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California Team Travel Testimonials

Don't take our word for it, see what past guests have to say about our service and hotel selection.

Downey High School Color Guard

Downey High School Color Guard would like to thank Courtyard Old Town San Diego for being such gracious hosts during our stay March 14th to 16th. We were warmly welcomed and felt very much at home. From the early stages of planning our trip through finalizing each detail, you answered all questions professionally and with a friendly demeanor. It would be our pleasure to recommend your facility and would look forward to returning at a future date.” – Dona Evelyn ~ Parent Contact

Chandler Coyotes Hockey

I just want to send off a quick THANK YOU!!! The weekend at your hotel was awesome. The staff is seriously top notch. Breakfast was great and those who worked that shift each day ensuring all items were restocked did an amazing job. Chelsea at the front desk was AMAZING! Her customer service was top notch. She was friendly and prompt anytime I had a question and fixed my room issue with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. Please extend my kudos to her.Should we be back in the area for a group event or even vacationing personally, your property will be the first one I look up.
Thank you again!!” – Laura ~ Team Manager

Nomads Soccer Club

California Team Travel has consistently provided top notch customer service and has earned a great deal of respect and repeat business through his careful attention to detail when planning housing for our teams. The properties they represent provide a variety of housing types to suit any picky client.” – Mary Kaliff

San Diego Classic Basketball

California Team Travel’s Jeremy Decker and Daniel Payne do an outstanding job in partnering with our event, the San Diego Classic. Their attention to detail and friendly service always makes us, and our participants, feel appreciated.” – Wade Vickery

Triple Crown Sports

On behalf of Triple Crown World Series, I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for Daniel Payne and Jeremy Decker with California Team Travel. Their hard work and commitment to the Triple Crown World Series helps create a great experience and long lasting memories for all teams attending the Event. California Team Travel is a highly valued partner and is among the best of the best!

Many, many thanks!” – Katrina Maestas ~ World Series Event Director

MSNM Western Championships Basketball

As event director of the MSNM Western Championships, it is such a privilege and pleasure to be working with Daniel Payne and Jeremy Decker of California Team Travel. Great hotel partners make good events become great events and this event has become great having them on board. Their above and beyond customer service is second to none and they are the kind of partners that make my job fun. Thank you California Team Travel!” – Justine France

San Diego Lions Invitational

Now that this years most successful tournament is behind us I want to thank California Team Travel and the two of you in particular for your support of our tournament. As you know this is the largest prep tournament of its kind in the country averaging 135-140 teams participating each year, roughly 35% of them from out side of county lines. It's your direct support that makes staging this annual event possible. Thank you, we look forward to working with you in the future.” – Bob Goff ~ Travel Arrangements Coordinator

Ice Plex

Daniel and Jeremy are fantastic! Not only do they meet all the lodging needs of our visiting hockey team and families, they consistently go above and beyond to ensure our teams have the best experience possible. It's easy to refer our customers to them, because I know they will be treated well.” – Cyndi Ochner ~ Ice-Plex Escondido Group Sales & Marketing Director

California State Games ~ Entire Hotel Collection

Thank you! Thanks again for making our Skills competition run so smoothly. You were amazing!!” – Sandi Hill ~ Executive Director

Springville High School Baseball

What a perfect place for our team! The breakfasts were great and the pool was nice. We had a very successful trip with our group and the beds were comfortable and access great as well. We will see you when we return to San Diego!” – Lou Crandall ~ Baseball Coach

Sparta United Soccer

I just wanted to let you know that we had the BEST time!! The stay was great! The accommodations fit us perfectly! Breakfast was great, the outside room worked perfectly for feeding the soccer girls and your staff were SO helpful! I just wanted to personally thank you and your staff for the wonderful stay! We will definitely be back next year!” – Kelly Passey ~ Team Manager

Valencia Flyers Junior A Hockey

I spoke to Josh and he said the entire team and the coach really enjoyed their stay at the hotel. He also really appreciated the gift that was left in his room. We will definitely use you in the future when we are down that way. Thanks again for all of your efforts.” – Scott Allegrini ~ Ice Station Valencia

South Coast Gymnastics

On behalf of the families here at South Coast Gymnastics, I want to thank you for working with us to provide us a wonderful property for our meet this past weekend. The rooms were very nice, the breakfast was amazing and it was wonderful to have parking included in our rate. We very much appreciated your understanding of the ebb and flow of gymnastics competitions and loved your flexibility with regard to registrations. We hope you had a full hotel! South Coast did very well at the meet: Boys: 3 Top 3 All-Arounds, 5 First Place Events / Girls: 3 Team Awards – 2 First Place All-Arounds, 10 Top 3 All-Arounds, 17 First Place Events! Maybe it was where we were staying!!T hank you so very much for everything you did to make it a wonderful, carefree stay for our families.

