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Residence Inn San Diego Mission Valley in San Diego, CA

Residence Inn San Diego Mission Valley in San Diego, CA

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The Residence Inn by Marriott® San Diego Mission Valley hotel has enhanced the extended-stay experience with the perfect mix of features and amenities at an exceptional value. Whether you are here on vacation, business or government travel, our San Diego hotel will take care of you with the quality of service you deserve and expect from Marriott.

The Residence Inn San Diego features a prime location providing guests with convenient access to San Diego's gorgeous waterfront, lively downtown, shopping centers, sports complexes, corporations, and some of California's best attractions!

 

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Rating: 4.07

Address: 1865 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA, 92108

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    Comments (94):

    1. Mary T.
    This hotel catered to my family's needs. Its not that easy to find hotels that allow pets to stay. The fact that this Marriott Hotel allow pets was definately a plus for us. That and the fact that they cater the best free breakfast buffet ever for their guests every morning. You talkin' eggs, sausages, cereals, orange juice, coffee and the works!. Wooo... Eat all you want :).

    The only downfall for me (thus minus one star) was the fact that I had to pay extra $$$ for parking in the hotel parking lot (even though I was already a paying guest), and that I had to wait 2 hours for my room to be ready before I was allowed to formally check in. The staff tried their best to accomodate me and even invited my family into the hotel dining room for the free buffet breakfast while we were waiting. It was definately worth the wait though coz not only was the food great, our studio was clean, the sheets were freshly changed, we had extra towels in the bathroom, and the kitchenette had cooking and eating utensils that were plentiful. Our kitchen had a refrigerator, gas stove and a dishwasher. Ample cupboard space for storage. We even had dish washing soap a washing sponge :). Our room did not have a view, but the hotel facilities were great. They had a great pool, lounging area with big screen TV's and great outside hotel sports facilities like a small "fenced in" basketball court infront of the hotel with the sports gear (balls) available at the front desk for free. Very convenient!. The landscaping infront of the hotel was wonderful, they had a park like setting with walking pavements zig zagging all the way from the bottom of the driveway to the top and benches to sit at. Garbage cans at easily accessible spots...when you have pets this is helpful :).

    Overall, the experience was a great one. I certainly would recommend this hotel to any pet owner. (BRING YOUR PETS). Rooms are clean. Service maybe a little slow (Rooms), but its still a great hotel. 4 stars :).

    08/04/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Brian B.
    Overall not a bad place, and the staff was very nice.

    HOWEVER, the walls (as noted in other reviews as well) are like paper.  We had two rooms next to each other.  I could hear my nephew coughing in the room next door, the family of (it seemed like) ten that was doing gymnastics above us non stop.  The AC unit is in the bedroom next to the bed, and it is crazy loud when it kicks on.  
    Other issues...
    -- construction was taking place on the entire first floor, making it inaccessible.  You had to leave the hotel and walk around the outside and enter the lobby front door to get to the breakfast, pool, etc.
    -- contractors played their music very loud during their work day, so we had that continuous thump of bass in our walls
    -- tub had permanent stains.  Hard to feel good about getting clean when you are standing in something that feels dirty.
    -- remnants of construction in our room from the remodel process - painters tape, etc.
    -- pets all around.  This is nice for pet owners, but if you are not a fan of pet hair, don't stay here.  Pet here is never eliminated, and chances are, a pet was in your room before.  

    Very convenient, and a good value, but I will not stay here again.

    11/04/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    3. Shealamar H.
    I am very happy with the stay here. My family enjoyed it also, the staff was very polite, the hotel was clean, and the breakfast was very well done. Thank you so much....please stay here :)

    13/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. McKenna K.
    Great place for a family.  Hotel has a Pool, small Play Area near the lobby, Convenience Store, offers free Breakfast and is centrally located.  Rooms are decorated OK and a little small though the Kitchenette is fantastic!  Staff was friendly.

    01/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    5. Liane E.
    This place is very family friendly but for my husband and I it was not a great experience. First, the free buffet breakfast is crazy. It is a sea of kids and parents and you're lucky if you can find a place to sit. We also are Marriot Gold Members and didn't get greeted or given anything upon check-in. It's not a huge deal but we choose to stay loyal to Marriot whenever we need hotel accomodations because of the customer service. Also, the place is built on a hill so it's very confusing and inconvenient when it comes to taking the elevator to the lobby, breakfast area, parking lot, etc. You'll probably have to walk to the other side of the hotel to get to where you want to go.

    24/01/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    6. Jane B.
    I have stayed in many Residence Inns in the past, this one located on Hotel Circle South was my first time.  I am very disappointed that it is not as described.

    On my first night, I got flea bites.  They advertised  to provide a full kitchen, but they only have 2 stove and NO oven.  Because the size of the room is so small, the fire alarm is almost right above the stove.  It sounds everyday I cooked.  There were only a parser and bread knifes for the kitchen.  Utensils are mixed/matched.

    Although they advertised this place as a one bedroom, the size is smaller than other Residence Inn studio.   The bedroom has a king size bed and there is no room to walk in bedroom.

    They are very adamant about checking in at 4:00p.m.  When the time came, everyone drove in to register.

    Parking is another $10.00 when other Residence Inns provide for free.   It is right outside of the freeway that there are no off street parking.

    28/02/07 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    7. Jeff S.
    I stayed at the Residence Inn for 3 weeks. The overall experience was good. The hotel is located on top of a hill away from the street which made it quiet. The staff was really friendly and helpful.

    The roads around here are a little tricky if you are not familiar with San Diego so use Google maps and get good directions for getting around your first couple days.

    We were 10 minutes from exerything..Downtown, the Zoo, Balboa Park and the Beach. This is a great location. The trolley to go downtown or to Tijuana is about 1 mile away with a free parking lot.

    21/02/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Glenn C.
    Great hotel if your staying with a large group of friends.  We made use of the bball court, bbq area, and the huge lobby/lounge.  The complimentary breakfast was great selectionwise and the eating area accomodated a lot of people.  Not like most residence inns with a kitchen but it did have seperated living and bedroom.  Gym was descent too.

    17/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Kimmy N.
    LOVED this hotel!  We got a 1-bedroom suite that also had a pull-out couch and kitchen.  Everyone at the hotel was incredibly nice and accomodating.  There is a little snack store next to the front desk, open 24 hours a day.  On weekdays, the hotel serves a complimentary dinner and happy hour of beer and wine, and I believe 7 days a week there is a complimentary continental breakfast served as well!  Amazing stay!  I will definitely stay here again!!!!

    25/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Greg M.
    Family and I stayed here for a couple of weeks while my house was being worked on.  Perfectly nice experience.  We stayed in a two-bedroom two bath room.  One bedroom had twin beds, the other a king size.  Room was clean.  Previous tenants had been a bit rough on the carpet and furniture, but nothing too bad.  Staff was super-helpful.  And there is free beer on tap in the evenings.  Other guests were a bit rough around the edges - looked like lots of shipyard workers and telecommunications installers - but no issues other than LOTS of smoking around the outside of the buildings.  And the Oscar Meyer Wiener-mobile was parked at the hotel, enhancing the experience greatly.  The hotel is a good mid-range choice.  I'd stay again.

    25/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    11. Debra H.
    The Residence Inn hotel rooms are really like mini-apartments with fully equiped kitchems . They also have Social Hour with food, beer and wine.. Free Breakfast.. All this at a great price and friendly people who work here!

    10/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Scott B.
    I can't tell you how accommodating Todd (GM) was for us.  I had two jet ski's and they not only had parking available for a trailer but allowed me to use the water hose afterwards to clean off the salt water from the ocean.  The staff was always willing to help us, and the food (dinner) was more than we expected, from Spaghetti to mexican good (Hey, it's free people!).  If you have kids, and want to go to SeaWorld...look no further.

    09/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. V S.
    I looked at the reviews for this and several other hotels (including the downtown Embassy Suites) on this and several other review sites.  Each hotel received such varying reviews - everything from 1 to 5 stars - that I did not know how to choose.  So, I chose this hotel (The Residence Inn on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley) because it was the least expensive of the hotels I reviewed.  Here is what I found
    Pros:  The toilet, sinks, shower, and counter tops were clean.  The dishwasher, toaster oven, microwave and fridge were clean.  The pool is beautiful.  There is a hot tub.  Breakfast (which ends at 9:00 AM) is included in the price.  It includes eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, cereal, milk, juice, bagels, muffins, coffee, etc. It was very good for a buffet style meal.  The kids suite has 3 rooms.  Each room has a large T.V. and a very large window.  Even though our windows overlooked the pool, it was very quiet when they were closed. Our room was right next to the elevator, but we didn't hear a thing (good sound-proofing).  the kids suite had 2 beds in the kids room, a pull-out bed sofa and a bed in the master bedroom.
    Cons:  The lower cupboards in both the kitchen and bathroom were filthy.  There drips of various substances running down the doors.  The bathroom was connected to the master suite so if the kids had to use it in the middle of the night, they woke us up.  The fridge and freezer smelled horrible!  I didn't even want to put any food in them.  The bed in the maste rbedroom was uncomfortable and the mattress tilted to one side.  No matter how many times I rolled to one side, I'd end up rolling the other way in my sleep.  There were 2 metal bars sticking out at least 3" behind the bedskirt of the bed in the master bedroom on the far/window side of the room.  I rammed my leg into one and developed a HUGE bruise.  The lighting in the master bedroom is insufficient for reading in bed at night.  It is very dim.

    26/02/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    14. Nick M.
    We've stayed here twice while traveling to San Diego for Comic-Con, and, although we probably wouldn't stay here again, the hotel is perfectly acceptable -- but little more than that.

    To a person, the staff is friendly, courteous, and helpful.  They were always available when I needed something, but otherwise not intrusive.  In other words, exactly what I'm looking for in a hotel staff.  If I were reviewing the hotel solely on its staff, this'd be a five-star review.

