This hotel was everything I look for and appreciate in a place away from home. First, it was very clean and very well maintained. The pool was sparkling, the bathroom was spotless, and the beds were pristine. Second, there were wonderful little extra “touches”—options for soft or firm pillows, for example. Third, the free breakfast was actually breakfast! Not the sugary, carbo-laden “continental breakfasts” you may be used to. The breakfast choices here were hot eggs and meat (either bacon or sausage), pancakes, toast, bagels, etc., cold cereal or hot biscuits and gravy, yogurt, juice, coffee that was actually pretty good (and as a regular Starbucks coffee drinker, I’m kind of picky!)—you get the idea. Basically, you don’t have to go get breakfast and spend a fortune. Fourth, the price. You simply won’t find the quality of this hotel for the price anywhere else in the area. And the location is convenient to so many great places and activities—it’s 10 seconds from the entrance to the 5! You want to go to the beach? Check—it’s a half mile down the road. Golf? Check. There are plenty of courses just minutes away. Shopping? Check! Aquarium, Legoland, Sea World? Check, check, check. You’re basically minutes away from anywhere you come to San Diego for! And unique about this hotel was its “bed and breakfast” feel, where guests were friendly and talking to one another in the “kitchen,” but with the privacy of a hotel. Last, but far from least is the staff. Andrew, the manager, Edilie, Marcel, Marlon and Hollie at the front desk, Javier manning the breakfast area, and the cleaning crew were all fabulous!! They helped me out of a jam twice while I was there, which was so amazing and refreshing! Thank you for making my stay so enjoyable!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you are looking for hotels near San Diego, make sure you check out our property located right off I-5 at exit 40. We are located less than a half-mile from the beach, and we provide our guests with the best in quality amenities, making us the smart choice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area Hotel Cardiff By The Sea