At first glance, this looks like (and probably is) a re-born hotel from the early 1960's. The exterior looks dated and while the interior has had an update, it could still use some work. You won't find fancy accommodations here. But it was clean and comfortable, no complaints there. At first I wanted to give a two star rating but it does have some real bonus features. It's on Cortez Hill and there's a nice patio area in the back with a view of downtown San Diego. You can sort of see the bay too. Ask for a south-facing balcony room, you'll get the best view. This is the only HI Express I've stayed at that had room service. I didn't order but my coworker did and she was very happy with her meal. If you knew her, you'd be impressed too! Check out Sole Lune Cafe across the street, I really liked it. It's close to the airport, which I always like too. The parking garage is difficult to negotiate but I managed OK. Worth a shot if you're on a budget. Staff was nice too and they had a free happy hour, beer, wine and soft drinks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is our pleasure to welcome you to the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown. This 100% non-smoking hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of America s finest city. San Diego s most popular attractions are within minutes. With our staff's dedication to customer service, the San Diego Holiday Inn Express is a popular choice amongst all visitors.The hotel is within walking distance to the Gaslamp Quarter. For your convenience, take our free shuttle to the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Cruise Ship Terminal, and the San Diego Airport. Enjoy our complimentary hot new breakfast bar featuring fluffy scrambled eggs or cheese omelets, bacon, sausage patties, flaky biscuits, and sausage gravy. The hotel offers free WiFi Internet access, refrigerators in all rooms, and a free business center with three dedicated computers. The hotel is two blocks from the San Diego Trolley which will take you to Qualcomm Stadium in less than 10 minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown Hotel San Diego
- Holiday Inn San Diego
- San Diego Holiday Inn