Very pleased with our recent stay at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. We travelled with two young kids, mixing business and family stay. We chose a garden view twin room, in one of the villas. Very happy with the room - good size, very comfortable, had a fridge microwave and sink which was good for looking after the kids' needs. Our view was over the back garden which was basically a fence, so that was not so hot, but we didn't mind.
The resort itself is very good. It's not Dubai, so don't expect a never ending buffet and marble pillars, but the resort does itself justice. The pool is heated, and the depth is 3 - 5 feet so the kids could touch the bottom in areas. There are two wonderful hot tubs just off the pool, a table tennis table and a giant draughts set. It's very picturesque and the sunset over the bay is an attractive sight.
There's a motor boat, jetski kayak rental on the beach, which we didn't use as the weather was not great. The beach is a manmade looking one, but it's fine for the kids. Jogging or rollerblading along the bayfront is fun, and there are bikes to rent. There's a very good children's playground about 7-10 mins walk along the waterfront.
We travelled downtown to the convention centre, to balboa park and the zoo, as well as to seaworld - all by taxi, very easy short trips. Fashion mall is much better the name sounds, and has some good toy shops as well as a wide range of clothing.
Food choices in the hotel are good, for both adults and kids, and the room service choices are good too. it's fairly gourmet and the quality is quite high. As it's off season now, we didn't have the full choice of dining as some of the venues were not open.
The best thing about the hotel is the staff - exceptionally friendly and happy to please - Larry in the restaurant and Ramon on the front desk were great, but all the staff create a happy, easy going and helpful environment.
The only annoying thing about the hotel is the lack of in room wifi - we went to the onsite convention centre to login to free wifi.
Amenities - a very good hotel shop, helpful reception and conceriege, business centre, fed ex package handling, hotel shuttle - very helpful and individualised service, great value on zoo and sea world tickets (prices similar but many additional perks included esp sea world multi entry)
Why not 5 stars - well it's just a little old, the choices are just a little limited compared to modern resort hotels esp in the Middle East and Asia, but the staff make up for all of this - it deserves a 4.5 rating.
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton San Diego Hotel San Diego
- Hilton San Diego Resort And Spa
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