We stayed at the HJ Hotel Circle for 6 days in July, 2004 and returned for the last two days of our trip to CA.
The hotel is a little run down and is in a somewhat noisy area, fronting I-5 and Hotel Circle South. However, we knew this in advance and requested a room on the top floor, in the rear (Room 421) so there would be a minimum of noise. The room was fairly large with a king size bed and a small sofa. There was a room safe (a real plus) with a $1/night automatic charge, a coffee maker, small microwave and refrigerator.
The continental breakfast was fair, with coffee/tea, orange juice, cereal and doughnuts, muffins and toast. A USA Today was free.
The hotel has a very small pool and a hot tub which were OK-nothing special.
The location is very good--there is easy access to I-5 and it is just about 1-2 miles north of Old Town (easy to get to by going west on Hotel Circle South, which becomes Taylor St, going right by Old Town.
San Diego is a fairly easy city to navigate and you can just about anywhere around the city quickly from this location.
While this is certainly not a 4 star hotel, it provided what we needed. The staff was pleasant and the rates were very reasonable (we booked through Orbitz) and the hotel did not gauge us over the July 4th weekend by raising rates significately as do other hotels (just a few dollar difference).
When we return to San Diego we would consider the HJ again.
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Express Inn - San Diego Hotel San Diego
- Howard Johnson San Diego