Master Thread Homewood Suites SAN-Liberty Station

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  1. Kalboz
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    Planning a three night stay at the Homewood Suites SAN-Liberty Station in late July. In addition to your run of the mill attractions (Seaworld, Zoo, Old Town, etc.), what would you suggest for activities with two young children?

    Any input or comments about this property will be greatly appreciated :)
     
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    Short (~2 hr) harbor cruises could be fun, especially during the whale / dolphin migrations. I also enjoy hiking and scenery in the nearby Torrey Pines.
     
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    Beach! Unrestricted, laid-back beach time is so much fun with little ones. But your have had lots of beach time, right?

    Make sure to get a combo ticket for the Zoo and Safari Park. I prefer the Safari Park but kids like both. Also, walk around Balboa Park, not just at the zoo.
     
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    Tide pools at Point Loma. reuben h fleet science center( note if you have a membership from discovery science center in orange show your card with the ASTC symbol in the corner and admission is free for the family)
    on the way down or on the return i would recommend a stop at the leo carrillo ranch of the spanish daggers in carlsbad(a huel howser favorite).
     
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    USS Midway -- to visit an aircraft carrier. Right downtown.
     
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    We had a blast by doing the following this past Friday - Monday:

    - The historical Old Town with its many landmarks.
    - SeaWorld
    - San Diego Zoo
    - Liberty Station Park

    Great San Diego trip and we are very pleased with Hilton's Homewood Suites - Liberty Station. A complete report with photos is coming up! :)
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  7. Kalboz
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    Hilton's best kept secret in San Diego, IMO, is the Homewood Suites SAN - Liberty Station. We just returned from a weekend stay and are pleasantly surprised/impressed with this unassuming all suites in a garden setting property. We drove from Orange County and arrived there in less than two hours.

    Location: At Point Loma area and the historic de-commissioned Naval Training Center (NTC) where 100Ks of navy-types trained/went through on the way to the Pacific front during WWII and afterward. There is a naval ship (destroyer) literally in the hotel's parking lot! Just across a small body of water (Harbor Channel?) from SAN and the area is connected to the airport by a bridge (N. Harbor Dr.). The hotel is about 2 miles from the historic Old Town, 3 miles to Sea World (back way via Nimitz Blvd.), 4 miles to downtown, 5 miles to Balboa Park (San Diego Zoo), and right at the edge of the NTC Park with its impressive vintage artillery pieces on display. The immediate area also has many restaurants and shopping venues. To sum it up, the location is excellent.

    Check-in, Reception & Lobby: Recognized as a HH Gold by the cheerful FD clerk and given a suite with 200 SQFT of extra room to accommodate our two kids. Given a brown bag with complimentary two water bottles and a snack. Lobby is fairly small and is connected to the main dining room, business center where 2 complimentary desktop terminals and a printer are available for all to use, and a billiards room. Free WIFI throughout. We requested extra bedding for our kids, and firm pillows for myself. All were provided promptly and without nickle and dime-ing us. Very Good!

    Room: We were given corner room # 301 with a nice view overlooking the pool, park, and the bay beyond. Very good size, well appointed, with separate bedroom, living room/dining area, and full kitchen. Kitchen had a full size fridge, sink, counter-top stove, microwave oven, toaster, coffee maker, and all needed utensils. Living room and bedroom were adequate for the four of us and actually good. The bathroom was very small with shower inside the bathtub. Toiletries and only 3 towels provided daily which was sufficient as we brought in some towels with us. Towels had a noticeable bleach smell.

    Food & dining: Complementary daily buffet-style breakfast for all hotel guests regardless of the status. Breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs, sausages or other protein, potatoes, breads, jams, waffles, fruits, cereals, with all condiments like cream cheese, peanut butter, cheese, salsa, etc. Additionally, the buffet contains juices, coffee, and tea. The food was delicious and more than adequate to sustain us until early supper. Comped dinner with beer & wine is also served to all guests Monday-Thursday. But we did not partake as our stay was over the weekend but the weekly menu was posted on our fridge. Complimentary grocery shopping service and outdoor grills are available, but we did not use either. In the immediate area of the hotel there was a VONS supermarket and Trader Joe's. We stocked the fridge with Champagne, fruits, milk, and snacks. We also went to restaurants in the area: Issara Thai: not recommended. Sushiya: Good. Yummy Asian Buffet: not recommended. Todai: off the 8 is closed for good.

    Overall, we highly recommend this property for the amenities, location, and the good service provided by the pleasant staff. This is not a 5-star full service luxury property, but an excellent choice for a family that is there to see the sites. We burned two nights certificates from the Citibank HH Reserve Visa plus 50K HH points for the third night. Total bill at check-out = $0 :)
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    Theres also a decent Japanese place a short walk from this hotel across the parking lot...they often have good sushi deals.
     
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    Yes, thanks, mentioned above ... Sushiya Japanese Restaurant shares its parking with is property and has 50% off on sushi rolls. The only decent place we went to during this trip.
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    More photos of this property can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalboz/sets/72157634753329957/with/9352514348/
     

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