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Inn at the Park in San Diego, CA

Inn at the Park in San Diego, CA


Central to many attractions and sights, Inn at the Park is a desirable starting point for your journey in the amazing city of San Diego.


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Rating: 3.72

Address: 525 Spruce Street, San Diego, CA, 92103
  • Mon: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sun: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Comments (139):

1. J H.
At the spur of the moment, my hubby and I decided to book an overnight stay after a wedding we were going to attend that day in SD. The hotel just happened to have a cancellation and the rate wasn't too bad ($150/nite). The hotel was really quaint. Made me feel like I was 30's and 40's. The lobby was heavily decorated with ornate pieces and flowers everywhere, not my taste normally, but it felt right. Almost like walking into someone's mansion. They were having happy hour on the roof, which was cool, since it was such a perfect day. The people were pleasant and easy going. The suites were more than I expected - it was like they were previously bachelor's apt. - walk-in closet, built in drawers, sitting area, little yet fully equipped kitchen and place to eat for 4. The paint helped cover the oldness of things, but I thought they did a good job. The king bed was nice too. Pillows small and not too puffy. I'd definately stay there again. A few things to note tho, the walls are pretty thin, so you can hear what's going on in the next room and I'm sure your neighbors can hear you too. And throughout the night, I think the pipes were knocking, which were unnerving but can be ignored. Also we kept our windows open when we slept and though we were on the 3rd of 7 floors, we could easily hear the street and foot traffic and planes in the morning. Also they only have 1 elevator, which is really slow, so be patient. The continental breakfast is better than avg too - juices, bagels, english muffins, toast, yogurt, pastries, fruit, coffee/tea. A lite pick-me-up before you start the day. Hotel is also within walking distance of Balboa Park which looks like a real nice place to explore and hang out. The parking lot is small, so if you have space, try and hold it. And oddly, they didn't offer laundry bags.  I've never stayed somewhere that didn't have it.

01/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Marcus C.
Top of the Park offered nice views, strong drinks, and my drinking companion enjoyed the meatballs!  But it was sort of lacking in clientele.  Whatevs, I'd go back.

21/07/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
3. marissa w.
I like this place because it feels like it could be my studio apartment. It has a full kitchen complete with pots and pans, a stove, dishes, fridge, microwave, and a small lil coffee maker. The bed was comfortable and I tried out the pull out sofa bed and it wasnt bad. I believe they have one bedroom and two bedroom suites. This place is a lil rough so if you like brand new furniture etc then dont come. But if you like clean and inexpensive hotels then come here. Not A/C but who needs it when the beach is so close. Open a window!!!!

24/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Jane M.
I'd MUCH rather stay here than in a Marriott or another chain.  It's a bit run down, but still clean and nice. A 15 minute leisurely walk to Hillcrest with lots of restaurants and shops and a Whole Foods. Our room started leaking from the ceiling so we were moved to a nicer room. Both rooms were light and sunny, amazingly roomy, and nice to spend time in. I actually found the hallways evocative and fun.

25/05/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Emily B.
The Park Manor Hotel is such a unique place to stay. I loved the old feel to it even with some modern upgrades. The studio with a King bed is actually a huge room.  The beds and pillows were super comfy. The downside was the lack of air conditioning unless you were upstairs in the bar area and the very slow main elevator (it got stuck once). If you do stay at Park Manor pick a room that does not face their parking lot instead pick a North facing room which gets less direct sunlight. We had all the windows open and the ceiling fan going which kept the room pretty cool. Having Balboa Park so close by was so appealing. Seemed like everything was within walking distance.  We came for a wedding and the Bride took pictures all over the hotel. They are going to turn out so great.

We never ate at Park Manor so I can't give a yelp about the restaurant at the bottom. The Mexican restaurant behind the hotel was a thumbs up!

01/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Michael L.
Having stayed here a few times over the years I have to say I like the place. Each room has its own reward and drawback. But for the most part it fits me just fine. It is pretty well located with easy parking.  Folks here are friendly too.

03/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Joe K.
We stayed here for 5 nights in late July. My girlfriend picked this hotel because it had a kitchen, which would save us money on our extended stay in San Diego.

The staff was very friendly and everyone at the front desk knew their way around SanDiego when we had questions. The front desk was also very accommodating when we needed a new fridge and quark screw (which was included in the room but we didn't find ours right away)

The rooms were a great price for what you get and they were very spacious. Tons of closet space in the walk in closet area. Everything in the hotel room looked dated, but functional. not necessarily dirty, just worn a bit.

My only gripe with this hotel is the same as many others. There are no air conditioners in the rooms, only fans. This would be my only warning/reservation about coming back to this hotel when the time comes. The hotel provides fans, but if a fan is not on you during the day it can be uncomfortable when its 78 degrees outside and humid, even on the cool, southside of the hotel. However we were told it was usually hot the week we stayed there.

A minor issue is that our refrigerator was having trouble keeping anything cool. We called the front desk and they helped us out greatly by quickly getting us a new working refrigerator that allowed us to keep fruits and meats.

This hotel can be active during the night, but the amazing thing is that the walls are so thick its till relatively quiet in the rooms. We stayed on the 16th floor (above us was their bar/restaurant) that was rocking people all night and we still barely heard anything. The presidential room across from us was having a parking with dozens of people and music with the door open. When our room door closed we couldn't hear anything. It was amazing.

Another plus with the hotel is the free Wifi! I hate it when even the hip and trendy expensive hotels don't offer this for free so i love hotels that do.

In conclusion I would stay here again, but i pleed with the hotel to either install AC units in each room or have portable AC units on site at request. Hell, I may have think of bringing my own $300 AC unit of we drive there.

28/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. YAYA-claudia J.
The views are gorgeous 'cause our city is just that. Opening up the westside of the rooftop balcony took it to the top. No pun intended. Been there for private functions and its still spectacular.

At the bottom you'll find the other bar/restaurant. Very cool on Tuesday night-great singer there taking requests. What a voice. I hear Thursday night is Karaoke night. Must check it out!

25/01/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Frank M.
Good place to start off your weekend!  The place gets busy every Friday afternoon.  Drinks are priced well for the amount of booze that goes into them :)  The view of the Gaslamp is wonderful and so is the view of the park.  Just recently went for pride weekend and it was REALLY busy but REALLY fun.  Friendly staff up there.  If you go, don't forget your camera.  Cheers!

24/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Prashanth R.
Not too bad . Good value for money but not the poshest of hotels.
Also WIFI really sucks big time . It doesn't work, although your computer/cellphone  may occasionally detect the network. I wasted a good time of my stay figuring out the WIFI network and it does not work. I would rely more on my cellphone 3-G network if I were to stay here. They definitely need to work on fixing their Wifi network
Having said that most of the other people I visited didnt seem to care for Wifi ! :)
On the positive side,  their continental  breakfast is awesome.
Room service is good .  This was also one of the few  hotels that had a kitchenette that helped us prepare stuff for our baby

The TV in my room sucked. It was an old clunky tube TV and had a stupid enclosure, whose doors would prevent any viewing from one side of the room. I understand vintage but they could do away with the stupid tv cabinet and place better TV''s .

27/12/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
11. Jaime D.
If you love your gay friends but need to feast on more than the eye candy they're all out for, I suggest tagging along to Top of the Park for happy hour and soak in the gorgeous veiw but sip on the wickedly strong cocktails.

The caverns of seedy San Diego gay bars no longer hold the title for cutting edge electronica like Rich's and Montage did in years past, which is when you could tollerate it - so lighten up and catch a sunset off Sixth Avenue with the panoramic cityscapes spanning Balboa Park through midtown, downtown and to Coronado.

No drunken debauchery, late night lingering sidewalk sales or top 40 dance party Z90 remixes - just you, your friends and a veiw on top of the park.

08/08/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Steven G.
This hotel is right on the park, an easy walk to the zoo. It's a converted apartment building so the rooms are essentially studios and one-bedroom apartments. Very spacious, and they have kitchens. Sure, furniture-wise this is where all elderly Bombay Company furniture goes to die, but I found the place quite charming, and the rooms were very clean. The staff is nice, and the restaurant is actually very good. I'd definitely stay there again, a very good deal. All those expecting a sleek trendy W-type experience would not be happy here, but everyone else should love it. It's quirky and cute.

28/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. Lisa C.
We considered this hotel for guests arriving for an upcoming event.  The location was perfect, prices seemed reasonable, and it looked really nice on the website.

After leaving a couple of voicemails for the guy in charge of coordinating room blocks (Ed) and waiting two weeks (he never returned our calls), I finally called again and got him on the line.  He set up an appointment to meet us the next day, then failed to show up.  Fortunately one of the other managers showed us around.

The other reviews are pretty accurate.  The rooms are clean, but furnishings, carpet, etc. is very old and dated.  A few of the bathrooms were kinda icky... there just is a limit to how clean 40-year-old grout can be.  There is definitely also a bit of a strange smell throughout the place.

We asked whether the rooms are quiet and the manager acknowledged that it's pretty loud on Friday nights.  

All in all, this could be an ok place to stay, especially if you want to be right by the park or within walking distance to bars and shops in Hillcrest.  But I didn't end up with much confidence in their organizational skills, so wouldn't recommend it for an event.

16/11/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
14. Shannen F.
Okay I don't want to sound picky but this was an awful experience. I had to go to San Diego very last minute so I looked up hotels on a travel site and this one came up as one with one of the highest customer ratings. The pictures looked really nice. I even read some of the customer reviews and read mostly good things and thought that any negatives were probably just pessimistic people whom nothing was good enough for. Boy was I wrong. Everything that I read about this place that was NEGATIVE was TRUE. Not only true but kind of an understatement. When they say the parking lot is too small IT IS. We arrived after midnight and were so lucky to have found the only spot left to park. I had a infant with me and was not going to walk a few blocks in the middle of the night with all kinds of strange sounds going on around us, if we didn't find that parking spot I don't know what we would have done.

The lobby is so old but has that antique feel so I didn't panic but thought wow really not my style. I was a little concerned when we got in the elevator because again Really old. Then when we got to the hallway I thought "The reviews said it didn't smell old" well it smelled old and musky to me.
When we opened the door my heart sank. It looked nothing like the pictures, well I take that back, the pictures basically showed only the bed and the bed sheets did look the same which in my opinion was the ONLY thing that was updated in that hotel. Everything around the bed was scary.
The pictures were old and scary, the people in them looked angry probably from having to look at that nasty hotel all day lol. But seriously I tried not to look at them and didn't let my baby look at them either because I didn't want her to get scared.
The TV was like 15 years old. The furniture was old enough for me to not want to sit on them.
The floor creaked with every step and shook the room. There were pipes going from the ceiling down through the floor, why they couldn't put the pipes in the wall I don't know.
The chairs in the "kitchen" didn't match and were really old. The kitchen was a very very small enclosed space with old cabinets and by old I don't mean antiquey I mean maybe from the 70's or 80's with the corners chipping off. Stove was from like i don't know the 60's but was not a good thing as I will explain later. I know this is very long and detailed but I seriously wish I would have read more detailed reviews and actually believed them. So this is for the people who don't want to waste their time and money.
I also read in reviews that the bathrooms needed updating, but when I had called the hotel they said the hotel and been recently renovated, so I thought that would have taken care of that problem...NOT. The bathrooms were so old! The tiles in the shower were pink, the sink was just that, a sink with no counter space and in the first room we were assigned the toilet was the strangest thing, it had all the pipes coming out of the wall next to you twisting and turning and then there was a metal stick like handle like the ones in a public restroom sticking out of one of the pipes to flush it. I almost cried when I saw it because it was a confirmation that yes this hotel was really that bad.

The windows were all open and with the sounds from outside we wanted to lock them for sure but one didn't lock, it barely closed. Again very old. So we called the front desk and asked to switch rooms because we wanted to feel safe with our baby and with an open window I knew I wouldn't sleep well. So we were brought new keys to a new room.

As soon as we entered the second room the smell of gas hit me. My husband went to the stove to make sure it was off. It was off but there was gas leaking from behind the stove. This was the last straw. We were leaving. Even if we could not get a refund we were still leaving and for my husband to agree to that is really saying something. He later told me he was putting on a brave face for me and that he was really just as scared as I was lol

I have to say the nicest thing about this hotel was the guy behind the front desk. He was so nice and understanding, he even wanted to help us and make sure we had a map and were able to find another place to stay because it was by this time almost 2 am. He was very helpful and he did not charge us for the room.

If you have stayed at this hotel before and don't agree with what I have written maybe that's in part because the rooms have some quality differences. For instance the second room we were assigned to had matching chairs at the table and a normal toilet. Although the toilet paper roll did go flying behind the toilet when I tried to use it lol It just became comical at some point.

So we eventually found a Courtyard Marriott and decided from now on stick with what we know and ALWAYS read reviews especially the detailed negative ones.

16/06/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
15. Fred A.
This Hotel is what it is....A very Cool, Very Historic, yet very old building. If your a Modern Marriot sort of person just don't stay here, go somewhere else. Im very glad some intelligent gay folks got ahold of this place and restored it to its Hotel origins before the Big SD developers bought it and demoed it (in spite of all its Historical relevance) for another Condo Complex or strip mall.  If you like older things &  places you would love staying here, in addition to a Hotel its also an Antiques Museum and each room/suite is fully decorated with really cool antique furniture. Suites are HUGE, bigger than your average San Diego apartment or small home. We had a big 40th B-Day party in one for a friend and accomodated over 50 people in our suite. The Hotel is locally known as a great place to rent a room for a private party, celebration or event, and its extremely festive on Friday nights when their gigantic roof top bar does the Top of the Park Happy Hour. Views from up here are beautiful and overlook Balboa Park, the harbor, downtown, and Point Loma. You can even see the hilltops of Tijuanna and Mexico from the roof.  It is very reasonably priced for the size of the rooms and the location is as perfect as it could get for San Diego. A walk to Hillcrest, Balboa Park , the Zoo and a very short car/taxi ride into Downtown, Little Italy, Gaslamp and the airport or train stations.  The staff are always very friendly and accomodating,  they run the place more like a Bed & Breakfast than a big impersonal chain hotel. They have very easy and conveinent parking too.
If you visit SD and want to feel like your staying in a cool old hotel you would expect to find in Boston,England, or South France you would enjoy  Park Manor alot. If you need everything new & modern go stay at the Marriot or Hilton Downtown (and pay twice the price).

26/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Katherine K.
The location of this hotel is wonderful and so is the staff, however the rooms are awful. I booked this hotel online for a weekend vacation and after reading all of the online reviews was convinced this was the hotel for me. After booking the 2 bedroom suite I was excited and looking forward to a relaxing stay. When I arrived to the hotel and checked in I was happy and thought everything looked nice, until I got into my room. The furniture was falling apart, stains were all over the carpet, the balcony was tiny, and most importantly the room was NOTHING like what was advertised online. Somehow the photos of the hotel make it look far better than it was. I ended up sitting in my room, finding a different hotel and telling the staff that I just couldn't stay there. The staff was kind and understand about my dilemma, which was nice, however I just would never recommend this place unfortunately.

20/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
17. Paul K.
Good location, free parking + decent breakfast (with nice view) + wifi. I stayed on the 2nd floor which is being renovated, so the hallway looked like that of a creepy mansions in horror movies. the room at the end of the hallway was way to close to the street. the old window did not seem to isolate any of the traffic noise from the fifth street.
So we moved to the third floor which was much quieter.
rooms are nice. certainly old, but it adds antique flavor to the experience. there are certainly some upgrades that could be useful, but overall, it was a nice experience.

14/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Christine C.
It's oh so cute, and terribly old school. The Park Manor is a boutique hotel that was built eons ago (which in SD time means it was built before the '70s.) This little 'ol hotel is across from Balboa Park and the venue is incredibly charming. I love the old fashion mail boxes that are behind the concierge counter. I have been to the downstairs restaurant and I had attended a private dinner at the top floor of the hotel. There is a lovely view of SD from the top, but the food on every floor is delicious. In fact, I have had a chance to meet the cook here, his name is Jay and he has a great personality to go with his extraordinary talent.

