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Parking was difficult. Too narrow. I was afraid to crash into another car and afraid my car would get dinged. It took me a long time to park and it was very stressful. The staff was friendly and made me feel welcomed. I appreciated the peanuts offered to me. I would definitely stay again.

Staff were excellent and reacted to the problem immediately

Upside: Staff was always nice. Breakfast had plenty to choose from. Centrally located to everything in San Diego worth going to. No bad smells (Cigarettes, mildew etc). Downside: Pool was down for 2/3 of our trip- not to mention that it was very small. No shuttle to Sea World, even though they have Sea World in their title.

Hotel is dated. It has been renovated but it is overall dated. Breakfast was good though with hot food offered. It is okay for a one night stay. Nothing special but not sure how this property is a Holiday Inn as it reminds me of a Super8 hotel or a lower end property. Definitely does not feel like any other Holiday Inn that I have ever been too and I travel a lot.

It was clean, comfortable, and located close to the park facilities where we attended an event.

It was close to everything and easy to get to. The breakfast was not that good so we still ate out a few times. The shower and toilet were in a “closet”. It was super hot and cramped. The beds were very firm so a foam topper would have been a nice option to upgrade to. The pool was really small and I wish it had a hot tub. It still was a great option for the area and we’ll probably stay here again if we come back.

Great location near Mission Bay and the best beaches in San Diego. They also had free parking.

Great hotel @ a great location and great food (new varieties).

Great location--very close to many SD attractions.

Very clean and pleasant staff. The bed was most comfortable.

Within walking distance of Mission Bay Park, a nice place to go on a morning walk.

OK, hotel, the breakfasts were not great, easier to get to now there is Uber all over.

Close to main attractions. Hotel staff very friendly and courteous. Breakfast was very good and staffed by individual who kept area clean and well stocked. Rooms were small and inability to connect to WiFi were negative factors.

Nice location, free parking,,easy to get on highway.

In San Diego with family for spring break. Hotel was in a good location for visiting the Zoo, Sea World and a short drive to the beach. Free parking was nice and the hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating. The continental breakfast was good with a nice variety of items to choose from. The room itself was ok. A little old feeling but clean and comfortable. With all there is to see and do in the area, we didn’t spend a whole lot of time there. Would probably stay there again on another trip to this beautiful city.

It was very nice, clean and safe. Staff was friendly. Parking a bit tight but no big deal. Breakfast was good.

Front staff was very friendly and handled the large crowd well in front of me, rooms were very comfy and lots of space, plenty of shopping and eats nearby, parking was not a problem with my large truck, would definitely recommend this hotel to travelers of both quick overnight stay or longer than a few days.

I stayed one bought. Hotel is very clean. Staff is wonderful. Room was clean and spacious. Breakfast was great eggs, sausage, biscuit and gravy, pancakes and all three other normal hotel eats. Do not park in the small parking area unless you have a small car. All in all awesome nights stay.

Mission Bay Drive San Diego CA

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Mission Bay
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Located in Pacific Beach within a mile (2 km) of Mission Bay, Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area is within a few miles (5 km) of other popular sights such as Mission Beach. This 113-room hotel has conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


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 luggage storage, tours or tickets, and dry cleaning/laundry. Other amenities at this golf hotel include a 24-hour business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and free newspapers.

Room options

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

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

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

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Executive Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

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

Everyone (22) Couples (2) Family (10)
5
Everyone

Parking was difficult. Too narrow. I was afraid to crash into another car and afraid my car would get dinged. It took me a long time to park and it was very stressful. The staff was friendly and made me feel welcomed. I appreciated the peanuts offered to me. I would definitely stay again.

By on Oct 28, 2019

Review comment responded on Oct 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words and great feedback! We strive to provide excellent service, a comfortable room, and we are so pleased you had a great experience. We thank you again and hope to see you again next time your travels bring you back to San Diego!

1
Families

Staff were excellent and reacted to the problem immediately

By on Oct 14, 2019

Review comment responded on Oct 14, 2019

We thank you for visiting Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World/Zoo Area. We apologize that your recent stay did not meet your expectations. We appreciate your comments and will share your feedback with our team so that we can continue to improve our operations and enhance our guest experience. We do hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future so that we can provide a better experience. We thank you again and hope to see you again next time your travels bring you back to San Diego!

4
Families

Upside: Staff was always nice. Breakfast had plenty to choose from. Centrally located to everything in San Diego worth going to. No bad smells (Cigarettes, mildew etc). Downside: Pool was down for 2/3 of our trip- not to mention that it was very small. No shuttle to Sea World, even though they have Sea World in their title.

By on Jun 17, 2019

Review comment responded on Jun 19, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words and great feedback! We strive to provide excellent service, a comfortable room, and we are so pleased you had a great experience. We thank you again and hope to see you again next time your travels bring you back to San Diego!

3
Families

Hotel is dated. It has been renovated but it is overall dated. Breakfast was good though with hot food offered. It is okay for a one night stay. Nothing special but not sure how this property is a Holiday Inn as it reminds me of a Super8 hotel or a lower end property. Definitely does not feel like any other Holiday Inn that I have ever been too and I travel a lot.

By on Jun 6, 2019

Review comment responded on Jun 7, 2019

We thank you for visiting Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World/Zoo Area. We apologize that your recent stay did not meet your expectations. We appreciate your comments and will share your feedback with our team so that we can continue to improve our operations and enhance our guest experience. We do hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future so that we can provide a better experience. We thank you again and hope to see you again next time your travels bring you back to San Diego!

5
Everyone

It was clean, comfortable, and located close to the park facilities where we attended an event.

By on May 12, 2019

Review comment responded on May 13, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words and great feedback! We strive to provide excellent service, a comfortable room, and we are so pleased you had a great experience. We thank you again and hope to see you again next time your travels bring you back to San Diego!

4
Families

It was close to everything and easy to get to. The breakfast was not that good so we still ate out a few times. The shower and toilet were in a “closet”. It was super hot and cramped. The beds were very firm so a foam topper would have been a nice option to upgrade to. The pool was really small and I wish it had a hot tub. It still was a great option for the area and we’ll probably stay here again if we come back.

By on Apr 14, 2019

Review comment responded on Apr 15, 2019

Thank you for your kind words and helpful feedback! We wish you safe travels and hope to see you again soon!

5
Everyone

Great location near Mission Bay and the best beaches in San Diego. They also had free parking.

By , from rancho cucamonga, us on Mar 22, 2019

Review comment responded on Mar 25, 2019

Thank you for rating the Holiday Inn Express SeaWorld Beach Area five stars! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at our location and were able to receive the legendary service we are known for. We hope to see you again soon. Robert Blatt General Manager

4
Everyone

By on Dec 16, 2018

Review comment responded on Dec 21, 2018

Hello Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent stay at our hotel. We hope next time you are in San Diego you visit us again. Hospitably yours, Mario E.

5
Everyone

By on Dec 16, 2018

Review comment responded on Dec 21, 2018

Hello Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent stay at our hotel. We hope next time you are in San Diego you visit us again. Hospitably yours, Mario E.

5
Everyone

Great hotel @ a great location and great food (new varieties).

By on Dec 5, 2018

Review comment responded on Dec 7, 2018

Hello Anonymous, We would like to thank you for giving us the time to write us a review. We strive to do our best to earn 5 star ratings . Its been our pleasure to host you on your stay here in San Diego. We hope to see you soon again. Hospitably yours, Mario E

Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area

4540 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
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