    I'm not, however -- the accommodations were merely adequate both times.  It's not really a cleanliness issue -- the rooms and kitchen materials were nearly spotlessly clean on both of our stays -- so much as a maintenance issue.  The pots and pans in the kitchenette were worn and beaten up on our first stay, and the stove in that suite was extremely dodgy looking.  We entertained the idea of using the broiling pan, but it didn't look as though it had been scoured in a long time.   On our second stay, the TV in the living room didn't turn on, the door to the dishwasher was broken (dropped it on my foot from counter height once), and the mattress in the bedroom had half of its springs busted, all on one side.

    The pool is small, but usable, as are the hot tub and exercise room, but none of these are anything to write home about.  It is worth mentioning that the equipment in the exercise room has been upgraded in the last three years, and, as soon as they get TV hooked up to the machines, the only real problem will be the limited facilities (of course, over the course of eight days on two trips, I only ever saw another guest using the exercise room once, so perhaps size is not an issue).

    If you're planning on spending a lot of time in San Diego, it's probably worth mentioning that you'll need either a lot of cash for taxis and trolleys or a rental car if you're staying at this hotel.  It's a $7 cab ride (before tip) to the Old Town Trolley Station if you don't have a car, then $5 for a day-pass for the Trolley.  For other cab rides, to go directly to the Gaslamp Quarter will run you about $20 and about $35 to get to Coronado (both before tip).  The money saved on having a kitchenette and the free meals at the hotel generally didn't equal the amount we spent on cab rides on either of our stays.  If there were things to do in Hotel Circle, this may not have mattered so much, but there's nothing to do in Hotel Circle.  [Note that Comic-Con does run a free shuttle to the Convention Center during the four-days of the Con, so travel into the city is less burdensome on those days.]

    In the end, although the staff is fantastic, I couldn't recommend it as a first option for a hotel in the San Diego area, given its mediocre accommodations and poor location.

    29/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    15. Alex F.
    Amazing! had such a great time here. Free dinner every week night, free wine and beer on weekends, free use of an outside grill. Pool, spacious rooms with full kitchen. For all that you'd think you're paying so much more but it's an insanely good deal! Will be coming back and recommeding this place

    21/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Merida M.
    I stayed here on business for about two weeks recently. I thought the staff was super friendly..I was always greeted in the halls. The front desk staff is super nice as well. Nice heated pool and great location.  I would easily recommend this hotel  to business or pleasure travelers.

    14/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. K C.
    I've stayed at many Residence Inn's over the years...and this was the WORST!

    Pros? (Hmmmm.....Gotta think)
    1. Good Waffles in the morning
    2. M-F Happy hour with food and free beer

    Cons....are you ready?
    1. Paper thin walls with noisy neighbors above and on each side of room
    2. Hard as a rock bed
    3. Lamp next to bed didn't work
    4. Tub didn't drain
    5. Towels were all frayed (no problem with that really, since they were clean...)
    6. No interior access to lobby
    7. Entry door key access out of order (desk clerk unaware, even though printed sign was posted on the door)
    8. Chair in dining room broken.

    I had injured foot in an immobilizing boot. Wrist in a splint. Was sent out in the rain to an entrance that was out of order. Only other entrance near room required climbing down a full flight of stairs. Requested room change. Desk clerk offered to send someone to help with my luggage...supposed to meet me at the door (On the other side of the building near new room). Never showed. So, again, drug the luggage through the rain only to find out there was no elevator inside...had to drag luggage up, one step at a time, one piece, at a time. I was in pain, soaked to the bones and exhausted by the time I got to my second floor room. In the morning, I did find a way out, with an elevator, and a flat entrance/exit...gosh, again, one would think the a desk clerk would know those things.

    In the morning, I sat down for coffee and the chair was so wobbly I almost toppled over. I mentioned it, to prevent someone else from sitting in it and falling. The desk clerk didn't even ask me which chair it was....

    Marriott. Watch out for this hotel...you may be in big trouble as a result of poor maintenance and uninformed staff.

    And Marriott? Send these managers to the San Bernardino Residence Inn to do a comparison. I stayed there a few nights later....and will give it FIVE stars for comfort and customer service!

    22/01/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    18. Laura F.
    Sparkling clean rooms, wonderful service, on site killer BBQ grills, beautiful fire pits to relax at and breakfast daily as well as a simple dinner free on weekdays. We booked to rooms for four days and were not disappointed once. Book it!

    21/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    19. Patrick S.
    It is a Residence Inn, and in a good location.  The building is attractive, and the rooms are big and clean.  Great lobby and they serve good full breakfast and complimentary light dinner with beer and wine.  Not a gourmet food, but who expects that for free?  Then why only three stars?

    Because of the internet connection.  The WiFi is only at lobby area.  The room has wired internet.  But neither connection is fast enough to deserve the name hi-speed.  In fact, any email with attachment took forever to download, and often timed out.  

    The slow internet is enough of reason for me to chose to stay at another Marriot chain in the area.  Being able to connect with a decent speed is more and more important criteria for my hotel selection.  Not only for my email, but now I entertain on line; surfing the web, and  downloading music and movies.  I could not down load a single movie during the 4 days that I stayed at a hotel.  I could not even watch a You-tube video because the connection was too slow.

    A great shame, because I would have liked this hotel, and it would have become my go-to place.

    23/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    20. Denis H.
    Lifetime platinum member of Mariott and this is the best Residence Inn for a family vacation. Great food and evening rec lounge with friendly and helpful staff. Location is excellent

    30/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    21. Jenny K.
    Love the decore =) Very modern and clean =)

    Staff friendly ... but the beds and pillows!!!! OMG that's why you should and stay, at least a night! The bed is so comfy and the pillow, let's you sink in =) OMGGGGGG ... really it's worth just staying one night.

    Internet free =) Pool was nice looking, didn't get to go but is heated!

    Would definitely stay there again.

    24/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Mike B.
    Definitely I would stay here again. I have teenagers and the breakfast was one of the best at a "free" breakfast place. Sausage, eggs, oatmeal, bagels, peanut butter...and much more. Our room was right next to the elevator and it was very quite. The staff was super friendly and the rooms have stoves, refrigerator. They provided cream rinse, and shampoo, I loved that!

    20/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Cassie B.
    The hotel room was bigger than my first apartment!  I got it at a good rate but it was way more than I needed for my lst business trip.  

    Pros:  Complimentary breakfast (and not just continental) and dinner (mon-thursday), free wi-fi in the lobby and internet access in the rooms, close to freeways and retail centers.

    Cons:  The dinner isn't that tasty to be honest.  I actually wound up just getting the free beer and eating something else for dinner.  Also, the internet in my room was touch and go.  I spent about an hour on the phone with a technician trying to get it to work.  To the hotel's credit, the front desk staff did not rest until it was fixed.  Even when I had given up and decided to go to bed, they still were trying to get it back up and running (and they did eventually).  The televisions in the room are also as old as sin.

    21/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    24. Jacob W.
    3 STARTS??? That is a joke! This place blew me away. I work in the customer service world and have been a service manager at a very large corporation for years and have to say this is thee best hospitality I've seen! The staff here literally goes above and beyond to make sure your stay is perfect, It's unbelievable! San Diego had a city wide 12hour power out when I was staying here. The staff worked a double shift just so that they could have complementary food and drinks available for all the residence who had to come into the generator operated lobby because the power was out in the room. It was one of the kindest things I've seen from a staff of employees. I will never stay at another hotel after this. Enjoy! They are AMAZING!

    06/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Sid F.
    If you can grab a suite, it's one of the best deals for people to share a room. The suite has two queen beds and in the separate common area, the couch transforms into an uncomfortable but totally usable pull out bed. In a pinch, others can crash on the floor, huge plus!

    Monday - Thursday, they have a "happy hour" and you walk into the bar and request all the beer and wine you can drink. Make sure you tip the server! The drinks are free but gotta give love to the server! In addition to the free booze, they have a food bar. One night, they had pulled pork sandwiches and another a taco bar. WIN.

    Seaworld -  5 minute drive.
    Downtown San Diego - less than 10 minute drive
    Coronado - 15ish minutes
    Old Town -  blink a few times and you're there
    Zoo - 10 minutes

    The only downside, paying $10 a day to park in the lot. Remember, this isn't a high class hotel. It's a place you crash after a long day of chasing kids on the beach, a place to crash after you've hit that eating euphoria and just need to rest, a place to crash after drinking.

    16/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. Veronica Q.
    My review is based on the fact that we were 4 adults + 1 teenager. I'm sure this is great for families because: they allow pets, they have bunk beds, and its "free" breakfast.

    Now my experience

    1. We walked in expecting rooms with beds. And instead we were stuck with 1 room with bunk beds! Not fun when your boyfriend is over 6 feet tall....
    2. We constantly had to ask for more towels and they were VERY stingy. They gave us 3 and we were 5 people!
    3. Our toilet overflowed.
    4. We came back at 4pm and we had NO room service. And we had to fight about towels. Again.
    5. Breakfast is a madhouse, and definitely not worth it.
    6. 1 bathroom. For 5 people. You can do the math
    7. The pictures on the website look a LOT nicer than what it was.

    overall I think it'd be good for families... but not for adults.
    The location was good though. Nothing took us longer than 15-20 minutes to get to.

    18/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    27. Philip T.
    This is a very nice Residence Inn. Convienently located off I-8 near down town; yet far enough back from the freeway to be quiet. Good breaksfast in the morning; limited beer and wine happy hour in evening. Clean and well run facility. The only down side is the pool and jacuzzi. When I was there the pool was way to cold to use and the jacuzzi was always clogged with kids. Nothing against kids - I'd just prefer a soak without 4 or 5 six year olds spashing in the water.

    25/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    28. Jamie M.
    I stayed here for two weeks earlier this year on a business trip.  It was definitely not my first choice to stay (the dozen or so places I checked first were already booked!).  It ended up being an okay hotel, but I don't plan on returning on my next trip to San Diego.   The only real benefit I got out of this hotel was that my commute to the navy base in Point Loma was very easy.  The free evening meals Monday-Thursday are a nice perk, but I didn't end up using them during my stay.

