Historical Traveller Reviews of Vagabond Inn Mission Valley Hotel
dont waste one dollar
from A TripAdvisor Member
we had reserved via internet 2 weeks in advance (4 nights) and when we arrived at check in there was no reservation in our name, so attendant told us "no worries we have space" which should have told me something right there and then. when i reserved online, it stated rooms come with hairdryers so naturally i didnt bring one.........when we got in our room, no hairdryer so i called the front desk and was told to come back to main office to pick one up, so i went down the stairs to the office only to be told "im sorry, we dont have anymore, they are all taken" when i got back to our room, i proceeded to unpack my bags and when i went in to the bathroom, i noticed there was no shampoo samples (which was fine since we always bring our own) but there was no toilet paper ( or shall i say MAYBE a few squares left on the one in there) not even an extra roll???? so i contacted front desk AGAIN and was told to come back down to pick some up, and in doing so, i decided to kill 2 birds with one stone and ask for a few extra large bath towels since we were only given 2 for 2 adults (did i mention that we only got one small bar soap for bath sink and bathtub/shower)
we went out for dinner and when we came back to the parking lot, as i proceeded to get out of the car, i noticed on the ground (where i stepped) there was so much hair i thought it was a barbers shops floor, it literally looked like someone had a hair cut in the parking lot. well right there and then, we decided that this was not the place for us, so the following morning, we went to check out and i was the 2nd person in the lobby (as the attendant was helping the person before me) and 2 other people came in (and i was standing there for at least 10 minutes if not 15) and in between helping the first person the attendant went to the other 2 people to help them (apperently they knew each other) before asking me what i needed. when i told him we were checking out, (and of course i didnt tell him the real reason) he looked on the computor and noticed we had just checked in the night before and said "well we will have to charge you for one more night since you did not give 48 hours notice" , needless to say, by this time, i would have rather paid for the extra night than stay there. we then went a few doors down the street to the best western 7 seas for the remainder of our stay and HIGHLY reccommend this hotel, for a little more money than the vagabond, you will truly be glad you invested.
Better than we expected!
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed for two nights with our children in the Kid's Suite. We were really apprehensive after reading all the negative reviews so we were "ready for anything". We were so pleased with what we found! The room was decorated in a very cute kid-friendly motif. The bunk bed had a full bottom with a twin top that easily and comfortably accomodated our three young children. The beds were comfortable, the room was large enough, everything was clean. I was disappointed that the continental breakfast only offered waffles and oranges (good thing I brought some granola bars). And although the suite was intended for a family there was only the standard small table with just two chairs but that wouldn't deter us from staying again. The staff was very helpful and friendly (and English-speaking!). We had some street noise because we were on the street end, but I switched on the fan and that muffled it enough. Otherwise it was as nice a stay as we have had in 'better' hotels. We will definately stay there again.
A pleasant place for the cash cautious
Stayed here for two nights (Wed-Thurs) in December before X-mas. Was a little worried while checking in about the No Refunds sign, expecting the worst. The walk upstairs did little to alleve my worries that I was checking into a dump. The doors and windows looked shoddy. In August I made the mistake of staying at a motel off Washington & El Cajon Blvd in a really bad attempt to save some cash so I was thinking this might be the same experience. Seeing the room was a relief. The room was sparse but clean and felt safe. Good TV, lots of channels, clean bathroom, carpet and walls. Since I wasnt planning on spending to much time in the room I was happy with my choice. The only thing I would have a complaint about was the soaps and shampoos. Be sure to bring your own. No iron or hair dryer. I didnt ask of the desk had these items. It seemed to be a popular place for regualar travellers. I noticed a punk rock band loading equipment when I was there. Unlike other reviews, it wasnt noisy when I was there but both nights the parking lot filled up to capacity and I was lucky to get a space when I pulled in at 11 PM. I never saw anyone using the pools but the temps were cool and they looked nice, especially the one at the rear south side of the lot.
