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Holiday Inn Express Sea World
Ranked #160 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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“Hated this hotel!”
Reviewed March 20, 2006

I am puzzled by the favorable reviews...the rooms smelled very moldy, bathroom floor tile grout was half-missing, there were rust stains in our bathtub, the heater blew our curtains up over the window to expose our room, our toilet ran the entire 3 days, breakfast was NOT included even though the site said it was, and homeless bums hung out across from our room. Parking was horrible for anything larger than a compact car, and our second floor room section was not accessible by elevator. Lugging our suitcases up the metal stairs was a challenge. The vending machines in our building were all broken, and there wasn't an onsite restaurant (there is one next door). The desk clerk didn't even know how to get to the airport and had to just give us a map. Will never stay here again...pick a different hotel!

  • Stayed March 2006
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Grand Rapids
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2006

I had read the reviews posted on this site of several hotels prior to making my reservations in San Diego. I am very happy to say that all the prior reviews were absolutely correct regarding the Holiday Inn Express. The staff at this hotel are awesome and were able to answer all my questions, give accurate directions etc. making my first trip to this area most comfortable. The parking garage is tight and my mid-size rental ended up being a mini van but I had no trouble working my way in and out of parking spots. My room had a small kitchenette which was most helpful. I bought a few groceries and was able to eat supper in my room. The hotel is close to highways and it never took me more than 15-20 min to reach my destination. I would definately recommend this hotel and would stay here again.

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Reviewed March 17, 2006

I had read the reviews on trip advisor, which led us to stay at the Holiday Inn Sea World. Granted the price was much less than nicer places in San Diego -- and now we know why. Our hotel room view was of the freeway and a dry dock junk boat yard. Rooms were okay. Mold on the bathroom ceiling. Kithenette meant small fridge and mini microwave in the room. Okay if you're on a tight budget, and very close to sea world but not a nice neighborhood. The pool was tiny and crammed in the parking lot.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Natick, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2006

The good

The room was quite spacious and very clean, and recently updated. Wide bathtub, with a curved shower curtain rod which keeps the shower curtain away from you (a nice touch). Clean carpets. Small sitting area with a couch. Two telephones. Location close to Rte. 8. Helpful staff. Good selection of foods in the complementary breakfast.

The not so good

The bed is rather hard, not so comfortable, with rather threadbare sheets and thin blankets. Out-of-the-way location. Elevator and hallways a bit dingy. Some airport noise.

  • Stayed March 2006, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2006

My husband and i stayed at the Holiday Inn Express hotel (Sea World) for 3 days and loved it. Here are some great things abt the hotel

1)Breakfast was excellent and starts promptly at 6:30 am. The staff is extremely courteous and keep a watchful eye on food / coffee that need refills.

2)The rooms and corridors and even the lifts were spic n span.

3)The room had a microwave and a fridge and we could get food from outside and reheat at our convenience.

4)There is a vending machine for midnight snacks.

5)Very close to most of the tourist attractions like Zoo, Se World, La Jolla, Gas Lamp etc.

6)Free Internet access.

7) Lots of restaurants close by like Olive Garden, Red Robin, Chipotle etc.

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utah
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2006

We chose this hotel because it was one of the few with free parking, free breakfast, and room to sleep six, for less than $100. It's a fantastic deal! If you're a family on a budget, it's even better. It's very close to Sea World (an easy 5-minute drive). It's very clean and comfortable, the breakfast is good, the service is good. The parking is tight, as others mentioned, but we were okay with our minivan. I wouldn't want to try to park a large SUV or passenger van, though. The view is lousy...our window looked out onto the ugly roof of the run-down buildings behind the hotel. But we weren't there for the view. If you want a view, stay near the beach, and pay $200 more a night.

The area is a little iffy behind the hotel, but we felt very safe. However, another family's car was broken into in the garage. The security guard heard the window being broken and stopped the theft, but that made us a little wary. I'd absolutely stay here again if we're in San Diego. I did extensive research on hotels, and this one is a real find. You won't find this quality for this price elsewhere. San Diego is a very expensive city.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Vernon, Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2006

Great value in San Diego. You need a car at this location, though. It's not conveniently close to a trolley stop. Parking is tight in the garage, but doable. The pool area is uninviting -- clean, but small and reachable only through the garage. However, if you have a car and don't care about a pool, this is an expertly run hotel, dedicated to caring for the guests. There's a free computer and printer in the lobby for guest use. We had a sofa in the room, as well as a refrigerator and microwave. It's also on a quiet side street. The staff was courteous and responsive to our needs. The location is convenient to the Mission Bay area and points north, just blocks away from the Sports Arena, and no more than ten minutes from Old Town, downtown, and Balboa Park by car.

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Property: Holiday Inn Express Sea World
Address: 3950 Jupiter St, San Diego, CA 92110-5119
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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 #160 of 278 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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Holiday Inn Express Sea World Hotel San Diego
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