Holiday Inn San Diego on the Bay Hotel

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Holiday Inn San Diego on the Bay Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 600

1355 North Harbor Drive - San Diego - California - 92101 - United States Hotel Website | | 6192323861
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Very, very nice

from Cruiserfish
Spent memorial day weekend 2004 at the Holiday Inn on the Bay and it was very very nice. Room was kind of small but very clean. The toilet was old and had a tendency to run for quite a while, but that was the only real complaint. Now, the part about the balcony. Talk about a bay view. WOW, I mean right in front of the bay. Our balcony was right across from the cruise ship dock and we watched as the Legend of the Seas ship came in on Sunday morning. The view was endless. Overall, the Holiday Inn on the Bay was a good choice and I would recommend it when staying in San Diego.

Nice hotel.

from grram1
The hotel was pretty nice, better than your average Holiday Inn. The room was average to a little on the small side, but was comfortable and tastefully decorated. It is centrally located to lots of food and entertainment. The only real draw-back for us was the high price of parking... I suppose had we paid full rate I might have been harder on the hotel (we booked through Hotwire for $75).

Better experience than many other reviewers

from A TripAdvisor Member
After booking this hotel through Hotwire, I came to trip advisor to read the reviews. Upon reading the negative responses about internet bookers, I was quite nervous about my stay. However, I am very happy to say that my experience was really nice. The staff was friendly and the room was in the "dreaded" south tower on the 14th floor. We faced the city so we experienced the train track noise first hand. It was, at times, quite loud and frequent but from my perspective it was not unbearable. The room was spacious and clean. I would definintely stay here again on an internet booking but don't think the place is worth the normal prices of $169+ a night. It's nice but not that nice.

Very Pleasant Experience!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was a little nervous about staying here after reading several negative reviews, but we had a fantastic time! The accomodations and staff were excellent. The first room we were given did not include a balcony (which I had requested and paid for), but when I complained, we were given a beautiful room overlooking the bay. The room was very comfortable, location great, and the staff gave us the little extras we requested. The pub, Elephant and Castle, was great fun with good food. I will definitely return next time I visit San Diego!

We had a great time at the Holiday Inn

from RandyVictorvilleCA
We stayed May 14th-16th at the Hoilday Inn on the Bay. We went especially to see the Cubs play the Padres. From the check in to check out, we were treated greatly by the staff at this Hotel. We booked the room thru Hot Wire and got a fantastic rate. The location was great for a quick walk to Sea Port Village and the nearby train station made it easy to take a ride on the trolley to the Gas Lamp District as well as Petco Park. The Hotel Bar/Restaurant was convenient for a drink as well as some food. We didn't use the pool so I can't comment, but our room was very clean and the property was in good order. We'll stay here again in the future...

Great location!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Booked this hotel through Priceline ($60), so expected the worst considering other reviews. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

This hotel is directly accross the street from the cruise ship terminal. The harbor excursions are very convenient (1/2 block south), as is the Star of India (1/2 block North). There is a seafood restaurant accross the street (Anthonys) which offers counter service (great if you're traveling with kids) with outside tables) and fine dining.

Check in was satisfactory. My initial request (via phone) of a higher floor with bay view wasn't taken into consideration. However, the agent was quick to change rooms to a higher floor after a second request (bay view was $40 additional, which I declined). My room was in the South Tower (a short distance from the lobby and pool - if you want to be close tot he pool, request North Tower) on the twelth floor with a view of Downtown. Lots of construction across the street and the train terminal is also a short distance from the hotel. There was some train noise, but hardly worth mentioning.

Overall, out stay at Holiday Inn on the Bay was really nice. The employees were average, not overally friendly or attentive...but okay. The area was great - very quiet for a downtown location and convenient to all the major attractions. The hotel offers scheduled complimentary transportation to the Zoo and Horton Plaza as well as to the airport (1 1/2 miles away). None of the hustle and bustle of the Mission Valley area. I would stay there again.

Incredibly noisy! Internet bookers are second class guests.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Other reviewers mentioned the hotel's attitude towards guests who booked online. It's all true. I checked in and the front-desk clerk said, "oh, I'm getting all the internet bookers today," and not in a nice way.

We were given a room in the north tower overlooking the roof, right next to the roaring ventillation system. It was so loud I immediately called the front desk and said there was no way we could sleep there.
The clerk agreed to move us a few doors down but wouldn't discuss where the room was, saying if she didn't hurry up and switch it that moment then we'd lose it. That room was not much better, noisewise. I had a horrible night of sleep.