    As far as negatives, my room was a little outdated and dirty, and like some of the other reviewers mentioned, the beds are incredibly hard.  My other major dislike was the gym.  It was pretty much pathetic.  A lot of the equipment was rusty or didn't even work.  Other than that, this is a fine place to stay if you can't get anywhere better.

    21/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    29. pete w.
    Long weekend away from the heat of Phoenix.  My family consists of 5 (of which, three small kids).  We really enjoyed our stay.  Great staff, great breakfast buffett (changes daily), great rooms and the location is perfect (near SeaWorld and down the block from Old Town).  Had a few small issues with the room, all taken care of quickly.  My only concern would be the parking slots that are sized for a Prius/SMart car.  Had a hard time fitting my Toyota SIenna into the paid lot.  Seems that the free slots in front of the building were bigger.  Other than this, I would strongly recommend this hotel when in the area.

    16/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    30. Dusty B.
    Great service! Valet service is on it! and Kelly from Texas was really cool helping me check in.
    ( the photos on yelp are out dated.. room color has changed)

    19/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Maureen W.
    I have mixed feelings about the Residence Inn at this location.  I'll break it down for you...

    Pros:
    Great, central location.  10 minutes to the park or downtown or Qualcomm.
    Set away from the freeway so it's nice and quiet.
    A pool.
    Free breakfast that is decent.
    Very nice and friendly staff all around.
    Free coffee in your room and micro popcorn too.  Very nice touch.

    Cons:
    We got there at three and didnt' realize that checkin was at 4pm.  That's our fault but I've never heard of such a late check in time.  It wasn't conveniant at all.
    We had a king room and there was no space at all in the bedroom.  It was super tight quarters.  Not great with a two year old.
    Bathroom is also tiny.
    Pretty thin walls.  We heard the guy in the next room snoring!
    Super loud fans for the heater and a/c.  Very annoying.

    Overall, I would have to recommend on location and suite ammenities alone.  Residence Inn is a great place to stay if you have a kid that goes to sleep early like mine.  We could shut him in the bedroom and go watch TV in the living room.  It's a nice set upl.

    05/01/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    32. Suzy W.
    Great for families!  We have a 4 and 2 year old and this place was great for us. 15 minutes away from the airport and close to most of the major attractions in San Diego. The staff was always friendly and the hot breakfast in the morning was so convenient and plentiful.  One of the main reasons why I chose this hotel for our stay.  It was also nice to take advantage of their weeknight social hour where we could get some wine and beer. I would definitely recommend this location for families.

    29/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Hamish P.
    What a pleasant surprise.  I normally stay at higher grade Marriott properties but they were unavailable in this instance.  I stayed here for two weeks on a business trip with a measure of trepidation based on a couple of stays at other Residence Inns.  I could not have been more favorably impressed.  The staff were exceptionally accomodating and cordial - I cannot stress enough what a pleasure it was to deal with these dedicated, pleasant folk.  The evening complimentary supper (and drinks) was surprisingly generous and varied, as were the breakfast offerings.  The room was clean and comfortable.  They even threw a Superbowl bash with complimentary food and drinks that made for a most enjoyable afternoon and evening.  

    I don't think one could do better for a hotel of this caliber.  If you're traveling to San Diego, it's a great option.   It would be a great choice for families too.

    12/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. Justin C.
    We travel a lot for business and recreation. My whole family can travel often and on a whim do to our great remote working careers. Residence Inn by Marriott has become our standard. At first it was for the deals and then for the points. It makes our choice easy. We are low maintenance but recognize something good when we get it. We've been happy with our experience at every location thus far. This particular Residence Inn reigns above the rest in our experience.

    Overall we found eveything very favorable. The price was good considering rooms, amenities and the food offered.

    This review is family oriented but things like the bar with free beer and wine
    make it good for singles. Only if you really are bothered by kids should you go elsewhere because the dinning room, pool and lobby can be filled with kids.

    The staff was excellent and very considerate of the kids. They proactively put in movies for the kids in their area of the dining room.

    There was a lack of towels first off, but that was easily remedied.

    The rooms are large, modern and comfortable. Ours had two bedrooms, one living and a small kitchen with big fridge and microwave. The kids room had a bunk bed that the kids really adored. The master bedroom was sufficient. There was only one bathroom reasonable but it was layed out reasonable well.

    We really took advantage of the fact that every room had a TV with decent channel selection. The kids could watch what they wanted in their room, we could watch what we wanted in ours and the dog could even watch something in the living room.

    The pool is outdoors, the pool and area was good enough. There was a shallow (kids) pool that was great to have. And the hot tub was good enough. Further, there was an outdoor cooking and party space poolside. It wasn't open while we were there but could be pretty cool.

    The exercise room is limited with one elliptical and two treadmills. There are no TVs but there are iPod inputs. Outdoor excersize isn't favorable so this isn't the best place for those who priotize athletic facilities. I was able to find a few small running adventures though.

    The internet is fast and wireless was available upon request. I suspect that routers may be limited so this could be a big issue if they are in high demand. Because of the need for a wireless router, I believe it keeps crap off the network making it safer and faster.

    Dinner and breakfast is included every day so this family of four saved a lot of money. The food is actually good. It's reasonably easy to remain healthy, it's also easy to indulge. The hot wings were better than any good bar I've ever been to. The burgers, dogs, corn dogs, fries, salads, drinks, deserts were all above average buffet quality and average resturant quality. Breakfast is about all you could ask for: eggs, breakfast meat option, oatmeal with sides, yogurt & fruits. Dining area is nice and big and modern.

    They allow pets. We were so happy to have our WHOLE family together.

    There is a "sports" bar for adults, this is where the free beer and wine is found. They have  decent wines and four beers on tap including common domestics and Stella & Shock Top.

    And drinking beer & wine is free, how can you beat that?

    16/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Jen G.
    We booked a room here at the last minute for San Diego Comic Con a couple of days ago and were really pleasantly surprised. It's not a super nice hotel, but you really get your money's worth here! Waaay better than paying $500 a night for a tiny room in Gaslamp Quarter!! Although it's not within walking distance of the convention center, it was a really quick and easy drive since the freeway entrance was right outside. Apparently, you can take the trolley there if you don't want to drive.... but I don't think the trolley station is within walking distance either. Oh well!

    Pros:
    1) Fully equipped kitchen means that you can put your leftover lunch/dinner in the fridge, warm it up in the microwave, and eat it with real utensils the next day.
    2) Clean, fresh rooms with a separate bedroom means that early sleepers aren't disturbed by roommates who would rather stay up late and watch tv or talk.
    3) I actually thought the beds were super comfortable.
    4) Free in-room internet... plug in. Wifi sucks in the room though.... you have to go to the lobby for that.
    5) Free breakfast. Not the crappy continental breakfasts.... a full on buffet with waffles, biscuits & gravy, eggs, sausage, cereal, toast, toast, bagels, fruit, yogurt, juice, coffee, and milk. Nothing gourmet, but more than enough to start the day right.
    6) Free dinner during weekdays.
    7) Family friendly pool with a 1 ft. wading pool for the kiddies.
    8) Game room with video games and pool table.
    9) Great service! We called for extra linens and towels, and got them right away.
    10) The couch in the living room is a pull out bed. You can sleep 6 people EASY if you have the room with 2 queens.

    Cons:
    1) Parking was $13 a night. Accessible only by room key.
    2) No restaurants in walking distance, but Fashion Valley is less than a mile away.

    We're definitely staying here next year! :)

    24/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    36. J W.
    I'm at the end of a 2 week stay at this Residence Inn. Previously I had stayed here one week (earlier this month) on the "elite level" floor (5th)

    Overall, not a bad experience...the staff is helpful, the 'happy hour' from 530-730 on Monday thru Thursday offers free beer and wine and a dinner of sorts - though if you eat the offerings every day you'll leave considerably fatter than you arrived. The hotel offers free faxing and printing from your room via an online print server - though this was problematic in that the keypad to enter your print code didn't work and the printer wouldn't work if the associated computer was hibernating or the print server program didn't load properly...so it wasn't as convenient as it could have been.

    Parking is tight - although that's true everywhere in San Diego, and runs about $10 per night - but unlike the Marriott over by Qualcomm, you will find a spot even if you come back late.

    The first week here I stayed on the 5th floor, which is labeled as the "elite rewards level" floor, presumably for members with silver or higher status in the rewards program. The last 2 weeks I stayed on the 2nd floor...more convenient but I had issues with cleaning. It seems they start at the 5th floor and work their way down so the cleaning on the lower floors can happen pretty late...and on 2 days I didn't get my room cleaned even when I called for it and on 2 other days had to call a couple of times to get them to come clean it...not to mention that when I checked in I found a very large pair of soiled women's underwear next to my bed...quite poor and that did a lot to make my attitude towards the cleaning crew a little more negative.

    The facilities are a bit old...20 inch or so tube TV's, free internet service but only about 1Mbps speeds that dip down to about 300kbps during peak use (not quite "high speed" any more), and the network cable was only about 18 inches long so my laptop has to sit way over on the right side of the desk, causing me to twist sideways to type on it...another minus.

    There is A LOT of noise here. On the 2nd floor I constantly had to listen to what sounded like kids running amok above me and outside the door. Is there a reason they can't put all the families with kiddos in the same section of the hotel?  I love kids but the noise was ridiculous.

    The 5th floor is much quieter. However they only have one elevator that goes from the 1st - 5th floors, and that elevator is also the service elevator for the housekeeping folks - so it's excessively slow.

    You can park on the other side of the bldg and they have an elevator from the 2nd to the 5th floor...that elevator is a bit faster but you then have to park at the back of the bldg...and there were times during my first stay that there was no available parking back there.

    The pool area is nice...although the chairs do not really allow you to lie on your stomach without being in a weird contorted state...so you have to lie on your back and will leave with a tan front and a white back or an aching back from having to contort yourself to the contours of the chairs if you lie on your stomach.

    The fire pit would be nice but in the 3 weeks I spent here only one of the 3 sections was ever lit and I only saw that lit once or twice during my stay....admittedly, I wasn't out by the fire pit thing very often. The grill is nice but most of my time here it was being refurbished and it seemed it was only used by staff for the evening happy hour for grilling brats or burgers.

