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About our Hotel

Location: Airport

  • Location: Airport
  • Closest City: SAN DIEGO
  • Distance From Hotel: 3.0MI
  • Local time zone: GMT-07:00

Check In: 4:00 PM Check Out: 11:00 AM

  • Check In: 4:00 PM
  • Check Out: 11:00 AM
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Late checkout available

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  • Number of Rooms:12
  • Parking
  • Service Animals Allowed



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Pet Policy

Pet Policy

Unfortunately we do not accept pets, however the Dr. Boyd's Pet Resort is located one block north of the hotel. You can visit thier website at www.drboyds.com or give them a call at 6192606060.

What's Nearby

What's Nearby

Old Town
Distance From Hotel:0.05MI
Distance From Hotel:1.0MI
San Diego Zoo
Distance From Hotel:2.0MI
SeaPort Villege
Distance From Hotel:2.0MI



  • Number of parking spaces:125
  • Car Parking Available
  • Complimentary street level and underground parking.


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, 2011
  • Total number of rooms:123
  • Total number of suites:7
  • Total number of rooms with only one bed:61
  • Total number of rooms with only double beds:56
  • Total number of non-smoking rooms:123
  • Total number of rooms for the physically challenged:12
  • Interior corridor
  • Total number of floors:3
The Holiday Inn Express San Diego Airport / Old Town is situated in an outstanding location in America’s Finest City. Located just off I-5 and I-8, guests will appreciate being less than a mile from the San Diego International Airport and minutes away from the Convention Center, Cruise Ship Terminal, Downtown (Gaslamp District), SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, world famous beaches, as well as many other popular area attractions.

Guest will appreciate free parking and
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The Holiday Inn Express San Diego Airport / Old Town is situated in an outstanding location in America’s Finest City. Located just off I-5 and I-8, guests will appreciate being less than a mile from the San Diego International Airport and minutes away from the Convention Center, Cruise Ship Terminal, Downtown (Gaslamp District), SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, world famous beaches, as well as many other popular area attractions.

Guest will appreciate free parking and complimentary shuttle service to the airport, Convention Center, Cruise Ship Terminal, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, the Amtrak Train Station, as well as the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD).

Our guests will experience luxurious accommodations and a plethora of amenities including plush new bedding, a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free wired and wireless internet, business center, fitness room, 24-hour deli and convenience store, outdoor heated pool as well as a 24-hour whirlpool.

Our exceptional location places you within walking distance of the trolley station, Historic Old Town and a variety of restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Guest will enjoy being a short distance from Balboa Park, Seaport Village, PetCo Park, Qualcomm Stadium, Coronado Island, La Jolla, shopping malls such as Fashion Valley, Mission Valley and Horton Plaza, USS Midway, the Maritime Museum, as well as universities such as USD, SDSU and UCSD.
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The Holiday Inn Express Airport/Old Town Area is centrally located in San Diego. We offer free parking, complimentary shuttle to and from the airport and major attractions, free wireless internet throughout the hotel, and a hot complimentary breakfast buffet served daily.

