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Holiday Inn Express San Diego Airport - Old Town

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

great way to walk to Mexican restaurants and close to the airport for arrival to and departure from San Diego

Comfortable good breakfast and great location close to restaurants and shops and major highways

We were very pleased with our stay at Holiday Inn Express Old Town - San Diego. We were there for our sons MCRD graduation and because of the the hotels shuttle system and drivers, they made it so easy to get everywhere we needed to be and on time. In addition to that they shuttled us to return our car rental the night before our flight making it easier to get to the airport the next morning for our flight out. Everyone working the front desk were very informative and helpful. Thank you to but not limited to: Art, Elia, Jose, Alex, and Fernando for helping make our stay a wonderful experience. The Bujarski family.

We needed a place to stay when flying in and then out of San Diego. This motel appeared to be the closest, and was also located close to Old Town, where we had dined before. There are many amenities that speak in favor of this motel: free parking, using the room card, a very nice breakfast buffet, easy walking distance to Old Town, plus a shuttle to Old Town if you want, an in-room refrigerator with freezing compartment (this is important to me as a diabetic, to refreeze the blue ice for my insulin carrier), etc. The breakfast is nice, but typical. The eggs are preprepared, with an industrial aspect to them, as is typical at motel breakfasts. They did have a pancake machine, which cranked out fresh pancakes, which was nice. It wasn't working on our outbound night. The complaint I have, and the reason for the rating of 4 is that this motel is located right next to I-5, so the road noise is noticeable if you have a room on that side. If I stayed here again, I would request a room away from the freeway side. I don't know what the road noise is like on the other side. It would be nice if they had some real noise abating curtains that could be pulled. In any case, we ran the fan on the A/C unit all night, and it covered it pretty well. There is a great Italian restaurant in Old Town. We didn't like the spin on the Indian food at the restaurant next to it. The Saag Paneer was strange, based on my past experience.

This is my third year staying at this hotel for an annual conference. I am quite satisfied again as I am each year. It is in a very good location. Many restaurants to choose from in Old Town which is a 5-10 minute walk away. The room service was excellent. The room's refrigerator was and is always a comfort for my fruit and veggie routine. The hotel provided a shuttle to the convention center if needed. The continental breakfast is always nice. 8 minutes away from the beach. I will stay there again the next conference.

Very close to what i needed. Walking distance to things we enjoy. Coffee 24/7 was nice. Great stay.

Our room was literally next to Intersate 5! We had to put the room's fan on high to try to drown out the noise! Didn't work! Otherwise the motel was great - free parking & a nice complimentary breakfast. Just get a room on the east side of the motel!

I always stay @ Holiday Inn Express. They are absolutely the best value for the money. Generous shuttle service, excellent breakfast, very clean rooms, courteous and helpful staff, secured buildings.

Best experience from the moment we called the hotel for pick up from the airport. The girls(Vangie) where very friendly and helpful gave us the information about graduation also suggested great places to eat the Pizza Bella(Elia) was excellent. Also the city trolley tour was a great way to see the city in a short time. The breakfast was great!(one of the reasons I chose the hotel) the shuttle service(Fernando) was awesome all of the staff very friendly & helpful never a problem getting one & always on time that was a big plus so no car needed. Needless to say I was very hesitant in planning & going off mixed reviews Very pleased with very aspect of out trip! I would definitely stay here again!! Thanks for A GREAT Marine Graduation experience.

Stayed one night. Nice hotel, good breakfast, great airport shuttle service.

Nice, clean, comfortable, good location, helpful staff

It was wonderful staying in the motel. Will be back. The pool area was outstanding and the rooms were well kept.

This was an awesome place. I would go again. Friendly staff. Good breakfast and clean room. Pool and jacuzzi were great too.

The staff was friendly. Convenient location. Beautiful view from the balcony.

the hotel was very convenient to the airport and to rental cars. It is a clean but older facility. Not as nice as most Holiday Inn expresses I have stayed at. the desk staff were very helpful and the breakfast was not bad. I would stay there again, mainly for the convenience, especially if one has an early flight to catch.

Just ask for a room in the front or courtyard to avoid freeway noise. Staff is super friendly and very accommodating with information, shuttle service.

It looked like a clean room (until we saw a giant cockroach at 5am). Nice not having to pay for parking, business center use and free breakfast. Good place for a quick business visit but I wouldn't recommend for kids.

Comfortable, close to old town, way too close to fwy though, bring ear plugs

was here for a wedding. nice place with easy access to downtown and the beach.

The location was convenient for late arrival and early departure. Staff was informative and business like.

1955 San Diego Ave San Diego CA

Located in Old Town within a short walk of Old Town San Diego State Park, Holiday Inn Express San Diego Airport - Old Town is within a few miles (5 km) of other popular sights such as University of San Diego. This 123-room hotel has conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. In the historical district, it's also near Balboa Park and Seaworld.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast.


Holiday Inn Express San Diego Airport - Old Town's 123 rooms are air-conditioned and provide microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect TVs with cable channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Free newspapers, free local calls, and safes are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Holiday Inn Express San Diego Airport - Old Town have access to an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. If you drive, self parking is USD 10.00 per day, or you can take advantage of the free airport shuttle during limited hours. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and a business center.

Room options

Executive Suite, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Executive Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking (Feature)

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room

Twin 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2