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Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido

1250 W Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92029-1704
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 20-11-20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20-11-20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#7 of 17 hotels in Escondido
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites San Diego-Escondido is nestled in hills of north San Diego county, just minutes from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Performing Art Center, Harrah's Rincon Casino, Valley View Casino, Pala Casino, California State San Marcos, award-winning Stone Brewing Co., golf courses, fishing, and wineries. Enjoy easy access to downtown San Diego, SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, Old Town, Legoland, beaches, hiking and parks. We're also walking distance to shopping and restaurants and are centrally located in the business and financial districts of Escondido. Local nearby companies include Sony, Lockheed Martin, Hewlett-Packard and many more. Room rate includes daily hot breakfast.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Secured parking
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Filipino
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Benjamin H wrote a review Nov. 2020
Rochester, Minnesota8 contributions
Stayed in room 315 for 6 nights. Relied on the Holiday Inn Express brand when choosing...I was let down. Positive notes: The staff was courteous and the service was prompt (though we received relatively little service due to COVID-19 precautions, which is understandable). On arrival, the desk attendant stated that she gave us a room that was slightly larger due to its location in the "tower" (if you look at pictures of the hotel, you'll see where this is). This was appreciated. Common areas of the hotel have been renovated and are clean and well-lit. Appropriate COVID-19 precautions are being taken; though the desk attendant at arrival was wearing her mask below her chin and didn't place correctly during our check-in (there was a plexiglass divider at the check-in desk). First issue: The elevator is very slow, small, and multiple buttons don't light up when pressed, leaving me to wonder if it was actually going to stop on the floor I needed. Likewise, directional buttons on the outside of the elevator on first and third floor didn't light up, leaving me to wonder if I was going to receive elevator service. Second issue(s): Room upkeep. 1. The mini-fridge was in desperate need of defrosting (ice ball the size of a stack of pancakes was stuck to the inside) and thus, the fridge made a clunking sound that woke us up in the middle of the night (we initially thought someone was trying to get into our room). 2. The shower drain ran extremely slowly, leaving us standing in 1" of water during our showers. 3. USB charging ports on left-hand bedside stand didn't work. 4. Desk chair height adjustment didn't work...stuck in lowest position. 5. Sink drain stopper didn't work properly, constantly sliding down which caused water to pool in sink. 6. Digital display on the in-room AC unit didn't work, so we had to guess at the temperature we were setting the room to. 7. The bathroom fan was dramatically under-powered, which left the room extremely humid after showering and for hours afterward. 8. The carpet was very dirty...multiple stains and noticeable dinginess. In these times of a pandemic, extra attention to the rooms will go a long way to improve customer satisfaction, since more time is being spent in the room.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: "Tower" rooms are a bit larger. Rooms on the East side face the I15 Freeway and are...
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Response from IHG Service, Owner at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido
Responded Nov. 29, 2020
Hi BenjaminH266, I am glad you left feedback. Thanks for choosing to stay at our Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido! Though brilliant stays are what we promise, I'm worried that you had otherwise. I am sorry to learn about the issues encountered during your recent stay with us, particularly with the elevator including the defective room and bathroom amenities. I feel concerned that your stay was not comfortable due to cleanliness misses with the carpet. We strive to make each stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible, and we will use your comments to coach our team in order to provide a better experience in the future. I appreciate your kind words for our hotel staff. They'll be very pleased to hear that you remembered their friendly efforts. We can't wait to see you again! Cheers, June A. Case Manager IHGService
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DrummerD2 wrote a review Sep. 2020
Bend, Oregon172 contributions35 helpful votes
Staff was fantastic. Quiet location, despite being next to a freeway. Lots of places to eat within walking distance. Newer furnishings and fresh paint. But, a few things that need attention. Dirty windows that have mold, dirt, and bugs, and difficult to open. Bugs in light fixture. Smoke detector chirping when someone is in the shower. Shower was at furthest end of spectrum when it comes to water waste. Usually disappointed with extremely restrictive shower but this one will drown you. Felt very wasteful. Rooms pretty small but functional. TV kept pixelating on some channels. Refrigerator looked like an afterthought but worked. I get Covid issues but Lobby bathroom off limits and “free breakfast” was a line of people waiting to get a couple of prepackaged muffins or danish, banana, and coffee. Cleaning done in between guests. Kudos to infection control but having a pre-made to-go bag like other HIE places was faster and more convenient. All in all, not a bad place to stay, but there’s some improvement needed.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from IHG Service, Owner at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido
Responded Oct. 10, 2020
Hello DrummerD2, Thank you for your stay and for taking the time to leave us feedback. While I am glad that you regarded our staff fantastic and the location to be good, I am sorry to learn that the molds on the room's window and size were a letdown. I also recognize your comments regarding the shower and breakfast. I have alerted the hotel management regarding your comments, and I am confident that the steps that will be taken will improve your next visits with us. I hope to welcome you back! Best regards, Dianne L. Case Manager IHGService
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Minna22 wrote a review Dec. 2019
Gilroy, California11 contributions3 helpful votes
We've stayed here several years in a row, visiting relatives, but it was getting shabby so we figured we might have to find a new place. But this time we were happily surprised! Everything has been completely remodeled -- the lobby, the rooms, the breakfast area. It's very clean and bright and convenient. Our check-in was quick and friendly, too!
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Date of stay: December 2019
Sheri D wrote a review Oct. 2019
Spring, Texas22 contributions26 helpful votes
My faith in people has been restored because of the honesty of the housekeeping staff at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Escondido. We were spending a few days in Escondido to see our new grandson. As expected at a Holiday Inn Express & Suites, we were greeted with a smile, and a clean smelling lobby. Our room was delightful, and breakfast was warm and filling. But, what really stood out during this stay was the housekeeping staff! I left a pair of 100 year old, diamond earrings on my nightstand. These were an irreplaceable gift to me from my husband. They had belonged to his grandmother. I checkout out, and boarded an airplane home before realizing my negligence. Of course, I panicked. Upon landing in Houston, I was greeted with a voicemail from the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Escondido. Housekeeping had found my earrings, and locked them in the safe. Needless to say I was extremely relieved and thrilled. Then I realized just how honest their housekeeping staff is. This was such a small item, that could have easily been tucked into a pocket, and no one would have known the difference. I cannot express my appreciation for the honesty of the housekeeping staff! We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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WWLL wrote a review Oct. 2019
South Pasadena, CA240 contributions110 helpful votes
I spent one night at the Holiday Inn Express in Escondido instead of driving home (3 hours) after a conference in San Diego. I am impressed. The hotel is just off I-15. Next door is a Del Taco and an In-N-Out Burger. At the main road is a Burger King. The hotel has a small pool, a smaller fitness room. My room had everything: microwave oven, LED clock, coffee maker, flat-screen TV, ironing board, etc. Everything is clean, clean clean and everything worked. The bed was comfortable. The air-conditioning is good. The Wi-Fi was fast and stable. The staff is cordial. A buffet breakfast is included. Besides the usual coffee, juices, sweet rolls, there was biscuit and gravy, pre-made omeltttes, scrambled eggs, two types of sausages, and a waffle maker. The food tasted good too.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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US$103 - US$224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido
Which popular attractions are close to Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido?
Nearby attractions include Lake Hodges Pedestrian Suspension Bridge (0.2 km), Stone and Glass (1.2 km), and Ice-Plex Escondido (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido?
Conveniently located restaurants include Vintana, In-N-Out Burger, and Cocina del Charro.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Holiday Inn Express San Diego - Escondido?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Filipino.