The 100% nonsmoking La Quinta Inn & Suites San Diego SeaWorld/Zoo Area is centrally located with easy access off I-8 and close to I-5, I-163, I-805 and I-15. We are a preferred hotel for the San Diego Zoo and are close to Sea World, Qualcomm Stadium, beaches and 2 shopping malls. Minutes to downtown San Diego, Petco Park, Gaslamp District and Lindbergh Airport; and neighboring cities like La Mesa, El Cajon, and Santee, CA.
Our ...see morespacious, attractive guest rooms and king suites all feature flat-screen TVs w/premium channels, refrigerator, microwave, in-room safe, iron/board, hair dryer, voice mail, wireless internet and coffee maker. Hotel amenities include an exercise room, guest laundry and a heated outdoor swimming pool and Free Bright Side Breakfast® offered each morning.
Restaurants, Mission Valley and Fashion Valley Malls are within walking distance.
Parking for oversized vehicles may be subject to availability.see less
Amenities & Services
Free Bright Side Breakfast
Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access
Free Local Calls
Guest Laundry Facilities
Outdoor Swimming Pool
No Free Parking Available. Hotel parking fee is $8.00 per night
Free Bright Side Breakfast®
Hot and cold cereal
Bread and muffins
All-you-can-drink coffee and juice
Additional Breakfast Items:
15,000 La Quinta Returns points for a free night stay.
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Check-In Time: 3:00 PM
Check-Out Time: 12:00 PM
Guest Room Amenities
Free wireless high-speed Internet access
Microwave in all rooms
Refrigerator in all rooms
Premium Cable Channels
Iron with Ironing Board
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Most Recent Reviews:
"Basic hotel in central area of SD"
Reviewed Aug 17, 2014
NVTravelers | las vegas, nv
I stayed here for a week from July 20th to 25th for a work conference - knowing my travel department, I wasn't expecting much, and this was a pretty basic hotel. I stayed in a 2 queen room in the second building (the one that has the breakfast room - although I never did do the continental breakfast).
First the pros:
- Located in Mission Valley, it was really central to shopping, eateries, and attractions along the bay. I don't think I drove more than 15 min from Seaport Village back to my hotel (and this was the Sunday after Pride Week/before Comic Con - traffic was horrendous to say the least). It was really close to Hillcrest and Kensington neighborhoods which had some great local kitschy eateries (see my other reviews for these).
- Shopping, whether mall shopping or grocery shopping was also pretty convenient - a Food 4 Less was just on the other side of the freeway, and a Whole Foods was located in Hillcrest about 10min away.
- Overall, loved the location - would definitely recommend the area if you're not someone that just has to stay near the bay.
- Room was pretty basic, although it did have a microwave and refrigerator - which is a plus for me.
- Beds were mostly comfortable - took about a day or so to get used to.
- The water pressure was great, and you didn't have to crank it all the way up to get the hot water - plenty available.
Now the cons:
- This first con is the reason for my lowly review. After my first day at my conference, I come back to my room to find my door not fully closed - therefore, anyone could have gotten into my room! I had noticed my first night that the door did have to be shut pretty hard (more like slammed shut - sorry neighbors!) in order for it to close/latch property. Thankfully, nothing was stolen out of my room. That night, I did go down and talked to the front desk person and requested that they please talk to housekeeping to ensure that my door was latched properly when they left. The second day - same thing! I had to go and make a second request of the front desk person to talk to housekeeping! After that day, my door was latched properly, but it should not have happened in the first place, and definitely not have taken 2 requests. Please be sure your door is latched properly when you leave your room, if you're staying at this property.
- This hotel is located near I 8 I believe - but a major freeway either way - so there is quite a bit of freeway noise.
- There were some stains in the bathtub that don't seem to come out, not sure what it was caused by, and there were stains on one of the walls. Did not examine that one too clearly.
- The microwave is a pretty low wattage - if you use it, be sure use twice the amount of time you would normally set. And don't even try to do popcorn - not enough room in it and most of your popcorn will burn before the bag fully gets popped.
- Hit or miss on the housekeeping. One morning I spilled dry coffee grounds - I thought I had gotten all of it, but that night I saw that I hadn't - and obviously housekeeping missed it too. I didn't clean it up because I wanted to see how many days it would be before housekeeping cleaned it - only took another day.
- Lastly, the queen rooms (at least in the second building) were pretty small and cramped. The vanity area was pretty small, and while the table/chairs was nice to have, it just made the sleeping area that much more cramped. Not sure how a family of 3 or 4 would fair in such a small room. Good for 1 person though!
Overall, as I mentioned earlier, this was a pretty basic hotel and will meet your needs. Rates seem reasonable on their website. The area is pretty great, although I really only saw 1 restaurant within walking distance if you're adventurous. If you're even more adventurous though, I would recommend some of the dining options in Hillcrest or Kensington.
And just please make sure your door latches when you leave your room. Great way to get your belongings stolen.
And just as a side note, if you're not in SD for Comic Con or Pride Week, don't come to town during those weeks - traffic was horrible!
This LQ is in a great, central location for visitors to San Diego. Breakfast is not worth reviewing. Suites are nice but a bit pricey. But, it is San Diego. Location, location, location. And, it was Summer. Exterior is deceiving. The rooms are nicer than the hotel looks, especially the suites.
You have to pay for parking and their was not enough parking for me to park. A/C extremely loud, you can hear every toilet flush in the building, not full breakfast. they spring the parking fee and extra fees on you. staff too busy to bring extra blankets.
This is a $100.00 hotel max IMO. Paid over $180.00 in July. SD is popular but this place is old and basic. Do not know if it is franchise or corporate, but it is financing a very nice life for the owner. $8.00 parking fee is strange. Put some money back into this place and be fair and charge perhaps $90.00 at the most. Cali is nice but come on it is next to the 8 Fwy and carries nowhere near a $180.00 plus fee. IMO LA Quinta knows this and should be fair and adjust rate to reflect this property. Don't use it's San Diego location as a reason for this rate.
King Suites are very nice and spacious, has refrigerator and microwave and pull out sofa for sleeping, perfect for two kids. Near all tourist attractions within minutes. Breakfast pretty good staff quick at restocking.
San Diego, CA
Local Time: 9:53 PM (Pacific)
Local Temperature: 70.3°F 5-day Forecast
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