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Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Ranked #99 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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Reviewed August 14, 2008

Hilton's new ad says "be hospitable". Well this resort is the exception. We stay at Hiltons all the time and are HHonors gold members. We've never had a problem, anywhere in the world. This resort advertises being child friendly. Well it depends on the ages of your children. Kids under three may NOT swim in the regular pool. Even with swim diapers AND vinyl/rubber pants. When I complained, they told me that I could send my four and seven year old in the big pool alone and I could go to the baby pool with my one year old. They suggested I send a four year old in a big pool, unsupervised. To make it worse, they actually smiled smugly as they did nothing to remedy the situation. To add to that, the pool manager has never even heard of vinyl/rubber pants for kids to swim in!! They should make that clear when you book the hotel, because my family did not book a "lavish" resort to be seperated during swimming time. In fact, we checked out and stayed at another hilton available in san diego, to which we had no problems.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2008

Bad experience. Family of 5 traveled from Denver for a 3 day weekend. Booked a adjoining bayview terrace rooms. What a joke. Not at all as described, if the front desk even gave us what we had booked. They were the most expensive to pick from. Not ready upon arrival at 4:00pm. Everything was too pricey. Place was not clean, grounds, etc. Pool was too small without enough chairs. If you dont get out there by 9-10am, your out of luck until 4pm. Pool bar and food service is marginal. The girls are too busy, takes along time, and the quality is not worth the price. The site indicates you get maid servive and turndown, not true. The maids never came before 4:00pm, and did a lousy job. The website also indicates 24hr room service, not true as well, it ends at 10:00pm. Parking is a disaster. Not enough anywhere close to the rooms. Hilton needs to do some major work here, as there are many unfavorable comments, and like us, wont be back. I would much rather of been at the Hyatt, or even the Downtown Embassy Suites, both for less money, with better accomodations and service. Couple other items, no chairs at all on the beach, and no mini bars in the rooms also as the website promised.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2008

As a family of four, we stayed here for a week as part a Californian summer vacation. Overall we had a positive experience. The location in the bay was a big plus, as was the pool area which was clean and well serviced. The room (villa with two queen beds& bay view) was clean and comfortable, our only comment being it was too small for 2 adults and 2 children. The downsides are the chargeable extras. For Example: Charging $22 per day for car parking seems excessive. We used the hotel Water Sports & Bike rental place which was very expensive, with no concessions given to hotel guests (you pay the same as public). We were amazed at the drinks & snacks pricing at the hotel, which in some cases were more expensive than UK prices! We ended up going to the local market (5mins) and stocked the in-room fridge. Also if you need cash don't use the hotel installed ATM, they have a limit of $100 and charge $3.50 for the priviledge. At the local bank there is no limit and they charged $1.50 for a withdrawal. The quality for all meals (breakfast & dinner) in the restaurant was good but again we paid half the price for comparable quality outside the hotel. There are many restaurants a short cab or drive away especially in Old Town, which are comparable quality but half the price. Our sense was that the hotel is seeking to charge extra at every opportunity. Based on this we would question whether we would return to the Hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2008

Stayed in the tower portion of the hotel on the property. The halls were very dark and dingy! Room was very, very small. They charge extra $$ for everything except for use of the pool. To park your car in their lot you have to pay $22/day. Major rip-off! Front desk staff very snooty.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 7, 2008

My family and I have stayed at this resort on numerous occassions. After many tripa and plain BAD service, we switched to another hotel. However, my wife and I decided to give it another try in June, when we attended a local wedding.
Everytime I stay at this hotel, what I am promise and what I GET are two different things. It always turns into a 45 minute hassel.
Ironically, the LA Times Travel Editor recently wrote a story on this hotel and had the same problems! In fact when you check in you tend to find a lot of unhappy customers griping about something that was not done or delivered.
It is a beautiful site, but the front desk staff are poorly trained and have no power to remedy problems. Once you get in, you will pay $$$ everytime you turn around so that one night "get away" ended up costing over $600. Clealry, you can do better elsewhere.
Hilton is a great chain, as a Hiltin Hhonors member, I frequent them in my travels, but striike this one off your list!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 5, 2008

My wife attended a conference there in February. It was a really nice place to relax and unwind. We brought our 1 year old along and she had a great time toddling around the grounds, chasing after the ducks and gulls. The walking path along the bay is beautiful and there are parks at either end. So its in a perfect place especially if you have kids. Seaworld is right down the road.

The room was great, but parking was a bit scarce. We had to walk around our building to get to the car.

The restaurant and pool were closed while we were there, which was a bummer. They opened it the last day of our stay and it was really nice (though still cold).

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 29, 2008

Enjoyed a 6 night stay at the Hilton San Deigo Resort & Spa in July as part of a family holiday to California. Hotel has been recently upgraded and enjoys a great pool area, good bar/restaurant and excellent spa facilities.

Good sized rooms but let down by the standards of cleanliness in the corridors, in particular, but also to a lesser extent in the rooms and the pool water needed cleaning (so reported my son who spent a lot of time in the pool).

New poolside bar area opened during our stay and well equipped and comfortable. Poolside waitress service was excellent - love the orange vest tops !

Location is good in terms of freeway access but certainly not a place you could abandon your car. Possible to walk long the beachfront but nothing to walk to - no adjacent bars or places to eat.

Great views of the Sea World fireworks - every night !

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Address: 1775 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109-6801
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Mission Bay Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#22 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#28 Green Hotel in San Diego
#34 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#62 Business Hotel in San Diego
#66 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: $192 - $344 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 357
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