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“No great, but cheapish!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Vagabond Inn San Diego (Hotel Circle)

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Vagabond Inn San Diego (Hotel Circle)
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   625 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108 (Mission Valley / Hotel Circle)   |  
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Ranked #185 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
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“No great, but cheapish!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

The room was kind of clean but had a VERY strong smell of dogs. Generally below average but ok for a overnight stay if you're not too fussy. Would consider staying again if the price was right. Breakfast was free and just about better than nothing.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GuestRelationsDept, Guest Relations Manager at Vagabond Inn San Diego (Hotel Circle), responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you for your feedback regarding your stay with us.We are sorry to hear that your room smelled heavily of pets. Although we are a pet friendly hotel, there are no reasons why the rooms should smell as such. We have brought this issue to our housekeeping department to correct this issue.
We appreciate your future considerations in allowing us to provide service to you during your travel needs in San Diego. Please feel free to give us a call when in town. 1 (800) 571-2933.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We stayed for 9 nights with a room with a sole queen bed in it. The room used to be joined to the room beside it and the old adjoining door space was boarded up with thick cardboard, but not thick enough as we could hear next door's music and tv blaring into the night. Our room was really basic, no table or chairs, but it was clean enough and the maids came every day. Breakfast was a bit disappointing, I don't know many people who would want to eat waffles every day of their holiday, but we saved some money by not having to buy breakfast every morning which was something. The staff were like chalk and cheese. The guy who works T night is very nice, however the guy on during the day is a bit of offish. Don't think we would be back if we were ever back in San Fiego..

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GuestRelationsDept, Guest Relations Manager at Vagabond Inn San Diego (Hotel Circle), responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you for taking time out and posting a review. It is with regret to hear that your stay was only of an average one, as we strive for your stay to be more.
I am sorry that you experienced different personalities from our desk clerks. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you for bringing this to our attention to further correct this issue.
It is our hope that you allow us to provide the quality service we strive for during your next stay in San Diego. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and/or comments you may have.

Ida Williams
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Mountain View, California
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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GuestRelationsDept, Guest Relations Manager at Vagabond Inn San Diego (Hotel Circle), responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you for posting a review. We're happy to know your stay was a memorable one.
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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

I searched for a hotel using kayak and from there went to the Vagabond Inn's website to get the best deal possible. We had a King bed room with a whirlpool tub. The room was excellent and very upscale for the price of our stay. I've stayed in hotels in the past and paid 3 times the amount per night with less amenities/features and space. Our room cost only $106.45 for the night and that was with taxes and fees. The only thing that was disappointing for our trip is the amount of a hold they placed our our credit card for the night. I booked the room on a
Sunday for a Monday arrival. When we checked in on Monday they said they were billing our credit credit for the cost of the room plus $200 for incidentals. When we checked out on Tuesday they actually billed the room at that time; which left our credit card tied up with over $400 for a 1 night stay at this hotel. On our paperwork for our confirmation it didn't say anywhere about the additional fees. They released the hold of $200 plus the hold they placed on Monday for the room charges when we checked out. From there though, we needed to wait for our financial institution to release the funds. Overall the hotel was super clean, the staff was nice and the room was a good price. Just be prepared to temporarily spend more then you planned for your hotel room.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Ida W, Guest Relations Manager at Vagabond Inn San Diego (Hotel Circle), responded to this review, September 17, 2012
Thank you for taking time in giving us your feedback regarding your stay. It's great to know you were able to enjoy our Jacuzzi suite at the discounted online rate. It is unfortunate that the internet booking sites do not disclose our policies we have set forth for this property, however, the security deposit is only used for incidentals. To obtain this hold, unavailable funds are taken at the time of registration, which later is voided at check out, given there were no extra charges to the account. I am sorry this incurred inconveniences during your travels. Should you need any assistance in speeding up the process of releasing these funds with your financial institute, please feel free to give me a call.

Ida Williams
(619) 297-1691 ext 302
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Long Beach, California
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I come here for business on a regular basis, and I'm happy I chose The Vagabond. I will continue to give them my business, because they do everything the right way. From the staff to the rooms. Maybe a slight upgrade on the breakfast, but not much. Also, the two pools come in handy. If one pool is crowded, just walk to the other side of the property and the other is not.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Ida W, Guest Relations Manager at Vagabond Inn San Diego (Hotel Circle), responded to this review, September 17, 2012
Thank you for your comments. I am happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. We would love to have you stay with us on your next trip to San Diego.
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Trondheim, Norway
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4 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Our room was clean and fairly spacious, and the hotel's two pools looked nice ven though we didn't spend any time there. We arrived quite late at night to a very warm room, but since the AC was so noisy we had to turn it off to be able to sleep, so it stayed warm the whole first night. We had a non smoking room, but it didn't make much difference as long as other people were smoking outside, the smoke seeping into our room. The breakfast was very basic with coffee, waffles and fruit, but it was more than you would get at most hotels. I wouldn't mind staying there again, but I wouldn't mind looking for alternative places to stay either.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ida W, Guest Relations Manager at Vagabond Inn San Diego (Hotel Circle), responded to this review, August 29, 2012
I am happy to hear you were able to enjoy our spacious rooms, breakfast and the scenery of our pools. I am sorry to hear the a/c was of disturbance to you during your stay, which resulted in a warm room at night. Please know we do our best to fix any issues prior to a guest's arrival; so to hear this had a hindering affect on your stay is regretting. I am also sorry to hear that other guests were smoking nearby your room to have the smoke travel and cause another inconvenience. With your feedback, I have forwarded a request to see what can be done with cases as such.
As you can see, your feedback is greatly appreciated and Thank You for your time in posting a review.
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Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

minus: loud noise from the highway; breakfast disappointing (waffles and packed, sweetened cereal and weak coffee); rooms could need some polishing
plus: free parking and free wifi, two small pools; on Hotel Circle

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ida W, Guest Relations Manager at Vagabond Inn San Diego (Hotel Circle), responded to this review, August 23, 2012
Thank you for your time in posting a review regarding your stay with us.
With our breakfast area being a limited space, we believe we have chosen the best selection to offer variety for all age groups. Breakfast choices to include Belgian Waffles, oatmeal(original & variety of flavors), cereal (un-sweetened and sweetened), hard boiled eggs, fruit, coffee, juice and tea. I too am an avid coffee drinker, and in need of stronger quality coffee than original house brew. With this being said, a Starbucks location is within walking distance from the hotel.
I am sorry that our rooms did not meet to your standard. We do our best to keep our rooms updated to satisfy each guest's needs during their travel.
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Address: 625 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108
Location: United States > California > San Diego > Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#77 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#77 Family Hotel in San Diego
#92 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Vagabond Inn San Diego (Hotel Circle) 2*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy SD with our newly renovated rooms. Located near the main attractions; Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Gaslamp District, Balboa Park, You named. Our friendly staff will make you and your families feel like your home. We hope you join us soon! ... more   less 
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