Balboa Park Inn Hotel

, San Diego, United States
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Balboa Park Inn Hotel

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3402 Park Blvd - San Diego - California - 92103 - United States Hotel Website | 619 298 0823
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Fantastic Getaway

from LoveSanDiego
We were attending the "Celebration for the Critters" at the zoo and while we live in San Diego (Rancho Bernardo) we did not want to drive home at the late hour.

A call to the Balboa Park Inn found a mini suite to be available.

This is an absolutely delightful B & B, close to the Zoo. The rooms were spotlessly clean, tastefully decorated and the staff was very courteous and helpful. The continental breakfast was served promply, after calling, and was very good.

They have a selection of accomodations available (26 different room themes) so they can meet the needs of both families and couples.

We would definitely recommend this facility to anyone visiting the San Diego area that would like to experience something a little different from the major chains.

Great location, creative decor

from NHO
We were thrilled at the location of this sweet little inn. If you enjoy being walking distance to the magnificent Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and all the museums the park has to offer, this place is about as good a location as it gets!
We stayed in the Jungle Nook, a quirky little room that had a real sense of charm: it has 2 bathrooms: a huge two-person shower and beautiful bubble tub with an actual sitting area and TB in one, and the toilet and sinks in the other. The bedroom has no windows (hence "Nook), and this is more wonderful than you can imagine for sleeping in.
The pricing is very reasonable, and the place is kept clean.
Very minor negatives: the mattress wasn't the worst in the world but perhaps they could buy a new one soon? Also, I wouldn't think of this as a breakfast destination, although you'll do just fine for a quick bite before hoofing it to the park. Enjoy!!

Not what I expected

from A TripAdvisor Member
I'm afraid, though I arranged for my sister and her family to stay at the Balboa Park Inn several years ago, my experience was such that I thought I should describe my difficulties. I wanted to find a place near my home for visiting relatives to stay. I went to the Balboa Park Inn a month or so before they were to arrive and took a look at several rooms, and since all the rooms are different, I selected one specifically for their needs with 2 small children, paying for it in advance. And though I was assured they would have that specific room, when they arrived, they were given another, smaller room. When I inquired about it, I was told there was someone else in the room I had selected who had extended his stay and there was nothing to be done. (They couldn't exchange rooms, for instance.) I had also noticed, when selecting the room, they all seemed to have a musty, bug spray kind of smell. I had reserved her room based on it's size and the odor was minimal. The room they ended up getting was rather pungent. Needless to say, my sister and her family were not comfortable there and ended up going someplace else and I was told I couldn't get any of my deposit refunded. Most unpleasant all around.

Sigh of relief

from A TripAdvisor Member
Last month my boss was in US to attend some courses. The accomodation provided by the courses was not very attractive and we decided to find something better for the same price. I have examined all downtowns hotels & inns and sifted out something more or less acceptable. But when I looked at the reviews on these places I realized that my boss should not go & see them unless I was eager to lose my job :). Thanks God I stumbled across the Balboa reviews which differed greately from all other I have read before. The only problem was the location (not downtown). Now when my boss has returned from the US, I can say that the reviews did help me to make the right choice. He liked the staff and order although he had to rent a car to go to downtown which took approx 10 min. He said the rooms were nice although he had a feeling that they were stuffed with chance & unnecessary things... they have no wireless Internet, which was a pity, but nonetheless he said it was a nice place. Knowing my boss who is very, VERY difficult to please, I know that it really was.
Wish you in advance a nice journey and a pleasant stay at the Balboa Park inn.

Unique and fun

from LorSanClemente
We stayed in the Oriental suite (which overlooks the middle school across the street) decorated in deep reds and blacks (even a mirror above the bed!) and very large, spacious and clean. Bathtub with candles and a separate shower. The microwave and frig were nice to have and we never had trouble with parking, as some other posters. I would not call this place a "bed and breakfast" since you only get pastries and cut fruit with juice - however it is delivered to your room. There was a problem with traffic noise from the street for this room.

A 10 minute walk and you're at the zoo and Balboa Park.

