SAN DIEGO: 41 Hotels Offering Kids Eat Free in October

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Hey Moms and Dads—If you’re already feeling trapped by the new school schedule, October is the best month to play hooky and take the whole family to San Diego. For the entire month, San Diego pulls out all the stops for families. There are deals galore from free entry into all the best attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and Legoland, to a bunch of  museums and hotel deals with free food too.

Today I counted that there are 41 San Diego hotels offering a Kids Eat Free program in October. As you might expect, the kid eats free if the adult is paying for their meal. I found the participating hotels on SanDiego.org, the official travel resource for San Diego and they have a full feature on Kidvasion.

Here is just a taste of some of  the hotels ready to spoil your children Oct. 1 – Oct. 31, 2013.

  • Hilton San Diego Bayfront
  • Hotel del Coronado
  • Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa
  • Homewood Suites at Liberty Station
  • Courtyard by Marriott at Liberty Station
  • La Jolla Cove Suites
  • Porto Vista Hotel
  • Westin San Diego Bayside
  • Best Western Island Palms Hotel
  • Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
  • Doubletree by Hilton
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt

If you’re thinking about a visit, please also check out our other San Diego travel deals.

 Don’t forget to tell us if you are able to take advantage of this deal and let us know about your favorite San Diego kid-friendly meals!

 

SAN DIEGO: Kids Free Package at Paradise Point Resort & Spa

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Calling all kids… Paradise Point Resort & Spa has an offer too good for your parents to pass up. In honor of October’s Kidvasion, when kids eat, stay and play for free, the Resort has put together its own “San Diego Kids Free Package.”

During the entire month of October families can stay in a waterfront bungalow or suite, kids get free breakfast at the resort’s Barefoot Bar & Grill and a $50 “Island Allowance” to spend on vacation goodies like kayak rentals, mini-golf, s’mores, or whatever they stumble upon on the resort’s 44 acres. Add on the resort’s five pools, golf course, beach bonfire pits and fleet of beach cruisers and you’re looking at an action packed family vacation.

DATES:  October 27-30

TESTED: The cheapest days in October were Sunday—Wednesday, October 27-30, so you’ll need to pull the kids out of school to get the best deal. Rates were $262/night for a Garden Junior Suite with one king bed and queen sofa sleeper. Total $941.00 for the three nights, including tax and resort fees. A total credit of $12 per child for up to two children will be applied to the room daily. The “Island Allowance” resort credit is a one-time resort credit per room.

Paradise Point is located across the street from SeaWorld San Diego. The marine park is running its own kids free deals during October. Get one child, ages 3 to 9, free with one full-paid adult admission and one free child with one paid adult Dine With Shamu ticket. Older kids, ages 10 to 13, are can participate for free in SeaWorld’s Dolphin Encounter and Dolphin and Beluga Interaction Programs with one full-paid adult ticket.

Don’t forget to tell us if you are able to take advantage of this deal and have fun with your family in San Diego!

P.S.  Check out all the FREE things for kids to do in San Diego during October!

SAN DIEGO: Kids Free for the Month of October

Legoland Family Fun -Courtesy Joanne DiBona, SanDiego.org

Families love San Diego, but during October, parents can add up a number reasons to love it even more. For the entire month, kids eat, stay and play for free at 100+ attractions ranging from hotels and restaurants to amusement parks and museums. Plan it right and families can save a bundle of cash when they join the San Diego Kidvasion

The website makes it quick and easy to browse the numerous kids free options. The list of attractions is impressive, including some of the most popular family choices.

SAN DIEGO: 35% off Bahia Resort Hotel on the Water

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San Diego is a magnet for family travel — even more so in the summertime. As you can imagine, the warmer the weather, the bigger the crowds, the higher the hotel prices. So, a 35% off hotel deal at a beachfront resort, feels like Christmas in July. The Bahia Resort Hotel is located on Mission Bay, close to Belmont Park and SeaWorld. The resort is currently offering 35% off all stays including their beachfront cottages. Rates start at $159/night. A deal considering most rates in August are more than $200/night and $299 on the weekend. September rates were much better and started as low as $99/night. Make sure you use the “View Full Calendar” to see which dates are the cheapest.

DATES: August 25-28.

TESTED: The cheapest days in August were Sunday—Wednesday, August 25-28. Rates were $159/night for a Garden View room with two double beds. Total $536.63 for the three nights, including tax. On these same nights Bay front suites were only $259/night, with several categories of room choices in between. Rates started as low as $143.10/night for the same Garden View room for AAA, AARP and other discounts.

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SAN DIEGO: 4 Ways to Grab a Summer Hotel Deal

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San Diego hotels are expensive in the summer! I live here, so I might’ve forgotten that, but it makes perfect sense. This is a town for family travelers and school is out for the summer. Families come from all over the country and across the the globe to visit the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Safari Park, Legoland and the beaches—oh the beaches!

I looked up rates for one of the few weekends I still had off – Aug. 16-18. What did I find? Four and five-star hotels for more than $200/night and often $300/night. Yikes. When possible, I like to stay at four-star hotel—minimum. So, here are a few different ways you can keep your San Diego travel hotel costs down and tips for finding quality rooms for $150 or less  per night.

1. Priceline Express Deals. If you haven’t used a Priceline Express deal yet, there’s good value in them. These hidden deals allow you to see the general vicinity, general amenities, star rating, and Priceline hotel guest rating. They also give you comparable brands you can expect.  I found one express deal (4-star) in the Downtown Harbor Island area for $122/night for the weekend of Aug. 16-18. Despite the up to 40% off savings for this deal, I didn’t like the 7.0 guest rating. Instead, I preferred the $145/night deal in the Gaslamp – Convention Center area with a 9.0 guest rating. You can usually save even more money by Naming Your Own Price. Use the promo code “SUMMER” and get another 5% off Express Deals and Name Your Own Price.

2. Google Hotel Finder. After I look up prices on Expedia, Kayak or other big travel search engines I like to look up rates on Google Hotel Finder. Why? Because 1) it tells me if it’s a good deal and 2) I can sort my search results by “Price compared to Usual”. So, when I searched Aug. 16-18, I found several four-star hotels under $200 and even some under $150. It pointed me to The Keating hotel, a boutique hotel in the Gaslamp, for an average of $140/night on Expedia. After taxes, two weekend nights came to $316. If I’d booked directly on the hotel’s website the rooms would’ve started at $219/might for the same dates.

3. Have you Heard of PointsHound? If you’re going to be paying high summer rates for a hotel room, you might as well get something back, right? PointsHound gives you airline miles as a reward for booking your hotel on their site. When I searched for hotel rooms the same weekend we tested above (Aug. 16-18) – The Keating came up for $145/night, but if you booked on PointsHound, you’d also get 850 Delta SkyMiles or American AAdvantage Miles, or 500 Virgin America Elevate miles among other airline mileage programs. Note: RocketMiles.com is a similar site to PointsHound.

4. TripAdvisor for Vacation Rentals. Did you know that TripAdvisor does Vacation Rentals? They do! With all the same personal photos, neighborhoods and mapping features you’ve grown to know and love. And reviews, too. You might have to think beyond downtown to get some good rates, but then again, that tip applies to hotels too.

However you score your San Diego hotel room this summer – we wish you luck and hope you get a deal!