    I elected to eat a little more healthy in the mornings so I used the refrigerator and microwave to make my own oatmeal...there was one time I went down to check out the breakfast 15 min before it was supposed to close and it was already closed...that also happened at one of the evening things, so it seems they close a little early (~10-15 min) each day.

    I got a call asking if I was happy with my stay...I said that it was ok and mentioned the issues with the cleaning staff - h

    Overall...it's just ok.

    Friendly staff and some fun activities, but very noisy (don't stay here if noise bothers you in the least!), a little outdated (the couch is NOT comfortable and the internet, while blazing fast compared to the Marriott at Qualcomm or the Residence Inn downtown, is slow), and you have to choose whether it's more important to be able to get to your room easily with poor cleaning service, or have better cleaning service and a little more quiet but not as easily accessible.

    I was on government orders during my stay here...from what I've heard the Four Points Sheraton up the road is a better place - more modern, more amenities, or the Residence Inn Kearny Mesa looks a bit more modern, or the Hilton up the road will set you up with a fridge and microwave  if you talk to their sales rep first and it looks like a nice facility.

    If you don't have kids or a dog, are not a Marriott silver or above member or are staying more than a few days, I'd look elsewhere.

    26/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    37. Jenna P.
    The room and ammenities at this hotel are very nice.  The hotel even has a nice, free breakfast and a happy hour with food Mon-Thurs.  The only downside is that the front desk constantly leaves messages on the rooms' answering machine with random inquiries like: "did you recieve the towels that we sent up and placed in your hands?"

    04/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. Devon T.
    This Hotel is a life saver for my family! We have 2 kids under 6 and a baby. We were displaced from our home and booked a stay at the "Extended Stay" hotel in Mission valley. When we got into our room (around 11:15pm) everything started going downhill fast. Long story short it was so disgusting and scary there that we woke our kids up at 1:30am and got out of there. We instead stayed temporarily in la mesa at the Holiday inn express. In the morning I called the Residence Inn in Mission Valley and asked if they had any family suites available and explained our situation. Right away the woman on the phone said she would rather I speak with their reservations manager (Rebecca) because she could help us with our situation. At first I thought I was being pawned off, but it turned out Rebecca really was able to help us! She was so nice and accommodating. The room rate was SUPER reasonable. When we arrived later that day, they let us check in early, and Rebecca came out to greet us personally with a good bag! So far we have been here for 5 days. There is complimentary breakfast and dinner every day. They have community time from 6p - 7:30p every night where the residences can come down and join in an activity, the kids LOVE this. Tonight is BBQ night  and tomorrow is Karaoke. The rooms are super clean and housekeeping will come every day while you are away and tidy up and make the beds and do the dishes (super helpful with 2 kids and a baby!). I forgot to get a pair of scissors after shopping at target for essentials and I called down to the front desk just to see if they would mind if I borrowed theirs, they sent them up right away! The pool is great (I haven't tried it yet, but the kids cant wait), and there is a jacuzzi with a chair lift (for the elderly?). Huge BBQ by the pool for residence to use and a fire pit to sit at while you wait for your bbqing. There is an exercise room (again haven't used it but is in use often by 1 or 2 people). There is also a market by the lobby for odds and ends (drinks, chips, teddy bears), my husband says it's over priced, but it's nice to have in a pinch. So anyways, I won't stay anywhere else after this experience! I HIGHLY recommend the residence in by marriot in mission valley :) :) :)!!!

    20/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. John S.
    Nice hotel in a nice location.  The rates were reasonable and the hotel was clean and new.  Having free beer and wine for a couple of hours each night was a great perk.  The breakfast was consistently decent.  Overall, we'd stay there again.

    Two minor issues - WiFi only in the lobby and the staff seemed a little stretched at times.  It took 30 minutes and several requests to get the towels replenished at the pool.

    08/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Barry H.
    I have stayed at many hotels, Marriott being a large majority of them, and I must 4 star this because it is pretty awesome.

    The Marriott brand in general, hardly ever fails to please. Parking was over 10 bucks which sucks, but what can you do in these areas? That is your only option.

    The lobby is amazing, individual meeting tables with their own TV's and remote controls. A large lounge with many accommodations for your pleasure, or business. Decore is not overdone, but remains moderately elegant at the same time. Check in was a breeze and so was finding our room.

    The room is what shocked me. Not expecting much from a regular 2 bed room; I was blown away when I walked in. Tiny, but efficient bar area on the right, a nice layout with a flat screen TV, a desk and a chair complete it's usefulness. Cherry mahogany style furnishings created a very warm, inviting atmosphere for a very comfortable stay.
    Bathrooms are clean, well lit, and on point!

    Everything at the Marriott is pre-selected by you, for you. From the pillow style, to the high floor preference. The only thing that personally was not enjoyable for me was the firm beds. I stress the word firm! It is just not my style of bed.

    09/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Kathy S.
    Everything was very convient, clean, modern and the staff was incredibly helpful and friendly.

    Home construction forced me to stay at hotel and this was the prefect place. Free breakfast, happy hour, pet friendly, free wifi and hot tub made for a comfortable stay. The location made it easy to get to work and be able to check on my house daily. I didn't hear any traffic noise even though the hotel is just off a busy freeway.  Laundry service worked great so I could continue with my daily life.

    I highly recommend this hotel.

    20/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    42. Lisa D.
    I stayed here in February during a very stressful time....my apartment flooded and I had to find a place to stay - quickly!  The staff was THE BEST, the accommodations VERY cozy and convenient....everything I needed to carry on my daily routines with minimal disruption.  I was almost sorry to move out after 6 days, I enjoyed the place so much!  I did have a problem with an upstairs neighbor who was noisy (some kid running track upstairs- LOL!!!) The front desk attendant took care of that RIGHT QUICK!

    All in all, a great experience during a very unpleasant time- I even enjoyed talking with some of the other guests who were staying there long term on local work assignments, great , friendly people.

    I've always had great experiences with Marriott hotels- this was no exception. I WAS supposed to be at the harbor location, but I was able to get this  at the last minute, and glad I did.  I believe it's probably one of their better properties in San Diego in terms of cleanliness, quiet, and convenient location and parking.

    Would definitely return in the future!

    23/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Stephanie C.
    We were very pleased with this hotel after a recent stay. The room was clean and the staff was very friendly. I was most impressed by the hot breakfast that was available each morning. The food was fresh and there was a lot of variety (waffles, eggs, bacon, cereal, oatmeal). Even the coffee was good!

    My only complaint is that the bedroom was a little small, barely enough room to walk along the foot of the bed. Unfortunately, not a lot you can do about that.

    Having the kitchen was great, especially with having kids!

    10/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. Jenna K.
    I have limited experience with extended-stay hotels, so you may wish to keep that in mind when considering my review.  

    We booked our room several months in advance and were notified by e-mail, two weeks before our scheduled arrival, that the hotel was overbooked and we might not get exactly what we'd asked for.  The staff responded to our complaint repeatedly, though indecisively, and we were prepared for a battle when we arrived.  

    Check-in time was at three or four o'clock, but we arrived around 12:00.  The assistant manager was amazingly friendly, ensuring us that we would have the room that we'd requested and that we'd have it early.  We were unloading the food and booze by 12:30.  I wish I could recall her name because I absolutely loved her.  

    We had a two bedroom, two bathroom, suite on the fifth floor and this mini-apartment was certainly satisfactory.  It had been recently renovated, and was well stocked with towels and the other goodies that one expects to receive at a hotel.  

    The pool was pleasant and the billiard room was open all night, which was a definite plus for us.  While the layout is a little strange, I didn't find the hotel to be noisy at all.

    A few (minor) complaints:  

    The primary reason that we choose the Residence is for the kitchen.  We prefer to cook, even when, as on this occasion, we're visiting amusement parks in the area.  We happily pay for two days admission rather than dish out the cash for horrible food at incredibly inflated prices.  We always leave for both lunch and dinner, and return refreshed.  The kitchen in this hotel is not adequately stocked.  There were five people in our room (and it could have accommodated eight!) and dishes for only four.  Steak night required that we cut our steak and pass the knife to the party on the left, because only two steak knives were supplied.  I'm sure we could have contacted the front desk and asked for additional supplies, but it wasn't worth the hassle.

    Breakfast is free but it's also a nightmare.  We arrived fairly early only to find that there was NO FOOD or EVEN COFFEE in any of the containers!  It was no bother for us, though I'm sure the people behind us were irritated.  We whipped up a breakfast of steak, eggs, and caramelized vegetables from the meal the night before.  This sucks, though, since breakfast in included in the cost of the hotel.  

    We also had trouble with grills.  There are two available, and they can't be lit without assistance.  My husband traveled down to the lobby and requested that one be turned on, then returned to the hotel room to collect the food.  By the time he got back, two women were already using it, and there was a line of people waiting behind them!

    Generally speaking, it was a positive experience, and I would definitely return again.

    31/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    45. Gaby S.
    Nice hotel, worth value

    26/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. Robert J.
    the place is great.  We got there at the end of the evening food event and they made us plates.  We were starving from travel and so needed the sloppy joes and potato salad.  Breakfast is huge and good.  I am a rewards member and without asking they upgraded me. All the staff were friendly....the 'only' complaint i had was that you couldn't get to the front desk area from the back building without traveling outside.  Seems odd.  Beds were comfy Marriott standard firm mattresses.  
    Nice kitchens.

    23/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    47. Jim G.
    My wife and I stayed here on a recent vacation to San Diego.  Great location.  It's only 5 minutes from downtown and it would cost an extra $100 each night to stay downtown.  They have a happy hour each night with free beer, wine, and food.  If you're inclined, the food could be your dinner.  Albert was the host/bartender and he was great!  I've stayed at other Residence Inns and the typical beer offering is Bud Light.  Not so here.  They have seven local craft beers on tap and a few domestics by the can.  They also offer several Mondavi wines.  Please tip the servers.  You're getting free drinks and food and the least you could do is throw a few bucks their way.  Albert also was a wealth of information on local restaurants and sites to visit.  Brittany at the front desk was also very helpful.  Such a pleasant demeanor and a warm smile!  The room across the hall from us had some dogs that were noisy.  When we called down, she offered to move us to a quieter location. The only complaints I have are that we were charged $13/day for parking and some of the custodial staff were talking loudly outside of the utility closet beneath our room early in the morning.  It would also have been nice if the area heaters at the patio/pool area would have been operational.  We wanted to sit there in the evening but they had no propane connected.  I would definitely stay at this location again.

