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“Very nice stay. An "old queen."” 4 of 5 stars
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Oceanside Marina Suites
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2008 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside, CA 92054   |  
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Ranked #15 of 28 Hotels in Oceanside
Fort Collins, Colorado
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
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“Very nice stay. An "old queen."”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2010

We are generally budget-conscious travelers, but we sprang for a somewhat more expensive location this trip and were not disappointed. The location is hard to beat - driving out to the end of the harbor was worth it to get away from highway and rail noise. And the view of the harbor and down toward the O'side pier while sitting on the patio made for a delightful evening. A better view of the breakers would have been nice - maybe from upstairs - but we could at least see some.

The property feels like it is past its prime but has aged well. There are some signs of maintenance work, but not everyone may be satisfied with the current state. Room 122 was well decorated, and most items we needed were either in the room or available at the front desk. We enjoyed the tile work, which was done using 1"-2" clear tiles. But the bathrooms - there were 2! - could have used some clothes hooks. We also found an unlockable patio door, but worked with the handyman to re-set the striker plate, and a serious security issue just dissolved into nothing!

The WiFi signal was too weak to work with, but a DSL modem and ethernet cable were provided at no charge. The continental breakfast was a bit thin, with only hard-boiled eggs, pastries, and juice, but since these are *suites*, we expected to bring our own food anyway.

The lack of air conditioning was a worry coming in because we really dislike humidity. So maybe we were fortunate that the weather allowed us to not even need open windows or fans (which were already in the room). Actually, it was even cool enough that I considered - not seriously - using the fireplace instead.

The only thing close to a complaint that I did have is the parking, which is very tight. Not only are you limited to one vehicle per unit, but the spaces are quite close together. Backing in or out was often a precision operation. But there is ample parking in an open lot or on-street within a one-block distance. You'd be much worse off at an urban hotel with a parking garage.

With family in the area, if we make another visit we'll be quite likely to book right into OMS without checking anywhere else! And especially if it's a winter trip.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2010

This hotel is located at the end of the harbor in the town of Oceanside. Easy access from the highway but 30 minutes to San Diego.

The views are extremely nice but the room (209) was very old. The carpet was clearly aged, and the suite smelled strongly of mildew, a consequence of poor maintenance. It's a shame that a hotel in such a nice location had to be so poorly maintained. Definitely cannot come back unless they remodel or upgrade the outdated rooms.
Front desk staff was extremely nice and its unfortunate that they cannot offer better accommodations.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2010

No a/c? Not a problem, because there are cool breezes off the water here. But the sliding door to the patio---on the ground floor--could not be locked properly, nor could the screen to the same door. Someone in this room before me made a hole in the screen so that a chain could be pulled through and hooked on the other side, providing a tiny bit of security so we could get some sleep. It was apparent that the staff knew about it, but it had not been fixed.

Room had an unpleasant odor and was run down--peeling wallpaper, stained rugs. Overall, it was fairly clean, but I would not stay here again.

Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2010

We have stayed at the Oceanside Marina Suites many times. Every time they make you feel like family and are most accommodating. The location is unbeatable, views, quiet, and a staff that is most pleasant. We visit family in that area and will always stay in the Oceanside Marina Suites- our favorite.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2010

Girls only vacation. Left husband at home. Traveled from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon to Palm Desert to the California coast and flew back home to Montreal from San Francisco.
Great service. Friendly staff.
Initially took 1 night ended up 5 night stay
Amazing 2 bedroom suite with great views
Bought groceries, barbequed on the grill, drank wine, enjoyed the awesome views from the patio off our room, made friends with the local sea lions. Life couldn't be better!!!
I am definitely going back in 2011.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Camp Pendleton
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2009

We came and had a small get together with friends. We were able to get such a great military discount that we came and rented 7 rooms with friends.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berry Creek , California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2009

A very pleasant place to stay right on the beach. The staff always had a smile and met all our needs. Its recently being remodeled and it cleanliness was one of its number one features.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Oceanside Marina Suites

Address: 2008 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside, CA 92054
Location: United States > California > Oceanside
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Oceanside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Oceanside Marina Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Oceanside Marina Suites is located on a private peninsula in the Oceanside Harbor. Surrounded by water on three sides our resort offers a host of amenities in a serene natural environment. Relax by the pool or your own private patio; stroll along the adjacent marina or shop and eat at the Marina Village. Our Boutique styled hotel is newly remodeled.We have large one & two bedroom suites with fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens, as well as regular standard rooms. Some suites offer an in-room spa for your private enjoyment. Our heated pool, spa ,sauna and Cabana Room are conveniently located on our spacious grounds. Relax in the gazebo and watch the boats navigate in and out of the harbor. Or, if you prefer, grill a steak at our pool side barbecue. Each morning savor our complimentary continental breakfast served by the pool.Located just 10 minutes from Legoland, you'll be away from the crowded San Diego Harbor and beaches. So, for an unbelievable waterfront vacation, come to the Oceanside Marina Suites. You'll be amazed at what a night or two will do for you. ... more   less 
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