Best Western Seven Seas

2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 Stars

411 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, California, 92108, United States

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  • Families52
  • Couples59
  • Solo59
  • Business55
  • worst place never staying with them again


    To whom it may concern,

    I would like to share my resent stay at Best Western Seven Sea in San Diego. I was planning a 2 day trip to San Diego to spend a day at the San Diego Zoo and a day at SeaWorld. I was traveling alone on a mini vacation. I knew I wanted to stay at a well known hotel/motel with a good reputation. I have stayed at Best Western all over the country including many trips oversea. I like that the Best Western Seven was in hotel circle and it was close to all the major attractions, restaurant and provided a shuttle service. I was going to be traveling alone and need a set plan to go by so I called Best Western Seven Sea to ask them about their shuttle service. I explain my travel plans, I was going to be flying in on 11/7/12 at 9am and I was going to take a taxi straight to the zoo and that I would need to catch the shuttle back to the hotel. On 11/8/12 I was going to need a ride to SeaWorld and then I was going to need a ride back, so that I could catch a ride to the airport to catch my flight back to Houston. I was told that the shuttle will pick up at the Zoo at 4:30pm everyday. The hotel shuttle would be picking up their guest at the hotel at 9:30am to take them to SeaWorld and the shuttle would be picking up the guest from SeaWorld at 5:30pm to bring them back to the hotel. I told the person at Best Western that that was perfect and that I would be booking my trip with them. After that I booked my trip. A week before my trip I called Best Western to confirm the shuttle schedule and was told to call the day I arrived.
    On 11/7/12 9:00am my flight landed so on my way to the zoo in the taxi I called Best Western to let them know that I was going to be checking in at 5:00pm and that I would need to catch the shuttle at 4:30pm. The girl who I spoke with just said to wait outside the zoo at 4:30pm, she was quick to hang up on me but I stopped her and ask her what kind of shuttle should I be looking for. At 4:30pm I was standing in front of the zoo looking for the shuttle but I didn’t see one, so at 4:35pm (my phone shows that was the time I called Best Western) I called Best Western to ask if the shuttle was running late. I was told to hold and the girl got back on the phone to tell me that the shuttle already left. Left? When did this shuttle pick? Did this shuttle bother to stop or did the shuttle just drove by??? How is it that the shuttle came at 4:30 but was long gone at 4:35????? I ask the girl who they picked up cause it wasn’t me. I was put back on hold then she came back on the line to tell me that they picked up the one person who was schedule to be picked up and that person wasn’t me. I told her how I called 6 weeks ago and I also called a week ago and I called earlier that morning explaining that I needed the shuttle to pick me up from the zoo. So told me that the shuttle could come back for me in 2 hours. How is it possible that a shuttle that was to arrive at 4:30 was so far away by 4:35 that it would take them 2 hours to come back for me? I explained to the girl that I was traveling alone and that I didn’t know anyone in San Diego. With the time change for daylight saving it got darker faster and it colder really fast. I explain all this to the girl and she just told me to call a taxi or I could just wait till 6:30 for the shuttle then she hung up on me. I sat on the bench and waiting for almost 2 hours in the cold and dark waiting for the shuttle. It got so cold that a girl selling t-shirt felt sorry for me and offered me a ride to the hotel. Thanks for nothing Best Western!!
    When I arrived at the hotel to check in I ask her where the shuttle was and sure enough the shuttle and the driver arrived. I guess I was not important enough to come pick up. All the girl said to me was that it’s wasn’t 6:30 yet and that the shuttle would have picked me up at 6:30! Are you serious? Is this how you guys ran business? How do you stay in business? I then asked for the manager and was told that the manger would be out all week and that one of the little girl was in change. If you call ignoring me and turning her back on me whispering to her coworker being in charge. Everyone there was rude and blame me for not being checking in that morning. I told them that I called 3 times in 6 weeks to confirm the shuttle service schedule and everyone all told me the same thing and I was rushed off the phone. I was like okay Best Western does not care about their customers nor do you care that you left a young woman at the zoo in a strange city in the cold and dark sitting on the bench. I told them that I will be up and ready the next morning to catch the 9:30am shuttle to SeaWorld and for them to please not leave me again. I got no apology or anything so I just went to my room.
    The next morning as I was waiting for the shuttle I watch as a new quest checked in and wanted to catch the shuttle but they were told that the shuttle was busy and they could just call a taxi. I’m glad it wasn’t just me. You guys are horrible and unreliable! As I waiting for the shuttle I notice that there was a gentle man that turn out to be the manager. What do you know you guys do have a manager? I ask him to confirm the time the shuttle was picking up because I did not want to be left again, the manger said 6:00pm! What the hell happen to 5:30? Do you guys make up schedule as you go? You are incompetence!!! After explaining to the manager that I was left at the zoo the night before he said he will have the shuttle pick me and another couple up from SeaWorld at 4:30pm. The shuttle was supposed to pick us up at 4:30 and bring us all back to the hotel. Then the shuttle would take me to the airport at 5:00 to catch my flight.
    Best Western went and did it again. At 4:45 when the shuttle picked us up from SeaWorld and deliver us to the hotel. I had asked the driver if he would be going to the airport and he said NO!!!!! I got off the shuttle and went to the front desk while the shuttle drove away. I asked the front desk if a shuttle was going to the airport and the girl said it was suppose to but its not. Yes, this is really how you run business. I had to take a taxi to the airport since I was lied too again. While I waited for the taxi I watch more people come to the front desk to ask about the shuttle service and they were all told to just call a taxi.
    I have never in all my years of travel see a company run this way. There is no rhime or reason or schedule in anything you do. I have stayed at hotels/motel all around the world and have never been treated like the way I was treated. It wasn’t just me it was at least 6 other people that I personally witness who were turn away. I don’t think I should have a to pay for a taxi when I pay for a hotel who had a shuttle service. How could you leave a paying customer at the zoo and tell them to wait 2 hours while the driver may or may not pick them up. I have told anyone that would listen what happen to me. I will never stay or let a friend stay at another Best Western. I have booked my trip to Spain with Best Western but I am cancelling it because I will not waste another penny with such an incompetence company that would treat loyal customer so poorly.

