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Location: Suburban

  • Location: Suburban
  • Closest City: SAN DIEGO
  • Distance From Hotel: 4.0MI
  • Local time zone: GMT-08:00

Check In: 3:00 PM Check Out: 12:00 PM

  • Check In: 3:00 PM
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  • Minimum check-in age: 18
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  • Number of Rooms:4
  • Parking
  • Service Animals Allowed



  1. English
  2. Tagalog

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Sorry, with the exception of service animals, we do not accept pets. Pet fees of US50.00 per day will apply if we find out the guest have pets in the guestroom.



  • Number of parking spaces:61
  • Car Parking Available


Standard Internet Service

Standard Internet service is free for all guests
Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas
Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas



  • Hotel renovated inFebruary 01, 2010
  • Total number of rooms:70
  • Total number of suites:2
  • Total number of rooms with only double beds:70
  • Total number of non-smoking rooms:68
  • Total number of rooms for the physically challenged:4
  • Interior corridor
  • Total number of floors:3
  • FEMA Property Number:CA0902

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Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego - SeaWorld! And what a smart choice it is! The Holiday Inn Express San Diego - SeaWorld Hotel is the perfect solution for families and business travelers alike. Our proximity to all the world-class destinations the city is famous for - less than 1 mile from SeaWorld, 5 miles to San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, downtown San Diego, San Diego Old Town and the San Diego Waterfront - makes this an ideal location for seeing all our beautiful city has to offer.

Convenience is the name of the game when you are just a short drive from the San Diego Airport, Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) and close to many local companies like Lockheed Martin, CSC, SAIC, CACI, EDS, and SPAWAR.

Hotel features include complimentary hot full breakfast buffet, free local phone calls, free high-speed wireless Internet, flat screen TVs, outdoor heated pool and whirlpool, and on-site guest laundry.

Visit beautiful San Diego and Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express San Diego-SeaWorld Area.

We are a 100% non-smoking property!