Absolutely Perfect!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was in town on business and thought I would try something away from the ordinary corporate hotel. I was a little disappointed with the boring stucco exterior but once inside WHAT A SURPRISE! Bick, Tim and staff were all absolutely incredible, the room was decorated so nicely and it was so private, something unheard of in those corporate chains. When you are away on business, it is nice to be able to shut yourself off from the outside world. No noise whatsoever. The free continental breakfast (delivered to the room each morning) really added a special touch. I will stay at the Balboa Park Inn for every future trip to San Diego, business or pleasure.

great service

from A TripAdvisor Member
I found this hotel through trip advisor and based on the reviews, decided to try it. I stayed in Aruba, a small room with a large bathroom and whirlpool tub. I was very pleasantly surprised. The service is better than I have had at most 4 star hotels. there is plenty of info in the room and you can call the front desk for anything. A cont. breakfast is brought to your room at the time you specify. The only cons were a very loud air conditioner, and no parking. All in all, I would definitely go back again.

Unique bed and breakfast

from 4 Joyful Travel
My husband and I stayed in the Talmadge Suite (room 17) for two nights in June 2005. We were upgraded to this suite at no extra cost, and the large living room was ideal as a meeting space for the ten people in our business group. The decor of the room was a bit fussy for our taste, but it was a nice change from bland motel rooms. The bed and furniture were very comfortable. This suite also had a complete kitchen, which we did not use except to make hot cocoa in the microwave. The continental breakfast was tasty but laden with sugar and carbs. A few complaints about our room: We could not darken the room much at night, so if you need darkness to sleep, choose a different room. Also, there was a musty smell coming from the kitchen/bathroom area and the smell of bug spray in the bedroom. We also want to give a warning about the parking situation on the streets around the Balboa Park Inn. It can be very difficult to find a parking space, especially in the evenings after the people who live in the neighborhood get home from work. One night we managed to get a space across the street, and another night we circled the block and found a space on the other side of the block. Despite these negatives, we enjoyed our stay. It was just a short walk to the zoo and the other attractions of Balboa Park.

Very fun and unusual Hotel

from snaggletooth
Just spent two nights in room 10 ( courtyard suite )
I have two words to describe this hotel : Personal Touch

It was pretty obvious that the people that run the place, really take pride in attention to detail.

Everything was really fantastic, from the candlesticks in the jacuzzi tub area to the hot cinnamon roll delivered to my room each morning ( along with juice and fruit )

All staff were incredibly friendly, and I felt like a "guest" in their home rather than a traditional hotel guest.

would not hesitate to stay there again.

The Best Experience

from Chris_and_Linda
Where do I begin? Excellent service, excellent breakfast, cleanest room (jungle nook), walk to balboa park, zoo across the street, friendliest staff, double showers and bubbly hot-tub, tv by the bed, tv by the tub, clean, clean, clean... if you are planning a romantic getaway with your loved one, ONLY stay at the Balboa Park Inn, visit the zoo, go to a few museum, dine at the Prado in Balboa Park, take a cab or drive 5 minutes to the Gaslamp Quarter.... after all that, sleep comfortably only to wake to a fresh and delicious breakfast. NOTE: This appears to be a "couples" inn. The shower room has no doors! Don't go here with your 'buddy(s)'... this isn't the place! But if you want to you-know-what this is THE place ;)

Top Local Tips for San Diego

buses good bus and trolley service to get you around the city.Bikes are for hire,with good bike routes along the seafront

Eat at Prado! The Prado is located in Balboa Park and has the most unique and delicious food. The atmosphere is GREAT! I try to make a stop every time I'm in town. . . don't want to miss out on the chipotle hummus!

Use memberships from your home town! Mnay organizations have reciprocal relationships with similar organizations around the country. Check with your zoo, aquarium, flight or aerospace museum, railroad museum, health club, etc to see if memberships there will get you into anything in San Diego. With our Seattle memberships, we got into the H Fleet Science Center and the Air & Space musuem free, saving us over $50!


Other names for Balboa Park Inn Hotel

  • park inn san diego
  • park inn balboa
  • balboa park inn
  • Address: 3402 Park Blvd - San Diego - California - 92103 - United States
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