Overall, I would stay again if I was on a budget. It is no-frills but safe and clean. The location is convenient and it was easy to find. However would not pay any rate over $60, which rules it out in the summer when I have seen internet rates for this location in the $100 and above range. For 20-50 more you can stay in a much better room.
Noisy but Clean
Stayed at the Vagabond Hotel in Hotel Circle over New Year's weekend (3 nights). I got such a great deal on the rate, I figured how bad could it be. The room was surprisingly nice with bunk beds for the kids, a queen size bed and a refrigerator and microwave oven.
I guess I should have been warned by the big "No Refunds" sign on the counter at check-in. The noise level at night was terrible. After the very loud party in the room below us finally quieted down (about 3AM), another group started talking and laughing loudly in the parking lot. It was the police, not on a call, but just talking to someone they knew in one of the other rooms. The second night was almost as bad but the third night, New Year's Eve was quiet.
Not a two star hotel/motel!
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed for one night August 7/05. Located in hotel circle - difficult to locate after dark. We had called earlier in the day to enusure we had a main floor room as our luggage was heavy and they have no elevators. They were able to accomodate us, werent able to accomodate our somking room request as they stated Expedia (which whom I booked) did not give them this information. I found the room to be old/dated, furniture dated/scratched. TV newish and had all chanels including HBO. Carpet from the 70's (it seemed) room and a damp/musky smell. Not enough towels/wash cloths. No iron or ironing board (blow dryer was ava). As I stated we stayed one night because of price (booked back in June/05) and vicinity to the airport. I spoke to another guest (while in the hot tub) (they have a pool also up to 9ft" deep) she booked 2 weeks in advance and paid $145 US (o m g) and she wasn’t happy either she said it's a no star motel. For me and my travel companion it was okay we were only there for approx. 8 hours until our flight the next day. I WOULD NOT STAY THERE FOR A LONG VACATION. Don’t have any thoughts on the continental breakfast as we were up and out by 6 am. Staff was fine.
The Vagabond Inn on Hotel Circle- not what they advertise
I stayed at the Vagabond Inn on Hotel Circle in San Diego from July 3rd thru July 12th. If the room had not been paid for thru an online travel service I would not have stayed. What they show on the internet as their rooms and what they give you are two different things. The 1st room they put me in was dirty and smelled terribly of cat urine. I asked to be moved. They were very nice about it and accomadating. The 2nd room was about the same as the first but it did not smell. I didnt dare walk on the carpet without shoes on, the furniture was all worn and old, the bed was terribly stained, but it did have a clean mattress cover. The chairs were stained and dirty as well. The curtains had stains and tears all over them. The shower never did produce much hot water at all. I saw inside other rooms and they looked alot better, newer fixtures etc. I was not about to pay $40 extra dollars a night to move to one of those rooms. I was very disappointed in how they advertised and showed pictures on the internet. I know I got a good deal, but I did except it to be clean. To give them a bit of credit, the people were very nice and the grounds were very well taken care of. As far as the room goes, I would never stay there again.
I had hoped for better. . .
We stayed at the Vagabond Inn for three nights in June. This hotel was nothing to write home about, but not so creepy that my husband will be teasing me about my choice for months to come. The exterior and landscaping are nice. The pool was clean and the hot tub was great after a long day of sightseeing. The room was fair. The daily maid service seemed good, but the carpet, mattresses, and chairs were beyond daily cleaning. At least one mattress and both chairs were heavily stained. As there is no place to eat in the lobby by the continental breakfast, everyone takes food back to the rooms, and the chairs seem to have suffered for it. One night we were given flat sheets instead of fitted sheets over the mattress, and they never seem to stay put. The room had a microwave, fridge and coffee maker. We had to prop up a corner of the fridge with the room bible. To use the microwave, we had to unplug the coffee maker--it's not easy to get to that outlet. The free breakfast included waffles, juice and fruit. The fruit was a little pathetic, but my kids liked the waffles. Get there early to avoid a wait.
