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Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown
Ranked #126 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Cincinnati, Ohio
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138 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
“What it lacks it makes up for with a GREAT staff”
Reviewed December 16, 2010

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.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed December 13, 2010

Okay the hotel/motel may not be a 5 star appearance and the rooms are well they are rooms.. but for the money - I have a fridge, hot breakfast, free internet, nice pool and pool hang out area, quiet neighborhood day and night yet only blocks from stores, waterfront, and restaurants and a nice sized balcony and free milk and cookies at 8pm. Not bad at all...

But it gets better - I am a priority club member (but anyone can be.. just sign up for free) and I must say its been a long time since I was greeted so kindly on check in (for being a valued priority club member), and given a check in present (lotion and razor in a beautiful carrying bag) and upgraded to a room looking towards the bay and allowed early check in (10 am) and a managers greeting from 5-630 every weekday with FREE ALCOHOL and nibbles. Okay.. I admit... I felt more "special" staying here than staying at the Hilton last week... and holiday Inn costs almost half as much...

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Surrey, Canada
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Reviewed December 5, 2010

We stayed for 3 days and found the hotel to be older but very well kept. The hotel is only blocks (easy walk) from the Gaslamp area but without all the traffic. It is also a very easy walk to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, barely a need for a car. I must also say that the staff were very friendly and seemed interested in where we were from and going on to. Since we were from Canada, they asked lots of questions. We will stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Carmel, In.
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Reviewed October 22, 2010

This was a great place to stay. The best part was that you had the convience of the shuttle service. the holiday inn nearer to the bay is 2x the the cost of this inn. I do not think my wife and I would have enjoyed being there verses the cost..

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

We stay in hotels around the world, for the price, this hotel was pleasantly adequate. Very nice staff, clean room, amenities: decent breakfast, hosted wine/beer hour, cookies/milk @ 8pm, newspaper, airport/cruise shuttle, located near shopping plaza. Another star should be added.

Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed September 22, 2010

Nice, spacious and clean rooms. Great location. Good customer service. Breakfast was average.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Long Island, NY
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

This was 1 of 3 hotels we stayed in during our visit to San Diego as my husband wanted to stay one night downtown. We used Holiday Inn points so the room didn’t cost us anything.
Room was nice but bathroom is very small. Beds are comfy.
Parking is $16 a day and making turns going up the ramps in the indoor lot is tight.
Location is good. Nearby is Horton Shopping Plaza and the gaslamp district. We also walked all the way to seaport village.
Nice size pool.
Breakfast is good – warm cinnamon buns, ready-made cheese omlettes, muffins, watered down juice, cereals, yogurt.
We were expecting ‘more’ of a city – some nightlife and some people, but then again we’re from the NYC area.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown
Address: 1430 7th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-2815
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#73 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 136
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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