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“Great Escape” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn San Clemente

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Holiday Inn San Clemente
Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence
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1 review
“Great Escape”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Great weekend at the Holiday Inn. Last minute decision to escape inland heat wave and we were lucky to find a great room in San Clemente. The room was large and looked like it had recently been redecorated. We lucked out when the manager upgraded our room and gave us an ocean view room. The staff was very helpful and told us about what was available at the hotel and things to do close by. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank travelbug329
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leeds
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

The waiter at breakfast was the best. he was friendly, helpful and knew what was going on! The manager also helpful and made us feel welcome.
We got there in the evening and front desk staff didn't give us much info about the facilities - or our breakfast voucher (our breakfast was included) so there was confusion in the morning, which could have been avoided.
The room was standard and comfortable (good mattress) we didn't hear the cars at all-despite being next to the freeway, seriously good hotel windows!
Overall a nice place to stay and handy for the downtown area, and only 15 mins walk to the pier.
Good place for a stop-gap.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank ian369
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Albany, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Constant companion and I spent several days here recently and found it to be an excellent 2 star property. We had a king jacuzzi suite which was clean and comfortable as was the rest of the hotel. The amenities that we expect in 3 star and above properties; valet parking, large, comfortable, well appointed lobby and common areas, etc are lacking hence the 2 star rating. It is very conveniently located right off I-5 but that does put you off the beach, beyond a normal walking distance. On the plus side, it is very close to many excellent restaurants and shops. If your needs are easy on/off for traveling and central 'business' location in a simple, clean facility this should suffice. If however you prefer a more upscale hotel, close to the beach, at a similar price point, you might want to consider the Doubletree at Dana Point. Our friends stayed there and we spent much of our time visiting with them and enjoying that facility (see my review).

Room Tip: Get a room facing the ocean for both the view (limited) and quiet (the other side faces I-5).
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank forhg
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Lake Jackson, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Hotel Staff were great, location was close to shopping and the beach.Downtown San Clemente is a great place for shopping and dinning. Breakfast at the hotel was great and our server(IRAJ) was the best! Thanks

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank GGMK
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Stephan M, Manager at Holiday Inn San Clemente, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Thank you for this review,
Our restaurant is open for breakfast from 7.00 am to 10.00 am and also for diner from 5.00 pm to 11.00 pm. Make sure you ask Iraj about our breakfast special $2.95 ( Bacon or sausages, 2 eggs, potatoes, toast and coffee ) cooked when you order it! And don't forget to stop by at night and let Troy prepare one of his amazing cocktails.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Staff was excellent, the rooms were perfect for us and the restuarant was splendid! I highly recomend this place to families and business people alike! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here and will definitely be back!

p.s. make sure you ask about the free rentals for beach stuff & the weekday breakfast special! Those are key!

-Greg

Room Tip: Ask for the oceanview rates. Its worth the extra money to have a balcony!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Greg B
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Santa Rosa, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Our visit got off on the wrong foot when we couldn't have a regular place to park in the a basement parking area because the owner stores 10+ cars there. Unable to access the internet the first night didnt help either. Reported the toilet in my room was running and they offered to fix it. Next night it was worse, noisy. We were told that our breakfast in the morning would cost $2.95 (should have been free when you spend $180 to $200 a night) so imagine my surprise when we were charged $27. Brought this up to the staff later and was told it was our mistake, as much as to say, "suck it up." there was loud music either in the building or nearby until 11:00 pm. I'll be staying elsewhere next time, and there will be a next time because of family in the area.

Room Tip: Had a better experience in the other Holiday Inn Express in San Clemente.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Jane M
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Stephan M, Manager at Holiday Inn San Clemente, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Sorry were stay at our property was not as good as for most of our Guest, as we can see on tripadvisor.
As we are in a full service hotel, we don't allow ourselves to serve a preheated breakfast, however $2.95 for 2 strip of bacon or 2 sausage, 2 eggs, potatoes, toast and coffee is a pretty fair deal, especially knowing that Chef cook fresh food at your order only.
Some of our booking option include a $20 voucher valid for breakfast which you can use to try one of our so many option in the menu.
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

The hotel is OK but not extraordinary. We did not book a beach view room, but were nevertheless rather surprised to have our room window directly at the level of freeway 5. It was simply impossible to open a window. If you stay there, take a beach view room. The rest was OK, clean and friendly staff.

Room Tip: Beach front !!!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank ValerieKB
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Stephan M, Manager at Holiday Inn San Clemente, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Thank you for your feedback, and thank you for mentioning that we offer this room type, which allow our Guest to save some money and still enjoy the location of our hotel right in downtown San Clemente.
Non ocean view room are equiped with sound proof double window, Flat screen TV, mini fridge, microwave, pillow top mattress and high speed Wi-fi.
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Property: Holiday Inn San Clemente
Address: 111 South Avenue de la Estrella, San Clemente, CA 92673
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > San Clemente
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in San Clemente
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn San Clemente 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful 72 room full service hotel in historic San Clemente. Enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean or take a stroll through downtown past the shops and restaurants to San Clemente Pier or San Clemente Beach. ... more   less 
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