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Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 July 2013

The staff were great and really could not be faulted. It's such a shame that the hotel is so tired, it has the potential to be really very good but needs some care and attention to bring it up to a modern standard. The elevators are some of the slowest I've ever ridden on, and the zircon in the room...

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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Dear Johnston66UK, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. Your comments are highly valuable to us and will assist us in our continuous efforts to maintain and improve the service level we aim for. I am pleased to know that you had a satisfactory stay at our hotel and apologize for the shortfalls you...

Imperial, California
Reviewed 2 July 2013 via mobile

Pro: Staff was awesome. Very friendly. Clean & happy Room was taken care of, clean & organized. Breakfast couldn't have been anymore perfect. Love those pancakes. Con: Underground parking $16.00 Entrance to parking is being the hotel on 6th Street. Must: we stayed in room 318; had a wonderful view of the historical el cortez hotel.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 June 2013

Great location for the Gaslamp District. Smallish room with noisy air con but perfectly adequate and very clean. Nice to have a refrigerator and free wifi in the room - been to many places which were more expensive but didn't have these. Breakfast was quite acceptable, if you don't mind a rugby scrum to get your food at times! Biggest...

1Thank Geo-0131
Hameln, Germany
Reviewed 23 June 2013

I Stayed here with a large group on a sports tour for 3 nights in Jun 13. It was ideally situated for the Gaslamp Distrct for the main hub of bars and restaurants. Use the lift on 6th Avenue to return after a night out rather than the main ntrance on the steep 7th. The rooms were small and not...

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Limerick, Ireland
Reviewed 14 June 2013

Definitely makes the top 10 of the worst hotels I have ever visited. Needed a hotel fast so booked this through a travel agent over the phone. Would not have happened had I visited tripadvisor and glad to say lesson well learned. The rooms were pokey and in need of a good cleaning the breakfast was a slap up so...

2Thank Pat H
IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Dear Pat H, Thank you for taking the time to leave our property a review regarding your experience. I am glad you liked our hotel location. We strive to provide the best possible service and experience and it is always great to hear from our guests on how we are doing. I deeply regret the overall dissatisfaction of your stay...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 9 June 2013

I must admit that this hotel was booked at the last minute with very little research, but we got lucky. It is walking distance to the gaslamp district which is an excellent area for dining, clubbing, etc. The staff was so helpful, no matter what the question. They gave us all kinds of information about the area, highlighted places on...

Thank James C
Reviewed 2 June 2013

If you're looking for a good located hotel to gas lamp district in San Diego, this hotel is it. But, it lacks in all other aspects. Price is high, service is ok, rooms needs upgrades compared to other Holiday Inns.

1Thank stevop
IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Dear stevop, Thank you for your feedback. We take our guest comments very seriously and always strive to provide comfortable and friendly accommodations and for that please accept our sincere apology for the shortcomings you have experienced. I appreciate you bringing this matter into our attention as this is our best resource for improving guest satisfaction. I trust that the...

Flagstaff, Arizona
Reviewed 31 May 2013

I wish I had booked this hotel for both nights of my trip, because it was excellent. The service was extremely nice, the room was very clean and looked like it had never been used. The TV was a nice, new, enormous flat screen. There was a fridge, too, and microwaves on request. The complimentary breakfast had tons of choices...

1Thank kyl68
Los Angeles
Reviewed 30 May 2013

Chose this location because it is centrally located between Hillcrest and Downtown San Diego (Gaslamp). Walking to Hillcrest is a brisk walk (10-15 min) and to Gaslamp (5-10 min). Felicia the Front Desk Agent did an AWESOME job by welcoming us with high energy and making us feel welcomed by asking us series of questions that included if this was...

Thank EL_GQ
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Just returned from a Memorial Day weekend trip to San Diego, chose the Holiday Express for its location and value. What I was impressed with the most was the staff. Jeannette, thank you for making our stay perfect, for assisting us with local transportation, for your warm smile each time I passed the front desk. The location is walking distance...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Family Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
  • Free Breakfast
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Conference Facilities
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
It is our pleasure to welcome you to the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown. This 100% non-smoking hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of America s finest city. San Diego s most popular attractions are within minutes. With our staff's dedication to customer service, the San Diego Holiday Inn Express is a popular choice amongst all visitors.The hotel is within walking distance to the Gaslamp Quarter. For your convenience, take our free shuttle to the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Cruise Ship Terminal, and the San Diego Airport. Enjoy our complimentary hot new breakfast bar featuring fluffy scrambled eggs or cheese omelets, bacon, sausage patties, flaky biscuits, and sausage gravy. The hotel offers free WiFi Internet access, refrigerators in all rooms, and a free business center with three dedicated computers. The hotel is two blocks from the San Diego Trolley which will take you to Qualcomm Stadium in less than 10 minutes. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown

Address: 1430 Seventh Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $138 - $366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 136
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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown Hotel San Diego
Holiday Inn San Diego
San Diego Holiday Inn
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#74 Family Hotel in San Diego
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“There aree some rooms with Balcony”
 of 5 bubbles mikeg755, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We are IHG Platinum Elite,we asked for upgrade and got room with balcony. I suggest asking for one that faces the 6th st side of hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles justmaryp, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
“City view was nice on the balcony.”
 of 5 bubbles AnnetteV526, 30 Sep 2016 | Read review
“A room facing the street lets you sit out and watch the world go by but is a bit noisy. The other option is the rooms overlooking the pool”
 of 5 bubbles LorraineMore, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
“top floor was quiet”
 of 5 bubbles rickemmanuel, 13 Sep 2016 | Read review
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