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“Great for Families with Young Kids” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside

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Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside
Ranked #10 of 27 Hotels in Oceanside
Certificate of Excellence
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Washington, DC
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great for Families with Young Kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2009

We stayed here with our two-year-old while visiting family in the area and were very pleased with the friendly staff and very nice, comfortable rooms. The facility seems quite new and is very well-designed. We were in a two bedroom suite with full kitchen, which was great -- our son slept in his own room and we were able to move around the rest of the living and sleeping areas without worrying about disturbing him. The staff was very friendly and helpful with directions, local recommendations, etc. The free breakfast buffet is an overly processed carb-fest, but you can at least grab some cereal or a bagel and coffee to tide you over. The location is a bit out of the way in the middle of an office park but it's a ten minute drive to the ocean and about thirty minutes to Legoland.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MEDC
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RIOceanside, Manager at Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside, responded to this review, December 18, 2009
Hello MEDC,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our hotel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Here at the Oceanside Residence Inn by Marriott we truly strive to make people feel like they are at their "home away from home." Glad you made it to the beach & Legoland too! :) It's funny because sometimes you can make it to Legoland in 15 mins and sometimes it takes 30 mins. (California traffic :) ) Thank you again for taking the time to review our hotel. Have a fantastic weekend and please let us know if we can do anything else for you and your family.

Thank you,
Taylor McMurtrie
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2009

We traveled with our 8 year old son. We were very please with our stay. The room was clean and spacious, even though we stayed in an efficiency. The staff really made it one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. They were attentive, very congenial, and very helpful with advise on where to eat and with directions. They made us feel like they knew us and that we had stayed there before (when this was actually our first time there). The free buffet breakfast was a highlight for my son and the manager's specials in the evening were a nice touch. They even had a bingo night, which we really enjoyed!!!

The hotel was located about 10 minutes from the beach and about 10 minutes to Legoland. While there were hotels that were closer to the beach and Legoland, we were happy to make the 10 minute trip for the cleanliness and the staff. There are all kinds of shops near the hotel, even a Target, where my son could purchase his favorite gogos.

Directly across the parking lot from the hotel were a Roberto's Taco Shop (a San Diego staple), a new york style deli, and Felix's BBQ. We ate at them all. My husband loved Roberto's and I really enjoyed Felix's BBQ.

Sea World was about 45 minutes away and the Wild Animal Park was about 25 minutes away. Both were worth the drive. If you go to the Wild Animal Park, stop at Filippi's Pizza Grotto and A Taste of France pastry shop on West Grand Street in Escondido. They were fabulous.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 3PittsburghTravelers
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RIOceanside, Manager at Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside, responded to this review, November 30, 2009
It was a pleasure having you stay at our property. Once I read Pittsburg travelers I knew exactly who it would be. Then once I read about the gogos it just reassured my thoughts. Glad to see that your early flight home got you folks home safely. We are very fortunate to have families like yours visit our hotels. Thank you again for being such great guests! :)
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Maui, Hawaii
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61 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2009

nice place! visited family at the marine base. this was in a quieter part of the city and we loved it. delicious breakfast, nice pool+ hot tub. my toddler had a great time. clean, new rooms

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank chioual
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RIOceanside, Manager at Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside, responded to this review, February 26, 2010
Thank you so much for your kind remarks. We truly appreciate your business! Please let us know when you're traveling to the area next time. We make sure to take great care of our reviewers! :) Hope you have fantastic travelers all around the world!
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Hawaii
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2009

We stayed at this hotel because it was fairly close to Legoland. It is about a 40 minute drive from San Diego Hotel. Wonderful helpful staff at the front desk, we were upgraded to a fantastic two bedroom suite, a tv in every room! Breakfast each morning was a little hectic with everyone seeming to come down at the same time, but the choices were great. The pool area is lovely as is the patio with fire pit. The Italian restaurant across the parking lot is really yummy. Only downside is that if you want to go places you have to drive - not really a walking distance type of place, but we find we have to drive everywhere in California anyway.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HawaiiMom2
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RIOceanside, Manager at Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside, responded to this review, June 7, 2010
Hello Hawaii Mom,

I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. Thank you for choosing Marriott!

