We stayed at the Residence Inn Mission Valley for four days around the Memorial Day holiday.
-- Centrally located. The hotel was about 10 minutes from Balboa Park/San Diego Zoo, La Jolla, Mission Bay, and Downtown SD. And, even closer to Old Town. (Although, nothing within walking distance.)
-- The price can not be beat, especially among the Marriott chain. We wanted to stay in a suite at a Marriott and this Residence Inn was the best price overall, even with the parking fee.
-- Excellent continental breakfast each morning, included in the price. The breakfast was quite large, as was the seating area. . . . and usually crowded.
-- We never took advantage of the complimentary evening dinner, but it looked delicious, even if very crowded.
-- Nice heated pool and spa, including a small one foot kid pool.
-- With two small children, having the extra room (with a door) was much-appreciated.
-- Complimentary internet worked well, even if you have to "reregister" every 24 hours.
-- Cleanliness. Upon arrival at the suite, I found no less than eight hairs not belonging to myself or my family. We found left behind shampoo stuck on the shower. I found peanuts under the living room table; thank goodness my kids don't have allergies and did not find them first. The room was dusty in not-oft-used locations -- the light on the nightstand, the bathroom fixtures, etc. Obviously, this hotel is a bit older -- built in 2003 and hasn't been updated, things get run down after a while or just forgotten. But, the hairs and the peanuts? We asked the front desk to have the room dusted and vacuumed after our first night there, but it didn't seem to make any difference.
Of course, after a few days at the beach, we were grateful for housekeeping to tidy up our sand and the dust/hairs seemed minimal.
-- Upon our arrival, we were told that we were "upgraded" to a room with two queen beds, instead of the king that we had requested. Our kids slept in the other room, so having two queen beds was definitely not an "upgrade" from one king bed. Also, our requested "limited view" was actually the view from the second story of the garbage cans outside of the kitchen. The design of the hotel was definitely lacking in that regard -- why would you put rooms directly in front of the garbage cans?
-- The parking lot is tight, with lots of bigger cars. We parked further from the entrance and arrived before 8 pm each night, so we never had too much of a problem. But, I could see how parking could be a definite negative.
-- NOISE. This was by-far our biggest complaint. There was noise from the garbage cans, obviously. But, the loudest noise was from the neighbors on either side. We could hear people talking, if not the exact words they were saying; although, sometimes, we heard exact words as well. I could even hear the neighbor unrolling his toilet paper. The walls at this hotel were incredibly thin, especially for a top-rated Marriott. Each night, I went to sleep (after 11 pm) to the sound of the neighbors talking -- turning on the white noise app on my phone to drown them out. And, the neighbors weren't partying or causing a raucous; they were simply talking!
-- Pets. This hotel allows large dogs. Depending on who you are, this could be good or bad.
The price and convenience of this Residence Inn make it an incredible deal. There is a definite possibility that we would stay here again, for those reasons, but the noise, cleanliness, and animals definitely make me reconsider.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residence Inn by Marriott® San Diego Mission Valley is in the center of it all! We are an upscale all suite extended stay hotel in San Diego California located only five miles from the San Diego International Airport (SAN) and just down the street from Sea World Adventure Park®. From the beaches of Torrey Pines to Belmont and Balboa Parks to the night life of the Downtown Gaslamp Quarter, The Residence Inn by Marriott® San Diego MissionValley is in the heart of all San Diego! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn San Diego Mission Valley Hotel San Diego
- San Diego Residence Inn