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If we paid full price, I probably would have docked another star. The website we booked through had this room listed as $165 per night over the memorial day weekend. We jumped on it being that most other downtown hotels were upwards of $200 for the holiday. My business partner and I spent Thurs & Fri night there with not too many complaints. However, after reading a few reviews on a couple sites, I still am unsure why they don't install full shower doors. The entire bathroom is tiled. Toilet and shower are separated by a glass partition. The partition doesnt fully stretch the length of the shower, so the water tends to splash out. IMO, if it wasn't possible to install an entire glass door, shower curtains would have sufficed. The switch to the restroom light is to the right of the main door, however the restroom itself is to the left. The bathroom sink is to the right as soon as you walk into the room. My one other complaint is the parking fees. When booking online, it first appeared we would be able to pay an "overnight flat fee" of $10. Once we arrived, we noticed that the $10 flat fee is only good until 2am. If your stay doesn't include cruising downtown streets during the witching hours, you actually have to pay $30 for 24 hours of parking. You can self park to get that rate, or you can use valet--it comes out to the same $30. We opted to self park since we were not too sure how long it would take for valet to retrieve the car. We were in town for business, so there was not a lot of free time to dawdle. There are a good amount of pros to this hotel. The view from the third floor of Downtown San Diego is beautiful both during day and night. The cheapest food options we found within walking distance was Wendy's and a fresh baked large pizza from 7-11. They have 3 different HBO channels. If you don't want to use wifi, they do provide an ethernet cable for internet connection, which I appreciate. They provide 2 water bottles per day as well as coffee, both regular and decaf. Their fitness center is open 24 hrs, although I was not able to use it. Most of the staff was really friendly. The maid came to clean when we were still in the room, so we sent her away. Before she left, she made sure we had all the supplies we needed...toilet paper, water, shampoo, etc. One of the valet guys threw dirty looks, but whatev. If Hotels Tonight has another special on this hotel, we might just stay again. If you do download the hotels tonight app, make sure you use promo code "sSaenz3" to get $25 off your first booking. Every little bit helps! Safe travels everyone... This area is mostly one way streets, so let me offer small tip. When southbound on Front St, look for parking on the left side just as you pass C street. If you pass it, you can still pull over in front of the hotel for valet. If you're determined to self park, turn left on Broadway (Broadway runs both ways), and left again on first. The first parking lot on the left side is for the Sofia. Parking permit machine goes to sleep after inactivity, so if it looks off, just hit a button to wake it up. It accepts both cash and credit.
Throngs of chattering tourists, families with children grasping outstretched fingers, a smattering of local school groups on field trip; all an exemplification of The Old Town State Historic Park. Yet, step through the heavy wooden doors of Captain Fitch's Mercantile and all distinguishing factors fade. The air is thick with an intoxicating aroma of sassafras teas, the softly lit room casting delicate shadows across a substantial collection of books as contemplative patrons peruse the glass encased showcases of historical replicas. A quiet respite from the clamor of the parks everyday activities. Visiting Captain Fitch's Mercantile is a welcome rest from the outside world, yet it inexplicably feels as if you have stepped away from all your present concerns towards the embrace of a romanticized past. Employees in long flowing dresses and vintage prints guide patrons to their item of choice, attire looking as if they were shop-keepers in some dusty historical volume. An extensive collection of period tea service sets line the walls throughout the store along with a variety of teas from around the globe. There seems to be no end to the collection of items from the past, authentic replicas, vintage sheriff's badges, and rows upon rows of paper dolls. Yet, what will most certainly wet your bibliophilic palate is a vast collection of historical and educational books for children and adults, and the largest collection of ghost stories in San Diego. Pam Catania, one of the the owners of this family business, seems to personify a historical volume herself. She will enjoy describing to you how she named the store after a popular San Diego merchant, Captain Fitch, who owned several mercantile stores in Old Town for many years during the mid to late 1800's. Pam says that she has access to copies of Captain Fitches manifests and actually carries many of the same items that his mercantile stocked back in the 1800's. She explains that Captain Fitch's stores carried a wide variety of titles and he was in fact the first merchant to bring non-secular books to San Diego. Pam is a self proclaimed "bookaholic" and she regularly holds book signings at her store with a focus on children's authors. She takes great care to stock an assortment of books for the young reader as well as the old, and she literally carries ghost stories set in every single state in the United States. Her attentiveness to detail, love of local history, and passion about books is certainly represented in the products that Pam carries in her store. So in the end, whatever your need, whether it be a book on ghosts or a good sassafras tea, Captain Fitch's Mercantile is a store that will certainly satisfy your every historical desire.
