Pretty much every less than favorable review is correct. We experenced everything bad that every reviewer seemed to experence and though it all - we still had a good time!
We stayed for a week during Thanksgiving 2004. It started off at check in - we were told that the water was not working and they were not sure when it would be turned on. We were told not to use the bathroom or use any water at all. If you had to wash your hands please use bottled water and you will not be charge. My wife was less than pleased, luckily, our flight was not that long so no one had to take shower. I remembered that we were on on island and these things do happen. After my wife had the maintence people provide a bucket of water so we could use the toilet - we had to discuss if we were going to really stay here for a week. At 11:00pm - 7 hours after check in - the water came back on.
The room itself was Ok, nothing really special and it really didn't match the polynesian island theme. Three people taking showers, you will run out of hot water. We had a garden - lagoon view and by the weeks end, we had bugs inside (we were being careful about that too) the room.
Somethings just seemed strange to us but that could be just where we are from - Oregon & Japan. At the begining of the week, there must have been about ten people in the whole hotel - the staff out numbered us two to one. It was off season and it was fun to have the run of the place even though I felt a little uneasy about eating in a restuarant and we're the only people there. Though out this, they would charge for everything; parking and miniture golf ($16 & $9 per person) fitness center...everything! If they could find a way to squeeze a dime out of you, they will try (duck and fish food were @1.25 each)!
Maid service was Ok, once during the week they miss us and we had to call. Room service was quick and they had no problem in sending us extra plates and silverware.
By Thanksgiving, the place started to fill up. Total, must of been about half full but it felt very pack. I cannot imagine this place completly full -parking, swiming even the rooms with their very thin walls would be horrible.
The problems with check out were there - a mystery charge of $8.00 for water appeared. But we checked our bill using the in room system through the televison and called to clear it up before leaving. The funny thing about this whole ordeal was that I contacted the hotel via e-mail before we arrived and express my concerns about staying here. I pointed out many of things that I have read in the other reviews in this section and was reassured that none of this would come to pass.
Even with all this, the grounds were just great. We brought our own scooters and was really alot of fun going through the maze of trails and roads. We tried swiming once at he main pool but the water wasn't really heated so we didn't stay to long. The location of the hotel is fantastic, nothing except for maybe the Wild Animale Park, is thirty minutes away. And once you get the "lay of the land" getting around is really easy. Over Thanksgiving weekend, they lit the Christmas lights and they were absolutely beautiful. So even with all the little things, it still was pleasant experence.
I read on the door or somewhere that the maxium price for the room is $350 per night. I feel that the room was really worth about $125.00 plus $16 for parking and $5.00 for tax. If any questions about anything San Diego, Oregon or Japan please feel free to contact me!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on gentle Mission Bay, this luxurious 44-acre island resort features comfortable, California bungalow-style rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens and lagoons. Here at this AAA Four-Diamond San Diego hotel, you can explore one mile of beach, five swimming pools, and enjoy various amenities including tennis courts, an 18-hole putting course, beach cruisers, bonfire pits, and a private marina equipped with sailboats, jet skis, and kayaks. Dine at one of two waterfront venues, then relax and refresh at the plush spa with a treatment from Hawaii, Fiji, Thailand, or Bali. Secluded yet centrally located, the hotel is minutes from top attractions including SeaWorld, Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, and Gaslamp District. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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