I booked this hotel because it had a good rate structure compared to downtown San Diego or La Jolla hotels. (I really wanted to stay in La Jolla due to a business meeting, but the hotels there are very expensive.) I found and booked the hotel through the Holiday Inn website.
One day before arrival, I received a disturbing e-mail from Holiday Inn, advising me that the hotel was no longer affiliated with the Intercontinental hotel group. The hotel would still honor my reservation, but I couldn't earn Priority Club points. I didn't know what to think -- was I about to stay in a dive? Should I cancel the reservation? etc. I was in a big hurry to complete some projects in the office before my departure. After a quick call to the hotel to ensure that my 2-room reservation was still valid, I decided to hold my breath and go ahead with the original plan.
The hotel will become a La Quinta sometime around November-December 2011, according to what I was told by the staff. From now until then they will keep the existing bookings made through IC hotels, but for the most part they will have to hustle to fill the hotel. Don't worry. If you are looking for a budget hotel in that general location, you should have a pretty good experience. This hotel isn't a Marriott or a Hyatt, and its attractive rate structure clearly reflects that fact.
Our one-night stay turned out to be pretty good. The hotel is part of a small group of family-owned hotels (about 5 in the group, I believe). I found the front-desk staff to be friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable about the change in chain affiliation and about the other questions that they fielded from other guests and myself.
My room had been recently updated with a huge flat-screen TV (whose sound intermittently cut out, which would have annoyed me greatly if I had spent more time in the room). The bathroom and the room furnishings were pleasant. I didn't use the fridge or the microwave, but those were nice touches. The bed was very comfortable.
I expected noise to be a problem because the hotel is right next to I-5 and a busy road. With the room's fan blowing, I only heard minimal noise, so that turned out not to be a problem. I awoke early to drive to LA. At 6:00 a.m. I could already hear trucks and other vehicles. This wouldn't be the hotel of choice for a leisurely, late-morning type of stay, or if you're a very light sleeper.
The free breakfast buffet was acceptable, exactly what I would expect from a Holiday Inn Express (frankly not my favorite type of breakfast). The warm cinnamon buns were the best item.
Some reviewers have complained about the tight parking garage. To me this was a non-issue. OK, the garage is tight, so what? I have driven extensively in Europe, where space is at a premium. This is no different. If you want, you can park on the nearly deserted street next to the hotel. That's what my colleague and I did when we encountered a full lot after our late dinner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Distinctively different, the Mission Bay Inn San Diego is conveniently located in Pacific Beach, and only 1 mile to Mission Bay Park. The Mission Bay Inn San Diego is also located within 2 miles of Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Downtown, Old Town, San Diego Convention Center, and the University of California - San Diego. New for 2009, we've installed brand new furniture in all of our rooms! Our guest rooms offer all the conveniences of home, including free wireless high speed Internet access, refrigerator and microwave in all rooms, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, 27-inch television with cable and free local calls. To start off the morning right, stop by for our great hot breakfast, served complimentary to all guests in our brand new breakfast area. USA Today is also provided Monday through Friday for your convenience. A brand new fitness room and guest laundry are also available for your convenience. We offer a sparkling heated pool and jacuzzi for your enjoyment. Our professional staff is courteous, friendly, attentive and committed to making your stay fun, comfortable and memorable with quality accommodations and legendary service to exceed your expectations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mission Bay Inn San Diego Hotel San Diego
- San Diego Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn San Diego