Park Manor Suites Hotel

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Park Manor Suites Hotel

, San Diego
4 star

Rooms: 75

525 Spruce Street - San Diego - California - 92103 - United States Hotel Website | | 6192910999
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8/10
Old world charm
Submitted by: James Watson in 27/05/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Gay
I don't mind if the elevator is a little slow, I don't mind if the parking lot is small. When the PMS was built, it was the finest hotel in San Diego. It has not lost any of that charm, people who want a taste of old San Diego should enjoy it. Location and staff are excellent.

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s Johnny!

from Mobillity
This is the creepiest hotel I've ever stayed in and I've traveled all over the US, Canada, Caribbean, and even Australia.

If you've ever seen the movie "The Shining", the halls and room in this dump creeped me out just like they did Shelly Duval in the movie. I was afraid to go into the hall at night. When my fiance began to behave strangely, it reminded me of Jack Nicholson. Whatever you do, please avoid the suite called the Balboa Room on the second floor. You will get a bedroom with old dusty linens and blankets, grandma's tossed out furniture, and a bathroom from the 20's with a "vintage toilet", shutter windows that don't close all the way, and peeling bathtub. You will also get a living room with a cold vinyl sofa, and a large conference table and stacked chairs in the center of the room, as if this was really a conference room.

The only good things about this hotel were the free wifi access, free parking, and access to Balboa Park. I wish I had taken some photos, so that I could get my money back.

s are nicer than this...

from A TripAdvisor Member
I made the mistake of staying at this wretched dump in March with some buddies as a stopover from Phoenix to Mexico.

Apparently, this hotel is actually a "Hote", according to the sign in front that would be more at home in 1930's occupied France. And while the lobby was nice, any indication that the rest of the hotel was the same went right out the window at the "elevator", which miraculously still works given that it's powered by a hamster on a wheel. When we get to the floor our room is on, our attempts to navigate the dingy, dimly lit corridor with unevenly padded carpeting lead us to a door with a lock that Jimmy Bond would have trouble opening.

The room was by far the worst I've ever seen. I couldn't see more than $15 of a renovation in it. From the poorly re-epoxied tub that was peeling to the Salvation Army-spec furniture, this place was a total bust. The beds were seemingly fashioned out of concrete slabs, with potatosack-esque linens thrown on for good measure. Pretty much everything you see in the ads for this run down toilet is wrong; it's a dump and not worth half of what they are charging a night.

Breakfast consisted of some snot like eggs, cold cereals (can't screw that up, I guess), old fruits and some random breads and bagels. The dining room on the top floor is a real treat, with the same caliber of abused furniture and quality fixtures you find in the rest of the place. Aside from the great view of the city from the top floor, this place is a complete waste of time and money!

Other reviewers that give this dump any credibility must have extremely low standards or stayed somewhere else. I don't see how anyone could give this place any sort of praise.

Convenient for Balboa Park with Children

from Wacky-Scientist
We booked this apartment because we wanted self-catering and to be close to Balboa Park for our 3 yr old daughter. We also wanted it to be nearby food shops etc. The website and the literature from websites makes this look good. We booked a two bedroom suite with full kitchen.

This hotel is recognized as part of the gay/lesbian scene, and Friday nights the roof top is party time with a few hundred people enjoying each others company. The hotel is safe and the overall atmostphere is relaxed and fun. The hotel's restaurant provides good quality food, and the meal we had the night we arrived was good.

Good Points: - 1) Over the road from the park, 2) Free parking (although limited), 3) Spacious apartment which was clean and tidy, 4) Nice continental breakfast with good views of San Diego. Breakfast is served on the rooftop (7th floor), 5) Convenient for food shops and drug-stores whihc were within 1 - 1.5 miles of the apartment, 6) Convention Centre is about 3 miles and a very easy walk, 7) Room Safe, 8) Comfortable beds - but did not try the sofa bed

Not-so-good: - 1) The definition of a full kitchen may be questionable. We had to ask for some basic items - plates, knives and forks as we were not supplied with much. There was no toaster and the kitchen layout was awkward, 2) Some of the furniture looked as if it needed replacement and in places the rooms felt sparse, 3) There is one 8 person lift for the entire apartment. Generally this does not present a problem, except on Friday nights when a few hundred people are trying to use it between 18:00 and 22:00.

Quaint: - The bathroom fittings appear to be the original 1926 fittings. They work but look and feel dated. The bathrrom window was definitely the original window!

Overall Impression: - This is a very conveninent place to stay, especially for Balboa Park. The room we stayed in does need upgrading, but some of the other rooms we saw looked as though thay had been upgraded. We enjoyed our stay, but are not sure whether we will stay here next year when we return in May 2006

our favorite San Diego hotel

from Ikura
We like charm and unique (non-chain) hotels, so we've been staying at the Park Manor for the last 8 years whenever we're in San Diego. (If you require modern facilities, this is not for you.) With full kitchens and built-ins, I could imagine living at the Park Manor if I ever had to stay in San Diego for an extended visit. We've been bumped up to one- and two-bedroom suites a few times, and those are really nice if you can spend the extra $. But the studios are great, too - far more room than the chain hotels. The continental breakfast is adequate, but nothing special.

