Thank you, Tripadvisor, for again referring us to a marvelous place to stay. The suite was bright and fresh with ample room for cooking. Both the bed and the sofabed were comfortable, the bed exceptionally so, and for any sofabed to be comfortable is unheard of. Having fresh colors in the room truly made a difference from the same-ole'-blah-drab of most motel rooms - made it still restful, but a little more lively.
The room was incredibly quiet - the motel is set back farther against the mountain from the road than most other of the motels there, and is quite soundly constructed. The only noise we ever heard was due to a funny indiosyncracy - when one first turns on the TV's they are set at a high volume and need to be turned down immediately. Other than that, all was silent, and drapes plenty dark enough to allow jet lag adjustment.
I don't usually resort to caps, but the breakfast was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Here's what you get every morning, in a big, lovely, open, spacious dining area: soft scrambled eggs, seasoned potato cubes, either bacon or corned beef hash or sausage, toasty golden waffles you make yourself, a bunch of cereals and pastries and fresh fruit and muffins and english muffins and bagels, white and chocolate milk, several juices and pops, and a new thing for me - Japanese breakfast in the form of sticky white rice, miso and tofu and green onion broth to pour over the rice, and sprinkles you can choose to add of sesame or seaweed or shrimp. Plus, the extremely friendly and courteous staff roam around with refills of coffee in the most pleasant manner.
Ah, yes, the staff. They were unfailiingly great! All were friendly, warm, knowledgeable, courteous, helpful and informative. When I couldn't find the breakfast room initially, they took me there. When I got cold and needed a blanket, it was there probably literally within one minute of my phone request. When someone spilled some orange juice, three staff appeared to clean it up and it was gone as quiickly as you could say "splat." When I stopped the room service guy to ask about dinner, his English was admittedly spotty, but he made good eye contact, had a truly warm smile, and finally just directed me to ask the front desk, which was fine due to his good manner. And for glbt travelers, the quiet presence of queer staff was extra-nice. The only problem we had during the whole stay was that our key cards somehow got demagnetized a few times and the front desk folks were absolutely fine with us needing to have them re-keyed.
The location is great, but this place stands head and shoulders above other Hotel Circle places we have stayed. It is very convenient for getting everywhere. Also, on Mon-Thurs, they have an early evening buffet, which means if you're staying during the week you get not only breakfast but dinner if you want it, and are there at the right time, which sure cuts down on the cost of meals out if that's of significance.
It was "May Grey" for us, so did not try the pool or hot tub, but I expect these would also be topnotch. It was extra-nice to have a very tall showerhead that actually splashed over me instead of against me. I didn't try out the gymn or the kids' game room, but both looked good. And they had ping-pong! I couldn't resist that - it was great. And outside, basketball and volleyball courts.
All in all, I think this was one of the most relaxing places I've ever stayed. No worries and a ton of amenities, all supported by superb staff. The only reason I didn't rate it "excellent" was just that it wasn't a sixty-star place - but then, it doesn't mean to be, and it is far more a place I want to stay because of that.
- 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
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