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Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The staff is super friendly, and very helpful. The hotel is old, and it has a certain smell. Also is close to the beach and San Diego down town

Hotel is very clean and staff is helpful and friendly. If this is your first time going to San Diego and you're looking for a relaxing getaway, I would recommend spending more and staying closer to the beach. However, we had both been to SD before, so we just wanted something inexpensive and easy in the Pacific Beach area, so this was perfect. PROS: -Easy access to freeway -Clean and inexpensive -Free breakfast, which is actually pretty good and saves you $$$$ -Very friendly and helpful staff -Centrally located to all the big stuff in SD CONS -You have to drive to the beach, and parking is atrocious anywhere near the ocean, I would recommend Uber b/c it's a long walk -Not much within walking distance, you need to drive to get to cool restaurants and bars -The pool is tiny, but we didn't use it b/c only there for one night -Rooms are small, but we just needed clean and safe place for a night, we were barely there so not a huge issue If your budget is tight and or don't care about being in a touristy area, I highly recommend this place. It's Holiday Inn Express, trustred brand so you know what you're getting. However, for a full-on vacation I would recommend splurging @ the Hotel Del Coronado because everything you need is right there.

Convenient location near freeway. Short drive to zoo and sea world. Good breakfast selection. Staff is friendly. There was no shower curtain when we arrived. The sheets were clean but stained on one of the beds. One of the walls needed to be patched up and painted.

Hotel room was very clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Beach is about a 3 mile drive. Golf coarse a block away. Pool is very small. Enjoyed our stay would stay there again

Close to Sea World and Old Town but not within walking distance of any restaurants. Breakfast was good in a spacious room with TVs.

Clean spacious rooms, healthy breakfast in a spacious room with two TV's, pool, no charge for parking. Close to sea world and Interstate 5.

Courteous staff, especially Marcia. Took the time to explain to me best way to get around the area and she saved me a $30 cab ride. Great breakfast bar. Less than impressed with fitness room. Overall a nice place conveniently located.

the people there treat you like family (esp marcia) at the main lobby/smiling as they welcome you everyday. the brunch there was tops(the hostess there, i did not get her name)was friendly/well mannered/and greeded me asking if she could help.ex.-one day the only seat left was adjacant to a tv, she brought a remote to turn volume down to my satisfaction. the only neg. point was the size of the pool

An inadequate window air conditioner never kept the room dry and comfortable. Staff was unhelpful. Room was smaller than a breadbox. Not so good.

Nice facility, great staff. The parking is tight and our room was slightly smaller than we had expected, but the hospitality of the staff made our stay great. From the staff at the front desk, the housekeeping crew, and the breakfast room staff, everyone went out of their way to be sure that we had everything just the way we wanted it. Great location for trips into San Diego. What a nice experience! We would certainly recommend this place to others.

We came to tour UCSD with our son, when we check-in we asked for directions to the University to the frond desk person, she was very detailed and gave us directions and great restaurant suggestions. We'll come back to this hotel when visiting our son.

we enjoyed our visit. staff was freindly, facility was very clean

4540 Mission Bay Drive San Diego CA

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool

Located in Pacific Beach, Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Crystal Pier and within a 10-minute drive of Old Town San Diego State Park. This 113-room hotel has conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Located centrally in San Diego, it's also close to University of San Diego and SeaWorld.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast.


Rooms

All 113 air-conditioned rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Pillowtop beds grant a restful night's sleep, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Free newspapers, free local calls, and safes are also available.


Property features

At Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a 24-hour business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and free newspapers.

Room options

Standard Room

King 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible, Bathtub (MOBILITY)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible (Roll-In Shower)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area

Everyone (4) Couples (2) Family (6)
4

nice hotel, close to everything

Everyone

The staff is super friendly, and very helpful. The hotel is old, and it has a certain smell. Also is close to the beach and San Diego down town

By , from El Paso TX on Jul 31, 2016

Review comment responded on Jan 1, 1970

Dear Gaby, Thank you for sharing your experience at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld/Beach Area. We’re thrilled to hear that our hotel suited your needs. We always aim to provide all of our guests with excellent service and we’re touched that you took notice. As you mentioned, we are centrally located near popular attractions and we’re glad that was convenient for you. Once more, thank you for reviewing the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld/Beach Area. We hope to see you again in the future.

5

great hotel for quick overnight trip.

