Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld Beach Area hotel! We are just minutes from several of the citys most popular attractions such as the San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld and invite you to experience the refreshing escape of San Diego with the entire family. You'll find the Balboa Ave. trolley stop a 10-minute walk from our hotel, offering guests an affordable and efficient public transportation option to see the sights and sounds of the city. A short 6-mile drive from our hotel takes you to the beautiful ocean-side cliffs, boutique shops and spectacular dining options in La Jolla. Take a bike ride around Mission Bay or Pacific Beach, capture the sun at one of our many local beaches, or enjoy the wide array of restaurants, entertainment, and shopping in Historic Downtown San Diego. Feeling sporty? Then catch a Padres game at Petco Park or watch the Gulls hit the ice at Pechanga Arena. Our free Express Start™ Breakfast Bar offers a customized start to your day and features your favorite morning classics and indulgences like our famous hot cinnamon rolls or made to order pancakes. We offer modern amenities like our complimentary high-speed internet, heated outdoor pool, 24/7 Fitness Center, onsite Business Center, and complimentary parking - all at an affordable price. If you're looking for the perfect getaway to relax and have some fun, our Mission Bay hotel will keep you coming back for more!

Property Information

Year Built: 1974
Accessible rooms: 5
Double bedrooms: 65
Floors: 3
Nonsmoking rooms: 113
Single-bedded accommodations: 48
Total rooms: 113


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General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Kids Stay Free Policy Maximum number of children per paid adult: 0Maximum child age: 19

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 565 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Everything you need for a comfortable stay.

    Convenient location close to beaches, restaurants and activities. Secure building with inside corridors and keyed entry. Plenty of free parking. Room has fridge, microwave, table and chairs. Bath has nice showerhead and pumps with Dove soap and bodywash (my favorite) instead of those little bottles. Wish the pool area was larger. Favorite part of our stay was the expansive breakfast! Hot eggs and sausage, toast, muffins, cereal (including hot oatmeal), fruit, yogurt, juice, and a fresh make your own pancake machine. The best part was the yummy warm cinnamon rolls! The coffee station even had flavored creamers. The breakfast area was large and clean and constantly being filled and maintained. It's too bad the area wasn't open for lounging during the day.

    Jan 25, 2023
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Holiday Inn San Diego Sea World Beach area gets a "D" minus

    We have stayed at many Holiday Inn Express Hotels; sadly this was the below IGH standards. The luggage cart had flat tires. Only one elevator seemed busy most of the time. Many kids were playing running the hall ways. The carpets were soiled. A musty smell in both the halls and our room. The décor of the rooms were tired. The breakfast not well stocked. In the hallway marijuana could be smelled. The room attendant entered our room using her key without knocking first. Loud Ice machine in the hallway. Overall, We just did not feel safe. All these issues were brought to the attention at the front desk and meet with very little interest to remedy the issues.

    Oct 11, 2022
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Not flexible when it comes to COVID

    I made a hotel reservation 2 weeks in advance. After the first week, I came down with COVID, and contacted the hotel. The hotel manager was very inflexible, and charged me $350. It made no difference that I have COVID, I have to pay the $350 for the first night stay. Do not stay at a hotel, where they do not give you options. I will not stay at another Holiday Inn, and I have stayed at 3 of them this year.

    Jul 15, 2022
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    No More Holiday Inn Express For Me - Ever!!

    We were given this hotel as part of a package deal for the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park. I could have done much better on my own. It started with parking. If you wanted to park near your room you had to park in a tiny paved area enclosed by the square building. Difficult to get into and out of the spaces. The "pool" is about 8 feet square and enclosed in a ten foot high cement wall. The room keys didn't work the first time I tried them so I had to go all the way back to the office to get that fixed. The person in the office told me it was my fault, that I had demagnetized them. I explained to him that the keys had been in my pocket, no where near my phone or anything else. The new keys worked. The room was not clean to start with and never got cleaner. There was caked dirt in the corners of the bathroom and something dark in the grout along the bathroom wall. You practically had to step into the toilet in order to open and close the bathroom door. The shower was in the bathtub so you had to step into the tub in order to shower. That is difficult for some people. The shower head was caked with calcium deposits. The rooms were not cleaned or beds made unless you requested it each morning. The free breakfast was nice. It was in large room, with lots of tables and a pretty good selection of food. Hotel was noisy at night, people running up and down the halls on the second floor (we were on the first floor). The front desk wouln't do anything about it.

    Jul 05, 2022
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Location great, hotel in need of an update

    This is a conveniently located hotel in San Diego - didn’t have to go too far to find food or basic shopping. My family and I stayed in two rooms. The rooms seemed pretty old, and in one of the rooms the heater did not work, and it was needed for the cold night that night. The breakfast room was extremely crowded, but we went toward the end of breakfast so it was understandable. Overall, I think a refresh of the rooms would be ideal and make this hotel more appealing to guests.

    Jun 25, 2022
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