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Trendy Hillcrest Retreat #1 Private Balcony Overlooking Zen Garden With Garage

Adults-only apartment with kitchen, near Balboa Park

  • Free WiFi

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San Diego, CA, United States of America
10,0.Exceptional.
  • This is great place to stay in hillcrest. A lot to walk to bars and food. Owner very nice

    Feb 7, 2019

  • My girlfriend and I feel lucky to have happened upon this lovely retreat. We were looking…

    Feb 26, 2020

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to SafeStay (AHLA - USA) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Onsite parking
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided

What’s around

  • In Hillcrest
  • Balboa Park - 11 min walk
  • San Diego Zoo - 21 min walk
  • Hotel Circle - 38 min walk
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum - 37 min walk
  • San Diego Natural History Museum - 25 min walk

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1

1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Futon

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About this apartment

Retreat 1 is one of two completely remodeled, modern, clean, cozy and quiet apartments, located in the trendy heart of Hillcrest, 1 block from University Ave. To view over 200 reviews on this property, as well as three others that we own, please visit other popular short-term rental sites. Retreat 1 is walking distance to Balboa Park, museums, San Diego Zoo, and farmers market. You can also walk to popular dance clubs, restaurants, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Ralph's. You are minutes drive to SD Int'l Airport, Downtown, Convention Center, Petco Park, Sea Port Village, Sea World, San Diego Bay, Gas Lamp District, Hospitals, and beaches.
All beds are new, (Simmons World Class Cresthill, Plush Pillow top Mattress) using only high-quality hotel bedding standards.

White sheets and Egyptian cotton towels, blankets, and comforters are provided and washed with each new guest. Dark towels are also provided for dirtier jobs. Mattresses are covered with a moister barrier protector, as well as a "Sure Guard Mattress Protector", providing an allergen barrier, and dust mite protection.

Each apartment has it's own private balcony overlooking the zen fountain, and nestled in the beautiful palm tree-populated resort-like courtyard. The courtyard, gazebo and grill for all guests to enjoy.

Free high-speed internet provided.

Bedroom TV features AT&T U-verse and a "Smart TV" is located in the living room.

Full kitchen with espresso machine, coffee press, (Starbuck's coffee provided) gas stove, new appliances, and most needed cooking utensils. Cleaning supplies, and dish drainer, are located under the kitchen sink.

Each bathroom is complete with, shampoo, antibacterial body wash, and bar soap. In the bathroom closet you will find the hair dryer bar soap, extra toilet paper, dark towels, a plunger, and a few cleaning supplies.

Air conditioning and heating provided.

Garage space for a small to mid-size car.

In-room safe box, luggage rack, wooden hangers, Umbrella, iron and board.

Dual-pane windows with Blackout shades and curtains in the bedroom, and living room.

In the Laundry room you will find complementary laundry supplies, vacuum cleaner, plunger, and beach umbrellas and coolers.

After arriving at the main address, 1255 Essex St. San Diego, CA 92103, proceed to the gated entrance on right, and enter into the garden courtyard.

Take the stairs to left to Retreat #1

For safety, all outdoor spaces are under video surveillance at all times.

All doors and gates are keyless; codes for the front gate, front door, laundry room and garage, will be provided one to three days prior to your arrival. Guests will also have access to the garden area and BBQ.

Guests can use a pre-programmed code for the in-room safe box or set up their own.

Free high-speed internet provided.

Bedroom TV features AT&T U-verse and Apple TV. Smart TV is located in the living room.






Location

San Diego, CA, United States of America
  • In Hillcrest
  • Balboa Park - 11 min walk
  • San Diego Zoo - 21 min walk

What’s around

Landmarks

  • In Hillcrest
  • Balboa Park - 11 min walk
  • San Diego Zoo - 21 min walk
  • Hotel Circle - 38 min walk
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum - 37 min walk
  • San Diego Natural History Museum - 25 min walk
  • Fleet Science Center - 26 min walk
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum - 27 min walk
  • Museum of Man - 30 min walk
  • San Diego Museum of Art - 31 min walk
  • Japanese Friendship Garden - 34 min walk

Getting around

  • San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN) - 10 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field) - 7 min drive
  • General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl. Airport (TIJ) - 35 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field) - 19 min drive
  • Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar) - 34 min drive
  • San Diego Santa Fe Depot - 5 min drive
  • San Diego-Old Town Transit Center - 6 min drive
  • San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station - 15 min drive

