When realtors use the phrase, “Location, location, location,” they must be talking about the Days Inn Harbor/Airport. Nestled between Lindbergh Field Airport and Downtown San Diego, the hotel has Little Italy out its back door and San Diego Harbor out its front. Hornblower Cruises, USS Midway, Maritime Museum, and other popular San Diego tourist attractions are within walking distance. Those that aren’t can be reached by the trolley just steps from the hotel. Even Coronado Island can be accessed a short walk away at the Broadway Pier’s water taxi. Amazing harbor views, affordable accommodations, and a convenient location at Pacific Highway and Grape Street combine to give this hotel its appeal.
Days Inn – Harbor View-Airport Rooms and Suites
Rooms at Days Inn Airport/Harbor are more spacious than you would expect, and come in eight variations, including two suites. Single king and single queen rooms can accommodate three guests. Deluxe single queen rooms have a sofa bed and can accommodate five guests. Two types of double queen rooms accommodate up to five guests as well, one of which comes with a private balcony. Their triple queen suite serves up to seven guests, and the largest suite – the double queen, two room suite with sofa bed sleeps up to eight, and includes a kitchenette.
The décor is a standard contemporary style that you would expect from a mid-range hotel franchise. Rooms are light with big windows, white walls, and bold accent walls. Some rooms are carpeted in shades of blue, or patterned earth tones; others have dark-hued laminate wood flooring. Furnishings vary from room to room. Light oak finishes in some rooms contrast more contemporary and ornate dark wood finishes in other rooms, indicating that the hotel is upgrading rooms.
Room amenities include flat screen TV, sitting area, desk, laptop safe, coffee maker, and complimentary daily newspaper delivered to your door. Many rooms have a refrigerator and/or microwave. Bathrooms have granite-like showers and countertops, and include hair dryers. All rooms are accessed by outdoor walkways, with the second and third story walkways providing beautiful harbor views. You can literally step outside your room and watch the sun set into the Pacific Ocean. Some rooms also have private balconies overlooking the hotel pool and harbor.
In exchange for the hotel’s convenient location, you may experience an elevated noise level, particularly from the trolley and cruise terminal. Bringing earplugs or choosing a third floor room can help mitigate noise if you aren’t used to urban environments, or are a light sleeper. Bonus: third floor rooms have vaulted ceilings and the best views.
Days Inn – Harbor View Hotel Amenities
The hotel offers a scenic location separated from the San Diego Harbor by a lovely park. High-speed wireless Internet is available in common areas. The business center provides copy services at the front desk upon request. There is an outdoor heated pool with lounge chairs, tables/umbrellas, and a tropical setting. All room types include a complimentary breakfast that serves two-egg omelets, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal and other cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit, and assorted fresh juices, teas, and coffee. Breakfast is buffet-style with bistro seating. There is an on-site guest laundry facility.
Parking is free, which is a great perk in a city with costly and limited parking; the parking area and all hotel rooms and facilities are accessible. Free Cloud 9 Super Shuttle services are available for up to two guests per room to and from the airport, cruise terminal, and Downtown Amtrak station. Children three and under always ride free.
Wi-Fi is complimentary, but if Internet is essential to you, request a room close to the lobby or plan on using it in the common areas. Some guests have reported spotty Internet far from the lobby.
Days Inn – Harbor View-Airport, Little Italy Neighborhood
The centrally located Days Inn Harbor/Airport hotel offers easy access to Harbor Walk a block away where you can stroll at any time of day and always see something interesting. A favorite place to eat at the harbor is Anthony’s Fish Grotto & Fishette. The casual fish and seafood restaurant has been recognized by Zagat as the “#1 Most Popular Restaurant in San Diego.” Outdoor seating on the Fishette’s wrap-around deck over the water is a perfect place to watch the harbor action.
The Maritime Museum is two blocks from the hotel on Harbor Walk. It showcases San Diego’s maritime history and offers a variety of cruises aboard historic ships including the Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship. Farther down Harbor Walk you’ll find Hornblower Cruises, the San Diego Cruise Ship Terminal, the wildly popular USS Midway Museum, the 25-foot Unconditional Surrender sculpture – also known as “The Kissing Statue,” and Seaport Village.
Situated on the edge of Little Italy, Days Inn Harbor/Airport offers guests a plethora of neighborhood shops and eateries. Great restaurants you’ll want to try include Indigo Grill, Princess Pub and Grille, Mona Lisa at Little Italy, or Bencotto Italian Kitchen. Spend time on Kettner and India Streets perusing neighborhood boutiques and art galleries. The vibrant Italian community is also a hot spot for Italian and art festivals throughout the year. The trolley is an inexpensive and quick ride to San Diego’s other popular neighborhoods like Old Town, the Gaslamp Quarter, and East Village where the Padres play ball.
Days Inn – Harbor View-Airport Promotions
Days Inn Harbor/Airport participates in the Wyndham Rewards program, and you can redeem points for free night stays. The hotel also honors AAA discounts, which must be requested at the time of booking. Children under 12 stay free with an adult.