When you walk into Miranda's Courtyard in Old Town, you can almost guess that the store, like Old Town itself has a history. Miranda's Courtyard, a family owned business specializing in home and garden merchandise, was actually renovated and designed by the owners Don and Susie Cash, with the help of their daughter, Monica Putland, and her husband Randy. Don and Susie purchased the spot back in1992, and it took them four years to renovate and reclaim the house that stood there. The building that used to occupy the spot at the corner of Congress and Twigg Street was an adobe house built in the 1940's by a stone mason. The Cash family requested that the San Diego assessor rate the house at zero, and once this was approved Susie began planning a design for the structure. Based off of Susie's design, Don and Randy both worked tirelessly on the reconstruction of the house in which they replaced the walls, roof, deck, and added over 3000 bricks. The house was not just a reconstruction but also a reformation project as an old redwood fence that the family salvaged from their house was used as a wall behind the counter. The kitchen counter and cash register counter were also built using part of the reprocessed floor. Don and Randy also replaced some parts of the old floor with tiles in several of the rooms and refurbished the remaining areas. Finally, with the San Diego Planning Commission and Old Town Planning Commission's approval, Miranda's Courtyard was born and opened her doors to the public in 1996. After four years of hard work, the shop is now one of the most unique and eye catching spots in Old Town. High adobe walls enclose the structure; its outer edifice completely enveloped in striking purple Bougainvillea, a flowering vine native to South America, Peru, and Argentina. Once you step inside you are immediately welcomed to an expansive courtyard which features a large water fountain. Walk along the outer corners of the house, and you encounter the old rooms; the walls tastefully renovated in rustic cedar. Each room is now completely filled with Mexican art, pottery, pots, wind chimes, and the feature item that sets Miranda's apart from the rest of the stores in Old Town; their wide variety of clay and ceramic suns. There are literally hundreds of designs to choose from. Monica manages and stocks the store, and like it's sister store El Centro Artesano also located in Old Town, each room in the house features merchandise that represents a different theme and locale. So whether you would like to purchase a great ceramic sun, pottery, or wind chimes, or would just like to check out a beautifully renovated house, Miranda's Courtyard is a must see stop on your shopping excursion.
To live in San Diego is to live by the beach. Being near the beach means that the water is close enough to smell. That big body of water we call the ocean invites you to ride its waves, and if you don’t know how to surf, or if you want to improve your skills, Souf Tihhi and San Diego Surf School in Pacific Beach can help. Growing up in Morocco, Africa, Souf, owner and founder of San Diego Surf School, fell in love with surfing early on in life. Taking cues from his older brother, he began surfing sometime in his seventh year of life. He has since surfed around Africa, Europe, Hawaii, California, Mexico and the East Coast. Souf went to Hawaii for college to study and surf. He spent his summers as a surf instructor in San Diego until he graduated and opened his own school. “I started out with nothing pretty much,” Souf said. He built the business from the ground up getting clients here and there until one day he realized that he had more clients than he could handle himself. Souf now has up to 30 instructors working in the summer time, holding classes, lessons and camps, but they’re not just for beginners. “[I want] to share what I’ve learned with others and spread what surfing is all about. It’s a really fun sport and I pretty much wanted everyone to experience that,” he said. His school is about more than just surfing. Souf and his team of instructors want people to experience the culture of surfing and learn to care about their surroundings. “We teach a lot about the waves and how to respect the ocean and to give to the community,” he explained. The most important part of surfing, and the core of San Diego Surf School, is to have fun. “The best surfer is the one having the most fun,” Souf said.
Some restaurants don't only speak for themselves, but yell. And you should be caught by Mama Testa, every dish is made from scratch. In an age when fusion is all the rage, Mama Testa is happy to show that going back to the authentic is by no means archaic. Each dish represents a focus on the traditions and techniques responsible for producing complicated flavors and textures. This is all especially true when fish tacos are the topic of conversation. Mama Testa was the first restaurant in San Diego to take on Bobby Flay, as part of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. And although these tacos may not have been the original cause of Mama Testa's good reputation, besting Flay was a great way to prove that it was one fish taco you don't want to miss. What made all this possible is Cesar Gonzalez, owner of Mama Testa, and his passion for Mexican cuisine and culture. He didn't want free range chicken just for the health reasons or because it was the current trend, but because only free range can bring out the flavors realized by the dishes as they are made in Mexico. In fact, all the fresh ingredients are for making Mexican food the way Mexicans do. And Cesar knows that just the food is not enough to give a sense of the culture, so he has made sure that while you dine, you can't help but notice the decor; pieces taken from themes of the golden era of Mexican movies and chairs baring actor's names. The entire idea of Mama Testa Taqueria is to fill your senses with the flavors, smells and sights of Mexico. A goal it has surely achieved.
