Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World

Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World

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3330 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92110
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Amenities

Free Breakfast
Swimming Pool
Fitness Center
Free WiFi
Internet Access
Free Parking
Laundry Services
Business Center
Airport Transfer
Air conditioning
Connecting Rooms

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Local from San Diego

Smack dab in the middle of all of San Diego’s awesome attractions is the Howard Johnson in. It’s near SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Mission Beach and Old Town San Diego. I really like that it has a bigger area with no more than a couple of stories and it’s all open-air. In a place like San Diego where the weather is usually great, open air just makes more sense, you know?

So they have the continental breakfast but it’s not just cereal- they have Belgian waffles. Cut out the IHOP, I would total eat that. And, Gold’s Gym (24 hours) which is close by gives hotel guests complimentary access. I’m personally lazy, so it’s a good thing that each room has a microwave and fridge- I can wrap my waffle to go and eat it later!

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I had a hard time finding redeeming qualities about the inn. Despite being a few miles from both Sea World and the airport, this is not a touristy part of town, and shouldn't be sold as such.The grounds were a "U" shape building surrounding an asphalt parking lot -- and as bare as it was, it somehow managed to be dirty. Bums were yelling at each other outside the lobby doors when we stopped in.

The room had a strong chemical smell to it, and there were stains on the linens. I left feeling dirty and not wanting to return. The pool was small, seemed neglected, and not tempting to swim in. Ho-Jo seems to offer the rock bottom prices for a room in SD, but you certainly get what you pay for -- this is a very basic inn.

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Local from San Diego

I really liked this Howard Johnson Inn, and the receptionist was very friendly. They offer a shuttle to Sea World for a mere $4.00, and are extremely helpful when it comes to information about the surrounding area. The room itself was spacious and offers a safe, iron, hair dryer and toiletries. They also offer room service, and only in San Diego (and Mexico, I suppose) will room service consist of burritos and tacos. The Mexican restaurant that over looks the pool, Tio Carlos, smells phenomenal. The pool is relatively small, but still big enough to play in for a while. They also offer breakfast included and vending machines in the pool area if you need to quick snack in between chicken fights with the family.

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I would like to thank Dave at the front desk, first and foremost, for his fantastic mustache and ridiculous jokes. I asked if there was a gym on site and he responded with, “We have a Bob and a Mary, but no Jim.” Oh, you. The room itself was a little less exciting and had a slight musty smell, but wasn’t unbearable. I especially liked the cute closet door detail, and the updated bathroom. There was also the convenience of a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker tucked away next to the TV. The hotel offers a shuttle to Sea World for a small cost, and while it took me way too long to find the entrance, there’s also a Mexican restaurant on the second floor of the building that you enter from Cauby Street. I will forever advocate any hotel that has margaritas and a nice pool within walking distance of each other. A mustachioed man with silly jokes doesn’t hurt, either.

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Amenities

Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Free wired high-speed Internet
Dining & Drinks
  • Free breakfast
Fitness & Recreation
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Shopping on site
  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor seasonal pool
  • Free use of nearby fitness center
Transportation
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free airport transportation
  • Theme park shuttle (surcharge)
Parking
  • Free self parking
Accessibility
  • In-room accessibility
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
Traveling with Children
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
Pets
  • Pets not allowed
Services & Conveniences
  • Luggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Smoke-free property
  • Multilingual staff
  • Business center
Bath
  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower/tub combination
Bed
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
In-Room Dining
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Media & Technology
  • Phone
  • Cable TV service
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Television
  • Premium TV channels
Housekeeping
  • Daily housekeeping
Other Room Amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Free local calls
  • Free newspaper
  • Access via exterior corridors
Property Info
  • Total number of rooms - 98
  • Number of floors - 2
Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World

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