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Marina Inn and Suites
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   1943 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101   |  
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Ranked #215 of 269 hotels in San Diego
Scranton, PA
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“Excellent budget choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2011

You never know what to expect from a local budget hotel, but I was VERY pleased with my stay at the Marina Inn while in San Diego while attending a conference. The front desk staff were great, the free breakfast was a nice plus, the room was really above my expectations, and the location was wonderful. I had no problems with traffic/train noise as some others here did- maybe because I always run the fan or my white noise machine when I travel anyway. I would most definitely stay here again and would highly recommend it to others who are looking for a great, inexpensive place to stay while in San Diego.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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GuestRelationsDept, Guest Relations Manager at Marina Inn and Suites, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience. We’re so happy to hear that you had a great time at our hotel! Our staff strives to provide each guest with exceptional customer service and clean rooms. We’re also glad to hear you enjoyed our delicious free breakfast and the convenience of our location. We look forward to seeing you again!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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Brighton, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2011

The rooms were very clean, good TV channels, and John the manager was really excellent. Lots of good recommendations and includes a breakfast!

Great for those with a hire car and on a budget.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GuestRelationsDept, Guest Relations Manager at Marina Inn and Suites, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
hank you very much for your review. As you mentioned, we are a great hotel that is very affordable. We offer exceptional customer service and our rooms are very clean and taken care of. Our staff will always go out of their way to make sure each guest has an amazing experience. Thanks again for your comments and we hope to see you again!
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Goose Creek, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2011

Exterior of hotel is very dated; however, rooms have been nicely updated (new carpet, new furniture with granite countertops, and well appointed.) My room had a small refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. The bathroom was updated with a granite countertop, new fixtures, and new tile floor.

The included continental breakfast is acceptable...but not much variety--cereal, oatmeal, boiled eggs, baked goods, orange juice, coffee, and fruit (apples and oranges.)

The hotel location is great. Most rooms have views of the San Diego bay and a trolley station is one block away.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GuestRelationsDept, Guest Relations Manager at Marina Inn and Suites, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time off your busy schedule to share you experience with us. It is with great delight to know that you have had an enjoyable stay with us. As you mentioned, we have renovated and remodeled most of our rooms for the comfort of each guest, it is our goal to have each guest enjoy the night in a clean and pleasant room with different amenities.

Also, our location/view is amazing, we’re glad you got to experience that. We look forward to having you again on your next trip to sunny San Diego!
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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2010

This was the first time my family stayed near the San Diego Airport, and we chose the Marina Inn after review the review in the AAA book. We were very happy with the location, and the many restaurants within walking distance (a Denny's one block north, a really good mexican restaurant two blocks south, and all of Little Italy two blocks east).

We had wanted a family suite with a king bed, but the first night we stayed, all that was available was two queens with a bunk bed for our son. After that night, we were able to switch to a room with the beds that we preferred, and all was good.

When we requested additional furnishings (an extra chair and towel), they were very quickly provided. Absolutely no complaints about the service.

The only thing that was less than ideal was the sound of the airplanes landing (every few minutes). Because the airport is so close by, though, there's really nothing they could do about that.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2010

We looked at the hotel as a cheap option near to the downtown and harbour areas. In that respect it is great. We were able to park the car up and leave it for free in the hotel car park until we left three days later.

The rooms are fairly standard motel style and had the basics you would expect – TV, coffee maker, safe, drawer space, etc. There was only a shower and whilst it was good to see an abundance of quality toiletries, it does need to be said that the towels were dire!

Breakfast is collected each morning from the small reception area and taken back to your room. This includes orange juice, hot drinks, cereals, fruits, eggs and muffins. Nothing fantastic but included in your room tariff and enough to put you on until lunchtime.

Reception staff were friendly and helpful (especially John) providing advice and maps of the area and answering questions as we needed.

For some the noise may be an issue. Probably to be avoided if you are a light sleeper. There is an intersection right outside the hotel, planes fly virtually overhead on their approach to the airport (although those taking off are perhaps more noisy) and a train line runs close to the back of the hotel – listen out for the train’s horn around 07.00! In a way this is the price to be paid for the location – there are couple of other motels close by and they would have the same issues.

The good points on the location is that downtown is a 15 minute walk, Little Italy just round the corner, 5-10 minutes walk to the harbourside, Maritime Museum and Cruise Terminal and the nearest trolley stop is just a couple of blocks away. We felt safe walking at night although there were one or two panhandlers in the area.

All in all, it fulfilled our requirements. Would we stay here again? Well we would definitely visit San Diego which is a delightful city. The Marina Inn and Suites would be a good option if you keep your expectations fairly low, want to be close to Downtown and/or the harbour and don’t mind the ongoing noise.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2010

Front desk people were excellent: polite, knowledgeable, supportive, etc. They were the way you want desk people be. The girl's names was Nisha; I am not sure about the boy's name, maybe Jeff?
I see only two disadvantages of this hotel: in some rooms you have a lot of road noise, and in some rooms there is not much of day light. But for a short stay it is well compensated by the location, service, cleanliness, and value.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2010

I have vacationed here over the last two years and i have stay here and i dont have any complaints really and all the employees are really helpfull and have never been rude to me like at some other places. The location is good and the airport is across the street so some people dont like the noise but its not too bad the times ive stayed there. Overall i really enjoyed my stay and the rooms are always clean and neat and not dirty at all which is very important to me. I became friends with John who tends to be there on the weekends when i would stay there and he was a really good worker and helped us even when he didnt have to and even gave me some tickets for a comedy show which was great. Appreciated the help from him and all the staff. Thank you!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1943 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#86 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Marina Inn and Suites 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great location and friendly service! Just blocks from the Gaslamp, shopping, and San Diego Airport. Our amenities include, but are not limited to, Free Breakfast, In-room coffee, Microwave and Refrigerator available, and Swimming Pool. Sea World and Zoo Savings Packages are available. Great value visit us soon! ... more   less 
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