Everyone

Hotel is very clean and staff is helpful and friendly. If this is your first time going to San Diego and you're looking for a relaxing getaway, I would recommend spending more and staying closer to the beach. However, we had both been to SD before, so we just wanted something inexpensive and easy in the Pacific Beach area, so this was perfect. PROS: -Easy access to freeway -Clean and inexpensive -Free breakfast, which is actually pretty good and saves you $$$$ -Very friendly and helpful staff -Centrally located to all the big stuff in SD CONS -You have to drive to the beach, and parking is atrocious anywhere near the ocean, I would recommend Uber b/c it's a long walk -Not much within walking distance, you need to drive to get to cool restaurants and bars -The pool is tiny, but we didn't use it b/c only there for one night -Rooms are small, but we just needed clean and safe place for a night, we were barely there so not a huge issue If your budget is tight and or don't care about being in a touristy area, I highly recommend this place. It's Holiday Inn Express, trustred brand so you know what you're getting. However, for a full-on vacation I would recommend splurging @ the Hotel Del Coronado because everything you need is right there.

By , from Phoenix, AZ on Jun 22, 2016

Review comment responded on Jun 29, 2016

Dear Laura, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld/Beach Area. We are thrilled to hear that our hotel suited your needs and that your enjoyed your stay. We always aim to leave our guests with a memorable experience and we are pleased to have accomplished said task. As you mentioned, we are centrally located near popular attractions in San Diego and we are glad that was of convenience for you. Once more, thank you for reviewing the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld/Beach Area. We hope to see you again in the future.

4

near zoo and sea world

Everyone

Convenient location near freeway. Short drive to zoo and sea world. Good breakfast selection. Staff is friendly. There was no shower curtain when we arrived. The sheets were clean but stained on one of the beds. One of the walls needed to be patched up and painted.

By , from cali family on May 7, 2016

Review comment responded on May 12, 2016

Dear Vacationer, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent stay at our hotel. I am delighted that the staff was able to provide the “Legendary” service for which we are known. The hotel has a wide variety of breakfast items to make sure that all of our guests can start the day right. As you mentioned, we are located just a short drive from San Diego’s most popular attractions including : SeaWorld, The World Famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, The Gaslamp District, Old Town, La Jolla and Pacific Beaches. I apologize for the issues you encountered, but know that they have been addressed with the appropriate departments. We hope that you would be so kind as to give us another chance and stay with us again, in the future. Once more, thank you for reviewing our hotel.

4
Everyone

Hotel room was very clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Beach is about a 3 mile drive. Golf coarse a block away. Pool is very small. Enjoyed our stay would stay there again

By , from Green River, Wy on Apr 20, 2016

Review comment responded on Apr 23, 2016

Dear Susan, Thank you for taking the time in reviewing the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld/Beach Area. We are thrilled to hear “the staff was very friendly and helpful”. We strive in providing our guests with excellent quality service and are touched you took notice. As you mentioned, we are centrally located near several of San Diego’s famous beaches and are delighted you were able to enjoy them during your stay. We look forward to your next night with us and appreciate your feedback regarding the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld/Beach Area.

4

great

Families

Close to Sea World and Old Town but not within walking distance of any restaurants. Breakfast was good in a spacious room with TVs.

By on Jul 9, 2014

4

would stay here again

Families

Clean spacious rooms, healthy breakfast in a spacious room with two TV's, pool, no charge for parking. Close to sea world and Interstate 5.

By on Jun 28, 2014

4

great getaway

Families

Courteous staff, especially Marcia. Took the time to explain to me best way to get around the area and she saved me a $30 cab ride. Great breakfast bar. Less than impressed with fitness room. Overall a nice place conveniently located.

By on Apr 13, 2014

4

home away from home

Families

the people there treat you like family (esp marcia) at the main lobby/smiling as they welcome you everyday. the brunch there was tops(the hostess there, i did not get her name)was friendly/well mannered/and greeded me asking if she could help.ex.-one day the only seat left was adjacant to a tv, she brought a remote to turn volume down to my satisfaction. the only neg. point was the size of the pool

By on Oct 1, 2013

2

hie less than mediocre

Couples

An inadequate window air conditioner never kept the room dry and comfortable. Staff was unhelpful. Room was smaller than a breadbox. Not so good.

By on Jul 30, 2013

4

good value

Couples

Nice facility, great staff. The parking is tight and our room was slightly smaller than we had expected, but the hospitality of the staff made our stay great. From the staff at the front desk, the housekeeping crew, and the breakfast room staff, everyone went out of their way to be sure that we had everything just the way we wanted it. Great location for trips into San Diego. What a nice experience! We would certainly recommend this place to others.

By on Jun 18, 2013