I had stayed earlier at the related La Jolla Cove Suites, and although the rooms there are a bit faded, the location can't be beat. On this trip, the Suites were full and they booked us into Shell Beach Motel. When we walked into the room, the stench was overpowering. It seemed a dog had urinated on the carpet and someone had tried to cover up the smell but that only made it worse. On top of that, the furnishings were shabby and felt dirty. We didn't even sit on the couch. The room next door, people complained because there was no couch. We tried to get another room but they were full. I scoured La Jolla for an alternative but everything was booked. Then the next morning we went for a walk and found the room key didn't work on our return. As we sat on the stairs, it took an hour for the desk to send a maintenance guy to change the battery. Through all of this, the attitude of the desk clerks was, at best, blase, and at worst, hostile toward us. I will never stay there again and caution other travelers to stay away.
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