Overall our stay was nice here. The hotel is obviously old and has been remodeled. The room is rather modest in size, with 2 double beds a small table and 2 chairs another chair and a bureau that contained the TV and a mini-refrigerator along with 3 drawers. The closet was open style behind the entry door to the room. There is an iron and ironing board provided in the room and hairdryer in the bathroom. There is also a small coffee maker. We were on the 3rd floor and had sliding glass doors that led out to a balcony with a plastic chair and a view of downtown/waterfront, all-be-it a mostly obstructed view of the waterfront. The bathroom was a very tight squeeze. 2 People do not fit in here, one barely fits in the room. The toilet looks like one from the old school days. Enough said the bathroom was SMALL, but the linens were nice. Housekeeping does a great job.
Our biggest issue was noise levels were REALLY bad in the rooms especially on the weekend. It appears to be a popular hotel for families/soccer teams/college kids, all of whom were noisy into the wee am hours and sometimes even drunk and shouting in the hallways at 2:30AM, hotels are for sleeping and rest not partying and personally I think "guests" such as these should be asked to leave the hotel. This was the biggest problem on weekends, weekdays were fine, mostly business travelers, quiet rooms and hallways. Weeknights there is a wine/snack hosting in the lobby for about 2 hours, that is a nice touch for business travelers. Breakfast is below the lobby on level M1 and consists of a typical hotel breakfast, eggs (scrambled some days, microwave omelets others), bagels and muffins, toast, juices, coffee, cereals, and some days pancakes. Basic but sufficient. We had lunch at the new orleans style restaurant down below one afternoon and it was very good.
Many thanks to Midge, who makes you feel as if you are right at a friends house. She and the staff helped make this trip enjoyable.
The hotel is only 3 blocks (about a 5 minute) walk from the Orange Line which can take you down to the convention center or the waterfront just a few stops away. It is also only about 5 blocks from the Mall downtown. San Diego is an easy city to get around in and the location of this hotel is good for the price you pay.
I would definitely recommend this hotel for budget minded business travelers on weeknights Sunday-Thursday, but avoid it on Friday and Saturday nights as you cannot get away from the noise and rude behaviour of other guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is our pleasure to welcome you to the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown. This 100% non-smoking hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of America s finest city. San Diego s most popular attractions are within minutes. With our staff's dedication to customer service, the San Diego Holiday Inn Express is a popular choice amongst all visitors.The hotel is within walking distance to the Gaslamp Quarter. For your convenience, take our free shuttle to the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Cruise Ship Terminal, and the San Diego Airport. Enjoy our complimentary hot new breakfast bar featuring fluffy scrambled eggs or cheese omelets, bacon, sausage patties, flaky biscuits, and sausage gravy. The hotel offers free WiFi Internet access, refrigerators in all rooms, and a free business center with three dedicated computers. The hotel is two blocks from the San Diego Trolley which will take you to Qualcomm Stadium in less than 10 minutes. ... more less
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