I had the most exquisite salad the last time I dined here. It came with raspberries, pears,  walnuts, chicken, and it had just a touch of vinaigrette dressing. It was fantastic! This hotel has a lot special events here and I have yet to to go a place with a a cooler or friendlier staff.

I definitely recommend dining here, and I think the hotel would make the perfect romantic getaway. Either way, the building is worth checking out, weather you are a hotel guest or not.

13/01/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Jennifer S.
My husband and I held our wedding reception at the Top of the Park  in 2005 and couldn't have picked a better place for three reasons: Jim Harmon, building charm, and location.

We actually picked Park Manor Suites for our reception before we even had a location in mind for the ceremony. It was worth it, just for Jim Harmon's help alone. Jim Harmon is the catering director and he is complete magic! He suggested things to us that had not even crossed our minds and treated us as though we were his only clients. Here are some other things he helped us out with:

-Suggested a DJ (Brannan Entertainment) and a ceremony location (the Marston House) on our initial meeting, both of which we ended up going with
-called us periodically to update us on the status of things
- Set us up with a cake tasting 3 weeks prior to the wedding when our other cake person fell through
- Complete and utter attention to detail
- SOOOO many other reasons that are escaping me, but trust me, he's great!

Park Manor Suites itself was absolutely charming. We were able to fit around 100 guests comfortably. he food was out of this world, and the view at sunset was AMAZING. Plenty of room outside for guests to smoke without having to go downstairs. Staff was courteous and friendly and I never felt like I had to ask for them to take care of anything... they just did it! The rooms were like small apartments, which was nice to keep fruit or water refrigerated. Unlike many of the reviewers on here, I did NOT find the rooms 'creepy'; they are just OLD and look very much like some of the interior architecture in older buildings back east.

The only down sides:
-Due to the configuration, the room seemed split in two during dinner (once people were done eating, no one seemed to notice).
- The ancient elevator in the lobby was SLOW...
- Parking is for HOTEL guests only, your reception guests will have to park on the street.

Location was fantastic. Our ceremony was at The Marston House and our guests were able to walk the short distance to Park Manor (which is on the edge of Balboa Park). I suppose if you were staying here for any other reason, it is also a mild biking distance, or moderate walking distance to the heart of Balboa Park.  It was convenient to get to- not far from the 163, and about half-way between Hillcrest and Downtown (I found out later that some of my wedding guests actually went out to party some more downtown after our event).

Not to sound cliche, but Park Manor Suites was AMAZING in helping us create our dream wedding! To this day, I still get compliments from family and friends on how much fun they had and how "classy" the whole event was. Thanks Park Manor!

29/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Missus T.
If you love a place with character, you can't do better than the Park Manor. Mad high ceilings, beautiful detailing, huge windows, more storage than anyone could need, plus a very comfortable bed, good wireless, decent cable, full kitchen and oddles of hot water - it's really the best of both worlds!

People who like everything new & shiny may not be happy here: the elevator is small and creaky, the wood has eleventy-seven layers of paint and the carpet and upholstery are worn in spots. There is a faint smell that I associate with San Francisco or London - old wood, wool upholstery and radiator. It's not unpleasant, and I stop noticing it after a minute.

The room was super clean. I've stayed in expensive destination hotels that weren't anywhere near as clean.

I'm particularly oversensitive to noise, and I had not a single complaint about it here. We were on the fifth floor, so traffic noise wasn't much.

There isn't any air conditioning, but there are huge windows and a ceiling fan which kept the room at the perfect temperature.

Location is fabulous. Rooms are huge. Staff was lovely. Excellent value for the price.

06/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. daeman c.
I have a special place in my heart for all things Park Manor. . .I would consider my dinner at the basement restaurant The Inn at the Park (ooh la la) when I was 14 years old to be my first "fine-dining" experience.  Sorry, Mama.  I can recall being so impressed with our server.  He didn't even write down what we ordered and stiill remembered everything.  He called ahead to the theatre to see if the curtain was on time so he could better advise us on which courses to indulge in.  I can remember being really surprised that the ice cream came before the main course!!  Aaah, the innocence of youth.  Aaah, the confusion of a palate cleanser!

Having stopped in recently for a dinner before the theatre, I realized that The Inn is really up to their old tricks again.  Great service, delicate but rich food, pleasant atmosphere spilling over from the piano bar.  It just didn't have that same magic.  They say it can never be as good as the first time and I suppose, in this case, it's true.  It's not that The Inn has lost anything, it's just that everyone else has caught up.

Thank God then that there are other diversions to keep a lad happy once he's outgrown the restaurant.

The hotel itself is charming and provides some of the best aerial views of Balboa Park that I know of (unless you've got a secret squirrel way to get to the top of the Museum of Man).  The elevator is an adventure in itself, especially on Friday evenings when the rooftop becomes sort of a Boy's Own party and the line-up to get in starts in the lobby, ID check in the elevator, then belly-up to the bar as soon as you depart on the top level.  The men are a little cruisy but hey, it's their world and I'm just visiting.

Please indulge yourself and stay at, dine at, or pary at the Park Manor.  Thank me later.

05/06/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Eric U.
The place is a DUMP! I cannot believe they can charge as much as they do.  Being across from Balboa Park is nice but not worth the money.

It was probably the ticket when FDR was in charge but it is 2011 and I am straight so being close to the gay bars does nothing for me.

Bad plumbing, old dusty furniture and the dishes didn't even match.  I don't want to sound too picky, but for the money it should not remind me of college rental life.  And yes the funky bathroom with the not up to code window in the shower does smell, so maybe you need to ask for a room that doesn't smell when you check in?

The included breakfast is a JOKE! Even the OJ and milk tasted watered down and with all the bakeries around, maybe something better than Costco (I assume) bread and bagels would be in order.

The location is right accross from Balboa Park which is awesome, but other than that the potential for the place that could be killer just doesn't cut it. The location is the only reason I even gave it a one star.  Too bad as the place really has potential.

17/03/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
23. Brian T.
Had a pretty good stay here in February with my girlfriend.

-Nice, spacious rooms.
-Very nice continental breakfast on the top floor (bagels, instant oatmeal, juice, tea, cereal, some fruit)
-Nice staff.
-They give you two free water bottles in your kitchen!
-Free WIFI !
-There's a kitchen in the suite
-Parking is free

-No decent mirror to check how you look before going out.
-Furniture can be... a little worn and damaged.  Leather was REALLY peeling off of our dining chairs.
-After about 7pm, you might not find any parking in the lot... Practice your parallel parking skills if you haven't already.
-There's no AC (or heater..).  Luckily we did not need it.  There's a ceiling fan though, which was slightly shaky..
-The door connecting suites is far from sound proof.  You can hear people talking casually on the other side.  Imagine how well you'd hear if they were "getting busy".

08/03/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
24. hunter h.
Great place!  It has the charm and warmth of a grand Manhatten Hotel and the personalized service of a boutique hotel.  Its across the street from Balboa Park.  Big windows you can open.  Its being redone and some of the rooms are older but clean comfortable and relaxing. The beds and linens were new. My cousin was visiting from Michigan.  I liked the hotel so much i stayed there and i live 7 blocks away.

07/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Yvonne D.
Decent hotel for the price you're paying. The location is easy to find and there's plenty of street parking if you aren't able to park in the private lot in the back. Note: you only get one complimentary parking spot in the hotel's lot for each room you book. Anyone else will have to street park - the street right in front of the hotel (Spruce) has no restrictions and the side streets 6th and 5th are metered, so free after 6pm until 7am. There is complimentary wireless which is awesome and free breakfast, which would be awesome if there was food left at 7:30am. The view from the top floor (where breakfast is served) has a great view of Hillcrest, but it's a little ridiculous that there wasn't any food left at 7:30am on a Friday morning. So sad :( The rooms (or "suites") are pretty interesting. You can definitely tell it was a reconverted apartment complex. The kitchen area is small as is the dining table, but the perks of this is the full sized fridge. There's plenty of room to store leftovers from the multiple delicious dining options around the hotel. There's a nice walk-in closet area to hang clothes, but the bathroom is small. (Con: why is the toilet paper under the sink, behind the toilet?! Boo!) The bed is pretty comfortable and the sheets/blankets are nice, but con here: pillows suck. There are 5 small pillows on the bed which is really unnecessary. I found 2 other pillows in the hallway and only 1 was normal pillow sized. Oh well. Would I stay here again? Sure, why not. But I wouldn't be overly enthused.

18/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
26. Sambo C.
Took part in the "Top of The Park" happy hour again, last Friday.

We had margaritas with generous doses of Jose Cuervo Silver tequila in them that cost 3.50 each. I was shocked at the low price.

The bartenders here are extremely friendly. Even though they have other patrons to tend to, they take a moment to chat and ask how you are doing.

We saw many familiar people from the previous week, plus many new faces. The event still had that happy-gay-lesbian vibe going on. (I saw more woman here this time).

21/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Sarah B.
Great location right on Balboa park.  Place has charm and suites are spacious.  Continental breakfast is well-stocked - not luxurious but better than average.  Staff is courteous and helpful.  FYI it's walkable to Hillcrest but not really in the heart of things.

1)Being right on the park, the suite's windows could use some double-panes, since there's quite a lot of street traffic noise up and down 6th Ave.  Being from a big city this didn't bother me, but it could keep some up at night.
2)The kitchen and bathroom could use updating (in keeping with overall price of suite)
3)Not enough parking spots for each room so this could be a big pain (it wasn't for us b/c we got in early each night)

Overall, I'd stay there again so I give it an A-OK!

22/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
28. Rosie C.
I don't think I'll stay at Park Manor ever again...even if my gbff asked me to (the hotel's IGLTA approved)

It reminds me a little bit of a lower-end version of the Biltmore in downtown LA - old building with one elvatator, low water pressure, and here's the kicker, NO FUCKING AC.  Absurd...I know!!  Try getting a good night's sleep in a sauna.  

The pros?  Our room was huge, the sheets were crisp, and the location isn't that bad either.

I;m kinda sad my friend and I didn't get to check out the Inn at the Park, as it probably had AC.

03/09/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
29. Andrew D.
My BF and I booked a room here and from the start it was great!  Great service and they even upgraded our room free with a view and in a large suite!  I would def stay here again!

05/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Kristen M.
Never stayed here, but joined my friends for happy hour at Top of the Park.  Packed with guys, I think I was one of the 5 women here, out of maybe 300 people.  But at least most are easy on the eyes.  

Reasons to go:  incredible view of San Diego, strong, cheap drinks, oogling the pretty gay boys showing themselves off like peacocks trying to find a mate.

19/11/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
31. Lisa l.
I would have appreciated knowing that there was a late night club/restaurant just one floor above our room. The music was extremely loud as was the noise level. We could hear thumping music late into both Friday and Saturday night. As far as the room I would call it more shabby than chic; our bathtub was losing paint and the room in general felt dingy. The furniture was left over from when the hotel was a senior living facility. There is no AC. The TV are old and fuzzy. Extremely overpriced. I am a fan of independent hotels, but Park manor  is unfortunately the reason people stay at large chains.  Yes, the front desk staff is wonderful, but you enjoy them for 5 minutes and then you are stuck in this hotel of doom. Save your money and look elsewhere.

08/03/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
32. Frank D.
The summer time roof top party is awesome gay pride week. . Comfortable roomy suites. Old steam radiators...I didn't like ... Nice traditional, old world feel. I think I am more of a modern gay... Hello W

12/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
33. Oscar H.
I like "Top Of The Park"!

Friday nights are the best time to go and you get to meet the most wonderful people there. I have been going there for many years and it's always fun with friends/out of town friends that visit here from all over the world. Make sure you ask for Paul. He will make sure your drinks are right.

Drinks are always made strong like kerosene and they are cheap. If you want to eat there are nasty chips/salsa, and meatballs/spicy chicken wings. The food is ok if that's what you like. And the great thing is it's free. Take all you want. But, I stay away from it.

You need to get there before Sunset. Awesome views here at the rooftop of Balboa Park, Downtown, Point Loma, Coronado, Hillcrest, Mission Hills and Bankers Hill.

Happy Hour is great here but get there before 6P and you will be fine. Plenty of parking on the streets. The meters won't charge you after 6P.

When there are alot of guys coming up here you can feel the entire floor bounce and that to me is a "Fire Trap" from the rooftop.

Be ready for the crowds as they get here and of course, how could we forget the attitude and the line at the elevator heading back to the outside if you are late.  Yes, find the closest exit just in case.

I would recommend it to friends and visitors. You will have a great time with the views and guys walking around. Oh, can't forget the eye candy here as well on Fridays. Ask for Paul he will take your order and make it right.

18/09/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Jacquelyn Q.
Okay, so, I am biased because my wedding reception was held here, but seriously, Park Manor is like a secret bit of history and charm in the middle of Banker's Hill.

Our wedding reception was held on the rooftop in the ballroom (Top of the Park) and deck overlooking the most incredible views of downtown, the bay and Balboa Park. The food is incredible in Top of the Park as well as the Inn at the Park downstairs, where we had an amazing complimentary breakfast on the morning of our big day. After our reception ended around 10pm on Sunday night we headed back down to the bar at the Inn at the Park to drink and enjoy the entertainment from the adorable older couple on the piano (or was it a keyboard?).

Anyway, from the service at the front desk to their endlessly talented catering manager, Jim Harmon (who should be sainted for all of his hard work to make EVERY event incredible and flawless), to their quaint little old elevator, eclectic room decore and fabulous customer service, I do not have a single bad thing to say about Park Manor.

The Presidential Suite was an incredible luxury, but the "standard" room is even a suite there, with a full kitchen, sitting room, dressing area, bed and bath... it is like a cute little apartment!

As a straight woman who loves a unique, fun and fabulous place to have a drink, sing along in a bar and eat a great meal, I would recommend people opening up their eyes to this super gay-friendly hotel that has tons of love for everyone. Heck, I would even have my wedding there! Oh wait, I did...

31/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Nick R.
Definitely not the kind of place if you are looking for new everything and a completely sanitized experience. This place is made up of funky, almost hodgepodge vintage furniture and decor. Im pretty sure this used to be an apartment building long ago, but as the saying goes, "Once the gays move in...."

I LOVED almost everything about this place. Big rooms, very comfy bed, nice amenities and the staff was super friendly. Another big plus for the big homo in me is that is was located within walking distance of Hillcrest, San Diego's gayborhood.

Definitely gay friendly and Top of the Park, the hotel's penthouse bar, was no disappointment. Not a whole lot going on since I wasn't there for the Friday night debauchery, but the views were great - and the panorama of the city was nice too - ahem :)

I think the only thing I didn't like were the creepy hallways....they were dark and with the older decor gave me an unsettling feeling like I was in a haunted house or something. I kept waiting for twins to ride out of the elevator on bikes with a tidal wave of blood like in "The Shining" every time I went up to my room.

All in all though -  a great experience - and for $130 a night, I call it the best deal in San Diego!

22/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. James G.
I had been hearing about a happy hour at Top of the Park for going on three years now. I've never gone, never really thought it was my scene. Luckily, my brother and his new wife decided to get married. The reception was at the roof top bar.

I have to say, for a view, this place is better than Mr. A's. It's situated slightly further north which gives the spectacular downtown and bay view, but also a solid view north of Pt. Loma.

The space itself was a bit odd. It's long, with balcony areas located on the east and west ends that span the building from north to south. All in all, you're going to have a hard time finding a bad view if you're standing outside.

The dance floor is okay and the bar was solid, although, it was a wedding. I might make a stop in at the happy hour just to take in the view again, but if you are getting married, and you're not paying for it, this place should be on your short list for venues.

01/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Dave F.
Uber gay-friendly; on the weekends, straight-unfriendly (at least in the hotel bar). Nice view from the rooftop patio.

Rooms are decent--converted old world apartments. Sometimes, though, it seems "charming" is code for "dilapidated" here.  Rooms were clean enough. Not eat-off-the-floor clean. But clean enough to not freak out sleeping in.

