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Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area
Ranked #147 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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Nampa, Idaho
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3 reviews
“Nothing Special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

Upon booking this hotel I was told they had shuttle service to and from the airport and to SeaWorld and the zoo (by a Travelocity rep)....they do not. It was an expensive cab ride to everywhere-cost 70.00 to and from the Safari Park (and a 45 minute drive each way) and 45.00 to and from the airport. If you ask the front desk (Marcia was awesome at helping out!!) they will direct you to the bus stops depending on where you want to go-it is 2.50 per person each bus ride or 7.00 per person the entire day of rides. She also found a cab service that had a car seat for our little one. It is worth the ride to Pacific Beach-great place to get souvenir's and walk along the boardwalk and beach. I think next time I will rent one of the houses along the boardwalk! Marcia at the front desk and the young dark haired gal (sorry but I did not get her name) in the dining room are great assets to this hotel and should be given raises!! We had a 21 month old that still drinks a lot of milk and she was great to go get us some when they ran out at breakfast time in the morning-she even told us we could ask later in the day/night if we needed some (we just bought it at the convenience store cross the street, though). Those two employees continually had smiles and were all about customer service!! Breakfast was convenient and they always had the food available and hot. The rooms were not overly clean-the chrome toilet paper holder did not appear to have been cleaned yet this year. The bathroom was hard to get in and out it was so small-glad we are not large people!! The fridge was not very cold. The pool should not be called a pool-it is the size of my hot tub here at home! The Thai restaurant across the street had good food. Overall, it was an okay hotel but nothing special...the only thing that was positive about the experience were the 2 employees mentioned above.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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SD_GM92131, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear Valued guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay with us. I apologize if you were misinformed about our shuttle services. I can see how that can be an inconvenience to your stay. Unfortunately, when you book through a third party their information is not always correct. I am pleased to hear that your experience with our staff, however, was "awesome" and not misinforming. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful staff working with us at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld - Beach Area. I am glad that you and your family were able to enjoy yourselves during your visit to San Diego and we hope that it won’t be the last. Thank you for choosing to stay with Holiday Inn Express.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

I travelled to San Diego after a mammoth 7000 mile road trip across America and back. It was great to find a place that was both large enough and comfortable enough for my family.

The staff were very friendly, I was greeted on arrival with a nice gift.

Its close by to Sea world and other areas of interest.

The room we booked was plenty big enough, beds were comfortable and although we were close to the roadway behind, it was barely noticeable.

The breakfast was of the standard expected, although the area was very small and filled up quickly.

Above all a very good experience was had and so I'm left with a good opinion of this Holiday Inn.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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SD_GM92131, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Dear Stephen,
I am so pleased to hear that your stay with us at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld - Beach Area was a "very good experience". We love to hear what our guest have to say about our property. Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review about your experience with us. We hope to have you stay with us again if you are in beautiful San Diego. Thank you for choosing to stay at the Holiday inn Express San Diego SeaWorld - Beach Area.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Relatively new hotel with clean, attractive, tidy but TINY rooms. There is barely enough room to maneuver around the bed. Mission Bay is fantastic and is about 1/2 mile down the street from this hotel but there is no connecting sidewalk. This hotel is situated on a busy commercial street with car dealerships on all three sides, or all four sides if you want to include the dealership directly across the street. There is a charming Rubio's nearby, but again you have to maneuver along the curb next to the traffic to get there. This is an example of a property within short driving distance to very desirable parts of San Diego, but why stay here when there are so many comparable options actually at those locations?

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Thank MarkoLA
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SD_GM92131, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay with us. We love to hear what our guests have to say. I am pleased that you were able to take advantage of our properties location. I can assure you that the difference between our hotel and others is the service. We strive to give the best service and quality to all of our guests and they have let us know. We hope to have you stay with us again when you are in town. Thank you for staying!
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Indio, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

This hotel is in a great location with wonderful service. The room was perfect and the breakfast was above and beyond!! Highly recommend this hotel if in the San Diego Mission Bay area. We were on this trip as a family and the kids enjoyed it just as much as the parents.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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SD_GM92131, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Ray,
I am so pleased that you and your family had such a pleasant experience with us at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld - Beach Area. We work hard to give the best quality room and service to all of our guests. I am glad that you were no exception. Thank you for choosing to stay with us at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld - Beach Area. We hope to have you stay with us again when you are in our beautiful city.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

The rooms here are clean and modern. They have a great breakfast and well stocked with many choices. We were very comfortable with this hotel. An added plus is the free parking. The staff was very pleasant and we had a speedy check in and check-out. This hotel is also located close to many attractions. We recommend this hotel as a good hotel with many perks.

  • Stayed August 2013
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1 Thank dorena1959
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

Front desk Juan (shorter fellow there is 2) was very friendly and helpful!! Breakfast was very good lots of selection. I think her name was Elisse, young girl sooo friendly!! Staff willing to do anything to make you happy! Only downfall parking spots are very small so sometimes a bit difficult parking as it is so tight. I would definitely stay again. Literally 6 minutes to Sea world, Pacific Beach and La Jolla.

Room Tip: We were on pool side ground floor nice cool rooms. Beds comfortable.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank BrielleS
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SD_GM92131, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Dear Valued guest,
I am so pleased that your stay with us was so "excellent" and that your experience with our staff was so memorable. Our hotel is very fortunate to have such a hard working and caring staff that really care about our guests and what they can do to accommodate them. We hope to have you stay with us again soon. Thank you for choosing to stay at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld - Beach Area and for taking the time to write a review about your experience.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and we enjoyed it very much. Locations is not bad, considering that it is close to the sea world and the harbor area. What is was most impressed about was the staff. Very helpful & friendly. The room size is good and the breakfast is substantial. I was mainly on a business trip and hence was not able to go to some of the restaurants nearby. Will love to stay with them again in future.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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1 Thank Tapan-Patel
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SD_GM92131, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
Valued guest,
Thank you for choosing to stay at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld - Beach Area. It is great to hear that the staff at the hotel impressed you and that they were "very helpful & friendly". I know they work hard and strive to give their best. I am pleased that you were able to take advantage of our breakfast and that our location was convenient to your stay. I hope to have you stay with us at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld - Beach area again as well. Thank you.
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Property: Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area
Address: 4540 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 (Formerly Comfort Inn)
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#43 Green Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area 2.5*
Number of rooms: 116
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Comfort Inn San Diego
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