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Reviewed 8 October 2017

A friend and I stayed here for 6 nights, in September/October 2017. We loved it. It's a block from an AMAZING beach. The room was clean. The beds were comfortable. The full breakfast was really good, and the breakfast room is big and bright and welcoming. The staff were all friendly, and helpful. The pool was enjoyable. And Solana Beach is a fun town to wander around in. The train access from San Diego was easy, and close by. And a bus goes past the hotel door, if you are relying on public transit.

Room Tip: We had a room on the third floor, on the pool side, overlooking the city hall and parking area which has lots of trees, which I enjoyed.
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank YukonViolet
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Andi C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

YukonViolet: Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review! We are so pleased to hear that you loved your experience at our hotel. Our guests' complete satisfaction is what we constantly strive for - and we are so glad to hear that the cleanliness, accommodations, level of service, and location were all exactly what you were looking for. We hope to have the chance to host you back again soon!

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Reviewed 8 September 2017

Stayed here for 3 nights in late August. Very friendly and accommodating front desk staff. Apparently, we were given one of the updated rooms (if they are not by now all updated). Everything seemed new and clean. A variety of four types of pillows on each bed, modern bathroom fixtures, great Dish Network TV. Timely and efficient daily housekeeping. However, patio screen door was old and difficult to operate and the small patio itself was not part of the updating. Large, well-maintained area for the free breakfast 6 - 10 AM. Great coffee, decent muffins, but pass on the styrofoam-like mini omelets. Handy parking garage directly under hotel ($3 parking fee per day) with easy elevator access to room.

The hotel has 2 floors where the rooms are located (floors 2 and 3). The ground floor is the lobby. Request a second floor room facing south (even numbered rooms). Why? The second floor is where the breakfast room, ice machine and pool are located. Also, the patios on the second floor appear to be larger. Finally, the view is slightly better facing south and a little brighter. The north view overlooks a rental car lot. The southern view overlooks a parking lot and well-maintained office complex (the lesser of two evils).

This is a great location just a few minutes by car up the road from the Del Mar beach or down the road to the Cardiff by the Sea Beach. And you can stay here for about half the price the motel right on the Del Mar beach charges.

Room Tip: Request a second floor even numbered room
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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HinnExpress, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

That you for taking the time to review in detail your recent experience at the Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach Del Mar! We are so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your experience at our hotel - from the pillow options, to the location, to the efficiency of our service levels. We also appreciate you taking the time to highlight some of your key travel tips - description of the property, view options, and tips for travel in area. It's travelers such as yourself that ensure our future guests feel right at home the moment they arrive to the hotel. We hope to have the opportunity to host you again soon!

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Had a week long stay here with my kids. Close to everything in mellow Solana Beach. Fast access to I-5 for travels to other parts of the state. Super clean, comfortable room. Beds were comfortable, great pillows. Free breakfast each day was ample with enough variety to satisfy most tastes. The beautiful, calm Solana beach is a short walk away.

Staff was excellent everyone treated us very well and were very welcoming.
We really enjoyed our stay here and look forward to coming back.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the third floor.
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Jeremy D
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HinnExpress, Front Desk at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Thank you so much for your feedback. We appreciate your comment, as it helps our staff to know they are doing a great job. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our complimentary breakfast, as well as our beautiful location and beach. Our goal is to always make our guests feel as cozy and comfortable as possible. We hope to see you back soon at our hotel.

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

The rooms are normal size, the beds are nice. The housekeeping came in daily and did a nice job cleaning up after my teenage boys. Breakfast was normal for a continental. I will point out that they had turkey sausage and egg whites. This hotel is not on the beach, but very close. The stairs are the closest but it is 3 flights down, if you walk down the street about a half a mile there is a ramp area. Wonderful beach, not crowded at all.

Stayed: July 2017
Thank Heather J
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HinnExpress, Front Desk at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Thank you so much for your feedback. We value your remarks, as it helps our staff to know they are doing a great job. We are pleased to see that you enjoyed our beautiful beach. Our goal is to always make our guests feel as cozy and comfortable as possible. We hope to see you back soon at our hotel.

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Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for 5 days for my husbands work. We chose this coz its a shorter walk to the beach compared to our hotel last week. Just 5 mins walk to the closest beach access but about 5 flights of stairs going down to the beach.
As IHG member our room was upgraded so it was spacious with a small living area and dining table as well as patio.
Room comes with microwave, ref and coffeemaker. Free daily breakfast is included in the rates. Parking is $3/night.
Staff were nice and efficient. Our only complaint was when we asked for a late checkout the most they could give us was until 12:30pm. They said they were fully booked. Maybe we are just use to courtesy late check out extended to Spire members in other hotels. Too bad coz we will be back in SD next week for another 5 days and have opted to stay in another hotel.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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HinnExpress, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach/Del Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thank you for your feedback regarding your stay at Holiday Inn Express Solana Beach-Del Mar, CA. We value your remarks, as it helps our staff to know they are doing a great job. We are pleased to see you enjoyed the location and how convenient it is to get to the beach. We are always happy to upgrade guests when possible, so we are happy to see you enjoyed your suite. We were unfortunately sold out at the time of your check out, so we apologize for not being able to accommodate your late checkout. When we have the availability and the ability to accommodate ANY of our guests requests, we are ready and willing to do so, ESPECIALLY when they are valued spire members, whom always receive priority. We take our guest comments very seriously and always strive to provide comfortable and friendly accommodations. We appreciate being of service to you, and hope to see you back soon at our hotel.

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