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ricka47
April 11th, 2004, 01:17 PM
I'm sure that this has been posted here before, but the seach function isn't working for me.

We're sailing on the Mercury next January and are looking for a pre-cruise hotel that has an airport/port shuttle.

We always do the Embassy Suites in FLL and that has worked out well for us. But, we've never sailed out of San Diego before...thanks!

Rick

Luvtotrav
April 11th, 2004, 01:31 PM
The Holiday Inn on the bay is great. They will pick you up from the airport and the hotel is directory across from the terminal. You can literally walk across the street to the ship.

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denali1
April 11th, 2004, 01:53 PM
I second Luvtotrav's suggestion. Very convenient hotel, good cafe, nice staff. Even have a shuttle to the zoo.

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themirsk
April 11th, 2004, 01:53 PM
Actually, you can look on the millenium cam @celebrityatsea.com right now and see how close!!! celebritya

ricka47
April 11th, 2004, 02:35 PM
Thanks for the link! I saw the hotel from the ship. You can't get closer than that!

Rick

raudacruise
April 11th, 2004, 02:55 PM
There is an Embassy Suites near the pier. They offer transfers to/from airport as well as the pier. Frankly, the taxi ride to it is only about $10 so we don't waste time waiting for the pickup. But the short drive to the pier is worth it (as are the complimentary cocktail hour and breakfast).

George & MaryBeth

April 11th, 2004, 03:17 PM
The Best Western Bayside is just 3 blocks up from the Holiday Inn...also great views from their bayside rooms, we watched the Radiance
come into port from Ensenada after we were bussed back. They offer airport and cruise port transportation, as well as free parking.
We've stayed there twice and will be returning again in December. Great rates and great staff.
Nice pool area also, very convenient to the trolly and train station. Walking distance to bay, little italy and chinatown. You should lcheck it out.

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micheleg
April 11th, 2004, 04:05 PM
This is all great info!!! Thanks for posting it. I can't believe the port is right across the street from the Holiday in. When I checked out the bridge cam from the Millenium is was just unbelieveable. You certainly can't beat the convenience. Although we're not sailing until a year from now, I've already started doing my hotel and excursion research. You can never be too prepared!!! http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

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Cauvet
April 12th, 2004, 08:17 AM
There are several hotels along Pacific Highway to suit any budget. There is a nice Hampton Inn, REsidence Inn, several smaller independent hotels, La Pensione in Little Italy, and you are not far from the Convention center and the Gaslamp. I note that the Holiday really jacks up its prices on cruise days. All have airport transfers as well as cruise ship shuttles. Hey, I saw the Millennium in Port yesterday but the brochure says it was to leave Ft. Lauderdale yesterday. Celebrity seems to have printed its brochure too early!

babylene
April 12th, 2004, 10:07 AM
Hi Cauvet! We are planning to spend a weekend in La Jolla, post-cruise, in March. We are looking at the Best Western by the Sea (I think that's the full name) and the Hotel La Jolla. Are you familiar with either? Do you have a better suggestion? Our budget is around $150 U.S. per night. Thanks for any help.

Luvtotrav
April 12th, 2004, 03:05 PM
You can get on the trolley just down the street from the hotel. We spent an entire day sight seeing and used the trolley for the entire trip. It cost us $50.00. There is also a marine museum right next to the cruise terminal and it is very interesting as well. It cost $8.00 each.

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Cauvet
April 12th, 2004, 08:10 PM
I think that might be the Best Western Inn By the Sea and the Hotel La Jolla at the Shores. My AAA book quotes $169-229 and $209-229 for these two hotels. La Jolla is kind of Hoidy Toidy and expensive. For my money, I would rather be downtown where the action is. There are several good restaurants in La Jolla but everything is absolutely overpriced. You will probably need a car too but in town you can trolley around--even to the ship! LaJolla is not close to the airport nor the cruise ship. There are many nice hotels in town near the Gaslamp where all the nightlife is. March could be rainy and/or foggy and not very good beach weather. If you play golf, San Diego is the place to be!

harrick
April 12th, 2004, 08:21 PM
Go to www.biddingfortravel.com (http://www.biddingfortravel.com) and get an idea of what San Diego hotels are going for on Priceline. Do not pay rack rates, internet specials from the hotel, or Expedia or Hotwire rates if you can get one through Priceline!!! You will save big bucks. I stayed at a Hilton near Seaworld a few months ago for $60 per night. This was truly a 4 star establishment, great campus, great pool, great rooms. The money I saved more than paid for a rental car. Anyway, go to the bidding for travel website and get some tips on how to place a successful Priceline bid. It's fun and almost always worth a little extra effort for big savings.