Guest Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 237 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Freindly and great breakfast Over all good expereince. The staff was great and the rooms very confortable. Was able to walk around the area and see the water front. Two things need to work on was update the decore little (kind of old look) and no free parking. Had to pay for parking. June 30, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by comfortable bed clean rooms Clean rooms with comfortable bed. Bathroom a little small but everything else was good. June 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Buena ubicación para paseos pedestres Un buen lugar para comenzar a recorrer y conocer la ciudad, en pleno centro de San Diego. June 27, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Room in poor repair and to pricey for the condition Please see previous comments regarding the condition of the room. June 25, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Hot Room AC was off when I got in my room. Took 12 hours to get to comfortable temp. Fan kept cutting off at night when the compressor did. This woke me up several times. Other than AC issues, everything was good. June 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 3 day stay A really nice hotel, and probably the best HI Express I have stayed at. Breakfast is the usual, but the rest of the hotel and the staff were great. Close enough to walk to the main bars and restaurants as well as the waterfront. The free shuttle on offer to the airport is a bonus. June 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Location, location, location You can walk to the harbor, seaside village, gas lamp district and little Italy. The shuttle will take you to areas outside walking distance. The staff helped me with charging my phone, splitting my bill, locating a store in close proximity to the hotel just to name a few. They were all very friendly. June 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Conveniente ubicación y accesabilidad Me gustan estos hoteles porque es grato tener un lugar seguro para estar cuando viajas. June 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Friendly staff, unexpected happy hour. Overall a great stay. Staff was awesome, remembered me by name after seeing me one time. The happy hour was an unexpected surprise. The breakfast was the standard HIE, the staff did a wonderful job keeping everything full. June 17, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 房间隔音质量有待提高 隔音不好,而且空调噪音较大,导致夜间噪音大。有时有莫名的 外部声响。房间的私密性也需要进一步改善。......... June 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Comfort and service Perfect location. Near amenities, yet very quite location. Attentive staff and very professional. June 13, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Stay in downtown S D I stayed in down town San Diego holiday inn the location is good the staff are friendly but room toilite is very small June 13, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great staff I would have liked to have bill in hand at checkout instead of waiting for an online copy. I still don't know if my corporate discount was applied. Also, I did not like paying for parking at the hotel parking lot. June 12, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable bed and excellent staff. The front desk staff does a very efficient job to make sure that you have an excellent memorable stay. Tamika and Jason go out of their way to accommodate you in any way that they can. I can't forget Alex who drives the shuttle, and was very helpful with information on recommending what area attractions to see. The breakfast has an excellent selection. My only complaint was that the restaurant on their website has closed. June 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by San Diego Su ubicación en la ciudad y su café por la mañana son de lo mejor June 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Best Vacation Ever The Staff was amazing to my Husband and I on our Anniversary. Our room was up graded and they had the best breakfast . The Shuttle service was very good and took us to and from the Airport and the Zoo and Harbor. We would stay again on our next visit to San Diego Down Town location. June 10, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Increible cama y almohadas Hotel muy viejo, calidad en la atención, excelente ! June 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great Breakfast Away from the water but good hotel with wonderful free breakfast. June 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable room with good downtown location Enjoyed my stay at this hotel as a clean, efficient place to stay close to downtown amenities and highway/trams. Staff were pleasant and friendly. June 3, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by It was ok... Hotel was HOT inside is was cooler outside than inside. The hotel had doors open and fans running behind the front desk. Front desk employee was either to over heated from the heat or something cause he was not friendly at all. Other guest were walking in the lobby commenting about how hot it was in the hotel lobby and hallways. However our room was very cool when you turn on the air conditioning. I WAS CHARGED $48.00 MORE A NIGHT THAN WHAT MY CONFIRMATION AND RESERVATION HAS ON IT. The parking garage is extremely small for SUV's the front desk told me to park on level 3 or 4. Trying to drive thru that parking structure in a SUV I had to make 3 point turns just to make it up the ramp to the next floor. When we checked out to leave the guard in the parking booth asks " what floor were you parked on I told her 4th, the hotel and your signs say hotel parking on 3 or 4 she replies with we normally have cars your size park on level 1 because up there its really small for cars like yours" May 22, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Average Experience The mini refrigerator was not working and the paid parking space was difficult for medium to large vehicles. May 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great place to stay in SD I really enjoyed staying here. The staff was very nice and helpful. The location is convenient to restaurants, the harbor and airport. Look forward to staying again. May 13, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Nice room and loved the welcome basket Although the website stated there was an on site restaurant - there was not! I asked at the front desk and it was permanently closed. This was a big factor in makng the reservation at this location since I knew I would not have a car. I was told by a friend that lives in San Diego not to walk around this area after dusk. So we had food delivered to our room from a local pizza place. This hotel did not have a hot tub which was also disappointing for me. The room was really nice and we had a balcony with an ok view but the bathroom was the smallest bathroom I have ever seen. The room was clean and the beds and pillows were delightful. We got there before 3 and there was no rooms available for an early check in. They did hold our bags for us and said they would call when the room was ready but they never did. We got back to the hotel a little after 3 and got in our room. April 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Convenient for air & cruise Eight members of our family stayed 1 to 3 nights at this hotel on both ends of a fly-in-and-cruise vacation over Spring Break. The shuttle service to and from both the airport and cruise terminal were excellent. One of the nights we enjoyed the late afternoon complimentary bar service in the lobby. We can recommend this hotel to others! April 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by good hotel We are from Calgary, Canada and we like to spend time in San Diego every time we can, this place is ideal for any family wanting to walk to the marina, eat out and enjoy all the activities in the vicinity os S.D Another upside is the happy hour, good beer and wine being offered. March 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great service from staff Staff very friendly and willing to serve. They really made me feel at home, wait... better than home!! February 28, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by No platinum consideration... I have been platinum level for the past 2 years, is good to get something extra every time I'm traveling away from home. In my last stay over at the San Diego Holiday Inn express I was just one more guest. The staff in the front desk were more worried of what was going on behind the desk or in their mobile phones. I think they could improve the service. No extra points, no welcome package, not even a botle of water... The location is acceptable. February 24, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Property needs serious updating This property is obviously a very old hotel that was turned into a HI Express. The paint over old doors and walls does not update an old building. Bath had a toilet that could only be used if the bath door was completely closed. Door butted directly to from of toilet when opened half way. Mattress old and worn out. HVAC wall unit ran non stop and was undersized for room size. Better not have any vehicle over mid sized if you want to park in the archaic and confusing parking deck. Access to hotel elevator from deck VERY poorly marked. Had to walk around a bit to find in a hidden alcove. Very sketchy neighborhood. On the positive side the staff was very friendly and helpful. Nightly rate was reasonable for downtown but still not worth the rate. February 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by The Staff was Amazing I have stayed at many hotels through my life but this was by far the most friendly hotel staff I have ever encountered. Other than one staff member, each was attentive to our needs and almost seemed like family by the time we left the hotel. They took the time to learn about us, know our names, including our kids, and ask us each day where we had ventured and offered to help us prepare for the next day's adventures. Kudos to whoever has trained the staff to be so amazingly friendly. The shuttle was also a luxury. It only drops at 4 locations but each location either put you at your destination or offered public transit to your destination. The rooms were a little outdated but the staff more than made up for the age of the rooms. I would highly recommend this hotel to any traveler looking for exceptional service in the downtown area. February 18, 2014
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