oceanfront communities that dot the coast.
Our suite was particularly nice as it featured a full-size refrigerator, microwave, stove, plus utensils. Cooking, however, was not our first priority (nor should it be on vacation) as it was also a huge benefit to not only have a full hot breakfast daily, but in addition on Monday thru Thursday, free beer and wine was featured between 5-7 p.m. as well as a hot buffet. It rotated between a taco bar, burgers and dogs, lasagna, and chicken teriyaki. All were served buffet-style and amply satisfied our hunger pangs.
The living room area was completely segregated from the sleeping area, giving maximum flexibility to varying sleeping habits. Each had its own TV keeping arguments to a minimum. Bathroom sink sat outside the commode/shower area, one of my favorite designs. And another reason for choosing this site rather than downtown? Free parking!