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Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area

4540 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109-4919
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#150 of 295 hotels in San Diego
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The Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld/Beach Area invites you to experience the refreshing escape of San Diego’s endless activities and world class attractions. We are both a San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego preferred partner hotel. Our property is located in the heart of Mission Bay, just minutes away from SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Children’s Pool, Historic Old Town, and 70 miles of beautiful beaches. Watch the Padres take the field at nearby Petco Park, or see the Chargers play at Qualcomm Stadium. Discounted area attraction tickets are available for purchase at our property.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Business Centre with Internet Access
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Baggage storage
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Vending machine
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Filipino


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Grade: 61 out of 100
11Restaurantswithin 0 km
3Attractionswithin 0 km
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S W wrote a review 07 Jun
1 contribution
10 minutes from Sea World, so we booked this hotel.We got a PWD room,nice bathroom,wide access on wheelchair.Has shampoo,conditioner,shower gel soap.Bring your own toothpaste and toothbrush.To go breakfast in the reception room like coffee & milk,bagels,muffins,yogurt ,apples,bananas worth it if you’re not picky.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Todd F wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom6 contributions8 helpful votes
We we tired after a long drive. We parked and walked up to the reception area which was locked. No one at the desk. No one responded to the buzzer. A sign on the door said "Will be back at 10:00 or 10:35pm." My wife has a neck problem and was needing to lay down. So we stood there and waited about 15 minutes. I've never been to a hotel that didn't have someone to receive guests at the front desk. When the attendant returned, there was no apology; he acted like it was business as usual. As we walked to the elevator there was a bad smell. Thankfully the room was okay. I haven't stayed at a Holiday Inn in a long time. I thought we would get a better hotel. No more Holiday Inn for us.
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Date of stay: August 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from IHG Service, Owner at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area
Responded 04 Sep 2020
Hi 117toddf, Thank you for making us part of your visit. Our hotel is committed in providing quality service. It is a disappointing setback the find our staff unaccommodating and our upkeep lacking. I am sorry for the letdown. I have taken note of your feedback and shared this with our hotel management. I trust that they will use this to monitor and improve the quality of services we offer to our guests. We always challenge ourselves to be better and I hope that we remain to be your dependable choice for your future travels. Until your next visit in the area! Best Regards, Alice P Case Manager IHGService
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SANDRA M wrote a review Jun 2020
Orange County, California1 contribution3 helpful votes
This hotel advertised how safe and clean they were. When we checked in we were told they do not clean rooms. We were there three days.I requested to have room cleaned but never came to do it. We even had throw our own trash. There were coffee stains on wall, entire room smelled of urine. It just was the worst place ever. Very loud gross neighbor to top it all off!!! Nasty place.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from IHG Service, Owner at Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sea World - Beach Area
Responded 09 Jul 2020
Hi sandramZ2857DW, Thank you for taking the time to post a review from your stay with us. I was very concerned to read your comments regarding room cleanliness, housekeeping, room condition, and customer service. I understand your disappointment, and this should not have been the case. I will share your review with our team for improvements on our end. We appreciate you for staying with us and in line with this, I sent you a private message to address your concerns. I hope you would give us another chance in the future so this time we can show you a simple and smart travel. Orlando A. Case Manager IHGService
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Elizabeth S wrote a review Apr 2020
Scottsdale, Arizona1 contribution1 helpful vote
Checking in was easy and Sasha was very upbeat and personable. She helped problem solve a personal matter. My tire acquired a flat on the way into the San Diego area and Ramon changed my spare for me. Because of his help we did not spend our day dealing with the tire and our mini-vacation was not ruined.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
1 Helpful vote
Yoga Lea wrote a review Mar 2020
San Diego, California5 contributions2 helpful votes
I checked in here somewhat last minute ~ the Corona virus situation was just starting and I wanted a place to rest and relax for a few days. Zasha at the front desk answered the phone with an extremely friendly and helpful manner and answered all of my questions for me. She was great in person, too. The rooms are nice - functional and comfortable - with an in room coffee maker, fridge, microwave and fluffy towels. Nice amenities. Because of the virus, the main dining room area was closed so they gave us some nice complimentary breakfast items like yogurt and muffins in a little to go bag. Workout area was closed too. Over the next several days Maria was extremely helpful and very friendly and I had extra help from Jasmine on my last day there. Would recommend, for sure.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
1 Helpful vote
US$107 - US$192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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