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Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World
Ranked #129 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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Oregon City, Oregon
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249 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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“Night Stay Before Cruise”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

Our travel agent made the reservation for this hotel for our night before boarding our cruise. The shuttle service from the airport to the hotel was excellent, but as we drove into this seedy part of town we began to understand why we were having trouble finding a restaurant to meet with family later that night.
The hotel is like going back to the 60's and a travel lodge style hotel. The price for a night's stay is double what the room is worth. The sign out front boasts it's free wireless internet. Unfortunately despite working with their technical support it never worked.

The Mexican restaurant above the lobby served as our meeting place with family. The food was excellent and atmosphere was good.

The complimentary breakfast had nothing for a person who has to eat gluten-free. So we made the long walk to the Starbucks across the street to have something to eat. Walking through the homeless and having them eying your tablets made for an interesting morning.

Howard Johnson charges $10 to drive you 4 miles to the pier for your cruise which is a bit high. $5 would be a better price.

Our stay was ok, but if we revisit we would stay in a better hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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SD_GM92131, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time in reviewing our hotel. We appreciate your feedback and concerns as it is invaluable to us. We apologize that our hotel did not meet your standards. We work hard in providing exceptional quality service and well maintained rooms and are sorry you did not experience that with us during your standing. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that in the future, you will give us a second chance and stay with us. Thank you.
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Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Despite what search engines and reviews might tell you, this is a tired and lack lustre motel - adequate for a nights sleep, but nothing grander.

I don't understand the gushy praise for this establishment which I found to be rather ordinary and characterless. The reception staff were polite and friendly, we got the "young man" guy on our arrival night who was amusing and kept saying "affirmative", think he may have been ex-navy.

The room was basic but clean. For some reason we were given a disabled access room, so the bath height was very low, etc. Odd. The fridge was efficient, too efficient - the fruit we put in it got frozen. The walls and ceiling were very thin, we could hear our neighbours above and next door walking around, talking, shouting and their TV's at midnight or 6am.

Breakfast, as has been said, was very basic both in terms of food offered and seating, it was like dining in a petrol/gas station. Far from being 'charming' we both found the mad Mexican lady in the breakfast room to be really irritating first thing in the morning. Even when she wasn't talking loudly to people she was talking or singing to the television.

San Diego has a lot of homeless people, and a couple would occasionally walk in and help themselves to the HoJo's breakfast buffet. Good luck to them, but this gives you a good indication of the standard of security on site. Rooms have free wall safes though, so I'm glad we used ours for passports, etc.

San Diego's public transport system is good value if you buy a multi-day pass, and the HoJo has stops to and from Old Town where the main transit hub is, uses Route 28. In fact Old Town is within walking distance if you want.

We enjoyed San Diego, but if we revisit we would stay in a proper hotel, not a dowdier version of Travelodge.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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SD_GM92131, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,
We appreciate you taking the time in reviewing our hotel. We would also like to thank you for your feedback and concerns as it is invaluable to us. We apologize that our hotel doesn’t meet your standards but please know that we do strive to work hard in providing exceptional quality service as well as keeping our rooms well maintained rooms and we are sorry you did not get that experience. We hope that you will reconsider and stay with us in the future. Thank you!
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Over all my stay was great. I was there for my son's graduation of basic training from the marine corp. I was glad I didn't have to rent a car, the hotel provided all my transportation for the four days I was there.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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SD_GM92131, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World, responded to this review, November 30, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you for taking the time in reviewing the Howard Johnson San Diego near SeaWorld. First, we would like to congratulate you on your graduating Marine! We are so pleased to hear that your stay was “great.” Also, we are happy that you took advantage of our complimentary shuttle service. We work hard in providing exceptional quality service and try our best to assist all of our guests as best we can and are glad that we were able to do just that. Thank you again for reviewing our hotel. We hope to see you during your next visit to San Diego. Thank you! Go happy, go hojo : )
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We came to San Diego for the first time to visit Sea World, and this hotel was perfect. Part of a bundle, shuttle from and to the airport, from and to Sea World, no rental needed. Clean room, nice staff, decent complimentary breakfast and very reasonable price. Very happy.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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SD_GM92131, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World, responded to this review, November 30, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you for taking the time in reviewing the Howard Johnson San Diego near SeaWorld. We are so happy that you had a great experience during your stay at our hotel. We are also glad that you took advantage of our complimentary shuttle service as well as our deluxe breakfast that we have to offer. We work hard in providing exceptional quality service as well as providing well maintained rooms and are glad that you took notice. Thank you again for reviewing our hotel and for staying with us. We hope to see you during your next visit to San Diego. Thank you!
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Property: Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World
Address: 3330 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92110-4233
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#41 Green Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World 2*
Number of rooms: 98
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