    07/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    48. J C.
    This is a great place to stay! It is definitely geared towards families, but just my husband and I stayed here. We didn't care! It was decorated so nicely and very clean. Great staff! The breakfast is ok, but it is all you really need. Lots of kids, but it didn't matter. I'm glad they were having fun. It was so nice to have a separate room and a kitchen.

    03/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    49. Andy P.
    What a clean, comfortable, and enjoyable stay we had at the Residence Inn. My wife was attending a conference nearby at another hotel on Hotel Circle and I decided to take my daughter to the San Diego Zoo (since we have a membership that is hardly utilized). The drive to the zoo from the hotel was a pleasant 10 minutes (at most) if you used the University Ave. exit.

    The lobby area is extremely clean, well lit, and provides some things to do for the guest looking to get out of the room. You can use the dining area (very spacious) to study, work, or just relax. There is also a billiards room with a Foosball table. Everywhere you look, there are TVs so you're never bored. For the kids, I loved the kids' dining area complete with small tables, activity books, crayons, a TV running children's movies, etc.

    The rooms were simply awesome. The kitchenette has everything you'll need to prepare and store meals. The fridge was pretty strong and chilled my drinks in about half an hour. If you need any additions, the staff is right on top of things and will get it to you within a decent amount of time. I loved the granite counter-tops. Very classy indeed. The inclusion of both a work desk and small dining table added to the convenience. Note that an ethernet cable is provided if you want to go away from the wireless internet route.

    Since our daughter used the bedroom, my wife and I slept on the fold-out couch. I must add, we've slept on many fold-out couches before in other hotel rooms, and the one at the Residence Inn was by far the most comfortable. My neck and back thank the hotel for good rest for the three nights we were there.

    The swimming pool was not used by any of us. But the families that we saw there seemed to have a blast. There is a nice outdoor lounge area complete with a fire pit for those looking to hangout at night or even the day. A small arcade is located nearby, but most if not all the machines had some type of malfunction. A basketball court is located out front, but seemed under utilized.

    The breakfast was truly awesome, with a plethora of choices. The hot breakfast sandwiches were a hit with both my wife and I. You can't beat the sausage patties. However, the dinner's were less than exciting. It's probably better to cook yourself or dine out in those instances. One night it was hot dogs (no sides, not even chips), another night was nachos, and yet another night was some soup. Looking at the menu, I wasn't sure if this was a hotel or a baseball game.

    However, don't come here for the dining experience, but everything else. A hotel I'd stay at again, no question or doubt.

    08/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    50. David P.
    Great location. In a long row of hotels, Residence Inn is nestled away behind trees on a hill.

    Service was very friendly and helpful. Although they gave us a room with two queens instead of a king, what we requested, they were very accommodating and gave us the correct room no questions asked.

    I liked the amenities offered in these rooms from the big refrigerator to the plethora of glasses to pick from. Unfortunately, these rooms were crammed a bit too tight. Yes I did love the king size bed but it really seemed like the room wasn't designed to hold a king sized bed. There is only 2 feet gap between things around the bed so it's a bit difficult to walk around.

    Navigating within the hotel was also complicated. Because this hotel resides on a hill, exits for the building depend on what side of the building you are on. For example, if you are near the back left corner of the building, the exit is on the 3rd floor whereas on the back right side or front of the building, the exit is on the 1st.

    That being said, I would still go back to this hotel next time I'm in San Diego :)

    21/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    51. Theresa V.
    Good customer serivce.  Centrally located to many different areas.  Decently price.

    My husband travels a lot and I used to work for Marriott hotels so when we stay at hotels we are a little picky.  This hotel greeted us very warmly upon arrival and maintained a great customer service repore with us throughout the stay.  Late checkout was granted without any fuss, extra towels delivered in a timely fashion.  Their breakfast was good.  The rooms are what you expect of residence inns: full kitchen, separate living and sleeping rooms... and it was clean.  

    The hotel is also located less than 10 minutes away from all the activites that we had planned for that weekend.  Qualcomm center.  Gaslamp district.  Castro area.  It was very convenient for us.  It's not downtown and in walking distance of anything really, but if you have a somewhat diverse agenda for SD, this hotel will likely serve that purpose well.

    05/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    52. Sheila L.
    I give this hotel my highest rating!  My husband and I stayed here for two months from the east coast. There were many things that impressed me about this place. The first being the staff is super professional and caring, warm and friendly and after two months we felt like we were saying goodbye to family, every one of them!  There is free wifi included. The rooms are very spacious and clean. It was more like a small apartment than a hotel room. Full sized fridge, cook top, small dining table, comfortable seating in the living room, beds were large and comfy in a totally separate room, vanity outside the bath and a lot of storage space. Management, staff, housekeeping and maintenance are all quick to help and respectful of one another, very much a team atmosphere! Yet busy, they would each take the time to stop and say hello, with a smile and ask how everything is going. The pool is heated and wonderful! The hot tub is perfect. The location is right off the freeway, but the rooms are quiet as it is set back. The grounds are impeccable. Since many others were also there for an extended stay, the "neighbors" hung out together, which was easy to do since the pool area, along with grill and outdoor fireplace, dining room and Wednesday night game night in the bar area is geared towards socializing. You can not find better, than the way Tom and Jeri run this hotel! Excellent choice!

    06/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    53. Jennifer J.
    I have stayed at this hotel twice recently and both times were great. The hotel is conveniently located near Old Town and several major highways. I stayed here for business reasons and I really appreciated the free breakfast and evening happy hour. The hotel also makes is very easy to order food deliveries because they have a selection of trusted restaurants to whom they will give a vendor key so the delivery person can come directly to your door.

    19/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    54. Ray M.
    I think this is a great hotel!  I've stayed here for both business and vacation and it's been great for both.  It's right off the highway so your first view of the property me leave you questioning things, but don't be fooled.  It's close to downtown, the zoo and Sea World.

    And the free beer and breakfast don't hurt either!

    15/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    55. Chris B.
    Best Residence Inn I've ever been to.   Great location,  breakfast selection is quite good and the rooms are spacious.   We also love the pool area.

    18/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    56. Nick L.
    Free breakfast - check.
    Large comfortable room - check.
    Good location to get around - check.
    Friendly staff - check.
    Clean and tidy - check.

    5 checks is good enough for 5 stars!

    10/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    57. Zixuan G.
    I come from Los Angeles. This is my first time traveling to San Diego, and I choose this hotel, also near the airport. Everything in here is perfect, breakfast buffet, coffee station and nice service. I would like to try other residence inn in other cities and I will recommend this hotel to my friends.

    17/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    58. Ashton J.
    I would definitely stay here again! I was very pleased with my experience. I was greeted by the very friendly staff the second I walked in the door. Front desk guy was great! The check in was easy and all questions I had were answered with a friendly smile. I had a 6 person sleeper suite with 6 girls in the room (Bachelorette Party) and we were able to get 4 keys to our room and more if need be. The lobby area was very clean and very nice looking. It is tucked up away on a hill so the noise is minimal. Walked up to our room and loved it. Perfect little kitchen area for that nights games and festivities. Nice sized tables and desks to fit all of us girls! We had a great time.

    Parking and location were perfect although I wish there was not a parking fee of $13 per night. I guess I can't complain too much.

    The king bed in the bedroom I slept in was comfortable and very nice. There were two bunk beds in the other room that I heard from the others girls were decently comfortable. However, the girls that slept on the pull out sofa had much to complain about. We requested extra blankets (delivered right away) so we could lay them down on the bed and try to make it a little more comfortable for them.

    Now the one COMPLAINT I had: Bathroom.
    -Very small (sink and counter space area in particular)
    -Not convenient for 6 people to use especially, all girls trying to get ready for a fun Halloween night out.
    -We needed wayyy more mirrors in this place! They only had the one in the bathroom and the closet doors directly behind that. No mirror in the living room or other bedroom. 6 girls trying to get ready in that small of space with only 2 mirror did NOT work out very well at all!!
    -The bathroom was located in what I would call the "Master Bedroom". All other girls had to walk through our room in the middle of the night to use the restroom. Not happy about being woken up like that.

    I would have loved if they had a shuttle option into downtown. That would be the only thing I would request to make the convenience a little better.

    All in all I was very pleased with this place. Easy to find, convenient location (close to I-8 freeway, I-5 freeway, downtown and Gaslamp). I would recommend staying here. Prices are great and you get what you pay for! Thanks Marriot Resident Inn!

    29/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    59. Janet W.
    I have to say I'm a big fan of the old fashioned Residence Inns.  Where you feel like you have your own little apartment with an outside entrance, lawns, and balcony.  This is not one of those Residence Inns.  It's the newer style that's really more of a hotel room with a small kitchen.  Whatever they change, I just hope they never take away the large refrigerator and dishwasher!

    The staff is very friendly and helpful.  I have to say that the hotel looked to be at capacity, but the kitchen staff did an admirable job of keeping up with the breakfast rush.  They also had a free "reception" one night and served pasta and salad.  It was basically a free dinner that was much appreciated after a long day at the zoo.

    Every evening for a couple of hours, they offered free beer and wine to those of us over 21.  I'm talking draft micro brews and decent wine.  For some small change, you can play pool or foosball.  One disappointment was that they did not have darts for the dartboard.  Apparently previous guests trashed them.  Bring your own if you plan to hang out one evening.  It looked like a decent board.

    I did have one gripe.  The person that designed the rooms apparently never slept in one.  Both queen beds are in one room that also houses the bathroom.  The toilet/shower are on their own with a door.  The sink is outside of the bathroom and in the same room with the 2 queen beds.  Anyone that gets up early (or during the night) and needs to use the sink wakes everyone else up.  The sink is right there.  Even turning on a light in the shower area spills over into the bedroom.  I've stayed in a zillion hotel rooms with type of set-up, but never in one that was designed this poorly.  The beds face such that the bathroom lighting is right in your face.