Best,
Taylor
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Brooklyn, CT
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2009

Stayed here on Marriott Rewards points 7/03-7/10. Initially, we received a handicap accessible room, which I dislike due to the shower and room set-up. Asked if we could be moved and was told "no, the hotel is full because of the 4th". I don't take no for an answer, so I went back and asked another hotel associate (name was Ardis). Well, not only did she move me out of the room, but upgraded us to a 2 bedoon suite. Many thanks to her outstanding customer service!!

As a whole the property is well-maintained, with clean and well-run food area for breakfast. My only comment would be the pool area, they need to do a better job removing used towels. This being said, people should also clean up after themselves.

The use of the Viking grill near the pool area served us well as we cooked all of our own dinners to save money. I would recommend the Ralph's grocery store about 2 miles away on Oceanside Blvd for the best selection.

Some "negatives": yes, the hotel is in a business park but you aren't spending the whole day there. We were ate Legoland/San Diego Zoo/beach (go to La Jolla Shores - beautiful) all day anyway. Yes, there is an odd smell you catch every once in awhilre when outside during the day. To me, it smells like there may be a nearby farm with cattle/pigs. However, this isn't overwhelming and is intermittent.

Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel for those coming to the area for leisure. We had a great stay and felt comfortable in our "hotel house", as my kids would say, for an entire week.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CTSirTravelsAlot
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RIOceanside, Manager at Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside, responded to this review, March 19, 2010
Thank you very much for your review of our hotel! I'm glad to see that you had a nice visit and that you were able to upgrade to our spacious two-bedroom suite. I also wanted to take the time to address the odor that you mentioned in your review. We are working diligently with the City of Oceanside to contain the unpleasant aroma that is seeping up to our hotel. The odor has seemed to go away but we still get it every once in awhile. We are doing everything within our power to make sure this odor goes away permanently. Please let us know when you plan on visiting again and we will make sure you have another wonderful stay. We truly appreciate your review and your feedback! Thank you again for choosing Marriott!
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2009

We booked here after researching many hotels in the Oceanside area and finding the Marriot had some of the best reviews. The hotel itself is very nice, but before I begin with the positives, I must add two major negatives. The Residence Inn is in more of a business district than the other hotels that are in Oceanside. It took us about ten minutes to drive to our family reunion in Oceanside. If you are looking for a place to stay close to the beach or any type of activity actually in Oceanside, book somewhere else!!! The second negative is that there is an awful stench outside from around 9 am until the evening. I have no idea what it is, but you will want to hold your nose while walking in or swimming at the pool!
The hotel staff was very pleasant, and the rooms were spacious and comfortable. We stayed in a King Studio which had a full kitchen, chairs and a very comfortable bed. Outside, there is a large gas grill which is for guest use, and there is a nice little fire pit to sit around in the evenings. Breakfast is plentiful and will appease any appetite.
While I would not stay here or recommend staying here if you are planning on going to the beach or doing anything in Oceanside, I do recommend it if you are having some function and need a good hotel to hold it at. The Residence Inn is not conveniently located off of I-5 or 76, but the facilities are good.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank Branbal77
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Minneapolis
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2009

This place was well worth it. The rooms are brand new, very modern. Spacious and great for families. Great Amenities at the hotel too.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank theschellers
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Property: Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside
Address: 3603 Ocean Ranch Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92056-2693
Phone Number:
Location: United States > California > Oceanside
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Oceanside
#5 Romantic Hotel in Oceanside
#6 Family Hotel in Oceanside
#6 Green Hotel in Oceanside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside 3*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newly-renovated Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside hotel is an ideal choice near Camp Pendleton, the Oceanside Pier and Legoland. This hotel in Oceanside, California provides just what you need to maintain your normal pace and thrive during extended stays. You'll enjoy a warm lobby designed with a variety of comfortable spaces, making it easy to hold impromptu meetings, connect with our free Wi-Fi, and refuel with refreshments from The Market. The spacious extended stay suites at this Oceanside, CA hotel are 50% larger than the average hotel room. The suites include an ergonomic desk, ample bathroom space and contemporary color schemes to complement the suite's separate spaces for eating, sleeping and working, along with a fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy a free hot breakfast to start off the morning before relaxing at our evening social hour with complimentary light fare and drinks. Enjoy comforts like home and free parking at our Residence Inn Oceanside, California hotel near the SoCal Sports Complex. ... more   less 
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