We are locals to San Diego and thought we would support our local economy with a little overnight getaway in our own community. Thank goodness we purchased our one night on Groupon so that we didn't waste even more of our hard earned money! When we arrived and walked into the incredibly tacky and dated lobby, we should've been tipped off as to what our room would be like. The website for this hotel shows all of the rooms and we had hoped to be able to pick from a couple of our preferences but we were told that we would have to upgrade for an additional $100 to do so. So, we agreed to the "Reflection Room" and were shown to our room. The lady who works at the front desk told us it was "Contemporary." Um, no. Maybe it was contemporary in 1983, currently it was just old, out of style, out of date, dirty, and smelled like simple green cleaner and mildew. The fake plants were also disgusting. Also, when they said "Reflection Room," we pictured a spa like setting where one could sit and 'reflect', oh no, it was triangular shaped mirror sculptures all over the room so you could see yourself from every angle! The best part...the round bed and the 12" tv that was probably from the early 90's. After the staff lady left, we sat down and seriously considered going home.
We decided to make the best of it and went to Seaside Market for a bottle of wine so we could watch the sunset from the rooftop patios. This was a nice amenity, but the chairs were old and filthy. Also, when you sat in the chair all you could see was the thick railing and therefore you had no view. How about some bar height patio chairs Cardiff lodge? Oh, and the bathroom required a key card that they didn't give us! We did get in the jacuzzi after dinner, which was nice but terribly over chlorinated and if there had been even one more couple in there with us it would have been quite awkward! Breakfast = pathetic. Crusty looking donuts that were cut up into pieces, a jar of fruit salad that looked like it was about to ferment, cheap smelling coffee, yogurt that was spooned into little cups, and hard boiled eggs. We went out for breakfast.
We were also able to peek into a couple of the other rooms and they were just as bad and as outdated. The owners probably think their 'themed rooms' are cute and endearing, but in this day and age it is just sad and gross. For the prices they would typically charge (without groupon) this place is an absolute ripoff. The L'Auberge in Del Mar is only 4 miles south, is right on the beach without have to walk across the Pacific Coast Highway, had a $26 million renovation in 2008, is absolutely stunning, and only charges $350 - $400 per night. Even the Best Western Del Mar is updated and right on the beach (next to L'Auberge) and charges $129 - $169.
As locals, we'd love people to travel to and stay in beautiful San Diego, but if this is your vacation look around at other options. To sum it up, this place is just old and outdated and needs serious work. It has tons of potential but probably needs new ownership.
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