Walking past El Vitral along the open stadium of Petco Park, shelves of premium tequila glisten in the restaurant window. Walking into the establishment, it becomes evident that tequila is definitely a theme. And why not? It is a quality product from Mexico, which falls in line with Chef/Owner Pablo Becker’s whole vision. His vision is to introduce all things good from fine Mexican cuisine and changing the way San Diego views Mexican food. If that isn’t the best first impression, wait until you walk into the main attraction, the open kitchen. Floor to ceiling stainless steel wrapped in glass pane, the kitchen is the ultimate centerpiece. Chef Becker compares the development of a restaurant is like fitting together pieces of the puzzle. He knows because he speaks from experience. When he first started in the restaurant business his mentor asked him to start like any other employee with no prior experience; by washing dishes. From there, he went through every step of the business from the bottom up. Today, as a restaurateur, he knows a restaurant inside and out and top to bottom. In fact from the hostess to the bartender, all are trained to answer any questions a patron might have about the décor, the various brands of tequila and most importantly, the food. Also on his team is Chef de Cuisine Norma Martinez. She heads the concept menu and blends items in like grandma’s mole recipe. With Chef Becker’s depth of culinary skills, extensive restaurant experience, and love for the restaurant industry, El Vitral is a definite home run.
AMAZING! In a brief review I cannot describe how truly wonderful Seaport Oil and Vinegars is. The store is simple yet elegant and immediately “wows” you upon walking in. The staff members are incredibly kind, knowledgeable and helpful with any questions, especially concerning gift pack options and shipping! The oils and vinegars…. Delicious! Aromatic, diverse, tantalizing flavors and colors inspired from around the world, all in one modestly sized store. It’s an unbelievable variety yet in no way is it overwhelming. They encourage you to try samples of whatever you might be interested in, and suggest which oils/vinegars mix well together. I tried at least 15 different oils/vinegars on my visit- my only negative/sad emotion concerning this place is that I wanted them all so badly! I left without buying anything (as I was biking and couldn’t transport them home), but called the next morning to have 9 different oils/vinegars shipped to my home back in Texas. I LOVE this place and will be calling on them for unique gifts (and to spoil myself on occasion)! *I have now tried/used all of the oils I bought. The white truffle oil is amazing, the best truffle oil I’ve found to date. The blackberry is delicious on grilled veggies and the citrus oils are amazing on fish. Enjoy!!! If they have gift certificates (I think they do) this is a great idea for "foodies" on your christmas list
For a motel room, it was more comfortable than many I've used. My room could stand to have some repairs, but these were all relatively small concerns. And the staff were very friendly and accommodating. The bed was comfortable, the room was clean and quite, and having a microwave and fridge in the room was a wonderful addition. The biggest plus for me was how close this motel is to everything! It's right by the stadium, very near the conference center and 5 minutes from Sea World. Several buses run past taking you just about anywhere you need to go. I only realized this the last day of my trip...I wasted so much money on cab fare! Side note: the hotel is near some amazing eateries. Du-Par's restaurant, which is literally next door, has THE most amazing breakfasts, for a very reasonable price. And their bakery items are to die for. Take some pis back to your room, you won't regret it. There's also a killer BBQ joint across the street, as well as several smaller shops in the strip mall and a Red Lobsters. All very convenient to the motel's location. In short, it could use some repairs and some beautification and I never could get the wi-fi to work right, but I'd 100% stay here again.
First things first.. the staff is amazing, check in and out were easy and was treated nothing short of great. The location is pretty easy to get in and out on 2 different streets which is good if you miss a turn. The building is decent, could use a little bit of updating, ceiling in bathroom had some rotting and when housekeeping came, they left 2 towels in the room (1 of which I think we left hanging on the shower bar)... we had 5 people, and they made 3 beds..putting away the sofa bed. Common sense was not used when picking 1 towel for a room with 3 beds - clearly there were more people. Good news is.. Front desk to the rescue again, I called and got forgotten towels quickly! :) My only other complaint is that the AC is in the front room of the junior suite with no air moving to the bedroom without freezing out those on the sofa bed. There was a fan in the wall but it didn't ever come on, nor was there a button to do it manually (if that was supposed to be an option) i'd say that needs updated.
The hotel was great, it was clean, smell clean, and most of all the bathroom was clean. My family enjoyed our stay. We upgraded our room to a junior suite because we are a family of five. To my surprise the room was better than we had expected after reading all the bad reviews. The room and hotel was nothing like the reviews that said the hotel was a motel. On the contrary the hotel is set up like a resort. I stayed at the Wyndham Resort in Florida and this had a similar theme. The area was great as well, it provided a lot of store options. The hotel is located just outside of old town San Diego. The staff was great. We booked the hotel on priceline for (45+tax) $59 dollars a night including tax. The price scared me because it was so cheap I thought oh no this must be a dingy hotel but like I said above it was better than I thought. I was better than most of the 3 star hotels we stay in. No I am not paid by the hotel to write this review