My Mom and I stayed here both the night before and the night after a Carnival cruise. We booked the Snooze and Cruise rate, which included the room, breakfast, transportation to and from the cruise terminal, as well as parking on the days we were on the ship. Parking is at a premium in San Diego, so this was a really nice perk. We were cruising with a group, which included a travel agent, and she booked everyone else at a different hotel because she had heard bad things about the Comfort Inn. We were not at all disappointed in our stay, though!
Both nights we requested two beds and got them. The first night we were in a first floor corner room - odd shape but rather large. We had the two beds, plus a couch, a desk, safe, ironing board. The bathroom was kind of small, but that was okay with us. My only complaint about this room was that it was hot. To be fair, it had been 95 degrees in San Diego that day, which never happens, so it stands to reason that the room was warm. It didn't seem that the air blew well, and the room was warm even after the A/C had been on for several hours. I ended up opening a window, and was able to fall asleep after awhile.
Breakfast is great, complete with a belgian waffle maker. This was a nice surprise, and more than sufficient.
Ground transport to the cruise terminal was awesome. It was not Super Shuttle, but a local service very similar to Super Shuttle. We were picked up early, and dropped off right on the cruise terminal pier. When we got back, we called the company to be picked up, and were asked for a reservation number. I didn't realize we had been given one and it had been written on the envelope that contained our vouchers, although it is very possible that we were told this when the vouchers were given to us and I just didn't realize it. Even with this, we were on a van and on the way to the hotel within 10 minutes of making our call. My car was right where we had left it, with no signs of any kind of foul play.
We were given a different, smaller room post-cruise, but it was more than adequate. The room was again warm, but cooled down quite quickly once the A/C was turned on. Much better than the day we arrived, probably due to cooler weather and a smaller room. Very comfortable.
The hotel advertises WiFi, but I was never able to get my laptop to connect. I am running Vista, and I am sure there is a setting somewhere in the operating system that was causing the problem. Their tech support was not able to resolve the issue, so I had to do without Internet.
The hotel staff were very nice, helpful and courteous. Rooms were clean and beds were comfortable. The hotel is an older porperty, and the architecture of the building reflects that. Don't let that scare you away - the property has been renovated and is more updated behind closed doors than the outward look of the building may lead you to believe.
The location is awesome, right on the corner of Scott Street and Harbor Drive. Rosecrans Street borders the other side of the property. There is a really nice shopping area not too far away, but I cannot remember the name of it. We never went there, though I wanted to check it out. Winchell's is right across the street, with other fast food type places up and down Rosecrans. The hotel is right across Harbor Drive from the sport fishing pier and lots of seafood restaurants. Straight down Harbor Drive is the cruise terminal; the maritime museum, which includes the Midway and the Star of India; just a little further down Harbor Drive is Seaport Village. The airport is close-by, but I never once heard a plane taking off. We may have heard one or two Navy planes taking off/landing on North Island, but nothing that bothered us in any way.
I would not think twice about staying at this hotel again!
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- Stay at one of San Diego's most convenient hotels, the Comfort Inn At The Harbor, just one mile north of the San Diego International Airport. This San Diego, CA hotel is centrally located near many popular destinations, including Sea World San Diego marine life adventure park, historic Old Town San Diego, the San Diego Zoo , Mission Beach and Ocean Beach. ... more less
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- Comfort Inn At The Harbor Hotel San Diego
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