Thank you all for helping to make our stay so lovely! We wanted to show
our appreciation and spread the good news, so this is the posting from
Trip Advisor that I submitted:
This inn is so convenient if one is looking for a place within walking
distance to Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and Hillcrest (many restaurant/bar
options). The number 7 bus stops right in front of the Balboa and getting
other transportation from there is do-able (we didn't even rent a car
while we were staying there - and went to Ocean Beach!) The great staff
are so friendly and helpful ... and take time to help with transportation/local
questions, without an attitude - which unfortunately is uncommon these
days. There is a continental breakfast included. The maid service is wonderful.
It was balmy while we were there, and the cleaning staff set the air conditioner
and ambiance light to be comfortable for when we got back to the inn that evening.
After such a long day, that was a sweet ending.
- Eloisa A-M, Sacramento, CA
Love this place - super friendly staff, right by the park, good rates, nice quiet courtyard in the back to chill out - walkable to Hillcrest.
- Matt N., Los Angeles, CA
I stayed at the Balboa Park Inn for 4-5 nights back in July 2011, and it was great. We stayed in a room facing Balboa Park, on the first floor. The room had a very warm, homey feel. Kind of like staying in the guestroom at your grandmother's house. The bathroom was large, with a jacuzzi tub. It was kind of weird that the mini-fridge, microwave, and other kitchen supplies were in the bathroom, but we got over it. There is a Trader Joe's nearby where you can stock up on microwave-cooked foods. The daily breakfast was nice, they were always very friendly when you called and ordered. Always a great job cleaning the rooms when you're out for the day.
The Inn is right across the street from Balboa Park. We jogged through the park every night. We walked to the San Diego Zoo easily. There is also a bus stop right there that goes in Downtown San Diego, convenient way to avoid drinking/driving at night.
The staff was great and friendly, they were able to hook us up with a nicer room upon check-in for no extra cost. We originally were going to be in one room for 2 nights, then switch to a smaller room for the remaining nights. They ended up letting us stay in the larger/nicer room for the same price as the smaller room. I would definitely go back.
- Mark H., Bloomfield, NJ
Had an overnight in San Diego and we were looking for accommodations that were in Hillcrest with easy downtown access which this place offered both.
Checked in with on-street parking right out front with no intention of moving it until we left in the morning. The 7 bus will take you right downtown (we walked down and rode back).
The room was exactly as described and certainly met our needs. We were not in a themed room (unless I missed that) but the bed was comfy and had no other issues.
- Gary B., Chicago, IL
When we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised that a new decor had been arranged. The room was large and very clean. Lots of little quirks and felt really welcoming. A little bit on the side like grandma's house, but still pleasantly comfy. Breakfast was simple and delivered to your door. We were fortunate to have very comfortable weather and walked to all the activities and museums in Balboa Park.
- Sally L., San Dimas, CA
Location: RIGHT BY the zoo and Balboa Park. Street parking, but that was super easy to find. Location is on the corner of two main streets so it was easy to find, park, and check-in. Service was SUPER nice and clear at check-in.
Service: Front desk, housekeeping, everyone we encountered was friendly.
Decor: Like what everyone said, this place is themed and quirky and quaint and simple and homey. Don't expect chain hotels or even fancy bed-and-breakfast. Expect a home away from home. We stayed in the Beach House (#29) and LOVED it!!!! The decor, the furnishing, and bathroom... everything was so cute! We love the sofa area (where we ordered delivery/take-out and ate and studied, the plates, microwave, fridge, coffee machine, the tub, shower, super soft bed and covers... everything! This place was very charming. At least our courtyard area was. We had a courtyard and a sun terrace, which was really nice.
- Lisa L., Los Angeles, CA
My husband and I just returned from a two night stay here; a Christmas gift from our children. I chose the ‘Jungle Nook’ room, as you would expect decorated with a jungle theme, awesome wall murals of gorillas and other jungle fauna, a large elephant head over the bed and so forth. Quirky but I loved it. The room was not overly large but adequate, the bed was comfy and the bathroom was HUGE with an enormous shower. Good amenities, fridge, microwave, coffee and they bring the continental breakfast to your suite. The location is unbeatable - within walking distance of everything in Balboa Park - zoo, museums, etc. A short drive to the Gaslamp District and an easy drive to Old Town. The staff were courteous and helpful, and everything went without a hitch. Not super posh but homey, comfortable and affordable. We would definitely go back.
- Christina P., Costa Mesa, CA
My wife and I are San Diego natives, and this year for our tenth anniversary we had this great idea to stay close to home and find a nice place to relax and get away from it all. So we picked this wonderfully charming hotel to spend a few days together alone. We chose the Balboa Park Inn, mostly because of it close proximity to Balboa Park and one of our favorite restaurants. We checked out a few of the themed rooms the Inn had to offer, each with its own unique flavor and exquisite furnishings.
We were impressed by their attention to detail, and after much deliberation we settled on their very best room, the Tara Suite. The suite was very spacious, beautifully & uniquely decorated, the furnishings were even more impressive starting with a fancy gold silk down filled Sherrill sofa to relax on, a wonderful Empire style Century Furniture dresser for our clothes with the matching desk, a beautiful Theodore Alexander accent chair with the matching console... no cheap particle wood hotel furnishings here. The entire suite was impressive to say the least. As you continue through to the rear of the suite, you are surrounded by the romantic aroma of scented candles all around you (all electric and remote controlled). In the corner is a large bar with all the kitchen amenities discreetly tucked behind it, a microwave, coffee pot and wine glasses.
But the best part about this suite is the oversized jacuzzi and European style bathroom all so cleaned it looked brand new, as if we were the first to use them. There were two showers next to the jacuzzi - one was a big rain showerhead which was great to use. The room was so nice, we spent more time inside than out. The service was outstanding. The staff is very knowledgeable, pleasant, and helpful at any hour. We received a level of customer service we had only experienced in five star resorts.
- Bert A., La Jolla, CA
This was one of my favorite hotels, EVER. It's a bed and breakfast with history, but it's not cloying or intrusive.
The neighborhood is gay- and urban/hipster-friendly, and the hotel is located close enough to Balboa Park to walk to the zoo or take a run in the morning.
What I remember most of all is the brilliant decor in our rooms (we stayed several nights in two different rooms there). Pretty darned over the top, in a nice way.
- Chiquita Y., Emeryville, CA