    The hotel was clean and housekeeping did a great job.  WiFi was free.   I would stay here again.

    02/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    60. Jim E.
    This is a nice hotel located a few miles from downtown San Diego and convenient to all of the local attractions.
    Rooms - clean and roomy, we had a small two bedroom suite with a bedroom and living room, a small bathroom with tub/shower, the living room has a sofa bed that was unusable due to the thin mattress so my daughter just ended up sleeping on the couch.
    Two televisions make it easier for people not to fight of what channel is being watched or disturbing people who are trying to sleep.
    Had a small kitchen with full size fridge and stove, dishwasher etc, so you can save on eating out by making dinner in the room a couple of times.
    House Keeping took good care of the room and was unobtrusive.
    Can't say the same for the upstairs neighbors, they had three or forty kids it was hard to tell with all the jumping and bouncing, called the front desk to complain and all they said was yes they have kids up there and it is a family hotel. Our response was it's 10:30 at night they need to quit bouncing and jumping. Must have done the trick because we heard the parents yelling at the kids a few minutes later telling them to quit jumping on the beds, yes it's vacation time parents but do you let them act like this at home?
    Breakfast/Light Dinner
    When they advertise light dinner it means light dinner, the first night was bratwurst and ice cream so just enough to curb a little early eveing hunger after a day at the attractions or before a later dinner or just to give the kids a little more sugar. Second night was chow mein and rice, along with ice cream, so again light dinner means light dinner.
    For breakfast it's a different story, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, cereal, waffles, pancakes, etc.... not a 4 star meal but it's convenient and included in the price of your room so take advantage of it and feed the kids before heading out to an attraction or Comic-Con. If you were to have to pay for it you would be looking at $10-$12 per person.
    Pool and Spa - Closes at 10pm which is about an hour too early, the pool is usually filled with kids so the spa was a place to go to have a little peace but not much quiet. Occasionally the kids would come and sit in the spa and then run back to the pool. It would be nice if there was an adult pool time for an hour or so after 10pm.
    Parking - Controlled by your room key so cars are semi-secure.  
    Wanted Pizza for dinner one night and looked at the flyers that get shoved under the door, check them out on Yelp and ended up driving down the road to a real Pizza place.
    Overall the price was reasonable for Comic-Con week in San Diego, it about a two block walk to the Comic-Con bus stop, parking was good, food was good, front desk was good. Nothing exceptional that makes the place stand out so we are going with 4 stars

    31/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    61. Susan n.
    My family and I recently stayed here when visiting a friend and LOVED it. Aside from all the awesome things they provide (kitchenette, hot breakfast, etc.) We can't say enough about the customer service!! A gentleman by the name of Bryan checked us in at the front desk and his funny, up beat, charismatic attitude will have me returning to this Residence Inn time and again! Also the staff at the morning breakfast were above par walking around offering drinks of juice and coffee (so we can be lazy and stay in our chairs devouring fresh waffles with strawberry & whipped cream topping) with a heartfelt good morning and friendly smile.
    Please don't ever change, you were such a comforting home away from home.

    23/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    62. Jeton P.
    Great stay with the family. We stayed here for three nights when we had our place tented for termites. The staff was wonderful, very attentive to our needs.  We turned it into a mini vacation and spent days at the zoo and SeaWorld. Discounted tickets were available on iPads in the lobby which saved us time and money getting into the theme parks. Night time in the lounge area was great with the free beer and wine and we even made it to the pool a few times. The experience there was very enjoyable and we would recommend this property to anyone coming to San Diego.

    30/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    63. Tricia J.
    ok giving this a 4 start based on one fact..GREAT FOR FAMILIES
    I am a person who loves to travel and reads all the reviews prior to making a choice on where to say so I will be detailed on what I liked and didn't like.

    This hotel is for families. would I stay here if it was just me and my hubby??? HELL NO.
    we had a 2 bedroom and 2 full bath unit with a kitchen and family room/sofa bed. This is great for different aged kids and made it work for our 3 kids.

    They do include in the price a hot breakfast and a light dinner and happy hour( m-Thursday only for the evening meal) so this was a huge bonus for us.
    Breakfast was a zoo.. be prepared to wait in line.. food is ok.. again would NEVER bother with this if I wasn't with the kids. you can take food back to the room for sleepy kids who are not ready to get up..just ask for a tray(they are not out you must ask)

    The dinner was pretty good. They had a chili cheese baked potato/salad bar one night and tacos /beans and rice another. free beer and wine too. they have a desert. .most things go fast, lines are long.. its pretty much a zoo.

    Hotel lobby is clean and well maintained. A difficult task I would say considering the zoo of people in and out all day. Staff is VERY friendly and helpful. The GM was a visiting GM from Washington. He was the nicest man and always out helping guests. I would give the staff a 5 star on their service.

    Pool is very full of kids. but a nice area for a small hotel. They have a small kid pool which is nice if you have little ones.
    what is with the small pool towels?? OMG the smallest thin towels I have ever seen. Hard to fit even my 4 year old.. come on Marriott what the heck?? where are the standard beach size pool towels like every other resort???

    I used the gym .It is small and basic but gets the job done. Only complaint was they thermostat  didn't work and I was dying of heat.. they did fix it the 2nd night.. but sure made the 1st workout and most of the second miserable!!

    The rooms.. ok these are tired rooms.. our dresser in our room the drawers keep just opening on their own . we had lots of laughs and some swear words as they would just pop open for no reason hitting us of making noise..  dresser must not be level??
    bathroom and bedroom doors have little clearance its just really cramped.
    Beds are NOT Marriott standard.. very hard.. crappy beds.:-(
    Room was just shabby, dirty.. oh well. again good to have 2 bed rooms and 2 baths but yuck on the décor .

    Elevators were a joke.. slow, just off.. the guests all joked about them.
    parking is 13 a day.. spots are too small. you cannot fit your SUV in one.. that part was bad..
    all in all.. not a luxurious stay
    not a "resort"
    but if you have kids... this is the place to stay. Kid friendly, nice staff and close to all.
    we will come back I am sure.

    10/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    64. David M.
    This motel is a good all around choice for business or pleasure, especially for its price.  It is not glamorous but provides good value and clean safe rooms.  The staff is very nice.  Pool, hot tub, exercise room, breakfast and happy hour.

    26/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    65. Patrick G.
    Very nice family hotel. Room was nice and clean. Fully stocked kitchenette and full-sized fridge and freezer.

    They have a kiddie pool, a regular pool, and a jacuzzi. We didn't swim but I guess they're heated because a lot of kids were swimming in late November.

    Their gym is small but very nice. 2 treadmills, 2 elliptical machines, a recumbent exercise bike, and a good selection of free weights. They also provide clean towels, water, and Purell wipes.

    Last but not the least, staff is very pleasant and helpful. Will definitely stay here again next time we're back in San Diego.

    28/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    66. Daisy K.
    Right off the freeway, it's definitely convenient to find parking here. It's definitely great for families as another reviewer pointed out. All the rooms have full kitchens and living areas, then separate bedrooms and restrooms. Overall, for the price and convenience, it really does feel like home away from home.

    26/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    67. Carolyn J.
    Rating: 3.5

    Convenient to popular San Diego attractions. Easy freeway access. Free wifi and breakfast. We stayed in a pet friendly unit, complete with small kitchen with refrigerator w/ ice maker, stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker. Rooms are clean, but with some carpet stains but thankfully no odor. Staff was friendly. Semi-secure parking - needed access card. Only con was the $13/day parking, but since breakfast was free, I guess it evens out.

    Would recommend for a weekend stay.

    17/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    68. Tamara M.
    This Residence in is GREAT!  I am a Platinum Marriott member, and have stayed in many, many Residence Inns. This is probably my favorite of all.  In comparison to other hotels of this type and category, it has more of a resort-feel. It's downright classy. The room we had was very big, furnished with new, stylish furniture and everything was very clean.

    The location of the hotel is great, with easy access to Old Town. The ride downtown isn't bad at all, either. We had to work in several areas around SD, so proximity to a couple of major highways was extra convenient. Since we were working, we also received several large shipments of boxes. Staff went above and beyond to accommodate our packages. They kept an eye out for us, delivered stuff to the room when we needed it there, or held it so we could load in our truck.

    We were there in December, so the lobby lounge area was decorated for the holidays, with a huger Christmas tree. They had an event one night to collect toys/money for a local organization for kids in need...nice.  The evening receptions are way above average, and actually something to look forward to rather than suffer through. This is not your standard carrot sticks and old spaghetti free buffet. They do it up right!  The breakfast is more than you'd expect from this class of hotel as well.

    Well done, Residence inn San Diego Mission Valley, well done!

    04/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    69. Alex H.
    We stayed here for 2 weeks with a family of 5. We loved it! I highly recommend for any family.

    27/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    70. Morgan P.
    I don't know the actual name of our type of room but it was huge! Two double beds and a tv in the bedroom (where the bathroom was located also) which had a door to close it off from the living room. Living room had a pull out couch where I slept comfortably, as well as another tv, a desk, dining table, and in the kitchen was a full size fridge, stove, microwave, sink, and dish washer. There was five of us staying there, and there was plenty of room for everyone.
    Super nice hotel. Clean, mostly quiet (we had a yappy dog next door, did I mention pet friendly?). Free breakfast until 9- awesome. Hot bar had (over the course of two days) pancakes, biscuits and gravy, waffles, scrambled eggs, eggs with chorizo, eggs with ham, sausage, turkey bacon, French toast, ome style potatoes, plain potatoes, oatmeal with toppings,  that's all I can remember. Also a few cold cereal choices, cottage cheese and fruit, various breads and muffin options, salsa and cheese and other toppings to spice things up, and a bevy of beverages. There was 1% milk, 2% milk, chocolate milk, oj, apple juice, orange guava juice, hot water, cold water, tea, coffee of course, and a soda dispenser.
    Didn't use the pool but outdoor seating was plentiful and appreciated.
    Fitness center was a little disappointing but what can you really expect from a hotel
    Overall no complaints, was super happy with our stay!

