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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Holiday inn has always been a good accommodation chain for us either in australia or now abroad in the USA. Staff very pleasant and aways willing to help. Rooms are spacious and somewhat modern. Bedding is comfortable A place to stay on any San Diego trip

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Angelica R, Loyalty Champion at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed our quaint, historic hotel. My Management Team and I will continue to work hard and strive for our guest’s ultimate satisfaction. We hope to be able to host you again should your travels bring you to beautiful San Diego again in the future.

Las Vegas, Nevada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We needed an extra night in San Diego and ended up at the Holiday Inn Express via Hotwire. The staff here is awesome and very personable. They also have a happy hour most nights and fresh baked cookies. The room was adequate with no problems. They are renovating a lot of the hotel but we were not disturbed. The location...

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Angelica R, Loyalty Champion at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review of your stay at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown. We are very excited about our hotel-wide renovation that is already in progress. All guest rooms and common areas will be fully renovated including a hip, modern design to fix the bathroom size issue as well as...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff here was very friendly. Disappointed that we had to pay for parking. The elevator is the worst, plan on taking the stairs. We literally had to wait 10 minutes to get the elevator. But, there are only three floors, so taking the stairs isn't a big issue. They were in the middle of construction - as were buildings...

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Angelica R, Loyalty Champion at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review of your stay at the the Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown. I want to apologize for the inconveniences caused by all the construction in the area and our renovation. Our staff takes great pride in constantly providing excellent customer service. I hope you will give us another...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose this hotel because it was simple, clean, and near a lot of things to do. The staff was friendly and our room, though small, was clean and had all basic amenities. Make sure to take advantage of the free shuttle the hotel offers to different tourist attractions and the airport. Great hotel to choose if you need something...

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Angelica R, Loyalty Champion at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of our hotel. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. It's something our staff takes great pride in, so we value your feedback. We hope you will visit us again.

India
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The location of the hotel is good but the lift is in worst condition, breakfast is not that good (very less varieties 2-3 only), breakfast space is very very small in seating and they charge for the parking which is free in other hotels

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Angelica R, Loyalty Champion at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your recent visit, On behalf of the Management team, I'd like to thoroughly apologize that you did not fully receive the experience that you deserved. Your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment during your stay is our primary objective.

Las Vegas, Nevada
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love the location and the comfortable bed. The balcony is a plus! As I enjoy waking up in the mornings and seeing a beautiful view. Unfortunately, The odor in the room was unacceptable. The cleanliness of the room was not good; found hair in the shower and on the bed. I did not bring this up to management since I...

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Angelica R, loyalty champion at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your recent visit to the Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Downtown! On behalf of the Management team, I'd like to thoroughly apologize for the odor in your room and the service you received. Your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment during your stay is our primary objective. We apologize again that you did not fully...

Hoboken, New Jersey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for 5 nights and was happy with the hotel. The location is pretty good and is a close 10 min walk to the gaslamp district. Public transportation stops are easily accessible by walking also. Note: This hotel provides free shuttle service to certain areas. When we checked in, we were not told about this service but I...

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Angelica R, Loyalty Champion at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed our quaint, historic hotel--we certainly value your loyalty and patronage as an IHG Rewards Club member too! My Management Team and I will continue to work hard and strive for our guest’s ultimate satisfaction. We hope to be able to host you again should your travels bring you to beautiful San Diego again in...

Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

HIE was a bit hard to access to check in (tight area, had to exit using the one way entrance) and parking is in a garage around the block that is equally tight. Thankfully there is an elevator connecting the hotel to it. King room was small but nice. Bathroom was equally small and hard to fit to bathe my...

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Angelica R, Loyalty Champion at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide us a review of your stay. We are excited that as part of our renovation we are addressing the bathroom size issue. We look forward to hosting you again when your travels bring back to San Diego. If you do choose to stay with us again please contact the hotel directly so...

Queensland
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Although I wouldn't book this hotel for a longer stay it was perfect as an overnighter as I had an early flight. Staff at check in were busy but incredibly friendly and helpful. I was given a menu of a local restaurant to have dinner and that suited me. That in itself saved me time searching. Room was dated but...

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Angelica R, Loyalty Champion at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback about your stay. We are happy that you enjoyed your quick stay with us. Our shuttle is a great way to get around not only does it go to the airport it also goes to the harbor, balboa park, the zoo and Amtrack station. My management team and I...

Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 November 2016

The hotel is in a great location for a short 10 min stroll to Gas Lamp area. There is a brewery pub on the next block which isn't bad. the parking is good if a little expensive. The rooms are standard for Holiday Inn batch room a little small and dated. The balcony was a little bonus for a sit...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Breakfast included
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
It is our pleasure to welcome you to the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown. This 100% non-smoking hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of America s finest city. San Diego s most popular attractions are within minutes. With our staff's dedication to customer service, the San Diego Holiday Inn Express is a popular choice amongst all visitors.The hotel is within walking distance to the Gaslamp Quarter. For your convenience, take our free shuttle to the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Cruise Ship Terminal, and the San Diego Airport. Enjoy our complimentary hot new breakfast bar featuring fluffy scrambled eggs or cheese omelets, bacon, sausage patties, flaky biscuits, and sausage gravy. The hotel offers free WiFi Internet access, refrigerators in all rooms, and a free business center with three dedicated computers. The hotel is two blocks from the San Diego Trolley which will take you to Qualcomm Stadium in less than 10 minutes. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown

Address: 1430 7th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-2815
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $189 - $420 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 136
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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown Hotel San Diego
Holiday Inn San Diego
San Diego Holiday Inn
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#74 Family Hotel in San Diego
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“Elevator is very slow, ask for a lower level floor”
 of 5 bubbles 836laceyd, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“There aree some rooms with Balcony”
 of 5 bubbles mikeg755, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We are IHG Platinum Elite,we asked for upgrade and got room with balcony. I suggest asking for one that faces the 6th st side of hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles justmaryp, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
“City view was nice on the balcony.”
 of 5 bubbles AnnetteV526, 30 Sep 2016 | Read review
“A room facing the street lets you sit out and watch the world go by but is a bit noisy. The other option is the rooms overlooking the pool”
 of 5 bubbles LorraineMore, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
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