Half a block from Balboa Park; few blocks from awesome shops in Hillcrest.  Still, too pricey for the amenities.

13/05/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
38. Sean B.
Great goodness, this is a lovely place.  Sitting snugly in the Hillcrest part of downtown San Diego, the Park Manor Suites is a delightful and charming little hotel.  My lady booked us a room for my birthday, so I can't say how cost-effective the place was, but I do think she mentioned something about finding a sweet deal for it on hotel.com .  We're both quite young, so I would imagine it's a pretty affordable type of place.

Seriously, though, this place is just brimming with charm.  Apparently built as a hotel in the 1920s, Park Manor is a beautiful red-brick building with awesome and spacious rooms.  They have full kitchens, really big closets, and tons of drawer space.  There's even a safe for you to keep the Heart of the Ocean if you brought it along with you on your trip.

I didn't exactly give the room service a spin, but the customary continental breakfast that they offer at the top-floor restaurant (Top of the Park) was satisfying and decent.  No eggs, bacon, or anything that's cooked, but you could help yourself to bagels, a variety of cereals, a few different juices, granola, strawberry or plain yogurt, cream cheese, etc.  I found it to be a simple, fresh, and satisfying breakfast.  The view from the restaurant wasn't the most exciting thing in the world, but it was foggy out (breakfast starts at 7, we got there at 9) and we might have been sitting on the wrong side of the building.

Park Manor is exactly what we wanted it to be.  It's clean, comfortable, and cozy.  The staff is friendly and helpful: the gentlemen behind the desk told us that we could ask him about things to do around the area if we wanted, offering that he would be at the desk until eleven that night.  There are lots of museums located around the area, and Balboa Park is across the street; we could see it from our room, which (on the second floor) had a fountain right below its window.  Listening to the babbling water all night was definitely my favorite part.  The room was great, and even had good coffee in it.

22/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. JayChan H.
I really want to give this place more stars but the truth of the matter is it needs some work.

Part of the charm of this old hotel are the creaky floors and huge apartment like rooms. You can't beat the location if you plan on spending loads of time in Balboa park or the San Diego Zoo. There are plenty of great restaurants nearby and boy's town is only a few blocks stroll to the north.

The tired carpets, peeling wallpaper, painted over bathroom tiles and nearly non-functioning elevator make you feel like you've checked into a flop house not a historical landmark.  The lack of mechanical ventilation might be off putting to most but thankfully the location enjoys cool days most of the year. Just open the big windows and let the breeze in.

A little work and this place might be worth the two hundred bones-a- night price tag.

07/07/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
40. Christine N.
My husband's company holiday party was last night a few blocks away.  They had a special price deal with Park Manor Suites for last night, so we booked it without really thinking about it.

I'm not really into old-style hotels, but I realize that everyone has different tastes, so my two-star rating isn't really about the old-style decor.  

1)  Check-in - we were slightly crunched for time to get into our room so we could change into clothing appropriate for the holiday party.  However, Bobby the front desk person was not in a hurry to check us in.  He spent at least 5 minutes on the phone with someone before attending to us.  Most hotels that I've been to has had more than one person at the front desk, so that if the phone rings, there is someone else there to help customers check-in.  That was not the case here.  Bobby spent an inordinate amount of time on the phone before attending to us.  It seems that the right order of customer service is to put the phone on hold while attending to the customer in front of you first.  That's how I've seen other hotels and restaurants do it.  We were not very impressed with this.

2)  The common area was decorated for Christmas and everything looked spectacular.  This was really nice and a plus.

3)  The free parking lot is a joke.  There are 40 spaces for 70 rooms, plus I think the employees park there.  There were no spaces when we checked in, so we had to park on the street 2 blocks away.  Good thing it was after 6pm on a Saturday, which meant we could park on the street where it's normally 2 Hour parking only.  I don't know what you would do during the day.

4)  Upon checking into our room on the first floor, we noticed that you could hear a lot of street noise and traffic inside the room.  This was not good.  I'm a light sleeper and street noises usually keep me awake or wake me up easily.  A Minus.

5)  The room was rather large, as it was a suite.  We did not make use of the kitchen area though, so no comment on that.  The decor was old.  And the couch looked really old and worn and uninviting.  However, like I said, people have different aesthetic preferences.  My preference is a more modern hotel.  The TV was old-style tube and kind of small.

6)  Bathroom was small and old.  Obviously it had everything you would need in a bathroom:  toilet, bathtub/shower, and small stand-alone sink.  I prefer to have counter-space so this was a minus.  But wait until you hear what happened to the bathtub.  We were trying to get to sleep around mid-night, when our next door neighbors got back to their hotel room.  The woman decided to take a bath.  The rooms have super-thin walls and a large crack under the common door, so you can hear EVERYTHING.  (More on that in my next point.)  So when she was drawing water for her bath, the water noise was quite palpable in our room.  THEN she put some music on and got into the bath tub, and proceeded to SING quite loudly to the music (Whitney Houston) while taking her bath.  My husband and I couldn't help but chuckle.  I'm telling you, the walls were so thin we could hear every word.  But that wasn't the terrifying part.  After she finished her bath, she unplugged the bathtub and suddenly, we heard this loud popping sound, and heard water splashing up into OUR bathtub in our room.  It was too late and dark to get up to check it out, but this morning we went into the bathroom and sure enough, dirty bath water and some black stuff from the pipes were in our bathtub, just stuck there.  We didn't take showers before we checked out, but we made sure to tell the front desk about it.

7)  THIN walls - terrible experience.  Like I said, I'm a light sleeper, so being able to hear every word and noise from the next-door neighbors, plus the street noise, was quite a terrible experience.  This was compounded by the "doing-it" noises in the middle of the night that woke me up.  Nobody needs to hear that.  Don't come here if you're a light sleeper, seriously.  Not only were the walls thin, but the common door between rooms has a LARGE gap between the door and the floor, which compounds the noise problem.  ARGH!

8)  The view from the roof-top restaurant / breakfast area saved this review from a one-star.  The view really was spectacular.  You could see the SD harbor, Balboa Park, downtown, etc.  And the complimentary free continental breakfast was very nice.

I give this hotel 2 stars because I just can't get over the extremely thin walls and what happened to our bathtub.  It's not acceptable to me.

12/12/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
41. tim w.
I'd give this place minus zero, if I could.....We booked a one bedroom suite and checked in on July 16th, 2011.  I paid $249.00 for one night in the most disgusting accommodations I have ever seen in my life...
Our one bedroom suite consisted of a mismatch of ugly 70's funiture, a 20's dresser, and a filthy dirty rug on the bedroom floor(we wouldn't even take our shoes off), and a bathroom that hasn't been updated since it's birth...there were more water turn on valves than you could imagine, even the originals that didn't even work, with missing handles!!!!....gut the crapper and start again folks, geez!!!....and the suite? it consisted of an ajoining  empty  conference room with  5 stacks of chairs, the kind you would seen in a banquet hall!!!!!!! what that had to do with a "suite" is beyond me!!!! no sofa or chairs  or coffee table?  As Betty Davis would say,  "what a dump" (Click on the my camera icon to see some images)
This hotel should be embarrassed to call this a suite and even more to classify themsleves as a hotel, let alone have the nerve to rent this disgusting shit hole out to anyone.....there was no one there of importance to deal with this insult, so I have sent a complaint to Expedia, and called today to speak with the General Manager, who was not in at 9:30 am???....AN UPDATE WILL FOLLOW...

18/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
42. Jaime P.
Ahhhh creepy!

So nevermind all the gayness (and I mean that in the most endearing way since it is located smack dab in the LGBT community) this hotel gives me the creeps.  Perhaps I should have been more thorough with yelping this place as well as reading Traveladvisor on this location.

So apparently this place is awfully historic, and to me, it just smelled of death and decay.  Now mind you the individuals of this hotel keep it VERY clean, so that's not the problem.  Despite how clean you keep this location, it just screams historic death and it creeped me out.  I probably should have paid more attention to the fact that this place used to be an old folks home in the 70's.

Luckily my boyfriend and I only stayed here one night so we were pretty much just in and out of the place.  Other than the creepy oldness I really can't say too many other bad things about this place as their complementary breakfast was pretty good, and the staff and patrons were very friendly.

21/04/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
43. Dulce F.
I had my wedding reception here a couple of weeks ago.  It was all I could of asked for!  If you want to have a great wedding and not have to worry about all the details, this is the place for you.  Jim Harmon (the wedding coordinator) is a pro and knows how to throw a great wedding.  He will take the lead and communicate with all your vendors (DJ, florist, photographer) to create a seamless event.  He helped us make a timeline, gave us ideas, told us things we should know that we hadn't even thought about, etc.  I don't know what I would of done without Jim's help!  I did not get a wedding planner and I did not need one because Jim helped us plan everything.  Not only is the place beautiful and has amazing views, is all inclusive, has delicious food, and has great service, but the fact that Jim's help is included took tons of stress off us during the whole process.  Thanks Jim!

15/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Sasha R.
So, Park Manor Suites used to be a senior living housing back in the day. (I mean way back, friends). Then in the 70's it went to a nightly hotel property.

That said, it feels old and historic (and a little creepy) but it was charming and quaint at the same time. They have studio, one and two bedroom suites and the studio starts at $130 a night. What a bargain. Perfect for a staycation.

The upstairs bar (Top of the Park) does have nice views and although I was there for a meeting, I hear Friday nights are open to the public for cocktails and it's
pretty wild and fun!

They have a restaurant and bar on the first floor which seemed cool. There was a pianist and lady singer and it was chill. I don't know if it would be some place I would frequent, but it seemed cool enough.

26/03/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
45. David P.
Inn at the Park is an historic hotel decorated in Hollywood Regency style. We stayed in a two bedroom suite with a large parlor, kitchen and dinning area. There was a balcony and walk in closet. The large window in the parlor had an electric screen with a huge retro photo that, when raised, disappeared into the valance. The very large couch was actually two sofa beds. Clearly it was a party suite. A large wine drum was supplied in the kitchen. The restaurant on the lower level had great food and live music. Parking is valet only and the elevator is slow, otherwise it is a perfect place to stay near the park and Hillcrest.

21/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Kelsey M.
What a gem!  My fiance and I are booking a block of rooms here for our wedding guests, and we've booked the Presidential Suite for our wedding night.  Every single time we go there for any reason, we're met with nothing but kindness, charm, graciousness, and a sense of old-fashioned elegance.

The place is old, yes.  It's old, but it's spanking-clean and it's well-kept, if shabby at times (shabby like the armchair at your favorite coffee joint, not shabby as in just purchased from the Goodwill.)  The rooms were apartments at one time, so they have plenty of space and feel very comfortable.  The kitchens are fully equipped, the beds comfy, the bathrooms sparkly-tiled even though they're not exactly modern.  

The staff is incredible.  They're always happy to help with anything you need; they're friendly, courteous, absolutely attentive.  We love their customer service; we've stopped by for tours with a few groups of people and we're always met with a smile and a fantastic attitude.  

The rooftop deck/eating area (where the free continental breakfast for guests is held) is really breathtaking.  The views are absolutely amazing.  Great way to start the morning after a good night's sleep!

Having Balboa Park right across the street is wonderful, too.  Staying here with kids is so easy; lots of room, and a playground right across the road.  Walking to the park's Prado area is a nice easy stroll, and of course the park views are simply wonderful.  

The old world charm of this place is like nothing else in San Diego.  I always feel like I'm in an Irish bed and breakfast or English guest manor.  It's a wonderful feeling, and a wonderful hotel.

08/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. Sara Y.

After running a 5K on Sunday, I knew I wanted to chow down on some brunch.  I have heard awesome things about Top of the Park, so I decided on brunch there.  They only hold the brunch once a month too, so I had to take advantage.  

PROS:  the view from all sides is amazing.  The ocean to the west, the Downtown skyline to the south, Balboa Park to the east and Uptown on the northside.  You can go outside to see it from all angles on the balcony, but there is plenty of outdoor seating or gazing through the big windows from the inside.  It is awesome.

The food was a nice buffet.  Not "Hotel Del" fantastic, but nice.  While there is not a massive selection, what is there is pretty tasty.  Crisp bacon, scrambled eggs, bagels and lox, baked chicken, garlic mashed potatoes and nicely cooked, fresh vegetables.  There were some nice desserts and pastries too.

Finally, the mimosas and champagne are flowing freely, which is rad.

THE CONS:  Our waiter sucked.  I should've left him a smaller tip.  He winked at me when he first approached to get the drink order, so I figured he would be on it.  But alas, when I ordered a plain orange juice (sans champagne) and he mentioned he would get rid of the additional place settings (since there was only 2 of us at a table of 4), he never came back.  So I had to ask for the O.J. again...and the place settings remained.  When it came time to pay the bill, he took forever in sending us the check and picking up our credit card.  Turns out he was sitting down, flirting with the old queens in the place instead.  I mean, he did not even need to serve us food!!!  Drinks only!!!

For the craptacular service, I cannot give this more than a 2.  I wanted to like it, but I can get the same deal (endless mimosas and a nice buffet) somewhere else.  Yes...sacrificing the view is fine because I can come back for happy hour another day.

30/09/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
48. Chap James D.
The place has a lot of charm, ans is HUGE and Spacious for the money.  They truly are Suites, with full kitchens and dining rooms.

The location is very close to Balboa Park and in walking distance to many restaurants.  The staff was very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.  

I am also happy to say that the place is very clearly LGBT supportive, to the point of hosting a party in their roof bar/dining area.

I would definitely return to this hotel, and recommend it to others.

25/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. kathleen s.
I had to look at the reviews..even with a star like this, there is always going to be someone that knocks it. A weird space between the door? Reminds you of the The Shining? Please.
This place rocks. The decor is amazing, beyond amazing..so pretty and glamorous. The staff is incredible and beyond friendly..the best I have encountered in a long time..and I have done some traveling.
Now for the fun stuff... It dawned on me, I stayed here about six years ago, pre remodel. True the rooms were a little tired, but we loved the garden...and Hello?? Piano Bar in the basement?? Im in heaven.
Now that the hotel has been face lifted... there is no reason not to LOVE this place. Great prices, great service. The Valet told me about an incredible Raw Food and smoothie place just down the road. I AM IN HEAVEN!!
I came here to see my Granny while she recovers from surgery at a Senior Home down the street. I wanted to scoop her up and bring her here...that would have made her feel much better!!
This is MY NEW FAVORITE hotel.
Stay here!!

21/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. David G.
Disclosure: I've never actually stayed overnight at the Park Manor Suites.  I've only done Friday evening happy hour at the Top of the Park, which is what this review is about.

The first thing you need to know is:  Don't bother with the elevator.  It doesn't matter how early or how late you arrive -- there's always a long line to use the teeny tiny elevator to take you to the roof.  It's a waste of your time.  Take the stairs.  The workout is good for you and will make the drink waiting for you at the top that much more refreshing.  Plus, you'll get to explore the interior of this beautiful and historic hotel.

Once you've recovered from the huffing and puffing -- that's when the Top of the Park is at its best.  San Diego doesn't have many places that are filled with oodles of amusing and beautiful people at 6pm, but the Top of the Park is one of them.  And I'm not kidding about it being filled.  When I was here the other day, the central main room was packed, and there were also huge crowds on all of the balconies.  No shortage of people to mingle with.  During the instances when I wanted to take a break from socializing, I was able to enjoy the gorgeous view of Balboa Park, Bankers Hill, and downtown -- and count the planes as they passed by in single file.

The drinks at the Top of the Park are definite winners.  My gin and tonic was $4 but I don't think there was more than a drop or two of tonic in there.  Maybe they should rename it to a gin and gin.  Or gin squared.  Whatever it's called, I think I'll be back next week to have another one.

25/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. Rachel B.
The Inn at the Park is a great, old fashioned feeling hotel right near Balboa Park.  It has been recently renovated and the rooms are clean, spacious, and have cool retro decor.  The complimentary breakfast in the morning is very complete, and for just a few dollars extra you can order yummy hot items as well. We recently got married at the nearby Marston House and used two rooms at the park Manor as we got ready for our wedding. Some of our guests stayed there as well.  I think most of the rooms have an additional pull out couch so several guests were able to stay in a room together.  It ended up working out perfectly for our wedding prep, and guests really enjoyed their stay as well. You definitely get a lot for your money at this hotel.