    11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    71. Marie-Alix M.
    Never disappointed, always the quality you expect. Great room and parking availability, swimming pool facility was nice, mon-thurs they offer snacks and drinks between 6-7pm. Staff is always smiling and trying to make your stay comfortable. Great location and near the highway. Highly recommend!

    19/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    72. number one l.
    Cozy, spacious, apartment like room. There's a cute little kitchen, so you can prepare your own meals if you choose. I think a lot of families come down to visit UCSD.

    Parking sucks, if you come late chances are you won't find a space, and they charge for parking. If your gonna charge, can I at least have a place to park?? -1 star

    Complimentary breakfast was nice, however not many non pork options.

    Overall I enjoyed my stay

    06/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    73. Alicia B.
    I have stayed here a couple times while my parents are in town. I wanted to give them a better rating but on our third stay here one of the beds was missing an entire box spring making it a whole level lower than the other bed which is just weird. Also we were missing pillows. The other thing is the walls are THIN. Our room faced the pool on the third floor and if you don't have your tv on you have to listen to screaming children until about 10 pm. Another stay the room next to us had what seemed like several kids staying in it and they were up ALL night screaming and talking. I could hear every word. Which was extra annoying because I was recovering from surgery and needed rest desperately.

    There are many pluses about this hotel though. It's very clean and seems fairly new. There's two nice LG tvs in the room and living room. There is a desk and dining room table. A couch and sitting area. And a full kitchen/fridge. The shower had great water pressure. They have a fairly large closet as well as a dresser for your belongings. The beds are comfortable(despite missing an entire box spring for one of my stays haha). It is pet friendly for a fee.

    The location is great for those visiting from out of town. It's close to old town, sea world, beaches, and two malls. It's also not far from Downtown. As I mentioned there's a pool and spa as well. There's also a full gym.

    The best part is if you're staying monday-thursday they have a free happy hour which includes several types of wines and local SD brews. There's also what they call "light appetizers" but I felt it was more like a full meal, all for free! One night was bbq night another was pasta night. Definitely worth staying here for during the week if you don't feel like heading out to eat.

    Breakfast is free every morning which is always a plus. Parking is $13/day. Wifi is free!

    22/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    74. fred f.
    Our company held a meeting at the Residence Inn and it couldn't have been better. Everything from room set up, to food and beverages were organized and efficiently delivered.  The entire hotel is clean and well manicured both inside and out. We were especially grateful the hotel GM and his staff for being so professional and welcoming.

    ...can't say enough good things, so I'll stop here!

    18/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    75. Dale M.
    Excellent, excellent, excellent. So glad to be here in this friendly homelike setting. Great staff, very nice rooms and facilities. I was booked at the Mission Valley Hilton but had to leave there  after just one night due to poor service and facilities. It was well worth the early check out fee that I was charged at the Hilton so I could come here and see how it is done right. Marriott has always been good to me and from now on I will be a loyal customer.

    15/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    76. Henry C.
    I actually did enjoy staying at the Residence Inn.  The location was super for Sea World and a reasonably short drive to places to eat (Kearny Mesa) or Phil's BBQ and to shopping just further east on the 8.

    I have to give the front reception people all the props.  Very welcoming and friendly especially after spending some time on the road.  They were quick to respond to requests and are filled with energetic and personable people.   Five stars for them!

    The rooms are decent.  We stayed in a two bedroom (king and bunkbed 2 BR).  The kitchen facilities and dining table are so convenient especially when you have kids.  The rooms are decent and clean, but there are just a few things that could be tweaked to make it even more satisfying.    For example, slow bathtub drain.  Nevertheless, I can live with it.  There are two electric glasstop burners (not coils), a fridge, sink, microwave, and plates, bowls, utensils, and mugs.  If you have kids, bring some food and fruit to make your life a little easier.

    We booked the room a month ago and got a good price.  Looking at what it was going for one week prior to our booking, we ended up saving $100 because of the early booking.  There is a $13 parking charge, and you'd better take it.  You're not gonna find parking on your own.

    There is a complimentary breakfast.  It does seem like the hotel wants to make sure you carb up, if you know what I mean.  Lots of food that are fillers (breads, waffles, big bagels, cereals, juices and oatmeal) with your scrambled eggs, sausage, and potatoes o'brien.  It's convenient and a tad better than other places.  But still, mediocre at best.  Regardless, you can still have a good breakfast there.  Better than hopping in your car and looking for a place.

    I would stay here again.

    22/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    77. Tom d.
    This is a EXCELLENT location for a family vacation to San Diego.  Everything is very close and easy to get to.  There is a mall close by just in case you need something.  SeaWorld and Mission Bay Park are 10 minutes away.  

    This is not a luxury hotel...so don't expect a Ritz Carlton....The rooms are nice and clean.  You get a decent kitchen, and the bathroom is fine.  

    Other than the location, the part that has impressed me the most has been the service.  Everyone has been fantastic.  I've never seen a hot breakfast better staffed and tended to than at this hotel.  In addition to constantly making sure the food is stocked, and everyone has what they need, this hotel goes beyond by having a person walk around filling up juice and coffee to people eating in the dining room.  Not like it's hard to fill your own glass...just a nice, classy touch.  

    Did not partake in the complimentary dinner or happy hour service...but another benefit as well.  

    Been very happy with our choice of hotels.  For work I'm usually a Hilton fan, so I was a little hesitant to book a Marriott...but after this stay, I may be reevaluating my loyalties.

    10/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    78. Dani R.
    A little pricey but it's a marriott. The rooms were great. Kitchen, fridge, stove top. Separate bedroom and bathroom. Best part: free breakfast Buffett daily and Monday thru Thursday they have a dinner Buffett and hosted bar beer and wine! Great local beers on tap! The food wasn't exceptional, but for these parents who just spent a lot on entertainment and the hotel, it was an awesome plus! Would for sure stay again!
    And the staff was very friendly and helpful!

    23/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    79. Doni L.
    TOM is unbelievably rude. I'm not sure if he is even really a manager here - I can't imagine they'd actually give that guy the title. He's both unprofessional, sarcastic and disgustingly rude.

    I had called to ask if the Marriott were partners with SeaWorld San Diego. Simple question, "does your hotel advertise and support SeaWorld" and he WENT OFF. That's the last time I hashtag the Marriott. #OMG #TOMSUCKS. There had been a viral "rumor" that the Marriott refuses to support SeaWorld and with all of the protests that out of towners attend, I wanted to forward them to a great hotel. Well #hellnotheywontgo to the
    Marriott.

    I said, "Tom, are you speaking for the Marriott in saying your company supports SeaWorld" and he said, "Yes". Uh, Tom - just because YOU like to spend your sad weekends watching Shamu do
    flips, it doesn't mean your allowed to berate others on behalf of the Marriott. Jerk.

    19/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    80. Rosa A.
    The manager wrote he would check into this issue, but never heard back.  The curious aspect of this case is that the desk said it was policy not to clean rooms daily, but manager was going to see what happened.   Wondering if the city requires a certain level of cleanliness?? I understand lower priced hotels clean their rooms.  I'm still wondering about this????

    29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    81. Bob A.
    Thank you Mariah! We enjoyed our stay and really appreciate your wonderful customer service! We will make this our go-to hotel for future trips.

    11/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    82. Jennipher R.
    From the staff at the desk to the food and beverage cooks this hotel staff truly takes care of their guest. One of the best hotels when it comes to hospitality.

    23/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    83. Nathan B.
    This hotel has the service from its staff of a 5 Diamond Resort.  You can really tell that customer service is a key focus from the top down here.  You need anything, they get it for you with a smile and it is super speedy.  We let them know they were out of towels at the pool and they fall over themselves apologizing and had towels out in minutes.

    There is a GREAT full breakfast.  They also serve free beer and wine at night and a full dinner.  We didn't have dinner any of our nights, but heard good things from other guests.

    The hotel is set back on hotel circle (and the freeway) which is very nice. The pool and basketball court is great for adults and kids.  They even have beach toys and chairs available to borrow.  It is also minutes from Old Town, Downtown, and Sea World.  Great place if you plan to be out and about all day.

    All in all, you get MORE than you pay for here so there is a lot of value

    18/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    84. Bob L.
    This is usually my go to lodging destination for any stay between 1-4 weeks in the San Diego area.  Clean rooms, fully appointed kitchen, decent pool, fairly well outfitted gym, full complimentary breakfast, complimentary hospitality hour (M-Th), and easy access to my work site.  The complimentary hour isn't finger food type stuff.  Depending upon your food cravings for that evening, It could be considered a full meal with salad.  Oh, and the complimentary beer isn't your standard fare beer either.  They host a lot of the local brews from the San Diego area.  Coronado Brewing on tap.  Islander IPA.  Good stuff!  This Marriott also occasionally hosts local breweries to visit and talk about their craft.  Me likey!

    Their clientele is pretty eclectic too.  During this visit, an Oscar Mayer Wiener mobile was in the parking lot.

    Even after 2 years between my last stay, the staff still recognizes me.  I don't know if that's good or bad.  I think I travel too much.  :P

    18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    85. Katherine F.
    Overall is was A OK!

    Arrival day went smoothly. Room was smaller than I expected.  It was clean.  The decor was very sad. The dishwasher did not work, but we did not find this out until the last day.

    We were on the pool side, and in retrospect, I should have moved us.  It closed at 10, but sometimes it was very loud.

    The family was pleasantly surprised with the breakfast, and happy hour.  Food and drink were good and plentiful.

    I was not happy to pay for parking, but that seemed to be standard in this area.  It was close to the Zoo and Sea World.

    A fine place to park you stuff while you take in all the San Diego has to offer.

