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4.4 out of 5

"Nice shower. Included breakfast was excellent. Parking structure is very tight. Compact cars will do okay. Long bed trucks ... won't make the f ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sun 08 Jul 2018

Hotel Description

Hotel near Balboa Park in San Diego

Downtown San Diego stay

Within a 10-minute walk of this Downtown San Diego hotel, you'll find Balboa Park and San Diego City College. Petco Park and Maritime Museum of San Diego are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Free shuttle, breakfast

This hotel features an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center, free WiFi in public areas, and free airport shuttle. Enjoy the free buffet breakfast each morning.

Free WiFi, comfy beds

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and coffee/tea makers, the 148 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Pillowtop beds, free local calls, and hair dryers are also available.

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$72 per night

Standard Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking, City View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Non Smoking (With Sofa Bed)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Deluxe Suite, Multiple Beds, Accessible, Non Smoking (Hearing, Transfer Shower)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible, Non Smoking (Hearing, Transfer Shower)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown ratings based on 17 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown

Everyone (11)
5 out of 5

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019

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Apr 1, 2019 by Jayson

Thank you for your feedback

4 out of 5

Nice. No hassles.

Nice shower. Included breakfast was excellent. Parking structure is very tight. Compact cars will do okay. Long bed trucks ... won't make the first turn.

Posted by , from California on Jul 8, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 14, 2018 by Ana N. Guest Service Supervisor

Good afternoon Vic, Thank you for taking time to review our hotel, we appreciate all feedback. We are sorry about our parking garage we do know that it is a tight space. We do hope you visit us again. Best regards, Ana Navarro / Guest Service Supervisor

5 out of 5

Great location!

Perfect location for our vacation. Staff was great. If you're going to be around downtown, you can't find a better location, a little way out of the busiest spots, close enough to get everywhere easily.

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018

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Apr 23, 2018 by Ana N. Guest Service Supervisor

Good evening, Thank you for reviewing our hotel, we appreciate all the great feedback. I agree with you, our hotel is centrally located near many great attractions. Hope you visit us soon! Best regards, Ana Navarro / Guest Service Supervisor

5 out of 5

Great hotel in downtown San Diego

Pros: The staff was very friendly and the amenities were excellent. Location was ideal and I liked that they offered free shuttle to local tourist areas.
Cons: Nothing. Everything was great!
Location: Located in downtown San Diego and within a few miles Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, and the USS Midway. Old Town and Mission Beach were also close.
My family and I had a wonderful stay at The Holiday Inn Express in downtown San Diego. The hotel staff was very friendly and we were greeted every time we had any interactions. The rooms were very clean and updated, and the room was cleaned every day while we were out. The amenities were also great. The hotel offered free hot breakfasts every morning, including eggs or omelets, pancakes, and cinnamon rolls (which were heavenly)! There was also cereal, fruit, yogurt, other pastries, and bread/bagels available as well. On Tues-Thur, the hotel offers "happy hour" for guests with free beer, wine, soda, and bar snacks (like peanuts, pretzels, etc.). This was a very nice option. They also put out fresh baked cookies every evening at 7pm. I also used their gym a couple of times during the stay, which offered three treadmills, a bike, two ellipticals, a weight set and exercise ball. There were towels in the gym, and if you forgot your headphones, the hotel offered a complimentary set of headphones to use. The guest laundry facilities were also a great option and I did use the facilities to do a couple loads of laundry during the stay, which contained 3 washers and 3 dryers. Quarters and detergent were available at the front desk. Free shuttle to and from the airport and other sites around the area was available, which was great. Our stay at The Holiday Inn Express was a fantastic experience and we would definitely recommend this hotel (and this location) if ever visiting San Diego.

Posted by , from Atlanta, GA on Dec 25, 2017

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Dec 27, 2017 by Angelica

Thank you for your review of your stay at tHe Holiday INn Express San Diego Down town. I am happy that we were able to enhance your vacation.

5 out of 5

Fantastic Stay

Pros: Good location, friendly staff, reasonable rates.
Cons: The main elevators were being replaced leaving only one vey slow elevator for the entire hotel. Minor inconvenience.
Location: USS Midway, Maritime Museum, Gas Lamp District, Little Italy, Old Town Trolly Tour, Petco park, waterfront park, etc. Coronado Beach is worth a trip.
Stayed for five nights in December. First impression from the outside of the hotel was, "Uh-oh", it looks a bit run down from the outside, low clearance breezeway, and loose tiles on the steps. Inside is very nice and kept up well. Room was clean, seemed recently renovated, the bed was comfortable. Met my needs and expectations perfectly. Cookies in the lobby at 7:00 if you're fast enough. Happy hour in the evenings with free drinks (Tues-Thurs). Breakfast was great; fruit, yogurt, hot cereal, a lot of bread and pastries, pancakes (didn't try but they looked okay), and these delicious little veggie egg white omelets. Walking distance from the USS Midway, Petco park, Gas Lamp, Little Italy, etc. Pool looked okay but I didn't spend any time there. Free shuttle to/from the airport and a couple other destinations. Parking rates were reasonable, I didn't end up renting a car but wanted the option without outrageous parking fees. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable including the front desk and shuttle drivers. Would stay there again. Tons of homeless people through the entire area, you may want to take that into account if you're planning on walking much. Also a pretty good hill for a short stretch up to the hotel.

