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Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido
Ranked #7 of 16 Hotels in Escondido
Irvine, California
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10 reviews
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“Waste of your time and money.”
Reviewed September 28, 2010

So my husband and i stayed here a few weeks ago when we were down for a conference and it was neat and clean and close to where we needed to be. We decided to come to the same place this past weekend so we rebooked this hotel. But this time the experience was horrible.
The room initially looked clean, so i was ok with staying there. BUT::::::
1. There was a rip on the bed sheet that wasn't fixed.
2. There was a blood stain on my husband's pillow and all i could think of was EWWWEEE.
3. During the night, the bed sheets kept coming off the bed, so we had to keep waking up to fix it.
4. On sunday morning at 9 am, there was someone hammering on the wall of the room next door and it was so hard that the mirror in our room started shaking and almost fell to the ground. When my husband went and complained, the guy on duty said "well sir, it's not like it's 6 am".

All i can say is that there is no way on earth that i am ever going back to this place and i'm making sure no one i know will ever go here either.
a total waste of money.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

My wife, 5 year old daughter and I spent two nights here while we went apple picking and exploring in Julian, CA. The room was clean and quiet and the night manager, Zen, was very pleasant and accommodating and made our stay very enjoyable. We really enjoyed the pool and great breakfast each morning. Great place to stay in Escondido.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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vfarmonio, Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido, responded to this review, February 2, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your pleasant experience at our hotel. We are pleased to receive praise and acknowledgement of such a positive nature. Your comments will be shared with our entire staff. We invite you back to see our recently renovated rooms with brand new furniture, new carpet and freshly painted.
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California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2010

The Holiday Inn Express in Escondido is a nice hotel. The beds are comfortable. The rooms are clean. Nice continental breakfast. Friendly staff. Quiet location.

The hotel was undergoing some remodeling while we were there but it didn't bother us at all.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Christy D
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vfarmonio, Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido, responded to this review, September 15, 2010
Thank you for your comment. We are hoping to finish our renovation by the end of October. We're excited to welcome you back once it's done so you can see what we've done!
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Irvine, California
1 review
Reviewed June 7, 2010

I stayed here on business and was pleasantly surprised with the cleanliness of the room and friendly staff. The free breakfast and WIFI was the reason for choosing this hotel, but the service is why I'll come back.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
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Thank xtmproducts
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vfarmonio, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido, responded to this review, August 4, 2010
We appreciate your comments. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2010

There is no one theme to this review, the actual hotel was in disrepair, the setup and serivce was poor and no matter how nice people intended to be, this place is pretty bad.

Issues in order of how they happned:
1) Massive pothole in driveway with cone in it, someone looks to have hit it the night we were there, axle-breaking large;
2) Asked about side-entry as we have a baby and wanted to minimize the walk, too bad, door we were told to go to out of service;
3) Elevator very creaky and wobbly, not right for a hotel this young;
4) Actual room door with either of two keys highly variable, up to 20 tries to get in;
5) Wife punctured leg getting into bed on bed spring poking out of bed, drew bloom;
6) Hot water dangerously hot, and in kitchen sink cold and hot both plumbed to hot; also ridiculously variable water temperature;
7) Breakfast room tiny, really a hassle, setup poorly.
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  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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4 Thank anskyone
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vfarmonio, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido, responded to this review, August 4, 2010
Your comments have been addressed and we'd like to invite you back after our renovation is finished by October, 2010. At that time, the newly constructed In & Out Burger next to the hotel should be operating as well.
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed March 17, 2010

I have stayed at this HIE many times before. It is quite basic but is fine. Nice and quite. Front desk pleasant and helpful except one lady who seemed to have mind on personal issues and was distracted.
Everyone else very nice. Could use a little touchup but was perfectly adequate.
Most HIE's I stay at are a bit of a step up from this one but I'm OK with that. Will continue to stay here primarily cause it is very close to my family.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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vfarmonio, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido, responded to this review, August 4, 2010
Thank you for your comments. We have addressed the attentiveness of our staff. We are also in the process of renovating our guest rooms including the fitness center and should be done by October, 2010. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Irvine, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2010

Stayed the night before we had reservations at the Wild Animal Park. We really enjoyed the park, but the hotel was dirty, uncomfortable, and seemed in a very scary neighborhood. I got a two room sweet since I had my kids in-tow. The only bright spot is that they are very close to several dining options, and easy access to the I-15 freeway. I've stayed at a few other HI-Exprs. and they have been very nice. This is one to stay away from.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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vfarmonio, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido, responded to this review, August 4, 2010
Thanks for your comments. With the addition of the newly built In & Out Burger right next to us opening in October, 2010, the area will be well lit. We invite you back in October as we also target that date to finish our renovation.
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Property: Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido
Address: 1250 W Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92029-1704
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Location: United States > California > Escondido
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 16 Hotels in Escondido
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido 2.5*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites San Diego-Escondido is nestled in hills of north San Diego county, minutes to Wild Animal Park, Performing Art Center, Harrah's Rincon Casino, Valley View Casino, Pala Casino, Cal. State San Marcos, Award Winning Stone Brewing Co., Golf Courses, fishing, and Wineries. Easy access to downtown San Diego, Seaworld, San Diego Zoo, Old Town, Legoland, Beaches, Parks and only a few miles from hiking, Cineplex, and Ice skating. Walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Centrally located to business & financial district of Escondido. Local companies include Sony, Lockheed Martin, Hewlett Packard and many more. Includes daily deluxe hot breakfast. ... more   less 
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