Old Town San Diego Hotel Across from the San Diego Airport The Holiday Inn Express San Diego Airport / Old Town hotel is situated in an outstanding location in Americas Finest City. We are located just off I-5 and I-8 and less than a mile from the San Diego International Airport (SAN). You will appreciate our free local area shuttle service to the airport, San Diego Convention Center, Cruise Ship Terminal, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, the Amtrak Train Station, as well as the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD). Our Old Town San Diego hotel location places you within walking distance of the trolley station and Historic Old Town. You will enjoy being a short distance from Balboa Park, Seaport Village, PETCO Park, Qualcomm Stadium, and Coronado Island. Looking to visit a local university? We are a short drive to both University of San Diego and San Diego State University. You will find a wide variety of shopping and entertainment at the nearby Gaslamp Quarter, Fashion Valley, Mission Valley and Horton Plaza. Dont forget to check out the USS Midway, the Maritime Museum and any of the nearby world-famous beaches. Enjoy the free hot breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, business center, fitness room, outdoor heated pool, and 24-hour deli and convenience store.

Property Information

Year Built: 1989
Accessible rooms: 12
Double bedrooms: 56
Floors: 3
Nonsmoking rooms: 126
Single-bedded accommodations: 61
Suites: 7
Total rooms: 126


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General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Kids Stay Free Policy Maximum number of children per paid adult: 0Maximum child age: 19
Pet Policy Unfortunately we do not accept pets, however the Dr. Boyd's Pet Resort is located one block north of the hotel. You can visit thier website at www.drboyds.com or give them a call at 6192606060.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5 1540 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice hotel great location

    This hotel provides a shuttle from the airport as well as to the cruise port. The awesome benefit is they will provide a shuttle to and from old town. The front desk staff is very friendly and provides recommendations for restaurants, attractions, just about anything we asked about. Very knowledgeable. The location is perfect if you’re taking a cruise out of San Diego. We would like to commend the staff and highly recommend this hotel. The room is not extremely large but big enough for two people! Very clean.

    Jan 27, 2023
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating

    The hotel is right next to the highway and a train, so we didn’t get a lot of sleep. There was also a rude patron running his mouth all night in the hallway, seemed like he was on drugs. Stayed there for less than 12 hours and it cost over $250. When I spoke with the staff about the issues upon check out, they just said sorry…. No discount, refund, or anything. What a rip off!!

    Jan 27, 2023
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Adhraa is the joy of this Hotel

    This hotel is good because of Adhraa, she is smart, helpful, and pleasant to guest. I feel I have to say that Kaylee was not so and didn't mind yelling at customers. Two distinctly different styles, and fortunately for me, Adhraa took good care of us. Our room was clean and the breakfast was very good. The location was perfect for a walk to old Town.

    Jan 08, 2023
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Comfortable hotel in convenient location

    We stayed here overnight because of the proximity to the airport and the car rental center. The hotel shuttle was available to take us to/from any location so we used this to connect with the Airport, Old Town and the Car Rental Center. Some patience was required if the service was busy. The hotel rooms have been updated and were very clean and comfortable. The soundproofing was amazing so we enjoyed a very quiet stay undisturbed by the adjacent highway. The breakfast buffet was adequate. Above all, the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful in resolving any issues.

    Jan 05, 2023
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Mixed Review

    The staff at this hotel were great. Personable, polite and everyone we encountered spoke and said hello. The rooms were ok...standard for HI Express. I did like the secure parking under the property and the location was perfect. Minutes away from almost everything we wanted to see and do in San Diego. Also, due to our flight schedule, we arrived about an hour before the listed check in time and were able to get in our room a little early. The only disappointment we had with our stay, was the continental breakfast. Only one staff member to work the breakfast area and while she was doing everything she could, she could not keep up with the demand on any of the three days we were there. The property appeared to be at or near capacity our entire visit. Additionally, out of the four hot food chafing dishes, only two were used each day and there was never any variety in the protein provided each day (example: sausage today, bacon the next). We were even told that the cinnamon rolls were not put out until 8 AM when breakfast was advertised as 6 - 10 AM. We have never experienced this at any of the other HI Express properties we have visited. It's almost as if the hotel was caught off guard as to the number of guest that would be on property during the week of our stay, but that would not be a valid reasoning given the reservation system that is in place. Overall, I can only score this stay as an average stay and average HI Express experience with a note that the location and staff were definite notes in the 'plus' column.

    Jan 04, 2023
Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see Frequently Asked Questions), hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats /PC 18-234, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats; Miami Air operated by TUI Airlines Belgium N.V. : PC 19-085 & PC 19-117, B737-800, 180 seats/PC 19-091, B737-800-183 seats; Swift Air: PC 19-092, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus: PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/ PC 19-079, A320-180-185 seats/PC 19-094, A320-185 seats. CST2139014-20 120319