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Guest Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 331 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Hotel The staff were awesome and super friendly. Rooms were a good size. August 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great Value for San Diego Okay I agree with others that the property is a bit dated with older carpets, furnishings and noisy A/C systems. Having said that, the property was clean, internet was great, hot water was plentiful and the staff from shuttle to managers were excellent (thanks Stan, Tameika and Renee). Called for airport shuttle and within 15 minutes they were there for a stress-free drive to the hotel. Greeted very warmly as a Gold Elite member and had room upgraded. Since I was there for a convention and couldn't take advantage of the amenities offered (manager's reception, discounted lunch & dinner), they instead gave me a bottle of wine which I thought was an excellent touch. I only stayed there one night as I had previously booked the Hotel Indigo (closer to convention center and with other work colleagues) for 2 nights but due to change of plans couldn't get in the first night. This hotel provided a great value and would certainly consider staying there again. August 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bereavement reservation option We had a tragic death in our family and had to come to San Diego at the last minute. My airline (Delta) told us that we might get a bereavement reservation charge. I was told when I called Holiday Inn SD that there were NO rooms available at that lower charge. I was disappointed: I thought, how can a person plan ahead for this kind of need? However, our room was perfect for what we needed and I only wish that we could've gotten the bereavement price as the whole trip was more than we were prepared to pay for and a break on the hotel would've helped a bit. August 14, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Downtown San Diego Overall, my experience at the Downtown H.I.E. was good, although I was not greeted as a member of IHG Priority Club member. What disappointed me the most was the lack of air conditioning in the common areas of the hotel. The staff is friendly and helpful and the hotel location is great. August 14, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Disappointment Stayed here several times in the past for both business and pleasure...... will not return based on this recent stay with adjoining rooms for my family August 13, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Awful Staff Plain and simple - awful. The ice machine wasn't working on the third floor. I called the front desk THREE TIMES and finally someone answered the phone. I called to let the front desk know that the ice machine was not working and asked that someone help me get ice. The person at the front desk said that I could go downstairs and get the ice myself. I'm more than happy and able to get the ice, but the front desk was completely rude about the machine being broken. About an hour later a manager came up and asked what was wrong. I told her that the ice machine was broken. What bothers me is that (1) she didn't know what the problem was when she came upstairs, (2) she apologize for the inconvenience, (3) she never offered to help. I've never stayed at a hotel with such rude and unhelpful people ever. August 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by solid service Not a bad hotel for the price. Nice location, easy walking to Balboa Park and the downtown entertainment district. August 13, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Downtown Uptown We had a great stay here. Our room was nice, great balcony and views. However the intersection below our room was very busy and noisy. The single pane windows let it lots of noise and heat. Ask for a west facing room. August 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Book this hotel! Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, thank you so much! I truly enjoyed staying with you. First of all, you had one of the friendliest, nicest staffs of any hotel I've stayed in. Your staff was grade A+ from check in, to the parking lot, to breakfast and the cocktail reception. Recommendations for stuff to do? Got it! Directions to the beach? Here's several. Where should I go eat? We'll tell you (and give you vouchers for an awesome Italian place across the street). Second, your rooms were spacious and comfortable. Sure, this isn't the newest property, and it might be starting to show its age, but we can't hold that again you, and you're doing the best with what you've got, as it's clear that this Holiday Inn Express is well maintained. Third, you have a great location -- downtown, with easy access to the airport, Naval installations, and freeways. I never felt like it was difficult to leave you or to return to you thereafter. Finally, I'd be remiss not to mention your value. Your rates are more than reasonable, particularly with an above-average HI Express breakfast included, as well your beautiful pool. I was a little confused about the "room safe" charge (I hadn't even requested a room safe!), but that was taken off the bill automatically. Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, you're a superb Holiday Inn Express, and I'll certainly be staying with you again the next time I'm in San Diego. Thanks! August 11, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by 房间小,服务尚可 非常一般,前台服务人员冷漠,但还算专业。早餐基本是快餐,连餐具都是一次性的,但食品质量还可以。房间非常小,洗手间也很小,不方便。 August 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Older property, but quite nice I saw complaints about the age of this property, but I found that to be charming and fun. I liked the classic California feel of it. The staff, when we checked in, went beyond expectations to take care of us as my purse had been stolen in Arizona earlier in the day and we arrived late and discouraged. Reward Club status was acknowledged with a lovely welcome basket. The room was fine - clean and spacious enough for us. Yes. The bathroom is a bit small, but we weren't troubled by that. The shuttle service was particularly welcome as garage parking does take some attention and effort, but I didn't find it as awful as some reviewers say. We also enjoyed the evening happy hour with tasty food from a local restaurant. Breakfast was especially nice (compared to other HIEs we stayed in on this 14 day trip). Big thank you to the staff who made things feel a bit better after my huge loss. August 8, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by what I would have liked to have in the hotel I was really hoping to use a fitness center. And my being a senior person, I could not do any walking outside because the hotel is surrounded by steep hills. August 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good travel experience I like the Holiday Inn Express in downtown San Diego. It is close to the Trolley and the shuttle service provides quick access to the San Diego International Airport. August 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by A nice stay It was comfortable to stay at. It was just what I needed for the trip. It is a little bit out of the way, but close enough to where I needed to be August 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great hotel with good location The hotel is situated centrally - a number of good cafes and restaurants are situated within 5-minutes walk. It is only 15 minutes walk to Gaslamp Quarters. The room is spacious, comfortable and clean. It has a balcony which overlooks the beautiful city. There are good variation of food at breakfast (which, is complimentary). There are also complimentary lemonade and water as you walk in the hotel. Free shuttle service is available to selected locations. This made travelling a lot easier and hassle-free. Ask the helpful and friendly staff about it. They are prepared to recommend or advice on tourist attractions in the city. August 4, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by nur zum Schlafen ok - sonst eher nicht zu empfehlend Das Hotel ist sichtbar in die Jahre gekommen. Die Zimmer und die Anlage sind deutlich abgewohnt. Die Balkontür hatte 3 unterschiedliche Verschließmechanismen, von denen 2 nicht mehr gingen (vermutlich auf Einbruchsversuche zurückzuführen - daher wurde ein neuer Mechanismus eingebaut). Das Frühstück war noch ok - nichts Besonderes aber auch nicht schlecht. Die Lage ist für Besucher des gaslamp district gut, da nur wenige Blocks entfernt. Die Gegend selbst ist aber nicht sonderlich einladend. Auf unserer Rundreise durch den Westen der USA als Durchgangsstation gewählt und das schlechteste von den 15 Hotels der Reise. August 3, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by well located It is a great place to stay to get to all the attractions you need to get to. July 30, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Very Nice I enjoyed my stay a great deal. The hotel was very clean and well arranged with modern décor that made you feel comfortable. The staff was helpful, well mannered and very familiar with the area and events. They were always smiling and willing to help. I booked my room late during a huge convention so it was a little pricy, but the hotel and the staff made me feel like it was money will spent. July 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great value for money This hotel offers great value for money for the budget traveller. It provides free airport transfers, and the stay comes with breakfast and free WiFi. Although the breakfast spread is limited compared to the more pricey hotels, it is sufficient for the budget traveller. I would recommend this to budget travellers, and definitely consider staying there again if I am in the region again. July 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great stay in convenient area I was very happy with my overall stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Downtown San Diego. The only issue I had, which really isn't an issue, is that the sausage gravy for the biscuits and gravy was not filled until I was finished with my breakfast. This is only an issue because that gravy happens to be my favorite. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anybody staying in the area. July 28, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by enjoyed my stay I enjoyed my stay. Very nice rooms and great customer service! July 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent Vacation Hotel The staff is friendly and very attentive. They were exceptional. its close to many of the major attractions. Will definitely stay here next time I am in San Diego. July 24, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Very convenient location Overall the people at the front desk busy but did their best. Did not like that you had to have valet parking sometimes had to wait awhile for the car only 1 man working valet. July 24, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Professional Front Desk Very informative and helpful to provide us with necessary local and traffice information. The only concern is the additional US$16/day parking fee. July 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Friendly Staff Staff very helpful, friendly. Centrally located, free transport to popular areas. July 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 2014July14&15 The pool was perfect for my 6 year old Having the drink social hour was a great part of vacation Good location downtown Shuttle drivers were very courteous and gave info on getting around town July 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by nice, clean a little outdated, and parking was somewhat inconvenient, but over all a nice place July 17, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Downtown Holiday Inn When I was single, staying at a downtown hotel this would of been good. Location, price, was as expected. Now that I'm older with a family, I have different expectations. This is still a good hotel, staff was great, location great. Downside major disappointment was breakfast, not to sure if its hotels fault but it was busy. Had other tourist in line crowding and shoving my 6 yr old son in line. Hotel staff place a tray of eggs, and it was like a stampede. Room was comfortable, internet was very good and free. Parking at 16 dollars a day is to be expected in a downtown area, so not complaining about that. Conclusion, if I was in area for nightlife great hotel, but for a family, I would prefer a different hotel. July 15, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable For the price the hotel was comfortable. The hotel is within walking distance of the Gas Lamp Quarter. July 14, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Holiday Inn San Diego Downtown The staff was outstanding, especially manager Budd and assistant Ms. Rene. The breakfast offering was also excellent. Improvements needed: older hotel, terribly small bathroom. Too pricey for this Holiday Inn, but I understand renovations are expected. July 10, 2014
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