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Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Solana Beach
Reviewed December 19, 2013

Checking in was a total breeze as well as all the complimentary services that come with your stay. Not many hotels these days will give you free parking, breakfast, and internet! Stayed for 2 nights and all the staff there was very friendly and assisted me through some paperwork I had to fax ASAP to the office. Slept comfortably and was surprised my standard room came with a microwave, mini fridge, and a coffee maker. I didn't really know how to run the thing so I would just go the the breakfast area and get some coffee there. I've stayed in many hotels around the west coast and this place really did it for me with all the services they have available for guests like me that try to make the most out of their money (decent pricing). This place is no 5 star resort but it sure tops the many standard hotels I've stayed at due to my job.

On a sidenote, NEVER stay at a motel. I've regretted it every single time.

Room Tip: 3rd floor is quite peaceful
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2014

Thank you very much for such a great review!!! We are delighted to hear that your stay was so memorable. From your checking, your stay throughout, and your departure. Please come back and visit us again soon. Again, thank you!!!!

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Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

I recently stayed at this Holiday Inn Express. I had planned on staying 5 nights. After checking in I found that the room was not at all what I expected. Yes there was a balcony but it over looked a parking lot. And there were no chairs to sit in on the balcony. The heater did not work in the room. Staff told us that we could move to another room if we wanted. We did not want to move all our luggage so we stayed in the room with no heat. Upon check out I told the person checking us out and they gave me a 20% discount on the room. The bathroom vent did not work and there was so much steam in the room when you took a shower that the walls were all wet and the door would not even shut. The staff were all very nice but the facilities were very poor. I would not recommend this hotel or stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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4  Thank Paula H
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are very sorry to hear that your stay was not a pleasant one. We really work hard to give every guest a good experience when they visit us. We will make sure to address and fix all these issues to prevent any other guests from having to deal with them. Thanks again.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Terrible experience. Room was dingy and needs a total makeover. Wireless connection is terrible towards the back of the hotel. I couldn't connect from my room. Breakfast that was included was awful. (I travel a lot and am used to sub par "included breakfasts"--this was even worse than normal.) Hotel common areas and hallways were poorly maintained and often dirty--trust me I spent a lot of time in those common areas as I couldn't connect to the internet from my room. Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else.

Room Tip: My tip would be to stay at another hotel.
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Thank you for this review. We appreciate guest's feedback because it helps us improve in the areas where we need to. We apologize that your stay was not as pleasant as it should have been. We strive each and every time to give guests the best stay possible. We will forward all your concerns to the appropriate departments so that they can be addressed and corrected. Thank you again.

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Reviewed December 3, 2013

We've normally stayed at the Marriott Courtyard in Solana Beach, but since they've started charging for parking we thought we'd give the Holiday Inn a try. Pricewise, when you look at the room charge, no parking fee, and free breakfast, this makes the Holiday Inn a great value for the area. Friendly front desk staff, and the gentleman who attends to the breakfast area is always friendly and greets you and keeps the area neat, clean, and well stocked. Breakfast offers a nice selection of eggs, sausage or bacon, biscuits and gravy, hard boiled eggs, yogurts, tasty cinamon rolls, a cool pancake machine, fruit and toast/bagels.

The rooms on the third floor offer a slanted ceiling giving you a larger feel. The hallway has skylights with brighten the area. Remodeled rooms are nice; comfortable beds, coffee maker, fridge, and microwave in the rooms. Wifi service is good, but if you have AT&T, you're out of luck with cell phone connection in the rooms.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank LindaSK
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Thank you so much taking the time to write this review. We are so happy that giving us a try turned out to be a good choice for you. We are glad that our clean and comfortable accomodations along with amenities that guests appreciate such as a complimentary breakfast and wifi werew. Of course having one of the best staffs in town also helps!!! Thanks again and we hope to see you back in Solana Beach in the near future.

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Reviewed November 12, 2013

Just returned from a 3 day weekend trip here as part of a group. Here's my thoughts on it:

Location: the general Solana Beach area (it's north of Del Mar despite what that name suggests) is very nice. It sits on the 101 - but don't worry, the Freeway takes all but the 'scenic drive' folks, so it's actually not too noisy - and is about a block from the bluffs from where you can get to the nice quiet (in November!) beach. A few surfers and dog walkers populate the beach. From the hotel it's 1/2 mile to a small cluster of bars and restaurants - although there are some coffee shops and such a bit closer. The railway station is also 0.5mile away. It's a couple of minutes to the freeway, and about 20-25 minutes to the airport (without traffic).

Facilities: it has a small (but very clean) pool and hot-tub on a deck area, with a few sun-loungers. I didn't look for a gym, so no thoughts there. The rooms were nice and clean, relatively modern and a decent size. They had DirecTV, a pretty large fridge and a microwave. I thought the breakfast area was slightly better than the usual; cereals, eggs, either bacon or sausage (not both!), pancakes, yogurt, bananas, bread/bagels, danish. Not much rotation, so you'd likely be bored after 3 days though.

So definitely a decent base to explore the awesome coastline north of San Diego.

Room Tip: 2nd floor has the pool and breakfast area, so can be a bit noisier. Higher numbered rooms (215/315...
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are HAPPY that our hotel's location and its amenities made your stay a pleasant one. We hope we get to see you back here soon to explore more of Solana Beach. Thanks again.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Easy check in process, friendly staff. Great Hot Breakfast. Hot tub, within walking distance to the ocean. There was no ocean view. Depending on which side you get a room on, the South side has view of pool. The North side... well we didn't go there to stay in the room.

Room Tip: See if you can get a South side room
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Stephen B
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2013

Thank you so much for this review. We are glad that our staff made you feel welcomed. We strive to provide great customer service that compliment the many amenities we offer such as the hot breakfast and our pool. We hope to see you back soon. Thank you!

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

The Holiday Inn Express was recently re-decorated throughout. The hotel is clean. Housekeeping staff is friendly and quiet.The location is excellent. Convenient to Del Mar Fairgrounds and other San Diego attractions. The breakfast area is well stocked and the attendant is helpful. We have been coming to this area for 10 years now and always stay at this hotel. I would highly recommend this location.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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HinnExpress, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2013

Thank you very much for this review. We are delighted to hear that our ongoing renovations are to your liking. We want to offer our guests the very best for their lodging needs. Along with great accommodations, we make every effort to have the best staff working for us in order to provide the best service possible. Thanks for continuing to choose our hotel over the years. Please come back and visit us soon!!!

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Address: 621 South Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Location: United States > California > Solana Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Solana Beach
Price Range: $126 - $235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar 2.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Solana Beach, Del Mar is perfect for every aspect a guest would stay for! It's a beautiful city with access to almost anything you are may be looking you. Its well known for its beach, where you can relax or take a nice jog, which is just walking distance from the hotel. There are many local attractions that aren't far: Legoland, Sea World, San Diego Zoo, and many more. Not only is the city itself a beautiful location, but The Holiday Inn Express & Suites offers 80 spacious rooms. Each room features a private balcony, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron, ironing board, hair dryer and many more attributes! To make your stay even better, we offer complimentary breakfast, and a relaxing Pool and Jacuzzi. Efficiency is key to many guests, we have free Wi-Fi and many delicious restaurants that are close as a block away. If you are coming for business, relaxation, excitement or just for simple fun, we are here to make this stay special. Our friendly staff will always be happy to help to make your stay unique and memorable. ... more   less 
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