We recently stayed at the Vagabond Inn in Point Loma California for a three night stay in San Diego. I had read about this place in the Mobil Travel Guide, which recommended it as inexpensive and clean.
I can say that those two terms together were correct. But what they didn't say was run down.
The location was great - it is located behind the docks next to the Point Loma Seafood's restaurant. We walked to dinner a few nights and other nights, sat at the tables outside after the restaurants closed with a bottle of wine and watched the fishing boats come in. It was also interesting in the morning to walk over and see the overnight boats come in and unload the fish from the boats.
When we checked in, we had booked our room right through the Vagabond Inn's website. The room was supposed to be $79 and $89 per night. We arrived with another couple who booked their room on Travelocity. They got a room in the back of the hotel - we were given a room right next to the office, which was noisy and inconvenient. We requested a room in a different area and were charged an additional $15 per night. Since we clearly did not want the noise next to the office, we grudingly paid the extra money.
Our room was on the second floor. The room was clean and a decent size, but the dresser was very worn. The bathroom, while clean, had a peeling bathtub. (So did our friends' room). There was mismatched bath tiles on the wall and the tub faucet leaked.
The beds were comfortable and the showers nice and hot, but if you are a bath person, stay away - the peeling of the tub was very off putting.
There was a small pool that was located directly on the main road of Scott Street. If it doesn't bother you to swim where traffic from the road is only a few feet away from you, this won't bother you.
Most of the clerks were friendly, but on one occasion an overnight female desk clerk ignored us while she was on the phone with her boyfriend when we were trying to get so information from her.
There is a coffeemaker in each room but ours had a broken top on the pot. There is also none of that powder in the rooms to lighten the coffee if you make it, so we just got coffee in the main office as a continental breakfast was provided, as well as free newspapers. Our friends had a refrigerator in their room and a microwave, ours did not. When we inquired about it, the clerk told us that's just the way it was - some rooms had them, some didn't and they couldn't do anything about the rooms that didn't have them. That was a little off putting - all rooms should be consistent in this travel agents opinion.
The parking lot was very small in the hotel. If you went out and came back after 9:00 PM, you usually had to park on the street.
This hotel is ideal for anyone who is going on a few days of fishing - the location is right next to the boat docks and it was cheap. We loved Point Loma but will go an extra $20 or $30 next time and stay at another hotel in Shelter Island.
When we checked out, a friendly clerk asked where we were going next and we told him San Luis Obispo. He told us there is another Vagabond Inn there and he'd be happy to make us a reservation - we said thanks but no thanks - our experience with staying at a Vagabond Inn is over for this lifetime.
If you search hard, you can find much better for another $20 per night - I wouldn't recommend this chain from our experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vagabond Inn is steps away from Harbor Drive and Shelter Island, bayside near the landings and marina boardwalk, and a few minutes from San Diego Int'l Airport. Complete with heated pool, full continental breakfast, complimentary wifi, cable with HBO, and a 24 hour service desk, this Vagabond Inn is an excellent choice. All guestrooms are non-smoking with a fridge and microwave. Pet Friendly rooms and view rooms available upon request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vagabond Inn San Diego (Point Loma) Hotel San Diego
- Vagabond Hotel San Diego