DECENT HOTEL, HORRIBLE AREA. Posted Jul 6, 2013
What they neglect to inform you of in the sales copy is that the hotel is situated in a less than ideal area of San Diego. I have very young twin daughters and fortunately they were engrossed in their books on the way to the hotel, enabling me to avoid explaining what the signs that said "LIVE NUDES" meant. The main portion of hotel (2/3 of the property) sits across the street from the Valley View Casino Center, which I assume is the "sports arena" the street was named after; it looks like it has seen better days. There are little to no non-fast food dining options in the immediate area other than a Red Lobster with a very small parking lot (I drive a Civic, so it's not like I was trying to park a tank) and DuPar's, the property's on-site restaurant and bar, which we never went into, as it didn't look very appealing. One-third of the hotel is split off from the main property (off of Kemper Street) and is across the street from a Home Depot; there were numerous homeless and day workers wandering about the area. This is the part of the property that my room was located in. The quality of the room was about at the level of a Holiday Inn. We had booked a family suite with bunk beds and glass doors separating the two rooms, which were fine, but since there was only a window air conditioning unit, it made cooling the entire room difficult without keeping the aforementioned glass doors wide open, thus defeating the point of having the doors at all. The only real plus to staying here was proximity to Sea World, for which the hotel offers a shuttle - at $5.00 per person, Tuesday through Sunday. For a family of four, like mine, it was actually cheaper to park our car at Sea World, which only charges $15. Next time, I'll spend a little more and stay at a hotel off of Hotel Circle Street. It may be a little farther away, but safety and quality are worth it.