San Diego Fashion Valley Hotels

by Dawn R. Levesque

The Fashion Valley area of San Diego attracts shoppers, diners, convention goers and college visitors. What Fashion Valley lacks in charm, it more than makes up in convenience to the leisure or business traveler. Hotels range from inexpensive motels to spa and resort hotels, and fit every budget. Fashion Valley visitors have the option of an upscale mall, cinema, golf and restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Changs. From Fashion Valley, you may spend a day at nearby attractions such as the San Diego Zoo or catch a football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Or, you can just laze by the hotel pool sipping a Hawaiian Long Island after a relaxing spa treatment.

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Chain Hotels

Tourists may find carbon-copy chain hotels located along Hotel Circle, Friars Road and north of Downtown along Interstate 8 or Route 163. Top-rated choices include Doubletree, Hilton and Best Western Seven Seas. Government travelers and members of AAA and AARP benefit from special hotel rates. Chain hotels around Fashion Valley also offer package rates such as Doubletree’s Bed and Breakfast or Family Getaway packages. Fashion Valley chain hotels offer standard accommodations and amenities with added benefits such as a balcony or panoramic views.

Kid-Friendly Hotels

San Diego is a family-friendly city, and many hotels offer kid-friendly options. The Residence Inn offers two-bedroom suites specifically designed with kids in mind. Suites feature an additional room with a bunk bed or two twin beds and an activity table.This hotel teamed with Munchkin Minders, a local bonded service that entertains kids on the Residence Inn premise so adults can take time out to see San Diego on their own. The Marriott offers two family packages – Nickelodeon Your Stay and Family Pizza – for weekend stays in San Diego. The Family Pizza package includes one night deluxe accommodations, family breakfast, in-room movie, one large pizza and soda.

Resort Hotels

Fashion Valley has full-service hotels to meet guest’s more individualistic needs. Perks can include access to the 27-hole championship golf club, Riverwalk Golf Club. The Town and Country Resort offers traditional and deluxe accommodations, and suites housed in two guest-room towers and garden bungalows. The resort has four swimming pools on its 40-acres, a European health spa and fitness center, hair salons and five on-site restaurants (see Reference 5). The Handlery Hotel and Resort boasts 217 contemporary rooms including five one-bedroom suites. The hotel features a large heated pool with poolside fitness center. Visitors to the Crowne Plaza find a Polynesian setting with koi-filled ponds, tropical palms and birds of paradise. The hotel features 403 rooms including 14 suites with balconies or lanais. Their signature “Crown Plaza Sleep Advantage” program is aimed at guests that require a good night sleep.

Packages

Before booking, check with Fashion Valley area hotels for special package deals that hotels may offer. Packages range from romantic, sightseeing and spa to priority club discounts. For example, Travelodge San Diego Mission Valley promotes midweek specials with 20 percent off with check in on Tuesday or Wednesday. Best Western Seven Seas features a “Pack n Cruise” for guests staying one night prior to a cruise and offer 30 percent discount on reservations for three days or more. Ask about kid-friendly or family packages that include San Diego attractions such as Legoland or SeaWorld. Clubs such as AAA, AARP and other groups often have package discounts available.

About the Author

Dawn Renée Levesque has been a writer for over 30 years. Her travel and fashion photographs have been exhibited in Europe and the United States. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Levesque is the author of "Women Who Walk With the Sky" and co-author of "Wisdom of Bear." She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography.