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“Was a lil' hesitant at first...” 3 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   17065 W Bernardo Dr, San Diego, CA 92127-1457 (Formerly Holiday Inn San Diego-Rancho Bernardo)   |  
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Ranked #159 of 281 Hotels in San Diego
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Brooklyn, New York
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73 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Was a lil' hesitant at first...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I have had some hit or miss experiences with the Holiday Inn brand, so of course when I booked this one, I prayed I didn't make a mistake. Was in town for the jazz festival and most of the hotels were seriously overpriced and overbooked. So this one came up last minute at a decent price (compared to others in it's ranking) and I gave it a try. The room was comfy for the most part, aside from that stale hotel smell that usually comes with "motel" rooms. The bed was clean and nice and so was the bathroom. I was on the first floor across from the pool, so sleeping in during the morning hours was not an option. Luckily only stayed for 2 days and was gone most of the day. It served it's purpose for the weekend. The venue was about 20 minutes away but not a bad commute. Would probably book differently next time, and most definitely far more in advance.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank L G
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo, responded to this review, June 15, 2014
Dear L G,

Thank you for sharing your feedback about your recent stay. We are glad that you found our location suitable for your travel needs and our rooms clean and comfortable. We look forward to your next visit when you can continue to enjoy all the amenities.

Kind Regards,

Tracy V.
Case Manager
IHGCare
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

I stayed at this hotel while on business in SAN, and was welcoming upgraded to a 2-bed spa suite - very spacious and lovely but quite dark interior. Staff very helpful and breakfast adequate but just ensure that the maid shuts your door after cleaning...

Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Emily P
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Dear Emily P,

Thank you for staying with us and for leaving a review of the property. I am glad that you found our staff very helpful and the breakfast adequate.

However, I am sorry that the lighting condition in the room was a disappointment. We take all feedback seriously and your comments are helpful for us to consider for improvements needed.

Again, Thank you for staying with us, and we hope to have an opportunity to serve you again.

Best Regards,

John O
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Bangalore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I had been here for a week, staying on business, it is almost in the middle of no-where. Not close to any side on San Diego, neither to La Jolla, nor to San Diego, not to Carlsbad. However the stay was good, breakfast was decent. the rooms were fairly clean, bathrooms were rather small though. Good eating place next door (the only one available), called elephant Bar.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank JayanthB
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Mentone, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This Holiday Inn Express is clean, the beds are comfortable and the staff is helpful. It was nice to have the breakfast area that was large and quite to be able to use for informal business meetings. Don't forget to try the cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Robin O, Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo, responded to this review, July 11, 2015
Dear MountainMan1957,

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us the feedback of your stay! We are pleased to have provided you a comfortable bed and that the breakfast area was large and quiet enough for you to do your business. We hope to see you again soon!

Robin
Guest Experience Champion
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Maharashtra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I stayed here on business for a week with 5 team/customer representatives.

The room I stayed was clean and spacious, along with the necessary amenities – wi-fi, TV, toiletries, etc. everything was efficient with nothing much to complain about. They have decent parking space too. I would like to have a little variety in the breakfast, if not improved quality. The service was good but had to be initiated. The front desk was co-operative and gave some necessary inputs. As with most places it also has a separate workstation for surfing/printing. The thing that might bother some folks is that there is no in-room dining. Esp if you are on business with ltd time that becomes a bit of a handicap. There is a good restaurant besides (Elephant Bar) it which can be of help. Plus there is a Starbucks, and a Japanese joint. But other than that you are left with calling delivery folks.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Chandigarh, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Good rooms and everything in the hotel was great.

Good parking facility with close access to everything.

Recommended for anyone going out for a holiday and want to relax and enjoy his vacation with or without family.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank RDChh
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

We have stayed in many Holiday Inns (Express & Suites) and this was by far the worst one yet. We arrived late (9:30 PM) and were greeted nicely by the desk attendant, but received a key for rm 275 while room 225 was circled on our map. Luckily we didn't get too far before we noticed. Yes we got the wrong key! Parking was very limited - we parked in the garage across the lot since everything in the lot was full. Yes every spot.

The hotel itself feels like a motel - two stories, smells old n musty and very basic. Almost seems like a Motel 8 that was bought out and redone to add Holiday Inn amenities like a pool and breakfast room. Our room was clean, but the tv channels all had varying degrees of static which is annoying and makes tv watching difficult. Walls are thin, especially bathroom walls - when my husband showered in the am, it sounded like I was in there too! There is also a sensor light in the entry which surprised us both times when we woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Bright and ridiculous, frankly, at 3 AM.

As I think about our stay - I think the only positive may have been Bianca in the breakfast room. Friendly, hard working and such a pleasure. Breakfast was the typical - pancakes, packaged pastries, sausage patties n eggs w some mystery "diced meat" in the middle. Thankful for the bananas and coffee.

Never again, we only stayed one night and moved on. Thankfully we paid the employee rate to stay here, but even at that, we' d choose another option!

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Danielle H, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
I first want to thank you for taking the time to write your review. Without honest feedback, like your's, it is difficult for us to get the pulse of our guests' experiences. I am sorry you did not enjoy our hotel. I am glad to hear, however, that you got to meet Blanca in our breakfast to turn your experience around some before you left.
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Property: Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo
Address: 17065 W Bernardo Dr, San Diego, CA 92127-1457 (Formerly Holiday Inn San Diego-Rancho Bernardo)
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#40 Green Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo 3*
Number of rooms: 178
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn San Diego-Rancho Bernardo is nestled in a beautiful valley surrounded by majestic hills, and is recognized for its golf courses and wineries.Rooms available for local tournaments: San Diego Open, NJB Tournament, PQ Premier, Triple Crown, & Hotspurs.The hotel offers many amenities for the business and vacation traveler at affordable prices. Our exclusively designed rooms and facilities include a host of functional features: convenient location, spacious and business-friendly guest rooms, free wireless high-speed Internet, complimentary hotel shuttle to offices within 5 miles Mon-Fri, complimentary business center services, full service Elephant Bar & Restaurant and Lounge, room service, hot breakfast buffet daily, complimentary parking, complimentary fitness center, same day valet/laundry service, outdoor heated pool and spa, in room coffee makers, two-line phones, large work stations, refrigerators and microwaves in all rooms. We are the closest full service hotel to the San Diego Wild Animal Park in the area. Local companies include: Hewlett-Packard, Sony, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, NCR, BAE Systems, Pulse Engineering, Masco, Caterpillar/Hawthorne Machinery, Laserink, Cymer, Kodak, Zarlink Semiconductors, & Sumitomo Electric Inc. ... more   less 
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