    30/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    86. Rita V.
    I reviewed too soon.  I need to warn business travelers - THIS IS NOT A BUSINESS PLACE TO CRASH!  ITS A ZOO.  With kids coming out of kids, and VERY rude guests that have no education or finesse.  Its hard to keep up with the stampede during "free" meals (we avoided after day 1), but the staff, short handed, commands respect - they come from ALL crosswalks of the hotel to try to keep up with pigs.  Raul is a trooper!  GEM!  We were cleaning our table when he came RUNNING to apologize, and spiff it up for us.  Its not the management, its the onslaught of under educated humans that are wasteful, self entitled and can't keep their environment clean if their PLANET depended on it. Embarrassing.  Staff is fantastic, other than if crabby, don't try to turn in yet another malfunctioning key.  They may berate you.

    21/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    87. Cassandra Y.
    The Hotel: Very clean and well maintained. There are BBQ area right next to the pool. LOVE the free breakfast~ Not just continental breakfast (e.g. pastry & coffee), there are two different kind of scrambler eggs, sausage link, hash browns, biscuit with gravy, pancake, waffle, oatmeal, yogurt, fruits, all kind of bread, coffee, tea, juice, etc. Totally breakfast buffet!!

    The Service: The front desk staff was very sweet to upgrade our reservation when she found out we have 3 adults and 2 children. They gave us 2 bedrooms suite!! One room with a king size bed, the other room with the bunk bed and sofa bed in the living room. Perfect arrangement!

    The Parking: $13 per day

    Great hotel for family trip!!

    01/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    88. Jim M.
    Let me start by saying I not only a big fan of Residence Inn by Marriott but also most all Marriott brands.  Each brand provides great consistency from one location to another.   I have stayed in at least 15 Residence Inns around the country.  My experience at this particular Residence Inn was the most disappointing.  

     First, some of the good, though.  Like most Marriott hotels, the staff is friendly and professional.  Ryan, on the front desk was friendly, professional, and helpful.  Ryan went above and beyond the call of duty in arranging for us to check in a bit early.  

     The staff in the breakfast area as friendly and seemed to greet or know everyone.  Always nice to see a friendly face in the morning.  Well, *after* getting some coffee in me... :-)    The pool/spa area is nice and well maintained.

     The location is convenient for work in the Mission Valley, but is also a very quick drive to downtown or the Hillcrest / University area.  (Bachman Drive, right down the street, is a quick, secret shortcut to Hillcrest.)

     The parking is gated and is in the back of the building. One downside is that they charge $13 per night for parking.  I would not have imagined that they would have charged for parking in Mission Valley, but that seems to be par for the course in this area.

     Now, the "bad"...  though my room was great, mostly the hotel is worn around the edges.  Discolored paint, some tattered carpet, and small bits of disrepair.  

     The hotel WiFi is slow.   I get it... all the guests using WiFi at once slows it down.  But, they should build in capacity for that.  Through out much of the afternoon and evening, it was intolerably slow.

     My biggest beef  was with house keeping.  One morning we slept in, but the maid came in the room around 8:45.  We put the sign out saying we would be leaving later.  We left at 10am and took the sign down, but she never came back to make up the room.  Not a problem. I can live without housekeeping for a day or two (even though the cost is rolled in to the nightly rate.).  The next day, we left around 8:30 in the morning and did not return until 4:30.  The room was not made up and the maid did not even come until a bit after that.  We turned down the service that day.   I realize that is a small thing, but housekeeping is included as part of the daily rate, so they should do a better job of keeping up.

    I realize I'm being a bit hard on Marriott, my favorite hotel brand, but I also have high expectations that they almost always meet.  This Residence Inn fell short.

    01/11/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    89. Devin A.
    This has become my regular hotel in the the San Diego area for a variety of reasons:

    1. Located in Hotel Circle, it's easy to get to and is centrally located. But...you'll need a car to get anywhere. If you are looking to party in the Gaslamp or go to the zoo or Sea World or the beaches or ANY restaurant, you'll have to drive because there is nothing but other hotels in close proximity. When you do drive, keep in mind that they charge for parking and the lot can fill up fast.

    2. It's kept relatively clean. Relatively.

    3. It's reasonably priced, compared to downtown hotels.

    4. Free breakfast. Typical hotel buffet breakfast. I don't eat eggs and try to avoid the carb/sugar bombs (waffles, muffins, etc.) that they offer, but I am satisfied with fruit and oatmeal. And coffee.

    Tip: I like fruit. So I usually grab a couple of bananas and apples on my way out. Peanut butter too. Makes for a great snack during the day.

    5. Manager receptions. Monday - Thursday nights they offer a light dinner buffet. The schedule is posted on the fridge in your room. They actually offer a pretty impressive variety of foods - meats, pasta, Mexican food, etc. It's not great. It's actually only marginal. But it's free. Oh, and there is free craft beer and wine.

    Tip: The food and drinks are free, but make sure to bring some cash with you so that you can show the bartender some love. It's the least you can do for all the free grub you're scoring.

    6. Big rooms - Standard Residence Inn suites with full kitchens. I rarely cook in the room, mainly because I don't have any of the normal necessities that I have at home (ex. cooking oil, spices, etc.) but I sometimes boil water to cook up some late night ramen. Yes, the height of luxury....

    7. Friendly staff - especially the breakfast staff.

    8. Huge dining room and outdoor patio. They even have a BBQ that you can use.

    Things to keep in mind:

    1. More so than other Residence Inns that I go to, this one seems to attract a lot of families. It makes sense since it's San Diego. They have a number of two bedroom suites, some with bunk beds. Because of this, the pool is usually full of kids. It can get pretty noisy. Oh, and the lines to all that free food at breakfast and dinner can get really long. Like "it's not worth it" long.

    Tip: Go to the dining room right at the beginning of meal times: 6am for breakfast / 6pm for dinner.  

    2. If you want to work out, you may be disappointed. The fitness center is abysmal.

    In summary: A great hotel for a family vacation, as long as you understand that a bunch of other people are also having their family vacation there. Good value when you consider all the free food.

    02/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    90. Kayla R.
    Great hotel! Close to many local attractions! Hotel staff is super nice and helpful! You get free breakfast buffet everyday and mon-Thursday you get free dinner and beer and wine!! The only reason it got three stars is because the walls are THIN. I can hear everything our neighbors do...TV on until 2am...screaming baby in the middle of the night...conversations... Not a relaxing vacation atmosphere when you can't get a good full nights rest!!

    18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    91. Mark D.
    As a Marriott Elite member- this place never fails to satisfy us! We love coming here and the staff really make sure you become settled and comfortable. Marriott rocks!

    18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    92. Joyce T.
    Amazing staff!

    I spent a very long 3 weeks here because our house flooded. The first few days were fine and dandy, as all hotel stays are. But after a while, I was just aching to go home!

    But what made this long stay so pleasant was the staff. I love the Front Desk personnel. Bryan is awesome!

    And I absolutely adore everyone that works in the Dining Area. We had our fill of breakfast buffets and "light" dinners, and everyone here is so friendly and always smiling. I LOVE Paty, Victor and Raul. They are a joy to see and are such sweet, genuine people! The other night, I saw Raul go up to a family with two young kids and give them little wrapped Christmas presents during dinner. The kids loved the little stuffed animals and they were a lot less fussy after!

    Even though I was pretty pissed about my situation and dealing with insurance/repair companies for the past few weeks, I was happy to stay in a place that treated me like family. And I could tell that the staff here really enjoy their jobs!

    16/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. Rowena P.
    I stayed in this hotel for a conference in San Diego Convention Center. The time we checked in, the front desk greeted me and my family politely.  I brought my parents and my 3 year old with me to tag along SD while I'm in a conference.

    As soon as we came in our room, I was pleasantly surprise that it was ready. We came earlier than the check in time.  We were located in 3rd floor. The room is large and gives plenty of natural light. The bed was very comfortable so are the pillows! It was so soft my son loved them! I'm not a pillow person, but ended up using them too!

    I like the fact that you can control your AC and not like other hotels I've been to that its broken or too cold.  

    The phone in our room didn't work, but we didn't need them nor use them so it didn't bother us.

    The bathroom was big enough and it has bath tub. It was perfect bec my son was able to take baths like he does at home.  I like how the sink is separate from the bathroom.

    The iron has the cord that you can hide..I know it's the little things, but it makes a difference! I loved it!

    The living is comfortable that when my son got tired in the bedroom, he would run to the living room and play his toys.  We were also able to use the kitchen and all the gadgets you need is provided!

    What I love about this place is so central to everything! It's less than 10 mins to gaslamp, with the traffic! Minutes to Seaworld and la jolla. It's so central, I can't complain of the location! It's perfect location. Right around the corner from historic SD old town and hill crest.

    This place is perfect for family hotel.  They provide entertainer for kids from fri-sun. They also provide continental breakfast. They shouldn't call it continental bec it's not...it's more than that..it's full breakfast bar! Fr eggs to sausage to cereal to oatmeal and fruits and even turkey bacon and eggbeaters for people that's watching their diet! They also provide free light dinner from mon-thur. We didn't have to worry about our food but just lunch! It definitely saves you so much money from food alone.

    They have a nice pool for kids and adults. The adult pool is only 4ft deep and water was warm enough and this was mid September! They also have a jacuzzi that we enjoyed almost very night to relax before bed.

    I can go on and on about this hotel. It was more than I expected! Oh...beer and wine from mon-thur for free??!!!!! Are you kidding me? That was a treat and super bonus!

    I love this hotel that ill go back again when I go to SD. For the price we paid, totally worth it. For people that doesn't drive or rent cars, public transportation is easy to figure out :)

    Thank you Residence Inn for making us feel like we're home away fr home. Superb service from front desk, to food servers to cleaning people! I hope you continue this service!

    Great!!!!

    24/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    94. Teresa B.
    I love staying at any Residence Inn. Definitely the suite life!

    In fact, now that we make it a point to seek out these places when we travel, I recommend these havens of bliss to all.

    The amenities are amazing! Free breakfast buffet every morning, and generally a dinner (also free) with a theme (e.g. tacos, pizza...) each evening, Monday through Wednesday, with free flowing beer and wine too!

    The spacious suites are stocked with all that you would need to accommodate preparing meals in room. It is definitely a home away from home place!

    12/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0