Since we fly standby last minute, most hotels were either full or outrageously overpiced. First time going to san diego, so it was a shocker to find most hotels charging guests parking fees. I understand that downtown hotels are limited in space so they charge, but even other chains do as well. Most rooms in san diego are 3 occupants max. We were a family of 4 (2 young toddlers).
That being said, I booked a room here since I have always wanted to try an ayres if in california. Ayres is a family chain so I was expecting more hospitality than bigger chains. The other reasons were free parking and breakfast. With most other hotels, you may pay close to $200 a night and at least $20 night parking fee, so I thought a 30 min drive to this hotel was alright and typical. But since this was a weekend trip, the driving back and forth to the san diego zoo and la jolla beach was longer than expected especially with young kids. This motel/inn is not representative of the other locations..(at least I hope not). My friend stayed in anaheim and said how elegant is was, so I was expecting something like what she told me. But is not what I expected.
My husband took awhile for check in since the lady was doing multi task. There was only one person as we checkin at 9pm.
It is mainly a motel with 2 floors exterior access. No nice lobby with fireplace like pictured.. The room was decent with wood furnishing and 2 queen not a double like other places. The beds were soft so that was a plus. There is good size mini frige. It is has a shuttle to nearby casino so they may cater to casino goers. Breakfast was in a tiny room next to checkin lobby with just cold cereal, bagel, danish, milk. There is a toaster and microwave so that would came handy later when I need to heat something for the kids. There is 1 computer for internet with 15 minutes limit and you can print.
I was disappointed in the area being so far away from san diego attractions. But, I knew this before hand. I just did not expect there was nothing around this area to do.
There is a rite aid around the corner to buy some water and milk and a carls jr fast food right next door.
The room itself was nicer than the typical holiday inn. So, if you are not planning to go to SD zoo or other attractions then this motel would suffice. The room price was $113 with AAA. So, for free parking, cold breakfast, internet, fridge.. the savings may be worth it. So if I were able to reserve a room in advance and not flying standy, checkout balboa park inn since it looked alright as we drove past it on our way to the zoo. I wanted to stay there but it was sold out. it is also an inn with same perks and decent rate but closer to attractions. I will still try another ayres if I were to visit california...maybe anaheim or newport beach. Complimentary parking, breakfast, and comfortable queens beds is what I like about this chain. Just not this first experience with ayres inn. Hope this helps!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of Alpine, California, just east of San Diego, lies a unique, rustic getaway destination that combines the comforts and conveniences of home with the warm hospitality you’ve come to expect from the Ayres name. All of the luxurious guest rooms at Ayres Lodge Alpine are impeccably appointed with a full suite of complimentary amenities including our signature double pillow top beds, flat screen TV’s, coffeemakers,well lit work desks and Wifi, iHomes, hairdryers, curved shower rods,and hookless shower curtains. And every morning you will start your day right with our complimentary extended continental breakfast. The outdoor lover’s paradise awaits at Ayres Lodge Alpine. Only minutes from the Cleveland National Forest the Ayres Lodge Alpine is where you can enjoy close by outdoor adventures such as boating, fishing, hiking, or horseback riding. For quaint hometown culture, explore nearby Julian, CA for wine tasting, antique shopping, and apple picking. If the outdoors do not appeal to you, spend your time indoors at the famous Viejas Casino and Outlet Mall. Not too far from San Diego, the Ayres Lodge Alpine offers an alternative lodging solution for those visiting the busy tourist attractions of the city. San Diego attractions include Seaworld, the San Diego Zoo, Legoland, the Gaslamp entertainment district, Mission Bay, Historic Old Town San Diego, and the San Diego Wild Animal Park. For a location that is convenient to outdoor and indoor entertainment, be sure to stay at the Ayres Lodge in the beautiful mountain community of Alpine. ... more less
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