The hext day I went to the front desk and asked for a different room.
Doing it in person yielded much better results this time. I was friendly but firm. The two women working at the front desk took the time to see what rooms were available and discuss the noise pros and cons of each (one was by the elevator, another by the parking lot, another faced the train tracks). The third room was better, but did have train noise and some ventillation noise, even though it was in another building entirely. I think the entire hotel must be really noisy.

Internet bookers beware! You are second-class citizens here and will be given the worst rooms. Before you walk away from the front desk, ask if your room is noisy!


from A TripAdvisor Member
First time I haven't stayed on Hotel Circle while staying in San Diego. I was a little wary after reading all the reviews but after taking a chance on Hotwire – I was already committed. The location is convenient to all the 'hot spots' around town. The hotel isn't as bad as I thought it would be – the lobby actually looked nice to me. I peeked at the bar in the lobby and that seemed nice too. The manager checked me in and I can tell that her attitude was much nicer than some of the other ladies checking in people around us. I heard the gentleman next to me ask about getting a bay view room and her answer was 'internet people' couldn't get those rooms – and the tone of her voice was very snotty. So be careful if you are an 'internet person' looking for any extras – I doubt they will be very helpful to you. I was glad I was only staying for one night or the $15 a day parking fee would have ate up any savings I had gotten using Hotwire. At least the parking pass gives you in and out privileges, which was nice. The room wasn't anything to write home about. The room was plain for the most part with a small bathroom but clean; especially the shower. I took the advice of the last reviewer and got the south tower. Of course since I was an 'internet person' I didn't even ask for the bay view. There is lots of construction going on around the hotel (not for the hotel itself but on roads – other buildings, etc) so it's distracting to the city view. If you look pass that – it's not a bad view. If you do stay in the South tower make sure to take the elevators in middle of the hotel for the view of the water. Went to dinner at the Gaslamp District. I suggest if you drive there to park in the Horton Plaza parking structure and get your ticket validated at any store (no purchase necessary) for 3 hours – but be sure to come back after 3 hours because they charge $1 for every minute pass 3 hours. Overall I had a great time here and if only spending the weekend – would go again.

Good Location-OK Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed here 3 times for one week each in Oct, Nov and Dec 2003. The hotel is old and out-dated. Construction is going on all around and I am sure this hotel will be replaced some day. The hotel has three towers. The front 6 story tower has the lobby, conf. rooms and 6 stories of rooms above it. The other large, tall towers have rooms either facing the bay or the city (and RR tracks). The first night I stayed there I was told I had a "Bay View" room. I was in the North tower on the 7 floor. I could see the bay but only after looking over the roof of the tower in front of me and through all of the steam coming up from the vents. I changed the next day and went to the south tower. This tower is right across the street from the Bay and if you get above the 8th floor you get very good views. The rooms are ok but he bathrooms are small. The staff is very bad and 90% of the time I had to deal with them I noticed no smiles. The hotel is connected to Ruth Chris Steakhouse which is very, very good but very expensive. The hotel is also within walking distance of Little Italy (1/4 mile) Seaport Village (1/4 mile) and the Gas Lamp District (3/4 mile). Firends how did not have a "Bay View" complained of train noise all night. Don't pay too much to stay here but if you get a good deal make sure it is in the south tower.

Holiday Inn OK!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Holiday Inn San Diego-On The Bay in January 2004 for two nights. The hotel looks somewhat old, but it is well-maintained.
All the staff were very pleasant and efficient, including the front desk staff, the concierge, the grounds workers and a chambermaid. The location of this hotel is terrific, a short walk along the bay to the Convention Center. I was here for a convention and received a low rate of $140 per night. If the rate had been higher this hotel would have been a disappointment, as there is nothing luxurious about it. For the price, and at this location, it was a good stay.

Top Local Tips for San Diego

Eating after visiting the San Diego Zoo After a long day at the zoo, go to The Prado Restaurant. We went early for dinner (around 5:00) and sat outside with our kids. We were a bit under dressed, but were never treated as such. The food is great!

The train is the best way to see San Diego We left our car behind and had a great weekend just riding on the train.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse This is a must. The amount of money you will spend is outrageous, but worth every penny! I have never had steak that melts in your mouth and the creamed spinach is to die for. Go early during the week, that way you won't have to wait in line to be seated.


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  • Address: 1355 North Harbor Drive - San Diego - California - 92101 - United States
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