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“Bit of a tight squeeze” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo

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Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   17065 W. Bernardo Dr., San Diego, CA 92127 (Formerly Holiday Inn San Diego-Rancho Bernardo)   |  
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Ranked #155 of 271 Hotels in San Diego
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Fresno, CA
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Bit of a tight squeeze”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We probably would've enjoyed this property more had we visited in the off-season. Instead, we found ourselves battling for space during a busy summer weekend. It was still a good visit, but we were happy to have some elbow room after check-out.

The hotel overall is a good value. The price is right, the staff was very friendly, and the location is right off the I-15. It seems like an older property, but they've done a good job keeping it nice. The rooms are nice enough, but the indoor corridors are a little tight (watch your head with the low ceiling).

In fact, the entire hotel space is a little tight. Breakfast is complimentary, but it's almost more trouble than it's worth on a crowded morning. There's not enough room to sit down, and the breakfast buffet area is incredibly small. Bring your elbow pads.

Compared to the breakfast area, the parking lot is huge. But it's really not. Parking is very tight here, especially in the small underground lot. We spent 10 minutes negotiating with other drivers who were looking for a space before simply parking in the upper lot near Elephant Bar.

That said, we would probably stay here again during a quiet season. It's a decent property with a great staff that's doing its best. During the summer, however, you can surely find similar hotels with a little more space.

Room Tip: Park in the upper lot near Elephant Bar.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear 56waldorf,

Thank you for staying with us and providing us with your valuable feedback. We certainly do our utmost to make your stay comfortable and pleasant, so we are very pleased to note that you were satisfied with the level of service, facilities and the location of the hotel. The feedback we receive from our valued guests, like you, enables us to improve and continually provide the best experience possible.

Once again, thank you for your feedback and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back again very soon.

Sincerely,

Janice A
Case Manager
IHGCare
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Very friendly and quick check in. Nice, newer room with many amenities like free bottled water and plenty of towels, etc. Outdoor pool and hot tub. Elephant Bar restaurant next door has excellent food and happy hour. Golden Spoon yogurt is also very good and less than a mile away. Nice breakfast bar with many choices and lots of seating. We got a great deal on hotwire.com ... $87 a night and usual price was $189! Well worth it! Not far from the beach and downtown San Diego. Will come again in January!

Room Tip: There are doors near all sections of the hotel. I like that card entry is required everywhere... nic...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

We stayed her for 2 nights in August. The staff are all very friendly and polite. The rooms are great. It looks like they are newly renovated, and so feel fresh and clean. Breakfast is great. Hot food, pancakes etc..
The only downside is that is has very much a Motel feel to it. Although the rooms are great, the corridors and the doors are a bit tired looking. It also has the typical motel, swimming pool in the parking lot!!
Non of that was a problem and didn't hinder our stay, I just think its a bit overpriced, for what was not much more than a motel.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed here for a few nights. The location is not that pretty, but the room was great. I'm not usually comfortable in hotels, but I found the room to be very clean, comfortable and up-to-date. The hotel is in a nice neighborhood, but the hotel area itself was a little scary - I didn't like going to the car by myself at night. It's steps to a gas station where you can buy snacks, and a few more steps to the Elephant Bar where you can get great happy hour deals on cocktails and food. So, overall, it's a nice place to stay. Kind of far from San Diego attractions, though, except for the Safari Park. Oh, and the rooms have refrigerators and balconies, if you need those. And if you have the AC on (central, not window), you won't hear any outside noises at all.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

My wife, granddaughter and my myself stay at this hotel. This hotel has three building which are two stories high. The rooms are spacious and the bathroom is very clean and customer service is a plus. They have a great breakfast bar and also fresh fruits. Beaches are 10 to 15 minutes from this location. The pool is nice and relaxing and most important clean.

  • Stayed July 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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Danielle H, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to having the opportunity to have you as our guest again soon! The weather is always nice here, so don't wait for the Summer time to come back!
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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

I stayed here for one night. There is a little far from the downtown and the beaches but is a good place to stay. I liked the breakfast buffet and the pool to get refreshed! They have comfortable rooms and a good bath tube to rest. It could be more clean.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Schaumburg, Illinois, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Typical Holiday Inn Express with breakfast, good for the price. My room was clean, but a bit noisy, because of the air-con, as well as facing the restaurant/gas station. I don't hear much from the nearby highway. During my stay there were a big group of teens, so it was a bit noisy along the hall way, and a bit messy in the public restrooms. Staff are nice and friendly. Easy access to the freeway.

Room Tip: I had a room facing the gas station, a bit noisy, maybe other rooms are better.
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Green Features: A lot of foam plate and plastic forks/spoons were used in the breakfast, maybe we can use some biodegradable ones, or reusable ones.
  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 17065 W. Bernardo Dr., San Diego, CA 92127 (Formerly Holiday Inn San Diego-Rancho Bernardo)
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#35 Green Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo 3*
Number of rooms: 178
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn San Diego-Rancho Bernardo is nestled in a beautiful valley surrounded by majestic hills, and is recognized for its golf courses and wineries.Rooms available for local tournaments: San Diego Open, NJB Tournament, PQ Premier, Triple Crown, & Hotspurs.The hotel offers many amenities for the business and vacation traveler at affordable prices. Our exclusively designed rooms and facilities include a host of functional features: convenient location, spacious and business-friendly guest rooms, free wireless high-speed Internet, complimentary hotel shuttle to offices within 5 miles Mon-Fri, complimentary business center services, full service Elephant Bar & Restaurant and Lounge, room service, hot breakfast buffet daily, complimentary parking, complimentary fitness center, same day valet/laundry service, outdoor heated pool and spa, in room coffee makers, two-line phones, large work stations, refrigerators and microwaves in all rooms. We are the closest full service hotel to the San Diego Wild Animal Park in the area. Local companies include: Hewlett-Packard, Sony, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, NCR, BAE Systems, Pulse Engineering, Masco, Caterpillar/Hawthorne Machinery, Laserink, Cymer, Kodak, Zarlink Semiconductors, & Sumitomo Electric Inc. ... more   less 
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