05/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
52. Oren P.
While most people come for a place to eat or stay for the night, you can also just come for salsa dancing and one of the best views of San Diego. The second Tuesday of each month, the Inn at the Park hosts The Mambo Rooftop. Unlike most other salsa venues, both the free lesson and actual dancing start early. Get there before the 7pm group lesson and it's free. After that, it's only $5. If hungry or thirsty, food and beverages are available to order. Dancing ends at midnight - so if you're really hardcore (or think you might enjoy somewhere else more), you can come here first before other places open and go somewhere else later. Free parking is available on all the nearby streets - if you can find it.

10/04/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
53. Rose G.
Bride to be booked two nights at this remodeled chic boutique hotel as the bridal suite (her wedding ceremony took place at the Pavillion at Balboa Park).  We were all pleasantly surprised as we were 8 girls total.   Our suite was a 2 bedroom suite complete with a full kitchen complete with cooking and dinner essentials.   One room contained a king bed and the other 2 queen beds.  The living room area had an oversized sofa bed that actually formed two separate beds (not one to be shared).  The staff was super friendly.  Complimentry contentential breakfast, for those who wanted more could order omelettes at nominal cost, and the view is great as it is all served on the top floor of the building. I gave it 4 stars because the suite only had 1 bathroom.  That was a bit difficult for us 7-8 girls, but we did manage.  ;)

05/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Brian P.
Really a solid boutique hotel. While the 80's decor in the kitchen clashed with the 1930's styling of the rest of the room, I was ok with that because the hotel was spotlessly clean, the view from my 6th floor suite incredible, the staff friendly, and the price absolutely right. I would definitely stay with Park Manor/Inn @ The Park again. The re-branding of the place was probably a mistake, but I'm no marketing expert. Kudos for a fantastic experience.

14/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
55. Gabby A.
Cute hotel!! I loved the fact that we had a small little kitchen in our suite! It felt like we had rented a small apartment, complete with a kitchen and small dining room! Too cute for words.

Love the old brick buildings and this was no exception. Beautifully decorated Lobby and friendly staff.

Oh and the bed...it was so fluffy and comfortable!

Will definitely look into staying here again. Not only is it conveniently located but the neighborhood is very quiet. You can walk to many shops and restaurants.

02/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. Lora B.
Roomy suites, elevator was the worst but over all stay was great.  Had to keep asking for toiletries.  Housekeeping was  slow.  One day we did not get our room cleaned because they came at 5:30 pm to clean it.

06/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
57. John F.
If you're looking for an upscale, fancy pants hotel in San Diego - this is not the place to go.

If you're looking for a friendly, charming and relaxing place to stay that is reasonably priced and well located - stay here!

After doing the whole Marriott and Hilton thing on my last few visits, wanted to stay a little bit closer to my favorite spots in town this time.  Park Manor was perfect.  

The rooms are large and spacious, the beds comfortable and they have little dining areas great for cooking light meals.  The free breakfast is perfect for a couple on the go.  Location was awesome!  Walked to Balboa Park, all the museums and you can even get to the zoo really quickly.  Hillcrest is mere blocks away -- close to all the bars and restaurants.  The highway is only 5 minutes away and it's a quick drive downtown or to Old Town.

I definitely plan on staying here again!

06/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
58. Willie S.
Enjoyed my stay. Place was under renovation but not a problem. I loved the location which was a clean safe neighborhood. One bus away from downtown. I'd stay there again. The rooms were excellent, very large, with hugh bathroom, and kitchen area. Oh, complimentary breakfast is a major plus.

18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
59. Michael M.
I had stayed here before and generally had a good experience.  The rooms were slightly old maid-ish, but the service was friendly and the location is great.  We booked again, and the hotel is in the middle of a thorough renovation.  Our renovated room was fantastic--upscale, with a nice mix of contemporary and classic design.  The hotel is all suites and we were pleased to see an updated kitchen, gorgeous sexy furniture, fun campy artwork, and a beautifully renovated bathroom.  Some of the public areas have yet to benefit from the remodel, but if they end up as nice as the rooms they will be amazing.  Friendly staff, great views, and complimentary breakfast on the rooftop deck overlooking the city and the ocean.  We will definitely be back!

01/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
60. Karen P.
I found this hotel by searching on Yelp first - and I want to say THANK YOU to all of you. Even the ones with the negative comments.

I LOVED IT, and I shall say all the reasons why, lol:

It was spotless. I mean SPOTLESS. I even ran my finger over the tops of the door frames and no dust. Zilch. The only bit of dirt I saw, happened to be from the open window in the bathroom, which was reasonable. If you look at the 800 pictures, lol, you'll see why.

The staff. Oh my. I wish I had gotten that lovely man's name. He was so kind. And patient with my husband and my kids, too :) He was able to offer ideas of places to go and just was so warm and friendly. And it was sincere - either that, or he is a damned good liar, which I very strongly doubt. Just so he knows, it was just like past Tuesday that my husband and my two little kids and myself checked in. May 27. I want to find his name...I hope the manager knows how cool he is. Also, the gentleman that bid us adieu upon check out was just as gracious, though I hardly spent time with him at all. Hell, all! Even the patrons were good to us, lol!

The size of the suite. Like a small apartment - which it actually was at one time from what I gather. There was literally more closet space there than in my current house, with 2 of the closets being walk-in.

The decor. Refined, older...even a credenza was there, with books in the cabinet attached above it. Lots of lighting, both soft and bright were available, but most of the time, artificial light was not needed, as there were windows a-plenty. The cool air blowing in from the outside, making the sheer white under curtains blow about. Very nice, soothing and calm. I found myself taking many deep breaths there.

The dressing room. Hee, hee! It was like my great-aunt Rhoda's daughter's attic rooms (was that clear? At all? ;) ) from when I was a child. Like a hallway, but with a vanity and one of the closets I could have let my kids sleep in - and that was a sliding door one! It also had a door that closed off that area to the main room, which was nice, since the kids slept out in the totally cool Murphy bed, which was in the living room. The main bedroom also had a door of course, so the kids, at one point, were 2 doors away from us ;) THAT was good, as we share a room at home, lol!

The kitchen. All, they had pots and pans, plates dinner and salad sized, cups and saucers, glassware, knives, forks and spoons and not 1, not 2 but 3 corkscrews (for all my wine-o friends out there!) a bottle opener, a full sized oven, microwave and a sink. And many cupboards. Oh, and the small fridge, which was taller than my 5 year old,  was extra nice. We went to the local Trader Joe's and we were able to have snacks and food supplies on-hand, and with little kids and hangovers, THAT is a must. Those hotels with the little boxy fridgettes are almost useless, you know?

The dinning room. Yes, there was a dinning room. Not large, of course, but room for 6 if needed, 4 with lots of space. Just a nice, homey, wooden table with 4 chairs. Oh, and the floor was in parquet style in the kitchen and dinning room. And actually, in THIS suite, it WAS clean enough to eat off the floor, lol! (see another's review for what I am referencing)

The lobby had marbled floors, a wooden, painted ceiling, crystal chandeliers and gilded mirrors. The elevator was old fashioned a bit in style, but clearly safe and new. Golden hand railings, great floor, mirrored back wall inside it.

The back patio area was next to a rose garden, with 2 small wrought-iron looking tables. Lovely.

Ok - those are all the good things. These below are my "cons," so to speak :)

No paper towels or cloth ones in the kitchen, lol.

The dinning room window sash was broken, so the window came down hard and bit fast.

The widows had loose screens, so if say, my small child had leaned on them, out to the ground s/he would have fallen (5th floor). I HATE barred windows however, so we talked about safety. But sturdier screens, perhaps? Not sure about that one - especially since this hotel is not one aimed at children (but they were VERY welcoming and accommodating!!!) . I wonder what other options there are out there....

Ok...those hallways I have read about in other reviews. Yeah, they're dark. So what? lol! It's not creepy dark, it's not like the hallways in The Shinning, lol. But yeah, a tad dim. But! At the end of the hallways, where the fire escape is, are these lovely windows, all open, allowing fresh air in. So hey - a bit dark, but neat-o light at the end of the tunnel (however, those lovely windows were screen-free...).

No room service (but a restaurant upstairs on the roof and one below, in the basement). Not a big issue, and probably saved this poor family some cash!

I will stay here again.

Oh, and the best part? No Gideon's! lol! ;)

01/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Richard B.
This is an amazing hotel.

My parents booked our wedding rehearsal dinner in the Balboa Room. We had 35 people in attendance, and although they said it could accommodate more than that, it was almost at it's max once everyone sat down.

The hotel is serious old, but has been through a major renovation. The old time charm and antique design is still very prevalent, but it's not dirty or cheap feeling in the slightest bit.

The Balboa Room was very nice. The appetizers were located in a small kitchen in the back. The main course was spread along a long table in the front, behind it, a large bay window that looked out on downtown San Diego.

The food was amazing! The artichoke dip, bread and cheeses were all top notch, come back for more and stuff your face delicious! Our main entrees were three different pastas with accompanying sauces and a slab of prime rib that was as big as my torso! Every bite we took was delicious and more tasty than the last.

I highly recommend this place for your next event. We did not get to stay in a hotel room, but based on our experience in the Balboa Room, I can imagine they are fantastic.

16/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Karen J.
We knew the hotel was going through a renovation but figured we'd be out and about during the day so that wouldn't be a problem and it wasn't.  The room was exactly like the website pictures. They've done a wonderful job. Check-in was easy and the Front Desk Clerk and Valets) were really service oriented. The location couldn't be better to visit the Museums at Balboa Park. We walked to dinner at The Prado, a "must" when in SD. No air conditioning until the renovation is done but with open windows and a ceiling hand free standing fan that wasn't a problem.  The elevator is REALLY slow so we took the stairs except when when checking in and out due to luggage.  I would definitely stay here again.

04/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. tasha n.
Just returned from our family Christmas vacation - 7 days - at Park Manor. The spacious room and old world charm of the Suites was one of the best things about it. The room was more like an apartment and the layout was fantastic for our needs. Park Manor has a full bar and restaurant downstairs and a delightful roof space/bar called TOP OF THE PARK that has breathtaking sunset views.

The location is across from the lovely Balboa Park, close to downtown, close the airport and close to other great neighborhoods. The Christmas dinner was SUPERB. I tip my hat to their main Chef, TONY WILHELM, who designed a delicious dinner! Also our server CHAD made our evening very special by simply being charming, genuine and doing his job well. PAUL, the bartender at the piano bar, serves a MEAN Cosmopolitan (seriously - watchout).  

Although there were young people and children, the hotel is frequented by an older, refined crowd and a vibrant gay community. I am a straight woman who was with my fiance and 60 year old mother. We enjoyed the nuanced and friendly culture here. Strong Internet signals 90% of the time. The front desk is very helpful and responsive and did their best to accommodate us.

My ONE gripe would be the constant low-end chatter of airplanes flying into San Diego Int'l. Park Manor is close the flight path. I am sound sensitive. It didn't keep me from sleeping though (a testament to the fresh, clean, comfy bed!) I was more surprised that San Diego-ans could/would tolerate the constant sound pollution.  

People who want granite counters, infinite pools, glass showers and all the modern bells and whistles should look elsewhere. You'll be disappointed. But if you want excellent, clean and reliable rooms and friendly, helpful staff - Park Manor is just the place!

29/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Janet G.
We needed a larger place for a family vacation, with out 3 adult sons.  My reservation stated we would have a luxury room, with a fully-equipped kitchen.  We had a 2-bedroom suite on the sixth floor, and yes, it has a great view [614].  However, it is in awful shape.  The living room furniture is very uncomfortable, the couch is like a church pew with cushions, and it is made for very short people.  Ditto on the accompanying wood carved chairs.  This theme would be fine with some accent pieces, but not the whole deal.  The photo they use to advertise shows  very comfortable looking furniture.  The paint is peeling in the bathroom, and elsewhere.  In our bedroom, the wood was chipped off the dresser.  The place is extremely overpriced, and it does not deliver what it promises.  

Even though we were on the 6th floor, it was very noisy with the windows open, which is required because there is no air conditioning.  One night there were drunks on the street singing, then cursing for an extended period.  Another night someone had a large party going on, and out attempts to get the manager to do something about quieting them down were fruitless.  Friday night is happy hour- in the hotel, up in the Penthouse, so we were then disturbed by chairs being dragged across the floor, voices as they came down the nearby stairwell, and no access to the single elevator for most of the evening.  I also would guess that there is a nearby hospital and/or fire department, and that 5th Avenue is the throughway, because we heard sirens frequently throughout  the night coming up the street.

The kitchen was not any where near, "fully equipped,"  as advertised.  It had 3 coffee cups,3 bowls,  4 pans, and a small 4 cup coffee maker that was not restocked with the single coffee source. There were a few pieces of silverware and a few cooking utensils.  No toaster.   The gas was leaking so badly when we arrived, I had to stay in another room, until they fixed it- I had a headache from the smell when in the vicinity.  I wanted to leave upon arrival, but did not want to ruin the trip, one of my sons had flown in from NYC.  The Comic Con was underway, and San Diego was sold out.  Its fixtures are not the charming originals, but something from the 60s, with ugly formica and worn metal cabinets.  

The bathroom had ugly old tile, again about 60s era, with a single sink, with no counter top to put items.  It was not an era sink, but a standard stand alone sink.  There was low water pressure, that sometimes went to almost nothing if there was a demand elsewhere in the building.  

The carpet throughout the place was dirty and shoddy.  The kitchen floor was so icky and old, that it stuck to your shoes when you walked.  I would not go in there barefoot.  

We paid for roll aways for two of our sons, which were very uncomfortable for a "luxury suite."  Both bedrooms had king beds.

The breakfast, was cheap bagels, instant oatmeal, and the cheapest fruit around, melons, with some awful yogurt.  We wanted to enjoy the view from the balcony, but all the available tables had dishes piled up on them, and no one around to ask for them to be cleaned up.  We used the balcony rail as our "table" and pulled chairs up so we could look out over San Diego.  

I mentioned many of these items  to the management, who did not suggest any resolution.  They did fix the gas leak, but it should not have been rented to us in the first place.

25/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
65. Ariel Lynne C.
My family and I decided to book a room here only for the space. We got the 2 bedroom suite with one bathroom. The reviews said this place had antique charm because it was built in the 1920s.

The place is really awful. We called around 11 to see if it was possible to check in early and the woman I spoke to on the phone said the room will not be ready until 3PM (the regular check in time). So to kill time we went into downtown to grab lunch. The drive was about 10 mins down the street. We came back around 3:15 PM and the gal in the lobby said our room was not ready and it would not be ready for another 1/2 hour (at 3:45). We asked why and she made the excuse that the place was short staff and that we got the "best room in the hotel". That should've made it a better reason fro them to have the room ready by 3 if it really was their best room. The check in time is at 3PM, and you want us to wait another 45 mins for our room to be ready? The manager was understanding and comped us the parking fee ($15 overnight valet).

Our room was 302. The hallways look like something from the ride at Disneyland, "The Hollywood Tower of Terror". The nice desk and chairs on the side of the hall had a HUGE spider wed (fully made) right inside the lamp. Clean much?

Finally, we got to our room. It smells musty because its so old. Each room had a king size bed. One room had the view of Balboa Park and the other just had a small window to look out towards 5th street. The room with the view was more open, and it looked like they did some repainting. The other one looked older and more outdated. The televisions are "tube tvs". Old and bulky and extremely small.

The restroom was okay. The tiles were old. There is a free standing sink. No counter space at all. The pipes from the toilet looks like the kind you see the public restrooms. The handle is like the one where you kick to flush the toilet. The toilet bowl had millions of cracks, and those cracks had green and black embedded inside. My sister was bending over to examine the toilet to really see if it was dirty. It was pretty gross.

