Here’s a small blurb about my trip to San Diego for the recent Rock n Roll in San Diego!
Travel to San Diego and Expo
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay/Sea World
Rock n Roll San Diego 2012 and Petco Park
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Resort
Having stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, I thought it would be a good idea to stay at this hotel to get a different sense of the Hyatt properties in San Diego. The rates between the two hotels were only $20 different and the HR Mission Bay was the cheaper option – I now know why. Following the expo my friend and I decided to check-in at the hotel. It was 3 o’clock and I figured that most hotels have a 3:00 p.m. check-in. Plus, I’m a Diamond member, so I should be able to get a room. Well when we arrived we proceeded to the self-park ($20) and decided not to do the valet ($25), which probably makes sense as the two lots are literally 20 feet away from each other. Not necessarily true. With the valet, the cars are right by the front and in normal sized spaces. Now, I drive a pretty small car and I had trouble parking in many of the spots in the lot. These spots were pretty much all compact spots, yet none of them were labelled as such. In fact while parking, one of the attendants joked, “don’t you love our wonderful parking accommodations here?” We laughed as I slowly got into the spot. Many other people gave up and just used two parking spots.
Anyway, at check-in I was told that room would not be ready until 4:00 because that’s when check-in was. I then asked for an early check-in and was only given a room on the 6th floor and was given the option for a bay view or an ocean view. I just wanted a room so I took what was available. The room was nice, except there was a small puddle of water in the room, which appeared to be from a leaky pipe. Anyway, we checked in and I got some quick shots of the hotel. This hotel definitely was more of a spa/resort as it is located about 5 miles from down town and seems to only be good for Sea World traffic, which it’s still not exactly easy to walk. It’s about a 1-1.5 mile walk. There is a water slide and some nice pools below, however it can get noisy at night, which is a problem if you have to get up at 4:00 a.m. for a race!
Other than that the HR Mission Bay is a standard hotel. The regency club is open for Diamond members, but the WiFi doesn’t work incredibly well. The hotel is enough for a room, but for those rates, I’d rather stay at a different hotel.
View from the HR Mission Bay
Now, I’m a fan of these Rock n Roll races. I have nothing to compare them to, but from what I’ve experienced they’ve been pretty good to me. As part of the entry fee (~$125), I was able to get a day pass to Sea World, 2x one-day pass to Sea World, 2x dine with Shamu and 2x dolphin encounter, as well as a free Padres ticket! So all in all, I’m pretty sure that I cleaned up in terms of getting value for my race admission, so thank you to the Padres, Sea World and the Competitor Group.
Sea World is great if you’re really into animals and such, but my friend and I just wanted to see everything, have dinner and then get some rest for the race. It was already 4:00 so we decided to see as much as possible. We first headed to the antarctic exhibit. Now, in order to get in you have the option of a motion-based ride, or a non-motion based ride. I recommend the non-motion based ride. It’s supposed to mimic what one of the helicopters feels like up in the antarctic, however it’s unnecessarily bumpy and basically tries to hurt you. I’m a so-so fan of roller coasters, but my friend who loves roller coasters even thought it was stupid and took longer!
Getting into the exhibit is pretty cool though because you get to see the following animals: