Loved this place mainly for it being a beachfront location! Just a few steps from your room and you're on the beach. We loved not having to pack up the car, drive, fight traffic and parking, unload and carry everything to the sand. One of us always got up early to "stake our claim" on the beach, returning later to our spot. The motel offers guests FREE beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, beach toys and boogie boards during your stay. Can't get any more convenient than that!
Room was basic, updated recently, but nothing fancy, and clean. We wished we had a room closer up front to the beach, but being closer to street wasn't too bad; just had a 30 second longer walk to the beach. One of the negatives, for me - a very light sleeper - were the trains that ran all night - tracks are directly behind motel, just on other side of street. Yes! they ran almost all night until about midnight or 1am, starting up again around 5am. Didn't get much sleep all 5 nights we were there. But it wasn't an issue for my husband and kids, who are much better sleepers than me. But for me, even with windows closed, it was LOUD.
Room was small and cramped for the 4 of us, tiny bathroom. But we adapted and after the first full day, we were fine with it. Being right on the beach for us, was so awesome, that we were able to deal with this fact. Small fridge and coffee maker in room was nice. There is also a fresh brewed coffee in Office if you need more.
Our room was lacking luggage racks/holders, which would have helped a lot. Had to keep luggage on ground or on table. Doesn't cost much to add 2 of those per room. Also needed more hangers. Again, doesn't cost much to add to rooms.
Motel had very nice patio area in front, next to sand, with lounge chairs and table and chairs. Also a nice long area along side of motel with tables/chairs, benches and charcoal BBQ's. Nice area to relax and cook up a meal.
Parking lot is quite small and was a problem in evenings. But they had a valet, who would park your car for you when no spaces were available, usually in Poseidon parking lot on the other side of motel (next door).
We absolutely LOVED the beautiful, quaint town of Del Mar. All shops and restaurants were within walking distance. Great little park less than 1/8 mile down, where one night they had a wonderful music festival, with a band. Park has sweeping view of endless ocean. Gorgeous, clean and upscale little town.
Del Mar Pizza nearby, Smash burger and many other restaurants closeby.
Ice machine was broken for most of the days . Had to get ice from Poseidon restaurant next door, whose staff told us this ice machine is ALWAYS broken. It looks 20 years old! TIME TO REPLACE IT PEOPLE!!!
Overall, we really loved this place and can't wait to return....this time with earplugs for me to block out the train noise. =)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between the sun and surf is our quaint boutique hotel located on the beautiful beach of Del Mar. With views so spectacular you’ll never want to leave.Relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of the Pacific Ocean from one of our 43-newly renovated guestrooms. Relish the breathtaking views from our newly enhanced beachfront sun deck, picnic & barbeque areas, where the rolling waves beckon you to the white sandy beach of Del Mar. Create unforgettable moments with a walk along the beach at sunset or an early morning jog with the waves at your feet.There’s nothing like the sound of the ocean to lull you to sleep, and there’s no better way to escape life’s challenges than a retreat to the Del Mar Motel on the Beach.Our Friendly Staff is Ready to Assist You! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Del Mar Motel On The Beach Hotel Del Mar
- Del Mar San Diego