April 13th, 2004, 09:12 AM
What ever you do, DO NOT USE PRICELINE for hotels in San Diego..I did use them for the very first time and ended up at a Holiday Inn about 12 miles from the airport. A taxie costs $25 and the same to the pier. Later I found that I could have booked a hotel much closer with shuttle service from the airport and even to the pier and some with free breakfast..Check out hotel availability first and book direct.....

tlmlb
April 13th, 2004, 10:26 AM
The person who stated do not use Priceline is ignorant of the fact that San Diego is broken up into different zones that you may bid in. Study the priceline zone map carefully and only make your original bid in the zones you would be willing to stay in. Use free rebids to adjust your price upwards.

A free rebid is one where you add a zone that only has lower classifications of hotels than your original bid. Say, for example, you bid on a 4 star downtown for $xx and are denied. You may bid immediately for the same dates by adding a zone (making sure that zone does not have any 4 star properties, only lesser rated properties) and raising your price. By doing this you are essentially bidding the higher price for the downtown area only since the area added has no 4 star properties. San Diego has many zones without 4 star properties, therefore a prime place to use free rebids. Remember, only use zones for free rebidding that only have lesser rated properties than your original bid.

addicted2traveling
April 13th, 2004, 03:21 PM
We used Priceline and got Holiday Inn on the Bay(right across from the pier) for $70. Rack rate is $135 for the night we booked. Use priceline!! As TOMCAt said, just pay attention to what zone you are booking in.

Cauvet
April 13th, 2004, 08:17 PM
Yeah but did you get the Holiday Inn for a Cruise night? The rates change radically for when the ship is in and when it is not.

ricka47
April 13th, 2004, 08:38 PM
I got a AAA rate of $99 the night before the cruise.

Rick

JNLROSE
April 14th, 2004, 06:32 AM
I got the Holiday Inn on the Bay (across the st from pier) from Priceline (my 1st time w/Priceline) for $85.00 on Thanksgiving night! We sail on Friday. Great experience! I'm VERY happy!

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ricka47
April 14th, 2004, 08:05 AM
Will they take you to the pier? There's a big group of us with a lot of luggage.

Rick

addicted2traveling
April 14th, 2004, 08:40 AM
Yep, we got our room for a cruise night. We booked for Jan. 6 and we sail away Jan. 7. I think it helps that we have booked very far in advance. It is a great deal!

ricka47-From what I have been told...a bellhop will take your luggage over to the pier for you.

JNLROSE
April 14th, 2004, 08:57 AM
I have also been told the bellhops will gladly take the luggage across the st. for you. I'm sure a lg group can be accomodated if you make arrangements early with them! (and tip well too I'm sure)

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MiataKath
April 14th, 2004, 09:38 AM
Hello,

We, too, stayed at the Holidy Inn on the Bay the night before our sailing on the Mercury on Feb.20, 04.

Our personal experience was that the Bell Hops were completely over-whelmed with mountains of luggage. We found it much simpler to just take our own wheeled luggage with us and just walk across the street in the designated area to the cruise ship terminal.

It was simply a matter of logistics, that's all!
Have a wonderful cruise!

Don and Kathie

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JNLROSE
April 14th, 2004, 09:57 AM
Miatakath,

What time of day did you go to the pier? Our luggage is not "all portable" by us! We'll need some help. Maybe we can go over earlier than the "crowds".

Rosie

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MiataKath
April 14th, 2004, 11:23 AM
Hi,

In answer to your question, it was, I recall, about 11:30 - 11:45 A.M.

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lkb125
April 14th, 2004, 01:41 PM
We just returned from the trans-canal on the Milli, which was great. And we stayed at the Holiday Inn right across from the pier, it was very nice and the view from the balcony was awesome. Lorelle

Cauvet
April 14th, 2004, 08:32 PM
Glad to hear you all got great prices to stay at the best hotel in town for cruises. I just checked prices a couple of times in the past and noted they jacked up the price >$100 on a cruise night. Luckily, I live about three blocks from the pier myself. My husband drops me off with the luggage then takes the car home and walks down. We jump in the cab coming home--only $3.00.

denali1
April 14th, 2004, 09:43 PM
When we stayed at the Holiday Inn, it was literally a 1 minute walk from the lobby to the luggage drop off area. i remember thinking that I've walked farther in airports with my bags.