The apartment

Key facts

  • Apartment (400 sq ft)
  • Garage
  • Free WiFi
  • Car not required
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Washing machine

Bedrooms

  • 1 bedroom
  • Bedroom - 1 queen bed and 1 sleep sofa/futon
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Pillowtop beds
  • Blackout drapes/curtains

Bathrooms

  • 1 bathroom
  • Full bathroom - 1 shower and 1 toilet
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper

Kitchen

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stovetop
  • Espresso maker
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Blender

Entertainment and recreation

  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Near theme parks
  • Marina nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Outlet shopping nearby
  • Powerboating nearby
  • Skiing nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Whale-watching nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Ice skating nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Jet skiing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Basketball nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Zoo nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Fishing nearby

Pool/spa

  • Water park access

Outside

  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Outdoor furniture

Other amenities

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Safe
  • Beach towels
  • Beach umbrellas

Things to know

House rules

  • Caters to adults only
  • Pets not allowed
  • Events/parties not allowed
  • No smoking
  • Max. guests: 2
  • Minimum check-in age: 21

Check-in and check-out

  • Check-in after 3:00 PM
  • Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

  • You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions. You will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking. An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.

Fees & policies

Arriving/leaving

  • You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions. You will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking. An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.
  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Required at check-in

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Travelling with others

  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pets not allowed

Policies

  • Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and a deadbolt lock on site.

    This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

    Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

    Contactless check-in is available.

    This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA).

Also known as

  • Essex Retreat 1 Cozy Remodeled Trendy Garage Parking Apartment
  • Essex Retreat 1 Cozy Remodeled Trendy Garage Parking
  • Essex Retreat 1 Cozy Remodeled Trendy Hillcrest Garage Parking
  • Essex Retreat 1 Cozy Remodeled Trendy Garage Parking
  • Essex Retreat 1 Cozy Remodeled Trendy Garage Parking Apartment
  • Essex Retreat 1 Cozy Remodeled Trendy Hillcrest Garage Parking
  • Essex Retreat 1 Cozy Remodeled Trendy Garage Parking Apartment
  • Essex Retreat 1 Cozy Remodeled Trendy Hillcrest Garage Parking

FAQs

  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes. Onsite parking options include a garage.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in starting at 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-in is available.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Ichiban (4-min walk), Ono Sushi (4-min walk), and Uptown Tavern (4-min walk).
  • Have fun with activities like cycling, fishing, and hiking, and practice your swing at the nearby golf course. Additional recreation nearby includes basketball. Enjoy amenities like a water park and a garden.
10,0.Exceptional.
  • 10,0.Exceptional

    super cute!

    This is a very cute & well maintained small apartment that is above the garage. It's located in a trendy neighborhood within walking distance of several restaurants. We had an issue with the garage door remote not working and the remote to the ceiling fan/light in the bedroom didn't seem to work either. The owner offered to put in new batteries, but since we were out and about each day, we never connected in a timely manner for that to happen.

    amy m., Other trip, Jun 30, 2019

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10,0.Exceptional

    Perfect weekend getaway

    Our visit was superb. Everything was perfect my boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary and the property was even better than the pictures. The courtyard is where we spent most of our time, so peaceful! Also we went to the beach everyday and the beach gear that came with the rental came in very clutch. Overall it was an amazing property and the owner is great! 10/10 would reccomend!

    Emily W., Other trip, Aug 30, 2020

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10,0.Exceptional

    Sea water cures everything! Angie from Utah

    This is an amazing property! Beautifully done and has everything you could possibly need. Within walking distance of grocery stores, dining and entertainment. Also just a quick walk to Balboa Park, museums and the zoo. Will definitely be staying here again

    Angie H., Other trip, Oct 16, 2020

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10,0.Exceptional

    Fantastic Place!

    I highly recommend booking Wades place :) The property is gorgeous and very peaceful. The location of the neighborhood is within walking distance to everything Hillcrest has to offer. Very easy to come and go but felt extremely safe. The garage was an added bonus. I will be staying here again!

    Other trip, Jul 22, 2020

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10,0.Exceptional

    wonderful location

    The location is amazing if you want to stay in Hillcrest. The place was immaculate. Wade was very response to a problem we had. Would definitely stay there again.

    Paul W., Other trip, Oct 15, 2019

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10,0.Exceptional

    Cute and great location spot

    Very responsive to our questions and easy to work with. Has everything you need and close to many stores restaurants as well as cultural sites. Will stay again!

    Mark M., Other trip, Nov 16, 2020

    Verified Vrbo guest review

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