I hemmed and hawwed over my reservation for this property because of the negative reviews. In the end, I decided to just do it since I got a great rate of $54.95 a night. Stayed here 4/15 - 17. I was pleasantly surprised! We arrived early and the front desk attendants were so nice and helpful. They allowed us to check in our bags while we killed some time. They gave us a shortcut to the Fashion Valley Mall, which we used (people take the #6 bus or drive, which you can but you can walk as well, if you know the shortcut and that helps you avoid parking there, which is insane). When we got back from the mall, we learned that our room was ready and they even placed our bags in the room with my large suitcase neatly placed on a luggage holder. The room was very basic but nice. I liked that sink and vanity was separate from the bath with lots of counter space. The TV has a lot of decent channels which came in handy for my boyfriend who is a late night cable watcher. The waffle breakfast was great as well. One tip, though, try to go early (around 7:30- 7:45) or around 9:30. A line tends to form around 8 - 9 and it could be a long wait to get to the waffle machine. They also had orange juice, lemonade, coffee, and fruit. Also, beware of people sticking flyers under the door to get you to buy food. We ordered pizza and not only did they charge us $5.50 for delivery but it took 3 hours to reach us and we still got the wrong pizza. We were both sick all night from the food. The hotel makes a point to post a note in the lobby saying they do not support these 3rd party companies. Unfortunately for us, we saw this memo AFTER we ordered our food. There's a Minute Mart/Liquor store next door plus a great 24-hr restaurant which is like a diner. The food was great as well as the service. If you don't drive, the #6 bus stops right in front of the Vagabond. This bus originates from Old Town Transit Center and stops at the Fashion Valley Trolley stop. We got around fine. Just don't forget to ask for a transfer. Most bus drivers don't collect the transfers so you can reuse them on the trolley or another bus. Just be mindful of the expiration time (2 hours from when you got it). All in all, I'd definitely stay at the Vagabond again...it's in a great location, the staff was very nice and helpful, and the room was comfortable.
from A TripAdvisor Member
While staying at the Vagabond Innn on Hotel Circle in San Diego, California we had the absolute worst hotel experience imaginable. We were placed in a room that was in the process of being renovated. There was no alarm clock, the phone did not work, no pictures on the walls, no wash clothes or bath mat and a foul odor. Three times we were disturbed by housekeeping or maintenance while a 'Do not Disturb' sign was on the door. To end the vacation we discovered two down jackets had been stolen out of the room by some employee of the hotel. Never in my life have I been treated with such disrespect and inconvenience than while staying at the Vagabond Inn. Additionally, any customer support or attempt to contact a person with Vagabond Inns customer relations has proven useless. Merssages are not returned nor are phones answered.
DO NOT STAY IN THE VAGABOND INN!!!
Stayed here one night prior to moving on to another hotel. Rates are very reasonable. Include waffle and juice breakfast. We had asked for a room not backing on the highway when we reserved 1 month before, but yet that's what we got. The highway is very loud and could be heard in our room. The room did require a good cleaning. I would not stay here longer than 1-2 nights.
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Best Gas Price (05/26/07)
The Arco at the end of Old Town by the Holiday Inn Express had the best gas price. At $3.43 a gallon for Premium it was 4 cents cheaper then at Costco in Burbank Ca.
Adequate public transportation available
Plan at least one activity a day with down time around the pool to wind down
A travel book on the place you are going is a great idea. You can read and mark places of interest. Buy a daily paper so you are aware of what is available for dining and entertainment. Put your radio on a local station. We heard on the radio where the USS Boxer was returning to port that day.Look at the info in office for things you are interested in doing. The weekend sap meets are great fun, be sure to go early and wear a hat.Use a gps as well as directions from the staff.Too many places to go and things to do can wear everyone out. Come in early enough to get in the pool and relax as an end to a busy day or to sit on the balcony and read or enjoy the surroundings.