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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.
Found this hotel on one of the popular travel Web sites after deciding to drive down to SD for the annual Celebrate Dance Festival in Balboa Park. My friend and I were looking for something affordable and convenient, and the Hotel Occidental fit the bill. I'd found and stayed in a similar "European styled" hotel about a year ago and had a great experience there, so I was hoping that this one would not disappoint. These types of hotels usually have smaller rooms with separate toilet and shower facilities which allows them to offer lower rates. We paid just under $200 for two nights for two twin beds plus a kitchenette (dishes, fridge and a microwave) and an in-room toilet, with extras like free wireless access, a combo TV/DVD, a basket of useful goodies (bottled water, microwave popcorn, instant coffee, tea, etc) a stack of fresh towels and plenty of room to put away our clothes for the weekend in an open shelf-closet combo. Many of the furnishings were minimalist Ikea-styled modular, but mostly comfortable. This room was a bit more sterile than others I've stayed in, in that there was no wall art or other touches of "home," but seeing as we didn't spend a heck of a lot of time in the room but for sleeping, I was OK with that. They also made up for that lack of hominess in the room by creating a welcoming atmosphere in the common areas - fresh fruit and a tempting candy bowl were kept full in the lobby, and at night, guests came "home" to a dimly lit lobby accentuated by candlelight - truly a nice touch. The hotel also offered a complementary breakfast which was mostly fresh and included juice, coffee and an assortment of danish and breakfast rolls. Between that and the small kitchenette, we saved a bunch of money on eating out. Also, though small, the shower facilities were quite clean and well maintained. The only cons I have to note is parking - the hotel has a tiny, gated lot that can fit about four cars. However, we were lucky to find non-metered spaces on the street while there, and parking at meters is free on Sundays. Also, the neighborhood is a bit sketchy at night. Still we safely walked down 'G" street to the Gaslamp district and took a cab back. There's a liquor store on an adjacent corner that attracts the usual clientele for that type of establishment, along with a "lounge" next door. However, those elements didn't freak us out as much as the presence of HUGE "water bugs" boldly walking along the street but no where near or in our living quarters, thankfully! All in all a nice stay especially for a quick weekend getaway!
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.
I think this place is bad from hearing so many of the very few number of customers that do go in there and end up having a bad experience or as they say with a happy ending, with the un professional inexperienced female psycho working day time manageing ", its pathetic, ladies if u ever feel like working with a manger that is unapprochable gets high and hangs out on her off days drunk as a scunk at the clubs who not only can not answer your questions or build a special bond with all the girls working this is the place. Forget all work related questions , they won't be answered , she will stomp to the owner and act as if she is tattle tailing, this is a joke, then if u want to feel degrated and told ur nothing or f*** you for showing customer Service and devotion good work ethic go out the window , this is the den of dillusion that feels dumb to have no way back . If the owners whinning women feels threaten by ur beauty or genuine style she will make it impossible for you and if that doesn't work she will pout and cry and force you to feel sick to work along side with such a creep and throw u under the bus. This place uses the girls and customers see it . Ladies this is the last place to work at that is negative and leaves ur stomach in knotts . The only nice thing is unrated and unappretiated unfortunately and that is the cool male managers and waitresses that u see temp. And the true well composed few strippers there. Check out all the other clubs first as a heads up and customers make sure there's air conditioning and a girl on stage before you get taken for a few bucks and pay to walk into dissappointment .
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.
My friend lives in the area and suggested Mimi's Cafe as a good place to grab a quick bite following a 5K that we'd participated in earlier that Sunday morning. It was a bit before noon and because we couldn't decide between breakfast or lunch, we chose this place because we could have either option. The hosting staff at the front door was busy but quite friendly. The place was bustling, which was to be expected at brunch-time on a Sunday. We did have to wait for about 10-15 minutes for a table, but once we were seated, service was fast and friendly. After some deliberation, we both ended up ordering patty melts. Mine was good but there seemed to be something missing in terms of seasoning. I'm not a heavy salt user, but while edible, I found the overall composition to be rather bland, as were the fries. Even the grilled onions had an odd taste and consistency - the word watery comes to mind - and they tasted like they'd been sitting uncovered in a fridge and took on some of the aroma of other items. Not sure if that makes sense, but that's the best way I can describe it. Even with all that said, the sandwich wasn't completely bad. It could just use a bit more flavor. I must say that our server was very, very nice, and made our dining experience quite pleasant overall. If I were to be in the area again and want a decent meal for a good price, I'd visit here again.
Decent hotel for the rates you get A trip to San Diego had been on the cards for a very long time, but the budget always posed a constraint. Accommodation in a good San Diego hotel costs a fair amount of money and so we were waiting to find the best rates. A friend suggested California Suites Hotel and we checked out the rates. Just the kind we were looking for. Now you can't expect the moon when you are looking for a bargain. But we were pleasantly surprised to see the complimentary breakfast, which was quite fresh, nothing lavish. Besides, they have a pretty big swimming pool, that was definitely a bonus. About the rest, we got decent rooms, nothing fancy, but ok. The staff was a little laid back, but that's not surprising in a budget hotel. One great thing about this hotel is its location, pitched right in the center of the city. So we could simply hop over to the San Diego's best tourist spots without spending a bomb on commute. All said and done, its a nice enough affordable hotel with the best rates, that offers some good discounts too! You get to have a good time well within your budget. Next time we go to San Diego, we plan to stay in this hotel again. I think that says it all!
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.
I was wondering if you are able to sell some frozen breadfruit...there are other asian markets in northern california that sell this product. It is a common fruit in Guam and the marianas islands, including the philippines. It is sometime mistaken as jackfruit, but it really is a different fruit. I hope you'll be able to sell it, since I have not been able to find it anywhere in San Diego. Also in Guam a product from Japan call "Yours" Lemon Powder is a favorite item that we have not been able to find here. Mind you if some of the Guamainian and Filipinos know you are selling these items it will be a news worthy to pass on to our fellow friends and family.....I hope you'll make the effort to provide these items...it will be a great reminder of home sweet home...meanwhile I continue to shop at your store, because although "H" market and Vieng Hong is there as well as Seafood City...we love the atmosphere and the cleanliness and hospitality we receive each time we come to your establishment. Thank you and I hope that one day these things will be found in your shelf soon.