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“Great Location but not much else to rave about” 3 of 5 stars
Review of A Beach Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Condo at the Elsbree House

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5054 Narragansett Ave., San Diego, CA 92107   |  
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“Great Location but not much else to rave about”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2004

We stayed here for 2 nights in April. Great location one block from the beach. However, our room was small and the hour long breakfast from 8 to 9 am is not convenient for guests who are on vacation. If quaintness is not your thing do not stay here. There are lots of florals and ruffles everywhere. The Elsbree seems to be trying too hard to acheive English quaintness that seems out of place in the surrounding San Diego beach community.

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Owhalen, Owner at A Beach Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Condo at the Elsbree House, responded to this review, March 5, 2011
Dear Elsbree House B&B guests,
Thank you for your review. We always appreciate feedback.

Thanks to your suggestion we have made some changes .

We have changed the breakfast.
We now serve our guests in the dining room.
We have 3 kinds of cereal : Hot oatmeal, granola, and raisin bran.
We serve a fresh fruit plate. We serve vanilla and strawberry yogurt
in a dessert dish topped with fresh fresh strawberries, blueberries and bananas.
We make homemade muffins and homemade bread daily. Hard boiled eggs,
orange juice, coffee, and assorted teas round out the daily breakfast.

We have also added seating to our lovely garden. We have lots of flowers blooming
year a round. Ample outside seating area. Please check out our web site for pictures of our gardens.

Thank you again for your review.
Katie Elsbree, owner
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2003

I liked the room and the breakfast alot. The house WAS beautiful and quaint. SO close to the beach :) and relatively central with respect to attractions.

I was told parking would not be a problem and it was.

I agree with the previous reviewer that the gentleman host had a way of making us feel unwelcome. Also while the period for breakfast was only an hour, that was good because it forced us to get up earlier rather than sleeping away valuable time in San Diego.

Mrs Elsbree DID make us feel welcome, makes excellent muffins, and was clearly intersted in helping us get the most from our trip, especially when it came to some of the tours. ;o)

Overall, I would recommend the B&B.

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Owhalen, Owner at A Beach Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Condo at the Elsbree House, responded to this review, February 28, 2011
Thank you for your review.
It always help us when we receive feedback.
We are "now" 2 retired school teachers. We have
added more seating in the garden. We now serve
the continental breakfast to our guests. We also
have a part time innkeeper who is fun, friendly,
and knowledgeable about the attractions in San Diego.
We thank you for your constructive criticism.
Katie & Phil Elsbree
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2002

This was the first B&B I have ever stayed where breakfast was only an hour long in the morning. The InnKeeper (husband) almost seemed "put out" when we arrived with 5 minutes to spare as he had packed up all the goods. He graciously unpacked them, then made us so uncomfortable that we had inconvenienced him, we rushed. We had to fight for parking with the locals and one night parked over 2 blocks away. Lastly, all business transactions were by anonymous envelope. When we arrived, there was no desk or welcome, just an envelope in a mailbox with a map of the property and a key.

It was a decent accommodation; the room was clean and the property was quaint. The beach was nearby and there were some interesting sights in the area. But if I had wanted the distinct feeling that no one was interested in my presence or my money, I would have chosen a Motel instead.

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Address: 5054 Narragansett Ave., San Diego, CA 92107
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You will find yourself vacationing 500 feet from the Pacific Ocean where there is a pier with a magnificent view of the ocean, a beach to the right of the pier for surfing, swimming, or relaxation, and tide pools to the left of the pier for exploring. Ocean Beach is one of the last quaint true beach towns left in southern California. Ocean Beach or "OB" is known for its laid-back, eclectic charm. You will find 98 pubs/eateries within a 5 block radius, not to mention unique boutiques and a very large antique mall. Once you park your car or take a short cab ride from the airport you may not need a vehicle. Many of our guests utilize public transportation and forego a rental car during their stay. Our location is only 5-15 minutes by car from many major attractions including the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, La Jolla, the San Diego Convention Center, Petco Park, downtown San Diego, and the airport. Public transportation is available on the third corner. Our beach B&B has five rooms: 4 with queen beds and one room with 2 twin beds, all with private baths that accommodate two people per room. We also offer a two room suite with one queen bed and two twin beds with 2 private bathrooms which accommodates up to 4 guests. All of our rooms have full baths, private balconies or patios, and private entrances. All rooms have large closets equipped with beach towels, beach chairs, personal coffee makers, refrigerators, sound sleep machines, and ironing boards/irons. Our rooms are fully stocked for any occasion you may have planned. Thank you and Come B & B our guests! Katie & Susan - Innkeepers ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Elsbree House Beach Hotel San Diego
Elsbree House Beach Bed And Breakfast

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