We stayed here for three nights when we had our place tented for termites. The staff was wonderful and the location is great. We turned it into a mini vacation and spent days at the zoo and SeaWorld. Discounted tickets were available on iPads in the lobby which saved us time and money getting into the theme parks. Night time in the lounge area was great with the free beer and wine and we even made it to the pool e few times. The experience here was very enjoyable and we would recommend this property to anyone coming to San Diego.
This hotel is well-kept and accessible to many San Diego attractions. It is close enough to both the airport and the highway to make it relatively easy to go anywhere in the area. We like the weeknight light meals that are served as well as the fact that the breakfast entrees change from day to day, which is especially nice for a multi-night stay. One downside has been that when the hotel is full, there can be shortages of some of the food items at breakfast and dinner because they run out. Also, accessibility wise the parking lot spaces are very tight for a regular size vehicle. There are only a small number of washers and dryers, so there can be a wait to do laundry. Overall, it still is a very desirable and comfortable place to stay.
stayed 9,21 to 9/25/2009 I could not stayed at a nicer place, we were treated like queens. From check-in to check-out the staff could not have been more helpful and kind. The meals were great and helping us with things to do were wonderful. I will sure stay there again whenever I go to San Diego!!!!!
The Pros b Nice setting with palm trees and a few flowers. Easy access to/from freeway. Close location to Zoo and Wild Animal Park. The Cons b Grungy bathtub. Carpet not laid nicely as there were many ripples and we almost tripped a few times. The bedroom was small and there was no place for suitcases.
Traveling on business I used Residence Inns almost exclusively as they are almost always geared towards business travel, however this hotel is not. It is geared towards families. You gotta love kids, lots of kids to stay here. Additionally there are several huge reasons for anyone to steer clear of this hotel. First is the parking: $10 per night does not guarentee you a place to park. Their parking spaces are actualy too narrow to accommodate anything bigger than a compact car. Prepare for car dings!! Second, the condition of the room was below what I have come to expect from Marriott. Third, the staff at the front desk was not helpful regarding our disatisfaction with the room and parking problem, obviously they have heard it all before. We moved to a different hotel. There were a couple good things, the breakfast buffet, though hectic was well-stocked and the staff working in that area were very nice. The pool looks very inviting. I am sure the kids love it. This just isnt the kind of place for business travelers unless they are bringing their kids along.
I am currently writing from a room in this hotel. I can easily hear the people in the hallway, the TV next door, and the LOUD whirl of the industrial washers and dryers in the next room. The hallways and stairs are filthy. The parking spaces are actually too small. Your car is likely to be damaged just by others opening their doors. Breakfast was a nightmare. Hundreds of kids attacking the buffet with parents doing their best to help them through.The saddest part to me is that we are elite members of Marriott and stay at Residence Inns all of the time for work and travel. This is the first time I have ever not felt safe at a Residence Inn and not been able to work. Regrettably, my husband and I are moving to a newer full service Marriott here in town. The staff has not been helpful with this transition. I contacted Marriott directly to have the issue resolved. So if you have a pack of noisy kids who you allow to run in the halls and spend the entire day at the pool, and want to be with like minded families then this is the place for you. You will love it here and the kids will be happy but for old curmudgeons like us this place is overpriced, loud, dirty and definitely not up to what we have come to expect from the Marriott family.
We stayed here for 7 nights and paid $*/night for a 'kids suite.' When you add over 10% for taxes and $10 a night for parking, it was no value at all at pver $* a night. The master bedroom was very small--just a bed, 2 night stands and a dresser with TV--you could barely squeeze by it to get out of the room. There was only one bathroom--for that price there should have been an additional bath for the kids. There is no logical way to get to the lobby other than through the pool area. For a building built in a square shape, it made no sense. \nThe breakfast buffet was full of variety but none of the food was of the healthy vareity. In trying to stick to healthy eating, my only choice was oatmeal or toast. The cereals were all sugared. There was LOUSY fruit....I expected great fruit in California-afterall that is where most of it grows! I get better fruit in Boston. \n \nThe staff was ok, we didn't have much to do with them so I can't judge. The parking was crowded at night, ridiculous to have to pay $10 a night for it. \n \nThere were many toddlers in the hot tub designated for age 14 and older. Parents just let them swim and snorkel and splash in there. The staff, when approached about this dangerous and annoying situation, said they were not liable so didn't care; it was up to the parents to follow the rules! All they cared about was liability not guest comfort and consideration. There were families in the suite above us that let their kids jump on the floor all evening....that was our ceiling. We took matters in our own hands and went up and told them to knock it off.
We stayed here for our last vacation with our 3 yr old daughter. Great hotel if you have kids, they have a kids suite with their own room & bunk beds. Great free breakfast buffet, free drinks/snacks in the evening. Great toddler pool, very kid friendly. Nice room, clean, plenty of room. Staff was friendly to us, even upgraded us to a kid's suite when we accidentally booked a studio with no questions asked. We'll be staying here again this summer. We love it!
Our stay was absolutely the worst... the staff was rude... there was no parking available in the gated lot... forced to park in front of hotel... and then told we had to move our veihicle. The staff was rude, the first room the gave us was already occupied... gave our key to a visitor whom we did not want to be able to just walk in. And then overcharged us for our stay. Will never stay in another Residence inn again... more of a Resentment Inn!
It was nice that they served a light dinner as well as a breakfast buffet. The breakfast buffet was great! The pool facilities were really good for families.The hotel was clean. The bed was so soft, it made my back hurt. The staff wasn't very friendly.