The living room was spacious. The couches were a little outdated. The kitchen was a smaller area. We didn't use it because my dad complained of an old musty, moldy smell that came from it. There wasn't even a coffee filter in the kitchen for coffee.

The beds were nice, but itchy. I felt dirty the whole time. The antique feel is not my thing, but i feel like the hotel has not done enough to make the room the best it can be. Sirens are loud at night and they did wake us up a few times.

They need to replace their carpets, paint their walls and doors, get newer tvs and couches. For $250, I could've stayed in a suite in vegas that was 10x cleaner.

I would not recommend this place. It is overpriced and ugly. Save your money and go downtown san diego and stay in a 5 star for the same price. The only reason we got this place was because our family had 5 people. 3 kids in one bed and the parents in the other.

04/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
66. Clement H.
Nice hotel, well maintained and very crowdy on gay pride day.
I enjoyed the great view of San Diego and you can really see the beautiful view.

I particularly like the afternoon drinking on the top of the roof and meeting new people tht are more friendly than weho people.
I guess it's San Diego.


21/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
67. Nopojoe C.
Not for those enthralled with chrome and mirror hotels. Older hotel with 'character' and a few quirks. Plusses... location,location,location, baby. Extraordinary Deserts right around the corner. The breakfast on the roof was a pretty good complimentary breakfast and it was so nice to start the day up there. And to end it there too, with a few drinks and a little socializing. And my wife could leave me there and go to sleep, knowing I couldn't get lost between there and the hotel room.
Not a kid friendly place, especially. Nice to have Balboa Park and the zoo right across the (busy) street. No A/C as several have mentioned, but both times I have stayed here,it wasn't necessary.
Its an older hotel with tons of 'character', a good staff who understand guest service, but not stuffy and pompous ( don't even ASK me about the Hotel St Francis in SanFrancisco... ) I get to San Diego every few years and always like the Inn. we're a good fit.

30/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
68. Tyler P.
The service was truly excellent. So was the room. I've read the reviews, and the hotel does NOT smell. It is a very nice older building.

However, their facilities are NOT complete. There are 30 parking spots and 72 rooms. There were NO parking spots within five blocks at 8 pm, I drove around for 40 minutes looking for a place to park. I let my partner out at the door and the desk told him there would be no parking until 11 PM. I BLEW MY STACK, and told my partner we were checking out even though we had prepaid two more nights at the hotel. About 10 minutes later they found me a spot to park in.


It is UNCONSCIONABLE that they do not have adequate parking and no amount of excellent service can change that.

If I could rate zero I would.

26/12/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
69. Elaine P.
This week, I spent 2 nights here.  We moved from another hotel because I didn't have a car and this was across the street from Balboa Park.  You get a lot of value here.  The best thing that it has going is the people who work there.  

The spotless rooms are all newly refurbished.  We had what I think they call a studio suite.  It came with a full size kitchen, coffee maker, microwave, cooktop, dishwasher and garbage disposal.  There were also cooking utensils, pots, silverware and dishes.  

It had a king size bed and 2 sleep sofas, a walk in closet and large bathroom.  The TV could be tilted to be seen from either the sofa or the bed.  There is on street parking, or valet for $15.  Continental breakfast is included and you can also order a hot breakfast for an additional charge

There is a courtyard just outside the lobby with a fountain which was pleasant.  The entrance to Balboa park is a short walk from the hotel.  I think we really got our money's worth.

What I didn't like was that there was a window in the shower.  There was frosted plastic film over the panes for privacy, but the film was peeling off, so there was not complete privacy.  Although it's been refurbished, the drawers in the kitchen and in the closet didn't open and close well.  But since I was only there for 2 nights, it didn't really matter.

You could easily spend a week there and be very comfortable.  The next time I'm in San Diego, I will try to book this hotel.

24/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
70. Andres L.
Clean, large room with the right price. Love the decor. Rooftop breakfast is a plus. The location is perfect for Zoo, SeaWorld, Gaslamp area. People that work there are courteous. Will definitely come again for San Diego trips. Neat power window shade - We liked it very much.  =)

05/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
71. Chris C.
This is a hidden gem in San Diego.  As a local resident of 30+ years my wife and I occasionally get a hotel for a weekend saycation away from the suburbs.

Pros: Amazing rooms. I mean "Wow!".  
* Huge rooms nicly appointed in a modern Art Deco style.
* The bathroom was cooler than I've seen in many 4 and 5 star hotels -- I wouldn't mind that at home!
* The Full Kitchen (minus oven) was well stocked for those planning a longer stay and even had a full-size fridge.
* An awesome location with Balboa park across the street; Downtown not far to the South; and great Hillcrest restaurants within walking distance to the North. All in all I actually prefer this location to many of the downtown and harborside hotels.
* The rooftop continental breakfast is a fantastic way to start the day. Excellent views. Full breakfast options are available at a fair price. (I think eggs, potatoes, bacon & toast was $6)
* The staff was friendly and helpful.

* The traffic noise at night made for a lighter night's sleep (lots of trucks).  The windows are older and not well insulated so the noise comes right in.
* They badly need two (modern) elevators.  The single slow elevator just didn't cut it.
* Being an older building the floors and hallways were creaky (not that that's all that bothersome)
* The heater / AC unit was on the slow side at maintaining room temp.

* You can probably get by without valet as there is often ample street parking in the area (some meters that are free overnight and some free unrestricted spots along 6th)
* Be sure to catch a sunset from the rooftop.

Overall I would recommend to anyone visiting San Diego -- particularly for a longer stay with the benefits of the kitchen.

06/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
72. Brad W.
This refreshed hotel is our pick for a stay in San Diego. The rooms are graciously sized, well laid out, and nicely decorated. The new look is a perfect fit - not fussy, but playful and comfortable. The location can't be beat, and the rates are quite reasonable.

03/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Bob M.
Ohhhhh, the Park.

I'll get blackballed for this review 'cuz we haven't been there for three years, but if we get back to SD we will go there. And from what I have just read it is just the same as it was then.

It is a weird little place, and if you are looking for a Marriott you will be disappointed, but if the idea of a place with crazy charm and a feel of a European hotel with a great restaurant and a great bar located in a  fun neighborhood gets your attention, book a room here. There is a crazy scene on the roof, but the piano bar in the basement was our place to hang and drink.

Get a suite, we did last time and along with a living room, a dinette area, a kitchen a bathroom that is 1920s unique, it included a sun room to have our breakfast that really topped it all off.

The staff is wonderful! We have wonderful, wonderful memories of our stays here! Purple Roof is the way to book a room and get a little discount.

29/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
74. Elizabeth G.
Fantastic rooms with kitchen, big closet, bathroom, couch, and king size bed. Hotel located across the street from Balboa park, and just a few miles from the zoo and downtown/gaslamp area (we walked back from there and it was just under 2 miles).

04/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
75. Vareen O.
Food is delicious, weird vibe in the joint though.  Can't describe it, old people jazz scene?  Food is worth the trouble and service is...MEH.  I wasn't impressed but wasn't disappointed either.

20/12/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
76. Stefan W.
This was the best hotel of our entire west coast holiday. Although it was also the most expensive one. It was worth every penny (or euro in our case) beautiful rooms. Very friendly staff and a killer view on the roof terrace. Super gay friendly as well. :) I will defenately book again.

22/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
77. Tracie N.
We stayed here for a weekend during their renovation period. Our unit did not have A/C. Our room had a mini refrigerator. Everything else is old and smell of old stuffs. Their designs are in the old era. The parking here is $20/night plus tip. You will be lucky if you can find street parking or would have to walk far.  They provided complementary continental breakfast on the roof top.  The only reason we stayed here was it close to Balboa Park. If you like the rustic look of a hotel then this is a place for you but I am used to the modern look so this isnt my place. I got scared going to the restroom thinking someone or something might jump out! Their door to the restroom you can see through it! And they have a window in the restroom where people can look through from across the street. The view from the roof top is very nice! And that is the only thing I find this place attractive.

08/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
78. Leah W.
We stayed here for one night and we will definitely be back! This hotel is a beautiful, old (but updated) hotel with amazing rooms. The decor was beautiful and makes you feel at home in the minute you walk in.

The service was perfect too. Upon checking in (with our kids in tow), the man checking us in told us that we were originally booked into a room near their nightly entertainment but, now seeing we have children with us would move us to a quieter room. We appreciated the thoughtfulness behind that simple gesture.

I wish we could have stayed for longer here but, like I said, we'll be back.

01/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
79. Temyka J.
Stayed for NYE. Guest services were great and loved the decor. Received a free bottle of sparkling wine. Room was super clean with a comfy bed. Didn't give 5 stars because the heater took forever to kick in and no ac.

16/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
80. L V.
Stayed in amazing suite. Everything about it was gorgeous!  Absolutely loved the decor and the view.  Perfect weekend getaway.  Cannot wait to go back!!!

22/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
81. E D.
We recently stayed in the 1 bedroom suite and really liked it.  The space was great and very comfortable. Front desk staff was nice but a little to chatty upon check in as was the concierge. In total the check in process took 20-30 minutes as they tried to sell time shares, flirt, and jabber on. Aside from that it was a great over all experience.

16/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
82. Allison S.
My mom, my husband, and I got a room here for a mini-vacation two weeks ago, and we couldn't have been more impressed. Our room was HUGE and gorgeously decorated. I could live in that room forever.
I have a small pekingese who is a service dog and they were amazingly accommodating and understanding about her having to be with me.
Everyone we met, from the front desk, to the rooftop bartenders, the conceirges, the valets, the restaurant servers... literally every single employee we came into contact with was amazing.
The rooftop bar was a lovely place to have a drink and look out over the bay at glorious sunsets and the drinks were strong and reasonably priced. The quaint little restaurant downstairs was delicious! Once again, the prices were totally reasonable.
The conceirege sent us to several amazing restaurants, stores, and bars while we were staying there and every recommendation was spot-on.
I can't say enough good things about this place. I will be going back for sure.

16/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. Eydie Anne L.
Let me start off by saying we loved this place. As soon as we walked into our room, we started at 5 stars but as our stay progressed, the stars started falling off.

1. The suites are amazingly large
2. The kitchen is a bonus
3. The complimentary continental breakfast every morning is convenient

1. The hotel is quite old so there aren't any screens or locks on the windows which is not good for children (MINUS 1 star)
2. The jackhammer, power drilling and power saw firing up at 7:32am outside your 3.5 year old twins window when they are STILL sleeping and scaring the s... out of them = NOT COOL. They were so startled and scared that they woke up crying and frightened. The hotel did not inform us that there would be ANY construction prior or during our stay (MINUS 1 star)
3. There are no movie channels or pay per view or typical order movie channels most hotels have.
4. When we came back from our day trip, the valet attendant was very overwhelmed. We left the car running with the key inside the cup holder. Before he got into the car, we looked straight at him and told him the key was inside the cup holder. He nodded and moved the car up. WELL, he left our car in the unattended parking lot WITH the key inside the cupholder (where we told him it was). My husbands driving glasses, 2 pairs of sunglasses and a set of headphones was stolen out of the open car! This happened over a course of 3-4 hours while we were inside. The valet attendant never notified us that the he DIDN'T know where the keys were and just let our car sit in the unsecured with no surveillance parking lot unlocked with the keys inside it.

When we retrieved the car 3-4 hours later, the next valet attendant said he couldn't find the keys. That's when we discovered that the other attendant left the car unlocked with the keys inside that of course someone could have stolen the car and not just the $600 worth of eye wear!!!! When I contacted the hotel about this irresponsible valet slip up...they told me to contact the valet company. You would think that the valet would be apologetic and take full responsibility in leaving the car open with the keys inside for over 3-4 hours... NOOOOOO the valet company owner told me in the last 10 years, they have never left a key inside a car and it was our fault! wtf?? Are you kidding me?! His employee also lied to him and told him that we never told him where the keys were (which we did!) If he was so flustered and didn't remember why didn't they call us in the hotel room to ask instead of LIE! To follow up, I attempted to contact the hotel manager, George, over 3 times because I am very, very disappointed and astonished that they would respond like that. He has yet to return my call... (MINUS 1 star)

01/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
84. Sandy C.
Holiday Stay - Our family of 5 was able to comfortably stay here in one suite. Nearby Hillcrest neighborhood was convenient for groceries and restaurants. Nice walk to Balboa Park and the Zoo. We had a wonderful stay.

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
85. Rishanna D.
Absolutely AMAZING hotel! The staff are very courteous, the location couldn't be better! The hotel rooms are very clean, modern and spacious! I highly recommend this hotel! We truly enjoyed our stay and will be back!

23/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
86. Katie H.
This review is for the restaurant only and not the hotel part.

Overall, a bit disappointing compared to the yelp and open table hype (those that raved about it anyway). We had a large group the day after New Years for dinner and we were easily accommodated via open table. That alone grants a few stars. My issue is we had out of town visitors and wanted to show off hillcrest/bankers hill by having dinner with a view (and avoiding overpriced Mister A's). We walked in only to discover the upstairs patio (you know, the one with the view we picked this restaurant for) is only open at lunch. Super disappointed and would have been good to know before making a reservation. Inside was just ok on account if the loud bar and live music selections for an older crowd.The locals overrun the bar and the average age seemed to be around 60 - but those cats can party! Anyway, I digress the food was meh, service was meh and understaffed and the atmosphere seems to scream retirement cult hangout. Don't think I will go back - food wasn't enough of a draw, which could have been overcome if the hyped up view was distracting enough. Or available.

05/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
87. jennifer t.
Love this place. Rooms decor is amazing. Super spacious rooms. small staff but super friendly and helpful. We got a studio and it has a kitchen!

19/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
88. Scotty A.
WOW!! That's all I can say about our recent visit to San Diego and our stay at the Park Manor Suite Hotel. We booked the hotel months ago and sometimes trips you plan way in advance don't always workout. However, we absolutely LOVED our stay at the Park Manor. It's a very European style hotel, very classic look and layout. On first glance you MIGHT think it's very rundown and in need of a little updating. But it grows on you immediately. I will say that there are several areas that could be updated a little but quite frankly, I think if it changed too much it might alter the quaint, comfortable appeal the hotel has now.

The service was great, everyone was extremely friendly. The free wireless internet worked really well and I never had any problems. One of the BEST part of our stay was the locale near The Hillcrest area and of course Balboa Park which is literally across the street.

As for my one bedroom suite, I LOVED it and could have lived in that space indefinitely. The beds were amazingly comfortable and all the windows opened which was nice because the fresh air was great. My bathroom had been updated (the front desk told me they had remodeled many of the bathrooms and were working on all of them eventually). Housekeeping was great, they were in there immediately upon calling down for cleaning and one day I left for an hour and they had already come in on their own.

There is a free continental breakfast on the top of the hotel (with breathtaking views). It's just your basic breakfast, nothing fancy, but certainly enough to hold you over for a better meal later on. I actually only went up there once as we were sleeping later than 10AM.

In summary, I just want to say that I can't WAIT to head back to San Diego for another visit. The Park Manor is definitely my new home away from home when I travel there. I HIGHLY recommend you stay there if you plan on staying in that area of town.

01/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
89. Kevo D.
if you're having second thoughts about this hotel..don't! unless youre a picky, boujie ass bitch this place ain't for you. stayed in room 308 was very clean and the decor was dope, bed was comfy and the lil kitchen came in handy. price was very good compared to other hotels $86 when I stayed. they have a rooftop with breakfast that I missed out on there's also a 7-11 right next to it. a lot of homosexual activity in this area (nothing against homosexuals)

the bad: valet ain't free $15 a day or you gotta find a spot on the street.
elevators are slow as shit!
the hallway was creepy as fuck smelling like an old library
no fast food spots really close to the hotel

26/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
90. Jennifer R.
My family and I stayed here for a wedding for 4-5 nights, depending on the person. The wedding was also held at the hotel, so I feel that I got a true experience with everything this hotel has to offer.
First off- it is a beautiful, old hotel. Everyone seemed to marvel at how large the rooms were. I went into several rooms with various bedrooms and they were all very large. I can tell you that if you have small kids and a lot of gear- you will love this place!
We ate at the hotel a few different times and everything we had was very good. We ordered room service the first night and even my veggie burger was amazing.
We used the valet service and never had to wait long to get our car. In fact, all the staff were very friendly and accommodating.
The wedding was beautiful, and I think it was enhanced by the rooftop setting at this hotel- of course the gorgeous views and proximity to Balboa Park doesn't hurt either!
One thing to know is there is only one elevator and it is small and runs slow. Several people complained about this, but I think it comes with the territory, given the age of the hotel. The stairs are pretty steep as well; as one of the hotel staff noted "people had smaller feet back in the 20's"...
I will be staying at this hotel again next time I am here to visit family!