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Cauvet
April 15th, 2004, 08:36 PM
Hey babylene: As I was driving to work today, noticed that the hotel on the corner was the Hotel La Jolla. You know, for the $$, it really isn't in a good location. It certainly is not at the beach. I don't know where the Best Western is, but by the AAA book, it looks like it is down at La Jolla Cove and closer to the water--a much better bet as there are many many excellent restaurants and nice shopping there. Nice to walk around the cove.

babylene
April 15th, 2004, 09:40 PM
Thank you for the info. It was so nice of you to take note and report! Can I walk to the beach from there? Don't forget it will be March and we will go to walk only. Which is another question...is there a long beach for walking? Someone (maybe it was you!) said that it could be cloudy or foggy in March....so I told my DH that maybe we should stay in San Diego itself, after all. If we did that, I would want to be in a good location, where we wouldn't have to rent a car. Were you the one who suggested that? Such decisions!

L11
April 15th, 2004, 11:14 PM
Babylene, I also know where the Hotel La Jolla is and it is definitely not walking distance to the beach. Well, a REALLY long walk maybe, but not really doable. It is not by the way, a bad hotel. All of the rooms have small balconies where you can see the ocean. It used to be called the Summer House and I stayed there a long time ago when they still had jazz in their rooftop lounge. Their restaurant. Elario's, is still there, though. It used to be very good. Don't know about now.

There is a long beach (maybe a mile or less) at La Jolla Shores near the Aquarium. The only other beach I know of there is La Jolla Cove. No real beach, but very pretty. I have been scuba diving there.

If you have never been to San Diego, I would stay in San Diego proper. You can do it without a car if you prefer. There are buses and trolleys and everything is fairly close together. La Jolla is very scenic, but it will more than likely be chilly in March, and there is a lot more to do in or near the city.

Linda

cantw8
April 16th, 2004, 06:35 AM
Cauvet,I was looking at the Embassy Suites and Hotel in La Jolla. Do you know how that area is? I know it is not close to the pier but was wondering if it is in a pretty safe place and a nice hotel. Thanks for any info.

Toni

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babylene
April 16th, 2004, 09:39 AM
Hi Linda! Thanks for the input. It sounds like to be both walking distance to the center of things and walking distance to a walking beach (I guess you get the picture...we like to walk!!!)is not feasible. As for San Diego, we were at the Hyatt Islandia about 17 years ago. Our kids were young and we did all the kids' sights. Last year we spent one night pre-cruise at the Residence Inn on Pacific Hwy and visited Horton's Plaza (which we don't have to visit again!) and we walked along the water's edge to the Seaport Village.
If we did decide to stay in San Diego, what would you recommend as a hotel and what would you recommend for sight-seeing/activities?

shakespeare
April 16th, 2004, 10:22 AM
babylene...what did you think of the Residence Inn on Pacific Highway? We are planning on using Marriott points to stay there one night pre-cruise in December? How convenient was it to the port, airport etc.

Thanks!

Liz

2dogcarol
April 16th, 2004, 02:00 PM
I booked a hotel in San Diego on Priceline twice and got both for $55. This past Jan I got the Holiday Inn on the Bay and the previous Jan I got a hotel on Harbor Island. Can't remember which chain but it had a harbor view and was very nice. I would always use Priceline in San Diego.

babylene
April 16th, 2004, 02:20 PM
Hi Liz! We were very happy there. They shuttle you (free) to the ship. It is about 1 block away. After breakfast we walked over to watch the passengers disembark and of course asked some of them lots of questions! Then we walked further to the Seaport shops. It was a lovely morning. By noon, we shuttled over to the ship. It was very easy. I think the shuttle picked us up at the airport, but I can't remember! At first I had booked another hotel, but as the cruise time approached, someone posted that they got a fantastic price, so I switched hotels. Hope this helps.

shakespeare
April 16th, 2004, 03:12 PM
Thanks Babylene...have heard good things about this hotel, but always nice to get a report from someone with first hand experience. Last time we cruised out of San Diego, we stayed at the Marriott downtown. We liked it there, but this time wanted to be closer to the port.