Right now I say “WOW” at the amazing time my family just spent in San Diego, CA. Thanks to Country Inns & Suites for treating us, our last-minute vacation turned into a 4-day adventure full of fabulous memories!
Located in Northern San Diego off the 805, County Inns is located only minutes from shopping, attractions, and the freeway. Having only been to San Diego once before, we were happy to find it very easily.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by Chris at the front desk. His smile and warmth was so inviting and he checked us in quickly and efficiently. He reminded us if we needed any help to contact him personally during his shift. Throwing in a bonus set of free appetizers and non-alcoholic drink coupons was such a fabulous touch, we instantly felt like VIP’s!
We headed to our room via 1 of the 3 elevators available to us. The hotel was clean and well kept and all the staff had smiles on their faces! Entering our room we immediately noticed we were greeted with a gift basket of family friendly snacks and sodas with a personal note from the hotel manager, Wes Lavender, welcoming us!
Our main room was a King Suite, which had glass doors separating the bedroom area and the from room.
It was perfect size for a family as the sitting area couch is a sofabed. Included we had a microwave and fridge.
The bathroom was large and efficient, I can’t tell you enough about the Sunbeam shower head in the bathroom…let’s just say 8 functions! The kids used the large tub, and we appreciated the high quality Pantene hair products and Vaseline lotions that Country Inns uses!!
The king beds were amazingly comfortable and to our children’s delight, a tv in the main bedroom as well as the sitting area (opposite the sofabed).
Evening treats, COOKIES! Chocolate chip, oatmeal, and peanut butter! Each night we were there, we were so excited for cookie time. Also during the day, ice cold water bottles were made available to the guests at the front desk. Great touches!
As we headed out to a Padres baseball game, Chris at the front desk made conversation with us, making sure our stay was comfortable so far, and even chiming in on our anticipated adventures. It felt like family!
Country Inns & Suites, San Diego North has a fabulous pool that we tried out the next day. 6ft at the deepest and 3 feet at the shallow end, my 3 kids (ages 10, 8, and 3) all felt comfortable manuevering the pool. After our long day at Legoland, my husband and I enjoyed a short time in the hot tub, the jets soothing our muscles. The grounds are extremely well kept and the pool area was just as tidy, with proper bins for clean and wet towels. There was plenty of chairs and lounge chairs available as well!
The breakfast area was fabulous! A hot buffet daily is included in your nightly rate, and the food is delicious. Beyond the cold cereal and muffins, there were bagels, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, country potatoes, yogurt, hot oatmeal, and the also belgian waffles (with fresh strawberry topping!!). That’s EVERYDAY, not just the weekends!
A few other things I personally enjoyed, an ATM machine right in the hotel! Cash for parking is big all around the city and all the attractions, so it was nice to not have to find a bank (although a small fee is charged, it’s worth it). Also, a computer was at my disposal and made it helpful to find out attraction hours and prices, driving directions, and just to check my email!!
We were sent voicemails from the front desk for further help, if needed, we felt so at home and well taken care of at Country Inns and Suites!
Finally, something I’ve NEVER seen in a hotel, that is such an innovative idea for families is the Read It and Return Lending Library! If you forgot your favorite book, but need a little something to read by the pool, this is a great idea. Simply check out a book, just take it off the shelf and go. When you’re done, return it! There was a small selection at our hotel (two shelves like in my photo below), but it was nice to pass the time while waiting for our appetizers on one evening. If for some reason you forget to leave your book and take it home with you…don’t fret, bring it to any other Country Inns and Suites on your next vacation,
I cannot wait for our next trip and I think I actually want to plan around a Country Inns & Suites location to be sure I’ll be treated right while away from home! Are you looking for a last-minute road trip?! Itineraries ideas are available for ending your summer with a road trip, http://www.countryinns.com/roadtrip.
Thanks again to Country Inns & Suites for providing our hotel stay, and GM Wes Lavendar for coordinating it all and making our trip so memorable! I love this Country!