    Unique Quality: the worst place I have ever stayed at

    Directions: hotel circle san diego

  • Family Lodging


    Very small rooms. I would not recommend this room for a family of more than three. We had two adults and a 4 yr old and found it to be a tight fit. It was affordable for our vacation and we were out doing the Sea World, Legoland, Zoos thing so we were not in our room for more than sleeping so it was okay. It was centrally located which was nice and the pool/spa was nice after a long day. The on-site diner was convenient and had surprisingly good food. Many local cops eat there if that means anything.

    Directions: Inland quite far which accounts for the lower rates.

  • 7 Seas


    We chose this location, as it was both near the airport, and close to the highways heading north of the city.

    There is a complimentary bus service from the airport, which is useful if you’re not collecting a car straight away.

    The rooms are adequate rather than large. Plenty of parking space. Eat breakfast in the café next to the motel which was fine.

    Directions: To the north of San Diego

  • Elainehead's Profile Photo

    Comfortable bed


    Nothing special about this place. This was the hotel chosen by our "guide". I had to share this room with other 3 girls. See picture for more details.

More about Best Western Seven Seas

Much Better Than I Expected!

by TripAdvisor Member everglades_gal

I had a convention at the Town & Country Hotel in San Diego & just couldn't see spending $160/night for that run-down hotel. So I booked the Best Western, knowing that they were both in Hotel Circle but not knowing how close it would be. I wasn't thrilled about staying in a Best Western since I'm a Marriott gal, but for $69/night, I thought I'd give it a shot.

All in all, I'm very happy with my decision. First, the Best Western is about a 3-minute walk to the Town & Country Hotel, so the location was perfect for me. Right behind the Town & Country is a big mall with lots of good places to eat, including a California Pizza Kitchen & Cheesecake Factory. You can walk there in less than 10 minutes. In addition, you do have free shuttle service to major sights including Sea World, not to mention free airport pick up & drop off.

My room was fine - it was a king room with a big new TV. Yes, the sheets were thin, the dressers were a little old, but overall everything was very clean and everything worked fine. It wasn't luxury but it wasn't run down or dingy looking. The mirrors on the wall made the place seem bigger. The shower worked fine, as did the sink.

