This "resort" is adequate at best. It is located in the middle of Hotel Circle and, as an older facility, is less pricey than many. The pluses: The room was clean and the firm bed was satisfactory to one of the two of us. The other had`backaches. The pillows were flat. The room had a safe and hair dryer but no refrigerator.The shower was clean but relatively low pressure, and if you are not used to San Diego water, beware: It is sulfurous and hard, so trying to shampoo is a laugh riot.
We stayed in Building 6, up the hill from the road. Street noises were not bad, but it was very easy to hear conversations in adjoining rooms. The grounds were quite nice, except for the sidewalks and stairs to the second-floor rooms. They all were filthy and badly stained, crying out for a pressure wash. That alone would improve the appearance of the whole property and`eliminate the feeling that no matter what, you would not want to walk barefoot..
There is a nice pool and whirlpool, the "heated" pool seemingly heated not at all and the whirlpool really, really hot. If they were to give three degrees of whirlpool temperature to the swimming pool, they would win a lot of friends. The pool is deep enough to dive into so people with little kids should watch them. The hotel advises guests to get pool towels at the pool, so I tried, but they were out of them. The front desk said they would get more, but none showed up an hour later, necessitating a trip back to my room.
Other inconveniences: The lobby computer internet was down for all of the Labor Day weekend, and the front desk said they would not be able to get anyone in to make the repair until Tuesday. This forced us to go to an Internet store to get our airline boarding passes. The ice machine works using your hotel room door card, but when I tried to use it, the machine delivered no ice. The front desk sent me to the hotel restaurant, which provided ice.
Speaking of the restaurant, it is one of the bright spots here. The food is pretty good and the service exceptional. Some of the specials looks really good, and at reasonable cost. Another plus is a convenience/package store located next to the restaurant.
The front desk staff was uniformly young, friendly and clueless. Three times I went in to ask tourist-type questions and all three times, I got the impression that their knowledge of the area was limited almost entirely to the standard tourist places. For example, I asked about seafood restaurants, and the guy recommended Anthony's downtown, perhaps the best-known seafood place in SD. I asked if he knew of anything that was perhaps a bit less expensive, and the best he could come up with was King's, a good but expensive chain restaurant. No help at all.
So here's the deal: There is nothing very wrong with this place if what you want is sleeping accommodations. I got it for under $100 a night on Labor Day weekend, and in the ridiculously overpriced San Diego hotel market, that's not bad. I just feel that, with all the little annoyances, there must be better out there.
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