Historical Traveller Reviews of Days Inn Hotel Circle By Seaworld Zoo
Days Inn Will Do
The Days Inn is an okay place to stay, but I would recommend a room on the third floor, which is where we stayed. The amount of "thumping" noises from car doors and room doors slamming is amazing; and then there are vibrations that one can feel as people walk around the place. If we had been on the first or second floor it would have been worse. Strangely, we did not get any noise from people talking or a television. After two days of staying there, I put earplugs in for sleeping purposes (it worked). The room itself is nice enough. We had a little kitchenette set-up in the room, and the refrigerator, in particular, came in handy as we shopped some for breakfast items (orange juice, milk, donuts, yogurt). There's a coffeemaker. So, we saved some dough by eating breakfast in the room. Beds are okay, but could be firmer. Water pressure was okay in the shower. Free USA Today papers are available in the office. We're glad we stayed at the Days Inn, but I could see where a bad stay is possible due to the noise factor. Relative to other hotel choices in San Diego, I would recommend this hotel if you have a car. I think it has a pretty good cost/benefit ratio. The "3" rating I put on the hotel is relative to all possible hotels. It's a good, solid hotel for its motor hotel class. The hotel circle area, by the way, is convenient to the highway (Rte 8) that passes right by. It is also convenient to Rte 163 that goes south into Balboa Park. Rte 163 is a must drive, and we travelled on it quite frequently. Very hilly, winding, and scenic. Lots of foliage.
Stayed here for 3 nights on our recent trip, in February 05. The hotel was quite central to everything. We stayed at the rear of the hotel which was very quiet, you couldn't hear the traffic from freeway. The hotel is basic but very clean and quite roomy, the staff were very friendly and helpful. Having never been to San Diego before, found the detailed driving directions to major attractions and shopping centres very helpful.
Ate at the on-site restaurant, Pam Pam, the food was great and fresh. Would stay here again.
Loved this hotel!!
from A TripAdvisor Member
I don't know about the other reviewers but I enjoyed my stay at this hotel very much. I was traveling with 3 small children and was given a great room. It was on the second floor but conveniently had an elevator right next to my room with parking right in front of the elevator. The room had it's own iron/board/refrig. and hairdryer. This hotel is located about 5 minutes from everything (zoo, seaworld, mall, beaches, etc.). If ever I travel to SD again, I will stay here.
Oh but did not like the Pam Pam Grill located in the hotel. Food was overpriced and waitstaff beyond rude....
This hotel is clean, but I was surprised on how loud and noisy it was. Forget sleeping after 6AM as the noise will soon get you out of bed. Located right next to a freeway in a traffic-choked area. I wouldn't stay here again....
Good value - Would stay here again!
We just returned from a six-night stay here. We chose this hotel because of its low rates and central location. The room was larger than we had expected, the bed was comfortable, and the plumbing worked perfectly. The room was very clean, and the staff was very helpful. We had a couple of minor concerns: the bathroom had an old-fashioned pocket door which we had a hard time opening and closing, and there was a certain amount of noise from people coming & going in the parking lot which might have been more noticeable to us because we had a first floor room. All in all, we were pleased with our experience at this hotel, and we'd stay there again. Two other things I'd like to mention: Other posters mentioned highway noise. We could barely hear any highway noise from our room, which was in the front part of the hotel. Also, there's a 24-hour restaurant (Valley Kitchen) a couple of blocks away. We were thrilled to find this place since our bodies run on East Coast time and we kept waking up at 4 AM wanting coffee IMMEDIATELY.
from A TripAdvisor Member
We just returned from a 4 day stay in San Diego at this Days Inn. It's pretty much a "No Frills" hotel. Right off the freeway and very close most major attractions, which is a plus. The downside is the noise from the freeway while at the hotel. Also, the bathroom area is small and the lighting in the that area is not very good. A big surprise was the "PAM PAM Grill" cafe! Not much to look at, kind of like the rooms, but the food was very good. I would recommend this hotel for those who don't plan on spending a lot of time there and just need a place to hang your hat while you're out and about!
Had a wonderful short stay in San Diego. We were at the Days Inn on Hotel Circle. Good place. Hotel Circle itself is a little confusing but has a good central location. Diane M.
San Diego - Stay Away
Wife and I recently spent four nights in San Diego. Thinking this was one of the better Days Inns and in a good location we selected this one. First, the positive, clean, recently remodeled. Now the downside - reservation system had horrible rates - far higher than other internet sources. Hotel is on the highway, thus very noisy and has outdoor access so we could hear people walking on the ramp above us as well as cars coming and going. There is no lobby or breakfast and the staff recommended the nearby restaurant which was horrible. Tends to attract guests with large families - next door had six people! With over 100 hotels in the area - stay away from this one.
Great rooms and Staff
from A TripAdvisor Member
Great large, extra clean rooms in the Business Sunset Wing. Well worth the extra $10/night Thanks, to a previous reviewer for that tip. These rooms were very large and the equipment better than the 5* hotel we stayed in Las Vegas. The reception staff were great with travel tips and the free shuttle bus excellent. Would stay in this hotel again, in a great location for the tourist.
We stayed here for 2 nights in October and were impressed. When we arrived, the desk staff upgraded us to one of their newly refurbished rooms in the back of the hotel. We walked in not expecting much from a Days Inn. While the outside of the hotel didn't look very new, the inside of the room was quite comfortable with new carpet and a fridge.
Unlike the rooms in the front part of the hotel which faced the hotel parking lot when you opened the door, the rooms in our new section had an interior hallway so that when you opened your door, you faced a quiet, carpeted hallway. We took the free and convenient shuttle to the zoo and had no problems with it at all. All in all, we were pleasantly surprised and certainly would stay there again. In fact, I was told that UCSD places their prospective residents there when they come to interview for positions. I think that's a pretty good sign. Try to request a room in the back of the hotel because you're less likely to hear noise from the highway across the street.
Top Local Tips for San Diego
San Diego Zoo
Buy a 2-day ticket to the zoo (only about $5 more) then go early from opening to about 1:00 pm. When the crowds get too big on the first day, leave and return the next day during the cooler and less crowded morning. Note: you must use the second day ticket within 5 days of the first use.
If you've got kids the aerospace musuem is great and they can sit in some of the planes and play with the controls. Proved a real hit for my daughter!
The Trolley Tour
Take the Old Town Trolley tour one of the first days you're there. It takes you all over San Diego, (Gaslamp Quarter, Cornado Island, Seaport village, Balboa Park etc) and you can hop on and off whenever you like all day. You get to see the sights, and the drivers all provide a great narrative as you drive along. It's really fun.