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Comfort Inn & Suites Zoo / SeaWorld Area
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2485 Hotel Circle Place, San Diego, CA 92108 (Mission Valley / Hotel Circle)   |  
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Ranked #142 of 268 hotels in San Diego
Placentia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I traveled with my friends to San Diego and decided to stay at this hotel. It was a good choice. We were a little ways from our everything but we were right on the freeway. Minimal noise. Make sure you know they charge you for parking! Overall a great hotel. Will stay here again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We stayed here for our trip to Seaworld and found it very convienient for our needs. the room was clean and large. Breakfast the first morning was a bun fight with too many people and not enough room fo all to get their food and find somewhere to sit and eat it. Unfortunately the pool was out of use whilst we were there. Overall I would stay again as it was good value.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stephanie D, General Manager at Comfort Inn & Suites Zoo / SeaWorld Area, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a trip advisor review. We know your time is valuable and we appreciate your feedback.

We look forward to having you be our guest on your next visit to San Diego.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

I will preface this review by saying that this hotel was our "second choice" for a hotel for our April trip to SeaWorld. We had booked a much more expensive hotel on the waterfront, and then decided that the budget for our little trip was ballooning, so we sought more economical accommodations. I was prepared to be disappointed after getting my heart set on the our first fancy choice, however, this hotel turned out to be a really happy compromise for us!

We booked directly on the hotel website, and were able to get a discount with our BCAA (AAA) card. Our room was a King Suite with bunk beds. It was perfect - two separate sleeping areas (door that closes between) with a TV in each room. The kids bunk room was towards the back of the suite, which is great, because then the parents have access to the bathroom and the door out to the hallway, without having to tiptoe past sleeping kids. The suite was not what I would call "roomy", but it had everything we needed and lots of storage. Also, the fixtures and furnishing looked clean and fairly new. Overall, the room was just great for our 3 night visit.

Here are some things we really liked about this hotel:

1. Location: it was less than 10 minutes by car to SeaWorld, and the route was really easy to navigate - a blessing for us "small town folks" who get a little intimidated driving in big cities.

2. Nearby conveniences: as long as you're OK with eating at "chain" restaurants, there were many choices for dining within about 5 minutes. We went to the Cheesecake Factory one evening and Joe's Crab Shack another. Both times it was less than 15 minutes between the time we left the hotel and the time we were seated.

3. The Pool: I will admit that living in snow for 7 or 8 months of the year means our family goes a bit "ga-ga" every time we see a palm tree or a bird-of-paradise, but to our Canadian eyes the pool was totally lovely! Nothing fancy, but clean, lots of comfy seating, a good-sized hot tub and nice landscaping (including those beloved palm trees!). The pool is shallow on either end and deep in the middle, so smaller kids have two places to play. But note- there's not a "kiddie" area at the pool. Kids who are good swimmers and who are 4 ft. or taller will have the most fun.

4. The Breakfast: offerings included waffles, bagels, English muffins, yogurt, fruit, etc. There was usually one "hot" item each day - on the days we were there they had biscuits and gravy on two of the days, and sausage and hashbrowns the other. If you're like my husband and need protein - they had hard-boiled eggs in the cooler with the yogurt. So basically, the breakfast was super-convenient and had everything we needed to get going in the mornings. (I will confirm what has been mentioned in previous reviews - we definitely noticed that the later it got, the more crowds, noise and disorganization descended upon the breakfast area. This never really bothered us because we were finished and gone before it got too crazy).

5. VALUE: Hmmmm - a clean, pleasant SUITE, in a well-cared-for hotel, in a great location, with lots of parking, a fun pool, complimentary breakfast, nice staff, for less than $150 a night - where do I sign?

