I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Old Town last weekend mainly because of the parking, value and the opportunity for rewards.
When I looked at reviews for many of the other hotels in San Diego, there was a general consensus that you got fleeced for Valet parking, then you had to wait forever to get your car. Not so at this hotel. Parking is free and self-serve. The breakfast was not 5 star, but I really didn't expect it to be, it had reasonable variety and I didn't have to pay extra for it.
We paid less than I expected, given the proximity to downtown and Old Town, overall excellent value. The staff were warm and friendly. The guys at the desk at night were courteous and fun and answered questions knowledgeably. There is a shuttle that can take you to Old Town, the Zoo, Seaport and the airport... pretty much everywhere we were interested in going. We could probably have skipped getting the car.
If it's your first trip to San Diego, you can get away with no car if you are flexible about waiting for the shuttle and are going to the regular tourist stops. You can also take the shuttle to Old Town and hop onto the trolley ($34) to get into Coronado for excellent beaches.
The layout of the hotel is odd, there are two sections to the hotel, and you have to walk outside to get to the breakfast room and the front desk. The room we stayed in overlooked the pool and was outside of the secured door, the only thing between you and the main street is the pool, no locks or keycard access doors. Initially that made us feel a little unsafe, but it is really a quiet neighborhood and we eventually got over it.
You can walk to Old Town, but it's a 10-15min trek. We walked 3 times, and it was a good walk every time, so I guess that's not really a con.
The freeway is right there... really... right there... we had to change rooms because of freeway noise.
The planes feel like they are directly over your head as they come into the city, more noise to contend with, but it became white noise at some point for me.
Overall though, it was a great time. The hotel has a renovated feel which I liked. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a quiet hotel with breakfast, not overcrowded with tourists and with no hassle for parking.
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- Holiday Inn Express San Diego Airport - Old Town Hotel San Diego
- Comfort Inn San Diego
- San Diego Comfort Inn
- Comfort Inn Old Town