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Pacific Terrace Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   610 Diamond Street, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)   |  
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Berkeley, California
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14 hotel reviews
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“Right on the ocean and close enough to everything else!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

We booked adjoining rooms on the non-ocean side of the hotel. While we only had a glimpse of the water, the rooms were plenty big and clean. The breakfast was better than most buffets. Getting to Sea World was an easy ten minute drive. Downtown was about 15 minutes (no traffic).

The staff was really great. We were cheerfully greeted every time we walked in or out of the hotel.

Only a walking path separates the pool from the cliff that the ocean is just beyond. Tall glass walls allow for a stunning view, but you still feel the breeze on a colder day.

There is bar service at the pool. Order a smoothie for the kids to make them feel special. For dinner, think ahead as there aren't that many great options close by.

All around great experience.

Room Tip: Spend the extra money and get a room on a higher floor that directly faces the ocean. You'll lov...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Montreal, Canada
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21 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

We stayed at the PT in a large executive suite this time. It was not crowded for 5 and we even entertained numerous guests! The bathroom was large enough to be a bedroom. The room was very large as well, with nice furnishings and a great view from the balcony. The staff was very friendly, helpful and accommodating!!! The happy hour cheap wine was a very nice touch. We did not otherwise use the dining facilities for breakfast. There are many restaurants in the area. The pool was warm enough for the kids. I might have swum a bit more if it were heated to about 29 deg. C. The hot tub was clean and definitely hot enough. All in all we have no complaints and would stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Lake Orion, Michigan
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

We decided on this hotel because of the reviews on Trip Advisor and we were so happy that we trusted it. We had an oceanfront suite with jacuzzi tub and two balconies. Not only was the room beautiful and spacious, but the people there were absolutely wonderful! Joe Sutherland was one that really stood out as being very friendly and helpful. Diego too. The buffet breakfast every morning was really good. We wish it would've been included in our rate, but not a big deal. The location of the hotel is perfect. You can walk to any restaurant/bar right down the boardwalk in front of the ocean. We were able to walk to a CVS also to get necessities. We didn't have great weather, but it was one of our best trips ever. We were able to sit at the pool and hot tub one day and that area is beautiful too.

Room Tip: spend a little more to get full oceanfront on 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

My husband and I stayed there for a weekend and enjoyed our stay so much. The hotel was beautiful inside and out. We had so much fun, and would recommend it to friends and family. The staff was really friendly. We met the front desk manger Enrico, and he was very helpful made us feel welcome. The hotel was so cute! We will be back :)

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

My husband and I just got back from 5 days at PT hotel. Had room 318. Very nice and clean. Spacious enough with a great balcony over the pool/ocean view. Drawback was the weather did not cooperate to see a nice sunset or sit on the balcony and watch the ocean, but great trip anyway. We are big walkers and you can walk anywhere from here. Ocean walk is very busy with lots of activity and great people watching. Everyone and I REALLY MEAN EVERYONE is friendly and nice at this hotel. Not one person, from maintenance to front desk, hesitate to greet you when you walked by even if they were very busy doing their job. We ate at the Fishery nearby which was great. Did not use pool or hot tub since it was cool although plenty of people were there. DId not do the breakfast although it looked good. I asked the housekeeping woman if we could have extra regular coffee packets and she handed me 3 of them. Several other places I stayed at made it such a hassle to get more than one packet. Pacific Beach is a unique area and even though it appears to be more spring breakish, it is family oriented. Just walk the neighborhoods. The main part on Grand and Garnet can be a little challenging. Certainly saw some interesting characters. This hotel is at the north end of the beach and seems quieter than further south. Not sure who is running the place, but GREAT JOB!

Room Tip: 3rd floor is nice. Be sure to get the ocean view.
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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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Asheville, NC USA
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Pacific Terrace Hotel was such a great experience and the perfect choice for a quick birthday getaway. Right on the boardwalk our room had huge sliding glass doors out to a balcony that was so close to the water that the surf was the first thing I heard every morning.
The service was absolutely excellent and the employees clearly love their jobs and sincerely want to provide a good experience. They even put bottles of water in our car as we were leaving in case we needed a drink on the way out of town!
The hotel itself is lovely, the room was spacious (third floor suite), everything worked, very nice breakfast buffet option and absolutely the closest to the beach location on Pacific Beach. Everything PB has to offer is literally right outside the door. We will definitely stay here again next time we're in San Diego.

Room Tip: Oceanfront on the third floor is perfect.
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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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East Bay, Ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Just returned from this hotel. We bought the least expensive room category which turned out to be a good thing because the sun stayed behind the fog the entire weekend so I would have upset to have spent $450 on a room overlooking the fog in addition to being cold all weekend but the hotel cannot control the weather after all. I was a bit concerned after arriving Friday evening and hearing a fellow guest whining to an employee about being accused by another guest of stealing an elevator as he dripped water from the pool onto the tile floor. The hotel seemed equally visited by couples as wells as families with LOTS of kiddos running down the hallway which surprised me due to the price point. This transfers to the experience as the hallway ceilings are very low and hallways are tile so everything echoes down the hallway and into the room. My neighbor closed there door at least 10 times the first hour of the morning which rattled our room so it was a matter of we were up once the first neighbor got up.

The staff was very pleasant and I loved the self serve coffee in the lobby each morning.

The room decor was very nice and the bed comfortable.

I am not sure if I would return to this hotel as there are so many other Mission Beach options at a lower price point with similar pluses and minuses.

FYI. The secured garage is $22 a night but this is pretty common to all of the Mission Beach hotels.

Room Tip: Beware of rooms near the lobby and breakfast room. I cannot imagine how loud these would be. Possibl...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 610 Diamond Street, San Diego, CA 92109
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Pacific Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#5 Family Hotel in San Diego
#55 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pacific Terrace Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanfront, 4-diamond hotel between Sea World and La Jolla. ... more   less 
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