16/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
91. Nancy S.
Comfy bed & linens, staff was great, inspired decor, looking forward to coming back when the rooftop is open, watching the sunset, sitting by a fire pit, currently it is under construction if I was going to improve anything it would b to add a shuttle to the gaslamp

10/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
92. Alyssa F.
I landed a room at Inn at the Park through Priceline bidding. I was a little skeptical at first: there was only street or valet parking and lots of indoor renovations underway.

However, I was pleasantly greeted by all staff members, the front desk crew was extremely friendly and helpful, and I got up to my room to realize that I was HIGH ROLLIN! Complete with a full kitchen, huge couch, flat screen, and then some!
Mind you, I'm 23 and used to staying wherever is the most convenient while traveling.. but this was great. It was quiet, safe, comfortable. The only reason I can't give it 5 stars is because the internet connection was extremely spotty.

01/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
93. Stephanie C.
This place is kind of dumpy and cheap. I like how they are trying to renovate it but the roof top upstairs looks so old. The upstairs dinning... I have had a better feel at the holiday in. The rooms are cute but who stays in their room other than to sleep and shower... Ancient hotel should be a museum instead. Time share people beware.

04/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
94. Leslie B.
The Inn at the Park is a really lovely hotel overlooking Balboa Park.  The weekend of our wedding we booked a 2-bedroom suite for all the girls to get ready in, and a one-bedroom honeymoon suite.  It is currently under renovation, and the rooms we stayed in had already undergone their renovation.  The rooms are absolutely beautiful...and huge.  They have sort of a modern French flair.  I had worried that the 2-bedroom suite would not be big enough for 8 girls and all of our guests who would be stopping by the morning of the wedding, but it sleeps 8, and has a large living room and full kitchen.  There was ample space for the makeup artist, hair dresser, our several guests, and there was plenty of space in the fridge for our many bottles of champagne.
My only complaint about the room is that the bathroom is small, and there is only one.  The shower is tiny, water gets out ,and it is not a great place for several girls to get ready.
The staff were really friendly.  Our guests told me how the staff went through excruciating efforts to help them open a bottle of 2-buck Chuck.  There is a beautiful terrace at the top of the hotel where they serve the free continental breakfast.  The breakfast was large and service was good.  The view is amazing, showing Banker's Hill and Balboa Park.

We did have one issue, coming back from our wedding reception and after party, in that our key didn't work.  That is probably not the fault of the hotel, as many friends stopped off at our room to drop off gifts.  However, we had to wait to get a replacement key, as the person in charge had stepped out.

Also, if you do book a block of rooms, make sure you understand the rules of the booking exactly.  We ran out of rooms, though I was able to call and add a few.  Also, one of our guests noted that the block price was more expensive than the regular price.

18/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
95. David F.
Worldmark owner here.  This was by far my least positive experience.  The room/amenities weren't bad, in fact the room was kind of quaint in an art deco kind of way.  The noise was the problem.  You could hear a normal conversation from the room next to you and if anyone was walking in the room above (in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom perhaps?), you were not sleeping anymore.  We found that Shell owners have rights to the top 3 floors whereas Worldmark owners have the bottom 3 floors, so when we tried to switch to a top floor we were not allowed.  Not going back.

21/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
96. Ned W.
Wow, what a hidden gym at the park!     I stumbled upon Inn at the Park after refusing to pay twice the amount at the local chain the I'm a Priority Club member.    Rooms are absolutely incredible, the hotel has a charm to it that you don't find in new age hotels.   It's located close to almost everything, you just park your car and will not need it again.    Staff was incredibly friendly and made us feel right at home.

17/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
97. Letty G.
My family and I stayed 2 nights 3 days.  This Inn has been recently renovated.  First impression arriving might set you back a little since you get a sense of an older crowd but once entering our suite I was impressed with room and decor.  But their was some minor flaws such as the door to our room had a huge gap between the door and frame.  The bathroom light switch was located outside of the bathroom (weird).  Oh and not room related but the hallway was especially creepy.  Our suite was 215 located at the very end of the hallway.  Every time I looked over my shoulder I expected to see the twins from The Shining. Other than that our stay went well and staff was friendly.

22/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
98. J L.
This was our 2nd time staying here, and it was great! The classic look & decor of the room was fun & unique. Had a kitchen with stove, microwave, coffee maker, sink & fridge with freezer. The concierge Richard & the front desk guy Rob were both beyond helpful & nice. A lot of awesome places to visit & dine within walking distance. If you're not a fan of older hotels that swap a few modern conveniences for a HELL of a lot of CHARM & STYLE, stop complaining and go stay at the Hilton! This place isn't for you. It's great for us, being fans of boutique hotels & historic places.

We loved it and would definitely return.

13/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
99. Karen A.
The girl bartender couldn't be any ruder. No. I grew up in an era of tolerance to not put up with her comments. She is a sorry excuse for a person. Be ashamed of yourself.

24/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
100. Kristina I.
Just got back from my trip to San Diego and I couldn't wait to review this place!  We decided on booking a room at this place because we just wanted a fridge to store leftovers and alcohol, but got so much more out of it!  

The Decor:  The room had such a fun and unique style to it and I fell in love right when I walked in.  Super cool art, modern window panes, walk-in closet and mirrors everywhere!  Everyone raves about the decor of the hotel, but I really feel their customer service made this hotel so pleasant to stay in.  

Customer Service: From the front desk concierges to their valet, everyone was so FRIENDLY.  Not over the top annoying good service, but down to earth-I can actually be friends with these people kind of friendly.  Kaveh, one of their Valet attendants was not only hilarious but always sprinted whenever we needed our car pulled up.

Location: Walking distance to so many good places to eat!  Hash House, Tractor Room, Extraordinary Desserts are just a few blocks down.  And hey, if you're going to eat at these places...you're gonna wanna walk off those calories to feel less guilty.  Also, if you have a car, its 10-15 minute drive to everything else-- Balboa Park, La Jolla, Coronado...PHILS BBQ.  

I've traveled many times, and this has got to be my favorite hotel I've stayed in so far :)

29/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
101. Alan A.
My wife and I had disembarked from a cruise this Saturday and decided to stay on a couple of in San Diego.
I do not know where the other posters stayed because my experience is not even close!      
First, the decor is really weird. There is a predominance of purple, in the main room, and the bathroom. The kitchen is green, the rest is white. It's a combination of 50's retro, 60's Peter Max and 90's futurism. NOTHING MATCHES! The is also a faint but noticeable moldy smell.
Secondly, after returning from a full day of touring around, we retuned to our room in the early afternoon to rest before going out again. For the four hours we were in the room we could hear kids running around upstairs, so, no rest. To make matters worse, without a break a wedding started, and is still going on as I write this. It's now 9:00, my wife called down to the front desk to complain about the noise and all she got in response was," Thanks for letting us know" with an offer of earplugs.
I have no complaints with the staff, especially Jeremy and Rob.  
I am an experienced traveler and have been in many hotels in my time and this experience was one of the worst.

20/10/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
102. Amy W.
This hotel is beautiful. The King suite was set up and decorated so cute. I have 2 little ones, so it was very helpful having a complete kitchen with stove and all.
Couple down falls.1)The bed was not very comfortable. I woke up with a stiff back and shoulders both mornings. 2) No bell hop. It was kinda weird loading ALL of my stuff (and if you have kids, you know the word "ALL") on the cart and taking it up the elevator myself. 3) They checked us into a dirty room. Probably just an error on their part, but it was creepy and freaked my kids out walking into a trashed room. They apologized and got us into a clean room right away. And comp'd our valet parking which is $15 a night. (better than most places) 4) No pool. But having the kitchen and continental breakfast made up for not having a pool.

Overall, the hotel was a wonderful place to stay. I will stay here again and recommend it anyone.

20/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
103. joan k.
I've been through the hotel here, when Bette Davis visited this place she became ''famous'' for her line  ''WHAT A DUMP !"

30/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
104. Tom A.
I usually Priceline some 4-star hotel when I'm working in San Diego.  But for some reason the hotel supply was tight this particular week and I decided to go for 3 stars and Hillcrest.  This was a lesson in how little the star ratings really mean.

The Inn at the Park offers much more than some of the 3.5 star places I've stayed and for my money it works out better than most 4-stars even at the same price, after I've figured in parking and internet.  First of all, the staff go to some lengths to welcome you when you arrive and they even called my room a half hour after I got into it, just to make sure everything was copacetic.

Was it?  Holy crap, yes it was!  The place is crazy - HUGE room with what seem like 12 foot ceilings, a full kitchen (okay, it doesn't have an oven but I wasn't planning to make pot pies this week anyway), classic windows looking out on downtown, a walk in closet, just for starters.  It had a 10-foot long couch-- I'm not lying-- that opens into TWO hide-a-beds. The decor is a bit odd, I thought, a mix of art-deco and modern baroque that I learned from another Yelper is an actual style called Hollywood Regency.  Liza Minnelli would feel right at home, I'm sure.

The amazing Balboa Park is only a block away, and a decent stroll brings you to Banker's Hill to the south or the heart of Hillcrest in the north (including the acclaimed Hash House A Go Go and the Tractor Room).  It's really the ideal location, with easy freeway access to I-5 or the CA-163.  The neighborhood tends toward gay-friendly, for what it's worth to you, although the hotel clientele when I was there seemed to be mostly hetero couples young and old, some with little kids.

In the morning the penthouse lounge and rooftop patio are the setting for a very respectable continental breakfast buffet and brilliant views in every direction.

Instead of a workout facility the Inn at the Park has stairs; the elevator (only one) is slow enough you'll want to use them often.  And Balboa Park is a great place for a morning run.  

You can pay $15 for valet parking, but I had no trouble finding overnight spots on the street, where the meters need to be fed starting at 8 AM.  And yes, the internet is slow - they even told me it was.  But it's free, and that's more than you'll get at a 4-star hotel, am I right?

26/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
105. Jordan K.
I stayed here for one night during the Labor Day weekend .  They were renovating and the newly installed A/C units were still not running, but it was still a wonderful room.  The room we stayed in had an nice bathroom and kitchen.  Beds were comfortable, staff was awesome and location is right next to Balboa Park and about a 5 minute ride to Downtown.

I didn't get the free continental breakfast at the roof top, but I did go up there to see the nice view of S.D.

20/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
106. Keelan P.
This is for the hotel. I stayed here for ComiCon, and it was too far from the convention center for my taste. Cab rides added up. Old, Slowwww elevator. Loud street. Trucks by 6 AM. Carpet needs replacing. This place has a nice lobby and lobby staff, but lots of things, especially the hallways, need attention. Looks and smells very dated. On the subject of smell, what is up with the moth ball odor in the rooms? When I got home, all of my clothes smelled like moth balls, and my suitcases they'd been in! The  Buffet breakfast was all bread and fruit, and the servers slow. Enjoyed Jimmy Carter's Mexican across the street though!  Sorry, but I can't recommend this place at all.

08/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
107. Cassandra R.
The style, decor, location, and service was amazing, but the hotel lacked amenities. There was not a continental breakfast or pool. Worldmark owners should not have to pay $15 a night for valet parking. Probably would not visit again.

12/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
108. Kemi A.
I stayed here over the weekend and I have to say I am impressed from head to toe with this hotel!

I rolled in there super early before my other room mates, so they needed a card to check me in. No problem, after some quick calls I was able to go to my room. Major points with that.

The rooms are super cute!! It has a modern but retro twist to it, which I love. The size is pretty huge, the closets are enormous, and I loved the kitchen and the bathrooms as well. Beds are comfortable as well.

This hotel is conveniently located around the corner from Balboa Park and major streets like University Ave, Hillcrest, etc. It is also in a gay friendly area, there was even a party on the rooftop where you get an amazing view of San Diego.

I only wish I would've stayed longer.

14/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
109. Bill B.
We got the two bedroom on the third floor. It was soo big we really only needed one room.
We found out that the place used to be an apartment complex that was recently converted.
The only reason we are not giving 5 stars is that there were no DVD players in the rooms. After a great day at Balboa Park which is right across the street, we picked up a movie at the store and had to watch it on the laptop rather than any of the many flat screen TVs that were in every room.
The walls were a bit thin and the rowdy downstairs neighbors kept us up till 3am, but all and all we look forward to returning!

01/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
110. Michael P.
Marty and I have been in need of a get away for me & a staycation for him so, I got on line and after many disappointing attempts with many travel sites I went with our first choice.

They have an 85th anniversary special from the 5th-11/5/11 for any room or suite for $85!

I'm glad that I waited a few days prior to booking our suite as the price changed in 48 hours and saved us both $168! Total for the room for 4 days and 3 nights for our suite was $594 including taxes and fees!

This iconic Hotel is simply gorgeous with many of the old fixtures (even though they are not usable) such as the steam radiators in the kitchen, living room and in the shower are in place but they add to the authenticity that cannot help you not wonder what a place this must have been back in the 1920s, '30s, 40s & 50s.

The original light fixtures are in place in the vanity area and the pear shaped chandelier over the kitchen table is breath taking.

Also, there is no AC in any of the rooms or suites but the ceiling fans in the living room and bedroom along with the five windows with a consistent breeze blowing made for a wonderful experience with not only the fresh are but, the sounds of the city, a great view of Balboa Park, the skyline of the port and the incoming planes into the airport.

The full kitchen had virtually everything we needed but Marty and I decided to go back to his place and grab a few more things including his water filtering machine which filters on 3 levels, even water for detox; as scarce as some of the items were we had enough room in the refrigerator to fit Kirstie Alley and Kim Kardashian's butt and then some, it was massive.

The living room and bedroom had televisions but, we never turned them on once and with Marty's iPod and speaker system our musical desires were satisfied 10 fold; we had his Mac Notebook too to watch movies.

The bedroom had 15 pillows, more drawers in the dresser, mirrors, mirrors and more mirrors for me to make sure I was looking good from head to toe & a vanity area that even still had room after I unpacked my clothing and toiletries; closets galore, I mean enough for Emelda Marcos's shoes, Blythe Danner's Gowns and Ru Pauls outfits!

Many of the furniture pieces were originals (the sofa, sates, chairs, bed, dresser, a very cool drawer set that looked like stacked books in solid mahogany and all of the bathroom fixtures were the same with the lights above the sink 1920s style.

Also, the outlets for plugs (converted to 3 prong) were so plentiful that you could utilize any one of them for anything.

Marty had purchased 5 solar cracked glasses globe lights that fit perfectly in vases from Ikea which reflected an array of pure romance and visual enjoyment against the molding and architectural ceiling.

When I first arrived Kaveh (the valet supervisor) was all alone (as 2 members of his staff were running late) unloading and getting peoples belongings to their room etc.

And, when I pulled up and explained that I needed handicapped parking he dropped every thing, told me to meet him around back, loaded up a cart, hand carried my huge Rollo suitcase, my 13 gallon cooler full of ice, milk, coffee creamer and of course beer up the stairs to our room; a well deserved $15 dollar tip, a handsome guy with the kindness of a mench.

The staff was professional, courteous, all smiles and accommodating at 5 stars, especially Daniel (who is a fellow Yelper) who checked me in and out; Daniel really went out of his way, especially upon check out when we explained that Marty had only parked in back for only 8 hours to unload and then moved his car and parked on the street for the duration of our stay.

Yes, parking was $15 a day but Daniel removed the 4 day charges for Marty & my charges & my total for parking was only $41.76.

