When I read the other reviews I was a bit skeptical but there was no cause for it. This place is lovely. I travel to San Diego for business fairly regularly and I would definitely stay here again. If you get booked in a room it would be remodeled as they are half done and the suites not complete are gutted so you couldn’t stay there anyway. The staff is friendly and helpful. Parking is $15 a night but we were there for 5 days and 4 nights and never had an issue finding street parking either on Spruce or very close by. The location was good too. Close to the airport (about 10 minutes) and lots of places where you can walk to eat. I tried Hash House A Go Go that everyone raves about that is about 4 blocks away and I thought it was just okay. Not sure what the excitement is about.
The room at this hotel is spectacular. Well-appointed and I loved the décor. We had a studio and it was quite roomy. The sofa has got to be at least 8 feet in length – I’ve never seen a larger sofa and it was crazy comfortable which you don’t often find in a hotel. They had a flat screen TV that I thought at first was in a weird location on the wall but it actually swivels nicely to either the bed or the sofa. There’s a little kitchen with the prerequisite stove top, refrigerator (a quiet one), coffee pot etc. Since they are indeed in the midst of remodeling the stove didn’t work but it was only a mild inconvenience. There’s a table with 2 very comfortable chairs in our unit and it’s close to the window that I could open and get a nice breeze.
The bathroom was well stocked with fresh linens and soaps. I didn’t like the shampoo and lotion options but it may just be a personal preference. I loved the fact they had a magnified mirror in the bathroom which made it easier to apply makeup. They also had all kinds of shelves to store your things. I didn’t like that I had to reach into the shower to turn it on then jump back as to not get wet while the water was heating. I see that a lot and I think it’s a serious design flaw. The other thing was the towels. While white and fluffy they felt on my skin as though they had not been washed right out of the package since they were new. So I found myself not reusing them so I could get something softer and on occasion I did. There’s also what I would call a dressing room with a place to hang things and a dresser with lots of drawers. The bed was comfy with fresh white linens and plenty of pillows.
No fitness center which I hated. I know I could have worked out at a place nearby but I wanted an in-hotel option.
So a few people mentioned the noise so I’ll address that too. True the place currently doesn’t have air conditioning but honestly if they had it I wouldn’t have used it. Plenty of breezes coming in thru the open windows and the ceiling fan made it plenty comfortable. In the evenings I even used a blanket. So with the windows open could you hear the cars going by and an occasional ambulance? Sure. Was it an issue? I don’t think so. If you live in the boonies somewhere where it’s quiet and you can only hear the crickets sing it might bother you. But I just felt it was not noticeable most of the time. I worked during the day on the kitchen table and I never once heard construction in or out of the hotel. It didn’t wake me and I had no issues sleeping with the windows open. If you’re a light sleeper then you may want to think about it and stay somewhere well distanced from the traffic – like maybe Iowa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the edge of Balboa Park and walking distance to the San Diego Zoo and the Old Globe Theatre it is a desirable starting point for your journey in this amazing city. When you stay with us make sure to try onsite dinning at our popular local restaurants, Inn at the Park Restaurant & Piano Bar and Top of the Park Penthouse Restaurant. At the Inn at the Park Restaurant you can experience creative Regional American Cuisine with a Southern California influence in an atmosphere reminiscent of a historic coastal inn. And when head up to the 7th floor Top of the Park Penthouse Restaurant you are served up San Diego's best panoramic views of the city, plus an extensive lunch menu featuring three daily signature quiche dishes and innovative salads. It also provides the perfect venue for weddings, events and meetings. Come see for yourself why Inn at the Park hotel is the perfect destination for your next California getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At The Park Hotel San Diego
- Park Manor Hotel
- Park Manor San Diego