Forget the Rest this is the Best!

from martiniboy50
Recently I took my first trip to San Diego. I had looked on line and read reviews and chose Park Manor Suites for its location and for its gay friendly reputation. Upon arriving at the Hotel I was impressed by its old world charm and ambience. The Front Desk Clerk was by far the most friendly and engaging that I have ever encountered. I took the elevator which is detailed from an old fashioned era, to my floor where I marveled at the large hallways and high ceilings. When I opened my door I could not believe what I saw. There was a large living room with couch and chairs a
dining room with a table and a full kitchen. I also had a beautiful bedroom. 2 TVs, Robes provided, iron, board, hairdryer, huge closet. In front of the living room the French doors were open to a beautiful balcony which overlooks The San Diego Skyline. What a place! This Suite is bigger than my one bedroom apartment in Boston!
There is a great free continental breakfast on the top floor each morning. I had a great time in the Bar on the Bottom floor thanks to the Sweet Bartender "Jersey". They have a restuarant but I never made it there, Next time.
All in all I loved staying at the Park Manor and will definitely return next time I am in San Diego.
John Corbett
Boston, Mass.

Nicw Staff Horrible Facility

from A TripAdvisor Member
The stove top had holes on the top and sides, There was old grease along sides of the stove The blankets were dingy, the closets had nails and unpainted plywood, the bathtub and fixtures were rusted, the electical outlets were hazardous, the window seals were dirty and the funriture was not old world, unless you call 70's formica old world charm". The lobby is beautiful. There ronovations were cheap. There is a lot of potential in the hotel. The owners need to locate a person/company that can really restore the holel to it's old world beauty and not hire someone to just paint over the dirty walls and trimmings.

First Stay - What a pleasure

from A TripAdvisor Member
I am so glad I did not let the folks who rated this hotel as "Terrible" talk me out of my stay.

Agreed, if you are looking for a room at the W or a JW Marriot Experience...DON'T GO HERE!

If you are looking for a clean room with charm, a large amount of space, comfortable bed, attentive staff, free parking, and a unique experience...this is the place for you.

My room was large, the furnature was a collection of uniqe pieces and was well maintained. The bath robe was a nice touch on a chilly November morning. I had no banging pipes from the steam heat. I can simpathize if someone did have this experience, however, I did not have a problem at all. Don't miss the prime rib in the restaraunt downstairs... what a treat. The staff was very friendly and accomodating.

Will stay here again on my next visit!

A delight in San Diego

from Graysgirl
What a find - but not necessarily to everyone's taste. You will not like it if you are a fan of standard business hotels with formulaic furniture and no atmosphere (or high speed internet access or swimming pool). You will love it if you like a hotel which has collectible and individualistic furnishing and decor, big white fluffy towels, good toiletries, bags of space and the best view (and bagels) in San Diego at breakfast time. It is extremely and explictly camp, but also friendly to all. I had an enormous suite to myself - reminded me of scenes from a Coen Brothers film or The Big Sleep.

The hotel is a DUMP!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The marketing information of this hotel is with out a doubt misleading. Do not let your self be fooled! The rooms are just plain awful and out dated. If it where $15 dollars a night, I could not complain.

This hotel is on Hotels. I will never use this search engine to find a hotel. Evidently this search engine and the marketing information on this hotel are designed to rip off travels.

Fantastic Dining

from A TripAdvisor Member
Participating in a trade show in San Diego, I needed a safe location to house our staff as we had several female employees traveling with us. The San Diego P.D. confirmed the area around the Park Manor, and the Park Manor itself, is very safe. The rooms range from studio suites to 2-bedroom apartments. No pool, but excellent accomodations.The restaurant offered some of the best dining in San Diego. Reasonable prices, excellent portions and exceptional service are a hallmark of the dining room.The hotel does cater to a gay clientele, but do not let this put you off. Regardless of your orientation, the hotel staff are warm and friendly. You will feel very comfortable and just like family.

Top Local Tips for San Diego

Harbour Cruise Recommended The 2 hour North and South harbour cruise with Harbour Excursions was good value at $22 per adult and a good break when you are on your feet most of the day as a tourist. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the ships and planes and neighbourhoods, and we were able to get a perspective of the city we wouldn't have got any other way. Sit next to the rail on top, weather permitting.

Short walks or short drives! The Park Manor Suites couldn't be any closer to the park! In addition to being right across the street, we found it to be such a luxury to take advantage of the beautiful weather and walk into the San Diego Zoo! The hotel is located in Hillcrest which provided lots of options for dining, bars and shopping! We found the ride out to Coronado to be quite the short trip as well, the hotel seems to be ideally located to all the major roads and interstate which made the little driving we did quite quick, including the trip out to Seagrove Park in Del Mar, only 20mins with traffic!

Park and Ride There is free parking for the trolley in Old Town and at other trolley stops. Park your car, buy a trolley ticket or day pass and take public transportation.

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  • Address: 525 Spruce Street - San Diego - California - 92103 - United States
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