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“Clean, comfy, friendly, and good people running it” 4 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
“Clean, comfy, friendly, and good people running it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

We stayed 2 nights before attending a conference. Near the ocean at the end of the street but high above, had to drive to reach the beach.

Family comfy, room a bit small but comfortable...and my husband is 6'4". We could open a door to a tiny sitting area outside.

Dining area very inviting, food good, owner and staff lovely.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Owhalen, Innkeeper at A Beach Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Condo at the Elsbree House, responded to this review, April 12, 2011
We are so sorry you had to drive to reach the beach, yes, at the end of Narragansett it is steep drop to the beach, however, if you exit via the back gate it takes you directly to the pier and beach, only about 500'. Our apologies that you did not know about that shortcut! Thank you so much for taking the time to write review and we hope to have you as guests again in the near future!

Kind Regards,
Katie & Cheryl - Innkeepers
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  • 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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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2011

We had a delightful stay at the Elsbree B&B with innkeepers Katie and Phil making us feel welcome and providing many comforts of home. Our suite for 4 had very comfortable beds and although the rooms were not very large by big hotel standards they had a homey, country décor that was most inviting. Bathrooms were compact with everything you need. There was a large living room with TV, comfy chairs and a dining room table that 3 rooms share and since we had 2 of those rooms we had it practically to ourselves. We brought home take out food and had elegant dinners “at home”. There was even a fridge where you could store leftovers or a few groceries. Homemade cookies and coffee were on the patio at 7am and again in the afternoon.
In addition to providing a delicious continental breakfast with cereal, homemade bread, fruit and yogurt, Katie gave us invaluable insider information about restaurants in the area as well as money-saving coupons and advice on how to stretch the budget when sightsteeing. It’s a half block walk to the beach and pier and a couple of short blocks walk to a multitude of funky mom and pop restaurants. What more could you want?

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Owhalen, Owner at A Beach Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Condo at the Elsbree House, responded to this review, March 23, 2013
Thank you for a great review.
We hope you are planning another trip to San Diego- "America's Finest City " !
Please come come again to our B&B by the Sea in OB !
Katie & Phil, owner
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Fremont, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

This was my wife and I's first B&B experience and I must say the experience was great. Katie (owner) was very nice and very hospitable. Our room was great, felt like we were at home. Great location, very close to Ocean Beach. It made our first wedding anniversary a memorable one. We'll be back for sure!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Owhalen, Owner at A Beach Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Condo at the Elsbree House, responded to this review, December 14, 2010
Thank you so much for being our guests and for choosing to spend your first wedding anniversary here with us! It was so nice to meet you both, you are such a lovely couple! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Kind Regards,
Katie & Cheryl
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Ontario, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

We stayed for 3 days for a relaxing getaway trip. The location is in the walkable community of Ocean Beach. We walked to the beach, dining and recreation. The rooms were exceptionally clean, the decor was charming, and the breakfast--especially the homemade bread was outstanding! Katie and staff were wonderful! We will be back!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Owhalen, Owner/Manager at A Beach Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Condo at the Elsbree House, responded to this review, November 17, 2010
We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and were able to share in the fun of the holiday event. It was so nice to meet you both and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Warm Regards,
Katie & Cheryl
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Tucson
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2010

My husband and I were desperate to get away from the desert and spend some time at the beach. We were very interested in trying a Bed and Breakfast. I was suprised we could find a place we could afford just steps away from the water and the local beach. I figured it might be too good to be true for the price, but took it anyway. Not only were we close to the ocean, the Elsbree House was this beautiful house that stands out in a quite neighborhood. The rooms are comfortable, charming and thoughtful. Everything is amazingly clean and well maintained. Katie and the staff are so warm and hospitable with a through knowledge of the area including a few local perks. We enjoyed the hearty lovingly prepared breakfast. I'm a sucker for homemade bread. We started our days well fueled and well rested. We cannot wait to visit again! If you are looking for a value without any compromise and you are looking for a relaxing experience, you need to visit Elsbree House Beach Bed and Breakfast.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Owhalen, Owner at A Beach Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Condo at the Elsbree House, responded to this review, November 12, 2010
Thank you so much for your kind words! We so enjoyed meeting you both and are so happy you had a wonderful stay. Thank you for coming to the "Holiday" event as well. We hope to see you again soon.
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Zug
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2010

We stayed three nights of our holidays at this charming B&B and only took most positive memories home!

The closeness to the beach made Elsbree House very attractive to us. We liked as well the new england flavour built house and were delighted with the clean and cosy accommodation. The beautiful garden completes this B&B to a hidden treasure.

We loved Katie's delicous breakfast with fresh fruits, home made muffins and bread..... Appreciated her suggestions where to go and never got disappointed. Phil's work "behind the scenes" was most appreciated.

Sometimes we had to drive around the quarter to find a parking space but usually found one on the street in front of the house.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Owhalen, Owner/Manager at A Beach Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Condo at the Elsbree House, responded to this review, November 17, 2010
Thank you so much for choosing our B&B for your getaway and for your great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Warm Regards,
Katie & Cheryl
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Riverside, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2010

Katie and Phil Elsbree and Cheryl are wonderful hosts. Their B&B is charming and makes you feel like you are at home. The property is 1/2 block from the ocean. Tidepools, huge fishing pier, walks on the beach, the quaint seaside community of Ocean Beach all in very easy walking distance. The bike trail along the San Diego River and across to Mission Bay was very handy. We were so inspired, we did a 20 mile bike ride around the perimeter of Mission Bay. Cabrillio National Monument at the end of Point Loma is just a short car ride away. So much to see and do. After each busy day we returned to our "little cottage" to relax and enjoy sitting under the shade trees. I would recommend the Elsbree House (A Beach Bed and Breakfast) to anyone who wants an affordable, relaxing, friendly bed and breakfast experience.

  • Stayed September 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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Owhalen, Owner/Manager at A Beach Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Condo at the Elsbree House, responded to this review, November 17, 2010
Thank you for the kind review and we are delighted you had such a wonderful stay with us! It is so nice to hear you had a relaxing stay and our location allowed you to explore so much each day! We look forward to providing with another relaxing adventure soon.

Kind Regards,
Katie & Cheryl
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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 Bed And Breakfast
Elsbree House Beach Hotel San Diego

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