The hotel's landscaping is gorgeous, and the pool is really nice. I also enjoyed the hot tub. The restaurant was quick & convenient for breakfast. Also, I can't forget to mention the free high-speed internet connection in every room. My goodness, Marriott charges $10/night for this! It was really great to have.

Overall, this is a great place to stay if you are looking for a clean, better-than-decent hotel in Hotel Circle. If I had another conference at Town & Country, I certainly would be calling the Best Western Seven Seas!

Big bathroom, clean, wired internet

by TripAdvisor Member ishyjo

This is a great place if you are on a budget. The location is located near the Interstate 8 and easily spotted from the freeway. The setup of the loding is two storied guestrooms facing the parking lot.

The staff was helpful in helping us resolve some reservation issues. The bathroom was huge, but it was kinda waste of space since there was only one sink and one mirror. The TV was 27" and easy on the eye to watch. the internet is wired, and accessible from the bed. there was a lot of electric outlets beneath the table by the TV for my digital camera, laptop, electric shaver, etc. There is also a small fridge to refrigerate beverages, but it was unplugged. It took several hours before the beverages was cool enough to use.

The full size bed was big enough to be shared by two people. We had 4 people in the room and everyone slept comfortably. It was a good room for the price. I would try to stay again next time I'm in SD.

better than expected

by TripAdvisor Member JennetUk

We stayed in this hotel for 1 week in April 06. The hotel room was small but very clean and comfortable. The facilities are excellent and the staff very helpful. The location gives easy access to shops and tourist attractions. I'd definitely recommend a stay if you're looking for a budget priced hotel or have a young family as it's very child friendly.

customer service/housekeeping

by A TripAdvisor Member

I stayed at the hotel for 3 days. I would never stay there again. A travel agent made my reservation. If I would have made the reseravation I would have left. The first night I stayed I went to take a shower and found hairs in the drain and then couldn't turn off the water. I't took someone 20 mins. to come and turn off the water.

customer service is terrible.

Good Value and Clean

by TripAdvisor Member Rick767

Stayed here because of TripAdvisor research. It was during a busy Memorial Day weekend. Costs per room were high here and every other hotel. The check in was very good. The room was very good and clean. The local cafe was useful and friendly. No noisy or rude neighbors. Freeway is close and loud but not too much once indoors. Room had a little refrigerator. TV worked well. Lights in bathroom needed replacing. Beds and floors were clean. Room is a little tight in space but not unusual. Great location to tourist areas if you have your own auto. I would stay here again.

Does what it says on the tin

by TripAdvisor Member shelly2202

Typical Best Western, ideally placed - near all major attractions and feet away from the main freeway. Room quite small - would suggest if you ask for 2 beds the room may be a little larger. Nothing special, there are hotels on the same road that look more appealling.

Adequate only

by A TripAdvisor Member

The motel is located in the south hotel circle and is easy to get to by cab. Staff was helpful and courteous and the restaurant was fine for breakfast. The rooms are small, the mattresses soft and older, and the bathroom was clean. This is not what I think of as a holiday motel but there were families with children staying there. Ordinarily I would consider this a one night stopover but I did have to spend five nights there. Parking is free and access to the freeways and highways is easy. It’s not a bad place but it is not inviting. If all you need is a room to sleep in then fine. Each room has an internet connection and you can get a cable at the reception desk. In the lobby a computer with internet connection and printer is available for free use and I was able to print out my boarding pass. It’s adequate. I had to attend a conference and was booked in by a travel agent my company used. We will not use that agent again.

Comments (1)

  • Mar 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    We really liked this hotel. Despite being in the intersection of two freeways, it was surprisingly quiet and there's beautiful landscaping that makes it seem like you're in a garden. Nice pool and adequate equipment for working out. Nice perk is that a nice mall with movie theaters and good restaurants is only a ten minute walk. Yes, rooms are tight - but my husband and I appreciated both a desk as well as a table that was the right height so we could both work on our laptops. I liked that there was a fridge too. We thought it was a very convenient hotel and would happily stay here again.

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 Best Western Seven Seas

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Address: 411 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, California, 92108, United States