Having read previous reviews I thought I was prepared for basic, budget accommodations. The price was great -- $61 a night AAA rate. But in the future we will pay more and stay elsewhere.
The room was typical motel room that opens to the outside. Curtains had to be closed for privacy resulting in a dark room. I did not feel the room was very clean--our sofa was so dusty I had to put towels on it to sit on it. Our sheets had cigarette burn holes on one side. Bathroom sink did not drain well and there was scum and remnants of hair shavings in it.
It was chilly at night, but we had to turn off the heating unit immediately after turning it on because it emitted a horrible smell.
Most frustrating was the door to the toilet/tub area (the sink is in the room outside the door). It was a pocket type door that recedes into the wall. The handle/slot to pull it out was very shallow and could not be easily grasped. I got up in the middle of the night and tried to open the door to the toilet area. It had been closed completely and the indentation for pulling it open was so shallow that I could not get a good grip to open it. I had to awaken my husband and he could not get it open either until he used a bent hangar to pry it open. After that we always left the door slightly ajar and never completely closed it.
We tried breakfast at Pam Pam's one day and ended up walking out when no one waited on us. We walked to the left past the Courtyard and Vagabond and discovered a gem of a restaurant called Valley Kitchen. It was absolutely wonderful --- highly recommend. Great prices, service and quiet atmosphere. We ate there every day for breakfast.
Pros: Free parking! Free internet service worked pretty well, a little slower in the evening but otherwise it was speedy. The bed was very comfortable. They have shuttle service, although we did not use it.
All in all the price was right and we were out most of the day until late evening. But next time we will stay in a "hotel" and in a different place than Hotel Circle. Its not a very walkable location, although we were able to walk to the Valley Kitchen for breakfast, and found that we could have even walked to Fashion Valley Mall on the other side of Hotel Circle by walking under the overpass. But we wished we had stayed downtown or in an area where we could have come out of the hotel and safely walked to a number of restaurants and shops.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in the heart of Mission Valley, the Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle near Sea World is conveniently located just minutes from Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Old Town, Balboa Park, downtown’s Gaslamp quarter, and the San Diego Convention Center! With 280 guest rooms, we are within easy walking distance of the Fashion Valley Mall and trolley transit station. We provide free wireless internet in all guestrooms and meeting space. The Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle near Sea World offers the perfect combination of business and leisure from one of the best Mission Valley hotels in San Diego. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Days Hotel San Diego
- Hotel Circle San Diego
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