Just a bit of extra info - we used some of the money we saved by changing hotels to treat our family to the "Dolphin Encounter" at SeaWorld. We'd do that again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Despite some noise problems described below, the Comfort Inn was definitely a comfortable stay with our large guest room & bathroom. The bed was comfortable. Decent mirrored wardrobes rather than the open hanging space a lot of similar motels have. Not much of a view from our room, just the I-8 freeway and ramps.

BUT, there were a lot of kids – running in the halls playing soccer including the floor above @ 5 in the morning. We found out later that there were several youth soccer teams staying in the hotel. This was over the Thanksgiving weekend. The breakfast room was coping badly with so many attending at the same time. A lot of guests were choosing their selections and taking them back to their rooms. But, the breakfast had a good selection to choose from. Cereal, eggs sausages, bagels, breads, good coffee, juices etc.

Also, hotel staff kept their cool and were very friendly and helpful.

Despite the noise, we would stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This was a very good hotel for family of 4. Easy to find and close to all of the attractions in San Diego and also to the Beaches.
Breakfast was good, although after a week eating the same thing did get a little boring (scramble eggs and sausage or biscuits and gravy) Waffles, toast or danish.
We had a problem with our air conditioner and they moved us to another room right away, excellent service!
Sadly the pool was being repaired and we could not use it, this was a real shame as our children love to swim.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This was a pretty awsome hotel for my family of six. Except the freeway noise that didn't seem to be reduced by the thin walls of the hotel. The room was generous size with two queen beds and a pull out sofa. The breakfast was good except for the fact that it was very crowded and they seemed to always be out of things. The pool was clean and a very comfortable temperature! The staff was pleasant and very helpful.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

My family stayed here for 4 nights. It was really outstanding. I travel A LOT and this is an incredible hotel. Their breakfast one day was so well-laid-out and excellent, I paid the hostess a tip, the first time I'd ever done that--they had fresh pineapple, strawberries, two flavors of waffles, western omelets, and a huge selection of cereals, breads, juices. The family suites are great, with a big, clean and near-new mattress for the king bedroom and a private door for the kids to have their bunk beds, and a large and clean bathroom. The pool and hot tub are outstanding. I found the front-desk staff very responsive to every detail. I would definitely stay at this place again if I were in San Diego. Probably the best thing about this place was that it was 10 minutes from the zoo, 10 minutes to the baseball park, 10 minutes to SeaWorld and about 15 minutes to the beach. Anything we wanted to, we could get there quickly and easily from this hotel. It is across the road from a shopping mall and about 20 good restaurants. And the price is well worth it--even though I used Choice points for my entire stay. This is a very clean, well-managed hotel and it can handle a lot of people. I was very surprised at how quiet the rooms were. The bedding and mattress was excellent, and gave us a great night's sleep.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Stephanie D, General Manager at Comfort Inn & Suites Zoo / SeaWorld Area, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Thank you so much for your comments I will be sure to pass on to all of our TEAM Members how much you enjoyed your stay with us.

We look forward to having you stay with us again on your next visit to San Diego.
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Address: 2485 Hotel Circle Place, San Diego, CA 92108
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#68 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Comfort Inn & Suites Zoo / SeaWorld Area 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether it's for a family vacation, a romantic getaway or when you're traveling on business, you can’t beat the friendly service and comfortable accommodations offered at the Comfort Inn & Suites Zoo/SeaWorld. This Choice Hotels’ Gold Hospitality Award winner offers a convenient location, excellent service and extra amenities, all backed by our Signature Guarantee. -Located on San Diego’s famous Hotel Circle, 5 minutes to SeaWorld, Zoo, Downtown and San Diego’s world-famous beaches -Five minutes from the new Riverwalk Golf Course and Mission and Fashion Valley Malls -Free deluxe breakfast buffet includes an assortment of pastries and muffins, toast, fresh fruit, choice of hot and cold cereals with milk, espresso, coffee, tea and a variety of juices. -Winner of Choice Hotels’ Gold Hospitality Award recognizing exceptional service, facilities and hospitality. ... more   less 
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