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Super 8 Sea World Zoo Area

This is a 2 star hotel in San Diego
445 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
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Close to attractions, good staff, but some concerns with the rooms
Pros 
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to SeaWorld, restaurants and the airport
  • Several guests complimented the staff for their friendly and efficient service
  • The hotel's breakfast was enjoyed for its quality and variety
Cons 
  • Several guests reported issues in their rooms such as poor Wi-Fi, inefficient AC and a lack of hot water
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on Aug 19, 2013
Overview
Located about a 7-minute drive from SeaWorld San Diego, just off Interstate 8, the Quality Inn SeaWorld Zoo Area is geared towards travellers who require a hotel with easy highway access and a free breakfast.

This hotel has 144 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites, each offering one or two queen beds, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a desk and a hair dryer. Some rooms also offer a mini-fridge and a microwave, and the hotel is wheelchair accessible. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are both available.

The hotel also offers a fitness centre, a business centre, free coffee in the lobby, free newspapers, guest laundry, a free continental breakfast and free parking. Pets are not permitted.

Bunz restaurant is located about a 1-minute walk from the hotel, as is public transit access. The University of San Diego is roughly a 5-minute drive northwest. Ocean Beach can be found 10 minutes west by car and San Diego International Airport (SAN) is about an 11-minute drive southwestward. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets not permitted, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: August 3, 2013)
The Good
Guest reviews consulted for this analysis had positive responses to the hotel's location, staff and breakfast.

The hotel's location was a source of praise for many guests, who found it to be close to SeaWorld, the airport, restaurants, shopping, Old Town and Gaslamp Quarter. One lodger noted that it is easy to travel from this hotel to much of San Diego, with plenty of sites to see nearby, including beaches.

Several reviewers were pleased with the level of customer service they received, characterizing the staff as helpful, friendly and efficient. One guest remarked, "The one thing that always keeps me coming back to this particular location is hands down - the staff. They are knowledgeable and maintain competitive prices with nearby hotels. Special requests are always followed through to the best of their ability, with enthusiasm!".

The hotel's breakfast was a source of several compliments by lodgers, who described it as well stocked, plentiful and great. One reviewer stated, "The Breakfast was more than most. NOT a typical continental breakfast. They had: hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, juices, good coffee w/choice of muffins, toast, Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, oatmeal & cold cereal".

The Bad
Guest critiques sourced for this article had negative responses toward the hotel's accommodations.

While some reviewers described their rooms as clean and comfortable, several lodgers were disappointed with their accommodations. They reported small-sized rooms, poor TV and Wi-Fi reception, inefficient in-room air-conditioning units, a lack of hot water and some cleaning issues.
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 2.7 out of 5 with a 74% recommendation rate from 180 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #229 of 269 San Diego hotels, with an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 from 70 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 6.2 out of 10 from 42 reviews.

The author called the hotel on August 3, 2013 to verify some information.

Guest Reviews

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63.62 USD - 0.00 USD Super 8 Sea World Zoo Area
Rating:
6.4
Fair
Ranking:
#68
Out of 237 hotels
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 6.4 / 10

No. of guest ratings: 4
No. of guest comments: 4
Guest Recommended: Mixed
Popularity Ranking Explained

Rating: #68 out of 237 hotels in San Diego ranked by guests.
Guest Recommendations
A very good hotel!
"This is a very good hotel. The food at breakfast was too standard with cereal and sweet breads, although the fruits were good. The room was very good with clean sheets and other stuff. The location on the South side of the hotel circle was excellent, a short walk from the Convention I was attending at the Town and Country Hotel on the North side of the Circle."
Merrill from Las Cruces, NM US rated Super 8 Sea World Zoo Area 8 out of 10 on December 16, 2010
"Hot water didn't work in shower and shower had no flow restrictor so the floor got soaked. Only 3 of about 30 channels came in clearly on the TV. Door and bolt on door were coming off hinges and appeared to have been forced. An electric timer kept shutting off the lights when I was trying to read and you had to get out of bed and make motion in front of switch to get it on again. The bedspread had a large blue ink spot that sunk through to the other side and was disfiguring. There is no elevator so you have to carry your suitcase. Mine was 50 pounds up a metal outdoor staircase."
Andrew from New York, NY US rated Super 8 Sea World Zoo Area 4 out of 10 on December 08, 2009
Richard from Austin, TN US rated Super 8 Sea World Zoo Area 3 out of 10 on June 14, 2005
Verified Guest from Fukuoka, JP rated Super 8 Sea World Zoo Area 7 out of 10 on November 18, 2004

Amenities

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Super 8 Sea World Zoo Area

  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Parking
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Golf Course
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Bath / Hot Tub
  • Laundry service
  • Photocopier
  • Luggage Storage
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Self Laundry

User Contributed Info

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