I've stayed at the Bay View Suites on multiple occasions over more than a decade, and I think it has good points and bad points.
POSITIVES: It's convenient to both San Diego and to all points south, including Tijuana. It's very close to the water, and it offers a spectacular view of navy warships in port, Coronado Island, and the San Diego skyline. It's an all-suite property, with a sitting room - bathroom - bedroom layout similar to what you'd find at an Embassy Suites. So you get plenty of room to spead out. The air conditioning works great, there's plenty of hot water, the selection of cable channels is good, and you get a minifridge and microwave. Continental breakfast is included, and there's a in-suite coffee maker.
Best of all, the rates are EXCELLENT for an all-suite hotel near a major city. I've had no trouble booking in the high 70s, and if you go to their web site you can probably find a rate in the high 60s:
NEGATIVES: This hotel is not convenient for those traveling by public transit or by taxi. You definitely want to have a car. Parking immediately adjacent to the hotel is limited, and sometimes you have to use the garage across the street. This hotel has changed hands several times over the years, and frankly some things are a little frayed around the edges. (But most of the worn stuff is in the common areas, and I've found the rooms to be fine.) The hotel is located in a working class neighborhood, so you won't find upscale dining and shopping.
SUMMARY: This hotel isn't as upscale or as perfect as some you'll find in San Diego or points north. But it isn't $300 a night either. If you've got money to burn, stay in La Jolla at some fancy resort. If you're on a budget and you're looking for a good value, stay at the Bay View Suites.
But do it fast. The hotel is slated for conversion to a condominium by summer of 2007. See:
- Also Known As:
- Bayview Hotel National City