We just returned from a week long stay in beautiful San Diego. My wife and I are like many travelers. Tired of the cookie cutter world that most chain hotels have to offer but afraid to venture to far from the beaten track for fear of wasting our hard earned money.
Well, Let me tell you, there is nothing to fear when you head to the Bankers Hill Manor. I will give you a brief run down:
1. Perfectly maintained 2 story Inn with lush gardens, very large sitting rooms upstairs and down with fantastic woodwork moldings and beautiful artwork and decor. Only 3 guest suites in this giant house which means plenty of space for everyone!
2. We stayed in the beautiful Tropical Suite located on the 2nd floor. Extra Large Room, King Bed, sofa and TV area, private bath and shower and single whirpool tub. It has its own french door way to a beautiful patio deck.
3. The place is owner and run by two wonderful people, Brian and Tim. Brian is the master chef. The morning breakfasts are out of this world.
One morning we had German pancakes with fresh apples and fresh fruit including mangos and strawberries.
The next was a fresh herb and vegetable omlet fritata with fresh sausage and fruit, another was waffles made from scratch with thick hickory bacon. Get the picture.
4. In the afternoon they serve wine, cheese and crackers.
5. The 2nd floor also has a computer station with dsl and a computer for your use and next to it is a fridge with water and diet sodas.
The price is less than most good hotels in the area. The location on 1st ave is safe and located near everything. By car, 7 minutes to little Italy, 5 mins to Balboa Park, 12 mins to Coranado, 6 mins to the gaslamp district, 7 to the airport.
Tim and Brian are super hosts. They are there for you but not intrusive. They are not like alot of B&B owners that want to rent out their rooms but somehow don't want you to touch anything while you are there. I have no reservations about whole heartedly giving Brian, Tim and the Manor two thumbs up!
Unique Quality: a 1912 masterpiece house with all the modern conviences and each room is individually climate controlled.
Directions: downtown area, near balboa park
Please check out the website; my photos don't do this stunning B&B justice.
We truly didn't want to leave. This Bed and Breakfast is exquisite. Not only do we adore Arts and Crafts style homes and furnishings, but the hosts and the dog and the food and the rooms and the amenities made it very difficult to return to reality.
We were greeted with a beautiful bed and spacious bathroom. We had bath crystals, fluffy robes, towels, a CD player with relaxing CDs available, and a wonderful sunroom to read, admire the view, or just space out with coffee.
Brian, one of the hosts, was attentive without hovering. He gave us suggestions for meals and walks and shortcuts to Balboa Park. There was also tea available throughout the day, AND homemade chocolate chip cookies. We were able to come and go as we pleased, and we appreciated that freedom.
The whole look of the Manor is wonderful. They have put so much effort into painting and furnishing, and Tim was happy to explain how he made the walls look Venetian (I hope I got that right!). Brodie, the beautiful dog, is extremely well-behaved and friendly. He's so gorgeous!
Unique Quality: The breakfasts were phenomenal. German apple pancakes, poached pears, lemon infused poached and baked eggs, fresh fruit plates, and fritattas. Brian accomodated my vegetarian needs while keeping my husband happy with bacon or sausage. The coffee was delicious, too!
I'll mention one item that we thought summed up the attention to detail clear thoughout the experience. In the morning, the orange juice classes were frosted. It made the juice cold, and it just looked good. There are many seemingly minor details like that one (and the chocolates with the turndown service!) that make the experience unique and special while still allowing us to feel comfortable.
The Bankers Hill Manor is worth every penny and then some.
Directions: Take a left from Laurel onto First Avenue. It's just after the bridge.
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