Posted by , from Utah on Dec 15, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 19, 2017 by Angelica

Thank you for your review of you stay. We are happy that you we were able to change you initial impression of the hotel. We are just completing renovations We look forward to hosting you your next trip to San Diego.

4 out of 5

Nice for the price.

I had no real problem with this hotel. The elevator is being repaired. So you have one elevator instead of a pair. It's only two flights so no big deal unless you are impaired. For the price, it's a great location. The staff were great. Take advantage of the shuttle, the free breakfast and free cookies. Sole Luna across the street is a great Italian restaurant. Achilles coffee worked well. I'm not a coffee guy but mom loved it.

Posted by , from Indiana on Dec 3, 2017

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Dec 7, 2017 by Hotel Supervisor

On behalf of the staff we thank you for the great feedback !

5 out of 5

An excellent flight/hotel deal.

Cons: The elevator was not in good condition. Usually long wait for the only elevator and it failed on my last day. I had to walk 5-flights up.
Location: Little bit farther away from center of activities. But enjoyed the 1 mile morning walk to the place I want to go.
Even though the hotel was undergoing remodeling, it is still a conformable hotel with good breakfast and nice hotel staff. Best of all is the really good flight/hotel deal. Saved me a lot of money.

Posted by , from San Jose on Dec 2, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 6, 2017 by Hotel Supervisor

We appreciate you taking the time for letting us know how your stay went. We are expecting to have our new elevator by the beginning of next year ! All our rooms have been renovated and have been available since June this year. If you come back to visit please ask about our free downtown shuttle !

5 out of 5

Get away

Good location, shuttle service was very helpful. Breakfast was good with lots of choices.

Posted by on May 13, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

May 16, 2017 by Angelica

Thank you for writing a review. Your compliments encourage us to keep delivering genuine hospitality and services to our guests.

2 out of 5

Not Good Value for Money

Pros: The happy Hour was good, The Breakfast was also good, Staff Friendly.
Cons: Needs to be pulled down.
Location: The location was fine But it is on a steep hill makes it difficult to walk anywhere,
We booked and payed for 3 Days in advance,We left after 2 days with no refund. The room was small and very noisy, Bathroom Small , The parking at $16 a day was poor value there is parking in the area for less The Parking garage is so small its almost impossible to get even a small car around the corners usually have to back up to get around , Would not stay here again.

Posted by , from Los Angles on Jul 10, 2016

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Jul 18, 2016 by Hotel Staff

Thank you for choosing us!

3 out of 5

Close to Gaslamp district,

Pros: Location.
Cons: Bigger modern bathroom. No microwave?
Location: Gaslamp district. Public transporationl.
Close to eating, drinking, and public transportation. Room was okay, but bathroom was too small (door hits the toilet bowl when open), but it is in the process of updating which is needed badly. Lobby computer was very disappointing and slow. Room wi-fi worked sparingly or not at all. Provided some rides to areas which was a nice perk. Believe it or not, it has a refrigerator, but no microwave oven.

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016

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Jan 8, 2016 by Hotel Staff

Thank you for taking the time to respond to a Travelocity review about your recent stay at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown. We are so glad that you were able to take part in so many of the complimentary hotel amenities. We are excited about our total hotel renovation. The bathrooms will be resigned and updated. and the new rooms will have larger refrigerators and a microwave. We will be happy to welcome you back to see all the improvements we are making. Thank you for choosing us!

About the Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown

Location 1430 7th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Property Features

Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown offers its guests an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. A business center and a meeting room are available. Free breakfast is served daily, and guests can also enjoy a free manager's reception. Event space at this hotel measures 1320 square feet (123 square meters). A roundtrip airport shuttle is free (available on request). A terrace, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown. Parking is available for a fee. This San Diego hotel is smoke free.

  • 148 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 1320 sq ft of conference space
  • 123 sq m of conference space
  • Breakfast available (free)
  • Manager's reception (free)
  • Business facilities
  • 1 conference room
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Terrace
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave (on request)
  • Free cribs/infant beds

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) (4.7 km / 2.9 mi)
  • Train station: San Diego Santa Fe Depot (1.5 km / 1 mi)
  • Metro station: 5th Avenue Station (0.5 km / 0.3 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free airport shuttle
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown offers 148 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. Beds feature pillowtop mattresses. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is offered daily and microwaves can be requested.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave available
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free hot/cold buffet breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM. The hotel hosts a free manager's reception on select days.

Cocina 35 - This family restaurant specializes in Mexican cuisine and serves breakfast and lunch.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center.

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 1 AM

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available on request from 6 AM to 9:00 PM. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Airport shuttle service is offered on request from 6 AM to 9:00 PM. Fees may apply. For details, please contact the property in advance.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • No pets allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Debit cards not accepted
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Parking height restrictions apply

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: USD 21.00 per day (in/out privileges)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel San Diego Downtown
  • Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown
  • San Diego Downtown Holiday Inn Express
  • Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown Hotel San Diego
  • San Diego Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn San Diego

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.