The Doubletree by Golf Resort was a phenomenal choice for our gymnastics team. The rooms were clean and spacious. And the breakfast was over-the-top!!! Each family felt welcomed and enjoyed the special touches provided by the hotel. Every single person we interacted with at the hotel was very kind and attentive! Top notch service! Daniel and Jeremy in Group Sales and the entire team accommodated our every need! They made it easy to make and change reservations as needed. We will definitely come to the Doubletree again for future events!” – Arleen Hasegawa ~ Team Manager

Far West Pop Warner Steelers

I am very proud to say and beyond words of thankfulness of how happy I am as not only a customer on behalf of myself and family but as part of the Far West Pop Warner Steelers Family, of the customer service we received from Daniel Payne. He truly went above and beyond his duties as an employee. He gave The Steelers football team red carpet treatment that will forever be remembered and appreciated by our team and most importantly our Far West Pop Warner Steelers Family. Daniel has established standards that exceed any other hotel establishment and his shoes will be impossible to fill. We feel as a team, his star treatment was of his own natural ability and who he is as an employee and the passion he has for his job sure shined thru his actions. For actions speak louder than words.

Our encounter with Daniel began back in March when he assisted in offering a group rate at the Marriott to our team and the DV Snakes. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the DV Snakes backed out of the tournament and never utilized the services by Daniel since they did not make it out to San Diego. Needless to say we were unable to take advantage of the deal he was able to work out for us because the demand of rooms was so high that the Marriot sold out. He continued to help us find another establishment, the Portofino. It is right next door to the Marriott but for the same price we would pay at the Marriott. Unfortunately, during the first night of our stay a 911 incident took place at the Portofino in which it affected the team as a whole and our safety of the location became questionable with our football players that range in the ages of 8-11. Our boys witnessed the incident first hand, and it surely left an impression on them of the Portofino. I reached out to Daniel to see if there was anything he can do or suggest. At this point he still continued to amaze us-immediately the next morning he arranged not only for my family but the families of the Far West Pop Warner Steelers team to move down the street to the Hilton maintaining the same price for us. He knew location was important to us and he secured that request only moving us a few miles from Portofino. The fact that he was able to maintain the price was only a small factor of the customer service that he provided. On top of that, whether it was him or the Hilton Staff who went above and beyond by providing welcome packages to each of the player’s room and to top it off which was the cherry on top was he provided breakfast vouchers for the families and free parking. No words can describe the amount of gratitude and how impressed I am and the team as a whole of his services. He is truly the epitome of Concierge services and knew how to make our players feel like superstars. His services didn’t stop there as our families moved hotels; there was a waiting period we had to wait allowing our rooms to become available. During this time period we still had all our equipment and our personal belongings in which he allowed us to store everything in a conference room allowing our team to have a team lunch together without the worrisome of anyone stealing our belongings and team equipment. Once the rooms were ready for each family, he had their bags delivered to their rooms after they took the time to identify each family’s belongings. The time and effort Daniel put into satisfying not only my family but the whole Far West Pop Warner Steelers Family was just remarkable and will never be forgotten. His eagerness to help and positive attitude assured us not to worry that everything would work out in which it did in more ways than one. Daniel’s willingness to help continued throughout our stay in addition to just making sure if there was anything else we needed as a team and as a family.

Our day started off with a phenomenal breakfast and our stay ended with NYS Championship Rings. We are the Far West Pop Warner Steelers and we play off season to maintain conditioning as the Far West NYS Steelers. We came to San Diego to play in a Football Tournament and we won it all. Our trip was planned to be a business trip for football and turned into our Family Vacation. A true success and unforgettable memories that will never be forgotten! I can honestly say that it couldn’t be done without the services Daniel Payne provided. I am still amazed and grateful for all that he did for us. THANK YOU to Daniel Payne and to all who made it possible.” – Traci Del Ponte ~ Far West Steelers Business Manager

Jeremy Decker

Jeremy is an extremely active individual with a passion for hockey, racing outrigger canoes, racing stand up paddle boards, and golf. He has participated in organized youth sports throughout his life and is an experienced sports traveler having traveled nationally and internationally for various teams in Southern California. Jeremy is an expert in team travel for the San Diego area and looks forward to assisting your group with all its Southern California travel needs.


Daniel Payne

Daniel has sports running through his veins. Being an athlete and former collegiate baseball player in San Diego, he knows the youth sports industry. Daniel is eager to connect with your team to ensure a great stay in San Diego. His hobbies include dirt bike riding, wakeboarding and taking his beach cruiser out by the beach. He looks forward to matching your team’s needs with the appropriate hotel in San Diego.

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