I was not only happy about Daniel omitting the charges on Marty's end but the parking on the street here is tight and, I've already been bumped twice in the rear bumper and was not willing to experience another.

The hotel does have a continental breakfast from 7 AM-10AM of which Marty and I utilized once (MP not showering and putting on clothes and going up stairs-yeoup I sure did) and it was quite simply tasty as we dined outside on the morning foggy day with a nice breeze.

You see my fellow Yelpers, this was a long overdue get out of my comfort zone, step out of my box routine and just have no agenda to do exactly the opposite of things I was in such a rut here at home.

Sleeping in until 9 or 10 AM is something I haven't done in years and waking up with such a wonderful person made this trip a true blessing indeed; showing MP he needs to be good to himself more often, enjoy the simple things and get back out into this world to splurge once in a while.

This vacation left me almost feeling as if:

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03/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
111. Charles H.
The Inn at the Park reminded me of a hotel in Southbeach (Miami, FL).  A contemporary look with black and white paintings in the rooms.  Bathrooms consisted of clear Ikea-like sinks, shower door, etc.

The hotel was undergoing remodeling at the time; thus, the in-room kitchen stove was not yet functional.  Unfortunately the central AC was a work-in-progress as well.  Given the unusual Summer-like temperatures during labor day, it was..as they say in Cali....hella hot !  Fortunately the cool night temperatures eased our stay as the windows were propped open.  

They have an open roof top with an AWESOME view of San Diego!  You can see Balboa Park and the surrounding city with planes approaching the airport!  In the morning, the staff offers free continental breakfast.  There's an option to order hot dishes as well.  In the evenings I believe they offer socialites a drink menu.  

The staff was super friendly.  Immediate needs and questions were promptly answered.  The valet service is convenient and reasonably priced.  There is free street parking after 6pm and on weekends.  Overall I'd would consider staying here again as its within walking distance to Balboa Park and Banker's Hill.

13/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
112. Jaymes M.
Let me start by saying that I have stayed at this hotel every year at the same time for 5 years.  I made my usual reservation many months ago and actually called a couple of weeks ago to extend for a day.  Now It has come to my attention that there is no restaurant on the premises nor bar, and there is no maid service included in the rate, but it is additional $40 per day?!  Mind you not one person during the booking of my reservation mentioned any of this.  I think it is rude and deceitful in business practices.  It is a great location and I really enjoyed it in the past, but now I have to scramble for another place, as this place is not acceptable for a business trip, as I have no place to entertain my business associates or clients.  Just totally unacceptable business practices.

21/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
113. Benjamín S.
I don't normally give hotels a second thought; the majority that I stay in while on the road are identical and unimpressive.

Since I was mixing some personal time with business in San Diego, I wanted a hotel that had a good location and wasn't outrageously expensive.  After searching around, I came across the Inn at the Park's website- it's (mostly, more later) walkable to downtown San Diego and the San Diego Zoo, and it looked nice enough..

Nice enough doesn't begin to describe it.  The room I booked into was nicer (and larger) than any apartment I've lived in.  The decor was modern and very chic, and the suite was immaculately clean.  Reading some other reviews, perhaps the suite was newly renovated?  Having a full kitchen was a huge bonus.  The bathroom was very modern, though a *little* cramped.

The rooftop restaurant has beautiful views of Balboa Park and San Diego.  The complimentary breakfast was adequate, and they have a good selection of reasonably priced add-ons.

Self-parking was simple enough; there's unmetered, unlimited-time parking about two blocks away.  I left my car there through my whole stay and did not encounter any problems.  Picking up / dropping off bags at the font door wasn't an issue.

I walked both to the San Diego Zoo and the Gaslamp District while I was staying at the Inn.  The walk downtown was a little far, but easy enough if you're in reasonable shape.  The walk FROM the hotel is downhill the whole way; the walk back TO the hotel is all uphill, which is inconvenient, particularly if you're (hypothetically speaking) a few beers deep.

The walk to the zoo is through Balboa Park, and is quite pleasant.  There's free parking at the zoo, so there's no reason to walk to save money other than the joy of being outdoors.

The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the hotel's common areas were nice.  I've seen reviews saying they're run-down.. It's a historic building.  It's charming.  But I've stayed at a fair share of nicer B&B's / hotels in historic buildings on the East Coast, and this was on-par with any of them.

In conclusion: thank you Inn at the Park for a great stay, and next time I'm in San Diego I hope I'll see you again!

08/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
114. Christian L.
When you pay the rate that this place charges I would say you assume someone will come and clean your room for you. Well not this place. I mean even a motel 6 provides maid service. The decorations of the rooms are great but don't be fooled by those with the bad service you will receive. And their elevator is the worlds slowest elevator.

21/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
115. Allie J.
I absolutely loved this hotel. The lady at the front desk was super nice and told us all about the building itself, including the original ceiling and tiles.

The room itself was super cute. It was more like an apartment than anything. There is nothing better than staying in a hotel, and it not  FEELING like a hotel. It was like we had a little apartment right next to Balboa Park.

If anything, we turned out to the the a-holes as we had someone let us know we were being too loud later in the night.

When all is said and done, this is my new favorite hotel in San Diego. We will absolutely be coming back.

19/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
116. Trent N.
As a Shell owner, this place is not up to par as the other resorts/locations. We stayed here for 8 days and 7 nights and were told that the sheets would have been changed halfway through the stay. They were not, even though we asked twice. Furthermore, we ran out of paper towels and had to ask twice , and after 2 days we final got some. Location is decent, decor is "modern" (and god awful), and the quality of the place was decent. I would probably return, however only because of the city is located it, and not the experience the resort offered.

06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
117. Colleen M.
We stayed here for 5 nights and were very happy with Inn at the Park.

As others have said, the room was more of an apartment than a room. Large common room, walk-in closet, large bathroom, and eat-in kitchen. The room was quite clean and comfortable and we appreciated the convenience of having a fridge and kitchenware.

All of the staff were very friendly. The hotel is right across the street from the park, within walking distance of several museums. There were also many, many restaurants within walking distance.

Really, the only downsides were that the bed wasn't that comfortable and the neighborhood can be a bit noisy. But overall, I'd recommend staying here and we'll definitely be back if we visit San Diego again.

09/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
118. Jessica C.
Stayed here for one night and it was simply not enough!!

Inn at the park is really a gem. I don't think i've been as impressed with a hotel before! The room in my opinion even outshines some Vegas hotel.

The exterior is just a brick building that blends in with the surrounding apartments. The thing that gives it away would be the Valet guy ($15 per stay.. unlimited in and out)

First thing that caught my attention when I walked into the lobby was their couch.. it had these bling blings on them that was beyond bling! ... then i noticed the old school feel. You can definitely tell that the place has been renovated but tried to keep the original look as well.

The rooms were way beyond what I expected.

You have the room... yelp.com/biz_photos/inn-…
Theres a window behind that huge.. what seems to be a wall photo. When the front desk called shortly after settling in to just follow up and told me how to reveal the window i was like WAH?! Cable TV.. FOOD NETWORK! (as you can tell, I don't have cable at home.. i have been deprived)

quite large bathroom... yelp.com/biz_photos/inn-…
New, Modern, and Clean.

quite large closet...
More than enough room for a couple nights stay. Its bigger than the closet I have at home!

nice dainty kitchen/dining area... yelp.com/biz_photos/inn-…
This is what caught me off guard. I never imagined to have a full on kitchen. Stove, glassware, sink, microwave, dishwasher, etc.

If I was on a business trip for a week of two, this would be my choice of hotel to stay in people!

There are a couple construction flaws here and there, but its nothing major. These rooms were probably newly renovated and the craftsmanship were not really up to par. You can tell they tried to cut corners and paint job were sloppy. But of course doesn't effect how comfortable you are during your stay. Just a minor eye sore.

The continental breakfast provided is a must. Not because they have amazing food, but because of how relaxing it is enjoying some simple breakfast out on the rooftop. They also serve lunch and dinner .. but I didnt get a chance to dine there. The whole rooftop is pretty big and I can imagine it being used for a wedding reception.

With less than a mile walk, you have an enormous selection of restaurants to choose from. Need some late night snacks? 7-11 is right across the street.

I can't wait to make another weekend trip down to SD so I can stay here again!

11/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
119. Alaina J.
We had an amazing stay at this hotel. What a find! The rooms were beautiful, big, and equipped with anything and everything you might need. It was like staying in an apartment.

Please note we did not try the restaurant or bar at the hotel at all - this review is only for the room.

The decor was understated but lovely. The beds were big and comfortable with a lot of pillows which is a plus for me. Gorgeous views and in a prime location within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and bars. The price was very reasonable and I would stay here again without hesitation.

I almost don't want to review this on Yelp, I want to keep it a secret for myself.

23/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
120. Mark G.
I've been staying here since the 1980's.  This is quite possibly the best location if your interests are Balboa Park, The Old Globe or the Hillcrest area.  Even downtown is 5 minutes.  

However, the changes since Wyndam took over are abrasive to say the least.  It's not a hotel but a time share building passing as a hotel.  They have thrown every element of the neighborhood (gay) out the window with the reconstruction.  They still fly a gay flag but they have thrown out ANY association with the one community that has kept this building alive.  

Okay, let's start with just the facts. Not telling people no one will clean your room unless you pay $40 more is deceitful. It was clearly both awkward and embarrassing to staff to explain it - they now apparently just say "they are going through house management changes". Really?  Just put your rate at $40 more. Oh! No you won't because it doesn't show up on search engines for hotels under $150 a night. Did you think I was an idiot?

I've been staying at this hotel since 1978 working for the Old Globe Theater. The roof top is closed because apparently you don't want homosexuals in the hotel. Oh, there went the restaurant as well. One of the great iconic hotels of San Diego - a place where actors at a theater were put up while they performed and politicians chose to sty because it was... private.  All of that is gone thanks to Wyndam.   And yes, I will book there again because its probably one of the best hotels for people coming to San Diego for the culture and experience of that great city.  And you could see it in the eyes of employee's.  They hate what Wyndam is doing, to this historic place. They are turning it into yet another Fashion Valley. Does anyone really read this.

16/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
121. Patricia Patti P W.
This for the other geniuses out there who may feel lead to send me a brilliant compliment such as this one, my review of this place which is NOW CLOSED for at least the past six months was for the downstairs diner area with the piano bar. They have a new place up on the roof which I have yet to try and have no interest in doing so.

"For your review of: Inn at the Park

Apparently Lisa C who hates Yelp but posts reviews here still thinks this place is open and apparently she knows NOTHING about free speech. yelp.com/user_details?us…

I read your review. Management need to shut down for the holidays? During their busiest time? Yeah you're a great business woman. So smart too. I can't imagine why you're so broke. WhAt a shame yelp lets any moron damage any business and say whatever stupid idea you can think of. Hope things pick up for you"

Holiday Review only - do not come here for Christmas Dinner. This place wants you to stay home judging by how overbooked it was.

This review is for the restaurant at Christmas Day 2013. Having dinner here was a Christmas present from my husband to me. I work half a block from this place and heard my fellow colleagues "rave" about how great this place is so when I saw that they were taking reservations via Open Table a week ago, I happily made a reservation. My husband and I are not made of money, I am just coming off of a three month bout of unemployment and having to spend over 700.00 in car repairs recently, so going out to places like this are a luxury for us. I had lamb chops in some sauce that was too heavy for the lamb that I had, although my husband's steak dinner was perfect and the meat was so perfectly cooked it sliced easily.

It's really pretty inside with all the lovely decorations and it has a warm feel with the Christmas music and it's cramped as h*ll with the locals who apparently live here during the week and demand immediate attention.

My issue is with the management of this place. Why be open and allow Open Table to take reservations up until the day of the event if you do not have the space or room to accommodate them?

The employees were obviously overworked, exhausted and they let select folks know it too, not in a rude way but I doubt they would have said some of the things I overheard if they were not so over worked. My husband and I almost walked out, there was a line out the door of this place with everyone arriving at 6:00 pm. Chaos and crowds everywhere. This place is not setup to handle the volume and neither are the employees. I deeply regret telling my husband to leave our server a 25% tip due to him like all the rest of the staff there being burned out and tired rushing around and our server announcing to the room that the table next to us was his favorite table. It's fine to say that but wait until your other customers are gone.  What amateurs, I worked in the Service Industry as a bartender for quite some time, I got out of it because it was not to my liking and I wanted to be home for the holidays.

My husband blew over a 100.00 on a place that probably should not have been opened for dinner, that allowed over booking of reservations and putting burned out employees on the floor. Managers of this place need to take several seats and consider just shutting down during the holidays. Your employees and staff are not up to it.

Lessoned learned:  we are going to eat Indian or Chinese food next year if we are in town or just cook at home.

25/12/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
122. James D.
People just like to complain... We are Platinum Prestige Elite and this hotel was awesome!  It's a historic building and the renovations are almost done and were not disruptive. We are excited to return and play on the roof deck and restaurant. The rooms are HUGE and decorated 1930's deco. The staff were friendly and fun. Street parking was EASY to find especially if you leave daily before 8am.  Walking distance from Balboa Park, coffee shops, dessert and fantastic restaurants.

05/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
123. Sarah Q.
WOW! Amazing value. Our room was $129 for the one night that we stayed.

The shower was gigantic, the bathroom was big enough for my boyfriend and I to both get ready the next morning without tripping over each other. There was a nice, big, comfy couch, and the bed was very comfortable... AND there was a full kitchen complete with dining wear and a DISH WASHER. Decor is beautiful and the closet space was awesome.

It was very quiet at night and the noise from the street below our room wasn't bad (though early in the next morning there was a worker outside maintaining the grass at the complex across the street that created some noise).

My only complaint is that the lobby is a little cramped and not labeled well. We stood at the wrong counter and waited our turn only to be told we needed to stand in line at the other counter.

Parking is a little weird... you have to valet your car, but you have to check in first.... so basically you park out front and go in... then go out and unload your car so the valet can park it and then you have to haul all of your stuff back in to the lobby where you just were. Seems like they could streamline it a bit but the experience was so enjoyable the parking was not a major issue.

Close to the zoo. 15 minutes away in morning traffic.

I would definitely stay here again.

02/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
124. Kieren C.
Neat hotel in a neat location. We enjoyed being so close to Balboa, little Italy, downtown, and the beaches. There is also a nice playground for kids right across the street. The rooms are great: beds are comfortable, rooms are big and clean, and kitchens are well-stocked. The staff members are very helpful and friendly.

The biggest drawback is the parking situation. You can take your chances parking on the street or pay $15/day for the valet. We didn't really like having to wait for our car (especially when multiple people were trying to leave) every time we wanted to go somewhere.

14/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
125. Hannah Y.
If I'm not mistaken, this was once called Park Manor. At the tender age of 18, the cost for a 3 day weekend getaway at this lovely boutique was extremely affordable for two. This is a very gay friendly boutique hotel and I really enjoyed my stay here from what i remember.

This was once an vintage apartment; almost every suite feels like your home. The hallways may be a little eerie and kind of reminds you of a horror film, but nonetheless, once you find your room you entered a European inspired flat. As for living in an Italian flat for many years, this was quite a perk for me.

From what I remember, the kitchen was slightly outdated but had a little breakfast nook with a refrigerator and all the kitchen needs like pots and pans, and even plates & cups just in case you feel like cooking for the evening instead of going out. The living room was large with love seats and sofas around with a lovely coffee table in the middle. The bedroom was in a another room with such a large and most comfortable bed with lovely white sheets and a very fluffy comforter.  I think my favourite thing about the bedroom was the victorian vanity table just outside of the bathroom. I felt like a real victorian gem getting ready for my day.

The upper deck appears to be quite popular amongst older guests for cocktail evenings with an evening elevator porter sending you to your destination.  I was very young at the time so I was not able to see what went up there.

