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“Great Service, Clean Large Rooms, Centrally Located” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Holiday Inn Express Sea World
Ranked #158 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Service, Clean Large Rooms, Centrally Located”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2013

This was our first time to stay at a HIE. We've always stayed at other, bigger brand name hotels, but we wanted to see if we'd like HIE. We actually enjoyed staying at this particular HIE! Staying there during the holidays, the rates were very reasonable. Our rooms were upgraded when we checked in, and we stayed in a large double queen bedroom. We were impressed with the size and overall cleanliness of our room. Beds were very comfy, and we had many pillows. Bathrooms were good sized and again, very clean and well-stocked. The toiletries were nice and did not seem cheap (citrus smelling). There were even a couple of free water bottles in our room. Breakfast was good and plentiful. All the staff we had contact with were very helpful and kind and nice, including the Manager and Luz, from the front desk. First time visitors in the area would probably have a little problem finding the hotel since it was tucked a little away from main streets. Once you become familiar with the area, you'll find out that the location is very good - just minutes away from most visited tourist spots in San Diego. Very close to the freeway, but not noisy (to us). We'll definitely be staying here again whenever we visit San Diego, and we very highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Voorhees, New Jersey
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

I stayed there for 3 nights recently on points. I am IHG Plat. member and got an excellent bargain on points stay with 75% off during one of the IHG flash sale. My stay was excellent except there was some noise during the morning hours (mostly traffic). I stayed at third floor facing the side street. Breakfast was standard HIX offering.

Being closed to the airport and major attractions is a big plus. Airport was 15 minutes drive, even during the day and La Jolla (my favorite spot in SD) is not too far. I was able to drive there in less than 30 minutes even during the evening rush hours.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank nadir_ali
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Sea World, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Dear nadir_ali,

Thank you for writing a review about your recent stay with us. I'm truly delighted you liked your room accommodation. We work diligently to ensure our facilities are well maintained and we try our hardest to provide not just good value, but comfortable, clean and friendly accommodations. I would like to offer a sincere apology for the inconvenience the noise had caused you. I have taken note of your valuable comments and will use these to monitor and improve the quality and services we offer for to our guests.

Thank you again for your comments, and continued loyalty as an IHG Rewards Club Platinum Elite member.

Sincerely,

Jaime W
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

We stayed at this hotel because it was so close to everything we wanted to visit. We were playing tour guide to a friend of ours from Germany who had never been to San Diego. We were very close to Seaport Village, Old Town, the beach and then when we checked out, we just drove up Mission Bay Drive and headed towards La Jolla.
Hotel room was nice and clean. The only bad thing I would have to say is the view out the window has a lot to be desired. UGH!! But I wasn't there to look out the window. Breakfast was not bad. Enough to satisfy your stomach and save from going out to eat for breakfast which can be pretty expensive. Staff was very friendly!

Room Tip: If you are a Priority member, you'll be put on the third floor which was nice and quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank hummin4u
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Boston, Massachusetts
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115 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Luz was the person I spoke with most of the time throughout my stay and she was a pleasure! She was funny, informative and had a very positive attitude. The rest of the staff was sociable and kind. If you have to sleep during the day request a room on the opposite end of the doggy day care across the street because you hear a bit of barking when you don't have the tv on, but I didn't mind it one bit! LOVE!!! Would 100% recommend and return.
The bus stops across the street were also very convenient. (15 minutes to Ocean Beach!)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Laura H
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Perth, Australia
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16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stayed for a week. Cannot complain about anything here. Rooms were clean, breakfast included (can't go wrong with bagels!!!) In a great location, close to all restaraunts in the area (especially Phill's BBQ!!!) and not too far from Sea World. Friendly staff, reliable WiFi and decent hidden parking. Pretty good deal since we were travelling on a budget all the way from Australia.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Dusty D
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Albuquerque
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at this Holiday Inn Express exclusively because it was close to Seaworld and In-N-Burger. The staff was quite friendly even when we checked late and were tired and short. The room was nice, clean and the beds were comfortable. This hotel is tucked away and would be difficult to find without GPS. Internet, breakfast and parking were free. My only gripe is the parking garage. It is waaaayyy too small and is located under the hotel. Because it is under the hotel there are pillars to support the hotel that seem to crowd every 2nd or 3rd parking space. The spaces are small as well so if you arrive late then is no room to park because all the good spaces are occupied and the empty ones are way to difficulty to navigate due to the pillars. The garage was 50% full and still no way to park. Don't even think about parking your Cadillac or full size pickup here unless you park early and take up 2 spaces. Overall a good hotel with nice amenities but bring your Fiat or SmartCar!!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TheLongTravellers
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Nice Staff, clean rooms, large well lighted bathroom.
The only problem was the parking. The parking spaces are small (not too small) but many guests don't bother to park in the lines and end up taking 2 spaces. Very frustrating when you pull in, there is no parking because 10 spots are lost to inconsiderate guests.
The staff should better control the parking (there is outside security), each car has a parking permit, the guests should be contacted to park correctly.

Room Tip: If you can get a room away from the freeway, do it. The freeway side rooms are not too loud but you...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Matt T
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Sea World, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Dear Matt T,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. Your comments are highly valuable to us and will assist us in our continuous efforts to maintain and improve the service level we aim for. I am pleased to know that you had a satisfactory stay at our hotel and apologize for the inconvenience the parking may have caused you. I appreciate feedback that we receive, whether positive and negative to ensure we provide the best level of service and facilities that we can give to our guests. Thank you again for your review and I hope to have an opportunity of welcoming you back again soon.

Sincerely,

Krysllin G.
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Sea World
Address: 3950 Jupiter St., San Diego, CA 92110
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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 Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #158 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Sea World 2.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express San Diego - SeaWorld Hotel is conveniently located only minutes away from the San Diego Zoo, San Diego SeaWorld, downtown San Diego, San Diego Old Town and the San Diego Waterfront.The Holiday Inn Express San Diego - SeaWorld is also only a few minutes drive from the San Diego Airport, and close to many local companies like Lockheed Martin, CSC, SAIC, CACI, EDS, and SPAWAR. Hotel features include complimentary hot full breakfast buffet, free local phone calls, and free high-speed wireless Internet. Visit beautiful San Diego and Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego-SeaWorld Area. ... more   less 
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