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1. Posted by rickyhunk1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I am eagerly looking forward to a long delayed trip to the Sea World in San Diego. I have heard volumes about it, read about it and seen some awesome pictures and videos. But I have never been there. I love marine life and this trip sure is gonna be a dream come true for me. I have been hunting for some good place to stay, somewhere near the Sea World. Mark, a friend of mine suggested California Suites Hotel, which he says is located nearby and is good value for money. I checked out their web site[/url. So far it looks good. But a second opinion is always welcome. Can someone tell me if it is a good budget hotel?

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Yes, it's fine as cheap hotels go--and on a major street in the northern part of San Diego with lots of restaurants close by. It's not that close to Sea World, but it won't take much more than 15-20 minutes to get to Sea World from there.

Enjoy your trip. I think you will like Sea World a lot.

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Even though you're a budget traveler, I would not stay way out on Claremont Mesa Blvd. It's true that water side places are a bit more, but it's your vacation! There should be a few budget motels in that area (on the highway and not directly on Mission Bay or the beach). Google for "Mission Bay San Diego motel" to get a list. Also consider going to Priceline and bidding on area hotels - believe you can specify Mission Bay in your search criteria. Even in La Jolla and Pacific Beach there's usually a few inexpensive places. Claremont Mesa is nowhere near water. San Diego traffic can be hell - especially the freeways at rush hour, and in La Jolla.

4. Posted by JoyC (Full Member 99 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

You should check out La Pensione. Great rates, fantastic location, and I absolutely love the place.

5. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 285 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If you have the time, take in the San Diego Zoo in downtown Balboa Park. The landscaping is as impressive as the animals.