Park Manor was a very pleasant hotel and quite near the fun of San Diego, I truly recommend anybody who wants to feel at home during a vacation to stay a night or two here x

20/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
126. Susan O.
If you like character and great location...this is your hotel. They are in the process of restoration so I hesitate being too critical about the need for new hall carpets, lobby update and a consistent style...Art Deco, 50s modern, 30s vintage...a little confusing! We enjoyed our large studio, especially the small kitchen. Very comfortable but, next to elevator which creaked or else the people above us were jumping up and down throughout the day and night.

Families...Balboa Park playground right across the street, zoo nearby.

Handicapped parking...I walk with a cane and have a state issued parking card... free parking in the valet lot which is very accessible.  Nice bonus!

08/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
127. Jessica G.
My husband and I are world mark owners and needed to use some nights before we lost our points. Since we live in Las Vegas and love San Diego, we gave Inn at the Park a try.

We could not be happier. We are across the street from balboa park and well within walking distance of a lot of places. We walked to the zoo our first day and it was lovely. We are also well within walking distance of restaurants and shops.

Our room is fantastic. It's a spacious studio with a comfortable bed, large sofa, well appointed kitchen and bathroom (no tub, just a shower). I love the retro decor. It's just enough to be cute without being irritating.

No, there's no housekeeping. But, that's standard for timeshare. It's also not a standard timeshare condo. It's billed as an urban resort, and it meets and exceeds expectations. The desk staff and valets are friendly. No one harasses us, but they all say hello as we pass. We will be back.

31/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
128. Vanessa V.
A charming boutique hotel located within close proximity of all the sights and sounds of Downtown San Diego. Inn At The Park is a gem of a find, and we were fortunate to book a room for two nights at such a bargain price, considering how most of the hotels in San Diego aren't exactly budget friendly.

It's an older hotel that has its creaks and squeaks, but its decor and amenities have received a contemporary lift. Our room was a lovely suite that overlooks Sixth Avenue. The room has a walk-in closet, a comfy Sealy posturepedic king-size bed, couch, and flat panel television. My favorite feature was the kitchenette, which comes equipped with everything you need to cook and dine in.

Valet parking is offered for $15 a night. A little steep, but reasonably priced when compared to the $30-$45 daily parking fees of  hotels located within the same area; however, it's best to just park across the street if you want to save some cash.

Hotel staff is hospitable and helpful, and checking-in and out was a breeze. However, cleaning service is somewhat odd. Cleaning staff does not re-make beds and tidy up the appearance of the room. In addition, they forgot to turn off the television before leaving -- we learned that they enjoy watching C-SPAN while they work.

And lastly, I admire the hotel's charitable work. They take food donations so if you have unopened, non-perishable food items that you're unable to take home with you, there's a bin up front by the check-in where you can make a drop off. The food is then donated to San Diego's food bank.

I've stayed at several decent hotels in this area, but by far Inn is the best. I can't wait to return to San Diego and stay here again. 4.5 stars.

23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
129. Carole D.
Stayed here with my sister and husband. They have made this place really nice. Everything was very clean. The staff was most helpful and friendly. Wish they still had the breakfast. We didn't get to go to the roof terrace as they were remodeling. We will definetly return.
We recently became Worldmark Wyndham owners and thought we would try this out. We were very pleased. We were there Sept 2014 and they had eliminated the breakfast Buffett hopefully they will bring it back.

19/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
130. Aaryn P.
As a Worldmark owner, comparing to other Worlmark resorts, I was actually not as impressed with this place as I usually am with resorts. Other places are much newer, much better put together, quieter and in better locations. But I digress...

So, this place, (according to our cabbie who is a native San Diegan) used to be individual apartments or suites and was fairly recently bought by Shell, (recently acquired by Worldmark/Windham) and converted to a hotel. From what I can gather from my room they slapped some paint on the walls, brought in new fixtures and furniture, hired a fancy decorator and put in electric sun shades. They did not change out the old, flimsy windows, work on soundproofing, or fix the creaky floors. They did not rejuvenate the restaurant downstairs and instead decided to close it. They did not fix the slow as hell elevator, either. I'm surprised at this, as Worldmark usually does a better job than this.

Our room was facing 5th street and we had a lot of noise issues. People at night, sirens at all times of day, and planes flying overhead early in the morning. There was also internal noise from upstairs that was pretty obnoxious.

Positive notes include the really neat tiled bathroom,  (see previously uploaded photos to Yelp). Good water pressure in the shower, but no counter space in either the shower or the bathroom. Kitchen was great - all of the usual WorldMark amenities. Free newspaper on Sunday.

This is also a decently located hotel if you are wanting to visit Balboa Park or the San Diego Zoo area. We walked down there several times during our stay. It is far away from the harbor, Little Italy, Coronado and Gas Lamp but if you're using Uber as we were, it isn't a costly ride. One thing we noticed is the lack of restaurants within short walking distance, (we were tired in the evening from all of our activities during the day). Since we didn't have a car, sometimes we didn't want to pay to be picked up twice - again for the day in order to eat dinner. We ordered in from Pizzicato and Eat247 which was awesome.

Hotel staff was great - except for the urging to go to the Owner Update Meetings, (we declined and avoided). They helped us with places, coupons and printing out our airline tickets which was cool.

So...three stars it is. There are a lot of things that this hotel could really  improve upon, but we had a mostly great stay.

01/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
131. Jayne M.
This hotel is adorable.
This is a boutique hotel in a very old historic building.
The hotel in the last two years has had a huge remodel.
It's ADORABLE! If you look at the rooms in the pictures posted here on yelp the purple, silver and white tons is what it's like now.
Very cute , hip and still vintage inspired.
I adore this hotel and work here often doing makeup for specials events. I would stay here anytime and have recommended this lovely hotel to many clients.

02/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
132. Golda R.
The room is wonderfully decorated, but the walls are thin.  We could hear everyone on our floor going in and out of their rooms.  It was especially annoying during the middle of the night.  

This timeshare is located right across the street from Balboa park and also close to a lot of food places.  It also has a rooftop area great for viewing the San Diego skyline.  We got to watch fireworks from here and it was nice not having to brave the traffic at Seaport Village on fourth of July.

07/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
133. Deborah K.
We are timeshare owners and stayed at the Inn at the Park as such. I have on idea what the experience would be like for someone who rented a room on a travel website.

Our most recent visit to Inn at the Park (early January 2015) was our second one. We had previously been there three years ago while they were starting their renovations. At the time, we stayed in a non-renovated room that was ok, but we really enjoyed the location and other amenities they had at the time, like a free continental breakfast.

We chose to use some of our points to stay here for a long weekend with our kids. We were excited to see the new remodel and had remembered the free continental breakfast. We were very disappointed to find out that they no longer offer the breakfast, but fortunately there are dozens of inexpensive options within a half mile (easy walking distance).

When we arrived, we found a very close spot and opted to not spend the $15/day on valet parking. Check in went pretty smoothly although I was really disappointed with the concierge pressuring us to sign up for an owner's update meeting. We were using our accrued points to go on a rare family vacation and the first thing they do is try to take away from our family time for a $75 Amex gift card? No thank you. I will be happy to go to an owner's update on their time, not mine. The concierge, however, was able to help us get advanced purchase tickets for the zoo for that afternoon/evening. We did discover throughout the weekend, though, they weren't as well informed as concierges usually are. Oh well, it's a timeshare, not the W.

Our room was beautiful. It was actually more of a small apartment with a good size living room, small kitchen and eating area, modest (but remodeled) bathroom, THREE closets, and a bedroom with king size bed. The room was decorated beautifully (the gray and purple decor in the photos is accurate). The living room windows had cool electric shades with pictures on them. In fact, we didn't even realize they were window shades at first. There was also a very long sofa that had two twin-size pullout beds for our children (perfect since they hate sharing a bed). The kitchen had all the necessary utensils for preparing basic meals, which we would have taken more advantage of if we had been there longer. There was also salt and pepper, microwave popcorn, coffee and filters, dish soap, laundry detergent, etc. There is also a really great rooftop deck with tables, chairs, lounges, etc. to hang out on and it has a pretty amazing view.

The two big drawbacks for us were that the bathroom only had a shower, no tub. Not ideal for small children who still need their parents to bathe them. Unfortunately for us, this meant our four year old didn't have a real bath all weekend. There are also no black out (or even solid) shades in the bedroom, just blinds, which did very little to block out the morning sunlight.

The neighborhood had improved quite a bit since our previous trip. We were very excited about the vast amount of shops 1/4 to 1/2 mile walking distance away, as well as Balboa Park. We (our children included) easily walked throughout Balboa Park to see the museums and zoo, down 6th to the Whole Foods on University, to Hash House A Go Go for breakfast, and to the shops on 5th/University. Anyone who complains that it's not near anything probably doesn't walk at all.

All in all, even with the little disappointments, we had a great trip and plan to go back again sometime.

05/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
134. Liss P.
You can see that the owners have taken great care to add modern decor and embellishments to this exquisite property. It's beautiful. The room was very nice. The electric draw shade that doubles as a beautiful picture, ws impressive. I've taken pictures of the property which are included to give you an idea of the visible aspects of the property. Now onto the features of the property not so appealing.

Plan to pay for parking. Valet parking per night $15, as of last month when we checked in to this hotel. If you would like to catch a bite to eat, forget using your car. Once you drive off the lot a new fee of $15 for valet incurs. The valet service is a third party and Separate  from the hotel. If you are fortunate to find parking on the street, great, that is until a certain time when you must feed the meters. So be careful.

Take away:
Great staff. Great looking property, but parking is NOT a desirable feature of this property. It's an aspect they should take a serious look at. If a guest must leave the hotel to go get something to eat, they should be accommodated  with a pass that includes their entire check in to checkout time for the $15 valet fee.

15/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
135. Vanessa O.
Came here with the wifey for our wedding anniversary. Since we couldn't be away from the children too long, we settled on San Diego. First time staying at the Inn at the Park- we had been excited since we first heard of the renovations back in 2011. We're Shell Vacation owners and we were impressed with the decor and the staff.

Good: DECOR. Almost as if I've stepped back into time with a modern touch. The rooms are spacious! Love the automatic window shades! The kitchen is quaint with the kitchen table big enough for two. The room is somewhat small but who cares - it's only to sleep in. We enjoyed the walk-in closet outside of the room to dress in or use as an additional space to get ready outside of the bathroom since the bathroom is on the small side as well. Other than that, we loved our room!

Areas for Improvement: I didn't want to say bad since it wasn't horrible and I'm not one to complain over the little things but the hallways can use a definite upgrade. It doesn't match the rooms. They were somewhat reminiscent of the hotel in the movie, "The Shining". I was waiting for those creepy twins at the end of the hallway.

Another thing: The rooftop wasn't open- boo.

19/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
136. Mary L.
This was a fun quirky little hotel!!! I think the rooms used to be small apartments (assuming... And you know what that means) out queen non smoking room had a full kitchen, bathroom and walk in closet. All the architecture was very vintage! You could tell this place had soul! The staff is very polite and knowledgable! The location is to die for! You are up the road from the gas lamp, and across the street from balboa!! Every time we went thru the lobby, they had a different flower arrangement! (Nice touch!!) we will be staying here again!!! We loved every second of it!!

19/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
137. Mon a.
Im giving Inn at the Park about a 4 star rating.

Customer Service: Everyone we encountered was super amazing, friendly and very helpful!  When we first arrived all the staff made us feel so welcomed. Seriously very friendly staff.  Through out our stay they would go above and beyond to ensure we were well taken care of.  Each time I would call them for extra towels or trash pick up someone would be there immediately.  When we needed maintenance to look at the dish washing machine someone came right away.  The valet guys were extremely kind, every time my mom got out of the car with her oxygen they were right there helping her out of the car and up the stairs of the hotel.  The concierge staff were so helpful and checked off the best restaurants that were kid friendly.  Our main maid -a guy was super sweet and very prompt.  I really want them to know how much i appreciated their service.

Decor/Atmosphere: When i first walked in, i was surprised at how pretty the lobby was.  It was clean and nicely decorated.  When i walked into our room, I was also surprised at how well they decorated the rooms.  Very chic, colorful and modern decorations.  It was clean, bright and we felt right at home.  The bathrooms were clean and very nice.  One thing you must do--is take time to go up to the 7th floor!!!!!!!!   We went to another fancy restaurant in the area called Mr. A's and Inn at the Park has a very similar view!  Grab some wine and just take in the beautiful view.  I went upstairs so many times, it was absolutely breathtaking and peaceful.  They have many patio chairs and outdoor seating for many people. One of the staff members said they used to have weddings on the 7th floor.  So you must check it out for sure!

Comfort:  Their beds and pillows are out of this world comfortable.  I wished i would have looked at what brand of pillows they used. Super soft and very comfortable. Even my husband liked the bed and pillows...Im def missing the pillows right now.    

Noise: I read so many reviews about the noise level and i thought people were just bitching.  But they are NOT lying.  I rarely had a good nights sleep because of the noise level.  Imagine being next to a busy street, open your windows and try to go to sleep.  I could have sworn our windows were open because it was super loud. I could hear every honk, kids across the street, people outside!  Their bed and pillow are super comfy but I still heard every noise. The walls are super thin so i could hear people above us and talking outside our doors, the elevator, the people running up and down the halls at night.  I wanted to say SHUT THE F-up to everyone lol. But thats how it goes at this hotel.  The noise level just can't be helped especially being near a busy street and its an old hotel.  

Timeshare: They asked us to attend a timeshare meeting update. We are owners and wanted to be updated about recent changes.  The concierge guy told us it would only be 40 minutes, but it ended up being 1.5 hours with the most annoying rude lady!   I hated every minute of the time share talk. Don't tell us we will be there for 40 minutes and take more of our vacation time, that kinda ticked me off.  But thats def our fault for going in the first place.  We only did it for the $100, but if i were you DONT go to the meeting unless you are willing to spend 1-1.5 of your time.  

Location: Absolutely amazing location! We were within short driving distance to so many activities! Balboa Park is so pretty and you can walk across the street if you have the legs for it. Its definitely a walk to the museums.   We never walked since many things were a bit too far.  I read reviews that said people are lazy for not walking but we are very fit people.  We just wanted to enjoy our vacation and not be tired out by walking.    But we did walk to Hash Hash A GO--def a yummy breakfast joint.  We also are within walking distance to Extraordinary Desserts--holy crap this place is amazing.  This is a great location to beaches, and other fun destinations. Most of the main destination places we drove to were within 5-20 minute away not bad at all.

Parking: I read reviews that parking was a hassle and many were mad at the $15.  We never paid $15 for valet ever we always found a nearby parking spot.  So don't worry about it too much.  But we had to circle around a few times to find good parking. Most of the spots are across the street and you don't have to pay for parking across the street.  Just a tip--be patient eventually you will find a spot.

If you are willing to overlook the noise level this is not a bad place to stay.

09/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
138. Stacy C.
I will start off by saying this is one of the most beautiful hotels I've stayed at. But, that's where it ends. The staff are rude and they scam you into looking at timeshares. We couldn't even get out of the lobby without being pushed into going to a breakfast to get information. They said it was a free breakfast but then charged us $20 and said it was refundable. Well, after trying to get our $20 back for hours we finally gave up. Ana and Brittany are very deceitful. I wouldn't trust a thing they say to you.

On to the room.....the room was BEAUTIFUL!! One bedroom, living room and kitchen. Furnished beautifully. Had huge walk-in closets, big screen tv, colors of the room were very relaxing. The only issue with the room was hearing Jets fly overhead every 20 minutes.

22/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
139. Anna R.
Came here with my husband on a timeshare for our 1 year anniversary. We stayed in a King Studio Suite which included a kitchen, living, bath, and King bed. We loved how everything is updated with a more Art Deco feel to it, but still keeping the 1920s charm. Because we came on a timeshare, we were allowed the 7th floor with roof top views and amenities. Stunning! Loved it!!

We loved how there was valet parking where we pay each night but can come and go as we please. We also liked how it was close to Balboa Park and we could walk there.

The staff is friendly and helpful. When we got their we were given little treats and maps of the area with suggestions and tips. The lady who was helping us was really knowledgeable of the area. Overall, we loved our stay and would come back again!

21/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0