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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego Old Town
Ranked #116 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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“Nice clean rooms, but location has good points/bad points”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Just stayed at this hotel last week for two nights. It's easy to find, right off I-5. It's convenient if you want to travel around the city without driving, as the Trolley Tour ($36 per person, but worth it) runs all day and stops at all the top locations. We took it for an afternoon at the Hotel Del Coronado, stopped at Balboa Park, etc. There are several restaurants within walking distance, and they were OK. I had talked to a local when I was at the Zoo and he told me that most of the restaurants in Old Town were not that great, to try the Presidio Park area or in the heart of downtown. But by the end of two busy days, we were wiped out and just wanted to grab a quick dinner close by. We were on the second floor, near the laundry room. If you see that you are, ask for a different location. They do the laundry all night, in the middle of the night, and I could hear the machines. Not super loud, but loud enough I woke up a couple of times. Rooms were clean, comfortable, with extra pillow and blanket in the closet. We had to ask for maid service on our second day, as no one had showed up by mid-afternoon. By that time, I just asked for extra towels instead. There is a liquor store across the street that boasts 400 kinds of tequila, and I believe they are probably not making that up. It also has deli-style sandwiches and salads to go, with lots of snacks. Very nice people working there.

Be aware there are a lot of homeless people in this area of town, asking for money. Or being drunk and fighting with each other. I almost dialed 911 at one point when I saw two guys getting into it with each other, but scurried off to my room and locked my door instead.

The staff at the hotel is very nice. Food at the breakfast buffet is what you'd expect - fruit, muffins, toast, bagels, cereals, make-your-own waffles, etc. Plenty of hot coffee all the time.

I would stay here again, perhaps just a differently located room away from the laundry room.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at this property. The exterior is well maintained and inviting. The rooms appear to be recently renovated and the redo was one of the best I have ever seen in a hotel. We ejoyed the courtyard area with the pool and hot tub and fire pit.

Breakfast was nice as well.

Parking at the hotel costs $15 per night for covered parking under the hotel which was very convenient too. I do wish that there wasn't a parking charge.

Staff was very friendly.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We stayed in the hotel 4 nights during our vacation in California with our 3 children. The hotel is very easy to find at short distance of highway 5. It is nicely located near the pitoresque Old Town of San Diego. Seaworld, the Zoo and Nimitz are all within 15-30 minutes car drive. Rooms were very clean and have airo and free wifi. Service of the staff we met was great. Next time in San Diego we will stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Steve P, General Manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego Old Town, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
We are so excited to hear that you enjoyed your 4 day vacation at the Fairfield. As you mentioned we are so conveniently located to everything in San Diego and I am glad our service was as good as our location. Please come back and see us again when you are back in San Diego!
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

My family stayed overnight at this hotel. Our experience was one of the best we've ever had at a Marriot Chain. We arrived too early to check in, but the front desk expedited the cleaning of available rooms and called us within an hour to check in. The rooms were very clean, and the beds were very comfortable. Our room overlooked the courtyard, and we could see a view of the pretty fountain and swimming pool. The location of the hotel is excellent as you can have a fun walk around Old Town San Diego (think historic site with a lot of Mexican Food restaurants). In addition, the hotel is within a walking distance of Amtrak and the trolley. (check with google maps for distance). The continental breakfast was fairly typical, but good way to start the day.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Steve P, General Manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego Old Town, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
Thank you for the kind review of the property and your stay!! We take great pride in our hotel and love to hear this great feedback. I will be sure to share it with the entire team.
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Front desk staff was very helpful. We stayed in room 136 two adults three children - great room. Plenty of space. $20 cab ride to Sea World. Excellent breakfast. Our experience was excellent and we would have no problem recommending this property. Our room was ready early nice and clean.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Steve P, General Manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego Old Town, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
Thanks for staying with us and I am glad we were able to accommodate your early check in.
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Our family just spent 5 days at this hotel and we really enjoyed ourselves. The room was great, very clean , with a balcony overlooking the pool. The staff were always pleasant, and willing to help in anyway possible. The breakfast offerings were wonderful and it was a nice way to start the day without having to go out to eat. I am a coffee lover and they always had hot fresh coffee in the morning and early evening.
The courtyard area was very nice with tables and fountains, a very relaxing area to sit and read or eat.
We used the shuttle service several times, and they were very courteous and helpful as well.
We loved that we could walk to Old town and enjoy the great mexican food and shops.
We also used the washer and dryer which was great after several days at the beach.
A word of caution for the out of towners, remember to turn your wheels for up hill and downhill parking, we were welcomed with a ticket on our windshield the first day there. Street parking was never a problem, and we used the underground garage as well.
Hope to return to San Diego some day and I would stay here again for sure.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Steve P, General Manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego Old Town, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Glad to hear you and your family enjoyed your week in Old Town! The hotel is perfectly suited for a family vacation and close to all the area attractions in San Diego. We hope to see you back again soon.
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We had a nice modern room with nice amenities. The room was convenient to street parking and the lobby. Located about 5 minutes from downtown San Diego. We were not disappointed. Only issue was the noise from the room above in the mornings.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego Old Town
Address: 3900 Old Town Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110 (Formerly Mission Inn Old Town)
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 Green Hotel in San Diego
#41 Family Hotel in San Diego
#64 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego Old Town 2.5*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the culture and history of San Diego's Old Town, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego Old Town provides travelers with a relaxing escape. Set away from the bustle of the city, and located minutes from San Diego's top beaches, our accommodations are perfect for those who want to be near it all yet revel in the slow pace that comes with a removed place. Old Town, with its charm and stories, delights and there is no shortage of museums and authentic shops to explore here. If you are looking for hotel suites in San Diego that let you completely unwind as you visit Old Town, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego Old Town is ideal. We offer excellent value for travelers desiring more space, modern amenities, and an exceptional San Diego location. Our hotel provides a free daily breakfast and easy access to the Gaslamp District, Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium and more. ... more   less 
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